Thursday, 31 October 2013

breakfast cup-cakes

Breakfast is an interesting thing. For me it's very much ether or. Wither I eat a great breakfast, or I don't eat anything at all in the morning. Plus, once I've found a good breakfast routine I can't break it. I mean, I have to eat the exact same thing - with only small variations - everyday, or I just don't eat anything. Over the years my standard breakfast has varied from bran-flakes with milk an blueberry jam (and then only blueberry-jam, nothing else worked) to yogurt with banana, nuts and honey for example. Right now it has to be a smoothie and a breakfast muffin. Plus tea. But I have been kind of bad in the mornings lately so now it's time to get a grip again. That's why I made a new batch of breakfast-muffins yesterday! 


I've made this so many times now so I don't really use a recipe any more, my tip is just to find a basic recipe so you get the important stuff right, like the amount of dry ingredients in relation to the wet ones. 


To make my muffins more breakfast-appropriate I always exchange some of the flour with oatmeal and add some kind of nuts. I also often add flax-seed. I replace the sugar with honey and usually don't add any butter or oil. This time I made 6 muffins with banana and peanut-butter, and 6 with applesauce and cinnamon. Yum yum...


I freeze most of them and then just take one out to unfreeze every evening. Combined with fennel-tea and a kiwi/mango/banana-smoothie and it might be the best and healthiest breakfast so far. Feel free to copy me.

Cricket

Aka: Princess Cricket, Cricket ball, Snuffels, Pus, Pusi, Puslan, Snuppa, Snuppi-dupp, Fluffi 


Cricket likes:

  • Cuddle
  • Sit on the stool in the kitchen and watch when we cook
  • Sit in the window in the living room and scare people that pass by
  • To play with the laser pointer
  • To eat Hugo's food
  • To spoon in the morning
  • To lick my hair
  • To wash her hands in the water bowl
  • Sleeping on the heated floor in the bathroom
  • Sleeping on my chest, butt, stomach or hip depending on how I sleep

Cricket doesn't like:

  • Getting her nails cut 
  • Her own food
  • When we have to give her medicine
  • Closed doors

Peanut-butter chicken

Yesterday I tried a new dish. It is my take on this recipe that I found via Pinterest, of course. It's originally a slow-cooker recipe, but I don't have a slow-cooker (even though since 90% of all food on Pinterest seems to be made in one, I should probably make an investment here) so I had to make my on variation in the oven. Just to warn you, I transformed the cups in the original recipe to dl kind of randomly...
At first I thought it sounded weird to mix salsa and peanut butter, but it turned out great! Except I happened to over cook the noodles so they went all spaghetti-like...


2 large chicken breasts (this makes 3,5 portions)
2 dl  salsa, medium
1/2 dl of peanut butter (I might have used a bit more...)
1 dl coconut milk
1 tbs soy-sauce
2 tbs lime juice
1 garlic-slice

Mix everything. Pour over the chicken and put in the oven in 225 degrees (Celsius!) until done... This might take a while, like 40 minutes or so, but the chicken breasts I used where kind of thick. Serve with noodles (that you don't overcook) and salty peanuts. Yum.




Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Kitchen details

The kitchen might be one of the hardest rooms in our to photograph. This has three reasons:
1 bad natural light and very yellow artificial light
2. it's a narrow room, so it's hard to find a good angle
3 it's often the messiest room in the house
Anyway, here are some details of this room, where to color-scheme goes in medium grey, white, mint green and oiled oak.
I've recently realized that I hoard tea-towels. This is my newest one, from Lagerhaus. I always buy new tea-towels there when I'm in Sweden, they have such pretty patterns...
The mint-chevron wall! And a re-styled thrifted print
Useful things in our coffee bar: extra large straws for smoothies, sweeteners and sugar crystals

White thrifted vase that I've spray-painted with gold and a porcelain jar from when I was a child



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Missing skill

You know those pretty cat-eyes that you see on most girls in the blogosphere? Elegant and a bit mysterious? Well, I dream of having the skill of applying eye-liner like that on my own eyes... But no. I mean, the regular eye-liner works OK, I just think it makes my eyes look a but too round and small. But the cat-eyes? I just don't understand how I'm supposed to manage it! My hands are steady and all, and I don't think it's a question about hand-eye-coordination, I actually think that it's the shape of my eyes that makes it difficult. Or to be more specific, the shape of my eye-socket. I will continue trying though. Maybe I just have to exaggerate the line a bit more...


Monday, 28 October 2013

good things and bad things

I read a quote somewhere (probably on pinterest, where all my new knowledge comes from these days) "don't let a bad day make you think you have a bad life". I am bad at thinking about the good things in life and good at thinking about the bad things. I've been feeling down lately and when I really really think about it I actually don't have valid reason for feeling like this. I've been stressed about work, focusing on how much I have to do and especially on the things where I don't feel a hundred percent in control, or where something hasn't turned out exactly how I expected or wanted it to turn out. But. What I should be focusing on is that I get a lot of work because I'm pretty good at what I do, and I should definitely think more about all of the things that turn out how I did want them to turn out. Besides, work isn't everything and I should concentrate on all the great things in my life, like my love A, the cats, Saturdays, Christmas, chocolate...


Anyway, I have a tendency to magnify things that makes me feel bad, so I need to start practicing on seeing the good stuff I have going for me. So from today I'm going to start with a new Monday-tradition, naming three positives about this day:

1. I drove to two meetings today even though I hate driving because it makes me nervous but all went well and I felt good about it.
2. I ordered the second part of season 7 of Doctor Who, so soon I'll get a gift from myself
3. After work I had milk and a cookie, watched an episode of New Girl and then fell asleep with both cats on the couch. Pretty standard afternoon, but how lucky am I to get to do that?

Autumn colors - check!

We didn't have any plans what so ever this Sunday (except that I had to go to work for a while in the evening, sigh) but we manage to pull ourselves together as much as to get out on a long walk. Usually when we don't have any plans we end up just hanging out in the couch with the cats, watching movies an eating unhealthy food. Don't get me wrong, we had time to do that too, but at least we got to experience Stavanger in its most beautiful autumn-clothes, before it all just becomes brown, black and grey. Which it is most of the year. Plus I got to take my new cat-hat out for a spin. Things with ears on them, I like!



 


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Friday selfie

On Friday I was wearing this red dress and beige cardigan, for work and then when we went to eat Friday-burger with some friends at NB Sørensen.


Looking at this I wonder if maybe I got inspired by the tv-series "New Girl" with Zooey Dechanel when I picked out this outfit. I bought the DVD of season one last weekend to have as eating-breakfast-and-watching-Tv-show and I immediately fell in love with it. And with Zooeye's character Jessica's style. Lots of dresses and skirts, definitely up my alley. Her outfits are more colorful than what I usually wear, so I think I could learn something there... 

Carpet hunting

I've been on the look out for a new carpet for the living room a while now. The one we have now is nice, but have some parts that are very light and since this is a place where we eat and where the cats hang out a lot we need something where stains and cat-hair isn't so visible. On Saturday I went with T to Bolia, and here's some of the ones I saw there that I liked.

This speckled white and grey would probably go really well with our couch - it is pretty much the same textile that the couch on this picture is , juts a bit darker. Plus it goes with every other colour.

Too light, I know, but I like this structure and that coffee table...
Dark blue with a hint of black could look good with our blue walls but might be a bit too much... All in all I love this combination of color! The coffee table is actually a light blue.
The red is completely wrong for this room but in another color this could be fun! I like the pattern...

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Saturday breakfast

Waffles with whipped cream, banana and chocolate sauce. Yum.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Tomeijto Tomaato

So I "cleaned" our garden the other day, sort of packed it up for the winter, and found these sad little guys that didn't have time to get ripe. Not enough sun, perhaps. But they are still kind of pretty I think. And proof that stuff actually grows in the garden! The tomato plant these came from grew a meter tall, and it was just a tiny seed on my windowsill this spring...




Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Random pictures of the cats

I've had a bit of a crappy day, with many head-aches both literary and figuratively speaking. So I post pictures of the cats, since they are my little happy-pills. I can proudly report that they both weigh about 7 kg now, and they are both healthy. Knock on wood. 

Bye bye garden, see you next year!

It's that time of year, time to put the garden furniture back in the shed (if there were space for them - I wish!), time to empty the pots and stuff some bulbs in the ground with the hopes for a colorful spring.
I spent a couple of hours in our tiny, tiny garden this weekend to wrap things up, so to speak and make sure that i saved what could be saved for indoor life over the winter. I also cut down a bunch of the annuals that were overblown and moved around some stuff that has grown more than I anticipated.

before
after
 I like the look of it now, all tidy and and still a bit green. Now I don't have to do anything until spring! I'm already looking forward another gardening season... best thing about having a house!








All work and no play

Work-outfit, Tuesday: High-viz vest, hard hat and gloves. Not seen here, shoes with steel toe-cap. Fancy!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

tartan?

Monday's work-outfit. The skirt looks like her old like a school-uniform, E told me. Well, it might have been part of a uniform, it's second hand. I'm the 30 year old school-girl!



I like the asymmetry of both the skirt and the knitted sweater, both have one (!) pocket on the right side, and are buttoned/zippered up to the left. Funky.





Sweater: Vila, Skirt: second hand from Beyond Retro, tights: H&M most likely, Brogues: that cute store in Istanbul that I don't remember the name of right now....

Home-Home

My home-home (a.k.a the place I grew up) is a house in Sweden. It is safe to say that I inherited my interest for design from my parents (and my brother!) and I really think that this is a tasteful place. Visiting always makes me wish I had a bit more space at home to experiment with different styles.







Friday, 18 October 2013

Recharge weekend and Pan's Labyrinth

This is the first weekend in a month that I am completely without plans. No traveling, no visitors, no life changing events. So I'm going to use these days as best as I know how. I'm going to sleep a lot, cuddle with the cats, do some laundry and possibly unpack. I need this weekend to get back on track, I've felt kind of out of sync for a long time!


So far I've started me recharge-weekend with an evening in the couch. I watched Pan's Labyrinth, a really creepy movie by Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. This is by far the creepiest of the movies by him that I've seen, but it's also really good and this is the second time I saw it. It is an interesting mix of Second World War Spain and pure fantasy. It also includes one of the scariest humanoid monsters in movie-history, by my account, and it is surprisingly violent. 
I'm also a fan of del Toro's Hellboy movies, and this gave me the inspiration to see them again soon... I haven't seen his newest, Pacific Rim yet, and those I know who's seen it hasn't been thrilled but, well, I think I have to give it a chance. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A picture of a chicken-burger and a film-review

Today I had a date with my two gal-pals T&E. Dinner and a movie, just as it should  be. We ate at Ostehuset in the city center and we got our food quite quick and almost at the same time, so that was good. I had chicken-burger with sweet potato chips and beet root pesto. It was ok, I think, but I don't really know what the pesto was supposed to go with. (E, you can copy this photo to your blog since you didn't get a picture of your own food, be my guest). Anyway, we had a good time!


After eating we went to see a movie, Ragnarok. It might be the first Norwegian film I ever saw in a movie theater. And it was really Norwegian,no disappointment there! There were fjords, hikes in the woods, a Swedish girl, rain, vikings, sea monsters... It was kind of exciting, a bit funny and there were a lot of beautiful scenery. Well worth seeing, especially if you are lucky enough bit to get 10 talkative ten-year-olds in the audience...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Gbg lunch

This Friday me and A had lunch with my dad at Tranquilo in Gothenburg. I had a delicious fish-soup and with the included salad and coffee+cookies I think both the food and the price was well worth a visit. I also like the eclectic and colorful interior.




Thursday, 10 October 2013

Travel attire

This is how I'm dressed as I'm heading out for yet another weekend adventure! My map-dress, which covers the North Pole I think, comes from Topshop and the cardigan is from Zara. Comfortable and appropriate.