Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back from London!

Here are just a few pictures from my trip to london! 

Meet Wendela, the reason why I decided to go to London in the first place! We've been friends for something like five years now and I hadn't seen her in so long so ''why not just go to London for a few days?'' and I'm so happy that I went! I had only been to London with my parents when I was 10 and 12 so it was really nice to see it in another kind of way without running around to all the touristy places all the time. 

I'm a tourist - this is what we do. 


We didn't really do any sightseeing, well we saw stuff but it was just because we happened to ride past the places with our bikes. 95% of the time we were either shopping, eating or just sitting at bars or cafes. 

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lime Panna cotta with raspberry sauce.


What you need for the Panna Cotta: 
2 limes
5 dl heavy cream
0.5 dl sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar 
3 gelatin sheets 
0.5 dl hot water

and for the raspberry sauce: 
250g frozen raspberries
0.25 dl sugar
0.5dl water

How you make it:
Step1: Grate the lime peel off of the lime. (don't throw the rest away) 
Step2: Pour the cream into a sauce pan and add the lime peel, sugar and vanilla sugar. Bring it to a boil. 
Step3: while you're bringing the cream mixture to a boil pour the hot water into a bowl and add the gelatin sheets and let them melt. 
Step4: take the sauce pan away from your stove and add the gelatin and water mixture and the juice from one lime, combine it well. 
Step5: You can either pour the mixture into one big dish and just cut it in to pieces when you serce it or pour it into glasses or bowls. Refrigerate for at least two hours. 

The sauce:
Pour the raspberries into a sauce pan and add the water, cook on medium heat. 
Mash the raspberries together and add the sugar. When it looks like a sauce take it of the stove and refrigerate if you want to serve it cold but you can also serve it warm. 


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sweet!



When it comes to baking these are some of my favorite books and this is where I get about 90% of my inspiration. 
Usually what I do when I put up a recipe on the blog what I do is that I look thru some of my books (or go on the internet) for nice recipes and then I put my own little spin on things, add or take away ingredients or play with the quantities of the ingredients. 
If I use a recipe that I haven't modified in any way I always write where I got it. 

The newest addition to the pastry book family is ''Sweet!'' by Roy Fares and it seems like great book! He has some really fun ideas and delicious recipes that I can't wait to try out! 
I highly recomend you to buy it if you like baking! 

Carrot cake with a lime flavored twist!

Takes about two hours to make and is really simple! It's a really good thing that I live in a dorm with 14 other people because in that way I don't have to think about having to throw any of the things that I bake away. 
I just tell them to eat until they can't eat anymore and it's usually gone in one or two days. 

What you need for the cake: 
3 eggs 
2.5 dl sugar

3 dl flour 
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder 
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamum
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg 

100g butter 
5dl grated carrots 

And then for the frosting:
120g butter
6 dl powdered sugar
The peel from two limes 
200g cream cheese 

How you make it:
Step1: first preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius mix the eggs and the sugar together till the mixture gets lighter and fluffier. 
Step2: mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (so all the ingredients thatvare left except the butter and the carrots).  
Step3: start melting the butter and then let it cool. while the butter cools down to room temperature mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. 
Step4: grate the carrots and then add the butter and then the carrots to the mixture. 
Step5: cover the sides of a round pan with baking paper and the pour the mixture into it. 
Step6: bake it for about 50 minutes to an hour then let it cool.

Step7. While the cake is in the oven make your frosting which is really easy. Grate the peel of of the two limes and then just mix all the ingredients together and the refrigerate until you use it. 

Step8: What I did was that I cut the cake into two halves and then put frosting in between the two pieces and then just covered the top. You can also just skip the part  where you fill it and just cover the cake with the frosting. Make sure that you put the cake on the plate or cake stand you want to serve it on before you put the frosting on the cake, otherwise you're just going to mess it up when you try to move it. 

And well.. Now you're done! :) 


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Birthday goodies!


All in all it was a good birthday! Lots of great presents and loads of phone calls. Even though I had to study for a bit the evening was really great, me and some friends who live in my dorm watched despicable me and ate pizza. Some times it's nice to just take it easy and enjoy good company!

At lunch time I went down to the square and bought my iPad that some family members gave me money for, I also went to Systemet (the liquor store) to buy my first bottle of champagne here in Sweden, the last thing I need is more alcohol just standing around in my room but this was special. It's just something you have to do when you turn 20 in Sweden.
(You're allowed to start drinking alcohol in restaurants and clubs when you're 18 but you can't buy it in stores until you're 20). So I bought one of those pink Moët bottles, always thought that they were really cute.
xx
Sofia 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

That one special day



It happens once every year. It is your birthday.
Something that I do every year on my birthday is to think about what I have accomplished this past year. And it's been quite a lot this year!
- I moved away from home and started a life on my own in a new country where things are so different! Even though I'm Swedish moving so Sweden was a huge change! The people are different and the culture is to! But I love living here, even though I can't see myself staying here after I've graduated from university I love studying here!
- I was accepted into the program (the education) that I want to study so to this fall I'm going to start studying to become a Real Estate Agent! For some reason I've always wanted to work with houses so I thought about architecture, interior design and a bunch of other things but Real Estate Agent felt the best. So I'm so excited that I'm finally going to be able to start this three year education.
- I started the blog which is really fun and even though it's only something that I do on my spare time it's become quite a big thing in my life to be honest!
- I've gotten to know a lot of interesting people and been part of a lot of really fun events!

Those are just some of the things that have happened this past year but I don't want to bore you with the rest!  

So yes, this is one of the things that I do on my birthday. Some times I just feel like I'm not doing anything with my life so it's just a good thing to do.
Remind yourself that all the big and small steps that you've taken are going to lead to something great. It might not be exactly what you planed but I'm sure it will be great!


xx

Friday, August 16, 2013

The purple smoothie


What you need: 

1 Banana
1dl Blueberries (frozen or just natural)
1dl Vanilla yoghurt

How you make it:

Well there is only one step - mix it together in a blender, pour it into a glass and enjoy!

Five Details

Just some sprinkles!

Yes, only one day left now, and then I officially leave my teenage years behind. It's to bad that I wont be able to celebrate tomorrow, I'll be studying all day because I have a big test on the 19th.  

Candy candy candy!

I got my invitation to our annual ball here at Helsingkrona, It's too bad that I won't be able to go (I'll be in Los Angeles that weekend, don't get me wrong - I'm definitely not complaining!) it's a masquerade ball where you have to wear a formal gown and a mask and that is something I have always wanted to go to! 

My dad came to visit the other day, on his way up to Stockholm from Luxembourg. He thought it would be fun to take the motorcycle but when he was going to leave from Lund it was raining cats and dogs so I felt a bit sorry for him. But it was really nice to see him again! 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Retail therapy


Now this is what I like coming home to! A mailbox full of goodies! 
When I was on Öland I couldn't do much so the last week I decided to spend some newly earned money on some new accessories. So all those things arrived plus a birthday present from my sister that I'm not allowed to open till Saturday (can't wait). 

These are the things that I ordered from Asos. (I only ordered underwear from topshop, showing those would feel a little awkward..) 

I got a scarf that I'm really looking forward to using when it gets a bit colder. 
I really loved the color of the beanie, since most of my clothes are black I'm looking forward to adding a pop of color and you know.. gotta keep those ears warm when the temperature starts dropping! 
Then my favorite piece: I mean this watch has cat ears.. How could I not buy it? 




Sunday, August 11, 2013

A place for all those colors


For a (looong) while now I've just had all my different nail polishes in my bookshelf, and I like being organized so I started looking around on the internet for nail polish racks. I came to the conclusion that they were all too expensive so I thought '' Well.. I'm at my summer house here we have an endless amount of stuff just lying around so - I'm just going to make one myself '' - and I did. 
I am really happy about the end result! And it was really easy to make! 

What you need: 
A frame
Something to use as shelves (a long and thin piece of wood for example)
a rouler
nails (that are a bit longer then the shelf is wide)
A hammer
Glue
Paint (only if you want to paint if of course)
you might need a saw too.. 

How you make it:

The frame
~Take everything out of the frame (the glass etc) so that you're only left with.. Well.. The frame. 
~On the back of the frame use the ruler to mark where you want to put the shelves, make sure that the marks you make are the exact same height on both sides of the frame (if they're not you will end up with crooked shelves). Also make sure that the space between the shelves is large enough to be able to put your nail polish. I chose 9.5cm between the shelves.  
~ With a hammer, beat nails into the frame in each one of the marks that you've made on the back of the frame. MAKE SURE that the nails are stable enough to support the shelf so that they don't just fall off. 

The shelves: 
I used a lath that was about 2.5 cm wide, 1cm thick and 3 meters long that I just sawed into pieces that were as long as the frame was broad. I used sandpaper to make them smooth. With the saw I also made small indentations in the shelf right where the shelf would be sitting on the nail. (so that it would become more stable). 
After I painted them white. I wanted my shelves to be white because the walls in my room are white and I wanted the frame to be all about the colors of the nail polish. I didn't just want it to be used as storage, I wanted it to look a bit like a piece of art! 

The last step:
Put the shelves on top of the nails and then superglue them together so that they won't move. Let the glue dry and then you're ready to hang it up on your wall and fill it with all your different nail polishes (or with other things you want to put in it)! 

Vanilla cake with a fruity twist.



This is a really simple cake to make, it's not very fancy and doesn't take that long to make, maximum an hour and a half.
You can serve it warm, cold, on it's own or with vanilla cream or whipped cream. 

What you need: 
2 eggs
3dl sugar
150g butter
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
4.5 dl flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 dl milk
3dl rhubarb
1dl strawberries

How you make it:

Step1: Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Then melt the butter in a pan and let it cool down, Whisk the eggs and the sugar together until it becomes a white foam and then add the butter. Mix mix mix! 

Step2: In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together (the vanilla sugar, baking powder and flour) then in four additions add the dry mixture to the egg mixture.

Step3: Last step for making the batter s adding the milk - so do it. 

Step4: butter a pan and pour the batter into it. 

Step5: Cut the rhubarb and strawberries into small pieces and then sprinkle them over the batter. 

Step6: Put the pan in the oven and let it bake for for 35-40 minutes, you should be able to stick a toothpick into the middle of the cake when it's done and it should come out clean. 
If there's still some batter on the toothpick let the cake bake for an extra five to ten minutes and the check it again. 

Hope you like it! 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Turning 20 wishlist


In two weeks i will be turning 20, i'm officially leaving my ''teenage years'' - feels so weird!
So i figured i'd just show you some of the things i've been looking at (and really hope that i get for my birthday).

~ A Kitchen Aid is the first thing on my list! Loove love love!
~ Love this bag from Zara!
~ This seems like a great cook book!

~ Think this poster is really cute there are loads of different ones and i really like the style!
~ This seems like a hilarious game! I would love to play it with some of my friends!
~ It wouldn't be too wrong to have an ipad.

~ Really looking for a new watch and i really love this one!
~ Still looking for a new wallet! Love this Tory Burch one! i
~ You can never go wrong with just giving someone money it you ask me. It might be simple and you might not have to put a lot of thought into it but that way you can guarantee that the person really gets something that he/she likes.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Homemade Popsicles



Delicious and just what you need for one of these really hot summer days that we're having at the moment!

What you need:

2dl redcurrant
The juice from 2 limes
1dl of elderberry juice (that can be store bought)
1 teaspoon sugar
1dl water
Popsicle molds

How you make them:

Step1: mix the redcurrant in a mixer and then sift it so that you only get the juice, unless you don't mind having all those tiny seeds in your popsicles.

Step2: mix all the ingredients in a pan on medium heat so that the sugar dissolves and it all comes together, only do it for about 10 minutes.

Step3: pour the juice into the popsicle molds and keep them in a freezer over night.