Old Malaga

28 May, 2015


My mom has visited Malaga probably five times. I say probably, because none of has track of exactly how many times. Malaga has a little bit of everything. A cute town with a lot of historic sites all very close to each other, authentic (and inauthentic) tapas bars and a lovely beach. 
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On the first day we visited the Alcazaba fortress. For someone like me who adores attractions that transport you back in time, it was the perfect start of a vacation. Walking through allies of orange trees on tile floors that have been made many centuries ago really make you feel in touch with Moorish and Roman history. It was still early in the in the season so it felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. 

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That first evening I spent way too much time in the rose garden taken pictures. Even my poor mom, who is practically a gardener and obsesses about flowers on a daily basis, started to become a little inpatient with me. 

I have a less overwhelming chunck of photos left to edit, so I hope it won't take too long before my next Malaga post. See you very soon, friends! 

On photography

25 May, 2015

I constantly drool over sultry photography online with incredible athmosphere, and I'm in absolute awe of those photographers that both take amazing photos, but then also transform them into pieces of art through editing.

I've have a huge pile of photos from a trip to Spain with my Mom. I have taken a lot time to make my own filters in Photoshop and it's been so much fun. I still can't help asking myself whether it's right to distort photos to look different from what the atmosphere really was - even if the effects are looking natural. For a while VSCO and Afterlight were a part of my iPhone editing flow, but I use them in moderation. So my question to you is: How do you feel about beautifying photos? And how much editing is too much for you?


My kitchen in the Saturday sun. Edited with Afterlight.

A short trip to Gdansk

24 May, 2015



Some weeks ago Sigurd's parents invited us, Anders and Karin for a short trip to Gdansk in Poland. It was the best brake from a new role in a really challening project at work. We spent a lot of time at the spa and it felt as if we were eating all the time.

I just realized how great (and confusing) it was to speak Polish again. I rarely value the fact that I know so many languages. And although I learned some history while visiting Gdansk I really wish that I knew so much more about Polish history and geography. My knowledge of both areas is unfortunately scandalously low. That is part of the reason why me and Sigurd are thinking about devoting two weeks to a road trip in Eastern Europe this fall.

That being said, I have not travelled much in Norway either. I was reminded of that when I talked to my friend Olga that visited us right before we went to Gdansk. (Hmmm. What nature sites should I recommend, really? I have still not been to the major ones) Hopefully, next time when Olga comes around we will have time to explore a place in Norway together. In the meantime we are aiming at putting a lot more weekend trips to our calendars.

Sigurd's 30th birthday

09 April, 2015


Preparing for Sigurd's suprise-dinner-party with 8 people was something entirely new for me and it felt like the ultimate housewife-test.

It was such a fun thing to execute, and although I usually get really stressed right before people show up - the evening went really great and all the preparation was totally worth it. We were a small bunch of people consisting of our family and closest friends - but it was the best evening I have had in a long time.

I love the thought of Sigurd having a great time. And when I look at the pictures of family and friends in our home (that is starting to feel more and more like a real home) I think to myself: How come I am not doing this more often?

The simplest Sunday breakfast

05 April, 2015


Happy Easter everyone! Just checking in today to share this perfect Sunday breakfast recipe that is really very simple. Sigurd makes it every other weekend, but it's also a perfect addition for an extra special Easter breakfast. ( I can't remember where we found it originally. Maybe it was Jamie Oliver?)

These are croissants with scrambled eggs, creamy goat cheese and arugula.

4 croissants
1 1/2 cup arugula
4 eggs
1/2 cup creamy goat cheese
Salt
Pepper

Beat the eggs together with salt, pepper and 2 tbs of water. Pour the mixture into a skillet heated over medium heat and stir. When the eggs are hardened lower the heat and divide the scrambled eggs into four even parts. Add teaspoons of goat cheese in every part and let it sit for a minute to melt. Cut the croissants on the sides and fill each croissant with arugula and then one part each of the scrambled egg.

There is nothing that gives me that Sunday feeling as much as eating these do! Have a lovely one!

That spring feeling

09 March, 2015

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It is spring! Yes! I can almost not believe the early, light mornings and the warm sunny weather we have. I've started to feel really creative recently and I'm trying to make the most out of it.

1. Enjoing this years first tulips at Sigurd's home in the Valley.
2. My new painting project - inspired by the art and method of Sandrine Pelissier.
3. The view at Akerselva river - walking the usual detour back home from work. It's just such a great way to end the week.
4. A new discovery through Pinterest: The simplest recipe for breakfast cookies.

I feel like I am repeating myself a lot when I say I've discovered "the simplest", new recipe, but I really am a sucker for making healthy and delicious food with few ingredients in no time. These breakfast cookies with oat and cranberry were no exception. Now I only need a food processor so I can make gooides like these and these.
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