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Simplifying your morning routine increases productivity, a recent study finds. It almost…
Where we live it is Huckleberry season, which means these sweet little berries are now available at Albertson’s on Broadway, who I have been working with on several tasty projects this summer. Huckleberries look quite similar to blueberries but their taste is more intense with more juice which makes these intensely delicious once baked as the juices release and mix with he sugar/flour mixture to make a syrup.
This is another simple and quick recipe that appears and tastes more labor intensive than it actually is! Check out the recipe below.
pie crust (make your own or purchase one ready-made)
fresh Huckleberries, about 5 oz
3 fresh figs
2 tlb flour
2 tlb light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar or honey for garnish
Roll out your pie dough into a circle, approx 12″ wide. Rinse your Huckleberries and figs and drain. Mix your sugar, flour and spices together and gently toss your fresh berries in them. Now fill the center of your crust with the dusted berries and then top with quartered figs and lemon zest, being careful to leave about 1 1/2″ of dough to folding over the edges. Pleat your edges as you fold them up, brush edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 350ºF/176 C for 40 minutes. Once galette is removed a cooled slightly you can drizzle it with a bit of honey. Serve with fresh vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cheese!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.
Seems that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good IKEA hack that’s probably easier than most you’ll find online. Without the need for tools or hardware, Norse Interiors offers a range of custom fronts and colors as well as cabinet knobs so you can…
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When I was a girl I remember eating Arroz con Leche, which is basically a Latino version of rice pudding, at my grandmother’s house or made by my mom. Sometimes she’s ruin it with raisins but mostly it had this sweet condensed milk and cinnamon flavor, the flavors of which is still incredibly nostalgic for me.
So last week I came across a recipe that is pretty much the jello version of this called Gelatina de Leche or Milk Jello. Wait, jello?! Who makes desserts from jello anymore? This isn’t the 1960’s!
Well maybe lack of trendiness made it all the more intriguing for me to try and when I showed the recipe to my mom she said my grandmother used to make this. Of course she did!
In part because my family-isa recipe to resurrect and after buying 2x the supplies, just in case the first effort didn’t turn out, along with three stops at thrift stores for old copper jello molds, I was ready to give it a try. If you follow my Stories on Instagram then yesterday you saw Elin helping me and part of the process, ending with my son jiggling the set and unmolded yellow creation.
It tastes like my childhood and so I thought I’d share because, being a cold dish, it just might be the perfect dessert for a summer night. The recipe I used was found here, where their flawlessly bright white jello doesn’t resemble my own in the slightest! Even though I removed the cinnamon sticks after 4 mins, part of them separated and then sunk to the bottom of the mold while chilling. I’m sure straining the mixture before refrigerating would have prevented this, but the recipe never called to do so. Also, how is theirs so white?! I used the table cream, just like the recipe asked for, and it has a very oyster white color that keeps this from being a true, stark white.
Regardless of the aesthetics I thought it was good, so here you are with the directions:
1 cup cold water
5 tbsp unflavored gelatin
4 cups of milk
2 large mexican cinnamon sticks, broken in half
28 oz condensed milk
1½ cups crema mexicana (table cream)
2 tsp vanilla extract
/Start by blooming 4 or 5 tbsp of unflavored gelatin (reduce the amount to 4 tbsp if you don’t want it as firm) in the cup of cold water.
/Then in a medium saucepan add milk and bring to a boil. Once the milk reaches boiling point, add the cinnamon sticks, reduce the heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
/Using a slotted spoon, remove the cinnamon sticks, add in the unflavored gelatin and whisk gently until completely dissolved. Mix in the condensed milk, crema mexicana and vanilla extract, stirring until everything has been fully combined.
/Pour your mixture into your mold and refrigerate for about 4-5 hours until firm.
/Unmold your jello by dipping in a larger bowl of hot water for 3 seconds. Place a plate ontop of your jello and invert. Garnish with fresh berries, or not.
We all have windows and so if you’ve ever needed to cover them then you know well the process that can come with finding the the right fabric in the right size, and the right color. It’s not always as simple as you thought. Then there’s finding the right fixtures for hanging the curtains . Chances are you also have different sized windows throughout your space so each one might require a unique solution.
Or maybe you’ve never found this to be a struggle and have no idea what I’m talking about but from my own personal experience I have not come across an arrangement that has particularly streamlined the experience. Even if you’ve found curtains that you love with relative ease then you still need to locate something to hang them with which might be altogether unappealing or difficult to install. To confess, I usually make my husband deal with the installation part because I can’t be bothered with it all. The options available are usually less than thrilling and it becomes one of those obligatory but unattractive components of your home that serves a function but offers little more than that.
Bouroullec and Kvadrat Textiles have joined creative forces to solve some of the issues that can come along with window dressing and created the Ready Made Curtain. When I was initially introduced to this product my enthusiasm did not need any additional persuasion. A minimal and attractive anchor and tethered string that can fit various sized windows that can be customized in multiple colors including the string, the pegs and of course Kvadrat produced fabric?! Count me in!
Once you install the pegs the cord can be fed through the center support and then then tightened to prevent bowing in the middle. Before you attach the other end of the cord however, slide the white pegs on to later hang the fabric with. After that you only need to snap the fabric onto the pegs. One of the visual benefits of using this peg system rather than say, a pocketed top that slides over a metal rod, is that there is a continuous and uninterrupted line of fabric from bottom to top.
If you’re looking for new curtains, want to change the look of your windows, or are even looking for a clever space divider, this Ready Made Curtain is a thoughtfully designed solution that might make the process a whole lot simpler while also making it more attractive!
*This post was sponsored by my wonderful partner Kvadrat, all images and words are my own!
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The best renovation projects for me are the ones that yield quick results. Tasked with painting a room or removing then replacing floors can feel daunting to approach but gratefully this renovation in our bedroom was fast and painless. Within one day’s time we went from bright and white to dark and handsome with rich brown Dominion Steele Chestnut laminate floors by Quick•Step.
Last week I shared our plan with the new floors, inspiration and thoughts about how meaningful and impactful flooring can be, today I share finished images with detailed images of the new flooring from Quick•Step. We’re very pleased with the outcome and the way it’s changed the whole feeling and look in our bedroom. Want to see even more images including “before & after”? Head over to Quick•Step Style where you can see even more photos of the new finished room. As part of the RoomUP Blogger Challenge you can also check out other blogger makeovers using different finishes and flooring colors.
Don’t forget to enter the RoomUP Sweepstakes where you can win new flooring for yourself!
At home we consume a lot of almond milk. Oatmeal, cereal and smoothies are common foods for the kids especially who are both very picky eaters. In my defense I did provide plenty of opportunity for raw fruits and vegetables when they were younger as well as exposing them to a variety of fish, eggs and other types of meat. Despite my best efforts they are both still challenging to feed. One day Elin loves black beans, cucumbers and yogurt and the next day she wouldn’t consider touching them. My son is toast obsessed and loves different kinds of bread it with different kids of butter and mashed avocado.
The other day I was reading the label on of the store bought almond milks, not terrible but there were a few necessary ingredients that I thought just don’t need to be there. After all it only takes almonds and a bit of water to make almond milk, why the extras? Also we had run out of almond milk and the prospect of dressing the kids, packing them in the car and driving 15 mins for a carton of milk seemed ridiculous. Ultimately we still had to wait until the next day because the almonds need to soak for several hours. Out of curiosity I did buy some remade milk from the store and we all had a blind taste test and unanimously agreed the homemade version tasted much better, even sweeter despite not having added anything besides water.
To make you’ll need at least 1 cup of raw almonds, cheese cloth (I used flood cloth which has a slightly tighter weave but still works well) and a container for storing your milk in the fridge.
Soak the almonds overnight in water, you just need enough to cover them completely with a bit of extra because they will absorb some of the water.
In the morning drain the almonds and throw them in a blender with about 2 parts water (if you soaked 1 cup raw almonds, add 2 cups water to the blender). Blend well.
Line a large bowl with a clean cheese cloth. Pour the blended almond/water mixture over the cloth and twist the cloth tightly so that the milk pushed through the bottom of the cloth. Once you’ve squeezed out every possible drop of liquid from those overworked almonds, pour your beautiful milk from the bowl into a cover pitcher or bottle.
Drink cold from a glass or mix it with muesli, oats or blend with fruit and frozen bananas…which is our lazy meal go-to. ;)
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image from Kråkvik&D’Orazio
This weekend is already half way over but I still hope to get several things done before Monday, including to finish painting in our bedroom, and make sure the kids are ready for Halloween. My son has known all year that he wants to dress up as Kylo Ren and my daughter wants to be a princess. I tried to suggest a few other ideas to her but she was quite adamant that she must be a princess. Thankfully she received this really beautiful Tutu du Monde dress recently so both kids are basically waiting for Monday to come. I’ll try to take and share some photos too.
If you need a last minute costume idea and a more sustainable one at that, I thought this campaign by Zara about recycling their shipping boxes was clever. Scroll down a bit to the mask/black swan DIY section.
I share this on my FB page recently but I thought I found it to be so inspiring. It is a video for Bugaboo however I loved seeing into the lives of CEO’s Kasper and Sofie Egelund as they’ve moved continents to pursue new markets with VIPP. A leap I’ve often wanted to take in the opposite direction but with young kids I’m too nervous to follow through with.
Currently I’m searching for the perfect-for-me ankle boots. I have a long wishlist but realistically I’m not looking for an investment piece, just something chic and comfortable enough to, you know, be a mom in. These from Jennie-Ellen are seriously tempting me!
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Wouldn’t it be nice to peer into other homes during dinnertime and see if their food is really as beautiful in real life as it is on Instagram? Secretly I hope they’ve also just settled for cereal and milk like me.
Alright, I can’t actually remember the last time I had cereal for dinner but there have been many a night when the kids won’t go to sleep and I haven’t had time or energy to make something proper. I knew I wanted fish for dinner, Sunday night, but I was in the mood to try something different. This recipe caught my eye and appeared to be the perfect antidote to my need for something easy and fresh. We grilled corn on the cob in stead of putting the fish in tortillas so we ate the fish with the sauce alone.
I’m pasting the directions below for you.
1/2 cp scallions thinly sliced
1/2 cp cilantro leaves
1/4 cp freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cp olive oil
2 tlbs chopped jalapeño
1 tlbs soy sauce
coarse sea salt to taste
6 ounces mild white fish fillets (I used Cod), rinse and pat dry
1/4 tsp kosher or coarse sea salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
all-purpose flour to coat fish fillets
12 corn tortillas store-bought or homemade
In a small bowl, combine the scallions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, chile and Maggi sauce, and stir to mix well. Set aside for at least 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste, if need be.
Sprinkle the fish fillets with the salt and pepper. Spread flour on a large plate and coat each fillet thoroughly on both sides.
Heat 1/4-inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the fish, in batches to avoid crowding, and sear for about 3 minutes, until crisped and browned on the bottom. Don’t fiddle with the fillets, let them brown so they don’t stick to the bottom and can be released. Turn and brown for about 3 minutes on the second side. The fish is ready when the thickest part is cooked through and it flakes easily with a fork. Put the fish on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm in a low (250°F) oven, if you won’t eat it in the next 10 minutes.
Transfer the fish to a platter and pour the sauce on top. Or, you can do as I do, flake the fish and serve drizzled with the sauce, ready to make tacos. Serve with corn tortillas.
/recipe from Pati Jinich / photo by me
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How to make a DIY mesh mood board in 30 minutes or less After decorating the horizontal surfaces of our homes, at some point we find ourselves at our final interior frontier: tackling those vast vertical negative spaces. The perfect frame or print are obvious choices (and faux taxidermy, not so obvious) but our favourite has to be the good old fashioned mood board, where passions, memories and hopes can be haphazardly collected for the ultimate interior self-expression. A mood board is also a creative tool to crystalise ideas and inspire the mind that will invigorate every creative workspace (and not just for the Pin-worthy photo ops presented therein). So here’s how to make a DIY mesh moodboard in 30 minutes or less. 1 Gather the tools Steel mesh sheets can be found in the gardening section of any hardware store like Bunnings for under $20. Choose your desired size with well spaced grids to allow for spacing out of inspiration without it looking cluttered. Choose an unfinished metal mesh for industrial raw aesthetic, or a painted one for something more sleek. If you’re renting and can’t hang anything on your walls, opt for a thicker, more rigid mesh that you can simply prop up. Next you will […]
I am all about simple, uncomplicated things in life. Sometimes I find myself in the midst of a mess, which is unavoidable as a mom and someone who works freelance, but I always try to steer the ship back towards the simplest form of life. Or at least aspire to do so. Same is try for food because as much as I love eating complex dishes I don’t want to be in the kitchen all day for a single meal. My favorite sort of cooking involves just a handful of fresh ingredients and just a few basic steps for preparation.
Yesterday we grilled some blueberry & jarlsberg sausages (purchased locally) and I sautéed some greens. I also roasted these beautiful trumpet mushrooms. Nature really is so inspiring. The shape and color of these are so soft and appealing but what matters most if that they were delicious and quick.
Wipe off the mushrooms (do not wash), slice in half length wise and toss in a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper and throw in a few peeled garlic cloves. I also added a generous amount of fresh Thyme leaves over the top. Spread on parchment paper and bake at 400F / 200C for 15 minutes and enjoy!
I’ve been wearing my dainty pearl earrings almost every day for the past few months. I quite enjoy the highly elegant look they add to any ensemble without risking the granny vibes. The other day whilst digging through my jewelry box, I realized that those earrings are actually the only pearl item I currently have. […]
A clever and easy DIY from Livet Hemma using some wooden chairs, leather and a bit of glue.
Today I have one last post in collaboration with Design Life Kids sharing a simple DIY using this beautiful brass candleholder from Ferm Living. You can easily imagine this as a centerpiece during Christmas or New Year’s dinners but adding some fresh g…
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It’s been more than a year since we witnessed the emergence of the perfect hair accessory at Céline runway show of SS 2015. The thought of finding something similar one day has been stuck in the back of my mind since. I finally found what I have long coveted – the Céline hair clip look-a-like, […]
Let me tell you how proud I am of myself for managing to minimize my wardrobe. Very proud. There. This may sound a bit ludicrous to you, but if you’ve been following my fashion journey from the start, you would know just how much my style, thoughts and attitude towards fashion and shopping have changed. […]
New in, straight from the back of my shoe cabinet. I am still amazed at how much a bit of spray paint, metal studs or ribbon can alter a piece of clothing. Once upon a time, these were just your average black pointed-toe flats. While I do love me a basic pair of shoes, these […]
My latest work for La petite magazine including instructions how to do this wall hanging is out now. /photo/styling Annaleena karlsson/ La petite magazine
What better time for DIY projects than summer vacation? If you’re feeling bored these days and have some free time on your hands, definitely try this one out! As it’s always the case with all my DIY projects, this one is pretty simple, quick and very inexpensive to make too. I’m so pleased with how […]
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After “making” my DIY tube ring, I was left with some more parts to play with. As you can see in the video, it takes literally zero effort to deconstruct a lipstick tube and get two industrial-looking statement rings. I have to say I like the looks of this square ring just a tad more […]The post DIY square hardware ring appeared first on moiminnie.
image | styled by Lotta Agaton photo by Mikkel MortensenI took an unofficial break these past couple weeks. Ideally I would have kept up with the blog everyday but it was nice to have some down time with the kids and family and since I’m only one pers…
‘Mooi wat planten doen’ is an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland and is dutch for ‘Beautiful what plants do’. It has been proven that you feel better with plants around you and thanks to the Flower Council you can experience this in the First or Second store in Alkmaar.You’ll find a wide variety of indoor plants, often several cultivars of one kind. Both hanging as standing plants. Totally green or colored blooming and we picked some of our favorites to share with you!A dark green room plant like this Alocasia Calidora gives your living room a fresh look. It ensures peace and simplicity, but is on the other hand a true eye-catcher in your workspace or living room.Macramé plant hangers are very trendy right now! It takes a little time but it’s simple to create them. Fun for yourself or as a (Christmas)gift.We also really like these mini Succulents. Make your own little garden by mixing them up and put them together in a low box and they fit perfectly into different spaces.For more tips for the (busy) plants lover, DIY & give-away-tips, plants for XS to XL rooms and all the trends in the field of plants… You’ll find it all here!Images by April and May
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Similar to Céline one, you’ve seen my version on the blog before. A lot of people were interested in knowing where I got it from and, later, how I made it – when I replied it was a DIY. Way before the idea light bulb appeared above my head, I was looking for a simple, […]