lørdag 2. november 2013

Autumn joy

In September my sister and I went on a fabulous trip to Venice. We stayed there for four days and there was no sign of autumn anywhere! It was the most wonderful holiday I've ever had (since the one in Greece where I met my dear Yorkshire lad in 1989)!
What a wonderful place, no cars, no bicycles, just walking people, boats, hundreds of bridges, and no stress. Lots of  people go on a daytrip to Venice, travelling past it, going on a cruise etc. but I will recommend to stay there for a few days, then you will get to know it a bit better, you will have time to willingly get lost, and discover wonderful quiet charming places, away from all the tourists. 
Put Venice on your Bucket List! 




Back in Norway autumn has definitely arrived, it's raining, and clear crisp days, bright colors and dark evenings. 
It's time for comfort food:


Our lovely neighbour came by, bringing an applecake, (not on the photo, because it was irresistable and disappeared scaringly fast) and 4 pairs of socks with a typical Norwegian pattern that she had knitted herself! One pair each, lucky us! 




torsdag 15. august 2013

A new leaf on our tree

My little sister became a mother for the first time a few days ago!
She is a year younger than me, and they've had such a long way to go to become parents!
All I can say is that technology and science sometimes can make dreams and miracles come true, and now there is one more beautiful child in our family, who might do great things and make a difference!
He is so beautiful and sweet, and I am so grateful that I've become an aunt one last time!

onsdag 31. juli 2013

Shandie

What?
Can you stop talking?

I'm knackered...

Leave me alone!

tirsdag 30. juli 2013

Holiday and lazy days


I'm enjoying my holiday!
I'm not travelling anywhere, besides every now and then up to the cabin. 
We have had such lovely weather so far. Since we are living in a little town by the sea, there are several places to go if you want to swim in the sea, or just sit in your beach chair, eating the lunch you brought, reading your book, or just talk to the people around. 

This is also an option: 

With summer comes good food. Mostly food that will take care of it selv, slow cooked in many ways. 

Our car port turns to our garden living room in the summer
The car knows it's place and stays patiently in the drive way, while we enjoy all our meals
In the open carport. 
When you live in Norway, summer can be all sorts of weather, and we still want to be outside.
At night we light candles, and sit there talking, having a laugh, or just listen to the grass hoppers.



My flowers are visited by chubby bumble bees, and they smell lovely!
And still I'm not half way through my Holiday!

onsdag 10. juli 2013

Summer grub, when days are warm

I needed a big container to take our salad out for a picnic.
The baking bowl won the competition!
Mackerel for dinner, with sunshine on the side
Something sweet, blueberry and strawberry dessert, with cream
Thats what I call summer grub!

torsdag 4. juli 2013

Tangy and sweet and a good prospect for the weekend

I love rhubarb! But I do have to cook it with enough sugar to make it just right. 
I usually make a rhubarb pie, but this time I just cooked it with some water, sugar. To thicken it I used potato flour, its like maizena, you just stir it with a little water.

I served it with some whipped cream, the combination is perfect, and used the last remains of the shortbreads (note to self, make more) as a little touch.
can you spot the difference?
There is two types of cream, one ordinary at the back and soy whipping cream at the front. I've found a good alternative: Alpro Airy&creamy, not to strong on the soy taste, and very similar to ordinary cream when you whip it! It's slightly whiter than the ordinary one. 
This weekend me and my two sisters are taking the kids to our cabin. 
It's usually a great success, even though they are teenagers and usually have other plans than hanging out with their ancient mothers and aunts.

The weather has been lousy lately, but the weather man seems to agree with himself that this weekend it will be sun, and much warmer! 
We are crossing our fingers!
Good weather means outside joy, swimming in the little lake, playing games, making and eating food outside etc. 
Rain means, well,  we still will enjoy it of course, but suddenly we realize how big and tall (and loud)  these teenagers have become, and the cabin seems very tiny. 
I'm keeping a close eye on the weather forecast! 

tirsdag 2. juli 2013

Morning harmony

It is morning.
Some of the family members has gone to work
Some are off and still in bed.
I do my morning routine: 
A cup of tea and an espresso
Some breakfast, today it's flakes of oats and banana with 
Soy milk.
The routine also consist of the little gray sweet one outside the 
Kitchen window, begging for a thin slice of flying ham.
Flying as it flies out of the window.
this is my milk now, as I broke up with dairy a while ago, it took some time to get used to, 
but now we're Friends
I work full time organizing help and support for familys with sick or disabled children.
I have worked with this for many years, and I really enjoy my work.
My collegues are great, and sometimes we play some tricks on eachother:
This is how the keyboard looked like when one of my collegues returned from her holiday a couple of years ago! 
We replaced hers with a broken one, stuffed it with moist papertowels and planted cress!
It took som looking after I can tell you, but it was so fun to see her face! 
" that's how it goes when you eat your sandwich over your keybord, finally the dropping seeds start growing!"