mandag 31. oktober 2016

Menu Plan Monday Week 44

Wow, is it already Halloween and soon November? It is anyway a new Monday and therefore time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to the blogger I'm an Organizing Junkie.

I like to have a plan when it comes to dinners; I have an "overall menu plan" where I've listed all the dinners I have all the ingredients for, and with that one I plan my weekly menu. The overall menu plan helps me keep track of what dinners I have, so I don't end up planning to eat let us say fish for five days straight, and it also helps me use the groceries I do have at hand and what days I really need a plain simple dinner or leftovers (as I'm often a bit tired after lectures).

At the moment I'm having a bit of a "project" trying to clear out some of the stuff in my freezer and some of the canned goods I have due to a bit lack of storage (the punishment of living in a small flat I guess).

Here comes my menu plan for the week.

Monday; Leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday; Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup (with a few tweaks)
Wednesday; Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday; Fish Fingers
Friday; Rajma Masala
Saturday; Aloo Mutter
Sunday; Salmon with Creme Fraiche and Mango Chutney

søndag 30. oktober 2016

Weekly Happiness Week 43

Sunday has finally arrived again and now it is time for me to look back on the things that made me smile this week.

Pretty leaves on campus

Completing my goal on Goodreads of reading 100 books this year
Recieving four books that I've ordered in the mail

tirsdag 25. oktober 2016

Making a Home; Some Personal Autumn Essentials

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Due to the fact that the autumn most certainly has arrived, I just wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite autumn essentials for bringing the cozy autumnal feel into the home.

Food and Drink
Honeybrush, Mandarin and Orange Tea
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Apple Pie Spice

For the Home Spa
Northern Forest Scented Tealights
Goat Milk and Chai Body Lotion
Cedarwood Scented Incense

I'm one of those who like nice scents, and one of the things that gives me a bit of comfort on the cold autumn nights are to curl up on the couch with a blanket, lighting some candles and drink some tea or hot chocolate. The scent is in a sense vital for me to enjoy those moments, whether it is from a hot drink or a candle or similar.

mandag 24. oktober 2016

Menu Plan Monday Week 43

New week and therefore a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to I'm an Organizing Junkie. I'm one of those who enjoy being a bit organized and it really helps me when it comes to managing "everything" that needs to be done, considering I'm a student who live on my own (whether it's food, studies, lectures, errands, chores, you name it). I'm single and childless and find it sometimes a bit difficult, so I have to give moms out there a bit credit.

Anyway, here is my menu plan for the week.

Monday; Heinz Tomato Soup
Tuesday; Meatballs with pasta
Wednesday; Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday; Heinz Tomato Soup
Friday; Fishfingers
Saturday; Pasta with Al Forno Sauce
Sunday; Salmon with Creme Fraiche and Mango Chutney

I can't deny the fact that some of those dinners sound a bit boring, but quite frankly, microwave dinners (like Heinz Tomato Soup) or leftovers basically save the day when I come home from lectures exhausted with a bit of lov blood sugar and need food NOW.

søndag 23. oktober 2016

Weekly Happiness Week 42

Considering the fact that it is Sunday, it is probably time for a new Weekly Happiness post. Here is some of the things that put a smile on my face this week.

Sending out these socks to their new owner in the United States (I'm an Etsy seller)

Relax at Starbucks in Stavanger with a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a poetry anthology

Participate in Dewey's Readathon

Saving roughly $10 while grocery shopping just by being strategic enough and buy some stuff on sale/discount
Meet one of my friends for a coffee at the book café on campus
Finding the sheet music for Aslan's Theme (from the BBC adaption of Narnia) that I thought I had lost

torsdag 20. oktober 2016

6 AirBnB Castles in Scotland Where You Can Stay the Night

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Have you ever dreamt of living in a castle? I know I have at least. Unfortunately my wallet can't afford to buy one, but the next best thing is the possibility to rent either an entire castle, or at least a private room for the night, thanks to AirBnB.

Here is a few castles in Scotland, where you can spend the night.

Romantic Medieval Tower

Peebles, Storbritannia
Authentic medieval tower with roaring log fires and all modern comforts. In beautiful countryside on the River Tweed. Ideal for exploring the Scottish Borders. Biking at Glentress 5 minutes; Edinb...


East Lothian, Storbritannia
Colstoun is arguably the oldest inhabited home in Scotland. Certainly it is the home that has been inhabited the longest by one family, with the Brouns having lived in and owned the home for almost...

Elegant 18th Century Castle

Midlothian, Storbritannia
Melville Castle provides a comfortable selection of rooms and suites within the elegance of an 18th century castle. As one of Edinburgh’s most charming destinations, you’ll soon find out why so man...

Illieston Castle, Edinburgh Airport

Newbridge, Skottland, Storbritannia
Illieston is an historic and romantic family home located in the country side and bounded by the river Almond yet only 10 minutes drive from Edinburgh Airport. We welcome guests to stay on their ...

Historic castle in Borders

Gordon , Skottland, Storbritannia
Experience staying in a Scottish castle in the Borders. Double sleigh bed with private shower room and bathroom. Completely private and hidden away, a gem to be discovered.

The Tower at Faside Castle

Edinburgh and Lothians, Storbritannia
The Tower at Faside Castle, Edinburgh and Lothians

tirsdag 18. oktober 2016

Making a Home; In Love With Teabox

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I've been in love with the online shop TeaBox for some time now. Not only do they have a "regular" online shop, but they do also have subscription options (various weight and it's costumized to what types of tea you like).

I recently purchased a couple of packages with Craigmore Classic Winter Frost Black Tea from the Nilgiri tea estate on sale and I really love the tea. One of the bigger bonuses with TeaBox is that even when you click on the "air mail" option the package arrives relatively quickly, considering it's shipped from India.

By the way, if you want to purchase anything from TeaBox, feel free to use this link and we both get $10 off on the next purchase.

mandag 17. oktober 2016

Menu Plan Monday Week 42

I saw that the blog I'm An Organizing Junkie had the weekly feature Menu Plan Monday and I decided I could write my own menu plan post today.

As I'm a university student living on my own, I'm not always having "fancy and blog worthy dinners", so I hope you guys bear with me. Nevertheless, here is my menu plan for this week.

Monday; Heinz Tomato Soup
Tuesday; Fish fingers
Wednesday; Meatballs with pasta
Thursday; Leftovers from Wednesday
Friday; Thai Red Curry Soup
Saturday; Salmon with Creme Fraiche and Mango Chutney
Sunday; Leftovers from Saturday (yes, I know, leftovers on a Sunday)

Other; Slow Cooker Caramel Latte on Saturday, as it is Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon.

søndag 16. oktober 2016

Weekly Happiness Week 41

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In the society of today I feel that we're all in a rush and in a sense forget to "stop and smell the roses" from time to time. Personally I'm trying to be grateful for some of the small stuff that happens during my week, even though it's sometimes a bit hard. When we get old, I don't think it matter that much that you got that fancy promotion at work, but rather those small moments. For those of you who have kids, when was the last time you actually "was in the moment" and enjoying it while playing with your kid(s)?

Perhaps time to get to the point before my mind wanders off too much and sound too "preachy". Here is some of the things that put a smile on my face this week.

Making a successful batch of Slow Cooker Caramel Latte

Poetry street art on the ground close by one of my favourite coffee shops

Recieve the tea I ordered from Teabox

Having a relaxing evening reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle while eating marzipan chocolate and drinking tea

Finally recieving the September box (!) from Glossybox
Dye my hair red with red henna hair dye
Baking pumpkin pie for the first time

torsdag 13. oktober 2016

Thirsty Thursday; Slow Cooker Caramel Latte

I'm a big fan of using the slow cooker that I purchased a couple of years ago. Earlier this week when I was craving "fancy coffee", but didn't bother going to a coffee shop, I ended up making it myself in the slow cooker. Fair enough, I know it can't compete against a properly made coffee, but sometimes a "replacement" can work fine. And yes, you can use the slow cooker for more than just stews and soups.

Slow Cooker Caramel Latte
1 liter milk
5 dl strong brewed coffee
1 dl caramel coffee syrup

Add the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Cook it on high for about two hours until heated through. Then it is just to scoop it up into individual mugs. This recipe is for about 4 portions, depending on how big your mugs are.