lørdag 30. september 2017

Weekend Cooking; 17 Recipes With Root Vegetables

Personally, one of the things I absolutely love about autumn is the excuse to indulge in yummy root vegetables. A staple dish which allows me to do that, is Lapskaus (a Norwegian stew). I might publish my own recipe one day on Add Norwegian Lifestyle, but I will post a link to another Lapskaus recipe here today, as part of a round up of recipes using root vegetables.

There is something hearty and comforting eating a bowl of root vegetable stew and it is packed with nutrients, which is an added bonus. For me, it's truly a comfort food when it's a cold and rainy autumn night.
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Here is a list of recipes which includes root vegetables.

fredag 29. september 2017

Friday Finds; Cozy Evening With a Cuppa Tea

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onsdag 27. september 2017

Monthly Favourites September 2017

September is almost over, which means it's time for a new Monthly Favourites post. As it is finally autumn, I feel that I can function a bit more due to the weather. Let's face it; some function better during warm and sunny months while I'm one of those who prefer the cold and rainy weather as I'm sensitive to heat and sun (I occasionally joke that I act like a vampire during summer).

Some of my favourites this month are;
My new letter sets from LaPapierre.

The yummy dinner I had at Chopan Tandoori in Sandnes during 100-ugå.

This fun and vibrant display of corn at a local flower shop.

What's some of your favourites this month? Feel free to share below in the comment section.

mandag 25. september 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 39

It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week is going to be slightly hectic due to the fact that not only am I going on a cheesemaking course, but there's also a family birthday party coming up. Does anyone have any good ideas on what to give a 13 year old teenage boy for his birthday btw? Ugh, why does it seem like it's so much easier to buy presents for females?

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Monday; Fish Fingers
Tuesday; Spinach Soup
Wednesday; Fish Fingers
Thursday; Heinz Tomato Soup
Friday; Family birthday
Saturday; Fish Fingers
Suday; Vegetable Soup

What's on your menu plan this week? Feel free to comment below.

søndag 24. september 2017

15 Cheap Autumn Date Ideas

Personally, I feel that there is something romantic about autumn. It's the season where you can snuggle up with your loved one on a cold and rainy night and feel a certain comfort that one doesn't get during the summer. If you are among those who have a partner and are in need of autumn date ideas, you can check out this list that I've written. The  reason why I made a list of cheap date ideas are relatively simple; it doesn't have to cost the shirt in order to be romantic and a success.
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  1. Watch a scary movie together
  2. Go to a coffee shop and drink pumpkin spice lattes
  3. Carve pumpkins
  4. Take a walk in the woods and enjoy the scenery with the change of colour on the leaves
  5. Go on a ghost hunt
  6. Attend a harvest festival or go to a farmers market
  7. Visit a pumpkin patch
  8. Have a bonfire (or light a fire in a fire pit) and sip some hot drinks
  9. So some autumn baking (think apples, pumpkins, etc)
  10. Watch the sunset or sunrise (bonus if it's on the beach or in the mountains)
  11. Have an outdoor workout together
  12. Pick an older TV-series and watch it from the beginning
  13. Fly kites on a windy day
  14. Have a bike ride on a scenic path
  15. Visit a flea market together
Do you have any other good date ideas? Or have you been to a nice autumn date? Feel free to comment below.

lørdag 23. september 2017

Weekend Cooking; Easy Foil Pack Dinners

Slightly inspired by the last Weekend Cooking post I wrote on sheet pan dinners, I figured out that in the line of quick and easy dinners with little clean up, I wanted to search for foil-pack dinners. The end result is this post. Come on, I think most of us enjoy making easy dinners that tastes yummy. Even though there's probably people who thinks that foil pack dinners are for summers only, I believe they can be made all year around.

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Here's the recipes.

fredag 22. september 2017

Friday Finds; 10 AirBnB Places With Scenery On A Budget

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The autumn is great in terms of going on hikes due to the amazing and warm colours on the foilage. AirBnB (affiliate link) is a great place to find charming places to stay if you want to explore some scenery and I've found 10 places to stay on a budget (they all are under £50 a night) and the countries represented on the list are Romania, Scotland, England and Poland with some beautiful places to hike.

Do you have any recommendations on great places to hike? Or have you ever used AirBnB? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

tirsdag 19. september 2017

Making a Home; How To Easily Add a Touch of Autumn in Your Home

Autumn is more and more present at the moment with the change of colours on the leaves and shorter days. For me, one of the more fun things at the moment is decorating my apartment in an autumn-theme.
It doesn't need to cost that much in terms of time, labour or money to add a touch of autumn in the home decor and today I will give you some ideas on how to do it.

Some of my ideas include:
  1. Fill a bowl or a lantern with pumpkins and gourds
  2. Add a throw blanket to a chair or the sofa (plaid, wool, autumn colours etc)
  3. Add a pillow on the couch (woodland, typography, autumn colours etc)
  4. Fill a vase or a glass dome with acorns, chestnuts and/or pinecones
  5. Light some autumn scented candles
  6. Fill a vase with autumn-coloured flowers as a table centerpiece
  7. Do some autumn crafts and display them somewhere in your home (feel free to check out this post if you want inspiration)
  8. Frame an autumn-inspired printable and hang it up (feel free to check out this post for some free printables)
  9. Buy some autumn-inspired napkins

Do you have any great ideas yourself when it comes to autumn decor? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

mandag 18. september 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 38

It's Monday, which means it's time to write a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I completely forgot to write a post last week, but I'll make up for it today instead.

Here's my menu plan for this week;
Monday; Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday; Leftovers from Monday
Wednesday; Fish Fingers
Thursday; Heinz Tomato Soup
Friday; Norwegian Lapskaus (example of recipe, but I'll make my own and write it down so I can post it)
Saturday; Leftovers from Friday
Sunday; Heinz Tomato Soup

lørdag 16. september 2017

Weekend Cooking; 16 Sheet Pan Dinners

Sometimes we all are in need of some quick and easy dinners which doesn't require too much clean up afterwards. Enter sheet pan dinners and today I wanted to share with you some recipes that I've found.

Did I mention that sheet pan dinners are simple and easy? Yes. Did I also mention that most of these recipes includes veggies, which means you can get some of the nutrients that one needs? No, but now I did, which means that the recipes are not only simple and easy, but also (somewhat) healthy.

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Here's the recipes;
Honey Glazed Salmon
Maple Salmon
Mustard Salmon
One Sheet Pan Garlic Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts
One Tray Spicy Brown Sugar Salmon With Vegetables
Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon
Sheet Pan Baked Blackened Tilapia With Zucchini
Sheet Pan Steak with Potatoes and Broccoli
Sheet Pan Mini Meatloaf With Potatoes And Green Beans
Parmesan Chicken
Peanut Chicken
Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Green Beans and Feta
Sheet Pan Honey Apricot Chicken and Asparagus
Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken
Easy Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken
One Pan Honey Lemon Chicken Asparagus

Have you ever made sheet pan dinners? If you have, do you have a favourite go-to recipe? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

fredag 15. september 2017

Friday Finds; Over 90 Free Autumn Printables

I absolutely love autumn and it is my favourite season of all. There is something about the crisp air, the beautiful colours and "everything" else that is related to it. While some people look forward to summer, I look forward to autumn. Today I wanted to share with you a round up of free autumn printables. The thing about printables is that it is an affordable way to decorate; all you need is a printer and an inexpensive frame to put the artwork in.

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Here is the list of the free printables;

What is your favourite season and/or do you like decorating with printables? Feel free to comment below.

torsdag 14. september 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Financial World

It's Thursday, which means it's time for a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves and the theme of the week was the financial world.

Here are my picks;

The Wolf of Wall Street; An okay movie to watch if you're in search of something that is a bit light weight.

American Psycho; Not entirely the financial world, but still a good movie.

Inside Job; An interesting documentary about the 2008 financial crisis.

tirsdag 12. september 2017

Making a Home; 20 Autumn Crafts To Lighten Up This Season

The evenings gets darker more quickly already, which means that a lot of us spend more time indoors. If you are like me, which means having a weakness for crafting, those darker evenings make a nice excuse to do a bit.

If you are looking for some new ideas, I've found 20 autumn crafts one could do. Some of them might be kid-friendly while others would work very well as gifts (an early start on Christmas gifts maybe?). Feel free to check them out if you like.
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  1. Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder
  2. DIY Hot Cocoa Gift Bags! {Homemade Gift Idea}
  3. Fall Wreath Tutorial
  4. Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe! {Gift in a Jar}
  5. Knitted Acorn
  6. Fall Wreaths with Acorns
  7. Acorn Bird Feeder Tutorial
  8. Ombre Pinecone Tutorial
  9. Burlap and Feather Wrapped Mason Jars
  10. Fall Mason Jar Vases
  11. Corn Husk Mason Jar
  12. Easy Fall Leaf Banner
  13. DIY Pumpkin Jars
  14. DIY Napkin Ring
  15. Rustic Fall Twig Wreath Tutorial
  16. Fall Cookies in a Jar Gift
  17. Apple Stamping Craft Idea
  18. Free Fall Adult Colouring Pages
  19. How To Make Plush Velvet Pumpkins
  20. Pinecone Hedgehogs
Do you like to do more crafts when it's getting darker and colder? Or do you have any great autumn-inspired craft ideas? Feel free to comment below.

lørdag 9. september 2017

Weekend Cooking; 12 Comfort Food Recipes

As the autumn in slowly kicking in, some of us might start craving comfort foods. At least I know I do and I realised I did when I ate a yummy grilled cheese sandwich recently at a cosy café in Stavanger recently. So today I wanted to share with you a round up of comfort food recipes.

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Here's the recipes I've found.

Broccoli and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes
Pasta with Chicken Broth, Butter and Parmesan
Chinese Dumpling Soup
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Poor Man's Soup
Chicken and Rice
Vegetarian Sheperd's Pie
Chicken Paprikash
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Beef and Noodle Casserole
White Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Traditional British Mini Chicken & Mushroom Pie

torsdag 7. september 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Animated Movies Geared Towards Adults

It's Thursday again, which means it is time for another Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week was animated movies geared towards adults and here are my picks.

Waltz With Bashir; Let's face it - war is a bad thing.

Persepolis; Based on graphic novels, it tells a coming-of-age story set in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Fantastic Mr. Fox; It's originally a children's book by Roald Dahl, but the movie is probably more suitable for adults.

onsdag 6. september 2017

100 Things To Do This Autumn

Autumn is certainly my favourite season. There is something about the beautiful colours on the leaves, the crisp air and "everything" that relates to this very season. Though I can't deny the fact that the days are getting shorter and sometimes we all need a bit of a pick-me-up. In order to keep the spirits up a bit, I wanted to share with you 100 things to do this autumn (no need to do them all of course - pick and choose as you like). If you want, you can even do it a bit "fancy" by making a bucket list out of it by using one of these printable; Autumn Bucket List Printable or Autumn Fun - A Bucket List.
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Here's the 100 things to do this autumn.

1.       Go apple-picking
2.       Get a neutral mani/pedi
3.       Go for a hike (bring the camera)
4.       Wear braids
5.       Unwind with a spa day
6.       Snuggle into a cozy scarf
7.       Indulge in a pumpkin spice latte
8.       Do some autumn crafts
9.       Visit a pumpkin patch
10.   Go pumpkin picking
11.   Go on a hayride
12.   Carve a pumpkin
13.   Make a Halloween costume
14.   Do some Halloween crafts
15.   Bake Halloween treats
16.   Trick or treating
17.   Watch horror movies
18.   Drink spiced apple cider
19.   Visit a farmers market
20.   Make s’mores
21.   Make caramel apples
22.   Host a bonfire
23.   Bake autumn cookies
24.   Bake pies
25.   Make leaf art
26.   Visit a chocolate factory
27.   Drink hot chocolate
28.   Roast marshmallows
29.   Read outside
30.   Eat corn on the cob
31.   Visit a farm
32.   Have a road trip
33.   Go horseback-riding
34.   Make a front door wreath
35.   Have a picnic in the park
36.   Rake leaves for a neighbour
37.   Make a breakfast casserole
38.   Knit a scarf
39.   Bake apple muffins
40.   Visit a haunted house
41.   Try a new flavour of coffee
42.   Make chilli
43.   Do a random act of kindness
44.   Burn some new candles
45.   Visit the library
46.   Enjoy a foggy morning walk
47.   Watch an autumn movie
48.   Jump in leaf piles
49.   Go on a bike ride
50.   Volunteer at a food pantry
51.   Join a book club
52.   Watch a sunset/sunrise
53.   Host a board game night
54.   Stuff a scarecrow
55.   Go backyard camping
56.   Decorate your porch with autumn flair
57.   Take an autumn foliage drive
58.   Stay in a B&B with views of foliage
59.   Visit a local candle shop
60.   Bring fresh pie to a neighbour
61.   Bundle up in your favourite sweater, scarf and boots
62.   Have an autumn canning party
63.   Go for a weekend getaway in the mountains
64.   Open the windows to get the crisp autumn air in
65.   Plant flower bulbs
66.   Take photos and frame
67.   Donate food to a food pantry/bank
68.   Cuddle under comfy blankets
69.   Buy sunflowers
70.   Roast pumpkin seeds
71.   Bake bread
72.   Make French Toast
73.   Play in the leaves
74.   Cuddle by a fire
75.   Have an autumn photo shoot
76.   Decorate for autumn
77.   Buy autumn nail polish
78.   Rent a cabin for the weekend
79.   Bring seasonal coffee to a friend or a family member
80.   Find a favourite autumnal candle
81.   Read a good book curled up on the sofa
82.   Light a fire in the fireplace
83.   Host an autumn brunch
84.   Kiss in the rain
85.   Ogle a guy in a peacoat
86.   Buy new school supplies
87.   Dress up in layers and leggings
88.   Share scary stories by a bonfire
89.   Splash in puddles
90.   Stay warm in cosy cardigans
91.   Decorate your front door
92.   Read by the fire
93.   Host a chilli cook-off
94.   Shop for new autumn clothes
95.   Have a backyard campfire
96.   Breathe in the scent of firewood
97.   Go to a Halloween party
98.   Have an autumn date
99.   Stargaze
100.                       Make soup

Do you have any other good ideas on what to do this autumn? Have you ever done any of the things mentioned? Or do you have a fond autumn memory? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

tirsdag 5. september 2017

Making a Home; Chore Checklists for Kids

Even though chores and cleaning can be a pain at times, it helps to be structured about it. When I was a teenager we had a checklist of my chores and I crossed things off when finished, whether it was taking out the garbage, cleaning the counter tops or other things. I basically knew what to do thanks to the list, which made everything easier, both for my father, stepmother and myself.

Based on own experience, I think chore checklists can be a great way to teach kids and teenagers about responsibilithy and being tidy. Let's face it, us adults know that the laundry doesn't do itself. If nothing else, it helps the kids become future responsible adults for the time they move out.

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So here is a list with chore checklists and other printables;
Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids
Printable Chore Checklist for Kids
Age Appropriate Chores for Kids
Free Printable Chore Schedule
DIY Printable Chore Chart
A Simple Chore System for Young Kids {with Free Printables!}
FREE Work for Hire Chore Cards for Kids
Stars Chore Bucks

What system do you use in terms of chores? Feel free to share below in the comments.

mandag 4. september 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 36

It's Monday again, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post thanks to Laura who writes the blog I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week I'm luckily having a bit of variety in terms of dinners due to stocking up a bit on various dinner items.

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Here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Leftover Fish Stew
Tuesday; Beef Bourguignon
Wednesday; Chicken Tikka Masala with Naan Bread
Thursday; Leftovers
Friday; Tomato Soup with Macaroni
Saturday; Fish & Chips
Sunday; Mexican Casserole

What's on your menu plan this week if you have one? Feel free to share in the comments below.

lørdag 2. september 2017

Weekend Cooking; Over 30 Apple Recipes

It's September and one of the things I associate with this month, are apples and apple harvest. When I was a kid, my grandparents had a small apple orchard where the family often gathered to pick up all the usable apples, the rest was left for the birds to feed on.

Inspired by those memories, I've made a round up of over 30 recipes where you can use apples. I've tried to have a little bit of variety, even though it's easier said than done.
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Various Recipes
Toffee Apple Dip
Caramel Glazed Apple Bread
Apple Cinnamon Toaster Strudels
Apple Pie Filling
Apple Cinnamon Rolls With Jack Daniels Cream Cheese Frosting
Quick Apple Dumplings
Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Apple Porridge
Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Apple and Tarragon
Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Mom's Homemade Apple Crisp
Fried Apples With Apple Caramel Sauce
Apple Snickers Trifle
Apple Pie Parfaits
Slow Cooker Baked Apples
Caramel Apple Trifle

Butterscotch Apple Cookies
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Caramel Apple Cake
Southern Apple and Pecan Cake
Apple Bundt with Brown-Butter Vanilla Bean Glaze
Pear + Apple + Ginger Crumble with Cinnamon Ice Cream
Old Fashioned Apple Pie
Apple Harvest Pound Cake with Caramel Glaze

Cupcakes and Muffins
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Apple Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Apple Martini
Honey Caramel Apple Cider/
Cranberry, Orange & Apple White Wine Sangria
Hot Spiced Apple Cider