Thursday, August 21, 2014

Favorite vintage illustrations

Today I'd like to share some beautiful 60ies illustrations with you. They're from an collectors album, and you had to glue the pictures in yourself, no stickers here yet. Aren't they pretty? I'm afraid I don't know all the bird names in English, but here's your chance to expand your Norwegian skills. I can't get enough of illustrations like these. Hope you like them too!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sleeping bag for my Mac

Finally I found time to sit down and sew. I've kept my Mac in the cardboard box it came in until now, but now it was time to make a sleeve for it. I spend some time deciding what fabric to use, and have come to terms with the fact that I can't decide, so I'll make two. This yellow treat is the first, the fabric is I'm afraid very old, bought at Åhlens ages ago, and I wish I bought several meters more, now I'm soon out. The texture is lovely, I think it's linen. On the inside the sleeve has light pink corduroy. I also made a pocket on the back for the chord and maybe other useful stuff, like my the endless notes I'm carrying around. Nowadays they're about Oslo's cinemas. I was going to write closed down, then I realized my plan is to write about all of them, not just those who are closed down, but then again I realized they're mostly closed down all of them so what's the difference. It's a miracle we have any cinemas left. Anyway, I still love my Mac to death, I love how smooth it feels when I write, I love that Helvetica comes with it, I love how the keyboard lights up and the way it sounds.... I know, I'm probably nuts, but, I love my Mac, and it was about time I started sewing. It's not hard to make your own sleeve, and I could make a tutorial, but I don't have to, because the sewing blog Stitched by crystal already did it for me. You can find her tutorial here

Now I'm off to bed, I'll of course share the next sleeve with you as well. It will be light blue and brown, maybe with a red flower. 

Have a good night, xoxo

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rainbow meringues

This is not a tutorial on how to do meringues, I can of course do one later, but right now I just wanted to share this color explosion with you. I got some new Wilton color pastes for my birthday, and had to try them immediately, since I saw really colorful meringues in a book earlier this summer I had this image of bright yellow and orange meringues in my head that wouldn't go away. 

To get the marble effect, don't use your food processor to blend in the color. Use a spoon or a fork and just blend carefully in circles until the color look like a spiral. Use the same spoon and forks to place the meringues on the baking trays. Again, be careful so the pattern don't disappear, use your finger to help slide it off. 

What's also important is to not use ordinary food coloring. You must use the much stronger paste, otherwise you won't get any color at all. 

Just have fun and experiment. Maybe it's possible to blend two or more colors? Will try that next time!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birthday party, one month too late

Had a great celebration yesterday, all cakes and goodies gone real fast and I was planning to photograph a lot, but then I ended up just photographing all the cute kids of my friends. Here's two of them, taking control of my yarn, my bedroom and my hair decorations, of course with my full blessing. Love to have kids jumping in my bed lol Today has been really lazy, but I made some rainbow meringues. Couldn't resist as I got some more Wilton colors for my birthday yesterday. Will post the result very soon, now I'll just keep relaxing, preparing for the upcoming week.  

Have a great Sunday afternoon xoxo

Friday, August 15, 2014

The worlds easiest chocolate cake

Happy Friday everyone! I had a driving lesson today, and it always freaks me out a little bit, but less than before, and now I can relax and just enjoy weekend-coming-soon. I'm celebrating my birthday tomorrow, one month late, but what can you do when you're born in the middle of everyone's summer holiday? I'm having a very relaxed get-together at home, and of course, I'm making my favorite chocolate cake. The cake that brings you no hassle. The cake that really is too easy, the cake that is very, very tasty. Here's how to do it:

Preheat the oven to 175 degress

You need:
100 g butter/smør
2 eggs
1,5 dl flour/mel
3 dl sugar/sukker
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar/vaniljesukker
4 tablespoons cocoa/bakekakao

And so, here comes the fun part. My recipe says:
Melt the butter
Blend in the rest

Be sure the tray is prepared with some more butter, then bake the cake for appr. 25 minutes. Check it with a thin stick or a fork, when the inside is not sticky anymore, it's ready. That's it! I like to add som icing sugar on top, but that's optional. 

Thank you Anna Fiske (one of Norway's coolest illustrators) for the recipe!

Piece of cake? Huh.....;) I promise to post photos from the party, have a great weekend everybody!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grass is green, but I think summer is officially over....

Yesterday I had to pull out a scarf and a warm jacket, as morning was too chilly, and it was even raining. I can live with it, I like fall a lot, I wish for crystal crisp air, a clear sky, colorful trees and lots of chestnuts. Summer's favorite skirt and sweater can still be very useful. The bag is Accessorize, love it and wear it all the time. Sweater H&M, skirt and shoes second hand. Apple earstuds makes me happy, they're from Claire's. (Sorry for the blurry picture). 

Are you looking forward to chillier day or do you miss summer already? 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Homemade crispbread

Yesterday I finally made crispbread again. Crispbread like this are quite expensive if you are to buy them at the supermarket, but you don't have to give in to the evil consument business, as these crispbreads are really easy to make yourself. (I hope I've been able to translate all the ingredients correctly). 

Use a convection stove/stekeovn med varmluft. Preheat till 160 degrees. 

You need:
200 g sunflower seeds/solsikkekjerner
50 g sesame seed/sesamfrø
50 g linseed/linfrø
2,2 dl whole grain millet grit/hirseflak
2 tablespoons psyllium husk fiber/fiberhusk
5 dl lukewarm water

First, blend all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. 

Then, add the water and blend together. Leave the dough to rest for 15 minutes. It will swell and become less wet porridge, more dough. 

The dough goes onto two baking trays. Use a pizza slicer to cut the crisp breads into pieces of your choice. I like to add some seasalt to the top, but that's optional. 

Now our breads are ready to go into the oven,luckily they can be baked simultaneously. After 30 minutes, switch place of the trays and bake for another 30 minutes, 1 hour total. (This could vary, so check your breads from time to time. If they bake to long, they will be too crispy and break easily)

My finished pile of goodies. This batch ended up quite golden, I don't think they should bake any longer than this...

Easy, isn't it? What's your favorite topping? I love me some Jarlsberg cheese anytime. 

xoxo hope you are inspired to make your own crispbread now!