My 2015

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The year is soon to be over and 2016 is coming close so I figured that I’d make summary of 2015 and some special moments and times during this year.

  1. I started of this year with an amazing vacation in Spain on the island of Tenerife with the family. We spent the first week of 2015 swimming in turquoise water, eating incredible food, chitchatting until the early hours and shopping. Before we ended our weeks in the sun the thing we couldn’t miss was; Teide the 3rd biggest volcano in the world, luckily it’s inactive (for now at least) and the environment you drove by on your way up was incredible! On the sides of the small crooked road up to the mountain you got to see everything from the fog covering the lower land, making it almost impossible to see the city down the shore, The ice on the few plant that had frozen in an diagonal way caused by the hard wind, and an very special almost science looking building in the middle of nowhere.
  1. In the beginning of summer we bought a very small sailing boat (it’s more of a rowing boat with a sail on it). This however was a very spontaneously thing, bought with a box of chocolate and it missed a little thingy that made it possible to sail and unfortunately this little piece can’t be found in store at all so we haven’t gotten to try our little Askepott, but we’re thinking of getting it made so that we actually can take our little sailing boat on a ride next year.
  1. On my birthday I got surprised by my friends with presents and food (lots of food), spending the whole day at the beach eating, talking, laughing and swimming with the people I love is more than I could’ve wished for. When the clock got closer to 12 pm we wandered off to a friend’s house where we spent the rest of the night talking and singing, an amazing birthday in other words.
  1. During summer break when I got a few days off in between work and friends I took the bus to our summer house, on the west cost of Sweden aka the most beautiful place in the world. There I spent the days sunbathing, riding on one of those rings after our boat, and spending a few days out on the sea with the family.
  1. At the end of the summer I and my brother got a surprise road trip, where none of us knew where we were going and after every stop we got a little quiz in order to figure out our next destination. We ended up in Gränna the home of candy canes and Kolmården (a zoo) where we spent a night out in the wild. They had built a camping area just like the one in the national park Serengeti, with the wild life of the savanna just a few meters away, this were a really cool experience that made you feel like you were sleeping in an tent on the other side of the world.
  1. In late October I took the train up to Stockholm to meet two friends from a language trip and to enjoy Imagine Dragons concert. These few days ended up being so much fun, catching up with the girls and the concert were incredible! You can see my blog post about this trip HERE
  1. This year is not exactly over but I can say already now that the thing I’m going to tell you about was the best ending I’ve ever could’ve gotten. I got tickets to Justin Bieber’s concert in Denmark on October 2nd! After walking around in a cloud, only worried about the tickets for 3 days it was finally times for pre-sale and since the demand is soooo high I weren’t even sure that I would get any but I did! Even though I may be in England with my school on an internship I will for sure find a way to make it work.

So this was some highlights of my year that made me feel extra good.

Do you have any special moments from 2015 that made you feel really good?
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Rocky Roads

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Christmas is that time of the year when your house fills with the smell of freshly baked goodies and Christmas music follows you everywhere you go. One of my favorite treat for during this jolly holiday season must be Rocky Roads, a delicious chocolate bar packed with your favorite candy. This is a simple no bake chocolate bars with endless of possibilities, you can choose to fill the chocolaty goodness with whatever you want, and my personal favorites are Salt Licorice, Caramel Toffee and Gummy Bears.

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What we used

70% Dark Chocolate
Jelly Raspberries
Sweet Licorice Boats
Mini Marshmallows
Peanuts

(The quantities doesn’t really matter, only make sure you have enough
chocolate to cover it all)

 

 

 

How to do it

Use scissors to cut your candy into little pieces (you can use a knife as well, but scissors are easier to use). Then break you chocolate into smaller pieces and place them into a bowl over a water bath, stir continuously until the chocolate is fully melted. Now just combine everything in a bigger bowl and spread it out on a baking sheet, place it in the fridge to set for a couple of hours and cut it up into bite size pieces and enjoy!

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What’s your favorite Christmas treat?
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Christmas Shopping?

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So it’s officially only a few weeks left until Christmas which means crazy presents shopping. This however is both a love and a hate for me, I love shopping and just wander around the city during Christmas times I mean the lights and the music that plays in every store result in a very cozy feeling.

But trying my fantasy isn’t always on top and I’m absolutely rubbish at finding good gifts for my loved ones (this doesn’t only apply for Christmas though), every time we come closer to Christmas the panic sets in, to whom should I buy gifts for? What should I buy? How much does my budget allow me to spend? Will they really like this or not? Why? How? The list goes on and on. Despite the fact that I’m well aware of the annual shopping panic I still don’t manages to get it done earlier than a few weeks before Christmas, but my main tip for you who don’t like crowded places or the stress of not finding anything in your local stores, go online! There are thousands of sites that offers great deals and that have a vast range of items which means that you can buy all of your presents on one site. That is at least what I’m going to do.

Hope your December have been great so far
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Gingerbread House And Saffron

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It’s officially December and Christmas time now and I love it.

Christmas for me have always been the season of snow sledding, movie nights with warm saffron buns and milk, when the whole house just smell festive and Christmassy.

Even though the winter in Sweden haven’t been very winter-ish last couple of years, meaning no snow until AFTER Christmas which kind of ruin the whole cozy snuggly Christmas vibe. But making the best of it and trying to make it as Christmassy as possible, so last Saturday I spent the whole day baking with my ,om, everything from saffron buns to a gingerbread house and this has left our house smelling just like Christmas should for the last couple of days.

So waking up early isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but it had to be done. We started with saffron buns and let me just tell you THE SMELL, it’s incredible and definitely made it worth the missing of sleep in. Saffron buns are kind of different and I don’t even know if they exist outside of Scandinavia, but it’s a normal bun with saffron instead of cardamom and it has a very distinct and peculiar taste, it’s the same as with the famous marmite, either you love it or hate it.

Then it was time for me to put on my architecture and decoration skills, the gingerbread house.  So this in reality isn’t very hard, you either buy finished parts to the house or cut out your own parts from gingerbread dough. I think that I’ve managed to construct the main building somewhat nicely but the decoration weren’t the best one, let’s be real it looks like a 3 year old did it but at least it smells and look super festive and Christmassy. One thing that always scares me about putting the house together is the melted sugar glue, because it’s so unbelievable hot and by one touch can burn you severely, but no accidents this time. So my baking day was a great success and made me even more excited for Christmas.

Have you been doing any festive Christmas baking yet and what is the most traditional thing to bake where you’re from?
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