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Skinnskatteberg med Mormor och Carina

28 Nov

Joachim and I just returned from a very lovely trip to a small town about 1 1/2 hours west of Stockholm named Skinnskatteberg. Try to say that twice! Since we are headed to Colorado for Christmas, we decided that it would be nice to make time to visit Joachim’s grandma and Carina before we left to celebrate the holidays with them and hang out for a bit. We had a very relaxing time and were so glad that we were able to visit for a while. I think I also surprised Joachim’s grandma with how much Swedish I have learned since the last time I saw her, which made her so happy that we could finally understand each other 🙂 She is such a nice lady and has the wittiest personality.

Mormor’s first iPhone experience!

The beautiful church on the outside of town. This is also the site where Joachim’s grandpa is buried. Quite peaceful.

Skinnskatteberg’s population is approximately 4,500 people and is also where Joachim’s mom grew up.

Mormor and I, making marzipan chocolate balls w/ peppermint topping (I forgot the swedish name for them, thus the lengthy english description!)

The finished product! SO good!

Sweet Mormor and Joachim

And finally, we spent some time going through old photo albums so I could see Joachim when he was younger…check out how ADORABLE he was! (And still is 😉 ) I couldn’t help but snap a picture of this…

Doesn’t he look like Jonathan Taylor Thomas? OMG I was obsessed with that guy when I was little. Just makes sense that I now date someone who looks just like him as a kid! HAHA!

Anyway, I am so thankful that we got to escape and spend some much-needed time with grandma and Carina. I just realized that I have no pictures of Carina from this trip, but I promise she was there 🙂 It really makes me thankful that Joachim has such a wonderful family who treats me like I have been a part of their family forever.

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Happy Thanksgiving…a few days early!

21 Nov

Okay, let me address a few things to set the record straight:

1. Thanksgiving is NOT celebrated in Sweden…because the pilgrims didn’t settle here, the settled on PLYMOUTH ROCK in the United States of America.

2. We celebrated Thanksgiving this past Sunday because a. I have to work on Thursday and would have ZERO time to make Thanksgiving dinner and b. We will be seeing Joachim’s mom and grandma this weekend so I won’t have time then either.

3. As you will see in my pictures, there’s one thing missing…the turkey!! My mom tells this story-I’m still not sure if it’s true or if it’s just a cop-out because she doesn’t want to make a turkey every year- about when my sister and I were younger, she went to all this trouble to make this very nice turkey for Thanksgiving, stuffed the damn thing and all. Unfortunately, when she placed it on the table, Lindsay and I took one look at the bird and both started hysterically crying. I’m still not sure if it was because of this huge dead bird in front of us or maybe my mom just burnt the hell out of it (i think it was option a) but to this day my family just has turkey breast and ham on the big day. Also, if you know anything about me, it scares the living daylights out of me to eat anything straight off the bone (feels too cannibalistic to me) so we just have a nice little ham sitting at the end of the table 🙂

So, I hope I have answered all of the looming questions and will thus bless you with the great pictures I took of our feast.

–Someone watches a little too much Dexter…

And poor baby Enzo fell into a sleep coma after all that turkey ham!!

So there you have it, my FIRST ever Thanksgiving that I made by myself…in Sweden…where they don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving…and I didn’t even have a turkey. Oh c’mon, give me a break!!

The 30-day photo challenge

4 Oct

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have decided to take part in the 30-day photo challenge that has been floating around the blogosphere. Each day-for the duration of 30 days- I will add a new picture with a new meaning. Day #1 is:

A picture of yourself with 10 facts:

10 facts:

1. I was born in Arlington, Virgina

2. I have been around the world (and seen a lotta places)

3. I love crappy reality TV (pretty much the only thing I watch)

4. I love to bake!

5. Working out and taking care of my body is a top priority

6. I love to be goofy and not take life too seriously

7. My boyfriend’s name is Joachim (Yew-Wah-Keem) and he was born and raised in Sweden. (Born in Stockholm, raised in Mora)

8. I love sports and can hang with the best of ’em

9. I have lived in quite a few places since I was born (and no my parents aren’t in the military): Virginia, New Jersey, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, a ship (for 4 months) and Sweden

10. I have one older sister, Lindsay (25) and a mom and dad who are still together after 26+ years (I think it’s 26, I could be wrong though! lol)

I decided to try my luck at this 30-day challenge to really test my blogging skills and see if I can post and take pictures for 30 consecutive days! There might be times, here and there, when I’ll post about other things that are going on, but for the main part I will try my hardest to stick to my goal of the 30-day challenge. Also, since I usually don’t post on the weekends, the 30 days will be M-F (5 days a week), lasting for 6 weeks. Let’s see if I can last!

Blog inspiration

28 Apr

Ever since I’ve moved to Sweden, I have found myself reading more and more (amazing) blogs that  have truly inspired me. The ones that I usually find myself reading are usually fashion/interior design/cooking/style blogs all mashed into one. I have decided that I want to add some of these features into my blog so I can find more inspirations to write instead of just giving updates.

Which leads me to my first food/recipe post.

A big thing here in Sweden is to have “fika”- or coffee and sweets break- towards the end of the week. Fortunately, my company provides the sweets for us- ranging anywhere from cinnamon rolls (kanelbullar) to fresh berry cheesecakes. At Joachim’s job, they too have these so-called fikas but they take a more “someone is delegated to bring in a treat on a specific day” approach. Thus, today was Joachim’s turn to bring something so I was the the one who was declared the “head baker” last night. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love to bake-cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins, really anything triggers my baking bliss. I think this stems from memories of my mom and I spending days in the kitchen baking sweets ever since I was little. Even now, we usually spend a day or two in the kitchen around Christmas time and make as many cookies as humanly possible. Which cookies did I make last night, you ask? Of course, my infamous chocolate chip cookies that I wrote about in my blog post yesterday. I managed to snap some pictures on my iPhone of the sweet, little things which will have to suffice until I get a better camera to use for my new **updated** blog.

I am weary of whether or not I should let you in on my SECRET recipe… I guess if I get enough comments about wanting the recipe, I’ll have to put it up 🙂 Enjoy! And try not to salivate too much over the pictures!