We have tomatoes in abundance at the moment, and I try to eat them every day. They are so sweet and full of flavour. Lovely! We also have alot of chili peppers and herbs. Wonderful!
This weekend was a long, nice and relaxing one. Thursday was a bank holiday, which meant the kids and teachers at school had both Thursday and Friday off. I decided to take the Friday off too, so I had four nice days off. On Saturday me and Chris met up with James and Helene for coffee and cheesecake at the best coffee shop in town. After that little treat we went to Hallandsås (Halland ridge) and the beech forest for a nice, long walk. those woods are truly beautiful in the spring, and we went past tinkling little streams, old farmer's fields, cows, ancient remains from the bronze age and looked at all the flowers and bright green trees.
An incredibly refreshing walk!
1). At the airport. 2) The river Nile. 3) Kom Ombo Temple. 4) Philae Temple. 5) At the High Dam. 6) On the river Nile, two boys in a little boat.
The snow makes me want Christmas to come back. It came and went too quickly! December was over really fast and my birthday was sort of a disappointment. I'm really , really looking forward to Egypt though, and also this weekend. Chris has promised to make up for my birthday, and we're gonna go shopping in town and spend the Saturday afternoon and evening with dad.
But I do miss the Christmas songs, Christmas lights, Christmas food and the cozy feeling that December brings. January and February are just waiting periods for spring. People just want winter over and done with and everything that is nice and cozy about winter (hot chocolates, warm blankets, lights, anticipation, hot stews, winter patterned jumpers, leg warmers, saffron rolls....) is sort of forgotten and surpassed to the past. It's like you can't have those things once Christmas is over.
Or is it just me that get that feeling?
It's exactly four weeks until we go to Egypt today! I so can't wait!! Cruising down the Nile, looking at all the historical sites, ruins and temples, enjoying some sunshine and warmth (it's 20-25 degrees daytime at them moment) and just relax. I still need to get a couple of filters for my camera, but after that I'm good to go.
Some photos from Ivön that I'm really quite pleased with. Some photo goals I have for this year are:
- Learn and practice more about composition.
- Take photos of more varied motives, and learn to take good self portraits (without feeling self-conscious about it, haha).
- Learn more about photo editing.
- Always remove blurry, over/under exposed pictures that I don't want to safe, straight away! ;-)
I'm so excited about tomorrow, I probably wont sleep tonight, haha! I'm going to put away the Christmas decorations, really clean and tidy, bake and just enjoy the day (yes I enjoy housework ;-)).
Took the bikes out and went for a ride down to the river. Walked along for a while, taking some photos and enjoying spending time together. Although, it was rather cold, so we went home after about an hour.
Cooked pork chops with roasted vegetables for dinner, which was a nice, warm welcome to my stomach. It always feels so much better to eat after you been outdoors :-)
Met up with mum and her fiancé after the library and went to celebrate that she has a new job and that they are moving into Halmstad on the 3rd Dec. They just found out that they have a flat! So to celebrate mum wanted a chai latte and a muffin. I chose a lovely green tea with passion fruit flavour (no sweetening) and a little square of dark chocolate. Lovely! When I came home we cooked stir fry with beef, but I was so hungry I forgot to take pictures. Ah well, another time :-)
Picture from Gran Canaria in June 2012.
New week tomorrow. Staying postive, being brave and eating a good breakfast are my best tips for starting tomorrow morning with a smile on your face.
For next week I'm looking forward to:
- Cycling in the rain (yes, I look forward to it)
- Singing in the choir
- Eating healthy breakfasts (my favourite meal of the day)
- Using my new workout clothes, more than once!
What do you look forward to doing next week? :-)
For running outside, now when the weather is getting colder, I needed a new top. I'm pretty new to jogging and running, so my workout wardrobe isn't really based on that sort of exercise. Need to slowly build it up!
Waterproof trousers, for cycling in the rain! Going to use them tomorrow for the first time, as it is supposed to rain aaaall day long :-) There is no bad weather, just bad clothes, as we say in Sweden ;-)
We went to town today after I had finished my studies for the day and found a cute little measurement cup that can be useful, as I use a lot of recipes found on American/British webpages. I'm definately going to be using this a lot!
I hope you all have had a nice Friday so far, I definately have, and looking forward to have a cozy night in. Will post again a little later, so see you later alligator ;-)
I had invited a friend over for coffee this morning, as mentioned in the post below, and wanted to bake something nice to serve with it, but still something that was healthy. I saw this recipe and thought it would be a good idea to do something similar. My recipe turned out to be more like muffins, and I decided to go with a more "cake" like topping of whipped cream (20%).
Banana muffins (makes about 6 muffins):
- 1 deciliter oats
- ½ deciliter dinkel flour
- ½ deciliter rye flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1½ banana
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 1 small pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon Kesella (quark)
Put the oven at 175 degrees Celsius. Mix everything together with a rod mixer and portion in an oiled muffintray. Bake in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes.
This was so quick and easy to make, and at the same time not too bad for you. Using agave nectar instead of sugar and using oats, dinkel and rye instead of wheat flour keeps the blood sugar level more steady. Bananas are great for sweetness too. Quark instead of butter takes fat content down alot and still provides nice moisture to the cake.
Each muffin contain approximately 120 calories :-)