My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
July 27, 2013 12:44 PM



This Midsummer's Eve I made a strawberry ice cream cake with fresh Swedish strawberries, meringues, whipped cream and (of course) vanilla ice cream. It only took me about five minutes to put it all together! And it tasted heavenly amazing!! So it is definitely a cake I will do many times again in the future (not only on Midsummer's Eve). :p

Below are some snaps of My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake.

The Best Swedish Strawberries
Fresh Swedish strawberries - simply the best! :-)

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
All I really did was to assemble it all, so this is how my cake turned out. :p

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
And I was not the only one who thought it looked yummy. Lol!

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
The best way to enjoy this Strawberry Ice Cream Cake was outside on a hot summer day.

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Lisen agreed.

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Well, she enjoyed almost every part of the cake. Lol!

It has been a slow blogging summer season for me so far. But I have gathered quite a lot of blogging material however, so as soon as I have my vacation (in about five weeks) I will devote a lot of that time to catching up with my blogs and with the blogosphere. Until then I will keep posting as often as I manage to keep my eyes open longer than a few hours after arriving back home after work in the evenings. Phew!

But despite working a lot, including extra work on weekends now and then, I am having a wonderful summer here in Sweden! We have had a lot of sun and hot weather lately so it does truly feel like summertime now. Very sweet! :p I hope you all also are having a great summer by the way? And that you have time to cool off with some strawberries and ice cream (cake) now and then. Hehe. ;-)

/A.L


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How to Lower Your Vet Bill
July 18, 2013 6:36 PM



Owning a pet can be one of the greatest joys in life and for most pet owners their dog or cat is essentially one of the family. So it's important to look after them just as much as you would the other family members. Unfortunately, there's no free National Health Service for pets, so vet bills can really mount up. However, there are ways to keep the cost of vet bills down if you just bear a few things in mind.

Keep an Eye Out
Just maintaining awareness of your pet's health and wellbeing can stop minor ailments becoming major problems. Ensure you know your pet's habits and behaviour, especially around feeding, sleeping and toileting. If you notice any changes, keep a closer watch on him or her until you are sure nothing is amiss.

Know What's Normal
When you're petting or grooming your cat or dog, it's easy to do a quick check for anything out of the ordinary, such as lumps, wounds or injuries which you could miss if they have thick fur. Things such as these should be monitored and ideally checked at the vet — a quick check-up now will cost less than a major operation further down the line.

Eyes, Ears and Mouth
These are three areas that are not that easy to inspect but can develop problems, especially as pets get older.

Warning signs to look out for in any animal include:

                             - Mouth - very bad breath, brown teeth, angry red gums.
                             - Ears - head shaking, excessive scratching, cuts and scabs, unpleasant smells.
                             - Eyes - cloudiness, excessive watering or discharge, eyelid not opening fully.

Any of these things, if they do not clear up within a day or so, should be checked by a vet.

You can prevent most mouth problems by giving your cat or dog special dry food which cleans their teeth as they eat. Some breeds of dog or cat which are prone to ear problems due to folded ears will need to have their ears cleaned regularly to prevent any issues developing. You can do this at home with the appropriate products, which are available from many online retailers such as Vet-Medic.

Little Critters
All animals, even if they do not go outside often, can be vulnerable to parasites, fleas, ticks and worms. Kittens and puppies tend to be treated for all of these by the vet when they have their initial check-ups, but then it is your responsibility to ensure they stay away. There are many treatments available from pet-supplies stores which can prevent these little beasties getting into your pet's fur or skin.  Trusted names like Frontline flea treatment and Fiprospot Spot On are relied on by pet owners time and time again.

Diet and Exercise
As with humans, pets need to get the balance of food intake and energy expended just right. Cats tend to look after their own exercise needs but dogs need regular walks — some breeds more than others and obviously younger dogs more frequently than older ones. Investing in natural, nutritionally balanced pet food can prevent food-intolerance and allergy problems developing. These can be expensive to treat.

If you follow this advice you should find your pet-related bills over an average year are easily manageable and your pets will be healthy and happy for many years to come.

How to Lower Your Vet Bill
Photo credit: boxchain

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Three Years Ago - Blogoversary
July 4, 2013 10:25 PM



Three years ago today I published my first post ever here on ropcorn.com, aww! :-) I remember how excited, and nervous, I was about actually uploading and publishing a post on a blog that I had created all by myself. I had no previous experience with either building websites nor blogging. In fact, it took me several months just to do research and to get the actual basics of the blog ready. But finally I could not wait anymore and just had to start posting. Of course it did not occur to me at the date that I had chosen to start my blogging journey on was the 4th of July - a date kind of known for another celebratory occasion. Lol! But it is what it is. :-)

Having said that, I have no regrets what so ever with my decision to start blogging. And my intent and goal with blogging is, and has always remained, the same as when I first started - to be able to have it as my sole income source. Though the path to that destination has taken a bit longer than I initially thought it would, I have learned that as long as I have a clear vision of what I want, how to get there and I work my behind off to reach it - I will do so one day. I strongly believe that and know it will happen.

Now because I started a new full time job in March earlier this year I have not been able to be as active in the blogosphere as before or publish posts as frequently as before. This is mainly because of the commuting distance to and from my job, about 2,5 hours - which means that I am pretty beat when I finally get home in the evenings. And though I do like it at my new job, I deeply miss blogging and being a part of the blogging world. I also miss my lovely doggy Lisen more than words can express, because I only see her on the weekends these days. :-( So at this very point in my life I feel like I am in a bit of a rough patch...

However, I have no doubt at all that things will change - they always do. Which is why I continue to do my very best with keeping my blogs updated and well managed. It is also why I continue to be as determined as I was three years ago to make the blogging business part of it all a success. And I do see results by the way. :-)

Because in the end, you reap what you sow (as I see it). And in my world, sustainable crops need time, patience, love and nourishment to be able to grow into strong, healthy plants that keep giving delicious fruits for a long time to come.

So hear, hear to all of you amazing readers out there who truly enrich my life with your presence! I Thank You All from the bottom of my heart for visiting, commenting, sending me emails and for supporting me. Every word and every second each and every one of you choose to spend here is greatly appreciated. Thank You for keeping me company! And I look forward to many more years together. Lots of Love to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥

Three Years Ago - Blogoversary
Ahhh. Sunset in Lyckeby here in Sweden a few days ago. This is what gives me perspective.

Three Years Ago - Blogoversary
As does this lady of course. :-) Looks like she was hoping to get some cake here. Hehe. ;p

/A.L


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