Pics of my Kalmar shopping bonanza October 31, 2010 2:50 PM
Kalmar is a lovely town about 80 kilometres from Karskrona. It's located near the ocean and has a lot of attractive features. But what makes me consistently go there is of course, ta da - IKEA! IKEA opened up a store in Kalmar a few years ago, and today the area around IKEA is packed with all kind of different stores + a shopping mall! Yihaaa!!!
Like a mentioned in the previous post, one of my birthday gifts was a day of shopping in Kalmar :-) Last Friday me and my gift giver ( mum) drove to Kalmar, where I cashed in my gift and had a wonderful day! Of course I took a lot of pics while we were there :-)
Above pics: IKEA and its surroundings.
Above pics: One of the latest additions to this area is the shopping mall Mode, I love it! I bought two pair of shoes, three jeans, two shirts and the scarf in the pic above (not the hat though...).
Above pics: Inside IKEA.
In case you don't know what IKEA is, here is a short history lesson;
IKEA was founded by Swedish entrepreneur Ingvar Kamprad in 1943. Today it is a major retail experience in 40 countries/territories around the world. What makes it unique is the low prices, which are low mainly because you have to assemble pretty much everything you buy at IKEA yourself. In the lower pics above you can see the shelves where you fetch your dismantled furniture and proceed to checkouts. I also always find a bunch of stuff I never knew I needed until I find it at IKEA.
It is a huge store characterized by Sweden. And the IKEA restaurant always serve traditional Swedish meatballs, as well as other typical Swedish food. It is definitely worth a visit!
All in all I had a great day in Kalmar! Thank you mum :-)
I turned 28 years old yesterday...don't know what to say about that really? I mean, I used to feel anxiety when I started to close in on 25, but yesterday I felt surprisingly ok. So I'm going to move on without pondering about my new age too much.
Now I'm not that into big birthday parties, instead I prefer smaller intimate gatherings. And yesterday I invited my family over for a three course dinner in honor of my birthday.
First course: Scallops Main course: Beef roulade Dessert: Chocolate fudge cake, my sister made this one :-)
Of course, while I was cooking, who sneaks up behind me and puts on her best " innocent eyes" look... None other than my little doggie Lisen, haha. Because it was my birthday, I just had to give her a little piece of that raw beef. Yuuummy!
I also got some nice gifts yesterday, one of which was a shopping trip to Kalmar :-) Which is where I'm heading tomorrow, yay! All in all, it was a lovely b-day!
Promo Karlskrona, some pics and history October 27, 2010 4:06 PM
Yesterday I did a little promo thing for Go Hunt Cards. They sell play cards and asked me if I could take some pics from Sweden with me holding their card. And I thought, hey why not :-) So I grabbed my mum to help me snap some shots in our beautiful town of Karlskrona. I chose to pose in front of some historical places and statues. Of course I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to share some history about Karlskrona on my blog as well.
Here are pics from yesterday + some history.
This is the Great Square, one of the largest squares in Europe's northern regions. And the yellow building is the Frederick Church, which has been a part of Karlskronas Great Square since 1744.
The statue here is of Karlskronas founder and person who Karlskrona is named after, King Karl XI. Actually, Karlskrona is one of the 14 places in Sweden that is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The church in the pic is the Holy Trinity Church or the German Church. When Karlskrona was founded in 1680, a lot of Germans moved here. And after a few years they wanted their own congregation and church, which is how this church came to be. It is located at the Great Square and was first opened in 1709.
This dude is Rosenbom. He has been standing in front of Sweden's largest wooden church, the Admiralty Church (also known as Ulrica Pia), since the 1700s. Rosenbom was a real person and is believed to be one of the first settlers in Karlskrona.
To make a long story short; he lost his job, started begging in the streets and one cold night he froze to death next to the church wall.Rosenbom is also in the book "Nils Holgersson's wonderful journey through Sweden" by Selma Lagerlof.
There is a lot more to tell about this fellow, but I'll do that another time :-)
This pic is from our morning walk today, and on this particular walk we pass a lot of horses. And I agree with Lisen. Horses are nice to look at, from a comfortable distance.
I did actually ride horses when I was 7-8 years old, but after an incident when I felt I had no control over the horse I rode on. I refused to continue. And I still feel a bit unsure around horses. Maybe Lisen picks it up from me, I don't know? But she also feel most comfortable with a few metres between them and her.
But they are beautiful creatures indeed, and fun to watch. Because they have such strong personalities. And who knows, maybe someday I'll get my butt back on a horse...you never know?
Ideas + test on notes in the shower October 24, 2010 4:12 PM
Thank you all for your suggestions on how to take notes in the shower. I got some great comments here on my blog, as well as on my Facebook page. Here are a few:
" 1) I find associations to my ideas that will serve as prompts. For example, I might look at my right pinkie and think" You pinkie remind me of this idea about blah blah blah". I then instruct my mind to talk to my pinkie when I get out of the shower. It's an unusual thing for the mind and so it is likely to remember it." To read full comment scroll down in my cbox.
Now, the one idea I chose to test today was the water proof pen and paper. And here is how it went:
It did actually work. Even though my notebook got wet, my notes stayed in it and I could grab and write whenever something popped up in my mind. And I did get some new ideas, like what I'm going to write about tomorrow :-)
Thank you again!
I get my best ideas in the shower October 21, 2010 2:54 PM
Yupp I do, at least in my head they seem great. Now, my problem is that when I get an idea I want to immediately write it down! But how on earth do I do that in the shower? What I do is to start repeating my idea in my head. And while I'm repeating it in my head, I rush to get out of the shower so I can scribble it down. Not very relaxing...
So what I was wondering is if anyone have any tips on how to take notes in the shower?
Hm...is that a weird question? Oh well, I'd still like an answer :-)
Promises to myself October 19, 2010 4:28 PM
Trust the universe, and remember that you are in control of your own life.
Your intentions are all that matters! You know the truth.
Failure is when you stop trying, mistakes are how you learn.
Don't worry about what you don't have, appreciate what you do have, and go after what you want!
Believe in yourself, and others will too!
Sunny Sunday walk with funky smells October 17, 2010 7:00 PM
It has been a lovely fall day here in Karlskrona today. And this morning Lisen and I went on a long wonderful walk. Lisen is so attentive! When I stopped to take some pics, she immediately knew that I was not really paying attention to what she was doing. So of course she took this opportunity to sniff up something disgusting to rub herself in. Yuck!!! Good thing she was in a leash, and I could pull her away before she got that "doggie perfume" all over her.
Aw, she looks sooo innocent in the first pic. But then, sneaky Lisen appears! And in the rest of the pics you can see how she sniffs her way to, whatever it was she found? You might think I would notice that she sniffed up something disgusting, but it all happened so fast. Boom, and she was rubbing away. I don't even know how I managed to snap this pic...Naughty dog!
Surprises - no thanks! October 13, 2010 15:21
Personally, I don't like to use the word hate, but I'm pretty close to using it when it comes to being at the receiving end of a surprise! Even if it is a good surprise. However, I don't mind surprising other people though, hehe. And really, I'm not a very fun person to surprise either. Because I am a bit cautious and suspicious to new things, and want to double check before I get involved or agree to most things.
For instance, when I turned 18 my mum thought it would be fun to have a radio station call me up early in the morning and try to convince me of something. I actually don't remember what they said, but the point was to try and shock me - on LIVE radio! I, of course, was the most boring person they could have chosen to try and shock or surprise, because I didn't believe a word they said and was a bit short with them. I also kind of realized early in the phone call that it was some sort of "surprise" birthday call and was not very amused. When they finally revealed the big "surprise" or "joke" and that this was just a birthday prank, I was like " ahh...really...I had no idea...". Haha! So don't ever try and surprise me, because it will not be fun for anyone, haha.
How about you? Like or don't like being surprised?
Playing around in pebbles October 11, 2010 1:04
We spent this weekend house sitting at my mums; my sister, Lisen, Diva and I. My mum is always planting new stuff and rearranging in her garden. And at the moment there is an area filled with pebbles in it, which is to be filled with stone slabs later. This little pebbles area is apparently insanely fun to play around in, according to Lisen and Diva. Because that's where they spent pretty much all their time when they were outside in the garden...I would think grass is nicer to wrestle in, and dirt more fun to bury things is, but nope. Pebbles beats them both, LOL!
Here are some pics of Lisen and Divas weekend in "pebbles world".
I don't know why Lisen insists on burying, whatever she is burying, in front of everyone...? She always does that! And yeah, Diva has no idea where you hid it, LOL!
They love doing this, inside the house as well as out. But in pebbles...yes, I guess in pebbles as well.
The color of nature October 7, 2010 18:10
I love fall! And mostly because of what you see in the pic above. Like I have said before, "Beauty is everywhere, you just have to open your eyes!". And I mean it! I truly love and appreciate all these wonderful natural surroundings I get to enjoy and be part of on a daily basis.
Actually, for me, the best way to keep things that are going on in my life in perspective, is to pay attention to who really has all the power in this world. I mean come on, I'm about as powerful and big as an ant is to us, in comparison to nature and all her natural forces. Something I am reminded of on days like these, in the forest. When I see what our nature can accomplish!
And I'm very thankful I have Lisen, because I'm not sure how often I would get my butt into the forest and have my little realization moments without her!? In fact, I would probably not have taken this pic if I hadn't had a doggie who needed to run around in the forest yesterday.
Hm...I guess I'm feeling pretty thankful today, haha! Might as well take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined my official Facebook page then :-) I truly appreciate you all!!!
My official Facebook page premiere! October 5, 2010 17:04
To join you could either press the like-button in the box in the right column here, under " My official Facebook page". Or visit my FB page and press the like-button. And if you want to share who you are, live and if you have a blog, just go to "discussion" and reply under "Quick intro" on my FB page!
I appreciate all your support!
Ronneby and cinnamon bun day October 4, 2010 18:58
My mums partner asked me if I could give him a ride back from Ronneby today, because he sold his car to someone who lives there. I saw this as a perfect opportunity (excuse) to do some shopping :-)
Even though Ronneby is a smaller town than Karlskrona, they do have a few boutiques we don't have. So,
I grabbed my mum and shopping we went!
Now, I usually wear/use my favourite things until they are pretty much rags. And what I have been looking for lately is a new handbag. I really didn't think I would find one today, but can you believe it - I actually did! Yay! And here it is:
I also saw a sign that said:
Which means "It's cinnamon bun day today". Naturally I had to buy a cinnamon bun! This one is now in my stomach:
I'm not sure why we celebrate a cinnamon bun day though? Or if it's celebrated just in Sweden? But who cares, lol! Good excuse for a little treat :-)
Food, food, food! October 2, 2010 17:42
I enjoy eating, but cooking...hm. I mean I guess I do, however not so much that I want to spend hours in the kitchen. I usually make my food when I feel my stomach screaming for it, and by that time I want whatever I make to be ready quickly!
Most of my meals are made in 30-45 minutes, and I prefer whatever I make to require as little of my attention as possible! Which is why I love to just throw in stuff in the oven and let it take care of itself, or fry everything in one frying pan.
I have picked out a few uncomplicated dishes that I eat from time to time. Maybe not the most healthy food, but I'm not too healthy either, haha. Anyway, here they are with my quick amateur description.
My lean mean hamburger
1. Set oven for 225 degrees.
2. Form minced meat (beef or mixed) into a hamburger shape. You can add some minced onion in the minced meat. Season with salt and black pepper, then put it in an oven form.
3. Cut two potatoes into cloves. Put in an oven form and season with some salt and olive oil.
4. Put both oven forms into the oven at the same time for about 25 minutes.
5. Serve with whatever sides you want and enjoy!
Lean mean explanation
Because the hamburger is cooked in the oven I don't need to add any fat, hence "lean". But on my hamburger I usually want cheese, hence "mean", hehe.
Pytt i panna my way
1. Cut two potatoes into squares, boil for 10 minutes.
2. Cut sausage and onions into squares, put in frying pan and fry.
3. When the sausage and onions are almost ready, throw in the boiled potatoes and stir.
4. When everything is ready, move over to a plate. Quickly fry two eggs in the same frying pan and make sure the egg yolk is loose when served.
5. Serve with pickled beets or a salad. In the pic I have some tomatoes and homegrown chives :-)
Pytt i panna explanation
Based on the Swedish classic - Pytt i panna, or in English - Swedish hash.
Honey marinated chicken skewers
1. Boil rice. Set oven to 225 degrees.
2. While rice is boiling, cut one chicken breast into squares. Pour some honey marinade (I buy mine...) over them, put onto skewers or in an oven form. Throw in some cherry tomatoes. Put in oven for approximately 25-30 minutes.
3. Tzatziki. I prefer without cucumber, so maybe it's not really a tzatziki? Anyway, put some Greek/Turkish youghurt in a bowl, as much as you want. Add some minced garlic, salt and black pepper.
4. Serve and enjoy!
Ginger honey fried chicken with rice
1. Boil rice.
2. While rice is boiling, cut chicken and whatever vegetables you want into equal size bits. In the pic I used peppers and onion.
3. Throw it all in a pan and fry. Season with salt, white pepper and ginger. At the end when it's almost ready, add some honey and stir.
4. Serve with soy sauce.
And finally Basmati rice in Persian rice cooker
When I eat rice, I always eat Basmati rice! And I love to cook my rice in my Persian rice cooker! Yes it's easy, just set the timer, pour in water, fat, rice and press "on". But mostly I love the crunchy crust you get with the Persian rice cooker! Yum!!!
So what do you think of the food I eat? Gross or tasty? :-)