Lemon macarons

thumb_IMG_8361_1024I’ve heard that macarons are difficult to make but I’ve wanted to try it for a long time now. This morning I made a try to bake lemon macarons and I think the result is not bad but not perfect either. They were supposed to be yellow but as you can see in my picture, the macarons wanted to have the color of a light peach. The shapes and the taste of them are very good though. 🙂

This baking project took me about three hours to do and it was many steps to get the macarons done. Imagine doing these cute home made macarons for a party, people would be very impressed!

I used a recipe from a Swedish baking website.

Secrets and a cinnamon bun

thumb_IMG_8340_1024The six days work week is finally over! Tomorrow you’ll find me cosying (is that even a word?) around in my apartment with a cup of tea and a blanket. 😉 I’ll also washing a lot of clothes, in case someone wanted to know that. Now it’s only four work days left this summer and after that I’ll start school again – can’t wait! 🙂 Before that I’ll do something special during the next weekend… I’ll keep it a secret until then!

Today’s picture is from a day this week when I was craving something sweet. Sometimes it’s okey to have a cinnamon bun for lunch. 😉

Pocket full of sunshine

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If there’s something you need to know about Sweden it’s that we really love to talk about the weather here. I guess it’s an easy topic since the weather in this country can switch from rain to sun several times during a day. I meet a lot of customers at work and I can tell you that the weather comments are always coming up when there’s an awkward quietness on the way. ”The weather is very bad these days” or ”It’s almost too hot outside” or ”You should be outside right now, the weather is great!”. Conclusion: Know your weather while in Sweden.

Something that’s changing as much as the Swedish weather is my mood and it has always been like that. I can be the happiest person on the planet, floating on a pink cloud or as sad and negative as Eeyore, you know the donkey in Winnie the Pooh. During my best days I feel that everything is possible but on a bad day it’s like climbing a mountain just doing the dishes. Sometimes I wish I could be more balanced but it would be sad to not feel really strong happiness I think… And if you never feel sad how do you know when you feel good? (Lol.) For people with the same mood levels as me I can just say that the sun is always coming back after the rain. 😉

I can’t remember were the movie scene is coming from but I was thinking about it today, haha! 😀

 

Paris life

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Paris. The city of light, the city of love. Many people have a glorified picture about the french capital and me included. I’ve visit the city three times as a tourist and the fourth time I lived there as a exchange student half a year… And I still don’t have enough of Paris.

Pourquoi? I’ve asked myself why I like Paris since I think there’s a lot of things that makes the city not attractive when it comes to living standards. First of all, I like when a town or city is close to water. Except the river Seine, Paris hasn’t much water to offer. I’ve never been in Paris during the summer but I can imagine it’s not that fun when it’s hot and there’s no lake you can cool yourself down in. Second of all, life in Paris is very expensive compared to what you get. Most of the flats are old and not renovated for a very long time. Cigarette smell are part of the wallpapers and you’re lucky if the hot water are working every day. Not to mention the tiny walls between you and your neighbors. You have never met them in the stairway but you know what they talk about and what they did last night. And about the restaurants… In a Parisian restaurant you pay as much as you do in Sweden (which is more than in most countries) but you get half the food on your plate. (If you ever asked yourself why the french are thin you now know why.)


So why on earth do people dream about living in Paris?! I don’t think I’m only talking about my opinion when I say that this city has the most beautiful buildings in the world. I really like the romantic balconies with flower boxes and the charming stairways with tree planks with marks where people have walked the most.

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The food! There are so much good food in Paris, especially the sweet things I would say. 😉 The boulangeries have daily fresh bread and colorful pastries that makes it almost impossible to pass by without buying something to eat. (Which actually question my french thin theory.)

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The many pretty parks that are perfect for picnics with friends or as a peaceful place when you want to read a book.

And I have to admit that even thought the apartments are the tiniest i’ve ever seen there’s something special to live in just one room with only a rooftop as your balcony.

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Where can you find a city that has more amazing monuments and museums? Paris is also a home for many street artists and dancers. So much fun and beautiful things to look at every day. 🙂

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It has been three years since last time I was in Paris and I’m sure I’ll visit my favourite city again one day. But first I have some other places to see! 😉

Last thing, the movie Amélie was one of the inspirations for my interest in Paris. If you haven’t seen it – do it! 🙂

Bisous et à bientôt! ❤

Balcony update


Earlier this weekend me and my parents went to a store that had wooden flooring for sale. We thought it would be a perfect update for my balcony.

Today my parents followed me back to Jönköping and my dad helped me to put the wooden squares into place. Before we arrived in the city we had a fika in a town with a little lake. My parents in the pictures. (Best parents ever.) 🙂

thumb_IMG_8328_1024 thumb_IMG_8336_1024 thumb_IMG_8338_1024The result is beautiful! I’m very happy about it. I’ll be eating breakfast here the next sunny days for sure. 😉

thumb_IMG_8323_1024For lunch we had some yummy take away food that we got in these cute boxes. 🙂

Baby Shower

 

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One of my friends are getting a baby! Today we arranged a baby shower for her and since no one of my friends have babies yet this was the first event like this I’ve been at.

The baby shower was in my home town with my friends that I’ve known for a very long time. One of them I met when I was a little kid, more than twenty years of friendship now!

It has been a fun day and next time I’m back I’m looking forward to say hi to the little newborn. ❤

Scallion pancakes

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There has been a lot of food here on the blog lately but I’m so happy to have a real kitchen again so I’ll update you with some more of my food creations. 😉

Last year I tried something at a restaurant that was a mix between pancakes and bread. I really liked it but I thought it was too advanced to make at home. I haven’t known the name until yesterday when my colleague explained what she was going to make for this weekend – Scallion pancakes! I had all the ingrediens at home so I tried the recipe after my work day. The result wasn’t the best in the appearance category but the taste was very good. 🙂

These bread pancakes are super easy to make with only a few ingrediens and it’s perfect if you feel for eating a smaller dinner. If you are interested in trying them, take a look at the recipe here.