I never turn down oreos if you got them

My friends, I am sorry for my absence but I have been up at my camp, celebrating Christmas you know. Anyways, what I wanted to say now was that I am going to take a break from blogging until school starts up again. I have so much to do so I need to have one less thing to worry about right now. But, I'll be back on January 10th again! Until then, have a good one and eat lots of icecream.

come and trim my Christmas tree, with some decorations bought at Tiffany's

I found this portable room divider at a second hand shop this fall for only 100 SEK! It is so so pretty but it does not have any function whatsoever, it doesn't divide anything in my room, it's simply just standing right next to the wall. It was a heck of a job to get it home but fortunately one of my friends with a license could drive me home so I didn't have to drag it on the bus.

Today I've been making Christmas presents all day. It is such a hassle to come up with ideas for it, but when that happens I LOVE all of it! When Mum came home she started making all the Christmas food and stuff. Right now she's making saffron biscuits and some sort of chocolate hazelnut fudge! It smells absolutely delicious around here! I really have the the Christmas feeling going on now! I hope you are too!

lay lady lay, lay across my big bed

This is my favorite place in the whole world. My big fluffy bed. It is like laying on a piece of marshmallow, like heavenly clouds or something. I am going there right now to get a good night's sleep. And an even better sleep in tomorrow morning on my first real day of this holiday break. I could seriously not be happier. Or maybe I could, it is after all only three days til Christmas now!

Sleep tight.

and that laugh that wrinkles your nose

I have these fabrics that I bought like forever ago that I have done absolutely nothing about. I am obviously going to make some piece of clothing but I don't know what. I need suggestions! Do you have any?!

diamonds are a girl's best friend

...speaking of Marilyn Monroe. I even visited her star at the Walk of Fame in Hollywood when I was there this summer! Beyond happy and amazed by that!

by the way: the shirt is from American Apparel

ba deedily deedily deedily dum, boo boo bee doo

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring"

"Your clothes should be tight enough to show you're a woman but loose enough to show you're a lady."

"If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere."

"Not a size zero? You're the beautiful one, it's society who's ugly."

No one inspires me like this woman does. Marilyn Monroe. She is absolutely brilliant, I mean just look at these quotes! And on top of it all she is also angelically beautiful.

pictures from we heart it

everyone is dancing merrily, in a new old fashioned way

This is an old vintage dress I bought at a second hand shop in town. I had to remake it though because it was all loose and weird fitted and stuff. But now I like it! It is so cute. I feel like a Christmas tree in it though. But if it isn't  appropriate for a time like this, then when is it?

roasted sugar coated almonds

I made this Christmas candy yesterday. I can only think of Christmas fairs when I eat these. All these different market stalls with thousands of samples to munch on, the freezing cold weather and snow outside, bonfires and Christmas carols. It is getting so close to Christmas now, I can't believe it! So excited. Put this candy in paper cones with a cute ribbon on it and you'll get the right feeling!

250 g whole almonds
3 dl confectioner's sugar
1 dl confectioner's sugar for separating almonds

1. Let almonds boil in a saucepan for a few minutes, pour into a strainer and remove peel.
2. Melt confectioner's sugar and almonds in a pan until you hear a popping noise. Stir the entire time.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute or so.
4. Powder confectioner's sugar over the almonds, mix, put on a big baking plate and separate them from each other.
5. Let cool completely and put in paper cones!

and I've bought some corn for popping, let it snow, let it snow

This is how I'll wrap my Christmas presents this year. With vintage fashion magazines from the 50's as wrapping paper. Isn't it adorable? However, I have only bought one Christmas present so far. I am the worst. I have bought these present for my host family in America though!

the knock at the door as it goes, whoa whoa whoa

This summer when my family and I had our roadtrip across, around and through the USA we were, obviously, in New York City and lived in an apartment in Williamsburg. Williamsburg is a part of Brooklyn, it was such a cute little neighborhood, only a few minutes from Manhattan. I don't want to get all psyched or get my hopes up, even though that's probably too late already, but you know that New York trip I told you about? The one that two of my friends and I are planning to make. Well the apartment hunting might actually just have taken a step in the right direction! All I can say is that I wouldn't mind visiting Williamsburg again.

I've waited a hundred years, but I'd wait a million more

I would say I am sorry, for not updating a million times a day, but I am not sorry. It is after all difficult to update about your life if you don't do anything. So you would probably think that this was a busy day for me with a lot of stuff to do. However it was not. But I have been taking time for myself. Catching up on my life, as my sister's boyfriend said. They decided to just stay at home, both of them, and I mean that in a positive way. I think that everyone has to take some time off from life every once in a while, just to catch up with it again. So, that's what I've been doing today. Watching movies. Making breakfast in bed; scrambled eggs and tea. Baking scones. Planning Christmas presents. Playing the piano. Listening to music. Spending quality time with my sister. How wonderful is that! I hope you get a chance to catch up with your life too at some point this weekend.

looking out from here, at half-past France

A dream is a wish your heart makes. I have a dream of mine, that at some point in my life I want to go to France, and not as a tourist or just for a short visit because I have been there done that already. But I want to go and live there. I want to go to cute little cafés with squiggly chairs and tables, drink café au lait and eat baguettes. I want to paint. Paint for real, with aquarelle, on a big with canvas. I wish I actually could paint though. I want to take thousands of pictures of people and make a portfolio. I want to go to museums for hours and hours, all by myself and soak in every single detail in all that freggin complicated art. I want to learn how to speak French completely fluently. Five years of French in Sweden have gotten me...nowhere, so I think I have to actually go to France to learn something. I want to go to second hand stores and shop vintage clothes. I want to live in an artsy apartment and go for bike rides in the French countryside. I want to have picnics in parks, lay under big oak trees and read books all day long. I want to go to farmers' markets and buy fresh vegetables and fruits, cook food and bake pies and cupcakes all the time.

nobody said it was fair, the flower looks good in your hair

Breakfast suggestion for a stressful friday morning or a calm saturday one. Anyhow it is gooood.

strawberry rhubarb pie

I am so sorry but I had a moment of weakness and accidentally fell right into the folder with all my summer pictures. I absolutely love summer. I love being able to wear floral dresses that flows in the wind and blah blah blah. Seriously though, I love being tan. I can't stand myself when I am this pale. And everytime I look in the mirror and think that I have hit rock bottom, that there is no chance I could get any paler, I am somehow wrong. So please, summer, hurry up. Snow for Christmas, pretty please, and then summer. That would be great, thanks.

I made this pie last summer from fresh strawberries and rhubarb. It came out so well, there's not really anything special about it, but I think it was the mix of summer and everything that made it so wonderful. You can probably not make it right now, but I'll put the recipe here anywas, for future reference you know.

100 g butter
3 tbsp sugar
1.5 dl wheat flour
1.5 dl rolled oats

400 g rhubarb sticks
0.5 litre cut up strawberries
1.5 dl sugar
1.5 tbsp potato starch

1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees celsius.
2.  Melt butter in a saucepan. Add sugar, flour and oats and stir.
3. Cut up the rhubarb nicely and mix with strawberries, sugar and potato starch in separate bowl.
4. Spread the filling in a pie tin. Sprinkle the pie dough like crumbs on the filling.
5. Bake for approx 15-20 minutes.
6. Let cool before serving.

the beat was going strong, playing my favorite song

I got a question why I quit dancing
, so I thought I'd answer that. When I went to America I wanted to keep up my dancing, and I did. For a little while. I started taking dance classes at a place called the Thomas School of Dance. It was ridiculously expensive but all worth it. I had to audition to get into the classes I wanted, which was kind of scary. But I got into the advanced ballet class, a performance dance class and a modern dance class. I was even put as an understudy in their annual ballet show, with pointe shoes and all. I had classes several times a week and it was so much fun and I learned so much.

But my organization got all crazy and made me choose between dancing and running when I moved to my new host family. And I had to choose whatever my host sister was doing (pretty weird request if you ask me, it left me with no choice really), which was running, so that's how I got all into running.

One might wonder why I didn't picked up dancing when I got back but I didn't for a lot of different reasons. Firstly, my old dance school here in Sweden went bankrupt. Secondly, all of my friends that I used to dance were all gone and that meant it wouldn't be any people in my age. And I have absolutely now time left for dancing now when I have school, work and all this working out for my super mega senior project I have to do too. I am seriously
deprived from not dancing, because I love it so much! I miss it a lot. Oh well, maybe I'll pick it up some day again, or I'll just have to be satisified with the dance offs my sister and I have from time to time in our kitchen...

such recovery, from the daily press

Do you know what I want to do? I wanna know how to play the saxophone so bad. I really, really want to learn how. It can't be too late right? I told my mum that about how badly I wanna start playing it. And she goes: Well you better hurry up cause you're almost twenty now. I seriously fell off the chair I was sitting on when she said that. I can't believe I am turning twenty next year. Oh well, that's not the point. I want to learn how to play the saxophone, and you know what? I will do it. I just have to find someone who will teach me how. Anyways, that is just one of the many things I want to do in my life. I might tell you some more another time.

you're from a whole other world, a different dimension


This is the year when, so far, this has happened...

Osama Bin Ladin was found..and killed.
Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Best Actress for starring in the movie Black Swan.
The iPhone 5 was sadly not released, however, the iPhone 4S was.
The Big Bang Theory is the most-watched comedy on television.
Steve Jobs died.
The gas price hit a scandalous record of 14.78 SEK per litre.
Some idiot set a Guinness World Record for Largest Smurf Collection in the world with a total of 1061 smurfs.
The top three best songs, so far, of 2011 are Born This Way by Lady Gaga, E.T. by Katy Perry and S&M by Rihanna.

And I apparantely looked, and still do look, like this...

...and that was it with all of that. Phew.

venite all'agile barchetta mia, santa Lucia, santa Lucia

Happy Lucia Day or whatever it is you say. My brother and his grade had a Lucia celebration at his school yesterday. So many nice carols. Not just in Swedish, but in English, Italian, French, Latin and Chinese as well. I don't even know what happened. When I was a Lucia in sixth grade we sang in Swedish, and in only Swedish. And that's the end of that story. I hope you you have a good Lucia day though. Only eleven days til Christmas now!

chocolatey banana oatmeal with hazelnuts

I am childishly obsessed with oatmeal. This oatmeal is a chocolatey flavored oatmeal with bananas and chopped hazelnuts in it. Eat it hot with fresh cold milk. It is delicious.

1.5 dl rolled oats
2.5 dl water
2.5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 whole banana
1/2 dl hazelnuts

1. Let oats and water boil for a couple minutes until wanted consistency.
2. Mix banana, cocoa powder and chopped hazelnuts.
3. Mix with oatmeal.
4. Serve with milk!

I guess the change in my pocket wasn't enough


This was the year when...

Jay-Z performed at the Swedish music festival Peace & Love.
Five paintings by Pablo Picasso were stolen from an art gallery in Paris.
There was an earthquake in Haiti.
South Africa hosted the 19th FIFA world cup.
Sweden held its general election to the parliament of Sweden.
Inception was rated best movie of 2010 by IMDb.
Lady Gaga wore her probably most outrageous outfit ever: a meat dress.
The top three best songs of 2010 were Runaway by Kanye West, F**k You by Cee Lo Green and Soldier of Love by Sade.

This was the year when I looked like this...

...and I clearly had an obsession of posing in every freggin picture.

tiny tots with all their eyes aglow

This year my family, my grandmother and I are celebrating Christmas at our camp up in the mountains, in Kittelfjäll. I think it's going to be so cozy and nice and christmasy...and just all plain lovely. I can't wait. We'll open presents, eat us full with Christmas food and candy, play in the snow, drink hot cocoa with marshmallows, watch Donald Duck's Christmas, snuggle in front of the fire, go downhill skiing, play board games and hike. I am beyond excited.

We bought this camp this summer. We've gone here for I don't even know how long. At least since the year 2004. During Fall Breaks, New Year's Eves and Spring Breaks. So we kind of have a history with this little cabin. However, when we bought it we did a total makeover to it. As you probably can see right here. If it isn't obvious already, the left column is the before pictures and the right one is the one with the after pictures.

chocolate chip walnut brownies

These brownies are a mouthful of heaven. The ginger mixed with the chocolatey flavor gives it a nice little unexpected touch. They are so scrumptious it's ridiculous.

350 g soft butter
6 dl sugar
3 dl cocoa powder
1 dl golden syrup
0.5 tsp salt
6 eggs
3 dl wheat flour
400 g white baking chocolate
300 g walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius.
Grease a big pan, approximately 40x50 cm.
2. Cream together butter an sugar until white and fluffy.
3. Mix in cocoa, syrup and salt.
4. Beat in one egg at a time. Last, stir flour into batter and mix until nice and even.
5. Chop chocolate into pieces and mix with batter and add walnuts.
6. Pour into pan and bake for 15-25 minutes or until
knife inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Let cool completely before spreading on fudge glaze. 

3 dl heavy cream
1 dl milk
1 dl golden syrup
1 tsp ground ginger
400 g dark chocolate

1. Combine heavy cream, milk, syrup and ginger in saucepan and let boil for only a minute. Remove from heat.
2. Chop chocolate into pieces and add to glaze, stir until melted.
3. Spread glaze on brownies. Let cool in fridge before cutting into pieces.

j'ai ton amour et je veux ton revenge


This was the year when...

Michael Jackson died.
The swine flu was deemed a global pandemic.
Chris Brown chris-browned Rihanna.
Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel announced their royal engagement.
Bruce Springsteen had his first out of three concerts at Stockholm Stadium.
The eleventh season of Top Model was aired.
Underbaraclara was nominated for a blog award.
The top three best songs of 2009 were Fireflies by Owl City, Bad Romance by Lady Gaga and Tik Tok by Ke$ha.

This was also the year when I looked like this...

but nobody knows the way, no bread-crumb trail

Feeling like Carrie Bradshaw goes Nigella Lawson when I'm running around the house in a silk kimono and pearls, with a face mask on, making lingonberry jam and saffron buns. By the way. I made that kimono.

a million here, a million there, like smoke in the thinnest air


This was the year when...

Barack Obama won the presidential election in the United States of America.
Heath Ledger died.
Fidel Castro announced his resignation as President of Cuba.
Sex and The City: The Movie was the most hyped movie, even though Twilight was also released.
The FRA-law became ratified by the Swedish parliament.
Paris Hilton was voted the most hated celebrity of the year.
The top three best songs of 2008 were Love Lockdown by Kanye West, So What by Pink and A milli by Lil Wayne.

This was the year when I looked like this...

... and I can't believe I'm showing you this.

I could be brown, I could be blue, I could be violet sky


This was the year when...

Britney Spears shaved her head.
Julia Roberts turned 40.
Anna Nicole Smith died.
The Simpsons Movie had its world premiere.
Queen Elizabeth and her Prince Philip had been married for 60 years.
Christer Fuglesang came back to Sweden from his trip to outer space.
Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Astrid Lindgren would've celebrated her 100th birthday if she would've been alive.
The top three best songs of 2007 were Hey There Delilah by Plain White T's, Grace Kelly by Mika and Umbrella by Rihanna.

This was the year when I looked like this...

... oh my god.

feeling good

Eating saffron salmon with zucchini pasta. Watching All the king's men. Having quality time with my mum. Loving it.

sha-la-la-la make me happy

I am back on track again my friends. Friday came to be the only day I went to school this week. Now, please take a deep breath before I say what I am about to say. I don't know what's wrong with me but I was kind of excited about it. I hade four classes in a row today, no lunch, just strictly school for five whole hours. You'd think I would want to kill myself after that but, as previously said, I don't know what's wrong with me. When I came home I picked up where I left off in math class and I've been sitting here struggling with numbers since I got out of school two hours ago.


Maybe I'm still sick after all?

starry eyed surprise

I am so sick so I can't and won't blog until I have gotten better. Just thought I'd let you know.

soul of a vagabond

This is my mannequin doll! And the tulle skirt is a ballet tutu I made for a dance recital once. We did the Swan Lake and it was so much fun! I actually miss ballet classes so much sometimes.

what goes around comes around

People who followed my last blog have probably seen these pictures already. They're taken at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, also known as the Gossip Girl Stairs. You know, the stairs where Blair and her little companions eat yoghurt during their lunch breaks.

Anyways I am planning on going back this summer with two of my friends to New York. For a whole month. Just to hang out. Can you believe that?! We're going to live in New York City for a whole month just for fun! Live like real new yorkers. Go to unknown cafés, go for long runs through Central Park, find unique clothes at small second hand shops, eat cheap Ben & Jerry's icecream, go and see Broadway Shows and watch old black and white movies on rainy days just because we can. I am beyond excited for this.

The only problem now is to find a rental apartment to a reasonable prize. We're doing all we can to get in touch with people who have their apartments for rent but it is really hard. If anyone has a website they know of, a friend, a relative or something that could help us find more options I would be forever grateful!

mile high meringue

I am making an attempt to knit a scarf. Sort of like the sweater Pippi Longstocking wears in the winter. I simply love that pattern. By the way. I just watched the movie A Walk To Remember and cried a river. Freggin love that movie. If you haven't seen it you've missed out on life. Seriously.

just can't get enough

I've made this shirt out of another old thing I once made. It was a one piece sort of thing. Terribly failed already then but I haven't done anything about it until now. Feels a little wrong for this time of year but really...who cares?

auld lang syne

I don't know about you guys but in our family our christmas stockings hang over the fireplace in the kitchen. And every christmas morning we always open our stocking stuffers together. Even though they're filled with the smallest and cutest things that's still probably the best time of the day. Almost.

I need collar collar, collar is what I need

I made this shirt the other day. The collar is made out of a lace cloth I found at home. Isn't it so pretty? I absolutely love it!

all I want for christmas is...

Here are some stuff I would love to get for Christmas. I just thought I'd show you because of no apparent reason at all really. Just because it's fun to know what other people want for Christmas. At least I think so. What do you want for Christmas?

homemade peanut butter

This is the best snack you will ever have. I promise you. Homemade peanut butter on crisp bread with banana slices. It is almost healthy, cause the peanut butter itself contains no sugar whatsoever. If you're afraid of fat you might want to reconsider eating this, but I must tell you, nuts have good fat in them. Therefore they're not bad for you!

3 dl roasted and salted peanuts
3-6 tsp canola oil

1. Simply mix everything together until smooth!
2. Spread on crisp bread and put sliced bananas on top. Eat with a glass of cold milk!

you're so yeah yeah wow wow

This might make you want to never read my blog again, because of being scarred for life after watching this video. This is a music video my sister and I did a couple of weeks ago. Just for fun. I don't know what's wrong with us. But oh well. Enjoy!

living the american dream part four

Here are a few more pictures from my short stay in New York City before I went to the city of Brewer in Maine, where I was about to stay for next ten months.

around the world la la la

I bought these jeans from a second hand shop yesterday for only 70 SEK! I had to do a total makeover to them though but it was so worth it. My sister has a resolution to buy all of her clothes on second hand and she probably has the best sense of clothing I know. I wish I could do that. But oh well, I borrow all of my sister's clothes all the time anyways so.

pas si simple

I am so sick of my hair. Or at least the color of it. I want it to be long again, but I don't regret cutting it off though. I am thinking of dyeing it but I'm not sure how. I've been thinking about a dark brown color, I had it once and I kind of liked it. We'll see what happens.

living the american dream part three

When I left for America I spent the first three days in New York City with a bunch of other exchange students from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We stayed at a really nice hotel close to Newark but every day we were actually in the city. We saw every freggin tourist attraction there is. The statue of Liberty, Central Station, Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Chinatown, Soho, Little Italy, the Manhattan Skyline, Ground Zero, Greenwich Village (where we saw the building from the tv-show Friends!), Central Park and everything else in NYC. It is pretty exhausting being a tourist I must say. Anyhow it was great because after doing all the touristy stuff we were free for the afternoons. So we would go shopping on Fifth Avenue, have a coffee from Starbucks and blah blah blah. You know. Anyways it was fun seeing a little about how Americans are. And that is that they are all so nice. So different from Swedish people. Americans actually greet you when you for an example walk into a store or when you are about to buy something they actually talk to you. It's a nice little change I have to say.

weather-wise it's such a lovely day

c'est moi

Another thing about me is that I love going up in the mountains and hiking with my family. We have a camp up there in Kittelfjäll and it is so cute and cozy. We're so busy all the time in my family but when we are at our camp we relax to one hundred percent. We play board games, sit by the fire, watch movies, hike, drink hot cocoa, read books, eat a lot of food etc etc etc. We're celebrating Christmas up there this year and I am beyond excited!

la valse des vieux

This is a soup made from broccoli, cauliflower and spinach. If you eat with some sautéed chanterelles and a dollop of sour cream on top it is absolutely delicious.

boogie woogie bugle boy

Another favorite sweater of mine from my all time favorite store Monki.

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