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Have you had the time to go outside for a while this week? Even just for a short walk?Read More
Hygge is a really great way to practice gratitude, optimism, and simple, intentional living.
It’s an all year thing, but I become more aware of it’s significance as the days become shorter and the darkness surrounds us in our corner of the world this time of year.
So much hardship and difficulty surround us on many levels. Even when you try to keep your distance for a while, it only takes a click on the telly remote and you find yourself in the middle of conflicts and war.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe we should ignore the facts or not engage ourselves. On the contrary. But in order to participate in a way that makes sense in your life a balanced approach is beneficiial. It’s a privileged approach, I know. And this where gratitude plays a role.Read More
My Swedish Cinnamon Buns (40 buns)
½ liter milk
125 gram butter (real butter, not margarine)
50 gram yeast
1 dl sugar
1½ liter all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
180 g of softened butter (not melted)
1 ¼ dl granulated sugar
Ground cinnamon (or vanilla and saffron)
Swedish pearl sugar or sugar sprinkles of your choice
Melt the 180 g of butter in a small saucepan. Add the ½ liter milk to the melted butter. Be aware that the temperature should not exceed 37C. Crumble the 50 gram of yeast in a large bowl and add the poor the butter/milk over the yeast. Stir until the yeast is dissolved. Add all the dry ingredients and knead the dough for a while. Leave the dough to rest for 30 minutes under a tea towel. Divide the dough into two portions once it’s raised and roll dough out with a rolling pin.
Mix the 180 g of softened butter, the 1 ¼ dl of granulated sugar and the cinnamon and spread the remonce on top of the dough. Fold the dough twice into three layers and divide it into 20 pieces. Each piece should be twisted several times. By the end tie a knot of the twisted piece of dough and put it on a heat proof baking sheet or plate. Repeat with second portion of dough. Proceed until you have a total of 40 buns.
Make the buns rest for another 30 minutes under a tea towel and brush the knots with egg and sprinkle Swedish pearl sugar on top of them.
Bake the buns for approximately 8 minutes in the middle of a preheated oven at 225C.
Do you have a particular place that you love a little bit more than elsewhere? A happy place where you feel at home and where you enjoy life the most?
One of my ultimate cherished places is Copenhagen, where I lived for many years before moving to Sweden in 2006. I studied there, fell in love with my hubby there, we got our two oldest children there and we evolved in many aspects there. Best time, really.
Even though happiness is the ultimate life goal for many of us, we often lose track of it in the everyday hustle.Read More
Easy to make on a Sunday morning and the smell of freshly baked bread boosts the hygge vibes at home!Read More
Previously I asked a group of people what hygge ment to them. I have gathered some of the answers below for you to get inspired on your own personal hygge journey.
On a note, the funny thing is that amongst the different descriptions there are a lot of words and references that are similar, but at the same time the persception of hygge is still based on individual feelings and notions.Read More
It has been on my mind for as long as I’ve had kids, but it wasn’t until a couple of years back that I decided to do something about all the things that piled up as soon as I had turned my back on it.
The stuff blocked my access to a happy, fulfilled life and I just felt that I spent all my free time cleaning, clearing and moaning about all the practical chores that had to be done as soon as I came home from work.
This Summer has been different from past Summers. I’ve shared a little bit with you about my family’s situation the last weeks, but it’s not until now that I realise how tough it has been for all of us.
Last night I went thoroughly through the photos that I’ve taken this Summer.Read More
If you have read my previous posts the last weeks, you may have noticed that my family and I are spending time away from home right now. You may also have seen that our holidays haven’t turned out the way we hoped for. Initially we had planned 3 weeks in Morocco and and one in Andalucia in the southern part of Spain, but due to my husband’s decease that has its ups and downs, we had to leave Morocco two weeks earlier than planned.
This Summer we were supposed to spend 3 weeks in Morocco and end the holidays in Spain for yet another week. Unfortunatly, my husband, who suffers from a chronic decease, had to return home for unplanned treatment as he go sick after just a couple of days in Morocco.Read More
I’ve really looked forward to time off with the family this year. Nothing beats those precious moments with the little people in my life. Well, actually they’re not that small anymore.
My husband has Moroccan background, but has lived in Denmark since the age of 6 and he is in many ways more Danish than I am. But the roots are undeniable. We’ve travelled to Morocco several times since we became parents for the first time almost 18 years ago.Read More
Last Spring - and Summer for that matter - was a cold affair. Almost no days with sun and temperatures that would allow us to sit on the terrasse in the garden for a meal or even a cup of tea. We were waiting for that day where it would be possible but it never came. We lost hope and didn't get that energy boost that's really needed to get through the long, dark Autumn and Winter in Scandinavia. I remember I took the kids and their cousins to the beach one day just to play a bit in the dunes, because it was way too cold for a dip, but still it was supposed to be Summer?Read More
Spending time travelling back and forth from work and meetings is the reality for many people. And it can be rather stressful and tiresome in the long run, especially if you travel on your own.Read More
It's Friday and like most of us I have been looking forward to some days off with the family. Nice and cosy this weekend, not so many plans as the previous weekends. We can sleep in tomorrow and have brunch at home and just take it nice and easy.Read More
When was the last time you had a moment on your own?
No matter if you're single or a parent of a whole bunch of kids, a moment of time on your own where you set the agenda, (not someone or something else), is so soul soothing, especially if you have a lot on your mind and shoulders every day.Read More
Do you have a special place where you go, when you need a cosiness boost and a moment away from the busy buzz? I know you may be far away from Copenhagen, but if you get the chance to visit, I know a great place you should experience, especially if the city turns it's rainy back on you.Read More
Eventhough travelling is fantastic there is something special about home. But sometimes it requires awareness to appreciate your nearby surroundings. And the people that you spend most of your time, with when you are not working.Read More