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My First Mothers Day

We celebrate mothers day in Sweden on the 29 of May and this year it happened to be my first Mother's Day. The day before we were invited to a "Thank you" dinner party with our friends who got married last summer, thanking us for our help during the wedding. It was my first night out since I got pregnant and my first 24 hours with out my DD since the delivery, because she was being baby sit by her grand parents.

I could consider this fun night out and the break a Mothers day treat itself, having a break from the new born needs for a while. But It wasn't 100% thrilling, I missed her so much since the first few minutes we left her . I felt I would go back, grab her and just go home but I knew I should stop being emotional and just use this day to be a little selfish. And give myself a break and some lone time with my sweetheart like the old days. 

The next day I was rewarded with this lovely cake, breakfast in bed together with this Massage Treat / Spa Time present card at Karma Spa. We spent the day chilling at home because the weather wasn't that great and we were also exhausted from the night out the other day. 

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Spring Getaway: One week in Finland

Hello guys, we have been on a short getaway for a week in Helsinki - Finland joining my hubby where he works. I visited Finland in the new years time of 2015 for only two days as we traveled through Finland to Estonia by boat. 

This time I managed to see the city and discover the beauty of helsinki. The weather was great which added more charm to the city. By the end of the city tour we ended our day with an amazing dinner in a farm restaurant called Wanha Pehtoori that has a fabulous atmosphere among the green fields. Not only that, the fresh food was so yummy I wished I could order one more dish if they didn't close the kitchen. 

Since we lived in the area near the airport, I spent most of my time at the Jambo shopping center .. shopping and dining :-)

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Simple Treats

Hello there! we celebrate one of our special dates two days ago with this simple treat at home, nothing fancy. Our lifestyle is changing so much since we got our little one, It's more calm, cozy and easygoing.

I was going to plan something special for the two of us but than I thought just a gift,  dinner at home and an after dinner treat in our balcony watching moon light with music would be perfect. 

Bottom line is, there are plenty of events comming in the coming days or near future, so taking it easy sometimes is the best option to go to for rather than stressing out to meet all occasions.  Cheers! if you agree :-) 

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Sweet Sour Safran Chicken With Dry Apple, Peach And Raisin

Here is one of my favorite sweet and sour recipes inspired by Moroccan cuisine. This is also an update for a recipe I shared last year with similar method here: Sweet Sour Recipe: Grilled SaffranChicken Or Meat With Dry Plum And Apricot


4 Pieces chicken    ( preferred are legs )   
3 Red onion 
 Handful each : Dry Apple , Peach , Raisins ( or optional quantity ) 
2Tbsp Ghee 
2Tsp vegetable  oil
1/4 Tsp salt 
1/2Tsp Ginger
1Tsp saffron powder
60g almond
1 cup water

Recipe Method

  • Slice the onion to long thin pieces. 
  • In cooking pan add oil, ghee, chicken pieces and the onion. Add all spices and cook for 5 minutes on very low heat.
  • Add all the dried fruite than add the water, close the cooking pan and let it cook on medium heat for about 15 or 20 minutes ( Until the chicken is cooked ). 
  • If the water drys fast add 2 Tsp each time to keep the sauce and make it thick.
  • In a frying pan, fry the almond in vegetable or frying oil, until golden. 
  • By the time the chicken gets ready the sauce should be thicken. If not wait bit more until it does. 
  • Serve the chicken as shown above in the photos topped with the fired almond.

* You can eat it with pita bread or saffron basmati rice. 

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White And Blue For Summer

Summer is on doors! so I am treating myself with coffee breaks in summer style these days. I am inspired by my own Summer House pin board that I created few months ago collecting all white and blue home decor products and staying ideas. 

When we first moved to our home in summer season, Ive decorated the balcony and our bedroom in white and blue ( ocean house style ) . Here is a small set inspiration of things I used to decorate for summer season. You can also take a look at the pin board / collection for more inspiration for your  own 2016 summer home make over.

You can also check the DIY Home Decor board if you are one of those crafty people who like to make their own handy projects. Enjoy!

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The World's Healthiest Foods : Fava / Broad bean

Hello! here is a new health and wellbeing article. Yesterday I went to farmers market in the city center square and I was trilled by the large options of fresh vegetables and fruits they had.. with a very good price. I made sure to mix and take as much rare vegetables as possible. Its been ages since I ate fresh Fava beans. Last year I made a soup that contain them dry and its a big difference in the taste of course. 

I added these yummy fresh beans to my Moroccan Couscous that I usualy  make because it contains 7 vegetable types in it. Below you can find out the benefits of this amazing bean:

Health benefits of fava beans

  • Fava beans are very high in protein, and energy as in other beans and lentils. 100 g beans carry 341 calories per 100 g. The beans, however, compose plentiful of health benefiting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and plant-sterols.

  • The beans are very rich source of dietary fiber (66% per100g RDA) which acts as a bulk laxative. Dietary fiber helps to protect the colon mucosa by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Dietary fiber has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing re-absorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon.

  • Broad beans are rich in phyto-nutrients such as isoflavone and plant-sterols. Isoflavone such as genistein and daidzein have been found to protect breast cancer in laboratory animals. Phytosterols, especially ß-sitosterol, help lower cholesterol levels in the body.

  • Fava beans contain Levo-dopa or L-dopa, a precursor of neuro-chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, epinephrine and nor-epinephrine. Dopamine in the brain is associated with smooth functioning of body movements. Thus, consumption of adequate amounts of fava beans in everyday diet may help prevent Parkinson's disease and dopamine responsive dystonia disorders. (Medical disclaimer).

  • Fresh fava beans are an excellent source of folates. 100 g beans provide 423 µg or 106% of folates. Folate along with vitamin B-12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception, and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.

  • They also contain good amounts of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin and niacin. These vitamins function as co-enzymes in cellular metabolism of carbohydrate, protein, and fat.

  • In addition, broad beans are one of the fine sources of minerals like iron, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium. At 1062 mg or 23% of daily recommended levels, fava are one of the highest plant sources of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids. It helps counter pressing effects of sodium on heart and blood pressure.

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Two Months Mamma

Time flew so fast, our DD is now 2 months.. this means I made it as a two months Mamma. To be honest some stuff has been easier than I thought and some were more stressful than they actually seemed , like the first two weeks of breastfeeding, baby vomiting and choking.. freaked me out. But By the end of the 7th week she rewarded me with the most beautiful smile Ive ever seen. 

I am glad I didnt get the baby blues / depression. I only felt kind of trapped in a rush routine where time fly by so fast without me making use of it as I plan. Things get out of control sometimes and as a person who like to keep things organized at home I got really challenged in this part. 

I got alot of support and help from my darling, everytime he was home he fulfilled the daily tasks with me, and helped me catch my breath a little and get some sleep to recharge for the days when he is abroad working. He loves to cook and that was always a bonus both when I was working and now. He took us out for grill picnics couple of times to get out of my mamma - home routine. He takes DD out by the stroller to calm her down and give her some fresh air as its some sort of parenting tradition here in Scandinavia. I try to cope up with that too when he is away and take her out for both refreshment and getting back in shape. 

For all new moms out there expecting the first baby, don't stress too early, take it easy! get as much sleep as you can, make use of your time for YOU and do the things you love before your baby arrives because your life schedule and properties will change. By the time the baby comes, all problems will be solved as they come, you will learn everything naturally and your mother instinct will lead you. No one has been born an expert.

Thanks to the new parenting course given to us by the hospital, babycenter kellymom websites and my Mom to be pinterest board where I saved all the tips I could find before the delivery.

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