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Semla Bun Recipe

This year I made my first Semla. The semla is a small, wheat flour bun, flavoured with cardamom and filled with almond paste and whipped cream – has become something of a carb-packed icon in Sweden. The traditions of semla are rooted in fettisdag (Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday) when the buns were eaten at a last celebratory feast before the Christian fasting period of Lent. At first, a semla was simply a bun, eaten soaked in hot milk (known as hetvägg).

Semla recipe

About 15 large or 25 small buns


100 g butter
300 ml milk, 3%
50 g fresh yeast (for sweet dough)
1 tsp crushed cardamom or the grated peel of 1 orange
½ tsp salt
85 g sugar
about 500–550 g plain flour
1 beaten egg for brushing


200 g marzipan
bun centres
100 ml milk
300 ml whipping cream


Icing sugar for dusting


1. Melt the butter and add the milk. Heat to 37°C.

2. Crumble the yeast in a bowl and add the cardamom or the orange peel.

3. Add the milky liquid and stir until the yeast has melted. Stir in the salt, the sugar and most of the flour, but save a little flour for later.

4. Work the dough in a food processor/dough mixer for about 15 minutes.

5. Let it rise to twice its size in the bowl, about 40 minutes.

6. Place the dough on a floured pastry board and cut into pieces. Roll into buns and place on oven paper or greased baking sheet. Let the buns rise to twice their size, about one hour.

7. Brush the buns with egg. Bake in the lower part of the oven, at 225°C for around 8–10 minutes for large buns and 250°C for 5–7 minutes for small. Leave to cool on wire racks.

8. Cut off the bun tops. Scoop out the centre of each bun (about 2 tsp) and crumble in a bowl.

9. Rough grate the marzipan and mix it with the crumbs and milk into a creamy mass.

10. Fill the hollow buns with this mixture.

11. Whip the cream and squirt or spoon it over the filling. Place the top on the bun and dust with icing sugar.

12. Serve alone with coffee or in the form of a hetvägg in a deep bowl with warm milk and ground cinnamon.

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SHOPPING DIARY: Ivory Color Crush

My number one color pick is White! including its levels such as ivory, beige, champagne and light grey / silver.  These are my recent shopping items in Ivory color which I find very elegant and simple. 

This lovely blus from hm was sold out during christmas when I was planning to buy it on both local and online store. Luckily at the beginning of February I found out it was back on the sale category. I was even more happy that they had all sizes available. 

As for these chic rope bootie. They were on my Holiday Wish List in red. But unfortunately and as always the good stuff get sold out so fast especially the common foot sizes. Just recently I was checking the Nelly.com site by chance, I found these lovelies available in Ivory color for less than the half price.

Once I got my items I was very happy with my purchase. Very satisfied with the good price and the good quality. 

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Easy Basic Chocolate Cake For All Occasions

Hello blog buddies! I am posting an update of a recipe that I've already shared with you last year. This time I am adding the buttercream frosting recipe that I usually use on all my cookies, cupcakes and cakes. It's a basic method that I often get creative with by changing color or flavor. 

If you have an occasion and you would like to make something from the heart yourself for family and loved once. Try a basic cake recipe and make it awesome by decorating it using buttercream and other fruits, berries or even chocolate. 

Here is the link to make the basic super easy Chocolate Cake with the below written ingredients. And here under the images you gonna find the buttercream frosting recipe and method. 

To make this specific cake you will need raspberry and a drop of red color to your frosting. Since its winter season I used frozen raspberry but they were delicious anyway. I am sure using fresh ones would make the cake even more tasty. 

In the middle layer between the two cakes I laid some buttercream paste and some raspberry crumbs. You can use as many raspberries as you want in the middle, I only had a limited amount to make the whole cake. 

I hope you enjoy making and eating this simple basic cake :-) 

Buttercream Frosting

⅔ cup butter, softened -150 grams
3 cups powdered sugar, add more depending on personal preference - 600 grams
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream, add more or less depending on personal preference. You can also use milk instead.
food coloring if you want to change up the color.


Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy whipping cream and beat until smooth and creamy. Add more powdered sugar and/or heavy whipping cream as needed to achieve desired consistency.

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Slow Baked Chicken With Olives

Another everyday cooking recipe which I tired today and I loved! The method is kinda close to the Tagine, that's why I decided to give it a go. I used the chicken pieces I had at home only, but next time I will try to use different chicken pieces.  I will also try different type of bell pepper colors to make it more colorful. 

By the way I dislike cooking chicken with its skin. But I was told it's good to keep it while baking especially, and remove it later because it makes the mixture more moist and tender when cooked with the skin.

As a side dish I made a thin sliced potato gratin which I think is the quickest homemade gratin. I only slice the potato mix it with a bit of salt, olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves. Place it on a oven plate and add 2 dl of cream with a 1 tsp truffles oil. Mixed it well and bake it for about 20 min in 200 c. You will find the recipe below, enjoy!

You will need: 

2 kg chicken fillet
  250g cherry tomatoes, split
  2 bell peppers, cut into pieces (any color)
  2 cup black olives
  8 cloves garlic, sliced
  1 bunch fresh basil or dry ( I used both )
  1 cup olive oil
  2 tbsp salt 
  1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Divide all ingredients on a baking tray and drizzle with oil (save half of the basilica to serve). Add Salt and pepper.

Cook in the oven for about 2 hours in 130 c . For crisper surface on the chicken, left the plate way higher up in the furnace to get the grilling effect the last 5 minutes.

 Serve with optional side dish.

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Shrove Tuesday On 28 February

Next Tuesday is going to be the Shrove Tuesday ( also known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day ). 

I enjoyed making these heart pancakes using the Swedish method, which is without baking powder. It was Julias first time to try pancakes and she loved them so much ( of course without syrup or cream ). 

If you would like to make heart pancakes for your family and loved ones, just use a large heart cookies form by placing it on the pan and pouring the preferable batter amount. The less the thin and the quick the pancake will be ready. I used the form to make couple of heart pancakes all at once. It was quick and very easy. 

As usual, the pancake topping is optional. I usually use what we have at home. You can choose from: syrup, whip cream, berries, chocolate sauce, butter and honey.. 



"10 pancakes or 30 depends on how thin you are willing to make each one."

3 eggs
6 dl milk
2 1/2 dl flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons butter


Whisk together the eggs with half of the milk.
Add the flour and whisk well. Than add and whisk the remaining milk and salt.
Melt the butter and whisk into the mixture. 

Heat the pan. Pour a thin layer of batter. When the surface solidified and become dull, it is time to turn the pancake. Fry for another minute. 
And so on....

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Events Craft: Free Nature Decor Printables

We all love FREE STUFF, right! I am back with a new Freebies collection for those who love craft and DIY projects. If you have an upcoming event, kids birthday for example like myself :-) this is a great inspiration for a event / party theme.

Spring and summer are also on their way! as for those who got wedding plans the floral paper garland can be used to decorate table, chairs and corners. 

On my last two birthday dinner party I've used Nature Inspired Themes, if you guys are looking for ideas:  29 birthday, 30 birthday


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Event Dresses For Pear Body Shape

Knowing what shape your body is very important! It's the first step to finding the style that suits you, makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

As a pear body woman, I picked here some of the dress designs that fit perfectly to the curvy pear body from the lovely online store STYLEWE.  You can check their Rompers For Sale, Royal Blue Party Dresses and Sexy White Party Dresses as well! 

My favorite dress in this set is the highlighted Navy Blue High Low Elegant Gathered Crew Neck Midi Dress. Find the rest of the dresses links below. 

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Weekend Beauty Treat: Home Spa

Update 2/22/2017

This morning I woke up with this idea in my head. To do something for me today! It's been awhile since I gave myself those Home Spa treats like I used to do before I got little Julia. I figured I can use sometime while she is having her first morning nap. I prepared the Home Spa Rituals like it's mentioned in the previous post from April 2015.   

Nothing fancy but as simple as it was, it was really worth it :-) 


I've been looking forward for this home alone weekend, so I just use it to pamper myself a little. Stay away from tech, relax, just be home, do what I have to do, read a book or write down my summer plans and catch up with my art hobbies. 

This afternoon I am going to have a home spa treat, I used to do this every now and then. It's  a great way to recharge energy and focus. 

These are the things I am going to use for my HOME SPA treat: 

I bought sandal oil (my favorite incense) burner yesterday from Indiska a swedish store, which was really nice and gave the home a lovely relaxing smell like the one you can sense in luxury spa`s. I also bought some mud face masks to use and I am going to use almond oil as hair mask, and finally coconut body scrub during the shower. I also use freshly used coffee grounds as body scrub sometimes. 

The candles and soft warm towels are the most important part of the home spa as well as some nature sounds music playlist from spotify (the link here has the playlist I use) to feel the harmony and the peace. I drink some herbs tea with ginger and lemon that helps me relax after the shower while I soak my feet in sea salt water in the water foot bath massager machine. 

I hope you guys have a great weekend and get inspired to plan your own home spa treat. 

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Swedish Cuisine: Swedish Hot Dog Dish (Korvstroganoff)

One of my favorite Swedish Cuisine dishes. First time I saw it I thought it was an Indian dish because it looked at first like Tikka Masala. Than I realized it was made from the Swedish Hot Dog "falukorv".  

Because I love saucey food, I looked for the recipe and I surprised my hubby with it one day. Since then it became one of our usual family food recipes. I do not know if one can try the same cooking method with a different sort of Hot Dog brand. But I guess it is worth it to try :-) 

4 servings of rice
400 g of sliced ​​sausage (hot dog)
2 finely chopped onions
2 dl cream
1 dl water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tbsp Chinese soy
salt and pepper
1 tbsp oil for frying

 Ps: 1 dl liquid = 100ml 

This recipe is designed for 4 servings. When you change the number of servings will also change the amount of ingredients. 

Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
Fry sausage in oil in a pan for about 5 minutes. 
Add the onion and saute for another minute.
Add cream, water, tomato paste and Chinese soybean. Cook for 10 minutes. 
Season with salt and pepper.

To serve: Serve the rice and cabbage salad on the side.

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Arancini: Risotto Leftover Balls

I already shared with you the recipe of the Mussel Risotto, which is the one I used in this Arancini recipe. I added some mozzarella cheese pieces inside the balls to make it extra rich, but it's totally optional. The photos are dark because I made this during the evening.  I hope you enjoy it!


Roasted tomatoes
4 medium tomatoes, cut in half
+- 200g vine, cheery or rosa tomatoes (about 2 cups)
1 T olive oil
a sprigs of thyme
Sea salt and Pepper

2 T olive oil
1 small white onion, finely chopped
1 cup of risotto rice
1/2 cup of dry white wine
3/4 cup of pureed roasted tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
+- 1 litre stock (use any good quality chicken or vegetable stock), kept warm on the stove
small handful of fresh basil, finely shredded
3/4 cup roasted baby tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 liter sunflower oil
roasted tomato risotto (as per above)
1 x 85g tin Lucky Star smoked mussels, drained
30 - 40g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 - 2 cups bread crumbs
basil aioli and fresh lemon wedges to serve


Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F, arrange the tomatoes on a tray.
Drizzle over the olive oil, scatter the thyme leaves and sprigs, and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 minutes. Remove and set aside.

When the tomatoes have roasted, start on the risotto. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pot and sweat your onion until it has softened. About 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains. As they just start popping / catching add the white wine and stir continuously until it is absorbed. Add the pureed roasted tomatoes and garlic and continue stirring. Add the hot stock one ladle at a time until the risotto is cooked but still al dente. About 3 minutes before the end, add the rest of the roasted tomatoes and the finely shredded basil. Add the grated Parmesan, and adjust seasoning to your taste.

To make your arancini, set up a production line with your breading ingredients laid out in flat dishes next to each other. Scoop the chilled risotto into your palm, pop a smoked mussel in the middle and mould the rice over it and roll gently into a ball. You could pop all your risotto balls on a tray and put them in the fridge to firm up even more before the next part. Lightly roll this in the flour, quickly dunk it through the egg to coat (do not leave it in the egg at all), and immediately put it on the bread crumbs and lightly coat. Heat your oil in a large heavy based pot until it has reached 190C / 375 F and fry the arancini in batches until golden brown Drain on kitchen paper.

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Personal Style: WHITE & BLUE

When it comes to summer outfits White & Blue are the perfect classic choice. This is one of my favorite summer casual outfits. Photos were taken while down on our recent vacation. It was a super hot sunny day. A great day to remember :-) 

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11 Months Princess

It's hard to keep Julia's developments up to date. A lot of things are happening in such short time. The past few months from when she turned 8 months, everything got in high speed. Watching over her became the first focus as she is all over the place. One second she on the floor playing the next she is trying to enter the bathroom, or grab something from over the table.  

Even when she is in the middle of something very joyful for her, I think to myself now I gotta use this minute to do something else.. but often I find myself still standing there staring at her enjoying a new discovery. I keep watching her reaction and I just can't get bored of it each time.. until she makes another new face expression, or a new sound. I worry I might miss something..

These days we are working on the walking progress. She is doing pretty good with balance so far, she even stand on her own for few seconds and because she is not used to it she tries to grab me or the next object nearby to hold on to. It's fun to see her trying and trying. 

Looking at her past months photos I see how fast she have grown and changed, it makes me both happy and sad. I love seeing both her dad and myself in her little adorable face. Now we are only one month apart from her first year birthday which I am planning for at the moment.  I am glad her dad will be home so we can celebrate the special day. 

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Canarian Dish: Octopus with Boiled Potatoes

I tried this amazing dish on our recent trip to Canary Island. The seafood there is so so delicious by the way. When I came home I thought of making the dish, so I looked for the recipe and I found one that shows the exact method. 

Unfortunately I did not find fresh Octopus so I used what we got. In the photos below are the results of my cooking. I loved this simple dish and I will make sure to make it often especially in the summer.  I hope you enjoy this International cooking inspiration. 


1 octopus (of about 4.4 pounds)
1.1 pounds of potatoes
Sea salt (to taste)
Spanish sweet or hot paprika (or a mixture of both, depending on your taste)
Extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion

Directions to prepare the dish:

It is important to soften the octopus before you cook it. At the island of Ons, I have seen how they used to do this the traditional way by repeatedly hitting the octopus against a rock. Lucky for us, we don’t have to do this, if you freeze it, you will get a very similar effect. So either buy the octopus fresh and freeze it, or buy it already frozen.
The day before, take the octopus out of the freezer and leave it in the fridge to thaw. Make sure you place the octopus it in a large pot or bowl, a lot of water will be released, and you don’t want it to overflow in your fridge. Just before cooking, rinse it under cold water to clean.
Fill a large pot (the largest one you have) with water, add a whole peeled onion, and bring to a boil (you don’t need to add salt; the salt in this dish will be added at the end). When the water starts boiling, grab the octopus by the head and “scare” it. This technique consists in dipping the octopus 3 or 4 times in the boiling water. The purpose of doing this is so it stiffens/contracts, and the skin doesn’t break during the cooking process.
Boil the octopus for about 45-50 minutes over medium heat (the time will depend on the size of the octopus). Prick it from time to time to check how hard it is. The first time you cook octopus is always the hardest, since it takes some practice to cook the meat just right, but it gets easier.
While the octopus is boiling, wash and peel the potatoes and then cut them in halves. Set aside.
When the octopus is done, remove from the boiling water, place in a platter and let it cool. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and boil for about 15 minutes. If you don’t want the potatoes to turn slightly pink, you can boil them in clean water, I like my potatoes to soak the octopus flavor, so I boil them in the same water as the octopus.
Slice the octopus legs with scissors (about ½ of an inch wide slices,) cut the head into small pieces.
Serve on a wooden platter: place the potatoes on the bottom and the octopus on top. Add the sea salt, sprinkle the paprika, and add a splash of olive oil. I also like to add a little bit of the cooking water.

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Our Valentine's day

Each year passes us by one learns more about love than what actually thought love is. It's not just the lovely romantic sweet feelings. It's the responsibility at the tough times, the emotional fulfillment, care and concern, about the other's feelings and needs. Helping and sharing, listening, understanding, learning from the mistakes and forgiving.. and yet there is more to discover through the years. 

Those factors are what makes love grow and crown the relationship each year to another level. In such occasions we take the chance to remind ourselves how far we've gone from our first steps and the journey we've got to achive hand in hand. 

These photos are some of what I have managed to capture by camera during the day. I did my best to add one more remarkable day to our wonderful year 2017. 

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