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(New Post) Lady Victoria and Me. Or my first sewing project

Hello everyone! 🙂

Back in September I was lucky and someone donated a very old Lady to one of our social projects at work. Not a human being it was, it was a very old sewing machine named Victoria. For a sewing machine she was indeed old, nearly 42 years to be exact. As there were more than enough sewing machines in the craftroom I thought I would give her a home at my flat. It took me some commitment and effort to escort her Ladyship to her new home. You know aged machines have their weight!

Me and Lady Victoria needed a few months to get to know each other properly, in fact she got all comfy in my place and I let her be during the process. I for myself was busy working and as I got home she greeted me always with a bit of an attitude as if she were curious when I got the guts to get in touch with her properly. The new year came and on a grey and cold January day I brewed myself a Coffee, got myself together and set carefully in front of Lady Victoria. I was surprised about all the beauty and old-fashioned design and it took me really some time to find out what really makes her tick. As I do have a fable for Owls it was only fair to sew one as my first project. It was more than a pleasant time and Victoria and I got very much along. No arguing nor torn strings. In the end I was proud and my cheeks turned read for excitement as I held the little fella in front of me.

My first sewing project! It wasnt perfect from the outside but I didn’t care. I tried something new and that was what made me happy.The little owl now sits on my Nanna’s Hospital bed to keep her company.

Love*Linn*

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Blogged: New Year, New Lifestyle?

The new year is already 2 weeks old- I really enjoy this new, fresh days. A new year as the power to be everything we would like it to be. A new year makes me always realize how thankful I am for this life I am living- for the person I am and for the people I know close to me or in different countries.

A new year always shows me that you have choices. There are so many possibilities out there and the only thing you have to do is just pick it like it is a fruit and enjoy it! You can always become the person you would love to be. You can always seek for joy and adventures. You know, its waiting just behind the next corner! 😀

If there are things in your life that bothers you- a relationship, which is poisoning or a job that does a lot but do not makes you feel good. Take the challenge and DO something. A new year is a new beginning!

Last year was a brilliant year for me and it ended fantastic. For the year of 2012 I chose not to pic a “Word of the year”

simply because I don’t feel the need of it this time. This past year gave me so much joy, mental strength and self-fulfilment  that I don’t need to focus on something in particular this year.

I do have to say that I challenged myself in the last 4 weeks to reflect the way I eat. I actually dont know exactly when this started and why but I inhaled every bit of information about a Vegan lifestyle. I do can remember that I was watching a show on TV and they asked the challenging question: ” What kind of person would you like to be?”

A simple question from the outside but it has so much power if you dig deeper into it and let it grow inside you. I asked myself this question again and again.

I managed to already grow as a person in the past (build up a positive attitude, being thankful and forgiving. Have healthy and stable relationship…)  but this question above generated a few new ones in my head in a way that surprised myself. It challenged me to think about my attitude about my Food consumption.

Linn, would you like to be a person that tolerates that small male chickens get killed (, because they don’t give eggs in the end) only because you want to eat eggs?

Linn, would you like to be a person who enjoys a piece of meat ( I do love bacon) and ignores the fact that an animals die for YOUR satisfaction?

Linn, would you be a person that simply do not care and reflect that animals die and be exploited every day so that I can have a roasted Dinner, a weekend- breakfast-egg or my amounts of milk?

The answer to this few questions is NO! I don’t  want to be a person who is  involved in any violence  or animal harming action! So I  faced the consequenses:

I read a lot of articles on the internet, went to local shops and observed the supermarkets about vegan food and I was totally surprised about how many products they have. I ordered a Soy Latte to go to try it and bought vegan cheese.

It isn’t that easy though as you are constantly “working” against your own habits.  But it isnt only the habits you need to change- you need to change the thinking that animals havent got rights and only have the purpose to feed or please humanity.

For now I do not put myself onto so much pressure. I do not eat meat, which is easy as I havent eat meat that often already. I reduce the amount of eggs and milk and try new and different recipes. I will slowly add more and more vegan products to everyday life.

For me going vegan is a process, which takes a while but I feel this is a right step. 🙂

Please let me know if you have any tips, links or recipes you like and want me to try. I would also love to know what you think about Vegetraism  and vegan Lifestyle or if you ever questioned your lifestyle.

Love*Linn

Here some links if you want to digg  deeper into Vegan:

http://vegan.ellen.warnerbros.com/why-go-vegan.php

http://www.govegan.net/

http://features.peta.org/VegetarianStarterKit/

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(New Post) May Recipe Share

Wow, the time flies and May is almost at its end. It was a lovely month with really great and warm weather. Actually too warm for the season with no rain. Poor Farmers, I hope the plants are going to make it and wont be too expensive because of this dry period. I for myself really enjoyed this warm weather.

This month I tried again three new recipes: Low Fat Cheat’s Cheesecake, Chickpea, tomato&spinach curry and

Starting with the first recipe. I got this from the wonderful Cate   Thank you very much for that!:)

Low Fat Cheat’s Cheesecake

This recipe is so easy, no cooking, no baking and only has 3g of fat!
Enough for 4 servings

85g of low-fat biscuits – I use oatmeal biscuits and add a dab of ginger or cinnamon depending on what I fancy.
200g of extra-light soft cheese
200g of 0% fat Greek Yoghurt
4 tbsp of caster sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of strawberry or raspberry jam
100g of strawberries or raspberries

1. Put the biscuits in a plastic bag and smash them up with a rolling-pin. Don’t worry if that there are chunks left in it, it adds texture. Divide the crumbs into 4 glasses/bowls.

2. Add the soft cheese, Greek yoghurt, sugar & vanilla into a bowl and beat them together until you have a smooth creamy mixture. Spoon this over the crumbs and at this point you can put them in the fridge and finish them off when you are ready to serve them.

3. Stir the jam in a bowl to loose it up. Chop up the fruit and gently mix them into the jam. Add the mixture to the top of the cheesecake.

They are now ready to eat! Enjoy!! It tasted super fresh and yummy and is a perfect dessert on a warm spring or summer day!:)

The second recipe is from BBC Good Food (<- click here for a picture and more information)

Chickpea, Tomato and Spinach Curry

Ingridients

  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 3cm/1¼ in piece ginger , grated
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • ½ tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp yeast extract (we used Marmite)
  • 4 tbsp red lentils
  • 6 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1 head of broccoli , broken into small florets
  • 400g can chickpeas , drained
  • 100g bag baby spinach leaves
  • 1 lemon , halved
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds mixed with 1 tbsp chopped cashews

Method

  1. Put the onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a food processor or blender and whizz to a purée.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan. Add the spices, fry for a few secs and add purée and yeast extract. Bubble together for 2 mins, then add lentils and coconut cream. Cook until lentils are tender, then add the broccoli and cook for 4 mins. Stir in chickpeas and spinach, squeeze over lemon and swirl through sesame and cashew mixture. Serve with brown rice, if you like.

I took fresh Spinach and Broccoli but you can use frozen ones too. Remember that you have to blanch them before you add them to the spices!

I loved that easy, healthy and vegan Dinner. It tasted so great with all its flavours and you def. don’t need any siders as the Chickpeas and Lentils fill the part.

My third recipe this month has also Cream Cheese in it. I have to say that I really love that taste of it. Whether on a slice of break or in a Cake, Bars or as a Frosting on Cupcakes.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Oreo Cookies
  • 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 24 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, At Room Temperature
  • ¾ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cups Sour Cream At Room Temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 3 whole Large Eggs, At Room Temperature

Method
1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162 °C). Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides (I spray mine with cooking spray).

2. Make the crust: place 28 Oreos in a food processor and process until finely ground. Pour into a large bowl, add the melted butter, and stir with a flexible spatula until all crumbs are moistened. Place the cookie-crumb mixture in the lined pan and, using your fingers, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire cooling rack (leave the oven on) while you make the filling. Snap the remaining Oreos in half, put them in the food processor, and turn on and off quickly a few times, just until the cookies are roughly chopped.

3. Make the filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a flexible spatula and beat again until uniform. Beat in sour cream, vanilla and salt. Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. After beating in the last egg, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat one more time, to make sure the mixture is fully combined. Stir in chopped Oreos with the same spatula.

4. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the baked cookie crust, smooth the top with the spatula, and bake for 40 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly wobbly in the center when you gently shake the pan. Remove the pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. When cool, cover it with foil and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours. (I chill mine overnight.)

5. To cut, use the foil overhang to lift the cheesecake out of the pan and place on a large cutting board. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the cheesecake into bars, rinsing off the knife with hot water and wiping it dry between each cut. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Yield: 24 bars

Cooking Tips:
These work best served on flattened out cupcake papers with a fork stuck on top.

I have seen the recipe on Tasty Kitchen  If you love to cook and bake that’s def YOUR side. Go and check it!!:)
That is it for this month. Stay tuned for another recipe share in JUNE!!:)
Love*Linn*
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April Recipe Share

Welcome back to the 2011 Recipe Share. If you are willing to jump in-try 3 recipes every month AND BLOG about it!:)

This month I tried OREO Cupcakes, Bacon and Cheese Eg McMuffin Cups, Pasta bake with Ham and Asperagus.

OREO CUPCAKES 

Makes 12 Muffintraysized Cupcakes

Ingredients:
110g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
2 eggs
150g sifted self-raising flour
125g sifted plain flour
120ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
115g crushed oreo cookies

Method:

  • Preheat the oben to gas mark 4/ 180°C/ 350°F
  • grease in the 12 hole muffin tray and line in with pretty cases
  • In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until the mixture is pale and smooth, which hould take 3.5minutes using an electric mixer
  • add the eggs one at the time, mixing a few minutes after each addition
  • combine the two flours in a seperate bowl.
  • Put the milk in a jug and add the vanilla extract to it
  • add one third of the flours to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  • pour one-third of the milk and beat again
  • REAPEAT these steps until all the flour and milk has been added.
  • lastly fold in the crushed oreos.
  • spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases, filling them untiul they are two-thirds full
  • bake in the oven for 25 minutes until they are golden brown
  • once cooled ice with your favourite vanilla butter cream and decorate with an oreo cookie.

ENJOY 🙂 

Thank you Emma  they taste wonderful and are so simply to make. My friends loved them too!!:)

Bacon and Cheese Egg Mc Muffin Cups

I have got this recipe from picky-palate.com

For any details about the recipe or the photos please click on the link. 🙂 This recipe was easy as you always have all the items at home to prepare it. My Bacon and Cheese Egg McMuffins tasted very dry. I dont know if they suppose to taste like that but that was something I didnt like. Also the “cups” turned out to be VERY crispy. A bit to crispy for my taste but okay. All in all a fun and easy recipe to try.

Dont laugh. This is how they looked after I made them. Not that shiny as on the pictures on the recipe but ok.;)

Pasta bake with Ham and Asperagus

You need:

  • 3/4l Water
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 200g Noodles (small or mediums or anything you like of course)

Cook the Noodles until they are “aldente”. The same do for the asparagus after you peeled them and cut them into pieces.Put them aside and grease in a casserole dish.

For the sauce you need:

  • 40g Butter
  • 40g whole grain flour
  • 3/8l sour cream or milk
  • 125g grated Cheese
  • Salt, Paprika exctract
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 2 tabelspoon Water
  • 2Egg whites
  • 100g boiled Ham
  1. Heat up the Butter and add the whole grain flour to it.
  2. Stir all the time! Deglaze with sour cream OR milk.
  3. Bring it to boil again then add the grated Cheese, Salt and Paprika extract.
  4. Put the pan from the hotplate
  5. Wisk the two Egg yolks with the 2tablesppons of water and add them to the sauce
  6. Beat up the Egg whites and if they are foamy add to the sauce
  7. Now you putt everything together: the Noodles, the sauce and the asperagus and into the casserole.
  8. Put the the boiled Ham slices on top
  9. Bake for 25-35 minutes on 225 to 250°C  (437°F- 482 °F)

Enjoy the Pasta bake with a fresh salad! 🙂

If you tried any of those recipes! Let me know what you think. And again, if YOU you want ME to try out YOUR fave recipe just let me know or leave the recipe at the comment section. 😀

Love to read from you *Linn*

xx

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