Checking of my Bucketlist âœ”️

Lifestyle, My Bucketlist

Imagine waking up to this view after spending the night in a hammock – that’s what I did! ♥

Last weekend my husband and I packed our bags, loaded up on food, snacks & drinks, and spent the night outside in fresh air. For the longest time I have wanted to sleep outside in an hammock and after getting our hands on a couple of hammocks last year, we finally took the time to use them, and guess what? I can’t recommend this enough! We had an absolute blast! 🙂 After getting our camp set and our hammocks ready for the night (which is the first thing you should do!), we made the best dinner; a bonfire-cooked steak! In advanced we prepared potatoes au gratin, a salad and fresh mushrooms we tossed in the pan with the steak. Accompanied with an ice cold beer outside in fresh air, it as the perfect meal!

Being outside also allowed us to enjoy each others company without any distractions – we put our phones away, had many great conversations and simply enjoyed the evening to the fullest. If you enjoy being outdoors, this is a great point to add to your Bucketlist. It’s completely free (you just need the proper equipment) and it’s also a covid-friendly activity. You’re outside in fresh air and it allows us to keep a distance from others, something that’s more important than ever – let’s all of us put in an joint effort to battle this virus!

Have you ever slept outside in a hammock? 🙂

Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chunks

Food

I have a theory that any day of the week is a good day to make something out of whatever left over ingredients you have at home, whether it’s making a wok out of vegetables that are borderline going bad, using dry bread for croutons, or using the ripe bananas on your kitchen counter to make a treat for yourself (and your guests of course, duuh!). I try to minimize food waste to the best of my ability, so if you have any ripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter, I suggest you should make this chocolate banana bread with chocolate chunks in. It has the perfect balance between the chocolate and banana, and the big, gooey chocolate chunks is the cherry on top – it’s the best! 🍫🍌😍

Here’s what you need to make it;

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas (the darker, the better!) – 115 g melted butter – 1 large egg – 125 g brown sugar – 1 teaspoon baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 125 g white flour – 40 g cocoa powder – 200 g of dark chocolate

Directions
Start by preheating your oven to 180 C/350 F. Melt your butter and set aside to cool off. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, and whisk in the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the egg. Mix the flour, baking sofa, salt and cocoa powder in a separate bowl and use a sifter to add the dry ingredients to the batter. Add the chocolate chunks at the end. Bake in the middle of the oven for 55-60 minutes and cool off in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan. Serve warm with a cup of coffee or a glass of ice cold milk. Enjoy! ☕️😍🥛

4 feel-good movies for the weekend!

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Happy Saturday everyone! 🙂
My weekend is unfortunately spent working, but I have come to realize it’s all about taking advantage of the total time you have available. With a late evening shift today, I’m currently sitting outside my favorite coffee shop enjoying a delicious iced coffee in the sun. With a wool coat and the most fluffy scarf keeping me warm, it’s not a problem sitting outside late fall.. Coffee, sunshine and fresh crisp air is the best!

But to the purpose of this post; movies! Fall is the perfect time to bundle up with a good movie, some snacks and a fluffy blanket. Here’s 4 of my favorite “feel-good” movies, all can be found on Netflix!

IT’S COMPLICATED

FOOTLOOSE

SEX AND THE CITY 2

THE INTERN

Have a good weekend! 🍿🎥😀

Beautiful Fall Day

Lifestyle

Happy fall everyone! 🍂😊🍁🍃🥰☀️😍
Fall season is truly magical and one of my favorite seasons! One of the favorite aspects I love about fall is the cold, rainy weather and crisp air, accompanied with warm drinks, lit candles, blankets and favorite movies. However, today was anything but cold and rainy! I took these pictures on my morning walk before work today, it was so magical! Crisp air, sunshine, colorful scenery and complete silence.. plus I was getting my steps in! Good for the mind, good for the soul! ☀️

I wish I had the whole day off to enjoy the nice weather, but I’m forever grateful that I still have a job these days.
I hope you have a great day and enjoy it to the fullest! 🙂

The best fall comfort food!

Food, Lifestyle

There are many reasons why I love fall and the food is definitely on top of the list!
Fall equals comfort food – rich stews, hearty hot meals, crisp apples, hot tea, and delicious warm soups.. So good!
Fall is the high season for root vegetables and with local vegetables in season, it would be a shame not to use them. The other day I was in the mood for something warm, nutritious, and delicious, so I decided to make a delicious vegetable soup with sausage. For a vegetation option you can drop the sausage – it’s just as good if you ask me! 🥘 🙂

Here’s what you need to make it (a full pot);

Ingredients
Vegetable broth – 4 potatoes – 7 carrots – 3 parsnips – 1 leek – 1 kohlrabi – a handful of fresh chives – sausages or your choice of protein (optional)

Directions
Start my making the vegetable broth in one large pot (I use this one from Le Creuset). You can either pre-make the broth from scratch or use vegetable bouillon squares. I like the ones from Knorr, which is filled with a delicious blend of cabbage, leek, onion, carrots, celery, garlic and spices. The rich and authentic tastes adds great flavor to your soup! Chop all your vegetables and add them to the broth. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a broil. Once it’s boling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are tender (use a fork to check it’s status). Season with salt & pepper as needed. Add the protein at the end.

Enjoy! 🙂
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Interesting links from around the web #14

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Love these cartoon illustrations by Grace Davis

New York Times’ piece on Breonna Taylor and the perpetual black trauma is worth a read

Shop these ingredients to make a delicious green juice at home

Need some inspiration for fall activities? Check this article in Oprah magazine!

A full description of a capsule wardrobe (which I absolutely love!)

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

These Cinnamon-Apple Spelt Muffins is the perfect fall snack

A Greek natives description of the clusters of the Greek Island groups

A big list of highly-recommend crime books you should read at home


Checking of my Bucketlist! âœ”️

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

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This month I finally checked off another point on my Bucketlist; a visit to Lofoten! 🚁🏔🌦✔️😊
Norway is the land of the fjords, the northern lights & midnight sun (which you can both see up north if you’re lucky!), viking history, trolls, quaint villages, and many scenic drives – some which can be found in the area of Lofoten in North of Norway!
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian sea, far above the arctic circle. The main islands are AustvÃ¥gøy, Gimsøy, VestvÃ¥gøy, Flakstadøy, Moskenesøy, Røst and Værøy. We visited my dad’s birthplace Værøy, a small island located approximately 30 km from main body of Lofoten archipelago. It’s accessible by ferry and helicopter from Bodø, the closest city on the mainland of Norway. The helicopter takes roughly 25 min, while the ferry takes either 3 or 6 hours, depending on the route you choose. We took the helicopter out which was both comfortable and convenient, but also more expensive compared to the ferry. We ended up taking the ferry back to Bodø due to some technical problems with the helicopter and it was ok, but I personally prefer the helicopter because it’s quicker and you don’t have to deal with heavy waves and the sea, as I get seasick very easily. Either way, both options are available! 🙂

This was a much needed family trip that we enjoyed to the fullest! Our days was filled with lot’s of walking and time spent outside (plus tons of rain + a little sun in between!), cozy breakfast mornings, the celebration of my sister’s 30th birthday, board games, great food & wine, and lot’s of quality time together. We ended up heading back to Bodø a day before due to stormy weather, so we spent the last night at Bodø Scanic Hotel before flying back to Oslo. Great hotel with good location + the best breakfast – highly recommend this hotel! (Ps; ask for a room with a sea view to avoid the traffic from the busy street).

As always I believe pictures says more than thousands words, so I’ll let the pictures speak for itself. Enjoy!

Have you ever been to Lofoten? 🙂

33 Things I have learned in 33 years

Lifestyle

By judging the headline of this post, you must think that “Oh, she truly has it all figured out huh?”. Well, let me be the first one to tell you that that’s not the case at all. I don’t think anyone has everything figured out in life, ever. That being said, I’m a 33 year old woman who has lived long enough to have learned a thing or two along the way, or maybe I have just figured out what’s truly important as I’ve gotten older. Either way, I just wanted to share these thoughts with you.. 🙂

– You can do anything you want in life
– Don’t settle for less, you deserve better
– Volunteer and give back to your community, it’s so rewarding
– Find your voice and use it
– Take care of your body and mind
– Continue to invest in yourself and grow as a person
– Be kind to yourself and respect yourself
– Don’t care to much what others think of you
– Travel and explore the world
– Don’t sacrifice quality time with family and friends for work
– Take time to be grateful for the little things in life
– Be kind to other people
– Don’t waste time on people who don’t treat you well
– Spend more time outside in nature
– Always be yourself – there’s only one you
– Don’t put limitations on yourself
– Don’t sweat the small stuff, it doesn’t mean much in the long run
– Making changes throughout life is a must (because we evolve and grow)
– Finding your passion is important
– Every relationship matter (if not, drop it!)
– You don’t need everyone to like you
– Jealousy is a wasted and damaging emotion
– Change is growth
– Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect
– The past doesn’t equal the future
– Don’t be afraid of taking risks
– Where you actually live makes a difference (find your happy place!)
– Incorporate physical activity and yoga in your life
– Live in the moment
– Missed opportunities are the worst
– If you hate your job, quit
– Know your strengths and weaknesses
– Failure is not final, it’s a step towards success – it’s how you handle things that matters

These are just some thoughts that crossed my mind, all of whom makes sense to me now..
I guess we do get wiser as we get older after all! 🙂

My top 5 favorite food Instagrammers

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

I love scrolling through Instagram for inspiration and probably spend more time doing that than I’d like to admit (I don’t want to know my total screen time for Instagram, hehe).. If you’re getting hungry and are looking for some new inspiration, look no further; here’s my top 5 favorite food Instagrammers – Enjoy! 🙂

What’s Gabby Cooking

Julialtermuli

Hello Healthy Eating

Half-baked Harvest

Healthy Belly

Completed points on my Bucketlist

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

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As most of you probably know by know, I’m a huge Bucketlist fan – I love a good Bucketlist! 🙂
My personal Bucketlist is long, but it also keeps growing every day.. I love reading other people’s Bucketlists as I’m always looking for new inspiration to add to my own. 2020 is the year I will always associate with the covid-19 pandemic, which hasn’t exactly been the ideal year for Bucketlist progress (and this year was suppose to be a good one!). But instead of moping around and think about all the things I should have done, I have decided to look at it from a different perspective; all the things I have done so far! As I was writing down all the things I have checked off my Bucketlist, it made me realize that I’m very proud of myself for achieving so many of my goals and experiencing so many fun things in life.. and this is just the beginning! 🙂

If you’re interested, here’s the points I have checked of my Bucketlist so far;

✔️ Voluntair for a cause I’m passionate about
✔️ Serve in the military (Air Force 08/09)
✔️ Gamble in Las Vegas
✔️ Live in another country for more than a year (The U.S. + the Netherlands)
✔️ Visit a stave church
✔️Quit a job I truly hate
✔️ Shoot with a weapon (In the Air Force)
✔️ Become an organ donor
✔️ Work as an aupair (In San Francisco, CA in 2007)
✔️ Ride the cable cars in San Francisco
✔️ Create my own personal blog
✔️ Ride a bike like a local in the Netherlands
✔️ Go to College in the United States (2009-2013)
✔️ Celebrate a local holiday (Thanksgiving + Kings Day)
✔️ Go on a road trip in the US (We drove from North Dakota – Florida)
✔️ Shop at Portobello Road Market, London
✔️ Go snowboarding in the Alps
✔️ Visit Svalbard (October 2018)
✔️ Have a campfire at the beach
✔️ Host a theme party (Great Gatsby for my big 30!)
✔️ Watch a drag show
✔️ Celebrate Halloween in the U.S.
✔️ Try Zip-lining (Down Holmenkollen Ski jump in 2014)
✔️ Visit the Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps
✔️ Visit Rotterdam Markthall
✔️ Eat a meal with locals in another country
✔️ Go to a drive-in movie theater
✔️ Stay at a 5 star hotel (Panama Jack Resorts, Mexico 2013)
✔️ Live in a big city (San Francisco 2007 – Leiden 2016)
✔️ Have a fish-pedicure
✔️ Eat a meal from a food truck
✔️ Attend an American college keg party
✔️ Go skinny dipping outdoors
✔️ Visit the Red Light District in Amsterdam
✔️ Visit Miami Beach (March 2011)
✔️ Ride a helicopter (in the Air Force 08/09)
✔️ Eat at Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant
✔️ Enjoy a dinner outside in nature
✔️ Climb Gaustadtoppen
✔️ Have an outdoor movie night
✔️ Go on a cabin trip in the Norwegian mountains
✔️ Sleep under the stars
✔️ Try plogging ✅
✔️ Live with locals in another country (Lived with a host family in San Francisco in 2007 + in college with international roommates!)
✔️ Help someone in need

I can’t wait to continue checking of my Bucketlist in the future!
Do you have your own personal Bucketlist? If so, feel free to drop it in the comment section – I would love to read it! 😀