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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

โœ”๏ธ Voluntair for a cause I’m passionate about
โœ”๏ธ Serve in the military (Air Force 08/09)
โœ”๏ธ Gamble in Las Vegas
โœ”๏ธ Live in another country for more than a year (The U.S. + the Netherlands)
โœ”๏ธ Visit a stave church
โœ”๏ธQuit a job I truly hate
โœ”๏ธ Shoot with a weapon (In the Air Force)
โœ”๏ธ Become an organ donor
โœ”๏ธ Work as an aupair (In San Francisco, CA in 2007)
โœ”๏ธ Ride the cable cars in San Francisco
โœ”๏ธ Create my own personal blog
โœ”๏ธ Ride a bike like a local in the Netherlands
โœ”๏ธ Go to College in the United States (2009-2013)
โœ”๏ธ Celebrate a local holiday (Thanksgiving + Kings Day)
โœ”๏ธ Go on a road trip in the US (We drove from North Dakota – Florida)
โœ”๏ธ Shop at Portobello Road Market, London
โœ”๏ธ Go snowboarding in the Alps
โœ”๏ธ Visit Svalbard (October 2018)
โœ”๏ธ Have a campfire at the beach
โœ”๏ธ Host a theme party (Great Gatsby for my big 30!)
โœ”๏ธ Watch a drag show
โœ”๏ธ Celebrate Halloween in the U.S.
โœ”๏ธ Try Zip-lining (Down Holmenkollen Ski jump in 2014)
โœ”๏ธ Visit the Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camps
โœ”๏ธ Visit Rotterdam Markthall
โœ”๏ธ Eat a meal with locals in another country
โœ”๏ธ Go to a drive-in movie theater
โœ”๏ธ Stay at a 5 star hotel (Panama Jack Resorts, Mexico 2013)
โœ”๏ธ Live in a big city (San Francisco 2007 – Leiden 2016)
โœ”๏ธ Have a fish-pedicure
โœ”๏ธ Eat a meal from a food truck
โœ”๏ธ Attend an American college keg party
โœ”๏ธ Go skinny dipping outdoors
โœ”๏ธ Visit the Red Light District in Amsterdam
โœ”๏ธ Visit Miami Beach (March 2011)
โœ”๏ธ Ride a helicopter (in the Air Force 08/09)
โœ”๏ธ Eat at Jamie Oliver’s Restaurant
โœ”๏ธ Enjoy a dinner outside in nature
โœ”๏ธ Climb Gaustadtoppen
โœ”๏ธ Have an outdoor movie night
โœ”๏ธ Go on a cabin trip in the Norwegian mountains
โœ”๏ธ Sleep under the stars
โœ”๏ธ Try plogging โœ…
โœ”๏ธ Live with locals in another country (Lived with a host family in San Francisco in 2007 + in college with international roommates!)
โœ”๏ธ 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

My Fall Bucketlist ๐Ÿ

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist, Travel

This is how I spent my morning today; the best ice coffee with a hint of caramel, crisp and cooler air, sunshine, fall flowers and the changing colors of the leaves.. It was a much needed moment of solitude before work today, something I highly recommend everyone to do every now and then. So calm, relaxing and definitely the best way to start the day.. ๐Ÿ’›

Endlessly exited for fall, hereโ€™s my Fall Bucketlist;

๐Ÿ Have outdoor bonfire nights with good friends

๐Ÿ Go apple picking and make homemade apple jam & the best apple cake

๐Ÿ Invite friends over for friendsgiving

๐Ÿ Go for many walk outside in fresh, crisp air

๐Ÿ Update my fall wardrobe (I want a new coat, a fluffy scarf and some new jeans)

๐Ÿ Read some new books in front of the fireplace

๐Ÿ Spend some much needed quality time with good friends

๐Ÿ Go on a cabin trip in the Norwegian mountains

๐Ÿ Get busy in the kitchen and try out lot’s of new recipes

๐Ÿ Paint and decorate our livingroom for fall

๐Ÿ Enjoy delicious coffees outside in fresh air at my favorite coffee shops

๐Ÿ Try out at least 3 new workout classes at my gym

๐Ÿ Visit and discover some new cities in Norway

๐Ÿ Visit Lofoten and check off another point on my Bucketlist!

Checking off my Bucketlist! โœ”๏ธ

Food, My Bucketlist

Earlier this week I checked off another point on my Bucketlist; I ate a meal from a food truck!
As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Bucketlists and I use it as a drive to do all the things I want to do. However, having a Bucketlist also made realize that your points doesn’t have to be grand and major, because it’s often the small things in life that gives you great joy.. And enjoying a delicious meal in the sun with my amazing husband was just what I needed! ๐Ÿ˜

Whether you’re a local or a tourist visiting, you simply must pay Alex’s Food truck a visit!
This business is run by Alex and his family, a bunch of warm and wonderful people from Portugal. They specialize is gourmet hotdogs and skewers marinated with homemade Portuguese seasoning, all paired with the best crispy french fries, salad, delicious toppings and and tasty dressings.. You can simply choose your favorite! They focus on using local vendors, so their gourmet hotdogs and fresh buns are from a local butcher and bakery, which is a big plus in my book! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Upon our visit, we were greeted with a warm welcome by Alex himself, who were very eager to inform us about their menu and the products they use.. It’s clear that he is very passionate about his business and the food they serve and with good reason; this food is the best! We tried a couple of dishes; the beef skewers marinated in delicious Portugese seasoning with french fries, salad and dressing + Alex’s Hot Dog paired with french fries, coleslaw, choritzo, manchego cheese and chipotle mayonnaise – two dishes that definitely satisfied our taste buds! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿคค This food is not only super tasty and filled with lots flavor, but itโ€™s also very affordable. Unfortunately Alex’s Food Truck is only in Stavern during the summer and the next weekend (August 15-16th) is the last weekend they’re open, so if you want to give it a try (which you should!), you must hurry up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ps; if you visit, make sure to follow them on Instagram and don’t forget to rate & review them on TripAdvisor!




Interesting links from around the web #13

Food, Lifestyle, My Bucketlist

“Life inside” is a weekly series of first-person essays from people who live or work in the criminal justice system – it’s definitely worth a read!

I definitely want to make some of these summer cocktails

This Southampton home is true perfection – an absolute dream home!

The 25 best romantic comedies of all times

I love Aubrey’s before + after pictures of her colonial kitchen renovation

These melon + prosciutto + fresh basil + mozzarella skewers are the perfect summer snack

Netflix documentary Athlete A delves into the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal

Joanna’s top picture of weekend citrus just make me really happy

How cool would it be to wake up in a tree-house?

Taco bowl with the BEST avocado dressing!

Food, Lifestyle

Any taco dish is my go-to any day, but today I topped it with a little extra something – the best avocado dressing! It’s the perfect balance between the sweetness of the honey, the fire of the jalapeรฑos, and of course the creamy avocado.. Paired with taco seasoned cauliflower rice, grounded beef, and your choice of veggies this taco dish with a twist is a must try – you will not be disappointed! ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿฅ‘

Here’s what you need to make it (3 persons);

Ingredients
400 g grounded beef – taco seasoning – red onion – bell peppers (different colors) – corn – cherry tomatoes – salad – cucumber – cauliflower rice – lime – green scallions

Dressing; 1 avocado – 4 tbsp sour cream – 1 ts honey – a pinch of salt – 1 tbsp water – 1 garlic glove – a dash of olive oil – jalapeรฑos

Directions
Make the grounded beef and add taco seasoning, set aside. Fry the peppers on medium heat with a splash of butter in the pan. For the cauliflower rice, you have two options; 1. you can make it yourself by cutting an half cooked cauliflower into pieces and pulse in a food processor until it turns into rice, or 2. you can buy it ready made (which is what I did). Gently fry the rice in the pan with sprinkles of salt, pepper and taco seasoning. Cut up all the vegetables and layer on a plate. To make the dressing, mix the avocado, lime juice, honey, olive oil, water, salt, sour cream and jalapeรฑos in a food processor, blend until a smooth texture.

Enjoy!

Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate

Food

Got a ripe banana or three sitting on the counter? You’re in luck, because there are several ways to use them! Overripe bananas are perfect to use for baking, because it keeps baked goods moist while adding lot’s of flavor and natural sweetens. Earlier this week I made the most delicious banana bread – full of flavor and filled with with dark chocolate chunks, this is a safe winner! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿž๐Ÿซ

To make one loaf, here’s what you need;

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas (the browner, the better!) – 3 eggs 2 tbsp honey 1/2 dl skim milk – 2 ts baking powder – 200 g oat flour – 2 tbsp cocoa powder – 1 plate of dark chocolate

Directions
Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. In a bowl, add the bananas and mash until smooth. Add the eggs, milk and honey, mix together. Add the dry ingredients and the chopped chocolate chunks at the end. Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake for 50 min. Cool of completely before serving. Ps; it tastes even better the next day, preferably with a glass of ice cold milk.. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Dalgona Coffee – how to make it at home!

Food, Lifestyle

Dalgona coffee is a hot coffee trend these days and it can’t be missed in the news feed – it’s everywhere! Also known as “Quarantine Coffee” or “Whipped Coffee”, it’s one of the best coffees I’ve ever tried! As most of you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of cold coffees, ice coffees in particular are my favorite, so the minute I tried a Dalgona coffee, it hit a home run with me! โ˜•๏ธ
With three ingredients only (all cheap) and which you probably already have at home, this coffee drink is quick and easy to make, so that’s what I did. To make a statement, serve them in a whisky glass and if you want to spice it up, you can also add Baily’s to it! ๐Ÿ˜

If you feel like trying to make it at home (which you should!), here’s what you need;

Ingredients
Ice cubes – Milk – 2 tbsp Nescafe Coffee – 2 tbsp Sugar – 2 tbsp Water

Directions
In a bowl, combine sugar, coffee and water. Use a mixer and which until mixture turns silky smooth and shiny, then continue whisking until it thickens and holds a lofty, foamy shape. Fill a glass with ice cubes and milk, then swirl the whipped coffee mixture on top. Mix before drinking. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

A Few Tips;
– First and foremost rule of making the Dalgona Coffee is to use high-quality coffee powder for beating. I used the Nescafe Gold, which can be found in any grocery store in Norway.

– Use very cold normal milk (e.g. not condensed milk), as the coffee mixture are already sweet.

– You can store the whipped coffee mixture for a week in an airtight container. This is perfect is you’re expecting guests, as it allows you to make the coffee mixture in advance!

Intersting links from around the web #12

Food, Lifestyle, Wellness

Interesting opinion article about the racial differences in America related to covid-19

This beautiful Maine home is a truly a New England dream

Loneliness is a pandemic too

Dermatologists reveals the biggest skincare mistakes they see in their patients

Love this cute white sundress with buttons

Gabby’s burrata & prosciutto pizza looks amazing – definitely trying this!

The importance of a work-life balance

This frozen margarita is perfect for spring & summer entertaining

The best New England bookstores to spend the whole day

A new way to entertain yourself!

Food, Lifestyle

I love using old things to make new things, so this was such a fun project!
Life these days are definitely weird. Besides those who are still fortunate to be able to work, I feel like everyone is doing the same things; cleaning and organizing their home & cars, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, having a Netflix marathon (possibily for the second time around!), cleaning out their closets, or going for walks outside in fresh air. And while it certainly feels good for a while, you get tired of that eventually and that’s when you need to find new ways to entertain yourself. I recently decided to clean out our home office and found a big pile of old Shape Up magazines laying around. All of them contained recipes I would love to try out, I therefore decided to make a “homemade diy-cookbook” using all the recipes in the magazines. This is a great way to clean up your space while taking advantage of the things you already have and want to use (in my case, the recipes). If you’re looking for a new way to entertain yourself these days, give this one a try!

Things you need;
A big pile of old magazines (preferably with content you can use for your project) – clean white paper sheets – a scissor – a glue stick – a folder.

So many delicious recipes including smoothie bowls, raw brownies, waffles, pancakes, delicious desserts, fruit platters, juices, and enchiladas.. Iโ€™ll definitely try them all! ๐Ÿ˜Š