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Sorgligt

I am getting nostalgic at the thought of leaving this peaceful utopia that they call Sweden. It is hard to explain what Sweden is. But, if I had to choose then I would say peaceful and fashionable. You have no idea how freaking sad I am to leave Vero Moda, Gina Tricot, H&M and that is only a handful of the trendy shops in Sweden. Along with Swedish chic, I will also miss my best friend and Hans’ family. If I had to explain the Swedish way of life, it would be that they value their free time much more than Americans. During the holidays, I believe most people had off from the 24th of December until around the 6th of January.

My outfit for today. I look pissed but I was trying to pull of the I’m a badass look.

T shirt- L.A.M.B. circa 2006. Cardigan- Target. Grey skirt- Only. Leggings- Shiny leggings from Lindex.

I thought I would do something out of the usual and post what I have been eating in Sweden.

Breakfast- Spelt bread. Half with Nutella and half with marmalade and cheese.

For lunch I had some yogurt with havre fras cereal and a banana.

Afternoon coffee with 2 pieces of Dumle chocolate. I adore the contrast between bitter coffee and chocolate. The perfect combination.

I snacked on an apple while waiting for dinner, I was starving after my long walk- appx. 6 km.

For dinner, Helena prepared a type of stew with minced beef, carrots, onions, celery and maybe potatoes? with fresh beef broth, salt & pepper.

The place settings always look perfect. I think it changes the atmosphere of the dinner table tremendously.

Only 3 more days left in Sweden 😦 xoxo

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Svenska 101

or I guess maybe svenska level 2 or 3? I am not necessarily a beginner at Swedish. I can understand about 70% of what is going on around me. But, I want to make the transition to speaking. I can speak to my husband and I can pronounce words how they are supposed to sound but I am SO nervous to speak. I am sure that is only natural when you are speaking a foreign language but it is time for me to make the switch from understanding to speaking.

How am I going to do that with no formal Swedish classes?

Astrid Lindgren!! I know enough Swedish that I can read books but I may have to have the dictionary close to me. I believe that reading children’s books will enable me to learn Swedish grammar better so that I, myself, can speak. As it is now, some one can speak Swedish to me but I can only answer back in English.

Along with reading books in Swedish, I am going to set aside a few hours each week that Hans and I can only speak Swedish with each other.

I also picked up a book for when I have graduated to the next level of Swedish 😉

Twilight!! (Squeals like a 15 year old girl!!)

I had such an amazing Saturday! I got to see my best girl friend that I haven’t seen in ages. She is German but studies in Sweden and we had a fantastic girl’s night cooking dinner, drinking wine and talking until the wee hours of the morning.

Yes, I wore the same outfit as the other day but I only wore it for a few hours and it smelled clean so no judging on this little blog 😉 haha..

I signed Inga’s Swedish flag when I moved away and now I made a cool trend and a lot of people had signed it. We reminisced about crazy stories and we were talking about moving next door to each other so our kid’s could grow up together, hahaa.. of course, we were getting quite a bit ahead of ourselves but it was so nice to see my best friend again.

I stayed at her apartment and we woke up around 11 (yes I slept in!!!!) and made our way to Wayne’s coffee, which is “our place”. We always met at Wayne’s when I went to school here, it is a tradition that will be kept for a long time.

The view from Wayne’s looking over the Kupolen parking lot. Not a nice view, but I was having fun with my new camera.

xoxo

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Cartons filled with yogurt

Good morning!

I got several questions yesterday regarding the yogurt that I used.

Why was it in a carton?

What is the consistency? It is not creamy at all. It pairs well with any type of cereal or musli and it will make the cereal become soggy if you don’t eat it fast enough. If you eat cereal with the yogurt the cereal isn’t dry at all. I had the same thing this morning for breakfast so I could take some photos for you.

Vanilla yogurt with musli and havre fras cereal.

All mixed through.

As you can see the consistency to our yogurt is much thicker than the Swedish yogurt. You can’t eat the yogurt by itself, it is like taking spoonfuls of buttermilk or something like that. I asked my mother in law and she told me they also have yoplait yogurt in individual containers but their family doesn’t eat it because it’s too sweet so it is mostly small children who like that kind of yogurt.

I have a new recipe to post for you!! I have been eating this fish soup several times since I made it to Sweden a month ago.

Salmon soup

500 grams salmon

1 small onion

handful of green onions

Water with 3-4 vegetable bouillon cubes. Use enough water just to cover all of the vegetables.

500 g of potatoes

300 g of carrots

dill- about 3 tbsp

Cook onion with butter first. Then boil the potatoes and carrots with the onion until the potatoes are falling apart- about 10 min.

Add the salmon (seasoned with salt and the dill) to the soup after it has cooled a bit and is not boiling and cook through- about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add a little bit of milk or cream for a creamier consistency, if you wish.

This soup could be my favorite soup recipe if you don’t count chili as a soup 😉 It turns out tasting different every time by how much vegetables, different spices and how much milk and vegetable bouillon that you use.

I hope that every one has a fun weekend planned! I get to spend it with one of my best friends!!! She is German and I haven’t seen her in such a long time.

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Swedish Cereal

I was making breakfast this morning and I couldn’t help but think why the US doesn’t have this type of Quaker cereal? It is my favorite, and Quaker is afterall, an American company but alas we do not have it 😦

I had a handful of havre fras cereal with some musli.

Speaking of.. why don’t we have good musli in the US either? This one has oats, hazelnuts, dried bananas, dates, and raisins among other tasty ingredients.

I had my musli/cereal combination with vanilla yogurt.

Swedish yogurt isn’t as thick as American yogurt. You can eat it with cereal, no problem. They have greek yogurt as well but they call it turkish yogurt and it is not sweetened so I usually add some honey or jam to it.

What is your favorite cereal? I don’t know what my favorite in the US is but my favorite over all is this havre fras cereal. Maybe I will stuff some in my suit case along with Swedish chocolate, coffee and candy 😉

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Torsångs café

I got back to Borlänge yesterday evening. Le sigh. I miss Stockholm.

I did, however, throw together a cute outfit from my purchases in Stockholm so that made me feel a little bit better about being back in Dalarna.  Don’t get me wrong, Dalarna is beautiful but I am more of a city girl at heart.

T shirt- Gina Tricot. Blazer- Forever 21. Black skirt- Express.

I accompanied Roland (my father in law) to a cafe this afternoon. Torsångs café was opened in 1904 and it is very popular in the summer time. It sits on the lake so many Swedes will come and enjoy some ice cream when the weather is nice.

The Bäsingen is docked outside of the cafe. I remember that when I first moved to Sweden, Hans would reference the age of something to how many “Oklahomas” it was. Since Oklahoma has been a state for 100 years.. the boat was 1 and a half Oklahomas (mid 1800s). Anyway, during the spring and summer, the boat takes tourists and groups of people from the cafe toward Falun and then turns around and comes back.

I am learning how to use the manual settings on my SLR camera. So, I had a lot of fun in the cafe taking photos.

I opted for coffee at Torsångs café because I thought they only served fika. I didn’t know that they served lunch items so Roland wanted me to take a photo of his lunch for the blog 😉

Gulasch soup with an open-faced sandwich. I was jealous because it was freezing inside the cafe and my coffee wouldn’t warm me up like a nice bowl of soup could but oh well.. now I know for next time that they have good lunch items to choose from.

Here is a flashback photo for you guys.

Hans and I on the Bäsingen outside of the cafe when I first moved to Sweden. This is one of my favorite photos of us. I was so happy to be with him again because we had to be apart for 2 months due to visas and the like. This day was one of my best memories.

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Mexican fiesta

I am known for my Mexican food in Sweden. Every time I come to visit, I often get requests to make more Mexican food for every one. I have already made enchiladas so I decided to test out a quesadilla recipe for my friend Hanna and her good friend Josefine. They have tortillas and taco spices in Sweden but they taste a little different but it tastes delicious nonetheless!

We started out with some tortilla chips and guacamole.

While being our goofy girly selves.

The two single girls try to look cute and smile while the old married lady just doesn’t care… hahaha! jk Hans 😉

I decided to make a spread so every one could choose what they wanted in their quesadilla and then I could warm them up on the stove top.

I roasted an onion, zucchini, peppers and garlic.

with black beans, chicken and cheese.

The quesadillas were then served with some chips, guacamole, creme fraiche and salsa.

I love cooking with girl friends!! It is something fun that is pretty cheap and you get plenty of time to gossip about useless things 😉

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Shopping crazy

Stockholm=shopping!!! The Swedes, in general, are very fashionable. So I fall in love with several outfits in every store. Back home, I am picky and can spend hours in the mall without finding anything. In Sweden, as soon as I walk in, I find several things that I want to try on. It could be that I have a different style that is more suitable in Sweden than in the US? Who knows.. anyway, let’s just say that I have spent the rest of my shopping money that I put back before Christmas 😉

My purchases.

I went looking everywhere for a specific type of leggings. I went in every store and they didn’t have my size. Every where I went, Medium or Large.. so frustrating! After 2 days of looking around for them, I finally found them with a sigh of relief! I was so happy!

Striped top- Vero Moda.

Grey skirt- Only.

I saw this grey dress in the store and was hesitant but I tried it on anyway and instantly loved it. It is simple and I adore the silver studs on it.

The infamous shiny leggings that I ran around Stockholm looking for.

Here is what I threw together today.

What fashion style have you had your heart set on lately?

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