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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Adventures in Gamla Stan

I had another fabulous day in Stockholm yesterday.

We ventured out to the oldest part of the city. I was surprised at how many tourists were there since it is quite cold in Sweden this time of year.

We played around with the camera while taking every part of the city in.

We were freezing our butts off so we stopped inside a cute cafe for lunch.

What is the best thing to eat for lunch on a cold day? Soup, of course. I decided on the potato leek soup which warmed me up from the inside out.

It came with a side of delicious  home baked bread.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon window shopping.

An amazing day that will never be forgotten.

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I’m in love

with Stockholm.

It is a wonderful city with surprises. What kind of surprises? Architectural! The buildings are old but modern looking unlike the architecture in Germany or France. I could walk around for hours and discover something new. It is all in the details.

Stadshuset resting on one of the many small islands of the city.

We made our way to the shopping street too.

We were exploring the city for about 6 hours!

After the sun had set and we had been walking for several kilometres, we made an obligatory stop at Wayne’s coffee shop to warm up and rest our feet.

What to order… what to order? a caffe latte and a chokladbollar!

Hanna and I split the chocolate ball. It is made from cocoa, butter and sugar I think? Not necessarily good for your health but good for your taste buds 😉

haha… I love giggles and girl time!

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Hans’ dinner request

To make a long story short… Hans has been abroad for 3 months for his job training. He was supposed to return to Charlotte on February 3. Well, we found out a few weeks ago that the plans have changed and his job needs him back in Charlotte next week. The bad news is that I don’t fly back from Sweden until the 14th of January!! Oh, well. I love spending time in Sweden and I will be in Stockholm for awhile now. Stockholm is one of my favorite cities and it has some wicked good shopping.

Since it was Hans’ last day in Sweden, he got to choose the menu for dinner this evening. Of course, it included meat and potatoes 😉

We started off with a champagne toast to celebrate our wonderful stay in Sweden.

Typical. I am a bookworm, and proud of it.

Have I mentioned how much I love taking photos with my SLR?

Following the champagne, we opened a bottle of red wine, naturally.

On the menu: beef tenderloin ($60!!!!) with kantarell mushroom sauce, picked from the forest, potato gratin and broccoli. Helena makes a killer mushroom sauce. I wanted to know her secret so I watched her make it. It is so simple but it has so much taste from the forest picked mushrooms.

We had ice cream for dessert. We had the option of vanilla ice cream with blueberries and stracciatella.

Obviously, I chose the chocolate option. I am quite sad for Hans to leave Sweden tomorrow. I won’t see him for two weeks which isn’t too bad but the sooner Hans leaves means it’s sooner for me to leave too.

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