Happy Easter!

Hope everyone are enjoying Easter! The holiday has already started here in Norway and we are currently visiting my parents. The sun is shining, and the snow is slowly melting. We had utter chaos a week ago when it suddenly started snowing heavily all day. There had been no snow for weeks, and that day we got 30 cm… A bit of a disappointment, as spring was getting so close. But we are getting there again! Here’s some pictures, before and after.

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My first bike ride this year. Beautiful weather, not so warm… Still icy in the shadows.

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Two days before the snow. I spent the day at a conference by the sea, a couple of hours out of town. I even saw a butterfly!

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And then this happened…. This is quite early in the morning. The snowplough didn’t get here until 1 pm! So, so glad this happened on my day off! The streets were chaos…

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My unofficial measurement says 29 cm on the balcony.

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Yes, that’s right…

All right, I’m popping back to my work! Vacation, you said? Hah! I’m a teacher…

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Secret Garden, colouring book

I finally got it! I’ve seen this on a few blogs, and fell absolutely in love with it, and on Friday while grocery shopping I suddenly saw this in the magazine shelf! I had not expected to find it there, but I got so exited and bought it straight away. And what have I been doing this weekend? Yes, colouring! (And I will probably have enough to colour for the rest of my life, it’s so detailed!)

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Such a magical world she draws…

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Spring Feeling

We are having this lovely weather these days, all sunny and nice! But quite cold, it is still freezing during night, so it takes a while for the sun to warm up in the mornings. Yesterday was the loveliest day. We got up early and packed some lunch and got our bikes ready (my first ride this year!). We first went to church, and then we biked out to Bygdøy and sat there for a long time, it was nice and warm in the sun. We got home in the afternoon and relaxed for the rest of the day, and had fun watching the Norwegian final in the Eurovision song contest. So many awful song, as always!😛

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My handsome husband!

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Our view.. It was lovely, but there was still ice on the water! Still early spring..DSC_0109

DSC_0117 And a photo of the beautiful houses in our district..🙂

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Recipe for surmelkslapper!

What do you do when you have half a liter of kefir/sour milk that expired over a week ago, just sitting in your fridge? You make surmelkslapper! (Or waffles, but I wasn’t really in the mood for that) Surmelkslapper, or just lapper, is a Norwegian dish quite similar to american pancakes in texture and thickness, but it is usually served as a snack, often with coffee some time after dinner. The name actually just means sour milk patches! As they are small “patches”, and the kefir milk is essential. You serve them with sour cream and jam, yummy! And if you have some expired milk, it’s perfect to use in this kind of recipe, instead of throwing it out.

Here is the recipe I used yesterday:

  • 2 deciliter wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Mix it all together in a bowl

  • 1 egg
  • 2 deciliter kefir
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

Mix it together before you mix it with the rest.

Use one tablespoon of batter to make a patch, cook on both sides.

DSC_0001 (2) I’m sorry my cooking pictures are always so yellow, I tend to cook after dark, and the lighting in my kitchen is terrible…DSC_0002 (2)Doesn’t it look tasty? I used the rest of my mom’s homemade raspberry jam on them, now I have no more homemade jam left, what to do?! I hate the overly sweet and sticky jam you get in the stores…

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Signs of Spring

Sorry about the unplanned absence there… Life has just been too busy so far this year, mostly with work, and with work even during the weekends, there has been little time left for this little activity. But this week we have winter break, and I can finally catch my breath (and at least work from home, it helps not having to drive two hours everyday!).

Today the sun was shining, and we went for a really long and long awaited walk in the park. Early in January we got lots of snow, and then it started raining/snowing every other day, and then it just kept on raining… Leaving the forest behind our house impossible to walk in. Even today after several days of melting, it was really hard to get up the hill. But at the top it got better and the sunshine was so lovely! It almost felt like spring! (I’m trying not to get too excited, I know very well that we might have lots of snow again before spring really arrives, but right now it just feels so good!)
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Sun is slowly crawling up to us here on the hill, oh I can’t wait!DSC_0005

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Some left over tracks from more snowy days and somebody skiing across the field.DSC_0016

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The farm got a lot of Christmas trees after Christmas, they use it as food for the goats and sheep, we’ve been tearing of branches and feeding them through the fence all winter🙂 Oh, I’m looking forward to having my own sheep to feed.🙂DSC_0035

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Christmas Tree Harvesting in Winter Wonderland

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Holiday season is rushing away, and I’m trying to keep up with it all, driving here and there, visiting family, grading my 138 (!) term papers and still having some time to relax.

While I’m preparing and packing for the 5 hour drive back home to Oslo tomorrow, you can enjoy the photos from our Christmas Tree harvest the 22nd, in the magical Winter Wonderland where my in-laws live (we’re talking – 17 degrees Celsius on Christmas day, it was cold!).

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Ragnar has found the perfect tree!😛

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We found one at last, although it turned out to be both crooked and half dead..😛 We didn’t notice before we got home of course, but that is part of the charm when you harvest your own tree, isn’t it? We’ve had our fair share of crooked trees in my childhood at least.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! Hope you have some time of work to relax🙂

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Rome 3 – the Ancient City

Time to move back in history, and we’re going back to ancient Rome. This was certainly the most fascinating part of visiting Rome, seeing the evidence of the ancient times, thinking how much history and how many people who has walked these streets. And the evidence are so clear, over the years the city has been rebuild many times, and usually just on top on whatever was there before. This has caused the city to raise during the years. The original level is now several meters down, and you can look down on it several places. Take the Pantheon for example, it was build on a height, now you actually walk down to it!

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Pantheon again, I love it!

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And of course, the Colosseum!

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View to Forum Romanum from the Colosseum.

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I was quite surprised that the entire building has been covered with brick stone, didn’t think that was normal that long ago, but at the top you can see the stone where the brick stones are gone. It was also covered with marble stone on the outside. Also pretty cool with the stairs you see up on the wall, leading nowhere, but this was apparently where the women was seated, at the very top.

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Today Colosseum looks like a ruin, but it’s not because it has fallen apart during time, it’s because it has been torn apart when the Romans build new things and needed stone! When the Roman empire fell, they wanted to get rid of all the evidence of the empire, and therefore they used the old buildings as building materials for the new churches etc. All the gold from the old buildings has been reused in the churches.

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Constantine’s triumphal arch. For being the first christian emperor he wasn’t a very “christian” or humble man, the picture below is a detail from the arch where he is bragging about raiding the temple i Jerusalem..DSC_0208

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Flower kids😀

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Forum Romanum
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And to finish it of, a picture of Cafe Greco, the cafe where all the big Norwegian artists and writers used to stay when they where in Rome. I can just mention, Sigrid Undset and Henrik Ibsen among many others. Way to expensive to even look inside😛

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And the very last picture: One of the churches had an altar to the Norwegian king and saint, St. Olav. Pictured on top of a dragon! Olav the drake killer is a new story to me!😛 What they come up with…

That was it from Rome! Now we are enjoying Advent with lots of candles and Christmas music. And we have finally had some cold weather with a tini, tiny bit of snow🙂 Hope you are enjoying your first Advent Weekend!

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