What does the Fox say?


Oh yes, if you didn’t know before, you definitely know now! By now – the whole word knows what the fox say! If you’ve missed it (where have you been?) – you can see it here:

Of course, as a fellow Norwegian I almost feel a little bit proud of Ylvis for their success even though their song is not on my everyday playlist. However, there is no doubt that their success with the song has been enormous! When I went to New York last month, there was referrals to the song in tv shows, magazine articles, and – the list goes on!

The over-the-nigh success of Ylvis also has influenced the party trends, and I had to smile when I saw the following party from The Hostess with the Mostess some weeks ago! So funny!

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Feel inspired to host your own Fox-party?

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Download the free printables here!

What are your favourite party ideas?

 

Matthew Williamson and Cinnamon Buns


Your probably wondering what I’m talking about – so let me fill you in:

As you all probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and therefore the Swedish clothing company Lindex has cooperated with the wonderful designer Matthew Williamson to make an exclusive designer collection. And best of all – shopping the collection really can be seen as a good deed: 10 % of the price goes to research for breast cancer! So shop away! But I warn you – be there early, it’s complete chaos in the stores!

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Personally I’ve managed to get a hold of the floral dress in the middle picture – so happy! Great tip: shop online, and avoid the chaos!

So, what about the Cinnamon Bun?

As I’ve told you before, my dear husband is Swedish, and in Sweden they take their pastries very seriously. So, October 4th is also known as the Day of the Cinnamon bun (Kanelbullens Dag in Swedish). Sweden is thought to be the country where the Cinnamon Bun first was invented, so of course this deserves a celebration!

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Therefore, I thought I would share my favourite Cinnamon Bun Recipe with you – from Leila Lindholm (check her out, she makes the most wonderful cakes and pastries):

The recipe gives you approximately 18 buns

1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
2 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
50g fresh yeast (the blue version)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
100g soft butter
1 Organic eggs
Approximately 11 cups bread flour

200g soft butter (plenty wide)
1 cup raw sugar
1-2 tbsp cinnamon
Eggs for brushing
1/2 cup syrup + 1 tbsp water
Sugar and mortlad cardamom to garnish (after baking)

Crush cardamom seeds finely in a mortar. Crumble the yeast into a bowl and dissolve it with cold milk, cream, granulated sugar, salt, butter and eggs. Add a little flour at a time and work together until the dough in the machine begins to drop from the edge of the bowl. Knead for at least 20 minutes. Let the dough rise in the bowl under a cloth until doubled in size in about 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and gently press out (without kneading it) to an rectangular plate, about 2 cm thick.
Spread the butter over the dough and sprinkle with raw sugar – mixed with vanilla seeds (if you have) and dust with cinnamon.
Fold the dough into a folded sheet and cut a piece that you then cut a slit in so it looks like a pair of pants. Twist “legs” and swirl together into a knot. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper with the ends down (in the corner).
Allow to rise under a cloth until doubled in size (about 45 minutes).
Brush the buns with beaten egg. Bake the buns in the middle of the oven for about 10 minutes.
Brush them with syrup, mixed with a little water and sprinkle directly over the granulated sugar mixed with crushed cardemum.

Enjoy these wonderful cinnamon buns on their celebratory day:)

Become a kitchen goddess


I´ve quite recently taken an interest in baking. I really love it! I’m not much for cooking – but luckily I’m married to a man with great cooking skills – I’m a lucky girl!

I like the baking because it makes me relax, I get to make yummy things for my family, and I can use my love for aesthetics. And speaking of aesthetics, of course every kitchen goddess need to look the part.

Therefore, today I’m going to show you some of my favorite aprons:

I wanted an apron in true Bree van de Kamp style:

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And I found it:

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This beautiful and oh so sweet apron is from Flirty Aprons – they have so many wonderful models, check it out!
They also have the sweetest aprons for kids – when my little girls is a bit older, she will get a true copy of my pink apron!

Also, I love this model – it’s sweet, fun and pretty! I see it as perfect for the times you have fancy dinners and have your dress on. If you need to wear an apron, what would be better than this one?

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Green Gate, which I’ve already talked about several times, have such sweet nostalgic patterns:

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And, look at this sweet model for your little princess:

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I bet she would love to help you in the kitchen in this apron!

In Leilas General Store, you’ll also find great aprons for both you and your little one:

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Love this vintage pattern!

I recently found Madame Choup, and I adore their products. They almost look like dresses! This on is my favorite:

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The cupcake pattern was perfect!

I hope you feel inspired to find the kitchen goddess within!

What1s your favourite apron?

 

 

 

 

 

My Love


Today is our wedding day. It’s been two years of absolute bliss, and I can honestly say I fall more in love with my husband every day. Not every day is a perfect day, but he still makes me feel happiness every single day.

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He still surprises me with his kindness and positivity, and I love that even though I’m at my least charming, he still calls me his darling.

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In this short time, our family has gone from two to three, and to see my husband with our daughter makes me feel proud – how happy am I to share my life with them!

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Happy anniversary my darling – I love you!

 

Photos by Smallpigart

Midsummer Magic


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We’re heading for Summer Solstice, that wonderful day when the sun is at its absolute highest, the night is as bright as the day (at least here in Scandinavia), and Summer is at its most beautiful. Tomorrow is Midsummer Eve which is a pretty important day, at least for Swedes. And since the love of my life is Swedish, I’m more than happy to join him in this wonderful celebration. Also, Midsummer will always have a special place in my heart – we married on Midsummers Day two years ago, and will celebrate our wedding day next week! How time flies by!

At Midsummer, you typically gather with family and friends to raise the May Pole:

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You sing and dance, and eat traditional Swedish food like herring and potatoes, and for dessert; strawberries and cake! Everything is beautifully decorated with green leaves, and you make flower wreaths to wear on your head.

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At 100 layer cake I found some pictures from a wedding that really gave me that relaxed Midsummer feeling:

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I love the thought of using Midsummer as a theme for a Summer wedding. It’s romantic, light and casual! It can of course also work well as a general Summer party theme!

 

And for all the single ladies out there, I have an extra treat: the legend has it that if you pick seven different types of flowers, and put them under your pillow on Midsummer’s Eve, you will dream about your future husband! Absolutely worth trying if you ask me!

Have a happy Midsummer everyone!

Going to GreenGate


…at least in my mind!

If you still haven’t fallen in love with the Danish brand GreenGate, now is the time to do so! They make tableware and fabric accessories in the most deliciously sweet patterns and colours. Even though we’re just heading into Summer, and Winter is far from our thoughts, I would like to show some images from the GreenGate Winter catalogue that is out just now:

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I think the grey, more neutral patterns is wonderful, and it goes great as a Winter pattern on your tableware. Here, you see the patterns Sophie, Star, Nanna and Dora together. And this is why I love GreenGate. They build up their patterns series, so that you can mix and match as you please – how cool is that?!

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And here’s an example of some of their cute pastel series:

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Also, this relatively new colour series with mauve colours is wonderful:

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Makes me this about Fall!

I already have a Christmas china from GreenGate. Unfortunately, this is no longer available, I’m so glad I was able to get a hold of a whole set before it was discontinued; last year I called every store that had the brand, and went around buying bits and pieces to get the complete set! It was definately worth it! Can’t wait to use it this year for Christmas, in our new apartment!

 

All the details on the Princess Wedding


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I have Princess Wedding hangover today, after spending all afternoon yesterday watching the wedding ceremony between Princess Madeleine of Sweden and mr Chris O’Neill.

The ceremony was simply beautiful; so utterly Swedish all the way through – I got a distinct Midsummer feeling from the wedding ceremony, which was filled with white summer, and especially Lillies of the Valley. Also the use of traditional folk music was strong, which strengthens the Midsummer feeling even more. Even miss (or mrs now…) Madeleine’s dress gave me a summer feeling, and the dress was of course made by Valentino:

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The dress surprised me a little, I was perhaps expecting something heavier and more extravagant (don’t get me wrong – a dress made by mr Valentino is pretty extravagant!). The dress felt so light and girly in a way – I really loved it! The skirt had flower embroidery and the top was, in known Valentino style, dressed in lace. She looked stunning!!

In the evening (which was a private party without any press) Madeleine changed into another dress with a strapless top, and a tulle skirt. In the waist she had a satin lace bow. She also wore her hair loose:

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The second dress is a dress borrowed from Queen Silvia, who wore it to the Nobel Banquet in 2001. Queen Silvia wore the dress without the satin bow in the waist. The dress is truly a princess dress with pearls all over the top, and thousands of crystals on the skirt! Kudos for Madeleine for using a previously owned dress!

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Madeleine and Chris was so sweet towards each other during the day, it really moved me! I saw Chris kissing Madeleine’s hand at several occasions during the day.

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The wedding dinner was held in a party tent outside Drottningholm Palace (where the Princess actually was born) near Stockholm. I’v been there twice, and it’s a beautiful place with lovely parks all around. Here, the couple arrive at Drottningholm:

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Here’s a picture from last night:

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There’s only a few pictures from last evening, and it’s such a pity, since I’m sure it was a lovely party. I’m so curious about the decorations, which apparently was held in pink and green. I found a picture of the wedding cake, which was 700 giant macaroons – so cool!

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Here’s  picture of the happy couple during their first dance! And the song? Mr Bojangles!

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Congratulations Madeleine and Chris – I wish you all the best as husband and wife!