Guess how much I love you


The children´s book “Guess how much I love you” is a huge favourite of mine, and it was the first book that my mother bought for my daughter – the first book she ever got – while she was still in my belly. I remember feeling so emotional when I read it (still pregnant, and with my hormones all over the place), and I imagined how wonderful it would be to read it for my child.

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If you´re not familiar with the book, you can read about it here.

On one of my inspirational tours around the internet, I found this adorable theme! It´s a “Guess how much I love you” party, and it´s just too cute!

It could work well as a baby shower theme as well – it´s also suitable if you don´t know the gender of the baby, since the colors are “gender neutral”. Also, it would make an adorable Easter party!

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This pretty cake is simply stunning, and really pulls the party together!

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Sweet cookies! In this particular party, it was for a little girl turning one, but I think it works just as good for a toddler, and also for a boy!

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Wrapping the chocolate is a great effect – I think it would be the perfect guest favor!

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Lovely dessert table!

What is your favourite children´s book?

My favourite Fall feast


As I´ve stated before – I really, truly, and utterly love Fall! The colors, the smell of rain, the crisp feeling in the air, and of course – the possibility to finally flaunt all those gorgeous Fall outfits we´ve been dying to show off!

Also in the kitchen, I love taking advantage of the changing seasons – so what is better than mushrooms for Fall? My favourite is chanterelle, and ideally I would like to pick it myself. However, It´s not easy to find everywhere, so it you can´t pick it yourself, buy some.

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For my Fall feast you need (for 2 persons):
About 0,5 liters of chantarelle
2 slices of your favourite bread
Butter, salt and pepper

It´s super easy peasy:

Fry the chanterelles on high heat until the liquid in the mushrooms disappear, then lover the heat so they don´t burn. Take a piece of butter (I love it – so I take quite a big piece of butter) and stir it into the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.

Take the bread and fry it gently in some oil in the pan, just until the bread turns crispy.

Put the chanterelles in the slice of bread – and enjoy!

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The picture is borrowed from here

What´s your favorite Fall food?

Be my Valentine


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It’s just a few weeks away – the day we each year celebrate with the one (or ones) we love! It can be a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, mother, father, sister or brother. No matter who it is, be with the ones you love for Valentine’s Day! And this year, we’ve got the added bonus of February 14th being on a Friday – yay!

As the party planning geek I am, I’ve already started gathering some inspiration that I this would look nice for a Valentine’s Day party. I’m picturing a party palette of red, pink and white. Pink softens the red, but red makes it more edgy than just a pink and white palette.

Here are two dessert tables which I really like:

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Who can resist this little sweetheart??

I love the red and white striped background in the nect picture – I think it makes a strong and fresh statement! Together with the pink it just works even better!

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Here’s another example of stripes in red and white. When this is paired with the more neutral combination of grey and white instead of pink, it’s very elegant.

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And let’s not forget the important details:

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Send your Valentine a card – I love this one, which also happens to be a free printables, which we love!

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Make (or buy!) some sweet treats! Who doesn’t love these little sweeties?

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We must not forget the hearts! I love everything chocolate, and if it comes in the shape of a heart, I’d probably love it even more – if possible!

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Use hearts as decoration!

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Perhaps a little Valentine’s gift?
Use heart decorations on the wrapping!

For more information about the pictures, and even more Valentine’s Day inspiration, visit my board on Pinterest!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Snow Princess Birthday Party


My little princess in born in early Spring, so unfortunately this will not be the theme for her upcoming second birthday. However, I’m completely in love with the styling of this theme, which I saw at Hostess with the Mostess. The colour scheme of white, silver, grey, pink and hints of yellow is perfection,  and the details are just completely magical!

pink-white-winter-princess-dessert-tableLove the tulle table cloth which gives it the light touch

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snowflake-princess-dessert-tableHow about that dress?

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snow-princess-cake-with-tiara-topperThe perfect cake – such a piece of art!

snow-princess-outfit-and-cupcakesSuch a sweet birthday girl!

Right now I’m searching for a theme to my daughters birthday in March – so looking forward to planning it! Do you have any suggestions for the theme??

Clean slate


It’s 2014.

A new year. New possibilities. A clean slate.

I don’t have very many new years resolutions for 2014, other than this one:

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I will show my family and friends love every day, and I will eliminate things that don’t give my life meaning, and fill the time with things I care about.

Oh…..and I will start blogging again – because I want to, and because I find it exciting.

Happy New Year everyone – hope you’ll visit the blog in the time to come!

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:)