Sunday, March 23, 2008

i'm so handy!

as a part of our decluttering project, we have decided to hang up some of the cool art stuff we have - pictures, drawings etc. i have 3 younger siblings, who craft all sorts of cool stuff for me on christmas and birthdays. and Amanda from the will draw for cookies blog sent me a couple of really cool fairy tale prints, from some of her drawings, in exchange for some rittersport peppermint chocolate. check out her amazing blog!
i found some matching frames in ikea this monday, so we found the right tools, and hung them up today. sometimes i love having a handy boyfriend. although, i was the one who did the hard work!

some useful links

a fellow ppker from my forum, sent me this link, when i asked for good links about veganism and sustainability. i find the information there quite useful and thought i'd share. there are tons of links and interesting facts there.
thank you bazu!

i hope i'll be able to update some recipes soon.but since i'm such a messy person with my recipes, it might take some time. until then, here's my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Friday, March 21, 2008

decluttering my life

since the boy and i moved into our new place on the 1st of january, we've been trying to make an effort not to live in a big pile of mess. it doesn't work completely, but the dishwasher helps quite a bit!it's a neverending project to live a minimalist life, and i might as well face it; i won't ever be the type of person who lives like that. i might be scandinavian all the way through, but i'm also a big fan of piles of gorgeous books, huge cozy sofas and chairs, old funiture that bears signs of a life before my apartment. i have a few pieces of furniture that i've had for years, and both of them are dressers, old and all that is left from when i lived with my mom. i threw away most of what i owned, when the boy and i moved in together; i was so much in love, and needed nothing but the company of the person i was in love with. i'm still very much in love, and though it was risky to throw away all of my possesions, it worked.but somehow, the problem is not exactly getting nice furniture, that's the problem. it's getting the room for the furniture. and even though we have a nice, big apartment, it's just not working out. we have too much crap, and too little storage room. i own several decorating books, and all of these perfectly furnished places leave me with only one question; where's all the clutter. we all have it. we all own stuff that we don't really need, but cant bear to part with. where do these decorating gods leave theirs? i don't get it. i want to have a nice place, but i don't want to part with my beloved crap.but i am gonna do it. i am gonna try to part with the stuff i REALLY don't need.i am gonna try to make this place work, by decluttering it, and making it easier to clean.i am gonna do my best to make this place a place that i am proud to live, make it reflect me and my taste.i am gonna spend the time (and money) that it takes.i will let you join me on the journey, and byy doing this, hoping to inspire others to make their homes a place that reflects them.wish me good luck. i think i'm gonna need it.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

1. Favorite non-dairy milk? soymilk.
2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?brown rice with kale and cilantro & vegetarble chili mole. banana bread muffins. cinnamon rolls.
3. Topping of choice for popcorn? salt.
4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure? tofu bacon with sugar and thyme. it burned and tasted really really wierd.
5. Favorite pickled item? cucumber.
6. How do you organize your recipes? i don't. i am very unorganized. i try to organize them on the computer, though.
7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal? trash. that's how it works here.
8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods...what would they be (don't worry about how you'll cook them)? sushi, melon and dhal.
9. Fondest food memory from your childhood? eating strawberries in the summer.
10. Favorite vegan ice cream? homemade.
11. Most loved kitchen appliance? my knife.
12. Spice/herb you would die without? all of them!
13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time? easy vegan cooking and vegan feasts.
14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly? blueberry.
15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend? anything.
16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh? tofu.
17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)? all of them. i like cooking anytime.
18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator? a cupboard.
19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking. organic frozen corn, three types of muffins, icecubes.
20. What's on your grocery list? nothing.
21. Favorite grocery store? Irma.
22. Name a recipe you'd love to veganize, but haven't yet? my moms sweet vanilla spinach cake!
23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa's because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3? i really don't know. i just look around a bit, when i have time.
24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate? white vegan chocolate.
25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately? haha. probably most of them. i guess truffle oil? or agave nectar (it's more than $12 here! for a small bottle)