So, it’s been 8 months since I published a blog post.
I have been quite busy though. I climbed a mountain of essays, studied for exams, had 29 stress breakdowns and moved out of my adopted home city. Yep, I’ve graduated!
4 years of study, 3 foreign languages, a whole lot of growing up and a degree later, I’m back at home deciding what to do next. What better time to get this chirpy little blog back on the road?!
It’s probably going to look like a travel blog for a bit because I’ve been alternating between vacation and staycation since uni finished.
Stay tuned for details of last month’s Eastern European/Eurasian adventure!!
The hygge lifestyle is the phenomenon of the moment and to be honest, the Danes are spot on with this one. The basic principles: be cosy, well fed, comfortable and happy.
Here are 10 of the most hygge things I could find… After all, new year = new blankets?
1. This blanket from John Lewis
2. This cardigan from Monki
3. This pot pie
4. This one pot pasta
5. These warm cocktails
6. This house on the Isle of Skye (in our dreams)
7. This apple cinnamon bread
8. This cinnamon hot chocolate with orange syrup
9. This oversized scarf from Zara
10. This chunky blanket from the White Company
Thank you for the recipes and photos 🙌😍💛
Everyone, Merry Christmas!
It’s been a lovely one in our house and I hope it has been in yours too 😍
In the midst of the merriment we discovered the best Christmas cocktail, and luckily for all of us and our wallets, it only has two ingredients…
This is Grasovka, a Polish bison grass vodka to rival Zubrowka. In my opinion it’s not really one to drink in shots but mix it with good quality cloudy apple juice and you’re on to a winner!
It tastes exactly like apple pie and that’s not even an exaggeration, it’s unbelievable. Plus, after all the Christmas excesses, why not drink your dessert from now on? 😉🍸
Basically mix a shot or two of vodka with as much apple juice as you like, easy peasy! If you want to make it super Christmassy, maybe pop in a cinnamon stick or warm up the apple juice to make a mulled apple pie cocktail.
It’s Christmas Eve! I hope you’re snuggled up with some mulled wine and a Christmas jumper, enjoying yourselves 😍🎅
Without further ado, I’ve collected up some Christmas songs for your playlist before Santa comes ⛄
- Christmas in the air (tonight) – Scouting for Girls
- Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- One more sleep – Leona Lewis
- Last Christmas – Wham
- Santa’s got a big bag of soul – The Soul Saints Orchestra
- Bastille’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ cover
- Lonely this Christmas (cover) – Elvis Presley
- Merry Christmas Baby – Ray Charles
- White Christmas – Otis Redding
- Christmas Lights – Coldplay
- Fairytale of New York – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl
- Shake up Christmas – Train
- Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
- Just like Christmas – Low
- All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas!! 😍🎅🌲
This chilly weather has got me thinking about Scandinavia and, more importantly, about food. My parents worked in Sweden for many years and still miss it to this day so, naturally, Swedish food comes out in the form of a smorgasbord whenever we have a big celebration e.g Christmas Eve tomorrow!
Here are 7 of the best foods to try in Sweden (they’re not all Christmassy) 💛💙
1. Marabou chocolate is perfection. Try the milk or daim versions and the rolls are amazing!
2. Toast Skagen – these are basically open shrimp sandwiches with mayo, salad and sometimes even caviar! Decadent 🐟
3. Chai lattes – I know, I know, you can get these in any country that has a Starbucks but believe me, the Swedes have taken this spicy drink to a whole new level! Try Espresso House if you can 😘
4. Jansson’s temptation – this is the classic and delicious potato and fish combo that we Brits know and love but in an even more comforting bake!
5. Semla – a cardamom spiced bun filled with cream, what more could a person want? Eat with coffee or warm milk ☕
6. Kalles kaviar – trust me on this one, it looks weird but it’s so tasty served on toast or Swedish crispbread with egg and/or cucumber:
7. Prinsesstårta – said to have been a royal favourite, this is the famous green cake that everyone needs in their life. Go and channel your inner princess 👑
Thank you for the good-enough-to-eat photos 🙌😍
Happy Christmas Eve’s Eve! 🎅⛄🌲🍾