Photo treats

Merry Christmas once again! Now you have to tell me! Did you have a nice Christmas? Did you celebrate with your dear ones? What did you do? What did you eat? I want to hear all about it!

My Christmas was real nice, and one things has certainly changed since I was a little kid. Back then I thought the days after Christmas Eve was pretty boring, as the big day was over and all the gifts were opened, but now I find these days quite relaxing. I think it’s nice to get some time to read, watch some movies and just relax. I also find it nice to get some free time to read blogs and look at nice photos, and I can tell you one thing. I’ve found some real nice photos to share with you.

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Photo: Bengtgarden

The above photo is borrowed from the blog Bengtgarden. It’s one of the Ramsign Highlander signs, and I think it’s beautiful, and it looks so good with the grey background, don’t you think? The photo is really beautiful, and I really wanted to you all to see it! Nice, don’t you think?

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Photo: Indretning med farver

The sign above belongs to Susi with the blog Indretning med farver. It’s a really nice blog which you should all visit, and the oval sign is beautiful, don’t you think? I sure think so!

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Photo: Hidlesundet

The sign above is a door sign, and I think it’s a great thing with door signs, that you can have any text you’d like on it. You can have it inside, outside, on a door or somewhere else, it’s totally up to you. Where would you put it, and what would it say?

Merry Christmas

Finally it’s here, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Christmas Day… Possibly the most beautiful day of the year. Delicious food, a great reason to get together with the family, nice gifts, can it possibly get any better? Well, a little bit of snow on the ground would be nice of course, but maybe some of you has got that as well? Maybe it looks exactly like on this photo which is borrowed from Wishes Collection.

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Well, I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I would love to hear all about your celebrations afterwards 🙂

Enjoy your holidays!

 

Blog of the Week #9

Would you like to find a new blog gem just a few days before Christmas? That would be nice, wouldn’t it? Well, if so, I have an early Christmas gift for you. I’ve found a GREAT blog out there, which I warmly recommend for all of you! Eager to find out more about it? Well, the blog of the week is…

Fresh Design Blog

This blog is absolutely extraordinary and you haven’t seen the best of Bloglandia until you’ve visited this one at least once. It’s a blog where you can read about modern interior, look at amazing photos, get advice and most of all; enjoy the well written posts. You can read about how to to make the most of a small space, how to come up with storage solutions, how to use colours for interior purpose and many other useful things. Interesting, don’t you think?

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I could line up several reasons why I decided to choose Fresh Design blog as blog of the week during the Christmas week, but honestly… Why don’t you visit the blog yourself? Then you can see with your own eyes why I like it so much, and I don’t think any further explanation will be needed after that.

A round gift for Christmas

Only 4 days left til Christmas in Sweden and 5 days til Christmas in the US (and in many other countries as well). I know gifts are not the most important thing during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to receive them. So, what have you put on the list for Santa this year? And what do you think he will bring you?

Wouldn’t it be nice with some round gifts under the Christmas tree? I’ve got a few suggestions which may be a perfect gift for you. I know it’s too late to get it under the tree this year (if Santa hasn’t placed it there already), but you can always give it to yourself as a late Christmas present, or why not remember it as an idea for next year.

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Like this one… A black Engelhardt nameplate without trim. I think it’s real nice! You can have it with or without a red heart at the bottom and I think it’s gorgeous either way. What would you choose? This particular sign belongs to Hedda with the blog Gode Grunner.

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Or this little piece… It’s from the same collection, but a number sign. A truly traditional piece that I like a lot. The bold numbers on these signs are amazing and totally unique!

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Or why not a cute Lighthouse house number like the one above? This one belongs to Oline with the blog Oline Art, and you can have any number on it. Why not your lucky number?

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Up for a bigger alternative? This one may be more oval than round, but that doesn’t stop it from being absolutely gorgeous! I love it and I think this will grow in popularity during 2014. What do you think?

Did you see anything you liked? Maybe something to put on next years wish list? Or something to buy when the holidays are over? I’m sure you deserve it after working hard to get all right in time for Christmas!

 

 

Saffron buns

St. Lucia Day has already been, but for me saffron buns, or St. Lucia buns as they’re also called, are so much more than just a tasty treat for St. Lucia Day. They are a big part of the Christmas preparations and in case you haven’t baked some already I thought it would be nice to share a recipe with you, so that you can bake some at home and enjoy the rich taste and scent from these delicious buns. Interested? Give it a try and you won’t regret it!

Saffron Buns

Ingredients

  • 2 1/8 cups milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 0.6 ounce compressed fresh yeast
  • 8 ounces quark
  • 2 packets powdered saffron
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • raisins

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the temperature has reached 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). Crumble the yeast into a bowl, then pour in the warm milk. Stir well until the yeast dissolves.
  2. Stir in the quark, saffron, sugar, salt, and 7 cups of the flour. Mix the dough until it becomes shiny and silky, adding more flour as needed until it begins to come away from the sides of the bowl. Cover, and let rise for 40 minutes.
  3. Prepare baking sheets by covering each with a sheet of parchment paper. Flour a work surface, punch down the dough, then divide into 35 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, 5 to 6 inches long. With the rope lying flat on the work surface, roll each end towards the center, in opposite directions, creating a curled S-shape. Place the buns on the prepared baking sheets. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes while you preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  4. Gently brush each bun with beaten egg and garnish with raisins, then bake in the oven until puffed and golden, 5 to 10 minutes.

It’s not at all difficult and I can assure you these are a real treat! Enjoy 🙂