Some things I (and the fiance) have been enjoying recently.
Fish tacos. We made these last Friday and seriously, they have been better than any other taco we have made at home. We made a delicious white sauce to go with our tacos and made a habanero salsa to really spice things up. (I am not really a fan of these crunchy tacos but they are gluten free. I am thinking about making my own corn tortillas though! Has anyone tried it?)
Saturday night coffee dates. We didn't have plans a few weekends ago and rather than going out for cocktail we went for coffee in the neighborhood. It's so nice that some cafes in the city are staying open later these days.
We borrowed the fiance's parents juicer and we've been juicing the last two weeks. Carrots, beets, apples, blood oranges, lemons, ginger, cucumbers, pears, basically anything we have sitting in our fridge we've juiced. Yum. We've also been mixing some chia seeds in our juices for an extra health kick.
Also loving simple and easy to make dinners that are healthy and delicious. The other night we just chopped up some veggies and threw it into a baking tray with some salmon filets we were having and just baked and roasted everything in the oven. Sometimes not having to stand at the stove for like an hour is really nice. Plus roasted vegetables are amazing.
I have also been listening to a lot of Birdy recently, I've been replaying her song Heart of Gold a lot. Give her a spin?
What have you been into lately?
Monday, March 3, 2014
There are so many gorgeous wedding invitations out there today. From independent designers on Etsy to companies and brands like Rifle Paper Co. and Minted, there are a lot of beautiful designs to choose from. The fiance and I are currently finishing the wording and layouts for our wedding invitations. A really sweet friend gave us the images and layouts for parts of our invitation suites and I absolutely love them and am so grateful we get to use them. I'll wait to share our invitations with you after the wedding but here are some other lovely invitations that I have come across!
What is your invitation style? I feel like I like a lot of different things. I love calligraphy and the handwritten look, I love all things floral (I have like five Rifle Paper Co. floral notebooks lying around the apartment), but at the same time I really like the simple yet fun look of invitation suite number two that I shared on here. Have you designed your own invitations? Did you DIY your invitations? Or have you found the perfect template from places like Minted? I would love to hear about your invitation experiences!
I am really looking forward to getting our invitations printed and sending them out. There is only four and a half months left until the big day!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am going to start off with saying, this is a really sweet treat. I mean, there is like a whole bag of marshmallows in this thing so...yeah. You probably shouldn't eat all of this by yourself and maybe brush your teeth a little better in the evening after eating this. You've been warned! Health aside (ha), these treats are tasty little things that brought me back to my childhood.
I haven't had Rice Krispie Treats in years and I've been thinking about them over the last week so I finally gathered up all the ingredients and made some. Except that I didn't use Rice Krispies. Rice Krispies contain barley malt which isn't gluten free so I used gluten free cornflakes instead. Honestly, they are just as good as the treats made with rice cereal. Plus I like cornflakes so the switch wasn't such a big deal for me and I have made weirder things with cornflakes.
Honestly, these are delicious. It has the perfect amount of crunch from the cornflakes and there is the perfect amount of gooey marshmallows holding everything together. Some cereal treats have too much cereal in them so they feel a little dry and hard to bite into but these were the perfect balance of crunch and gooey. It's a quick, easy, and tasty treat to throw together. I've seen recipes where you can jazz it up with some peanut butter, cinnamon, or you can dip the squares in chocolate. I've even seen a cake make out of Rice Krispie Treats! I think the next time I have people over for a party or a get together, these will definitely be on the menu.
Marshmallow Cornflake Treats (slightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen & Ree Drummond)
Fills 1 8-inch square pan, about 16 treats
4 tbsp unsalted butter
6 1/2 cups cornflakes or rice cereal
1 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkles to decorate
Place a sheet of parchment paper over your square pan. This will make it easier to remove the cereal treats later on.
In a large pot, melt and brown the unsalted butter over medium heat. First let it melt, then the butter will bubble and foam, then it will turn a clear golden color before it starts to become brown and smell nutty. Throughout the whole melting process, continuously stir the butter with a wire whisk to prevent the butter from burning. As soon as the butter turns a light brown, take it off the heat. (Or you can also just melt 4 tbsp of salted butter and skip this whole browning step.)
Pour the marshmallows into the browned butter and stir until the marshmallow have melted into a thick white fluffy mixture. Pour in the vanilla extract and mix it into the marshmallows. If the marshmallows aren't melting from the residual heat of the browned butter, place the pot back on a low heat and stir until the marshmallows are smooth.
Once the marshmallows have melted, stir in the salt and the cornflakes. Add more cereal if you think it is too gooey. Spread the marshmallow cereal mixture into the prepared pan. With a piece of parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan so that it is firm and evenly spread out. And if you feel like it, sprinkle some nonpareils or confetti quinns over the marshmallow cornflake treat and gently press them into the mixture with parchment paper again.
Let the treats cool completely (I popped them in the fridge 15 minutes or so), and then cut into squares. Enjoy and share some with your friends!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The sky has been clear and blue here the last two days, we've had beautiful sunrises, and the sun has been shining. I'm so looking forward to the spring.
Happy Tuesday friends!
Monday, February 24, 2014
It has also been fun watching the fiance get into hockey. I watched a lot of Vancouver Canucks games while I lived at home but having been abroad for almost 4 years now, I haven't watched or kept up to date with the Canucks. But with the Olympics, we've tried to catch all the Canadian hockey games that aired on Danish television. The fiance had been to a Vancouver Giants game while he did his exchange there but besides that he hasn't had much exposure to hockey. For someone who has not grown up watching hockey, the fiance gets really into it. This weekend he watched parts of the game standing up literally right in front of the TV. It was really funny watching him get frustrated at the Canadian men's team in their game against Latvia. Every once in awhile he will also YouTube clips of Canucks games because he says he needs to learn about hockey so that he will know what is going on when we move home one day. Although we're not sure where we will spend Christmas yet this year, he says that if we go to Vancouver, we'll have to go to a Canucks game.
It means a lot to me that the fiance is also getting into a part of my culture and what I've been brought up with. Even if it is something as small as hockey.
How is it for those of you who are dating, engaged to, or married to someone from a different country and culture? Do you find ways to blend both cultures and backgrounds and how?