This global pandemic, shelter in place, homeschooling, etc. is giving me cabin fever. I have such an urge to travel! I need the freedom of choosing my next destination to explore, because it’s only through explorations, that you get to discover the real you. Every step taken on a foreign land, new tasty morsels, jaw dropping sceneries, new whiffs, etc. are so exciting and titillating. My travel bucket list is a never ending one, for every new pin pushed into the map, another five new destinations are added to my wishlist. Here’s to open borders and wanderlust!
I’m kind of saddened that I have to pack away my Easter decorations, but all good things come to and end, right? As Nora Jones sings sweet tunes in the background, my kiddos’ precious voices can be heard living out their magical imaginations of whimsical creatures like dragons, witches, unicorns and more. Their innocence and joyful laughter always warms my heart and puts a smile on my face. As I’m listening to the fairytales they tell each other, all while Nora captures the moment perfectly, like a soundtrack to their beautiful existence. I am thinking of upcoming holidays and daily festivities, I’m so excited to celebrate with these two stunning souls, who breath a new life into me every single day.
I’m a sucker for holidays, especially family holiday traditions. Scavenger hunts has become an all time favorite with my kiddos. Every holiday I search on various sites for riddles and clues, print them out and then hide them all around inside and outside our home. This year I embellished the clues with some card stock and stickers, before placing them inside eggs. My girls 7 and 4 years old, love to team up and look for new clues. I’ve attached the riddles I used for this years Easter Scavenger Hunt, in case you would like to give it a try.
Today we decided to go outside and see what’s going on in the garden. The girls got lost in their imaginative play and somehow these ladybugs became a part of their game too. Suddenly they were pretending to be sister entomologists, who were studying on beetle lifecycles.
It’s day 22 of of self isolation and my number one priority has been and still is to keep to routines and maintain a sense of normalcy in all this madness. Keeping the kiddos occupied has been challenging at times because lets face it, there’s only so much you can do from within your four walls. But fear not, because this mommy has an arsenal of boredom busting tricks, ideas and activities up her sleeve. Like these twisted looking cinnamon roll Easter bunnies we made. They may look strange, but I promise they taste awesome!
Add the lukewarm water and yeast to a bowl. Mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar and let it activate.
In a small pot, over low heat mix milk, oil and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the flour to a large bowl.
Make a well in the flour and add the yeast and milk mixture to the flour.
Add the eggs.
Wrap the bowl with Glad wrap and let it rise for 2 hours.
Once the dough is ready, roll it out into a rectangle.
Spread a thin layer of butter all over your dough.
In a small bowl mix 1 cup sugar, with 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture all over the buttered dough.
Roll the dough up and cut into equal pieces.
Place the cinnamon rolls on to a cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 min until slightly golden on 175 C
- Pumpkin spice anything. This one is one of those things I feel I’m missing out on big time! I keep giving it a try, but it saddens me to say, that I don’t like anything with classic pumpkin spice mix, period!
- Summer. I just don’t like going to the beach, the heat, the humidity and makeup melting off before I even finish applying it. I hate summer! There, I said it!
- Caviar. I think this one is pretty self explanatory, this along with oysters. When did fishy-over-priced-slimy “food” become a luxury? Yuck!
- Heels. Don’t get me wrong, I love them! I love how they look, but that’s about it. I would much rather be comfortable in a pair of flats, or even better, sneakers.
- Alcohol. I just don’t like it! Beer, wine, spirits, tried them all and the same result every time, meh… I guess this will be one of those I’ll never understand what the big deal is.
- Extroverts. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate them, but I’m the opposite, an introvert to be exact. I might be wrong, but to me it seems like extroverts live a life where it’s a lot more easy going, then for most introverts. My most active activity every day, is to find a place, where I can be alone.
- Earrings. Such pretty little things and they come in so many exciting shapes, shades, martial, etc. I unfortunately am highly allergic to any material piercing my skin, hence the love/hate relationship. But boy do I wish I could jewel and bedazzle my ears.
- Iceskating. You would think, being that I’m from Norway, the winter-wonderland-of-the-north that I would be able to glide ever so elegantly across the ice, think again! Try Bambi instead.
- Cheese. I make a killer cheese platter, but that’s exactly what it will do, kill me. A light Philadelphia and Monterey Jack, that’s as far as my cheese experimentation will venture. I wish I liked all the different soft, hard, French, Italian cheese etc, but I don’t.
- The spa. I wish I could take a day off for self care. Get my hair and nails done, get a full body massage, etc. Unfortunately even the thought of this “self care” day gives my introverted soul anxiety. The thought of all the small talk, having a complete stranger in my personal space, let alone being touched by a complete stranger, NO thank you! Once the girls are in bed, laptop, cat, under the covers, munchies, yes please!
It’s here! My favorite time of the year and what better way to celebrate, then with a good old tailgating and a nature hike.
Earlier this year I planted a seed of hope, when I felt I was sinking into a pit of despair. I had run out of juice and felt emotionally beaten into pulp. I wasn’t peeling well, but as the saying goes; “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. This year has been so fruitful and I’ve had such a zest for life since. Alright enough with all the fruit puns 😉 These citrus fruits are as scrumptious as they look and good for you too.
My kiddos are on school break and that puts the household in a certain holiday mode, even thought the rest of us still have to work. Nothing says holiday quite like a scrumptious breakfast in bed though, so that’s exactly what we did. The girls helped me make pancakes and we overindulged our selves, while still in our PJs.
September has arrived and we can officially begin the festive season. My calendar is always jam-packed this time of the year and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Birthdays, picnics, anniversaries, s’mores bar, tailgating, Halloween, Thanksgiving, outdoor movie nights, Christmas, oh my! To kickstart my favorite time of the year, I made some trail mix and packed a quick picnic basket to take with us, for a day of family fun outdoors.