One month to Christmas -inspiration x 5

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I truly cannot believe that Christmas is here in one month – why the last months of the year always seem to fly by so fast? Christmas in by no means my favorite holiday of the year, and I love doing different DIY projects for the holiday season. I make Christmas cards every year myself, add some decoration, spend ridiculous amount of time designing how to pack gifts, make advent calendar, door wreath, candle and flower arrangements and and and..the list is endless! So what I try to say is, that I love the holiday season and all the small projects you can do around it. But the sad part of this year is, that I am not having actual home, where to do all these projects, and all my crafting materials are in Finland. So I still need to figure out, if I can do something, or is this going to be the first project free holiday for me in years. How sad is that?

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As today is Thursday I decided to do a little combination of throwback Thursday and Christmas inspiration. I listed here from last year few DIY project I did, and two small gift ideas, as many of us are having a lot small Christmas parties the upcoming weeks.

If you need inspiration for Christmas cards or a Christmas themed decoration, check Christmas DIY – Golden reindeer -post. For a simple Advent calendar Old favorite can give you an idea, and if you want to have a little green in your decoration check out the Green and rustic

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If you need a small gift, check Sweet luxury and Surprising combinationsLakrids has their new tastes for this year (amazing again, saw the pop up -boutique in Dusseldorf few weeks a go), and all the products of Nicolas Vahe are not only tasting, but also looking amazing (if you are in Finland, go check Cobello for these and so many other amazing gift ideas). From my opinion, two easy and still luxurious gift ideas!

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Have you started to prepare for the upcoming season already?

xoxo,

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BRUNCH WITHOUT BOOZE IS JUST A SAD LATE BREAKFAST

 

This year I decided to skip Easter – meaning I am not visiting my family or friends, just work and school projects all weekend. It may sound somehow sad but it is just what I need now, few extra days to finish school stuff so I can fully enjoy rest of the spring stress free. But I know most of the people are celebrating some way this holiday and as I know many of you are having brunch or two this weekend, I wanted to share few brunch photos from Easter few years a go. It is long time ago we had the brunch in these pictures, but still the menu looks good and is something I could redo any day.  I hope you get idea or two from this, and you have a delicious Easter!

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Banana pancakes works always and is so super easy to do. And they also work for strict diets as this is gluten and dairy free. You need for 8 pancakes 1 banana, 1 egg , 0,5 dl dark whole grain rice flour and a pinch of cinnamon and vanilla. Mix all ingredients and fry few minutes from both sides. I use coconut oil when frying pancakes but you can use also butter.

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Add in a class home made granola, natural yogurt and mango puree. Fresh and simple!

 

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Fresh fruits are a must in a brunch, just remember to buy the fruits early enough so they are ready. Nobody wants to eat raw melon and passion fruit.

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I remember I baked the bread and the croissants for the brunch myself, but if you feel lazy just get some ready ones and warm them up in the oven so they feel fresh. Also toasts would work well in a brunch as well as banana bread. The croissants I had filled with cheese and Nutella before baking them in the oven and for the bread we had different toppings so everyone could choose their favorites.

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I had normal eggs which I dyed with onion skins, but also  quail eggs work perfect in a Easter brunch. Just remember to tell everyone if the eggs are 5 or 7 minute eggs so nobody gets a messy surprise!

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We had all kind of different toppings for the pancakes, such as berries, coconut flakes and maple syrup.

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You can see little from the corner of the picture the oven baked eggs in muffin cups. I filled the cups with different ingredients such as cheese, ham and veggies and then added the egg in the top with little salt and pepper. Bake in the oven until the eggs look ready and enjoy straight from the cup with a spoon. Now I would probably skip these and make something similar from avocado and eggs in the oven.

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I had baked cantuccini biscuits the day before (recipe coming later also here) and they worked so good together with fresh coffee. We served espresso, but as I have milk frother we did cappuccinos also.  And of course we had some juice and sparkling wine as brunch with out booze is just a sad late breakfast!

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And there is no Easter brunch with out chocolate eggs! I spread these beautiful small chocolate eggs all around the table and trust me, they we all gone by the end of the brunch.

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Enjoy the holidays,

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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I think we can all agree that spring is finally here (we have been enjoying sun and +10 degrees here in Finland the past days) and next week it is time to celebrate Easter. I somehow love Easter a lot even though it is not that big and special holiday as example Christmas is. There is this super springy feeling around this holiday and it feel fresh with all the sun and colors after long dark winter. My family has basically only one Easter tradition and that is these amazing marble colored eggs I am showing you today. I have Estonian mother and I think she has brought this tradition with her and I remember doing these eggs so so many times with her. I also love how natural toned they are and to be honest, I would not feel comfortable to color eggs with anything else than natural ingredients when the idea is later to eat them. Do you color eggs?

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For these marble eggs you need to have

  • white eggs
  • onion skins
  • string

I used this time the skins from regular onions but you can also use skins from red onions. Just if you want to use both, so that you can get a nice mix of different tones, you need to boil them separately as the red is so strong color that it will ruin the brown ones. I have been taking the skins every year for free from supermarket as they anyway always throw them away. I think every year I get strange looks when I am picking only onion skins and then explaining to the cashier why I have them. Try to pic as big skins as possible so that the next part is easier for you.

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So how to do these eggs?

FIRST you need to take one egg and cover it gently with the onion skins. Use different pieces to cover the whole egg. It can feel difficult in the begging, just be gentle and patient – you will learn the tactic.

NEXT take the string and start to rotate the string around the egg. I do this quit many times, as you can see from the pictures, so that the “packaging” will become tight. Just be gentle, you don`t want to brake the egg.

WHEN you are done rotating the string close the ends of the string and repeat everything with the next egg.

BOIL the eggs in a bot full of water 5-7 minutes.

LET COOL down in a cold water

PEAL OFF the onion skins (I usually cut first the string little) and wash gently the eggs as the skins usually leave this sticky cover on them.

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And here they are – marble colored eggs made only with natural ingredients. Each egg is little different and you never know how they will turn out. Sometimes some of the eggs get more even color, sometimes they are all so amazingly toned. They are also easy to make and totally eatable so you can make these example for Easter brunch. Simple and beautiful I would say!

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Before Easter I will show simple Easter table setting idea and maybe few ideas for decorations. I don`t usually decorate a lot for Easter but I have few nice things from past years. So stay tuned if you need inspiration for Easter. Have a nice Wednesday,

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