And talking about lovely

If you touch your nose to your computer screen,

you can almost imagine their soft little bunny noses.

Have a Lovely day, wherever you are.

♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Personally . Skrevet af LE 30. September, 2010 kl 8:05

As I said…..

….. I thought Mondays lecture was really interesting….. and a bit scary, as there is nothing more terrifying, than when someone makes the point that you (people aged 40-50 in general) are becoming dull and flabby….. especially when you know it is true.

Here I am thinking particularly of love and relationship….. a mind opener is: that we all (more or less), get caught in the same traps: 1 the couch, 2 the tracksuit (camping suit)….. and 3 the slippers…..

And what happens when we have had the slippers on for to long? We our self becomes an old, (sour), retired and resigned slipper.

But how to avoid that trap?

I have been thinking a lot about love recently… all of its forms, its nuances and its power.

I don’t claim to know a lot about love, but I think I have learned a few things:

1. LOVING someone fully and wholly means loving them exactly as they are

2. Falling in LOVE sometimes feels like the best part… but it actually gets better

3. The most beautiful thing about LOVE is that we have limitless amounts of it

4. In its best form, LOVE is permission to be completely honest and vulnerable

5. LOVE is like a box of chocolates - it’s deliciously sweet

I hope you have a LOVELY day

♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Delight Your Life project's, Personally . Skrevet af LE 29. September, 2010 kl 9:28

I think I got a little too excited…..

….. about the cold (but sunny) couple of days we’ve been having here lately….. as I decided to go ahead and wear a scarf out yesterday.

I got several strange looks….. but instead of feeling like an idiot for wearing a scarf already, I convinced myself that they were simply admiring the color…..

Anyway….. I was at this amazing lecture yesterday “Bite life in the thigh”

This lecture by Monica Ritterband, is about quality of and how to broaden life. It is about willingness for change and a desire to explore new horizons in oneself and ones surroundings….. and it’s about getting older, on optimism versus pessimism, about love and the courage to choose and to dare……

….. I guess all of us who are in the midst of life, is familiar with the many questions that arise at this stage of life:

♥ Is my work something I what to do?

♥ The people I know, do they make me grow or wither?

♥ Am I getting what I want out of life? ….. or am I wasting my time?

….. one thing is certain: time spent is spent, and it will not be returned to you!….. and it is hardly necessary to say: that when you are 45 years like me, you become increasingly aware that there is no time to waste!

We have one life (as far as we know) - the departure date is unknown - so it is important not to expose whatever you are passionate about….. go ahead and “bite life in the thigh”….. Me? I certainly intent to!

♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Personally . Skrevet af LE 28. September, 2010 kl 10:31

Say hi to Murphy…..

Murphy 4 weeks

….. (His father’s name is Eddie)….. and he is Anton’s new “baby brother”.

Murphy 5 weeks

Murphy is a little troll….. and already at the age of 5 weeks, he knows that a slipper is pure heaven.

Murphy 6 weeks

Eaven for a 6-week puppy the bum can be heavy….. but Murphy is stubborn and has will….

The world is full of obstacles….. and here Murphy certainly has faced a challenge that simply must be overcome. He is very curious and loves to discover the world.

Kategorien Anton, Murphy & friends . Skrevet af LE 27. September, 2010 kl 6:46

Good Monday morning all!

68 kg

I’m up early….. because I’ve gotta exercise a little before I go to work (I have no time after work, as I’m of to a lecture with Monica Ritterband).

You’re probably still curled up in your warm bed…..lucky!

Me and my other health plans for the week: beside todays lecture, I have decided to take a little break from coffee this week (ush)…… so I don’t have that convenient morning pick-me-up - although I guess there’s still tea - and that would be perfect right about now.

Anyway, you properly heard that eating an apple in the morning wakes you up better (and it is obviously healthier) than a cup of coffee? Interesting…… maybe I should go buy a bag of those…..

Well, time to work. Have a great day!

♥ Lizzy

[Photo: Liza Prins]

Kategorien Mrs Ericson's "diet school" . Skrevet af LE 27. September, 2010 kl 6:15

“few people know how to take a walk…..

….. the qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I couldn’t agree more. So, tell me….. when was the last time you went for a walk?

xo,

Lizzy

(Photo: private, woman-hood)

Kategorien Anton, Murphy & friends, Lovely Quotes, Weekend . Skrevet af LE 26. September, 2010 kl 8:41

Another great east-oriented dish…..

….. which is “crazy good” is these fried Thai shrimps”….. the flavor combinations is perfect and the shrimps are salty and good….. and in addition, beside the cozy part of getting sticky fingers, imagine the joy you experience when you realize that the dressing is too good not to lick your fingers (and the bowl). But go ahead and test it you self (this is true weekend food):

Fried Thai Shrimps

You need:
500g prawns in shell
2 keffir lime leaves
0.5 red mild chili
0.5 citric
1 clove garlic
olive oil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Japanese soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce

And it is so easy:
Finely chop the garlic and chilies. Shred the lime leaves as nice as you can. Grate the zest from the lemon half.

Mix soy sauce, fish sauce and juice from lemon half.

Heat a skillet with oil over high heat. Sprinkle the sugar evenly in pan. Fry the garlic, chilli, lemon zest, lime leaves and shrimp quickly, about 30-45 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and pour over the soy.

Turn the shrimp in the dressing and serve.

Tip: Lime leaves can be purchased in assorted stores or in Asian stores. I usually buy a bag and store it in the freezer. If you can’t find lime leaves, you can use lemon grass instead.

I am very tired today. I was at a lovely girl’s dinner yesterday….. it wasn’t very late and I diden’t drink a lot, but still, today I slept to 11….. and I can’t remember the last time I slept that long …… the rest of my day? I think I’ll start with a shower, and then I’m off to the stores (before they closes), to find ingredients for a lovely risotto I spotted online. What about you? Do you have any exciting plans?

What ever your plans are, I hope you have a good one!

XOXO ♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Kitchen & food, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 25. September, 2010 kl 11:52

Did I mention that…..

….. my cooking class is focused on Chinese cooking? and that I already have been to the first lesson?

How was it you might want to know? IT WAS GREAT!

….. beside me, the class consisted of 12 other food lovers. In the first lesson, we prepared a starter, two main dishes and a desert…… a banana desert with coconut ice-cream.

Would you like to test the recipe?

All you need is:
50 g butter (not salted)
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
shell of an orange (finely grated)
4 bananas
½ dl brown sugar
juice of one freshly squeezed lemon
4 tsp orange liqueur
4 tsp coconut (finely grated)
2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
½ lime slices for garnish
ice cream with flavors of vanilla, coconut or ginger

And it is so easy:
Melt the butter in a large panne and add the grated ginger and orange zest and mix thoroughly. Bring butter to boil without browning.

Peel and halve bananas. Cook the bananas in the butter for 1 minute on each side.

Take the bananas up and serve them on a plate.

Pour sugar and lemon juice on the pan and boil while stirring. Add orange liqueur.

Pour sauce over the bananas and garnish with lime slices, coconut and sesame seeds. Serve it with ice cream.

Enjoy (I did)

♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Kitchen & food, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 24. September, 2010 kl 6:19

This autumn, I enrolled myself…..

….. in an cooking class….. but sometime I get afraid that I’m not going to be good at it, that I won’t like it… that it won’t work out…… that it’s not something which leads to anything…

But you know what? I’m doing it anyway…… I’m following the wild calling of my heart!

Are you following your heart?

♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Delightful art, Personally . Skrevet af LE 23. September, 2010 kl 7:20

And since we are talking about…..

….. the saladsisters Tina Scheftelowitz and Sonja Bock and their recipes based on all good and fresh - do you remember the days when a salad was simply a pile of lettuce leaves and a few tomatoes?

Well, we move towards times of healthy eating, and the salad is taking centre stage on the dinner table, and it is hardly surprising with the wealth of fresh ingredients available from our own gardens, farmers markets, delis and supermarkets….. there is every reason to serve bright, beautiful, healthy and varied salads…… as this lovely:

Prawn-salad (serves 4)

It’s a great salad to toss together when you get in the mood for some sunshine food.

You need:

About 24 raw tiger prawns, shell on
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp mild curry powder
3 tbsp olive oil
200g mixed salad leaves of your choice
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dressing:

1 fresh lemon grass, outer leaves peeled off then chopped finely
½ plump red chilli, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
2 tbsp light soy sauce
4 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp rice wine or white wine vinegar
Juice 1 lime

And it is so easy:
Peel the prawns, leaving the tails if liked. De-vein them down the back, hooking out the thin black intestine. Crush the coriander in a pestle and mortar or with a rolling pin. Mix with the prawns, curry powder and oil. Leave for half an hour.

Meanwhile, mix all of the dressing ingredients together and set aside. When ready to serve, stir-fry the prawns in a nonstick wok, about 3-5 minutes. Season lightly.

Mix in the dressing and toss until heated and well coated. Place the salad leaves on a platter and spoon over the prawns and their pan juices. Scatter over the coriander and serve.

Tip: Use fresh raw prawns if you can, because to be honest precooked ones tend to be totally overcooked to prolong their shelf-life, which does nothing for their flavor.

Enjoy ♥ Lizzy

Kategorien Mrs Ericson's "diet school", Recipes . Skrevet af LE 22. September, 2010 kl 6:13

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