What is it with spring…..

….. and weird rain showers?

One minute it is grey and raining and then the next second it is blue sky, sun and still raining?

It was raining when I was preparing to take the dogs out on a walk, and then the sun came out and I put the umbrella away…… and then it started raining again.

Today is a weird mix of half sun, half umbrella….. Oh well. I still liked today a lot.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Personally . Skrevet af LE 31. May, 2012 kl 11:03

It is raining outside…..

….. again

Don’t get me wrong….. we need the rain, bad!

However, several times today, people told me to ‘stay dry.’ Has anyone ever told you that?

Don’t you ever want to just go out and play in the rain? You know…..

Just run in the rain until you are soaked.

Jump in every puddle you can find.

Stand there looking up into the sky with your mouth wide open as you try to drink the rain.

When I was a kid, we looked forward to playing in the rain! And we were allowed to stay outside as long as it wasn’t thundering.

What about you?

Don’t you sometimes just want to go outside and play in the rain?

How do we get that back? How do we shake off all of the newly ingrained ideas that we have now, that prevent us from being free like that?

Thoughts? And the only excuse that I’ll accept for not responding is that you were actually outside playing in the rain!

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Personally . Skrevet af LE 30. May, 2012 kl 7:28

It’s Raining today

Adapt or perish, now as ever,

is nature’s inexorable imperative.

H. G. Wells

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Lovely Quotes, Personally . Skrevet af LE 29. May, 2012 kl 6:32

Recently, we have really…..

….. been taking advantage of the the fact that we live so close to the beach, especially since the weather has been so nice!

A quick bike ride, with an ice cream break in the middle, followed by stretching out on the warm sand….. it’s a great way to spend a day!

Kategorien Personally . Skrevet af LE 28. May, 2012 kl 16:18

This week went by so fast…..

….. before I had a chance to notice just how quickly the days were flying by, poof! it’s already Saturday!

….. and this Saturday (as we all know), is big Eurovision-Song-Contest-Day….. and that means: It’s cocktail time, ladies and gentlemen.

We have been freezing our ass off, here in early spring, but now the weather has turned warm and sunny. The temperatures will reach into 27 degrees today. So while we are stretching our limbs as we pull out of our dormant slumber, I will enjoy this drink….. in honor of the sun, and to celebrate the beginning of this glorious long summer weekend.

It’s a tequila version of a Salty Dog cocktail, and it’s one of my current favorite cocktails.

The combination of fresh grapefruit juice, tequila and the salt makes it a bright, refreshing cocktail. Perfect for warm and sunny weather.

A Salty Summer Grapefruit Cocktail

All you need:
5-6 oz (100 ml) Fresh Grapefruit Juice
3 oz (200 ml) Tequila
Sea salt

Do this:
Rub the rim of a glass with a bit of the grapefruit. Swirl the rim through a small pile of sea salt to salt the rim.

Add grapefruit juice and tequila in a shaker, and shake with ice for 15 seconds.

Put a few cubes of ice into the glass. Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

I hope you have a great weekend.

P.S. Don’t short cut and leave off salting the rim, because it completes the cocktail drink.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Personally, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 26. May, 2012 kl 8:45

“Everywhere is walking distance…..

….. if you have the time.”

-Steven Wright

Kategorien Lovely Quotes . Skrevet af LE 24. May, 2012 kl 7:08

“The most authentic thing…..

….. about us is our capacity to

create, to overcome, to endure,

to transform, to love and to

be greater than our suffering.”

-Ben Okri

Kategorien Lovely Quotes . Skrevet af LE 22. May, 2012 kl 17:01

It’s unbelievable cold this morning…..

….. and therefore I find myself meditating on the following sentence:

In with spring and out with winter!

But the fact is, that not everything that has to do with winter is the devil. So don’t let go of your winter citrus just yet. This soup bridges the divide between fresh spring produce and a zip of winter citrus.

This is a simple little soup with a bright tartness of its own, just right for one of these cold spring days.

It’s easy to whip up, and it is good hot or just lukewarm, with a bite of bread and some white wine. Maybe a book too?

Spring Leek and Lemon Soup (4 servings)

All you need:
2 large leeks, well-washed
6 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1/4 cup juice
4 cups good chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper to taste

Do this:
Wash the leeks well and slice into thin half moons. Also slice the green tops.

Smash the garlic roughly.

Heat the butter until foaming over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the leeks and garlic and cook, stirring often, until soft - about 10 minutes.

Add the zest and lemon juice, broth, and white wine. Reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour or until everything is very soft.

Puree with blender. Return to pot and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: Are you finding fresh leeks at your market? I love them. What are you doing with yours?

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 19. May, 2012 kl 10:14

Thursday mornings are meant for muffins

And these ones are tasty, easy to throw together and you can flavor them beautifully with any seasonal fruits….. in this case I chose to flavor them with vanilla, oat, coconut-strewn and mango.

I love these beauties for many reasons.

First, you can mix them by hand and there will be very few dishes (always a good thing).

Second, they are produced with: coconut oil (If you want to lose weight, this is a great product for cooking and baking).

Last, they have a slight heartiness from the oats, a nice sweetness from the mango and coconut, and a speckled fragrant crumb from the vanilla bean.

They really are the best of many worlds baked into one pretty spring muffin.

Spring Morning Mango Coconut Oat Muffins (makes 10 large muffins)

All you need:
1/2 cup (virgin) coconut oil
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened wide-flake coconut
1 cup full fat sour cream, room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 vanilla bean, split
1 cup diced mango
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, for top

Do this:
Preheat oven to 180 ˚C.

Grease 10 muffin cups with butter.

In a small saucepan, warm coconut oil, until it barely melts. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together both flours, oats, baking powder and salt. Stir in 1/2 cup of the unsweetened coconut.

In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, sugar, egg, lemon zest and liquefied coconut oil. Scrape the insides of the vanilla bean into the mixture and whisk well. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add diced mango and gently fold until combined.

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups, then sprinkle the tops with 1/4 cup of the sweetened coconut, about 1 teaspoon on each.

Bake until a toothpick or tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 23-25 minutes.

Transfer muffins to a rack and let cool.

Tip: if covered at room temperature, muffins will be good for 2-3 days.

Kategorien Cottage Life / Cooking, Recipes . Skrevet af LE 17. May, 2012 kl 9:09

“Love yourself…..

….. accept yourself,

forgive yourself, and be good to yourself,

because without you, the rest of us are without

a source of many wonderful things.”

 

Kategorien Lizzy says . Skrevet af LE 14. May, 2012 kl 8:17

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