tirsdag 22. august 2017

16 Study Tips That Will Help You Survive University

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Considering that I finished my Bachelor/undergrad degree this spring, I know first hand how stressful university can be at times. Thankfully I've learned a few tricks during my years at university to get me going so that I could do my best, at time with the help from a great academic advisor who kicked me a certain place when needed.

As the school year is about to start or has already started a few places, I wanted to share with you a few tips to aid you at college/university (though I think some of them would be relevant for high school as well).

  • Revise daily. Otherwise, you will struggle remembering what was taught during lecture the other day.
  • Study for 30-50 minutes at the time (with a 10-15 minute break) is probably THE best way to learn something. You'll learn less if your mind is too "loopy".
  • Turn off all distractions; yes, both social media, cell phone, laptop and what-not. You know the feeling - "I'll just quickly check Facebook" and then you have to wave goodbye to studying for at least 20 minutes. This tip isn't just for studying, it's also for lectures. You have no idea how many students with a laptop that has been on FB during a lecture.. 
  • I might have said it indirectly in the previous tip, but pay attention during class/lecture. Facebook and other "fun" stuff can wait until a break or after the lecture is finished. It's disrespectful not only towards your teacher, but also your fellow students wasting precious time you could have used for learning.
  • On test days - eat a healthy breakfast, like something with oatmeal, eggs, fruits etc. You will need something that will keep you focused and alert.
  • Have a routine. It doesn't help you trying to cram everything the last week before a final exam. 
  • Sometimes it's important to do something you like, whether it's playing an instrument, read a book or watch a TV show (just don't binge watch TV-series).
  • Exercise regulary. It will help you stay focused and relaxed.
  • Eat and sleep well. No matter how much you study, it will not help if you're hungry or sleep deprived.
  • Have a narrow focus while studying/revising. It's better to learn one/two things 100 per cent before moving to the next topic instead of do a shallow revising of a bucketload of stuff.
  • Use mind-maps and/or flash cards to get a better overview of your topics.
  • Write a list over all your assignments, supervisions, tests, deadlines and exams. It will aid you in knowing when you need to be finished. Trust me, I've heard quite a few "oh crap, is the deadline TOMORROW?".
  • In terms of routines and the previous tip; write an assignment plan as well. Then you'll know when to have read what. It is not fun realizing you should have read two chapter for the lecture tomorrow just before heading to bed.
  • Read relevant reading materials and/or do relevant homework before said lecture. Then, if there is something you don't understand, you'll probably get the help you need and you will in general have a lot more benefit of the lecture.
  • The day before a test/exam; put all study materials away and do something fun, like have a coffee date with a friend or something. Just don't get drunk and have a big hangover on the test. If you haven't learned it until the day before the test, you probably will not to it then. It's way better to just get a proper break from the books.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help, either from the teacher(s) or fellow students.

mandag 21. august 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 34

It's Monday again, which means it's time for yet another Menu Plan Monday post thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Sometimes I'm having a wee bit of "meh" when it comes to dinner ideas, but it does really help having a menu plan in terms of planning the week and have some quick dinners when I'm busy.

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Here is my plan for the week.

Monday; Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday; Leftovers from Monday
Wednesday; Norwegian Fish Cakes
Thursday; Leftovers from Wednesday
Friday; Taco
Saturday; Nachos
Sunday; Pasta Formaggio

What's on your menu plan this week? Feel free to comment below.

lørdag 19. august 2017

Weekend Cooking; 10 Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

Oh well, this will be the third week I'm talking about lunches in a Weekend Cooking post, but since it is back to school and work for most of us (though I'm still in search for a job - feel free to let me know of any vacant jobs in the Stavanger-area, Norway).

Lately I've read a bit about lunches made in a big bulk (often four portions at the time), where the result is having several lunches for one week. For me, it sounds like a good idea, considering you make it in one go and don't need to prep lunch every day and you get more time to do other stuff.

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Here is some of the recipes I've collected for you to check out.
Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Chicken Pad Thai
Greek Chicken Bowls
Jerk Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
Chicken Enchilada
Lemon Roasted Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini
Honey BBQ Baked Salmon Bowls
Shrimp Fried Rice
Curried Chickpea Bowls with Garlicky Spinach
Easy Roasted Meal Prep Bowls

fredag 18. august 2017

Friday Finds; New Items From IKEA

I'm not going to deny the fact that I have a weak spot for IKEA, esp. considering that I live 20 minutes from one (by car, that is). Whenever I've moved, I've always ended up purchasing something that I needed from that blue and yellow warehouse from Sweden. It does help that they have "everything" that one need under one roof. Considering that the new catalogue is out at the moment, I wanted to share some of my faves from their new items.

Have you ever been shopping at IKEA? Do you like the items there? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

torsdag 17. august 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Rescue

It's Thursday again and time for a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through The Shelves. The theme of the week was "rescue" and here are my picks.

Schindler's List; About a man trying to rescue Jews during WW2.

Saving Private Ryan; A group of US soldiers who go behind enemy lines to save one of their own.

Behind Enemy Lines; The plane to Chris Burnett is shot down and manages to get photographic evidence of genocide in the Balkans. His commanding officer go against orders to rescue him.

tirsdag 15. august 2017

Two Great Deals on I Love Dogs.no

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Even though I only "borrow" my father's dog at times by being a dog sitter, I do enjoy searching for fun dog items. The Norwegian online shop I Love Dogs.no does have a couple of decent offers at the moment.


The first one is a monthly surprise box for your dog, where you can recieve the first box for NOK 99 (offer valid until August 31st). It varies what you'll get in the box, but some of the things that is included are treats and doggy bags to pick up you-know-what.

The second offer is 10 per cent off an entire purchase if you use the discount code "apote" during check out (valid until December 31st).

So feel free to spoil your furry friend a bit if you like.

mandag 14. august 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 33

It's a new Monday, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week will be a bit fractured in terms of dinner planning, as I'll be dogsitting my father's Leonberger a few days, but the days I'm at home, I know for certain that I will be cooking dinner.

Kasper, the beach boy

So here is my short menu plan for this week.

Monday; Pizza
Tuesday; Fish Gratin
Sunday; Sheek Kebab

What's on your menu plan for this week, if you have one? If you don't have one, have you ever considered doing one?

lørdag 12. august 2017

Weekend Cooking; Over Two Month's Worth of Bento Box Lunch Ideas

In last week's Weekend Cooking post, I talked about how practical it can be to bring your own lunch with you to school or to work and I had a "general" list of lunch ideas. This week on the other hand, it's all about bento boxes. Yes, indeed those boxes with vibrant colours and often cute design. The recipes I will share is mainly focused on kids, but if you as an adult feel drawn to them (I know I do), I will not judge.

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Simple Onigiri Recipe
12 Bento Box Lunch Ideas to Get You Through the Week
Real Food Bento Box Round Up
50 Bento Box Lunch Ideas
23 Easy & Adorable Back-to-School Bento Box Lunches
17 Easy Vegetarian Bento Box Lunches Anyone Can Make
25 Healthy and Photo-Worthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas
Bento Box Lunch Ideas + Cheat Sheet
How to Make Bento
Out of the box. 6 more bento ideas
16 Days of Bento Lunch Boxes
10 Minute Autumn Lunch

Do you make/eat bento boxes and have any good tips or resources? Feel free to comment below.

torsdag 10. august 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Summer Blockbusters

It's Thursday yet again, which means it's time for another Thursday Movie Picks post thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves.. The theme for this week was summer blockbusters and here are my picks.


Hindi Medium; Bollywood movies are sometimes a fresh breath.

Dunkirk; WW2 movies are always fascinating.

Wonder Woman; Finally one of the female Marvel superhero.

onsdag 9. august 2017

How to Set More Manageable Goals

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone (myself included) state “I wish.....” there is a fair chance I would be rich. Whether someone wants a new job, to lose weight, or whatever, people usually want something.

For example, throughout my teenage years I wanted to go to university. Unfortunately I failed a couple of classes my senior year at high school and I tried to re-do them, but failed yet again. I ended up working for a few years, before I then found out a way to apply to university, even with a few classes missing from high school. I tried one year, didn’t get accepted, tried the next year and managed to get in. Now I have a Bachelor degree, majoring in English language and literature. The moral of this story is if you turn your dream into a goal, there is bigger chance of accomplishment.

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Now, how to we make manageable goals? Not all techniques work for everyone, but I will go through some things that might help a bit. Part of the reason why there is such a big rush of new members at the gym in January and February is due to New Year resolutions, but a lot of people haven’t thought things through properly and often start to fall out when winter turns into spring.

First of all, the goal is better if it is specific. “I want to be skinny” is too vague, whereas “I want to lose 20 pounds” are specific.

I find it important to have a “why” as well, partially for motivation. Let’s face it, if one doesn’t have the motivation to lose 20 pounds, there is a big possibility that one will fail. Find your (good) reasons why you want to accomplish something, it will help out A LOT.

To meet the big goal (let’s say get a new job), it will be easier to achieve it if you set up smaller, partial goals. Look at those partial goals as stepping stones. For instance, if one set the big goal of getting a new job, some of the partial goals could be;
  • Apply for X jobs in one month
  • Follow up e-mails/phone X of those applications to check for a possibility of a job interview
  • Go to X job interviews

Consistency is another big factor in achieving a goal. If one wants to lose those 20 pounds, one can’t give up after two weeks.

The last thing I want to talk about is relevance. You got to set the goal FOR YOU, not to please your parents/spouse or society.



Do you have any big goals at the moment and do you have any good tips on how to achieve goals? Feel free to comment below.

mandag 7. august 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 32

It's Monday again, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I'm finally getting a little bit of inspiration again when it comes to dinners, combined with me trying to have a general "destash" when it comes to dinners I have, either in the cupboard or in my freezer (even though it means having the same dinner several times during a week).

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Here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Fish Gratin
Tuesday; Thai Red Curry Soup
Wednesday; Pan Seared Pollock
Thursday; Spinach Soup
Friday; Pan Seared Pollock
Saturday; Aloo Mutter
Sunday; Pan Seared Pollock

lørdag 5. august 2017

Weekend Cooking; Over a Month's Worth of Lunch Box Ideas for Both Adults and Kids

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Whether it's back to school or back to work, we all need food during lunch time in order to function for the rest of the school/work day. Some of the problems that might occur is that one either gets uninspired or one purchase a lunch on the go. In a lot of cases, one might opt for a not-so-healthy or thought through lunch, I know I was guilty of that during university at times.

In order to combat those tendencies, here comes over a month's worth of lunch box ideas for both adults and kids. Enjoy!

5 Simple Snacks Boxes for Busy People
8 Wholesome Lunchbox Ideas for Adults and Kids
Sandwich Free Lunch Box Ideas and Other Tips
Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas
25 Freezer Friendly Lunch Box Ideas
10 Sandwich Free Lunch Ideas
Fun Lunch Box Ideas
Healthy Broccoli Nuggets for School Lunch Boxes
Week of Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas Packed by Kids
Free Printable School Lunch Box Planner
2 Weeks of No Sandwich Lunch Box Ideas
Starbucks Copycat Protein Bistro Box
23 Make-Ahead Lunches to Get You Through the Work Week
Easy Lunchbox Ideas

Are you one of those purchasing a lunch on the go or do you bring lunch with you every day? If you belong to the latter group, do you have any tips or tricks to make things more exiting or how to prepare the lunch(es)? Feel free to share in the comment section below.

torsdag 3. august 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Crime Family

It's the first Thursday of the month and time for a new post in regards of Thursday Movie Picks, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week is crime families and here are my picks.



Gangs of New York; A movie with an historical feel.


Kill Bill (both); Revenge is a dish best served cold.


Pulp Fiction; A classic movie.


The Godfather; Yet another classic movie.

tirsdag 1. august 2017

Making a Home; 10 Cute To-Do Lists That Will Aid Your Planning

I have no issues admitting that I genuinly love making lists and being organized in general. Having ADD, making lists and trying to be organized the best I can aid me a lot so I don't end up being a total messyhead (I've written a post earlier called How am I Getting Organized This Year). Either with or without ADD life can be hectic at times, so today I wanted to share with you some links to places where you can download some fun to-do lists.

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Here is the places where you can find some fun to-do lists.
Free Printable Watercolor To Do List
May Giveaway: Daily To Do List Printable
Personal Size To Do List: Coffee! [printable]
A Fun "To Do" List
Freebie: To Do List Printable
Making a To-Do List
Free printables: To do list
Goal Cards For The New Year
Making To Do Lists Fun
10 to-do lists as pretty as they are useful

Do you write to-do lists? Or do you have any other great tricks for getting stuff done? Feel free to comment below.

mandag 31. juli 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 31

It's Monday and time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. At the moment I'm a bit uninspired when it comes to dinners, but hopefully this will change soon.

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Here is my menu plan for the week.
Monday; Salmon with Pasta
Tuesday; Norwegian "Pytt i Panne"
Wednesday; Fish Gratin
Thursday; Tomato Soup with Basil
Friday; Fish Gratin
Saturday; Pasta with Vegetarian "Meat Balls"
Sunday; Leftovers from Saturday

What is on your menu plan this week?

søndag 30. juli 2017

Monthly Favourites; July 2017

I decided I wanted to try writing a new monthly feature on Add Norwegian Lifestyle; monthly favourites. In the end of the month, I will make a list of some of my favourite things during the month and this will be the first month doing it.

From top left;
Authentic Moroccan Leather Pouf purchased at Etsy
Beautiful hand soap my father purchased to me during a vacation to Crete
Beautiful roses
An interesting street art piece in Haugesundsgata, Stavanger
Tompkin's School : For the Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick
Urban Camoflage HD Lipsticks (3pcs) and Moisturizing lip balm chubby stick; Got a feeling from Makeup Mekka

torsdag 27. juli 2017

Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition; Non-English

It's a new Thursday, which means a new Thursday Movie Picks-post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week was Non-English TV-series and here are my picks.


Skam; A Norwegian TV-series about teenages that has been a major hit, both in Norway and overseas.

The Heavy Water War; A Norwegian TV-series about the effort of sabotaging for Hitler in terms of producing and shipping Heavy Water from Norway to Nazi-Germany during WW2.

Borgen; A really good political thriller from Denmark.

mandag 24. juli 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 30

Monday, so we meet again. Oh well, at least it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. My menu plan for last week didn't go quite as planned, as I had to go through 15-ish cardboard boxes at my father's place as he is having a massive clean up in the junk room. Personally, I ended up filling about 4 garbage bags full of stuff I didn't want any more, phew. Now it's just to order a dumpster to remove all the garbage, which is in a massive pile in the middle of the junk room. The fortunate thing is that it will be A LOT more tidy afterwards.

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Anyway, here is my menu plan for this week.

Monday; Norwegian Pancakes
Tuesday; Fish Fingers
Wednesday; Tortelloni
Thursday; Fish Fingers
Friday; Tortelloni
Saturday; Chicken Tandoori
Sunday; Leftovers from Saturday

What is on your menu plan for this week if you have one?

torsdag 20. juli 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; The Chosen One

It's a new Thursday, which means it's time for a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of the week was "The Chosen One", so here are my picks.


The Lord of the Rings; It's one of the best trilogies released in the last two decades.

Matrix; It is an eye-opener of a movie.

The Harry Potter-series; As a bibliophile, I couldn't resist put HP one the list (that goes with LOTR as well, really).

mandag 17. juli 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 29

It's Monday again, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. For some "weird" reason (aka me doing a wee bit of grocery shopping), my freezer is full yet again, which means I need to intensify my freezer destash. Luckily writing a weekly menu plan helps out quite a bit, even though it means eating the same dish several times during one week.

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Here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Vegetarian Burgers
Tuesday; Panko Breaded Cod Nuggets
Wednesday; Vegetarian Burgers
Thursday; Fish Fingers
Friday; Vegetarian Burgers
Saturday; Fish Fingers
Sunday; Norwegian Pancakes

fredag 14. juli 2017

onsdag 12. juli 2017

Top Five Beach Reads

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I'm not going to deny the fact that I love books, which is the main reason why I write the bilingual book blog Lukten av Trykksverte. Considering a lot of us has a summer break/vacation at the moment, I figured out I wanted to share a top five list of beach reads. Not heading to the beach? Don't worry, the books are suitable as light summer reads anyway.






Have you read any good summer reads lately? Feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

mandag 10. juli 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 28

It's a new Monday, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Even though I've had a freezer destash lately, it still continues, although I can admit that I have sometimes been a bit uninspired in terms of dinners (btw, if anyone has any good ideas what to make with 500g/one pound of skin and bone free Pollock filets, feel free to let me know).

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Regardless of inspiration or not, here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Pulled Salmon Wraps
Tuesday; Leftovers from Monday
Wednesday; Vegetarian Burgers
Thursday; Norwegian Meat Patties
Friday; Leftovers from Thursday
Saturday; Tortelloni
Sunday; Chicken with Sauce

fredag 7. juli 2017

Friday Finds; Life is a Beach

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Sometimes it is really fun being at the beach during summer-time and if you're searching for a fun towel or a cooler, I've found a couple of items for you.

torsdag 6. juli 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Summer Vacation

It's a new Thursday, which means it's time for a ew Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through The Shelves. The theme for this week is summer vacation. I might have bent it a little bit, but the picks are at least related to summer.


Zeus and Roxanne; A cute movie about the friendship between a dog and a dolphin.


Eat, Pray, Love; Sometimes we need to re-discover ourselves.


Dirty Dancing; Well, how can I write a list about summer vacation movies without mentioning this one?

tirsdag 4. juli 2017

Making a Home; Time for Gardening

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Summer is the perfect time for some gardening. I admit that I am by no means a fan of weeding, but luckily I just have a small garden spot outside my rented basemet flat, so there is luckily not that much work for me in that respect.

I mainly have a few pots with flowers that I've grown from seeds, but also a couple of flowers that I've purchased. I do believe that sometimes less is more, so things don't "drown" or is too cluttered. One of the things that I really like this year is the fact that I came across an online shop called Solhatt, that specializes in organic seeds, they have a production of seeds here in Norway and they try to produce some Norwegian heritage seeds, so that they are preserved for future generations.

mandag 3. juli 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 27

It's Monday again, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I had originally planned to write and publish this post earlier today, but I was a bit groggy with fever for most of the day, so it wasn't until now I felt okay enough to do it.

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Regardless of being groggy with a fever, here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Panko Breaded Cod Nuggets
Tuesday; Spaghetti Bolognese
Wednesday; Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday; Dinner at restaurant
Friday; Pasta di Parma
Saturday; Chicken with Sauce
Sunday; Tomato Soup with Basil

fredag 30. juni 2017

Friday Finds; 10 AirBnB Places Close to the Beach

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It is summer, which means it's time for vacation for many of us. If you want to spend some time close to a beach, I've got you covered with these ten places you can book through AirBnB. In this list, there is a bit of variation in regards of price, depending on your budget, but most of them are located in Spain or France.

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So if you want a vacation near the beach, feel free to check out these listings on AirBnB.
Bird Island - Placencia, Belize
1 Bedroom Flat Nice Old Town
Central, Spacious, Old City, 200m to Beach
Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage -steps from Bay
2 steps to beach in old town
Fab view Penthouse, Pool&Beach, terrace, garage,AC
Sea view @ Cap de la Barra
1st line of the sea in l'Escala (Costa Brava)
Top apartment design first line sea
Yurt Waihuena Farm across Pipeline

tirsdag 27. juni 2017

Making a Home; Two Good Online Shops for Cheaper Groceries

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I wouldn't say I'm a cheapskate nor one of those people you could see on "Extreme Couponing", but as I've been a student for a few years, I do enjoy to save a few bucks on groceries (I've written a post on How To Save Money on Groceries earlier this year).

Apart from those tricks I listed in that mentioned blog post, I also sometimes purchase groceries from Holdbart.no and Matsmart.no. Both of them specialize at overstock and soon to expire goods and they sell them 20-90% cheaper than the retail price. Holdbart.no has the slogan "Best before, but not bad afterwards", which in a way, summarize the essense of it all. Instead of throwing edible food in the dumpster, they sell it for a cheaper price, which is good both for the wallet and the environment. One example of that it benefits the wallet; if one add up all my savings from my two last orders (one order from each store), I've saved close to $120, which is quite good considering that "everything" is so expensive in Norway.

Part of my last order from Matsmart
Do you have any shops (either online or brick-and-mortar) in a similar style that you like to shop from? Or have you considered purchasing groceries from a shop like that? Feel free to comment below.

mandag 26. juni 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 26

It's a new Monday, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I'm still having a "freezer destash" going on and luckily I've got a bit more room in my freezer at last, even though there's still room for improvement.

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Here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Tomato Soup with Macaroni
Tuesday; Norwegian "Pytt i Panne"
Wednesday; Pasta with Broccoli Cheese Sauce
Thursday; Fish Gratin
Friday; Norwegian Pancakes
Saturday; Fish Gratin
Sunday; Tomato Soup with Basil

torsdag 22. juni 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; The Woods

It's a new Thursday and time for a new Thursday Movie Picks blog post, thanks to the blog Wandering Through the Shelves. The theme of  the week is the woods and below are my three picks, if you're into watching a horror movie during the summer.


Dead Snow; A Norwegian movie combining both nazis and zombies.

The Blair Witch Project; Fair enough, one could have a discussion how scary it is, but how could one write a movies about woods-list without mentioning it?

Friday The 13th; Speaking of classics, how could I possibly forget Friday The 13th?

tirsdag 20. juni 2017

Making a Home; Elements of Scandinavian Home Decor

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Growing up, and still living in Norway, I have been slightly drawn to Scandinavian home decor, even though I get influences from various places (and trends, for that matter - I am pretty eclectic). In that respect, I wanted to list a few key elements of Scandinavian home decor, considering it is close to home.

Neutral Colours
Grey, white, beige, brown and black is the most common colours in terms of Scandinavian home decor. The lighter colours do a lot to the interior, and the mood for the inhabitants of the house. Lets face it, at least in my part of Norway, where it rains quite a lot during the autumn and winter, it is essential for us to have something that lights up a bit.

Letting the light in
Speaking of light - another common feature is large windows without dark and heavy drapes to let in all the natural light we can get.

Simplicity
Another element that brings light and air into the Scandinavian home decor is the simplicity, aka lack of clutter and knick-knacks. The statement "less is more" is true in this case and if one think about it - the less clutter, the easier to clean. Simplicity is also shown in furniture design which focus on form and function. It's worth noting that a lot of Scandinavians love double-duty furniture, for instance poufs that functions both as a storage unit and a pouf or living room tables with hidden compartments for (you guessed it) knick-knacks.

Bring in the outdoors
Natural elements is one of my favourite things about Scandinavian home decor. As I mentioned earlier, not all Scandinavians are lucky enough to have nice weather all year around, so bringing a bit of nature indoors helps a bit. A few plants gives a pop of colour and wood are often used from floor to ceilings (no wall-to-wall carpets and plaster walls!).

Natural materials in general
Sheepskin, reindeer skin, wool, ceramics, wood, metal etc are often used to add some texture into the homes (and bringing the infamous nature indoors).

Fireplaces
As most of the Scandinavian countries are far from warm during the cold winter months, a fireplice is more or less a must have. When it is a proper autumn/winter storm, it is really nice being indoors under a blanket, looking at the fire.

Is there some of these elements that you like or do you have any thoughts about Scandinavian home decor? Feel free to comment below.

mandag 19. juni 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 25

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It's a new Monday, which means it is time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Last week I ended up jumping of joy as I got top grade on my BA thesis, so now I can finally relax in terms of the grade. I honestly didn't believe I would recieve such a high mark on it, but I have no reasons to complain.

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Anyway, here is my menu plan for this week.

Monday; Norwegian Pancakes with Blueberry Jam
Tuesday; Spaghetti Bolognese with Simply Organic Italian Herb Spaghetti Sauce Mix
Wednesday; Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday; Norwegian Pancakes with Blueberry Jam
Friday; Chicken with Simply Organic Sweet Basil Pesto Sauce Mix
Saturday; Norwegian Pancakes with Blueberry Jam
Sunday; Frozen Pizza

lørdag 17. juni 2017

Weekend Cooking; Top Five Cafés and Restaurants in Bryne

Even though I live in a relatively small town, we're fortunate enough to have a few cafés and restaurants. So if you ever happen to be in Bryne (Norway), here is a list of my top five cafés and restaurants I feel is worth checking out.

Så Takk - One of the newest additions, run by a food blogger and it's located at M44, a shopping center. There is also a selection of coffees and such to bring home.

Kjøkkenet - It's located in Storgata and is probably THE place for a yummy chicken sandwich or coffee while in Bryne.

Unn Deg - Another newcomer and located right beside the railway station.

Møllehagen - One of the fancier restaurants in Bryne and they have really tasty burgers.

Garborgstova - The library café in Bryne, where you can have cake, coffee and Eastern European lunches/dinners.

torsdag 15. juni 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Movies Based on True Events

It  is a new Thursday, which means a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blog Wandering Through The Shelves. The theme of this week was movies based on true events and here is my picks.

Hotel Rwanda; It tells a bit about the genocide in Rwanda

Pearl Harbour; It tells about the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbour

12 Years a Slave; It tells the tale about a free man who got abducted and turned  into a slave

tirsdag 13. juni 2017

Making a Home; Whole Grain Breadbaking Course at SocialCooking.no

In mid-May I was fortunate enough to attend a course on whole grain breadbaking at Jakob's Brød in Stavanger through SocialCooking.no. I had won a free course through a competition on Facebook, but the course I was originally going to attend was cancelled, so I ended up with a breadbaking course instead (fortunately SocialCooking.no has a lot of interesting courses, so it wasn't a big issue really).

The baker and the bakery, Jakob's brød, has been in Stavanger East for several years and it is one of the few bakeries in Noway which specializes in sourdough. The course I attended was interesting and as a bit of a foodie, I found it a bit cool to be "in the back" of the bakery, where all the baking take place on a regular basis. For those who are really curious about the recipe, you can find it here.


It's maybe worth mentioning that if a cooking and/or baking course sounds interesting and you live near Stavanger, you can check out SocialCooking.no for upcoming courses (I think the ones in the autumn/winter will be published in August). If you are interesting in testing some of the baked goods at Jakob's Brød, the bakery and café is currently located in Haugesundsgata 7 in Stavanger.

mandag 12. juni 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 24

It's a new Monday, which means a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Tomorrow is the deadline for the teachers to publish the grades for us who has written a BA thesis this term, so I'm a bit nervous until the results are in. Hopefully I will pass with an acceptable grade. *Fingers crossed*

I'm still doing a "freezer destash", but lucikly the pile of groceries are getting smaller and it will be even smaller when this week is over.

Stock photo from Pexels

Here is my menu plan for this week.
Monday; Nachos
Tuesday; Vegetarian Burgers
Wednesday; Fish & Chips
Thursday; Vegetarian Burgers
Friday; Fish & Chips
Saturday; Pasta With Broccoli and Cheese Sauce
Sunday; Norwegian "Pytt i Panne"

Do you have a menu plan? If so, what is your menu plan for this week?