Jamie’s mushroom farfalle (or fusilli…)

Pasta and I are not best friends. There are some recipes I can’t resist and others that I don’t really care about. This one is an example of the later.

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The sauce that accompanies the pasta is a simple mushroom sauce. Now, usually I am not the one who likes using heavy cream, but in this case it would have been much better. Jamie suggests using cottage cheese instead, which, in my opinion, doesn’t work at all. I have also used cottage cheese in many other occasions instead of heavy cream and it is worth a try as a healthier alternative, but not this time.

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The salad was a simple spinach, walnut and blue cheese salad, which is what I make most days anyway. It is good and simple for everyday, it is extremely healthy and light and it’s a bit hit.

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All in all, I’ll say yes to the salad and no to the pasta. Will I make this again? Nope, no, no.

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The best homemade Greek souvlaki

Today I am traveling to Greece for a few days. As the years go by, I want to go back more and more often. To share my excitement with you about my trip today I’m sharing some photos from a very Greek treat, souvlaki.

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Souvlaki is very similar to kebab, which I am sure you are familiar with, but not quite the same. The pita bread is different and sometimes the filling as well. My favorite classic one is with pork meat, onion, tzatziki sauce and tomato slices. Simple as that. Just take a look!

Want to try for yourself?

Looks of fall and winter

This is my third post of this type. This winter I struggled a lot with taking photos of my outfits. I broke that small toe and my mornings became so much more painful and slow. It’s amazing how something that small can affect your everyday life. However, I have some outfit photos, mainly from fall 2015. Here we go.

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Make up Project Pan

Lately I’ve been trying to downsize my makeup collection. I bought a ton of makeup in 2015 in the process of finding out what I like and now that I have I want to keep a make up bag with my favourites and 20 lipsticks because I like to use a different lipstick each day :p). So I decided to finish off some of the makeup I’ve had laying around for years through a Project Pan. I got inspired by Erin at Sailing Smooth, who posted about her own Project Pan earlier this month.

I’ve only bought one make up item in 2016 and that’s the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue and you’ll probably see it in another Project Pan. My experience so far is a much fuller bank account (I haven’t bought so many clothes either as I decided to go for a capsule wardrobe to break my shopping habits) and that makes me extremely happy. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve included in this project and I’ll be taking with me to Greece later this month.

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Lips

1. Clarins Gloss Prodige Intense Shine & Colour sheer gloss balm in #12 Crystal

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This is the first make up product I’ve ever got and it has expired a looong time ago, but the consistency and smell is still good and I am not the one to throw away a perfectly good product. There’s just a tiny bit left and I won’t repurchase when it’s gone, as I don’t like using gloss anymore.

2. Orlane Lip Liner Pencil in #16 Natural

This lip liner has been discontinued a long time ago. It’s the perfect nude color, but I’ve since found others that are just as good. I stole it from my mother’s makeup back and I plan to finish it up soon, so I can use the rest of my nude lip liners.

3. Clinique Long Last Lipstick in #03 Creamy nude (<3)

I’ve almost used that up. It’s the only true nude I have in my collection and the one I go to when I want a very nude lip with a smokey eye. I’ll definitely repurchase when it’s gone, even though I always have to wear it with a lip liner.

4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in #14 Curvy Candy

Impulse buys are the worst ones, especially when it comes to airports. I bought this one last year on the way home from one of my trips and I hate it. It claims it’s moisturizing but it’s not one bit. It’s actually drying, it doesn’t apply evenly unless I have a ton of balm underneath, in which case it looks more like a tint. I’ve used it a lot on my cheeks as a blush, but because it’s not setting, you need to reapply every couple of hours. When it’s gone I won’t repurchase, but the colour is lovely for spring, so I’ll get the opportunity to finish this one. Sorry Clinique, this is a fail.

Face

5. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 3.0

Last May, in Toronto, I made the huge mistake to visit the Canadian Sephora. A new world of makeup opened up in front of my eyes. I asked them to match me to a foundation and I fell in love with the Naked Skin foundation by Urban Decay. I’m not a fan of full coverage foundations and the shade didn’t match me during summer, so I had to wait few months to start using it properly. By that time my skin was dried and this had a powdery finish when it set. I played around with application and moisturizers, as well as started shaking the bottle well before every use. Now I’m using one tiny bit with my fingers on my nose, chin and forehead, where I have redness. I apply it over facial oil for a more dewy finish when it dries (a trick I learned somewhere online). I won’t repurchase when it’s gone. I’ll try some other more dewy foundation (or will try to empty some other foundation from my collection).

6. Clinique Airbrush Concealer in #04 Neutral Fair

This is the brightening concealer that I layer on top of Clinique’s Line Smoothing Concealer. I have an Estee Lauder one though that is love at first sight, so I won’t repurchase this one either.

7. Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in #235 Pure Beige

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This is the only drugstore product in this Project and I hate it, partly because I prefer loose powders and partly because it does nothing for me. It’s almost gone and I can’t wait to throw it away and never buy it again. Ever.

8. Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in #114 Iced Lotus (<3)

Used up 11/10/2016

A plum blush shade that compliments my winter skin tone. I only own three blushes and this is one of them. I have an extra one waiting to be opened when the last bits of this one are gone.

Eyes

9. Estee Lauder Automatic Duo Eye Pencil in #02 Gun Metal (<3)

Used up 01/05/2016

The cool thing about this pencil is that you can get a refill for it. Even though I already have a refill in the same color, I know I’ll buy another color when that refill is gone. But in this project I’m going to finish off the tiny bit that’s left on that pencil.

10. Glo Minerals Jeweled Eye Pencil in Antique

Another item I won’t be buying again is this eye pencil by Glo Minerals. There’s nothing wrong with it and I fell in love with the color so bad, that I won’t have any problems using it up. It’s my everyday easy eyeshadow. However, I’ve already bought Mac Bronze eyeshadow which a good dupe for it and I’ll be using that one instead.

So these are my 10 products I want to use up this spring. I’ll probably follow-up with an empties post, that I so much like to read on other blogs. I hope this helps me downsize my collection a lot. Do you ever use up make up? Am I the only one that keeps on hoarding?

ps. Here’s my everyday makeup using mainly project pan products.

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Jamie’s sizzling chicken fajitas

This was by far my favourite recipe from Jamie’s cookbook and it didn’t look like it would be.

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In short this is a chicken and rice fajitas recipe. But it’s more than that, it’s a tasty spicy filling fajitas recipes. Too tasty and too healthy. I’m so happy I found it.

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The main part of the dish is chicken with a red onion and two paprika. When everything was cooked, the chicken was served with yogurt and coriander leaves.

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The sauce has coriander, lime, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, tomato and chilli pepper. Fast and easy this sauce complimented the chicken and rice perfectly.

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The rice was also very simple to make, even though it looks like a lot of work. It has beans and chilli pepper and it’s seasoned with lime and cumin.

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You can choose to assemble all the ingredients in a tortilla, or do it my way. Either way, this was delicious. Will I make it again? It’s already in my favourite recipes folder that I make regularly. You have to try this, I tell you!

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Sunday :)

Yesterday was one of the best winter days I’ve had this year in Trondheim. I went to Byåsen, the forrest near Trondheim, for a short walk on the lake. That was one of the worst calls I’ve made in 2016 so far. A few meters away for the shore I stepped into a pool of really cold water, that soaked my boots. Apparently, it’s that time of the year when it’s safe to ski over the lake, but not walk. Good to know! The sun was shinning bright. The temperature was perfect. I had one of the best coffees with a stunning view. Such a lovely day in Trondheim! On top of that, we’ve had a huge amount of snow this year, making the whole neighbourhood look like a winter wonderland. Here are few photos I took. Enjoy!

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