Flowerpower: planting on my balcony

When spring arrives, one of the things I’m looking forward to is to plant flowers on my balcony. It is always fun to do that. I don’t have green hands in particular, but still I love it. What I do have, on the other hand, is green pants and suitable to use when planting.

I decided not to put flowers in my flower boxes hanging outside the balcony. Instead I bought a new zink bucket and borrowed a small zink bucket from my mum. In addition I have two small flower pots that I bought at IKEA last year. All in all, enough flowers for me.

When I was done with the flowers I remembered I had to take out my furniture as well. I had totally forgotten! When I came down in the basement to find the furniture, I got a surprise. I had also forgotten that I’d bought new furniture last year – they were not brown and old anymore, but white and new. That made me really happy.

I was really satisfied when the furniture was out on the balcony, the table cloth was laid out and the flower pots where set in place.

Of course I wanted to document the planting. I love flowers and I love photographing, so it was only natural.

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Things that makes me happy: Homemade soup

Eight days ago, when I went home to my parents to spend some days there for Easter, I made soup. This became so good, I had to make it again. I’m not good at making all sorts of soups, at least not from scratch. One soup that I feel fairly confident in making is a vegetable soup with sausages in it. That soup is so very simple, so down to earth, but oh so good.

What you need is some stocking, potatoes, carrots, leek, sausage (I prefere a smokes sausage), salt and pepper. You can also add other vegetables like swede, peas and green beans. If you are vegetarian,  you can easily skip the sausage. You can even make half the soup vegetarian and half with the sausage.

I don’t have any measures of how much of each you need. I just take a little bit of each. But I make sure I take enough so I at least have some leftovers for one day. The soup is bette the second day.

This is the simple steps:

  • Add water and broth in a casserole. Let that boil.
  • Chop carrots and potatoes in pieces and let them boil until they are tender.
  • Chop up the saugsage and the leek in pieces.
  • Add everything into the stocking. Season it with salt and pepper.
  • Let the soup simmer for a while, until the the sausage is warm and the leek is tender.

I always eat the soup with some flatbread aside.

Here are some photos from the process of making the soup to the soup is ready and happily inside a bowl of mine.

You know the soup is spicy enough when you need to drink half a litre of water after you’ve done devouring the soup! Yum!

Next soup I’m going to make is fish soup. I’m not sure I’ll do it from scratch though. I’m not that good cook. If any has a good recipe for a great fish soup, feel free to share / direct me in that direction.

Eastergram

Eastergram?! What is that you might think. That’s a combination of two things going on the last week, Easter and Instagram.

To me Easter contains days off work, time with my family, great food, chocolate, crime shows on TV and playing various games. This Easter also contained downloading the app Instagram, photographing with my phone and uploading them with Instagram.

I am now enjoying my last day of Easter. Easter for me started when I left the office last wednesday. We got to go two hours earlier than noraml, so I ran out the door 14 sharp. Then I headed back home to my parents house, to spend a few days there. On thursday my sister and her family came. They stayed until saturday, I left on friday morning. I went on a photo trip with a friend on friday. We were out for quite some while, but I didn’t take that many photos. We talked more than photographed actually. Saturday morning I went to Elverum to visit a friend of mine. I left Elverum today.

One of the great things about Easter is to watch Brittish criminal show on TV. It’s a tradition in Norway to air criminal show during Easter. The national TV station, NRK, always air Brittish criminal shows. I find them way better than the American ones. Nowadays, criminal shows is more like forensic shows; all you see is people processing evidence. I’m not saying that is a bad thing. You know I love CSI: NY. But the Brittish criminal shows offer something more. You have to pay attention to everything and before the show is over, you might have singled out two or three possible murders. The case is never obvious.

This Eeaster I’ve watched an episode of Lewis, a spin off of Inspector Morse. I’ve also seen one episode of Whitechapel, which was very good. I remember when I was a kid. Then we used to watch Commander Adam Dalgliesh, which is based on the books of P.D. James. I used to love them! They were so scary when I was a kid. I wonder if they are as good as I remember them to be. I’m downloading some episodes to check.

As I said, I’ve downloaded the app Instagram for Android. Up to now, it’s only been available for Iphone users. A friend of asked me, when I told her I’d downloaded it, if that app wasn’t the app that made Iphone users think they could take awesome photographs. Haha. She’s close to the truth. I’m sort of hooked on Instagram. I’ve almost used that app and my phone more than my brand new D7! Imagine that?! Weird, huh?

Here are some of the photos I’ve posted with Instagram. All my photos on Instagram is taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy II). If you want to follow me on Instagram, my username is mazarin_. I always love watching photographs, so the chance is big that I will follow you back.

More regular photos, taken with my new D7 will come later.

I got a cute blog award

I received this utterly cute award from dear Jen.

Thank you Jen. That was very kind of you.

So this is how the award works:

1. Link back to the person who awarded you.
2. Answer the award questions.
3. Tell something about yourself that you haven’t told anyone on your blog yet.
4. Award as many blogs as you think are worthy of this award.
5. Make sure to let those you gave this award to know that you awarded them.

The Award Questions

1. What is your go to makeup product?

I hardly wear make-up. I never wear it in my daily life, only when I’m going out partying / going to birthdays.

2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011?

Fashion trend of 2011? I have no clue! I’m not into fashion and trends. I wear whatever feels comfy and what fits me. I’ve never cared about what’s in or out.

3. What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate cake or cinnamon buns. It’s hard to decide because they’re both so friggen yummy! If I can have both I’m happy ;) Oh wait, I also love waffles. Mmmmm. Seems like I can’t choose….

4. Favourite color?

That varies. When I was younger it was blue. Now it’s def. green. I like most shades of green.

5. What is your middle name?

Elisabeth. Got it from my mum; her middle name is also Elisabeth. I never use my middle name though.

6. What was the last song that you listened to?

Not 100% sure which song, but it was def. one of Bruce Springsteen newest songs. It might have been this:

That so is such a beautiful song. One of the best songs from his new album, that is officially out on 6th of March. Someone is very excited!

7. Cats or dogs?

Cats! Cats! Cats! I’m def. a cat person. Myfirst cat was named Pelle. I had him for 12 years (minus 1,5 years when he was missing) and was the greateast cat ever lived! Now I have a cat living with my parents. He’s name is Samson and is a very, very cute and loving cat.

So… I’m going to tell something about myself I haven’t shared on this blog.

I have two thin steel bars in my back. They are each 30 cm long. When I was young my back was crocked. I had a form of scoliosis. My back was shaped like an S. Originally I was going to wear a back brace (looks a bit like a corset) for a year to straighten me up, but after trying the back brace they found out it wouldn’t work. So in stead I had a back surgery. I was 13 at the time. They cut open my back and placed two steel bars in my back in addition to a bone that they took from my hip. So I got a 30 cm scar on my back and a small one on my hip.

And now to the award part. I’m supposed to award as many people as I think deserve it. For that, I think we need a drumroll. *insert drumroll sound here*

I award the following blogs/persons:

  • Karin Elizabeth: her blog is a great inspiration and her photos are always so lovely.
  • Jasmine / The Daily Frolic: Jasmine lets me, by reading her blog, tag along on some great adventures. These adventures are documented by awesome photos.

Goodies from January

I love finding new gems. There hasn’t been much shopping lately, but I’ve managed to get a few. So I thought I should photograph them and share them on my blog.

A new scarf I bought last weekend. It was on supersale; I paid only 30 NOK, one third of the original price. I love the read and creamy color combination.

This is a journal from Paperblanks. I’m not going use it as a journal, but as a book to keep my food recipies. I already got one, but it’s falling apart. So I thought it was time to buy a new one and transfer all my recipies. A few weeks ago I went looking for a new one and stumbled upon this pretty journal. It was a bit pricy, but I knew I had to buy it. The cover is so pretty I couldn’t leave it. So far I’ve only written down three recipies, but more will come shortly.

A few days ago this is what I found in my mail. A new Backstreets magazine. Totally took me by surprise. I don’t remember have suscribed that magazine in a while. Oh well, I’m not complaining. I haven’t gotten around to read it yet, due to the book Sara’s Key that I’m currently reading. But I’m looking forward to sink down in the couch and read every word of it. It’s a ‘Springsteen-year’ this year, with new album and world tour. What’s a better way to get in the right mood than reading a new issue of Backstreets?

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