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How To Make Avocado And Mango Salad


*Quantity depends on the servings

You will need:

1 fresh mango or frozen package
1 big avocado
handful of fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
1 small red onion ( optional )
half lime or lemon
black pepper and salt to taste

Method 

Chop all ingredients to small cubs just like its shown in the photo above. squeeze the lime / lemon, add the salt and pepper. 


Notes 

* You can also use a mix of 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce and 1 tablespoon of olive oil as a final dressing. 

     
*Other salad garnish ideas: raisins, pomegranate, nuts, feta or blue cheese. 



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The Busy Season


Well well well...  I do not know from where to start. Summer here has its way of making me busy until I lose track of the days. Besides the home / family responsibilities, it's  also the high social season in Sweden... once I tick off an event or gathering on the list, I find the next one coming right away. And I got to admit that it takes a lot of energy from me ... especially now with the mommy lifestyle thing and its pressure when around relatives / people.

I can not wait for our next getaway this Friday....just our little family together! with more focus on us, and our little one. 


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Bring Back The Feminine Style

Hi guys! I've been busy lately and I missed planning couple of  blog posts for the rest of June. Now I am back with this cool shopping inspiration for summer.

If you are just like me, tired of the minimal and basic outfits and would like to brighten up your look for this summer here are some recommendations for dress and mini crossbody bags shopping from favorite online stores StyleWe and JustFashionNow.

You can also check out my Feminine Outfits pinterest board for inspiration.




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Black Dresses Styles For Pear Body Shape



Hello buddies! I am back with another personal style post and how I found the perfect dress style for my pear body type. Few years ago I was googling looking for dress styles for pear body shape and I found this different dresses image, unfortunately it did not link to the source. I saved it in my computer and I thought next time I go shopping for dresses I will follow this tip and look for these styles to try on.

And ... Just like magic... at last! now I go directly to the styles that fit me without wasting time trying many many dresses that end up make me look round or make my body shape look unbalanced. During our Greece vacation last week, we went shopping and I bought this lovely black ( shorts ) dress in the photo above. I wore it on our last night / dinner in Crete Island. By the way I gained 3 kg during the vacations because of the chilling and all inclusive good greek food. Now I am back to my healthy routine and I already lost 1 kg in two days doing my cardio workouts and eating less calorie food. 

These hourglass shape dresses will look gorgeous on you too if you had a pear body / curvy shape even if you were a bit over weight. It balanced the size of your narrow upper body with your wide hips. Take a look at my own photo during a New York trip where I actually bought my first double skirt dress. I hope some of you find this useful! enjoy :-)









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Family Vacation Celebrating Birthdays


We were invited on vacation to celebrate my mother in law's and my hubby's niece birthday in the greek island crete. It was a wonderful week of sunshine, great food, drinks, beach, pool and entertainments. We had lots of fun and family bonding time. We rarely get a full week with David, so it was a great for Julia to be with her dad longer as she is growing and developing new skills and senses everyday. 

As lucky as I usually am... my birthday happened to be on the 5th of June during our stay there. I got a lovely chocolate cake from the Hotel Panorama Hotel . My parents in law bought me a "massage experience" in Ageo Spa which was outdoors with sea view and sea breeze. 

The mediterranean fish and other oriental dishes were also a gift from heaven to me. I soooo missed lots of these things while living in a completely different environment from where I grew up. The island gave me the feeling of being home again.   

I gave myself treats by visiting a nail bar spa and got myself a good beautiful feminine long nails which I don't usually do hehe... and a great feet treat and of course pedicure. 


More photos here


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Taco Casserole Recipe

Social media followers has been requesting this recipe and I promised I will share it as soon I have time. This is a very easy flexible recipe you can get creative with. I usually follow my taste and family perforation. I make my own pie dough because I like it a bit thicker. I also cook my bell pepper with the ground beef because I don't like it raw that much.  Sometimes I add sour cream sometimes not, the same for jalapeno and corn...

The basis of this recipe is the mexican spice mix, sauce, ground beef and the cheese.. the rest you can add or remove whatever you usually like in your tacos. Enjoy! 




Ingredients 

1 ready pie dough or homemade
450 g = 1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
2 1/2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
1 cup shredded cheese 
1 can mexican taco tomato sauce ( choose your own level of spice ) 

Salad
1/2 medium bell pepper, chopped 
1 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium cucumber 


Method 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Lay the dough flat on the bottom of a square cake pan and bake according to package directions.
Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the taco seasoning, tomato sauce and stir together well. When dough is done, remove from oven and place meat mixture on top, then layer and cheese, and then top off with the crushed nacho chips.
Return to oven and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

Make a mixed salad from the cucumber tomato, onion, bell pepper and top the casserole with when ready to serve.  
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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Hello food lovers! I tried this recipe for the first time couple of weeks ago and I adored it so much. The original recipe comes from Eatwell 101. Unfortunately I didn't have fresh thyme when I made this recipe so I used dry thyme. There are also another similar recipe I found on Pinterest which uses parsley instead. Both methods are the same but there is a slightly difference in the ingredients. Make sure you check them both and choose the taste you prefer. Enjoy!   

Ingredients 

1 head of cauliflower
Fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
4 cups (1l) vegetable or chicken stock, more or less, depending on the size of the cauliflower
1/3 cup (70)g melted butter
Fresh cracked pepper

Method 

1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200°C). Trim the bottom of the cauliflower and remove all the leaves and the stem, but without breaking apart. Give it a quick rinse and pat dry.

2. Place the whole cauliflower in a pot and cover with stock, add fresh thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 12 minutes.

3. Drain and transfer the cauliflower head in a cast iron skillet or any oven proof pan. Ladle a little of the cooking stock over the cauliflower then drizzle with melted butter on top. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and pepper.

4. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of your cauliflower, until golden. Baste with cooking juice from time to time. Check with a knife, if it slides in easily, then it’s cooked. You can broil for an extra 2 minutes if you want to give it a bit more color, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Slice, and serve with an extra drizzle of the buttery cooking juices.

Note: For a smokey non-vegetarian version, add crumbled bacon on top of the roasted cauliflower.
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How To Make Strawberry Salad

This is a summer specialty recipe. I love adding fruits to my summer salads. I sometimes use watermelon, grilled peach, apple... well pretty much whatever I have in the kitchen :- ) and based on that I choose what other ingredients will match the taste.   

You can use this recipe inspiration to create your own salad with what you have. Such as replacing spinach with other regular salad types, replace cheese types .. mozzarella, feta etc.. and even change the dressing. It's totally up to you! 



You will need!

Strawberry
Cucumber
Spinach
Avocado 
Blue or feta cheese
Pine nuts or your choice of nuts
pesto sauce or balsamic sauce  or both
1 tablespoon olive oil

*Quantity depends on servings 

Method 

Wash salad ingredients well. Then slice the strawberry, cut the avocado to cubes and the cucumber to long ribbons or on your preferable shape. 

To make the dressing, in a small bowl mix 1 tablespoon of pesto sauce with the olive oil until it makes a less thick sauce, because pesto is usually thick. 

Mix all hard ingredients in a big salad bowl first, then top with the nuts, break the cheese to small pieces with your hand. And finally using a small spoon drop some drops of the pesto and oil mix around the plate ( I avoid mixing my salad with the dressing because it makes it too soft, oily and look drained ). 

Optional! Finally splash a bit of balsamic sauce either on the salad bowl or after you serve.  



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How To Make Egg Muffin

Hi guys! I have been trying to make low carbs food the past few weeks. This is my pie replacement recipe. Its perfect for weekends brunch.  Enjoy! 




You will need! 

6 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 teaspoon. salt
1/8 teaspoon. Pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoon. Chopped red onion

Method 

Heat oven to 350 ° F - 176 C. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until well-blended. Add cheese, zucchini, bell pepper and onion; Mix well. Spoon evenly into 12 greased muffin cups, about 1/4 cup each.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from cups; Serve hot.

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New High Waist Bikinis for Pear Body Shape

Some women have round uninterrupted curves while others have high or hip dips between the bottom of the waist and the top of thigh. Like Mily Cyrus, Beyonce, and Kelly Brooks, Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and Demi Lovato!  All of these famous women have them!
It’s a part of our anatomy and it just happens to be more noticeable in others. It also has a lot to do with your muscle build, body type and fat distribution. Bear in mind that in the hip dips occur because the femur attaches to the acetabulum, which is made up of all the 3  main hip bones called pubis, ischium and ilium.
Basically, you get a hip dip from being born with a skeleton.
For the past couple of months it has gotten a lot of names such as high dents, Violin hips, high hips and shelf hips. Read more..


High waist bikinis are perfect for curvy pear body shape, they minimize the look of hip dips or hip dents by hugging the whole hip area. They work like a body shaper. For hip dips only buy bikinis that will fit your dip and hide the space between your hips and thighs. 


At the end high hips , hip dips or curves aren't something bad to be ashamed of. I just know lots of women including myself who look for ways on how to feel more comfortable with the body shapes especially after having a baby and body changes as we age. 







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Cod Fish And Saffron Soup

 This is one of my favorite swedish soups. Its perfect for summer time. Online I found many different ways to make it but tried this method and my family loved it. enjoy it!
 

400 grams of cod fillets.
300 grams of salmon fillets
150 grams of shrimp, peeled
1 leek of leek (s)
1 garlic clove (or)
1 medium carrot 
1 medium potato 
3 tablespoons lobster fund, Touch of taste
2 dl of water
2.5 dl white cooking wine
2.5 dl cooking cream
1 dl cream fraiche
1 package saffron
1 teaspoon salt
0.5 krm black pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon of basil
olive oil
Bread, for serving

* 1 dl = 100 ml
1. Cut the fish into 3 cm cubes.
2 cut the vegetables to cubes too and pre boil them apart in another sauce pan.
2. Shred the leek, finely chop the garlic and cut into oil. Add salt, spices, water, fond, wine, cream and crème fraiche and simmer for about 10 minutes.
3. Put the fish, boil and simmer until the fish is ready. Add the shrimps, potatoes and carrot.
4. Serve the soup warm together with a piece of good bread


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DESIGNER ALTERNATIVE: Coco Chanel Pajama

I am back with another designer alternative post, where I share my shopping finds. This vintage classic pajama has been on my wishlist for awhile. I found plenty of choices when it comes to style, type of fabric, quality and price. I also found a store on Etsy which makes a personalized pajama with your own name on it in different colors. I think this also makes a perfect bridal gift :-) 

I hope you guys enjoy this inspiration, you will find the links to each pajama below! enjoy.. 
  





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Slow Roasted Chicken With Vinegar Potatoes

This is an update for a recipe that I already shared with you few months ago. Only this time I have changed it from chicken legs to roasting the whole chicken. I split the chicken to two pieces as you see below and used the same ingredients in the original recipe here 

As for the side dish, I tried Salt and Vinegar roasted potatoes. There are plenty of recipes of how to make them in different shapes but I simply used this one here 







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Wishlist 2017

Mother's Day and my Birthday are around the corner. I thought I would create a new wishlist just for fun. These are the things on my mind at the moment for the next shopping opportunity, together with a trip to visit family members old friends from my home country.

Salon and favorite store gift cards are always the best idea when it comes to giving gifts without knowing what the person might wish for exactly. Or Perhaps a piece of jewelry from the swedish designer  Lillyandrose :-) 

Enjoy the inspiration..


Mother's Day Gift Ideas





Lingerie sleepwear
1 750 SEK - journelle.com

Birkenstock shoes
830 SEK - shoes.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics blush
420 SEK - neimanmarcus.com

Estée Lauder anti aging skin care
525 SEK - bloomingdales.com


A beauty salon treat 

My Mom Needs Caffeine Cup for Kids
87 SEK - enjoyessential.com

IKEA Tejn
87 SEK - ikea.com


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