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Wednesday, 26th October, 2016

Roasted Natural Cashews


Did you know that cashews aren’t really a nut? Even though you’ll find them among peanuts and walnuts, they’re actually a seed from the cashew tree. Regardless, they’re awesome and one of my favorite snacks. I recently started to roast my own natural cashews because it can be tricky to find them in the store (they’re always flavored or mixed with ten other kind of nuts). It’s super easy.



How to roast natural cashews:



  1. Soak the cashews in water and salt for at least 1 hour (For 3 cups of water I used 1-2 tbsp salt). This is really important because it intensifies the flavor when roasted.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190 Degrees Celsius/ 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Drain them and dry them with paper towels.
  4. Add some more salt. About 1 tbsp for 2 cups of cashews. Stir.
  5. Line a pan with a baking sheet and roast the cashews for 20-40 minutes, until golden. Stir regularly. Be careful not to burn them.
  6. Let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container.




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Fall Activities



It’s a fact; Fall is upon us. The leaves are turning red and yellow and slowly falling to the ground. The morning air is chilly, and the sun is nowhere to be seen. The darkness is creeping in. However, do not despair! It is possible to find the light in all this misery, you just have to look harder.


Here are a few things you might enjoy this fall:

  • Snuggle up on the couch underneath a warm blanket and a cup of tea
  • Light candles
    • This changes your living room atmosphere in a heart beat, and all you wanna do is chill, maybe with some Netflix
  • Wear cozy oversized sweaters and wool socks
  • Go shopping for the above
  • Let the colorful nature inspire you.
    • Go for a walk and appreciate the fact that you’re not drenched in sweat after 5 minutes
  • Let go of the summer stress
    • This is the time to recharge, stop, think about yourself, your future, your dreams. Stop worrying about your “summer body” (What is that anyways, and how is it different from the winter body?). You don’t have to feel guilty for spending the day indoors (Although you should never feel guilty for doing what you like), and there’s no pressure in having to do fun activities all the time.
  • Focus on work/studies
  • Plan a trip
    • It’s actually scientifically proven that planning a trip (Or any fun event) is more rewarding than the actual trip/event itself.
  • Take a night class
    • There are lots of fun indoor activities. Why not learn how to paint, a new language, computer science, gaming, knitting, join a book circle… The list can go on and on.
  • Be active
    • It may be dark but don’t let that stop you. Put on your reflector vest and go out for a walk. Or take a yoga class, or join the gym, or whatever you think is fun.
  • Find peace in your routines
    • Yes, summer vacation is great with all the freedom. But lets be honest, how good is it really long-term? And how fun would it be if that was life every day, all year? Summer and vacation is great because it’s not part of our everyday life. Now you can go back, or create new routines that allows you to relax and focus on what you find important.
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Top 5 Podcasts



I have discovered the enjoyment of listening to podcasts lately. I know they’ve been around for ages, but I’ve always stuck to music. Now on the other hand, I much prefer podcasts whenever I’m commuting to an from work or are out walking. Sometimes I feel like listening to something “heavier”, and sometimes I just wanna have laugh. Regardless, I feel like podcasts are a great way to get entertained and at the same way get some new perspectives of life. By listening to others we can learn so much about ourselves.


Here are my top 5 podcasts that I listen to right now (In no particular order):


This is a NPR podcast about all the invisible psychological powers that surround us. Journalists Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller, and Hanna Rosin talk about everything from how our clothes effect our intelligence (Yes it is true!), to what would happen if we felt no fear, can we fake it until we make it, and can we change our personality? Listen to stories about the man who was trapped inside his own body for years, paralyzed and fully conscious, while the doctors said that he had the intelligence of a 2 year old, and what happened when he woke up. Or the girl who literally cannot feel fear. Or the man who went from mending Nazi shirts to dress presidents like Obama and Clinton (And who is funnier). Listen to interviews with famous psychologists and take part of new, and old, exciting studies.


Bill Burr 

In the mood for something lighter? Listen to one of the best stand-up comedians today; Bill Burr rambles about everything from life observations to angry outbursts, and sports. He also gives advice to his listeners sending in emails. I think I like listening to Bill because he reminds me of my boyfriend. The humor is dark, satiric, and just funny as h*ll. My favorite episodes are the one’s where his wife Nia joins and kinda brings some balance to it all. Just give it a try. And if you don’t like it, I don’t like you.  Also, Bill has a new Netflix show called F is for Family, so you could always check that out.


TED Talk 

Another NPR podcast production based on the TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. They have such a great variety of subjects so you will always find one that catches your interest. This podcast reminds me of Invisibilia, but they have a more diverse selection of themes. I love listening to TED Talks because I’m always learning something new. Also, it gives you so many conversation ideas, topics to discuss, and anecdotes to tell.


Classic Loveline

Back to something lighter again. Listen to Adam Corolla and Dr. Drew giving relationship advice to listeners calling in. Personally I like the Classic Loveline from 1996-1998. I’m not sure why though, maybe because Adam is hilarious, or maybe because it’s interesting to hear that people had the same kind of problems back then as now. Sometimes they have guests, mostly famous artists or actors from the time. I’ve heard some really crazy stories on this podcast, and it makes me laugh, but it also makes me so grateful for the lack of love drama in my own life.


Swedish: Alex och Sigge

I don’t know why, but I prefer to listen to English speaking podcasts. However, I did give Alex & Sigge a shot, and I have to say it was pretty good. I wish it was in English so I could have my boyfriend listen to it as well because this is Swedish humor when it’s the best.



All of the above podcasts are available in Apple’s Podcast app.

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#Healthy Snack Idea: Kale Chips

I’m just checking in to give you a new healthy snack idea: Kale Chips. I was skeptic at first, but I have to say they were waaay more tasty than I thought they would be. They don’t taste like kale, instead they are crunchy, salty, and sour cream and onion flavored. Healthy and delicious, can it get better? These kale chips are from Inspiral (Wow I just went to their website and there’s tons of different interesting flavors and snacks!). These one’s contains baobab. I have no idea what that is but it sounds cute, and after a five minute research it seems like it’s healthy, so it must be good, right?



Yes, I am one of those crazy people who would actually prefer these before regular potato chips (Except if I’m hungover, then I would crave the fat).

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Plan Your Fall 2016



Fall is coming upon us quicker than I would like it to. August is coming to an end, and living in Northern Europe, so is the warm summer weather (If there ever was any?). Seeing I’m a summer-person I easily feel low this time of year. That’s why I think it’s important to plan ahead and set goals for the next few dark months.


Some guidance:

  • What do I want to achieve this fall regarding
    • Work
    • Personal life, mental, and physical health
    • Love life

If you made New Year’s resolutions you still have time to follow through. When setting your goals it’s important to think both long- and short term. If you feel lost, it might help to create a mindmap or life circle to figure out what you want. All you have to then is set goals that will take you there, step by step.


  • How will I achieve my goals?
    • Monthly
    • Weekly
    • Daily


If you are like me, and is not particularly fond of the fall with all the pressure that comes along with it, it might be a good idea to make a list of happy things you will do.

  • Happy things I will do, for example:
    • Curl up on the couch with a blanket reading and watch some good TV shows
    • Drink lots of tea
    • Go for walks and look at the colorful nature
    • Drink wine and play games
    • Yoga


Instead of seeing this time of year as dark, gloomy, and filled with “have-to’s”, I will try to see it as a time for reflection and possibilites. The fall is coming wether I want to or not, so I can just as well make the best of it. Some things we do not have control over, like the weather. However, there are things that I can control, like how I choose to spend my time. Whatever you focus on will seem bigger; The darkness will be darker, the cold will be colder… If you focus on the beauty and positivities instead, they will become greater. It’s kinda like when someone’s pregnant and all of a sudden all they can see is pregnant women. If you look for the good, you will find it everywhere around you.


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Super Simple Homemade Granola

Is there anyone who doesn’t love granola? I eat it almost every day. Unfortunately, most granola’s that you buy are filled with added, unnecessary sugar. Earlier this week I decided to make my own. It’s so simple, and it doesn’t take any longer than 30 minutes. Since I’ve never done it before I didn’t feel like free-styling, and used this recipe. The result? Heavenly. I can eat it as a snack just as it is. Also, I’ve never tried to use coconut oil before, although it’s super trendy right now. I have to admit it might be a new favorite in the kitchen.



Tip: I added some extra coconut flakes at the end. Next time I’ll probably add some berries or fruit as well. There’s a million different ways to make granola: Use different grains, nuts, oats, berries, spices, etc. I think this was a good easy start.


Tip 2: The granola is rather chewy. Next time I might try to cook it longer after adding the liquids and see if it becomes more crunchy.



Super Simple Homemade Granola Recipe




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Greek Zucchini Zoodle Salad

All I wanna eat during summer time is cold food like salads and sandwiches. Last night I tried the famous zoodles for the first time. There are so many new food trends going on right one, I feel like it’s something new popping up every week. So I guess it’s already out of fashion since I picked it up. Anyway, I loved the the Greek Zucchini Zoodle Salad I made yesterday! So fresh and summerish. It’s perfect as an appetizer, a side dish, or a light lunch. To make it more filling just add some grains like bulgur or quinoa or bread.




I also added some cherry tomatoes, just because I love them. 


Greek Zucchini Zoodle Salad Recipe (appr 2 servings)

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest + 1 tbsp juice
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pack of feta cheese
  • Greek olives


  1. Turn the zucchini into zoodles by using a potato peeler (unless you have one of these real machines that makes it look like spaghetti).
  2. Mix it with the lemon zest, juice, olive oil, mint, salt and pepper.
  3. Put the feta cheese, olives and some additional zest on top.


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Egg & Kale Salad

This is me in a nutshell when I don’t know what I’m in the mood for: I just take a little bit of everything that I can find in the fridge and pantry and make my own little buffet plate. This is actually perfect, because all of these ingredients are good to stock up on since they stay fresh for a long time. Also, I don’t know what’s going on but I’m addicted to kale! I even found myself get cravings for it…




A colorful salad with kale, carrots, avocado, corn, cherry tomatoes, kidney beans, snow peas, fresh basil, and fried egg



Well, just chop all your ingredients and put on a plate.

  • Don’t forget to massage your kale, sprinkle some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and let it soak for a couple of minutes.
  • Finish with some balsamic vinegar or honey/mustard dressing.
  • If you want it to be more filling put some quinoa in there. I was just too lazy.
  • Be creative! Only your imagination is the limit.



I also added a handful of cashew and walnuts after the picture was taken



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DIY: Clean Makeup Brushes

This is something that was long overdue. Do you know how much bacteria there are in your makeup brushes? It’s kinda gross when you think about it. What’s the point of washing your face if you’re gonna put dirty makup on a minute later? If you work as a makeup artist this is a prodecure that’s necessary after every single use. Although, as a regular user once a week is recommended. I have to admit I’m really bad at living after that advice…


I’ve tried different ways of cleaning my brushes, using soap and shampoo. This time I wanted to try something new.


How to clean your makeup brushes step by step: 



  1. Put an equal amount of dish washing soap/anti-bacterial soap and vegetable oil on a plate
  2. Swirl the brush around (i swirled it more in the palm of my hand)
  3. Rinse. Try not to get water where the brush is connected to the shaft since that might cause the glue to dissolve.
  4. Lay them flat on a towel to dry. It takes time, I usually leave them overnight. Do not put them in a glass with the “hair” up! Then the water will run down and most certainly dissolve the glue.


My thoughts: I think this was an OK way to clean the brushes. The soap made them really clean and the oil kept them smooth. The only downside is the smell: They don’t smell that good to be honest. I’ve seen other “recipes” where you add vinegar, and perhaps that would make it better. Also, is it just me or is it impossible to keep the water away from the shaft? How am I supposed to get them clean and rinse the brushes and not get water there? Although… It might be easier to clean them if you do it every week and not once a year… *guilty*.

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Everyone who knows me is aware of my addiction to organizing. There’s nothing better than a color coordinated closet, books in alfabetic order, or a spotless kitchen counter. It’s therapeutic to clean. You work and you see an immediate result, the reward is instant. I guess it relieves some sort of stress. While some people relax by watching a movie, I find myself being more midful and relaxed cleaning or organizing.


Everytime I do something it goes in periods: I get really interested in one thing for a couple of weeks (or months), and I do it until it bores me, and I move on to the next thing. I’ve gone through periods of knitting, crafting, painting, making jewelry, etc. I still do some of it, but less frantically. My latest addiction is now organizing everything in containers. 

I want it all to be perfectly categorized in every single space: The kitchen pantry, bathroom medicine cabinet, the sock drawer, crafting box, book case… The list could go on and on.


Both my collegue and boyfriend gave me a weird look when I showed them pictures on Pinterest of how to organize the pantry. I even had a list of all the containers I wanted to get, what size, and where to put them… Call me crazy, but there’s nothing more satisfying than opening a drawer and being able to find your stuff.



My most recent project organizing my crafting material

Rule no 1:

Put smaller containers in the larger ones. I found some old freezer bag boxes that I cut out and put stuff in. No money spent.

No 2:

Don’t be a hoarder. I have a tendency to keep tiny pieces of scrap paper and 1 inch-long ribbons “just in case”. No, you’ll never use it. Toss it.

No 3:

Labels. This is still on my to do list.

No 4:

The most important one: Put everything back in its place when you’re done using it! Otherwise you worked so hard for nothing.

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