Celebration with burgers

I’ve lived 1/4 of my life in the US so celebrating 4th of July even though we now live in Sweden is important to me. I have so many dear memories from my almost 10 years in Colorado. We moved back to Sweden by choice but some days I miss our life in beautiful CO so much… and right now I can’t wait until February of next year when we will visit the US again, I’m so looking forward to see the Rocky Mountains! 🏔😍

In Sweden we celebrate the day with burgers. When 4th of July happens on a weekday we celebrate during the weekend instead so yesterday we gathered family and friends for an afternoon of BBQ. 

Corn on the cob brushed with herb butter

Good thing we got a big bbq so all burgers fit at the same time! 😉

Lunch is served!

My plate! Yummy!!

Everyone is seated and ready to enjoy the meal.

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Reflections of 2015

2015 is about to end and I realise I’ve been extremely bad when it comes to writing in my blog. I’m exceptionally good at posting Instagram pictures though! 🙂 Yesterday I used a feature where I could find my 9 most liked posts of 2015, as well as get a little history of total likes for the year and how many images I’ve posted. I guess there is no surprise that all 9 images are of food and that 7 of 9 contains eggs. 😉

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2015 has been a great year… we’ve travelled to Amsterdam, Prague and Nerja (Spain), I’ve turned 40 and enjoyed fantastic celebrations from family and friends and most importantly I’ve worked quite hard in the gym to strengthen my joints throughout the Fall together with a trainer. I promised myself before 2015 that I would focus on healthy food and exercise during 2015 and that has gone well without to many obstacles. I’m really proud of myself for going to the gym after a long day at work despite fatigue and joint pain.

As far as my work life goes I’m still working in the “train factory” and liking it a lot. I’ve taken on more responsibilities during the past year and have grown and feel more comfortable in my new role. I’ve worked almost 8 years as a configuration manager now but have really never thought of myself as “senior”. I’m quite eager to fill in these new shoes and see what will happen during 2016 and how much more I can grown. For several years now I’ve kept a mindmap of what I want to learn and what goals I have and I’m happy that I’ve been able to cross many of them off during the year. I’ve also added a few new exciting challenges to the list.

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The not so fun part of 2015 is how it ends (and unfortunately how 2016 will start). Okay maybe I’m too dramatic now but I’m not feeling good in my hip and for the past month I’ve had to take it easy with my exercises and for the past 2 weeks I’ve not been able to go to the gym at all. I have to admit that I do miss going to the gym! 😉 After my cortisone shot in the hip in the beginning of December I was really hopeful in getting back on track again, but the cortisone shot has not helped and I’m in pain more or less all the time and the painkillers rarely work. I have a hard time sitting, standing and laying down. I sleep quite bad and wake up around 4-5 am and it’s impossible to go back to sleep due to the pain. Obviously I’m so tired later in the day that I usually crash on the sofa and sleep for a bit. I’m not good when it comes to setting still and not do anything as that is when all the exciting things I can do pops up in my head. 😦 Oh well, soon I will be able to get a new cortisone shot and I’m also scheduled for a talk with my doctor in two weeks and I hope he gives me a go for a new IV session. I definitely think it is time again…

I wish everyone a Happy New 2016 and I hope I will be better when it comes to writing in my blog. 🙂

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Happy New Year!

We’ve now left the year of 2013. We ended it with good food and celebrated the arrival of the new year with watching fireworks.

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The evening started with champagne!
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My new black and glitter dress!
Some munches to the champagne.
Some munches to the champagne.
Grilled beef tenderloin with home made Bernaise sauce and potato.
Grilled beef tenderloin with home made Bernaise sauce and potato.
Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce.
Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce.
Happy New Year!
IHappy New Year!

Family time

We’ve enjoyed several calm and cozy days celebrating Christmas (and my brother’s birthday) with our family. There have been plenty of good traditional food and fun family times. Here is a bunch of pictures of our Christmas week.

Hubby and I celebrated with gift opening in the morning of Christmas eve.
Hubby and I celebrated with gift opening in the morning of Christmas eve.
Christmas Eve dinner table
Christmas Eve dinner table
My brother's birthday cupcakes. The decorations are of his favorite team.
My brother’s birthday cupcakes. The decorations are of his favorite team.
Amazing how few cars at the shopping mall by opening hour. When we left after 1,5 hour most people seemed to arrive.
Amazing how few cars at the shopping mall by opening hour. When we left after 1,5 hour most people seemed to arrive.
Geocaching adventure
Geocaching adventure
Hubby trying to set up our iPad's so everyone can play online. :)
Hubby trying to set up our iPad’s so everyone can play online. 🙂
More Christmas food!
More Christmas food!
The "whole" family around the tabletop pool table.
The “whole” family around the tabletop pool table.

Two great fathers

This Sunday was Father’s day and hubby and I made dinner for our fathers.

My father loves ribs so it was an easy pick as far as deciding what to make for dinner. I wanted to do something special with my cupcakes and decided on a version of apple pie and vanilla sauce. Unfortunately these were not my best ones. The vanilla sauce topping was so thick and jelly that it was basically impossible to stick decorations on top. The sugar paste flowers I made was impossible to use so instead I used chocolate hearts only. They tasted alright but I know I can make much better cupcakes than this but at least they looked good! 😉

My father-in-law (on the left) and my father
My father-in-law (on the left) and my father
Ribs with chips and veggies
Ribs with chips and veggies

My "apple pie and vanilla sauce" cupcakes
My “apple pie and vanilla sauce” cupcakes

 

Halloween dinner

Halloween has not been very common to celebrate in Sweden. Before I moved to the US (in 1999) no one celebrated it. During the 9 years we lived abroad people started to pay attention to it a little bit, but this year I think it has exploded. There were so many images of people dressed up for parties or trick or treating from my Swedish Facebook friends. I enjoy Halloween to some extent after my 9 years in the US. I like the decorations and the fun things you can do around Halloween parties, but I’m not much for the overly spooky or creepy things. I’m too easy to scare. 🙂

My husband’s brother and his family has lived in the US for many years too and this summer they moved back home again. My sister-in-law and I quickly decided to do a little Halloween dinner for the family (siblings only). So, yesterday we went shopping, prepared dinner and had the family over of a little fun get-together.

We made chili con carne, and had sallad, baguette and different cheeses. Yummy!

Chili con carne in the making.
Chili con carne in the making.
Table decorations
Table decorations

I had prepared Halloween decorations for cupcakes ahead of time and baked the muffins yesterday morning before we went to their house. I had a lot of fun preparing my “spooky decorations”. I researched a little on the net in order to get some hints as how to make a ghost and a witch hat. I’ve “only” made flowers from sugar paste before and never figures, but it was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely do it again. I’ll try to come up with something fun to make for the Christmas season. Not sure if I’ll do cupcakes or a regular cake but decorations I got to have! 🙂

My ghost and witch hat decorations.
My ghost and witch hat decorations.

 

Birthday present

My husband gave me a day at the tennis finals of Stockholm Open as a birthday present. He managed to get special “sponsor tickets” through Audi–we got our leasing car through them 2 years ago.

We arrived at the tennis center around an hour before the first game. It took us a little while to find the entrance as we weren’t supposed to go through the normal entrance but a special “sponsor entrance”.  When we got inside the different companies sponsoring the event had their own little area for their guests where they served food. We didn’t know they were going to serve food in advance but we were quite hungry by the time we got there so the buffet table was a perfect lunch treat before the game.

Audi's corner.
Audi’s corner.
Lunch time
Lunch time

After lunch we went to the main court to find our seats and then enjoyed a total of 3,5 hours of tennis action. First the doubles final and then the single final with a 30 minute break between the two.

Start of the doubles final. The swedish couple lost against the much higher ranked competitors.
Start of the doubles final. The Swedish couple (with their back against the camera) lost against the much higher ranked competitors. The Swedes were wild cards into the tournament so it was a great thing that they got this far.

 

Doubles final in action
Doubles final in action
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
The singles final was played between David Ferrer (Spain) and Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

At the singles final the Crown princess, her husband and their 19 months old daughter arrived. The little princess seemed to charm most people sitting close by and those setting far away. At one point it even looked like she was explaining what the players were doing from the way in which she gestured with her arms. We sat too far away though to get a good picture of the trio.

Ferrer serving
Ferrer serving
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.
Prize ceremony. Dimitrov played his first ATP final and won. Great played against the no 1 seed (of the tournament) Ferrer.

It was a lot of fun to watch the finals and next year I will definitely try to visit the tournament again, either the final and/or earlier matches. We ended the evening with dinner at The Bishop Arms.

Fish n chips
Fish n chips