Nov
20

As I previously mentioned on the blog we hosted two birthdays this past weekend. One was a sleepover for the girls in Cotton Candy´s class ( I shared some snaps on my Instagram and saved them in the party highlights) and the other was joined birthday party for the girls where we invited grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, godparents and all their kids. We were a group of about 30 as everyone could not make it. I ordered a ready made cake as the sleepover was taking a part of the party planning time off our hands. And it was both delicious and pretty so a good choice. The cake was from Kakkukonditoria Tårta på tårta, recommended to us by a friend. We will definitely use their services again.

I baked some cookies myself and obviously pink cupcakes because they seem to be now expected at my parties. I made the cookies way ahead as they keep well. And baked the actual cupcakes also a week before and put them straight in to the freezer. I took them out on Friday evening, decorated them on Saturday afternoon and stuck them in the fridge in the cupcake courier overnight. Just remember to take them out atlas two hours before the party as they taste better in room temperature. I also made pink fondant bows ahead of time ( as I was making the cloud cookies from fondant for the other party) and just attatched the bows to some white chocolate ice-cream popsicles before I set them out. They turned out pretty cute even if I say so myself. The invitation was for coffee & cake so we timed the party between lunch and dinner. We did serve pink lemonade ( that I forgot to photograph with my camera but have on the insta highlights). Often we also have some food & wine but this time we went with a simpler concept ( again as we had just hosted the other party the night before and the morning of). But I made sure to write it on the invitation and even sent out a message to guests prior to the party to make sure they had noticed. It was either this or no party. I sometimes feel like we expect a little too much of ourselves or others. a simple cup of tea and a bundt cake is not a party anymore even though I think it should be. Besides we had just hosted most of the guests for another dinner only a month ago so I hope everyone understood. everyone did seem to have a good time and the kids were playing secret agents so we lost sight of them after a while, although I´m sure they had their little spy cameras on us.

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Nov
19

Lasagne

by Sofia   -   in Cooking

Lasagne is one of those recipes like bolognese, everyone has their way of making it. It may be your parents recipe or even your grandparents recipe. I love my dad´s bolognese so much and luckily my husbands tastes very similar and now shares the number one spot with my daddy´s. My lasagna recipe is from a cookbook called Gant in the Kitchen. It is one of my favourite cookbooks. Very randomly so, as it is from the interior & clothing company. It has so many classic recipes and some a bit more contemporary ones and they are all so good. One of our favourites is the vegetarian gruyere lasagna. I have made both the veggie version and then I have made a more classic one with minced beef. I have used gruyere but also substituted the cheese for a bit mellower ones like emmenthal & cheddar. And we turn it in to an ” alpine” lasagne on our ski trips by using the gruyere and then even adding raclette cheese on top. It has a very strong scent but it is the best thing after a day on the slopes! I have made the tomato sauce from scratch with the juice & tinned tomatoes and I have used store bought marinara that I have seasoned with the herbs in the recipe. It always turns out so delicious. When I serve it with meat I just substitute the mushrooms for minced beef and still keep the aubergine & the carrot in the recipe. They just make a difference. It is a bit more work than your average lasagne but well worth it! Enjoy! I´m sharing it as it is in the book but feel free to use my fast track tricks and substitutions!

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Nov
14

Do you have something fun planned for the weekend? We are baking for a charity bake sale with the girls on Friday evening. Saturday morning we are also decorating some cupcakes. Saturday night we will get all the girls from Cotton Candy´s class for a sleepover. It´s her birthday party this year. They will decorate pizza for dinner ( just make the pizzas ahead or buy frozen and cut cute shapes of ready sliced cheese they can add on it right after it comes from the oven and get some fresh herbs too like sage, oregano and basil).We will do milk shakes with sprinkle covered rims on the glasses. And soda, because it´s a birthday party. I baked some mini bite sized cupcakes and the cutest cloud sugar cookies with little faces on them. 

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