Apr
24

Island awaits

by Sofia   -   in Random

We are so far a long to Spring now! My favourite day is today as the island is being opened. Every year there is a lot to be done before our first proper visit. As we are located all the way out to sea we have to put the pier down ( it needs to be raised during the winter or the ice will move it as the sea freezes), the ( fairly new) running water to the kitchen needs to be connected from the well, the outhouse checked and so on and so on. We literally close the whole house down for winter and open it in the Spring. This is common on the island houses, not many are liveable during the winter months. But today is the day! So very very soon we will get to head out to the island for the first time and this year I have planned on moving there right after schools have finished for the summer, the beginning of June. I very literally can not wait.

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I know for some people this island living seems incomprehensible. We don´t have an indoor shower. We don´t have an indoor toilet. Our sauna does not get electricity. But these are some of the things that make living on the island so special. It is a different way of life. In the city we live right in the middle of it all with restaurants, theatres, shops,, gyms, movies, the opera, art galleries and anything we like a short walking distance from us. We have every possible commodity we need in our home from an ice-machine to heated floors all the way to a swimming pool in our building. It is a comfortable way of life but sometimes it´s also a busy and hectic one. On the island we just are. I have said it so many times but I love the way we all slow down. We listen more carefully and we seem to have more time. I feel like we are more present.

My island trip usually starts from packing our things to the post boat that takes us to the bigger island close to us where we keep our smaller boat. They serve coffee and the girls always buy some cookies to give to the captain & the crew. We usually buy pastries to enjoy on the way. This trip is about 45 minutes out. And then we jump on our Buster and drive it to the island. No matter f it´s sunny and still or windy or rainy we drive our small boat to our island. When I feel the wind on my face I always feel calm and giddy and fresh in a way. I somehow feel the peace waiting for me.

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Apr
19

Have a lovely weekend

by Sofia   -   in Random

Just wishing you a lovely weekend  a day ahead and sharing a few things from the past week or two from my phone.

April week

From top left. The girls ready for my mom´s birthday lunch. Peanut & sesame noodles for dinner, so fast, so easy, so good. Feet up for breakfast with a friend. Fruit, berries, yoghurt, honey & granola… my kind of brekkie. A gift from a friend who came to Finland last week. Reading Porter mag in a bubble bath with a cup of coffee after a morning run, my heaven. Leftover gazpacho for lunch just for me. Lemons, lemons, lemons. Sometimes everyday things just end up matching like these kitchen staples. A box of rosé bottles tells the tale of an imminent summer. My mom´s birthday lunch and gifts. Some strawberry malt balls for a playdate. Pea soup with coconut milk and fresh bread, this dinner was cooked by a 6 yr old. When you share a bathroom with little girls you find fancy jewellery on your make up table. a book I found for a friend who loves stripes as much as I do. Pretty ranunculus. New statement earrings, I love tassels. Sauna and swimming with the girlies and cute drinks. New Spring sneakers for school for the girls. Cotton Candy going to ballet. We made hot dogs for dinner a week ago when we had a friend over for a pj party. Pretty Liberty bows from Nona K. With hot dogs we always serve a lot of veggies too to keep it fresh. Bubble Gum on her way to her first piano recital. She did so well. She is wearing a dress from Trotters, her new Spring coat and Mary Jane´s from La Coqueta and stockings by Condor from Youngest Fashion. Old school cute. She even wore a big blue bow in her hair.

Have a lovely weekend!

Lattemamma

p.s. Jaoin muuten tuon keväisten kukkalegginsien kuvan Instagrammissa ja sain paljon kyselyitä niiden ostopaikasta viesteihin. Maanantaina kun Purkka oli ystävän synttärijuhlissa Hop Lopissa, ehdin kierrellä rauhassa tekemässä viikon ruokaostokset Ruoholahden Citymarketissa. Kiertelin kaikki osastot läpi ja löysin sieltä sekä nämä legginsit, että valkoiset Converset. Leggarit maksoivat alle 15€! Käyn tosi harvoin marketeissa, mutta niissä on ihana välillä kierrellä ja tehdä löytöjä.

 

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Apr
18

My girls have been asking for me to do them a cooking school and we finally got the whole thing started the weekend before last. As you may know we have plenty of kids cook books for inspiration, but obviously it does not have to be a kids recipe. We found this one in one of our latest acquisitions the American Girl cookbook by Williams & Sonoma. It turned out so delicious!

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 Chicken Parmesan

Olive oil for greasing

6 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Salt to taste

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 large eggs, beaten

1 1⁄2 cups plain dried bread crumbs

1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices ( we used 2 whole buffala ones)

3 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce ( We used Rao´s, it´s our favourite)

  1. Pour olive oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and use a pastry brush to coat the entire surface. Place 1 chicken breast half inside a zip-close freezer bag and pound with a meat pounder until it is 1⁄2-inch thick. Transfer to a large plate, and repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Put flour, eggs and bread crumbs in three separate shallow bowls or baking dishes. Line up the bowls in that order from left to right. Stir the Parmesan into the bread crumbs. One at a time, coat chicken breasts on both sides with flour and tap off the excess. Dip flour-coated chicken into eggs, turn to coat, and allow the excess to drip off. Finally, dip breasts into bread crumbs and turn to coat both sides, pressing so that the bread crumbs stick. Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using a wide metal spatula, carefully turn chicken breasts. Continue to bake until golden on both sides, about 15 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.
  4. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Pour in 2 cups marinara sauce and spread it into an even layer. Use a spatula to arrange warm chicken breasts in the baking dish, overlapping them slightly, and pour the remaining 1 cup marinara sauce evenly over the top, then lay the mozzarella slices on top. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

    For a vegetarian dish you can use Eggplants instead of chicken. We served the chicken parm with buttered spaghetti. This was so so good!

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