Apr
16

Linen sprays

by Sofia   -   in Interior design

The pleasure of a perfectly starched and ironed napkin. Or sliding in to a bed with freshly ironed or mangled bedsheets scented with a lavender linen spray. I don´t know many things better than the latter. When we find ourselves in situations like these the things that can give us pleasure are just so important. Little things. Yours may not be ironing or folding kitchen towels just the way you like. Yours may be something completely different. But if your happiness is found in polishing your old silvers, or de pilling your cashmere sweaters and folding them back in the closet just so, adding your little heart shaped cedar wood blocks in between, or indeed ironing then you may find this post is to your liking.

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I had a lovely conversation about ironing with my friend´s on our weekly Wednesday coffee. It ended up on a discussion about lavender linen spray and I did indeed try my hands on making my own instead of ordering a bottle online ( which you can also do, for instance here). I looked for recipes on Pinterest and as I had all I needed for it on hand I thought why not make my own. It´s just as good as the ready made one.

Lavender linen spray

1/4 cup which hazel ( taikapähkinä/ hamamelis virginiana) or rubbing alcohol or vodka

 30-40 drops essential lavender oil

3/4 cup ( distilled) water

Mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Use when ironing or spray as a scent on your pillows or even in your linen closet. I like to spray some on our sheet when I change them and then put the duvet on top. When you open the bed up at night you get a waft of lovely lavender scent. Just don´t use so much so that you bed is wet when you go there at night.

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Apr
14

Favourite cookbooks

by Sofia   -   in Cooking

Since I can remember I have always loved cooking. As a child I started like everyone else by washing the veg, scrubbing potatoes the making salad dressings, helping to bake and on the side observing what my dad or my grandma was doing in the kitchen. My mom taught me how to set the table nicely and properly, how to iron the napkins and table cloths. Basic life skills we all learn from home. Then when I was older I started cooking whole meals. I loved cooking and baking and coming up with different ideas. I started putting things together myself, not always following the recipes. One year, I think I was about 14 or 15, I baked my mom a mothers day cake. She loves a simple strawberry & cream cake. But I wanted to make one with the glaze on top of the strawberries. I looked at all the option at the supermarket and found glazing sugar that jellify´s. Then I came up with my own filling, I already knew how to make a sponge cake and it turned out as nice as one from a bakery. I even surprised myself. I cooked for friends already in high school. My brother and I did not throw parties when our parents were out of town. We invited a few friends over and hosted dinner parties ( yes with wine, we were not that goodie two shoes, and the dinners ended up in hot shots that were quite the rage at 1996). We planned the menus together and cooked together.

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Apr
13

I have shared this delicious carrot cake recipe on the blog earlier. You can find it here. We actually made ours already before Easter as we needed a little pick me up cake on a Monday. It is such a great cake. Fairly easy to make and seriously delicious. This time I added more powdered sugar for the frosting as I wanted it to be stiffer so I could pipe it ( on the original recipe it sort of slides around the sides which is also a beautiful looks ( I think). The Beatrix Potter cake decorations and paper plates are so incredible cute. They are by MeriMeri and I bought mine from Popup kemut. They till have some plates left I saw. The cutest thing, not just for Easter but for all year around. I especially love things like these cake decorations as you can use them again and again. We don´t use paper plates around the house so much, but these will be so cute for summer picnics! Think little finger sandwiches, cut vegetables, individual mini pies and berries. I can´t wait!

To follow is many pictures of the cake so I hope you are ready to bake because it will get you in to the mood for it!

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