25 August 2015

How my skin and well-being improved

I had horrible skin before and now, my face is surprisingly glowing after many years of hearing criticism.  I give credit to the mommy hormones!  So i had extremely oily skin which has changed to normal skin, but I still did get a few breakouts during certain times of the month, which left scars on my face.  That problem, however, seemed to disappear, and now I think I know why!

I clean my face differently:

I would buy a good cleanser for acne-prone skin and wash, even over-wash, my face every night before going to bed.  I even skipped many nights of putting on a moisturizer clearly because I knew moisturizers made me breakout during the night.

Whether I have makeup on or not, I spread cold-pressed coconut oil all over my face and massage.  I take a babywipe and take off all impurities on every inch of my face.  Then I wash my face with warm water.  Pat dry.  I put on a light nightcream for normal skin.

I eat differently:

I would occasionally eat the stuff that was great for your skin until I just gave up and ate junk food.  Greasy food, sweets, cakes, cookies, milk chocolate, just everything sweet and or greasy!  Not to mention soft drinks!  The next week I would have pizza face! Although some say it is a myth, I strongly believe that your face will reflect your diet.

I totally cut back on junk food. (Accept for the occasional ice cream..i just cannot resist!). I eat salmon or anything with omega 3 and fishoil.  Salmon with steamed veggies are the best!  If you plan on eating veggies then please do not overcook them and kill all the nutritious components your body needs!  I always have milk, eggs, and turkish yoghurt in my refrigerator.  My breakfast includes oats with milk and strawberry jam, whole wheat bread and cheese.  A healthy breakfast is key to a healthy you, and definitely glowing skin! Always include a fresh salad with your meals.

---I drink more water!---
-i take a multivitamin- because I know I dont take all needed vitamins in a day or even a week.

Sleep and waking up:

Before:  -I would wake up and rush to do things before.  No matter what time it was, early or late I would always stress about the day and feel like time is slipping away from my hands.

I wake up way ahead of time from my regular schedule so I can have some "just me time" and it is very motivational and calming!  Treat yourself with good food, some yoga and calming music.  You will have a nice day after that!It will show on your face!  So forget about those cucumbers on your eyes.

I have a day cream! Eucerin even brighter.  It made my scars go away and it suits my skin perfectly!

I also have a routine!

A healthy one!

Update on my life

Time slips away from the hands like sand.  I couldn't stress on how realistic that phrase has been for me and how this simile is taking over my life month by month. 

We tend to believe that we have total control over our lives, which is a very strong and smart way to consider your life, however, there are situations that we have absolutely no self-control over.  Let me give some examples:  Planning to have another baby, a non-swede getting a very Swedish job immediately, or perhaps getting rid of that extra blob of post-pregnancy tummy skin through healthy eating and exercise.  You cannot always assume these things will happen.  Some things must be accepted the way they are.  

These are a few of my problems that I shared with you today.  I could continue ranting but I will stop for a moment and think about the positive aspects of my life. Let me give some examples:  My son has started day-care and he is almost 2.5 years old.  He is growing up way too fast and I am starting to see his own personality coming out from that baby body that I always see and will see in him.  I am done with school.  No more studying, cramming, and stressing over assignments and exams and most importantly, passing.  I have studied the things I wanted to and had to study, I do have a very supportive husband and a wonderful son, and although I might have extra saggy skin that will never go away, I still have a healthy body that works properly.

I will be turning 30 next year.  I should obviously experience both tangible and intangible alterations.
So there is no need to fear the upcomings of my life.  I am too old to be scared.  

10 August 2015

Art of the Day - A 50/50 Couple

Just because you are out doing groceries with your man doesn't mean he should carry all the bags. You as a woman have both inner and outer strenghth. Help him out and he will truly appreciate it and remember it. 
Oh look... It just started to rain!

A mutual relationship is a beautiful thing. 

05 August 2015

My Personal Pizza Recipe

Growing up in America, I have always been a pizza-lover no matter how thin or thick the crust is.  Pizza is pizza and this amazing Italian delicacy was my first true love!

So why not make my own version of a pizza?  This is a swedish-italian inspired pizza so it will be quite "meaty" but feel free to put the toppings of your choice!

Pizza dough recipe:

¤yields 2 large pizzas
¤4 hours

-2 tablespoons dry yeast
-1 tspn honey
-1 tablespoon salt
-2 tsp olive oil
-1.5 cup warm water
-3 cups flour (or however much needed for a soft elastic dough)


-In a large bowl, put the dry yeast and pour 1/4 cup of your warm water, let it sit for 2minutes for the yeast to melt into the water
-then mix in the honey and salt and olive oil
-add the remaining water and mix
-now gradually add in the flour and knead with hands to make a soft mildly sticky dough.  Do not over-knead or your dough will be hard and wont rise.
-cover the bowl with a clean towel or cloth and put in a quiet dark place for 3 to 4 hours
-after 3-4 hours it should rise and double in size.  Flour your hands and knead the dough and divide into 2 or 3 balls (depending on how big you want your pizza to be) and put the balls on a flat cookie tray.
-Cover the tray with the same cloth or towel and let it sit for 30minutes.  After 30 minutes the dough should appear lighter and more elastic.  That is how you know your dough is ready!

-roll the dough and make it as big as you want...the thickness of the crust is up to you.  Put the flattened pizza dough on the tray.

Tomatoe sauce recipe:

-Pour in 1.5 cup pressed tomatoe sauce in a sauce pan with medium heat
-2 cloves fresh garlic chopped
-salt to taste
-1tspn sugar
-1/2 tspn cumin powder
-black pepper
-once it all simmers, take a fork and mash the sauce and garlic until they are almost smooth in texture
-make sure all excess water is gone and your sauce is ready
-add in chopped basil

Meat topping: minced beef

-one onion, fry the onion in 2 tblspn olive oil until golden brown
-add salt to taste, peppar, 1tspn ginger, 1/2 cumin, and fresh chopped green peppers (if you want it spicy)
-sautee the spices and add 1/4 cup water and let the sauce simmer until it becomes a thick gravy.
-then add the minced meat with a bit more water to avoid burning.  Let the meat cook until all water evaporates.

Other toppings:
chopped onions, bellpepper, paprika, eggplant sliced in circles, olives, mushrooms, whatever pleases you

Cheese topping:

You can buy ready-made shredded pizza cheese or do your own.  I use fresh Mozerella, cheddar, permasan and any block of cheese available in our refregirator to make sandwiches.

-You much shredd them so they will spread all over the pizza evenly! (On the picture i only sliced the cheese hence the uneven look!)

The Actual Pizza:

-preheat oven to 275 C.  Yes it will be a very HOT oven so please becareful!
-Get your pizza ready.  On the dough, spread however much sauce you wish, sprinkle in the minced beef if you want it meaty,
-add the mixed shredded cheese
-add slized red onions, sprinkle oregano´, and toppings of your choice
-stick it in the oven until all cheese melt crust forms. It wont take longer than 10min.


15 March 2015

Taking a new step in my new life

I have been living in Sweden for quite a while.  It will be 5 years in March pretty soon.  How shocking how time flies, as if it literally was yesterday that I was a newly married woman with little knowledge in a foreign language and the job market.

I unfortunately let go of one of my favorite subjects, science, only because I was not passionate enough to get through nursing school in the middle of nowhere to finally get a job in stockholm.  I needed a convinient education where it would eventually help me get a convinient job where I can work around the hours of my family life.  Yes, convinient the key word for my present situation in life.  My priority in life right now is to spend as much time as I can with my one and only son.  To spend enough time with my wonderful family, my little prince and his big guy, my first ever prince charming.  I don't ever want look back and regret.  Our time here in this world is very short.

I am now studying business administration, a very familiar subject that I have studied previously.  I am so far satisfied with the occupational line since it is a much lighter area than healthcare. It's all about being positive, keeping it clean and organized...everything.  How bad can that be? It will actually teach me some stuff about everyday stuff at home.

Speaking of which, I really need to get things organized at home!  I love our compact yet classy apartment but things get cluttered so easily, especially with a toddler on the go.  My biggest challenge is to make enough space for our clothes and keeping a spacy, clean kitchen.  I gave up on cleaning up my little prince's toys.  The second i pick them up and put them inside his little bag he takes a few right out.  Eventually he ends up putting them all back in the bag if he's happy enough.. A real prince he thinks he is i tell ya! I love that little heart of mine! He will turn 2 in 2 months, my goodness!  I wonder how he will react with a baby sibling? Hmm... 

28 October 2014

Chocolate mousse trio recipe

Tastes better than it looks!  A light treat for chocolate lovers.  
-3 cups heavy cream
-50g milk chocolate
-50g white chocolate
-50g butter
-2 tbspn cocoa powder
-3 tbspn sugar
-1  tspn vanilla powder/sugar
-3 eggs
-1tblspn flour
-pinch of salt

for inner chocolate sauce:
-1tbspn cocoa
-50g butter
-3tbsp sugar
-milk half cup

For garnishing:
-fresh strawberries
-dark cooking chocolate
-cocoa powder

Layer #1 (bottom dark chocolate cake layer)
-wisp the eggs until light and almost fluffy and add sugar, and vanilla sugar
-melt the butter and let it cool slightly
-meanwhile add cocoa and flour to the egg sugar mixture
-lastly pour in the melted butter slowly while mixing
-bake it in the oven (preheated to 175C) for 5 to 10min (depending on the size of your baking pan)
-take it out and let it cool for 10minutes
-shape it as a circle by using a small plate

rich inner chocolatey sauce layer
-simply heat up all the ingredients together in a small pan and mix vigurously in medium heat until it thickens.  Pour over thin layer of bottom cake.

Layer #2 (milk chocolate mousse)
-place a large bowl over a heated pan of simmering water on the stove and slowly heat the butter cubes, milk chocolate pieces and sugar.  Once everything melts immediately take off the bowl from the pan and let it cool slightly.
-wisk a bowl of heavy cream until it has sharp peeks and add a tbspn sugar while wisking.
-seperate the whipping cream into 2 halves
-slowly pour in the chocolate mixture little by little into one of the halves of cream and fold gently to get all air and chocolate in.
-refrigerate for 2min

Layer #3 top layer (white chocolate mousse)
-melt the white chocolate blocks, butter and sugar together by using the same method as milk chocolate mixture.  Mix the chocolate with cream the same way and refrigerate that for 2min as well.

-If you dont have a shaper to make your cake round it's fine.  I don't either!  Cut a long piece of aluminium foil and fold it to thicken it.  Make a circle out of it (the same shape as the bottom layer of cake) and put it on top of the bottom layer.
-Now pour in all your milk chocolate mousse and refrigerate it for a minute( meanwhile get the white chocolate mousse out to make sure it doesnt settle in before pouring)
-after one minute, pour in the white chocolate mousse, the last layer.

-let this refrigerate for an 30min to an hour

-slice up strawberries that are not too soft or watery
-slowly melt some dark chocolate  blocks on aluminium foil and once it's flattened, refrigerate it for 30min or until it hardens so you can break the flat chocolates and decorate your cake
-drizzle some cocoa powder on top of your mousse cake

The result? Heavenly triple chocolate mousse cake!