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Kunstverkstedet Den Sorte Katt

10 Nov

The Black Cat. It’s a art gallery/workplace where my moms friend, Anita Hanch-Hansen Fjeldhaug, and my mom make their art. My mom makes porcelain bowls and cups, really pretty, Anita makes everything else; jewelry, angels, clowns, paintings, you name it. You can see for yourself the beautiful art in the slide show. They make great gifts : ) (Just a little Xmas tip:P)

For de av dere som skulle lese dette og bo i Norge, sjekk ut facebooksiden, og ta gjerne kontakt med Anita gjennom facebooksiden, eller for all kontakt meg i kommentarfeltet eller på mail. Hun har åpent galleri hver dag, og til jul skal hun ha jule.. hva heter det for noe.. edit: julegalleri? Juleåpent? Julemarked. Det er en samling av forskjellige kunstnere som kommer til Anita og setter opp boder i hagen hennes til jul. Litt sånn messe aktig. Kjempekoselig iallefall, så bor du i nærheten, gå ikke glipp av det! Gå ikke glipp av det uansett hvor du bor ;P (this was just some info you have no need of knowing unless you live in Norway really, but if you really want to know what it says, there’s always google translate. :P )

Lots of great art, just check it out!

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The Grand Italian Bread #1 Report

16 Aug

So we just had dinner. Guess what it was. Yeah, the Italian bread. The fresh, warm, Italian bread. We ate it with butter and cheese, and also we dipped some bread in olive oil. It was really good, the bread itself was soft and nice, though a little compact. The crust was crispy and hard, just the way it’s supposed to be. I have not tried other recipes yet, but this one is pretty good. Just don’t make my mistakes. I can only tell you the recipe and the instructions, I can’t tell you do do it right. I can only tell you what NOT to do.

Recipe:

3 dl water

a little yeast

400 gr wheat flour

150 gr durum wheat flour ( I just used regular)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

a little olive oil

So what you do first, is to make sure you don’t use too much yeast. This is important. About 5 grams should be enough, and you dissolve the yeast in luke water. Mix together the flour, sugar and then you mix in the water-yeast solution and add about a table spoon of olive oil and you mix this well. Store in the fridge and let it rise for 12-16 hours. Yeah, it’s a long time, I know, and it’s probably best to be patient and let it rise for the full 16 hours. Or at least close. And, do leave it in the fridge. I didn’t. It was stupid. In the meantime during those 16 hours I recommend calling a friend and having a sleepover. : P Now, once it’s done rising, put it in a cold oven and set it to 200 degrees Celcius for 20 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 180 C, and finish baking your Italian bread at that temperature for another 25 minutes. Take it out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes, and enjoy!

Tip! If the dough gets really dry and it seems like there is way too much flour, just add some water. This might seem like a simple solution, but I have always added flour because my dough was too sticky, added water because I added too MUCH flour, and it was just a slippery slope. So don’t add TOO much water (or extra flour by those means). But sometimes the flour is dryer or older and stuff, so this will also affect your dough, so a few adjustments are probably good.

I found the recipe here. It’s in Danish though.

Honey-Olive oil-and-sugar scrub

16 Aug

Remember how I told you I made this scrub yesterday? Well, I’m going to tell you what I think of it. First of all, I got the recipe from surfing around on youtube looking for make-up tutorials when I found some movies from a girl I liked pretty well; Rice Bunny. I continued watching her videos, and she had one on dry skin. Well, my skin is rather dry, and nothing seems to work all that well. Which was her exact problem too, it turns out, from watching the movie. She filmed herself making it, and listed all the ingredients.
All you need is:
3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs of organic honey
1/2 cup of sugar (No splenda!)
You mix them all together and WA-LA you have your facial scrub. Use at night, once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. For a more detailed description of this, here is Michelle Phan’s, also known as Rice Bunny, youtube video upload:

Well, my review of this home made scrub. It doesn’t particularly look, nor smell really great. It smells kind of like a mix between Olive oil and honey. Not too surprising. The smell isn’t all too strong though, but it’s there. Um, also, try and use honey that you can actually pour into the tablespoons, because mine was not liquid enough, and it made the whole thing just a little bit too sticky, in my opinion. Now, I have super sensitive skin, but I found that this home made scrub worked quite nicely. It was a little sore when I scrubbed my face, but I think parts of it was because of the sticky honey, but it did not hurt anything afterwards, once I rinsed off. Nothing. Which, previously, with normal soaps, it stings and burns a little. I have been using Proactive for the longest time, but I had to switch to the gentle formula because the regular one was too strong. And because of this sticky sticky honey you would think it would be hard to rinse off right? I have to admit I was rather skeptical when I was going to try this, but it was not at all difficult to remove. I splashed my face with water a couple times to rinse off the worst of it and all the sugar and stuff, and then I wetted a cloth to just get the extra stuff that would happen to be left (though I don’t think there was anything). Afterwards, my skin did smell a little like homey, but for those of you who can’t stand that smell, it disappears overnight, the little there might have been. But it leaves your skin feeling nice and refreshed and so smooth. It works for oily skin too, and the Olive oil won’t clog your pores, because the molecules in the oil are too big to clog your pores. So there you go. If you ever try this, tell me what you think!

Edit: I don’t know why the video won’t show up, so I liked to it right here.

Liking a post

5 Aug

Btw, how do you like post? I try to find it on my blog but I can’t find it, and in my setting its hooked off to enable it, so it should be there but i can’t find it. Does it just not work on my theme? I’m not going to like my own post or anything, but i wanted to figure out how to do that… anyone help?

Tanning

21 Jun

So, I’ve been out tanning today. And I think it’s insanely boring unless I fall asleep. it’s way too windy to play cards, I can’t read because the light is so bright, my computer won’t work without its charger and I can’t see the screen, my nails are painted, music gets boring, and my friends are still in school. What do I to? I already read thru the magazine, the beach is too windy to go sea-shell-hunting, and your dog won’t play with me because his coat is so warm he just wants to lie still. So if anyone has any great ideas to things to do when tanning, please comment and I’ll post another post later where I collect all the tips and tricks. (I’m a girl, what do you expect? I need a post like this)

Well, other than that, while I researched things to do while tanning, I found another site with an article of the best way to get the great deep tan that lasts thru fall.

Shortly summed up there were 10 steps:

1. Exfoliate. Dead skin cells block for the good ones underneath and your tan will not last.

2. Lather on the suntan lotion. If you don’t, you’ll just get tan real quickly and it will disappear just as quickly, and you also have a greater chance of getting burned.

3. Tan for only one or two hours per day. Too much sun isn’t good, you risk getting burned, and you tan too quickly. Consecutive days of tanning is better.

4. Tan your whole body. It looks better. Make sure to tan inside of legs and your sides and the back of your arms.

5. Shower after your sun tanning time. Don’t shower too much. If you showered in the morning, only shower to get rid of the sun tan lotion. Don’t use soap all over your body – it can dry your skin and peel off the skin that finally got some color.

6.Moisturize. Morning, after tanning, and night. It will keep the skin alive longer and let you have a better tan.

7. Drink lots of water. It helps keep the cells alive longer and moisturize. Besides, it’s generally important.

8. Tan for consecutive days. If you only tan on the weekends, the base tan you got the first weekend will be wasted by the second. Tan every day and your tan will get deep and nice.

9. Never get a sunburn. You’ll have to wait for the redness to go away and then you have to start all over.

10. Avoid extra sun. On the weekends you might have extra time. Don’t stay in the sun all day, and cover up with loose clothing. Sun hat and sunglasses. Higher SPF.

Other tips that were involved:

  • When tanning your back, cover your head. Your face gets enough sun from when you are tanning your belly.
  • Most sensitive areas is neck and face and back of legs. Make sure to get enough layers of sunscreen.
  • Your full tan won’t show up for 4-6 hours. So don’t worry if you still look as pale after your tanning session.

I hope these tips were helpful!

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