Andy’s Advent Calendar

I’ve always loved the advent calendars my mom made for me and my brother when we were little – it didn’t get old even when I was in my teens. After a while though, my mom decided we were too old and stopped making them. But now that it’s my first Christmas away from home she put one together and sent it to me to make me feel better. And as soon as I noticed how thrilled I was to have it I realized that I should make one for Andy too! After all, this is our first Christmas together as a married couple, hehe.

Now all he has to do is start from the top and follow the string every day, down to the last gift. Fun!
IMG_4318Haha, I started playing around with the new winter features on Picmonkey. You should give it a try too, they are pretty cute. Anyway, there are 19 gifts in this picture; can you see them all?IMG_4320
What do you think? Do you have a tradition of having advent calendars?

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Cream Cheese

I cut my chicken breasts in half and spread Philadelphia Garden Vegetable cream cheese on both halves. Then I added some butter and salt and pepper to one half, and put the pieces back together.

Wrap bacon strips around each fillet (I used a ton) – make sure the ends are on the bottom.

Put all fillets on a cookie sheet wrapped in aluminum foil. One of my were bigger than the other two, so I left it in the oven for five minutes before adding the rest. Cook them for 35-40 minutes on 400 degrees.

At the end turn the broiler on for 5 minutes if you like your bacon crispy (I only left mine for 2).

We served it with fried mushrooms and onions. Andy doesn’t even like cream cheese and it got his approval. Next time I want to try a cream cheese with chives and onion – just to change it up a bit.

Just a tip: If your fillets have been frozen you should dry them off with paper towels before applying cream cheese, or else it will all get kind of runny. I didn’t think about that myself.

Nail Polish Tools

I just found these three sets on Amazon for just a couple dollars each. I’ve actually been wanting some of the tools for ages so that I can try out some new nail designs, but I’ve been too lazy to look for them. I also thought it would be more expensive. But now they’re on the way home to me! So I guess during Christmas break I guess I’ll be posting a lot of new nail polish designs. Wish me luck! Hehe.

Wednesday Night

Today I made bacon wrapped chicken with cream cheese for dinner. It was a big hit with Andy and I’ll definitely make it again! It was surprisingly simple, but I’ll post the recipe tomorrow anyway.

Now I’m so full that I’m stuck on the couch planning this years Christmas presents. Why is it so hard to find the perfect gift for everyone? Especially when no one makes wish lists any more… Oh well, I still have weeks to figure it out and I always love it when I’m ready to wrap them. And in just three days it’s officially December and I’ll probably be playing Christmas songs 24/7! (Sorry, Andy.)

Merry Early Christmas!

Ah, now I can’t wait for December! I just got this huge package in the mail from my grandparents and I had no idea what it could be. Turns out my mom must have asked them to send it to me when they got to the US, because inside was my childhood Christmas calendar, filled with gifts, and my huge Christmas hat! Nothing else could have gotten me in a Christmas mood as fast as this. Thank you so much! I’m still sad that I can’t celebrate with you guys this year, but this means so much to me.

Some of the pouches are missing, and the rest are old and discolored, but I still love it! I remember waking up every morning as a kid and the sight of this calendar would always excite me.

Back then I had to share it with my brother, but I guess it’s mine now! Mohahaha.

Oh, fun story! I once wore this hat at the airport in Norway around Christmas time when this little girl runs up to me from behind yelling “Santa”. When I turned around she got this horrified look on her face and almost busted out crying. I felt bad for her, but it was so hard not to laugh.

Steamed Salmon and Leeks

I found this recipe on one of my favorite Norwegian blogs a while back and just now decided to try it out. I changed it slightly, and I’m extremely happy with the result. And it only took me 20 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound salmon filet
  • Two big leeks
  • ½ a cup of whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Half of a lemon
  • Tomatoes (I used cherry tomatoes)
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder for seasoning

First I cut the salmon into reasonable pieces and squeezed a quarter of a lemon over them (feel free to add more). Then I seasoned them with pepper and garlic powder and put them aside for later.

On to the leeks. They are often full of sand and dirt, so cut them halfway through and make sure you rinse off all the layers well. Then chop them up and add it to a big pot.

Add the cream and butter, and however much salt and pepper you want. Put a lid on and wait until it boils. Turn the stove down to medium/low and let the leeks cook for another 5 minutes.

Put the salmon fillets in the pot with the skin up. Let them simmer under a lid for about seven minutes (I cooked mine for eight minutes and I though they were slightly too dry).

Serve with chopped up fresh tomatoes and the last quarter of lemon. Delicious!

This is also a really great and healthy low-carb meal. It won’t be the last one I’m posting either, because I started on a LCHF diet yesterday and I’ve looked up a bunch of new recipes.

Black & White

Today (um, I guess it was yesterday by now) was actually a pretty warm day for November – even in Athens – so I took advantage of it while I could and sported a pair of thin tights and scalloped shorts. Although, with thicker tights and warmer boots I’m not sure I have to pack up my skirts and shorts all winter. We’ll be lucky to get any snow at all (it’s no Norwegian winter, hehe). But I still needed a scarf.

Ah, I can’t say how much I love this watch. The absolutely perfect birthday present.



I think I might want to stock up on colorful warm scarves too. Both warm and fashionable. That and bright red nails should be sure to keep any winter depressions away! And I think I might need it, because I hate having the sun go down before 5 o’clock every day.

Top and Cardigan: Bik Bok (in Norway). Shorts: Amsterdam Boutique. Tights: Target. Watch: Michael Kors. Bracelets: Homemade. Boots: DSW.