Weekend Jollies

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are you up to? I've been craving a bowl of some hearty soup since Wednesday, so tonight I'll make a pot or opt for a Thai soup bar just around the corner - ether way, I'll be happy:) Besides that, no huge plans, I have a little to-do list but nothing major, so we should have a pretty laid-back weekend. How about you? Any fun plans? Wishing everyone an amazing time, I'll see you on Monday morning, but before you go, don't miss out on the cool links below.

The habits of happiness...

Don't miss out on our beautiful home decor GIVEAWAY! You have two more days to enter...

A few nifty ways to get rid of a cold overnight.

Olive picking in Greece = my dream!

Learning to be a 'warrior' for love...

'10 reasons why I shaved my head.'

Why it's totally okay to eat dinner in silence.

All things Swedish buns & Fika.

When our 'normal' is way too much!

How many days a week should you be running?

'We went to a bar and stayed there for the next eight hours, talking about family, friendship, sex, relationships, work and mental health.'

Mr.Happy.

'What I learned about mindfulness by living with Japanese Buddhist monks - for a week.'

20 things to do this fall.

YUM!

24 women reflect on how life changes with age.

Fancy simplifying your life?

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.


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(Photo by Andy)

This Week's Gems


Terracotta coat anyone?...

On my wish list: this twist ring...

The only pop of red you'll need this season!...

What a nifty over-the-sink dish drainer rack...

I've been eyeing this print for a whole, it would look awesome in my bedroom:)...

Beauty!...

 The 'it' necklace for autumn...

Now, this is a cute sugar bowl!...

What a beautiful backpack for the colder months...

 Hi:)...

Stunner...

Wish this was me:)...

A must have...

Melted my heart...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss our beautiful GIVEAWAY this week!

10 Takes on Sweet Potatoes

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oh my goodness, I'm totally hooked on sweet potatoes! A couple of weeks ago, we went for a block party and I ate the most indulging sweet potato fries dipped in zesty lime mayonnaise. Oh, I'm telling you, they were unbelievable - crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, fragrant, pure...

Anyway, ever since then, I've been bookmarking sweet potato recipes like it's my job. So here are 10 takes on this superfood that I am planning to make this autumn, starting with the above sweet potato crostinis with cheese, pear and thyme...

Sweet potato breakfast nice cream with cinnamon-sunflower crumble...

Sweet potato spelt garlic knots...

Southern sweet potato cake...

Creamy spinach, sweet potato noodles with cashew sauce...

3-ingredient sweet potato pizza crust...

Sweet potato coconut and vanilla cookies...

Sweet potato bread...

Sweet potato and peanut stew with kale...

And baked sweet potato egg breakfast boats...

Any favourites? What is your go-to sweet potato recipe? Do share:)

P.S: And this one too!
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss our beautiful home decor GIVEAWAY this week!

(Photos by TuuliaBlissful BasilShe Wears Many HatsPinch of YumHealing Family EatsRachel SchultzThe Awesome Green and Will Cook For Friends)

Simple Everyday Loose Chignon




My hair has been out-of-control-crazy lately. One day it looks manageable, the next day I want to chop it all off. So before I do something that I might actually regret, last week, I found a new go-to hairdo that makes everything better.

It's a simple loose chignon for busy mornings. The awesome part about it, it only requires the following skills: make a ponytail, braid it, add a little ribbon at the end and lastly, knot it. Ta-dah!

It looks effortless, makes me feel put together and stops me from overthinking my hair situation. Win win! Here are all the step-by-step instructions, if you fancy trying it too...

P.S: How to Frenchify your hair.
P.P.S: Is it OK to go grey.

(Photos and how-to by/via Coveteur)

Wednesday Giveaway

Wednesday, September 27, 2017





Today’s giveaway is from the beautiful Seattle, WA based boutique At Masha's House by the super sweet Masha Reutovski. Masha's love of design and an eye for amazing European modern farmhouse decor has turned into a shop full of handmade houseware, accessories, gifts and beauty products.

Today, she is offering one lucky reader a chance to win their favourite piece from the entire shop! How awesome is that? I would probably get the spiral basket or the the beautiful white ceramic pitcher for the kitchen, but I also couldn't pass on those special soaps. They must smell so good!

For a chance to win, you should be a follower/subscriber of At Masha's House, please visit the shop and tell us which is your favourite item. As always the giveaway is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday. Good luck!

For extra entries:
Retweet the giveaway, follow At Masha's House on Instagram, like the At Masha's House Facebook page, follow exPress-o on Instagram, tag a friend on Instagram, follow At Masha's House on Pinterest, follow exPress-o on Twitteror join the exPress-o group on Facebook and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, please include your email address, so I can contact the winner. Thank you:) 

Update: the winner is Emily. Thank you all for playing. xo

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!


Happy Wednesday cake day, dearies! What are you making today?

If you're undecided, I have something that might just hit the spot. It's a super healthy, totally indulging, incredibly satisfying, entirely guilt-free and very autumn-y recipe that you'll want to make over and over again!

So, here it is: walnut fig bars from my go-to cookbook written by the brilliant Sarah Brittion. I've tried a good portion of her recipes and honestly, they always come out... well, perfect. This one in particular surprised me with it's amazing texture, despite having no flour, no butter and no sugar. They are gooey and rich as if they were made the traditional way - yum!

Btw: While Balazs and I were stuffing ourselves with those bars last Wednesday, we both figured that this recipe would work great also with dried prunes, dried apricots or even dried cherries. So if figs are simply not your thing, try one of the alternatives instead, deal?

Walnut Fig Bars
(Recipe by Sarah Britton from My New Roots Cookbook - Makes 16 squares)

Ingredients:

Crust:
-  1½ tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups (280 grams) raw walnuts
- 2 cups (200 grams) rolled oats
-  ¼ cup (60 grams) applesauce
-  2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder

Filling:
- 2 cups (300 grams) dried figs
- ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ cup (125 grams) applesauce
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

Make the crust:
Combine the chia seeds with ¼ cup (56 ml) water in a small bowl; set aside for 15 minutes to form a gel.

Put 1 cup (140 grams) of the walnuts on a baking sheet and place it in the oven. Set the temperature to 350°C/180°F. Toast the walnuts while the oven is warming up (depending on how fast your oven heats up, this could take 5 to 15 minutes – just keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn!). Remove from the oven and set the walnuts aside to cool. (Leave the oven on).

In a food processor, process 1 cup (100 grams) of the oats on the highest setting until you have a rough flour. Add the toasted walnuts and blend again, until you have a sandy-textured meal. Add the chia gel, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Pulse until moist.

In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup (100 grams) of the rolled oats, ¾ teaspoon of salt, and the baking powder. Add the processed oat mixture and fold to combine. You may need to use your hands.

Take about two-thirds of the crust mixture and press it firmly into an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. It helps to get your hands wet so the dough doesn’t stick.

Make the filling:
Wipe the food processor clean. Roughly chop the figs and put them in the food processor, along with the cinnamon, ginger, applesauce, lemon zest and salt. Blend on the highest setting until the desired consistency is reached. It’s your choice whether to leave it a bit chunky or blend until completely smooth. Spread the filling evenly across the crust base.

Drop the remaining crust mixture in small chunks all over the filling, covering as much of it as possible. Roughly chop the remaining 1 cup (140 grams) of walnuts and sprinkle them over the top; then lightly press the nuts into the crust. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, until slightly golden on top. Let them cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in the fridge covered for up to 5 days. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more cake goodness?
P.P.S: And this...

(Photos by exPress-o)

Home Tweak: Framed Textiles

Tuesday, September 26, 2017










A couple of weeks ago while visiting a friend, I spotted a framed piece of beautifully embroidered cloth. It looked stunning and unusual, so I asked about it. Thomas said it was his grandmother's tablecloth that she made decades ago and it had a great significant for the family. Anyway, eventually it ended up with him, but it was so old and worn that it tore easily. In hopes to preserve it, his wife framed it for memory and now it hangs in their bedroom.

Isn't that special? So, if you have a favourite textile designer or pieces of fabric that are too precious to bin, or like Thomas, you're trying to keep a memory alive, you should frame those gems and let them be part of your home.

I'm planning to frame a very old tea towel that I never use in the kitchen, because it's too special:)

P.S: Here is a nifty tutorial, if you fancy trying it too.
P.P.S: Also, light bulb vases and Kilim rugs.

(Photos by/via John DerianOld Brand NewSTFHomepolishRebThe Wall Street JournalSF GirlApartment TherapyCheetah Is The New BlackMarcus DesignFlourish Design and Style and Inside Out)

Complimentary Colours










Okay, when you look at the art above, you probably think it was created using oil paints, right? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong! The incredible hyperrealist artist, Cj Hendry, used coloured pencils for every single one of those pieces. YES, pencils! (You’re reading this right). Supposedly, her pencils of choice are Prismacolor premier and Carand’ache Luminance...

Mind-blowing, isn’t it?

P.S: This...
P.P.S: And that.

(via Hither and Thither)
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