Friday Favorites

This week Iceland has lived up to its name of the land of ice with temperatures reaching a high of 16 °F/ -10 °C. Basically I haven’t felt my toes since Monday and walking outside on the icy sidewalks is a true test of skill if you don’t want to fall on your butt, which luckily has yet to happen to me. Needless to say I am more than dreaming of a beach vacation on this lovely chilly Friday! Happy Friday

This week was my first week of not having morning classes, which means more free time for me to spend working on this little blog of mine. I had no idea how time consuming creating a blog would be and it doesn’t help that simple tasks seem to take me much longer than necessary to figure out. When I get things to work successfully on my blog though it is so worth all the time and frustration. I’m talking about you Pinterest button that took me an afternoon to figure out.

I have so many blog post ideas I want to share on here but I wasn’t able to spend much time writing this week, you know since a pin it button is so much more important. So today I am taking a page from the blogging books and sharing my Friday Favorites of the week.

Favorite Picture

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I took this picture one night this week on a walk in our neighborhood. Many trees around the city are filled with lights such as in this picture, but this tree steals the show and is my favorite to walk by. Add the recent snow to these sparkly trees and you feel like your walking in a winter wonderland.

Favorite Cookie

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This week I was in charge of making three different cookies so H could take them to work. Every year his work does a secret Santa gift exchange and this year’s theme was food porn. Perfect excuse to get in some Christmas cookie baking and not be tempted to eat all the cookies myself. Of course I turned to the trusted pinterest for some inspiration. Seriously what did we do before pinterest??

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These were my first two cookies attempts. Long story short they did not turn out pinterest picture worthy and I spent my time in the kitchen looking more like this.

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If only rum was affordable in Iceland then this picture would perfectly sum up my feelings about my cookie making experience.

Luckily my third attempt was a successful and made them the outright winner of my favorite cookie this week. I followed the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (link) and they turned out delicous I definitely recommend this recipe!


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Favorite Christmas Craft

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Christmas decorations are easily one of my favorite things about the holiday season. Sadly, my Christmas decorations back home didn’t make the cut into my 5 bags when I moved to Iceland. When I went out to buy some decorations here I quickly discovered that they are very expensive, like $30 for a tiny wooden santa expensive. Since buying decorations was out of the question I turned to my pinterest board and choose some of my favorite Christmas decorations to attempt to make. Lucky for me I am dating someone that is incredibly good at anything artistic and was on board for a day of Christmas crafting.

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When I say I am dating someone incredibly artistic I am not kidding. These adorable little elves here were made solely by H.

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I showed my support by standing by and taking lots of pictures 🙂

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Woo Hoo for Christmas decorations and thanks to H for taking all the time to make them for me!

Favorite Video

I know this video is a few years old but it has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week and I am so glad it has reappeared.

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Has anyone else heard this yet?? Seriously one of the most adorable things I have ever heard! Just love that she continues to ensure her Dad to stay calm while discussing other important issues with the dispatcher, like how she needs to get dressed for when the ambulances arrives. Adorable, this video will brighten up anyones day!

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Hope everyone has a great weekend! I am off to get dressed in everything I own before headed outside to go to the store.

Question of the Day?

What is on your favorite list this week??

Weekend Recap- Eat, See, Do

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This year will be my first Christmas away from home. While I am sad that I won’t be around my family during the holidays I am looking forward to spending Christmas here in Iceland. Any country that has 13 Santa Clauses must know how to do Christmas right!

To kick off the holiday season this weekend was filled with Christmas themed fun! Here is a recap of my weekends Eat, See, and Do.

Eats

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  • What better way to start off Christmas time then with freshly baked cookies?? I love creating new recipes, usually with the goal of making them somewhat more nutritious, especially since I can’t seem to control myself around sweets:) These cookies are packed with some of my favorites, dark chocolate, oatmeal, dried cranberries and walnuts, they did not disappoint and the batch didn’t make it past the weekend! Next time I make them I will be sure to write down the recipe to share with you all, they definitely will be made more than once this Christmas season!
  • Chilly weekends require chai lattes to stay warm, or give you a boost to start all that Christmas baking!
  • Clearly I was hit with the cooking bug this weekend. Whenever it gets cold outside I just want to make all my favorite comfort food. At the top of my list is always my Dads chili. While it doesn’t look amazing in the picture (does chili ever really look good in pictures though) I swear it was delicious. The perfect winter dish for a cozy night in, watching Elf of course.
  • Friday night I met up with some of my classmates for a celebratory dinner for completing our level one Icelandic course. The dinner was amazing and we spent the meal sharing holiday traditions in our home countries. I learned about holiday traditions in Japan, Bulgaria, Singapore and Czech Republic. Such a fun night and I loved hearing how others celebrated Christmas in their home countries.

See

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My favorite find this weekend was this beautiful shop located in the Harpa. It was like walking through a winter wonderland!

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Located on the popular downtown street Laugavegur is an adorable Christmas shop called Litla Jólabúðin. Outside the store you will find the Icelandic Santa’s mail box where I was sure to get my letter in, just wanted to be sure he got my change of address:)

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Growing up my family used to always go to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in our town. When I heard that they would have a Christmas tree lighting this weekend I was more than excited that I would get to continue the tradition here in Iceland. While we were waiting for the tree lighting I got to enjoy some traditional Icelandic Christmas music. Christmas music makes me happy in any language:) Aren’t the streets so pretty! All the Christmas lights have more than helped to brighten up these dark days.

Do

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Time to get crafty and put up your Christmas decorations!

While I was baking away someone got busy putting up the Christmas decorations. And that pretty holiday project shown here, ya that definitely wasn’t my creative skills at work. While I love the idea of crafts my pinterest boards are about as far as my crafting skills go. Lucky for me I have one crafty guy, so I just keep him happy with yummy food and he fulfills my crafting dreams:)

Now it is time to get back to crafting. After another trip to the craft store today I am determined to make my pinterest board a reality.

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Wish me luck!

Question of the Day?

Anyone else craft making challenged? What Christmas crafts are on your must make list this year?