Gateway to Happiness

Adventure

M presenting a gateway to happiness.

  1. Buy food for barbecuing. Preferably (vegan) hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. You also need fruit, chocolate and aluminium foil.
  2. Drive to the gathering of trees often called the forest. Bring friends!
  3. Start a fire. Whilst waiting make your way to a lake nearby. Take random detours on the way. (Make sure someone is watching the fire! You don’t want the forest to burn down.)
  4. When you have arrived at the lake; take photos of your friends while they walk on the unstable ice. Walk the same way back. Don’t forget to throw some pinecones at each other!
  5. Now it’s time for the food! Start with the main course: HOT DOGS! Finish the meal with some fruit and chocolate in aluminium foil which you have put on the fire. Delicious ❣
  6. This step is very important! DO NOT FORGET TO SHARE THE FOOD WITH EVERYONE!
  7. The fire is starting to extinguish and the wind is blowing stronger. Your starting to feel cold and the only solution is to run! Run through the forest like your five years old again! (Side note: If one of your friends happen to fall be sure to take a photo before helping them get up.)
  8. Swing, swing on the makeshift swings. Two or one at a time doesn’t matter as long as you make sure to swing as high as the sky.
  9. Later when the fire is completely extinguished pack your bags. Get into the car.
  10. All that is left now is to go home and enjoy the smell of fire reeking from you and your clothes.

➢ M

Just a date, just a number

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So. It’s a new year. And I like to see it as a start of something new, just as a lot of other people, but really it’s just a new day -as any new day- that for us has over time received the cultural value of being The Start of the New Year. Although I know that probably came out a bit negatively, I am not entirely against New Years, as I am quite fascinated by it – and of course, my previously mentioned love for celebrations might have something to do with it as well. 

And maybe we see it as a start because of being the 1st of the 1st month of a number of months… But why? Just because of some old dude with a calendar (probably a bunch) decided on these numbers…? And as we always hear, age is just a number so does that mean that the new year 2016 is just a number…? Maybe. Maybe we should view every day as a new year. What would happen if I started counting the new year from my birthday, because for me that’s when a new year starts. Then we would all be celebrating New Year’s at different times… Oh wait. That’s our birthday’s, basically…

Anyway. This went a bit off topic, and I probably have a few other things to write about concerning New Year’s and resolutions, but that’s for another post I think. What I want to say with all this… stuff, is that… Don’t see New Year’s as your only new start, your only way to start over and re-do, be the “new you” if that’s what you want. 1st of January can be a great new start if you want it to, but so can January 2nd, and 3rd, and even the 13th of November… Good luck!

   
~ J

Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Yummy

A few days ago J and I decided to make som vegan no-bake peanut butter bars and since they turned out quite well I feel it’s only right to share them with you.

Starting of the bars are made up of three different layers. Dates, peanut butter and chocolate. The bars are also easy and fairly quick to make. Knowing this, lets begin!

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For the bottom layer you will need:

12 soft dates
150g almond flour
3  3/4 tbsp milkfree butter (can be replaced with coconut fat)

Mash the dates in a bowl using a fork. Add the butter and the almond flour. With an electric whisk mix the ingredients together.  (If you have a food processor you could just throw all the ingredients in it and mix them together.) When the ingredients are nicely combined line a tin with plastic foil. Spread the bottom layer evenly on the bottom of the tin and put it in the freezer while preparing the middle layer.

Now it’s time to make the middle layer. You will need:

1/4  dl peanut butter (chunky or smooth depending on what you prefer)
150g almlund flour

Using a spoon mix the peanut butter and the almond flour together. Take the tin out of the freezer and spread the middle layer on top of the bottom layer. Put the tin back into the freezer.

Wait until the majority of the middle layer has “frozen” (will take about 20-45 minutes) before you start preparing the top layer. For the top layer you will need:

100g dark chocolate
A few pinches of sea salt (optional)

Melt the chocolate using a water bath (Heat water in a pot. Place a metal bowl on top of the water. Make sure no water gets into the bowl. Put the chocolate in the bowl and stir occasionally while the chocolate melts.). Let the chocolate cool a bit before you spread it on top if the middle layer. If you want you can sprinkle some sea salt on top of the chocolate but be aware of the saltiness. Wait until the chocolate has set before you place the tin (once again) into the freezer. Take it out 10 minutes before serving and cut into cubes. (If you get leftovers I recommend putting them in some metal foil and storing them in the freezer.)

ENJOY!

➢ M

New year – new me? 

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So here we are. The first of January, 2016. 2015 is no more than a memory in the shadow of what shall be. The great adventure has just begun and I believe we’re all anxious to see what time will bring, because as always, only time tell.

And with a new year comes the chance to change oneself. Finally we can be who we were always meant to be and all that used to be is blown away, like leaves in the wind. At least that’s what we’re often told and keep telling ourselves. We make New Years resolutions, promises we so desperately try to keep but always with that feeling of an inevitable failure.

Gosh, that sounds so depressing. Prehaps not the best way to start a new year. What I really want to say is that we shouldn’t be too quick to shake of last years clothing. During 2015 we’ve all grown and I think we often forget that it actually took a whole to get to we are right now. So before you decide on all the things you’re going to change with your life, be sure to remember how far you’ve come. Don’t hesitate to appreciate the wonders that might have occurred during 2015. A happy 2016 to you all.

⇝K