Strawberry seeds – memory

Stuff, Words

Right from the first step outside the grey buildings, when our worn down sneakers landed on the uneven stone stairs, we knew this day called for an adventure. Even if that just meant bikes, strawberries and the blue lake.

The two bikes were parked behind one of the school buildings, and the other two of us climb up on the back. The wind in our hair and the rush from going too fast, makes us laugh and smile freely.

We sit down on the grass, by the sparkling blue, but cold, lake. While throwing the little green tips from the strawberries at each other and in to the water, our smiles grew even brighter.

It was only recently that the sun had started to warm up the ground, and the summer is short, but we all know we will remember this day way after the sun stops shining.

~ J

Summer + friends

Words

My summers generally consists of a loooot of fun stuff, good vibes and great times. I love summer. There’s more time for everything; adventure, travel, picknicks, workouts, food, baking, and…  -friends-! (Insert emphasis here.) My summers when I was younger was mostly spent trying to juggle traveling with my family, being introverted in my room and doing fun stuff with my friends. I wasn’t the one to always contact my pals to hang out, but I think I mostly enjoyed it (although I remember sometimes after a few hectic days of socializing I always dreamt about being alone in my room again). This is actually quite accurate to my summers nowadays, I guess…

I don’t know if I’m good at making friends. When my sister and I were on vacation with my family, in a small coast town in Spain, I was never the one to make new friends on the beach or talk to the girl of the same age by the pool. My sister was always almost searching for a way to meet new people to play with when we were away. I was never like that. I was content with just a book or my music in a beach chair,  her as my only friend on the trip when we did other things.

BUT. This summer has been very different to those kinds of summer. I have actually made some new friends! And I didn’t hate it, I actually enjoyed it thoroughly. I was kind of forced (that sounds wayyyy to harsh, it was just that her family is friends with my aunt and her family, so they all came and visited us) to become friends with a girl in my age from the US. She was really nice, we are so similar and became good friends in the short time we had, I think.

Another time this summer, I kind of actually had to make an even bigger effort to meet them. It was in Berlin, while visiting with my friend. We went to this small “bar” type of thing and we sat upstairs in an old converted red double decker bus with only a few other people. When we went down to grab another cider, I actually talked to them! And that was the start to a long night with them (all boys, maybe seven in total, two of them from Britain and those were the two I actually became friends with, and later we also met three really nice swedish girls). I was so proud of myself, as I said, I’m usually not like that, really.

I’ve also gotten to know some of my friends better, and became a lot closer to them. For example when traveling to Barcelona with a few of my old classmates. It was great! I also spent a lot of time with another old friend and we’ve always been close but I guess I don’t really spend a lot of time with her.

Unfortunately, not all of my friendships have flourished this summer. I’m – as mentioned – not the best at keeping in contact and suggest to hang out. That has resulted in me losing a few friends, especially one. That’s always sad, and I wish it would’ve worked out better. But this might actually be for the best, and sometimes it is. And otherwise, we will realize and get in touch again… But I feel like that won’t happen, especially when they tell you to “have a good life” and that you “should not be friends for a year”.

Anyways. This is what my summer’s been all about. Figuring how to make friends again, and also figuring out a balance of losing and keeping friends. And now, with our move getting closer, new challenges regarding friendships are approaching, I feel like this was a great summer, a great learning experience.


~ J

J’s Summer Reading Plans

Enjoyment

Now that school is finally over and I’m officially in summer mode (bring out the fruit drinks, sunglasses and bathing suits everybody!) I am planning on reading a lot more. I blame the excessive amount of stress school caused for not reading lately. My love for books survived the recent reading-break however, and this summer I will try and prioritize books over other things with less life-altering value. So I thought to motivating myself even more, I would post a list of some books I plan to read this summer (or at least in a nearby future):

  • the Harry Potter-series (I plan on re-reading as many of them as I can!)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (If I decide on reading it before seeing the play)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (started reading it but never finished it)
  • Allegiant (!!! I’ve put this off for quite some time now)
  • Fangirl (read Eleanor&Park a while back and loved it!)
  • Anna and the French Kiss (M recommended it!)
  • On the Other Side (I adore Carrie and this book seems amazing)

 

I know for some this list is very short, and for others it might be very long (in fact I think for me it is too long and I probably have too much faith in my own fast-reading abilities) but I actually don’t care… I will mainly just use this list as inspiration, and I hope it might inspire others to check out a few of the books or start reading more! Happy Summer!

~J

Vegan Raspberry Rhubarb Cake

Yummy

So, I’ve recently decided that one of my most true and relevant life mottos is “It’s not a real Birthday without cake”. It’s a great motto to use as an excuse to bake something fun, and of course “cake” can be substituted by anything.  I was on my way home on Monday, chatting with a friend, and we both decided we wanted to bake something. The day after that, this Tuesday, was my mum’s birthday so I baked this amazing and super summery (and vegan) cake!


(This post is not a complete recipe, just a run-down of how I compiled it!)

So, the sponge (cake-part) I made using this simple recipe I found on Pinterest. It made a really soft and moist sponge. Even though it turned out a bit thin I sliced it in half using a thread. Remember to let it cool before putting the cake together! Then, I made raspberry and rhubarb “jam” by just heating a few handfuls of frozen raspberries and a couple of stalks of rhubarb cut into pieces, I also added some sugar and thickened it with potato starch mixed with water. While letting that cool as well, I whipped up some soy whipping cream (so yummy). And theeeen it was time to put the cake together!


I spread a fairly thin layer of whipped cream on the bottom part of the cake and then added a thicker layer of the jam. Then I added the second half of the cake and spread some more whipped cream on top. I decided to not cover it completely (still feeling inspired by the almost-naked cakes) and really focused the cream on the top of the cake. One small-ish packet of soy whipping cream was just enough but I used a lot of whipping cream, my mum loves it. This cake actually united some of her favourite flavours (cream, raspberry, rhubarb).

I decorated the top of the cake some more with ribbons of rhubarb (just slice thin slices using a potato peeler or cheese grater with bigger “blades” and sprinkle with sugar, then gently pat dry). I think it turned out quite cool and somewhat fancy-looking, even though it kind of looked like red tinted spaghetti!


This cake is so summery, fresh and light – and not overly sweet! I like it, try it!

~J