Appreciating my hood

I think the last six months have been about the act of appreciation. When I say this I mean appreciating the people I love, my love of food, my new house, finding new ways to exercise and of course my holiday. However, now I’m starting to have time to admire and explore my hood.

To me Christmas is the time of year where family and friends make the most time for each other and, you guessed it, appreciate each other the most. This week I’ve had time to really wonder around and see my hood during the week so what did I do?
– I went for a run – I love sprinting and the outdoors here is fantastic, this is my garden:
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– I went to the market in my town and realised I have a date with the French in a few weeks – I love diversity:

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– I went for a walk to find my advent decorations for 2014 – red cheeked and happy I made a few:

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– I enjoyed the last few days of autumn and it was beautiful:

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Have you taken time for appreciation this year?

Healthy, quick breakfast

I know it’s dreadful but recently I’ve starting missing breakfast. Not because I’m consciously doing so but because I simply forget. I’m still trying to map out my routine when it comes to fitting everything in, in the morning – training, breakfast, commuting. I thought this blog post was incouraging and an easy way of preparing for the most important meal of the day!

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Mid-week, always the part where you start missing breakfast, the alarm, the train and everything seems to not go to plan. But Thursday always seem to be fine, so to keep you on top of things we want to share with you one of our favourite recipes. It was hard for us to share this, as it is our little secret in the Hello Fresh office and it is what keeps us going.

What we absolutely love about this recipe is the fact that you can use any leftovers and cook them the night before. We’ve tried a bit of roast chicken, chorizo, onions and peppers which were amazing. We did just have veggies and cheese in the other half, just so you know we can fit our quota of 5/7 a day.

Start making these so you can put them in the oven and after dinner, you’ll have breakfast…

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Our first Christmas in our first home

I’m so excited, not only is it almost December but we’re also hosting Christmas for the very first time and we’re doing it in our first home.

I love Christmas and my Danish family Christmas is full of traditions – firstly, Christmas is on the 24th, we eat duck and pork for main and finish it off with rice pudding (omg it’s good):
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We dance around the Christmas tree singing carols and we then open our presents. Last year’s tree (sissy and Welly’s heads included too):

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This year I’m wanting to make the house on the lake into a cosy cave of loveliness, my inspiration is a Scandinavian Christmas. Again my obsessing with Pinterest is coming through and I’ve created a bit of a mood board: I love bringing the outdoors inside:

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Or this:

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I’m hoping for a big tree too and love the red, white, gold and woody colours of the decorations:

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Now I just need to go get it all 🙂 what will your theme be this year?

Commuting – Me time

If you read this blog regularly you will know that I’ve recently started commuting as for five years I was lucky enough to be able to walk to work.

I thought I’d miss it and dread the commute but I’m actually liking it. At first I thought it was just due to the excitement of change but I’ve realised that it’s a lot less stressful then walking to work – something I never thought I’d say!

Sure there’s rude people and the delays are never exactly thrilling or welcome BUT mostly everyone minds their own business because it’s ‘me time’.

So often we don’t make enough time for ourselves and although commuting isn’t glamorous I’ve been able to do things I was never able to do when walking to work:
– I’ve read lots of books including Gone Girl (omg it’s SO good)
– I’ve read blogs on food, life, health and well-being
– I’ve written blogs
– I’ve planned my mood boards for Christmas (I love Christmas)

It’s not all glam of course as I’ve also spent full commutes starting/finishing work, heck I’ve even written a press release on the train but for me that’s just using my time productively so I’m OK with that!

Sure I’ve gained a few pounds by not walking an hour a day but I’ve gained so much more and really is it all that bad?!?

The seasons are changing

I love seasons. I’ve always said I love New York because it has all the seasons – crisp and snowy winters, bright springs, warm and sunny summers and gorgeous autumns. Now, I don’t live there but that’s another blog post for another time.

I love nature. I’ve always loved the outdoors and as a child my sister and I would play outside until dinner. I often think back on those days, those we’re good days.

Moving to the house on the lake in the summer was great, nature was great and I fell in love with my surroundings:
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It’s a place that I look forward to spending every season and now that the first frost has hit I’m actually a little excited about what’s next:

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I’m hoping for snow this year (well after my parents arrive for their/my first English Christmas) as winter is my favourite time if year!

What’s your favourite season?