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Chicken and mushroom w/ potato gratin


Since I was a kid, I've always loved food, sometimes a little bit too much haha... But most of the time the food was served by my parents and I helped once in a while but didn't really find it that interesting until I became an au pair and started to cook everyday. I do breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday so my passion and love for cooking started to grow pretty fast. Something I think goes hand in hand with my personality, when I love to be creative and also create. X

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SATURDAY...

My 2 favorites - Shrimp tempura (fried shrimp) // Fried Sweet potato roll

Suné my South African friend

I mean, look at all the options for topping guys ;))

On Saturday I just relaxed at home and did nada. I watched a few episodes of TVD and later Suné picked me up. We went to a sushi place in town for dinner followed by froyo for dessert. A nice and relaxed saturday, which is sometimes what you just need. X

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Hey guys! Today I started to work at 8.30, I got Tommy to school and after that I did some errands, made me some brekkie and now I've been just relaxing the rest of the morning. It got finally sunny outside and I am going to pick up the kid now and meet up Frida and her kids for a playdate at the playground by the beach! Tonight I am going to the cinema, me and my friends are going to see the new movie ''before I fall''. Have a great rest of the day! xx

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Yesterday the weather was beautiful and also the first day of spring!!🌸 I can't wait for warmer weather !! I took Tommy to the playground, baked peanut butter cookies and tried a new kind of Mac n' cheese for dinner. You'll find the recipe below! X

PEANUTBUTTER COOKIES

BEEF, MACARONI AND TOMATO CASSEROLE RECIPE


DIRECTIONS

  • Cook noodles until al dente, 8-10 minutes, and drain.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook ground beef with garlic, oregano, basil, onion, green pepper, and salt and pepper until beef is browned, cooked through, and veggies are tender.
  • Drain any fat.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato sauce to beef mixture, then simmer 5-10 minutes.
  • Mix beef mixture with cooked macaroni and place in a 9x13-inch casserole dish or lasagna pan.
  • Top casserole with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
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    ''Dear Maja Evelina, We hope you’ve enjoyed your extra term in the USA! As your au pair experience is coming to an end, it’s time to request your flight home. You’ll need to fill out our flight request form so we can book your travel back to your home country when you finish your term. Please complete this form by March 25, 2017. ''

    An email that was both a relief but also heartbreaking. Something that in the beginning felt so far away and something that came so soon. The time flies away here. It sure do. I remember when I got here, one year felt SO long, but it's not, and that's why I kinda wanted to extend my stay a little.

    Lately I've been realizing more, that every day that pass is a closer step to my flight back home. A few days ago I received an email from my organization about requesting my flight back home. You were only able to pick between two options , Mo-Thurs or Thurs-Su flights and ofc all the dates that every week offer. I picked the first option since the other option required me to pay extra.

    SO, my dear friends!! I will fly from JFK the 11th of July, switch plane in Madrid and arrive at Arlanda, Stockholm the 12th at 2 pm (Swedish time) It was kind of a relief to get my flight itinerary, and prepare myself more, when you live here you kinda forgot about the fact that you are actually going home at some point and need to wave goodbye to this adventure. It feels super hard, I don't like goodbyes ... But I know it's not a goodbye to all the lovely people I met here, It's a ''see you soon''. I am ready to try something new and that's what I try to see instead of all the negative stuff. I try to think about all the fun stuff I 've explored and experienced here, appreciate that and live and enjoy every day till the end.

    The past weeks I've been applying for jobs, starting to look in to school and starting to finally feel that I am ready to go back to my second home and build up a life, which makes me eager what the future have to offer. I've achieved the stuff I wanted to do here and I also have a lot of fun stuff ahead of me before I go home.

    I am ready to be reunited with my family soon, spend more time with grandma and grandpa on both sides, take care of my little sister, have cozy nights with my parents and eat good food on the weekends together, hangout with my best friend that lives 15 min walk from me and just some other small stuff that you appreciate even more abroad. I miss my family a lot and all the friends to our family as well!

    When I go back, it's going to be 11 months since I saw my family, almost one year(!!) Crazy!

    Sweden, my mother country, I'll see you in almost 4 months! X

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    On Friday after work Josie picked me up an we went to her place, started to get ready and prepared some stuff for her bday. Later two girls picked us up and we went for dinner together at a place called ''The Goose''.

    Sliders w/ pickle aioli and chicken Quesadilla 10/10

    When we got home the rest of our friends came over and her host parents had prepared some stuff back home for us, so cute of them!!

    Josie's gift from her host parents, haha how nice?!

    Our girl!! We love you SO much <3

    After the pregame we all took an uber to a club and celebrated the bday and St. Patrick's till late midnight💚🌟🍸🎉

    The night was soo fun, thanks for everything again girls and also a BIG thanks to her host parents who were the hosts(!!) So happy I met all of these girls in the states, you mean so much to me and I love you all! 💓

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