Saving Light

No, I`m not talking about a good way to save money on electricity, I’m talking about daylight saving time. I just don’t see what the need is for it in Norway. Since we`re situated so far north in the Northern Hemisphere, we have really long summer days anyway, and in Northern Norway, it never even gets dark due to the Midnight Sun. And in the winter it sure would’ve been nice to have a bit more light later in the day, so that it’s not pitch black when you head home from work. It`s like never fully waking up. You`re always tired, because it always feel like it`s nighttime. When we turn the clock back in October, we`re supposed to be getting more light in the morning, but I haven’t seen much of that. This picture was taken at 7.30 this morning, and you can see the sunrise on the way.Image

It’s generally dark in the morning, and when you go home after a long day at work or school. Now, I have to admit that we do have it a lot better here in the southern part of Norway, as we actually have a chance of seeing the sun during the day. In northern Norway, the sun goes down in late November and doesn’t show itself until late January. Now, that’s horrible. Believe me. I`ve been there done that for 11 years. The only positive thing with that are all the evenings you just want to stay outside watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky. Its breathtaking, magical and paralyzing at the same time.

Image(National Geographic)


I`ve noticed that there are some readers from Canada, what are your thoughts about daylight savings? Does it affect your everydaylife?

6 AM double latte

Its pitch dark outside and I’m up eating breakfast with my homemade double latte. Its always double before 8AM;-)

Jane Eyre – favourite passage

Image“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

                                                                         – Charlotte Brontë

Meal Plan

One of the biggest things that I save money on is buying groceries once a week. In order to do this thoroughly, without having to go back the next day, is to make a meal plan. There isn’t much space in our fridge, but we do have a big freezer, so we generally keep to one-week meal plans; which often include making big batches of food that can be frozen down.

When I make meal plans, we first discuss what we would like to have for dinner the following week, with a focus on balancing between chicken, fish and red meat. I also like to have a meat-free meal every week. I usually look into the cupboard, fridge and freezer first, making sure to use whatever we already have. Then I write down the things we would need to buy to cover 7 dinners, breakfasts and lunch for two.  If my BF is working evening shift(s) that week, I usually don’t make any dinner that day, as it`s only me, and I don’t mind having some scrambled eggs and homemade bread for dinner. This way we save even more.

An example of a regular dinner meal-plan for us would be:

Monday: Tomato soup with Macaroni, boiled eggs and Fresh bread.

Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie

Wednesday: Chicken & Pasta Salad

Thursday: Fish au Gratin (a Norwegian casserole made with white fish, macaroni, and white sauce with a breadcrumb crust) with grated Carrot.

Friday: Pasta Bolognese & Salad

Saturday: Burritos with homemade Tortillas and Guacamole.

Sunday: pork Tenderloin with Creamy Potatoes au Gratin, Gravy and Broccoli

All of these dinners are homemade, so there are no scary additives or unneccessary sugar or salt.