Budget Friendly winter Activity; Cross country skiing

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There`s a saying in my country; “Norwegians are born with skis on their feet”, and although not everyone is a good skier, I think I can say that most of us own a pair of skis. From we`re small children we learn to ski, and most elementary schools organize yearly ski-days. It`s also a really popular family activity; especially going to cabins in the mountains from January-march, to go skiing. It`s something that everyone can learn quite quickly, and it`s both fun and easy!

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If you`re looking for a budget friendly winter activity that you can enjoy alone, with friends or with family, cross country skiing is something I can really recommend. If you have a dog, I`ll bet it`ll happily join you in the ski-slopes! It does cost a little to get the equipment, but once you`ve got it; it can last for many, many years. You can get skis and poles cheaper by buying the equipment off-season, or buy it used.  And here`s the best part. When you`ve got it, it doesn’t cost you anything to use it. As long as you`ve got a suitable area for skiing you`re good to go. It`s also a very good way to exercise during winter!

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Pack a backpack with a thermos full of hot chocolate and a camera, and go explore wonderful nature scenes.

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What kind of winter activities do you do?

Have you tried cross country skiing?

Inexpensive Gourmet Caramels with Coarse Sea Salt

ImageHave you ever wanted to make caramels, but always come across difficult recipes including a thermometer and many hours of boiling? Search no further! These are the easiest caramels you can ever make. I had never made caramels before I tried this recipe, and it was very successful ! It`s practically fool proof! I would really recommend that you sprinkle with sea salt as it raises the caramels unto an entirely different level. These are gourmet-tasty caramels that will melt on your tongue, and bring a bright smile on every face that tries one!

They`re also very budget-friendly christmas treats! It cost me maximum 12$, which means each caramel only cost me 9 cents. And considering I live in Norway which is one of the most expensive countries in the world, the rest of you can probably make these at a much lower cost! 🙂

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar syrup

2  1/5 stick of butter

1 cup sweet condensed milk

Sea salt

Instructions

Mix everything except the sea salt, in a big saucepan on medium heat, so everything melts together.Image

Stir a lot. Bring it to a boil. Image

This is when you turn on a timer and let it boil for 6-8 minutes. After 6-8 minutes it should look like this: ImageRemember to stir all the time! Pour it into a pan and sprinkle sea salt. Image

When it has cooled off, put it into the fridge over night. Next day you take it out of the fridge a couple of hours before you start cutting it into smaller pieces, this way the caramel get just the right temperature for cellophane wrapping.

ImageImageCut up small pieces of cellophane. I used a cellophane with snow print, which I thought was a pretty nice touch! Then fold the cellophane around each piece of caramel and squish it tightly so that the cellophane sticks. then twist each side. et voilà!

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ImageImageImageand repeat 128 times (that`s how many I got!)

Monday Meal-Plan

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Monday: Pasta Penne with Bolognese

Tuesday: Pasta Tagliatelle with Bolognese

Wednesday: European Whole Wheat Pancakes with Oatmeal served with blueberries

Thursday: Fish au Gratin with grated Carrots

Friday: Chicken Wings with oven-fried potatoes, béarnaise sauce and salad

Saturday: Burritos with homemade tortillas and guacamole

Sunday: Shepherd`s Pie

 

Keep it Healthy, keep it Good

Dinner for one

I had dinner by myself tonight, as my BF is out of town on a seminar/christmas dinner with work. Though I always make a good, healthy dinner for both of us, when I`m alone I tend to get very lazy. Luckily, I had some leftover chickenbreast, so I threw together an easy chicken-sandwich with homemade whole wheat sandwich bread, lettuce, red peppers and aioli (spanish garlic-mayonnaise), together with a glass of orange juice. Quick, easy, healthy, supercheap and very good! Image