Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Braucu uz mežu nogaršot mellenes - jā, pārsvarā tagad mellenes jau pārāk ūdeņainas. Bet brūklenes - tik garšīgas, tādiem ķekariem, tik skaistas ogas!
Salasīju litru un iesaldēju. Interesanti, ka tai meža izcirtumā, kur ir visvairāk saules, brūklenes vēl nav īsti gatavas. Taču mazliet ēnainākā vietā, starp stiprām, garām priedēm un mellenājiem - tik saldas un gatavas ogas.
Ir viena maģiska siera kūka, kuras recepti es atradu sen, vienā Kanādiešu žurnālā. Paklausieties nosaukumu - "Red berry chocolate cheesecake", Sarkano ogu šokolādes siera kūka. Tur tieši vajag brūklenes. Gabalu tādas siera kūkas ar kūpošu kafijas krūzi dzimšanas dienā vai Ziemassvētkos - tie ir svētki.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Last day of August

It's such a beautiful, delicious time of year. This year, the leaves have  not started to turn yet. I look at the maple tree outside, still so dark green, and think, it's only a matter of days now, and before long I'll be looking out at its leaves all golden, shimmering with morning frost, magic.
This is that time of year when it's not unusual to get stuck driving slowly behind a tractor. Almost every day you can see a tractor or some other big harvest machine out in the fields, working, and it makes me so happy to somehow be in the middle of it, even if I'm just driving along a field.
The colors and textures in the picture above make me wish for a second that I could create a room in those colors, with such plush and fluffy pillows, some reddish-brown fabrics, some muted purple that meets dark green like the thistle heads. There is so much beauty to take in right now. The fields are so golden, and along those golden edges, there are such beautiful pops of color.
August nature, you've been beautiful.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cepts cukini un tomāti, lai ātri papildinātu maltīti

Ļoti vienkāršs un ātrs veids, kā papildināt "bēšu" maltīti un uzturā iekļaut vairāk dārzeņu.
čili garšvielu skaidiņas (chili flakes), ja ir vēlēšanās

Darba secība:
Pannā uzsilda nedaudz olīveļļas un pieber čili skaidiņas, pakarsē.
Nomazgā cukini un tomātus. Cukini sagriež mazos kubiciņos un liek cepties, ik pa laikam apmaisa.
Tikmēr sagriež gabaliņos tomātus, tad liek uz pannas pie cukini.
Sautē, cik ilgi pats grib. Pieber drusciņ sāli, piparus, un gatavs.

Liek klāt visam, kam grib, piemēram makaroniem, kā bildē, vai ēd tāpat.
Man ļoti patīk, ka čili skaidiņas dod tādu labu asumu.

Friday, August 21, 2015

This year's first tomatoes

Here's this year's first tomato harvest from a couple of days ago:
two Golden Bumble Bee cherry tomatoes, and two Yellow Pearshaped tomatoes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meanwhile, in the woods

Here's a little update on what's happening out in the woods:

there are still quite many wild strawberries to eat, and it looks like this will be a great year for blueberries. There are so many blueberries already, they just need to get sweeter. I also found this juniper bush.
So far, it's been a pretty cold summer, but I love all the light that summer brings. For the past two days, the winds have felt a lot milder, and it's been so nice to go for little strolls around the neighborhood. The light and being outside. Good things.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Thrifting score

A lovely afternoon yesterday at Lata Pigan ("The Lazy Maid"), a flea market with an amazing collection of vintage fabrics. Also, very exciting, I found a round mirror for my "office"! More on the mirror below, first some beautiful patterns.
Just like last year, seeing all this pretty fabric at Lata Pigan I was thinking, I'm kind of glad I don't know how to sew, otherwise I would be tempted to get so many of these beauties. 
The idea is that one day, I will learn to use a sewing machine, but until then, I will put my time and energy into more pressing projects. So, I practiced discipline (while still having a lot of fun admiring these beautiful prints).
Look at this round coffee table, and its seamless, flow-y looking legs!
Here's a piece of the top surface (I didn't think to clear the table off to take a picture, but you still get an idea of what the table top looks like) -
For the right room, this coffee table would be so gorgeous, right?
And now, are you ready? I found a large-ish round mirror that will be a little DIY project! I've been pinning rooms with a large, round mirror for a while now, and I know exactly where I want this mirror - in my little "office", above the dresser.
The frame of this mirror is plastic, and I'm planning to paint the frame either very dark brown (like the dresser the mirror is propped against), or maybe a gold-ish "champagne" color. I'm thinking maybe spray paint it, or paint it with a brush, depending on what paint color I find. So excited!
I paid 200 SEK (approx.21 EUR / $23) for the mirror. The frame has one crack, but I figure it will be easy to fix. The mirror itself seems to be in very good condition. For 200 crowns, I think it's a great deal for this size.
I went through the pictures from my trip to Lata Pigan last year, and look who it is hanging on the wall - my mirror!
See, it's a good size. This idea will work.

Here is last year's trip to Lata Pigan. The post is mostly in Latvian, but there are pictures.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Looking up: Latvia trip, July 2015

One of the best life tips I've ever heard that's actually stuck with me is
"look up!".
It was a tip on how to quickly regain balance when you're feeling challenged, and it's part of being in the moment and being mindful. "When it's hard, look up! Take a look at what is up there. Are there clouds? If you're inside, what's the ceiling made of?"
I now look up out of curiosity. I look up because it's neat. You notice a lot more. These are some of my favorite "look up!" (or "look around! Take it all in!") moments form my Latvia trip.

Here is another Latvia trip, to the Slow Mile beach at the Kemeri National Park.