Hello, and welcome to my blog!

As a wife and homemaker, and a busy mother of three great kids, my days are full and my to-do list never ending. More things are added as soon as some are checked off. Enjoying the domestic life, DIY, and “make from scratch” while caring for my family, homemaking is very important to me. In this blog, I share my experiences on a variety of things I do in my home. My main focus is on cooking, baking, gardening, and things of interest in regards to taking care of a household. After almost two decades, I have learned countless ways to run a household more smoothly, and I include these experiences with tips and ideas throughout my posts.

We rarely eat out, so I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen. I enjoy both cooking and baking, though there are busy days when I’d rather not have to cook at all and a pizza is just the thing. Dinner-making can sometimes get a bit of an “everyday” feel to it; it’s a necessity whether you want to cook or not, and trying to come up with a variety of easy, healthy meals that everyone enjoys can be a challenge. Therefore, finding a special, new recipe to try can be mighty exciting, especially when it ends up being fairly quick and easy, healthy, and something everyone ends up loving. Some of my recipes are more time-consuming and can seem complicated, and if I post any of these, it is because they are truly worth the extra effort.

I am always on the look-out for new recipes; not just any kind of recipe, but recipes that prove themselves excellent. This is especially true for my dessert recipes, as baking is a real passion for me. I could bake every day if I had the time and enough people around me to enjoy eating it all. I go for the best of the best; not for complicated, but certainly for that extraordinary flavor that makes people wonder “WHO made that???” I do have a few recipes that I feel fit this category, and little by little I will be sharing them with you.

For cooking recipes, I tend to look for ones that are fairly quick and easy, pleasing to the palate, but also low on processed, pre-packaged foods; in other words, I am trying to keep it as healthy as I can while accomplishing the rest at the same time. In a busy household when raising kids, I don’t usually have the time to get into the more fancy, time-consuming cooking, even if the result is great. I cook every day for my family, and I need recipes that I have time for.

My gardening posts are all about vegetables as opposed to shrubs and flowers. Vegetable gardening is a relatively new hobby for me, though I have learned a lot since I got started in 2010 with vegetables in-ground instead of pots on my deck. Since then, I have done a lot of reading and researching, asking questions, and hands-on gardening, and have learned a great deal in this exciting and fun process. There is already a lot of information out there about vegetable gardening, so my posts will be a little bit different. In this blog I will not go through “everything you need to know”, as there are “a gazillion” pages covering that on the internet by people much more experienced than me. Instead, I will share the information I found especially useful while I was going through a variety of material, trying to learn what to do in my own garden. I will write about what I did, the results, what worked and what didn’t, what I decided to do differently next time, and why. Hopefully some of my experiences and failures will help others in their own gardens.

I was born and raised in Norway, so it is only natural for me to include some Norwegian recipes, though most of my recipes will be American ones or other recipes I found after I moved to the U.S. I will stick to the imperial / USA measuring system in recipes (pounds, ounces, Fahrenheit etc.) In order to help with any measurement confusions that may arise for people using the metric system (kilos, grams, Celcius etc.),  whether living in Norway or not, I  have include some measurement tables and conversion tools in a separate page, called Metric and More (click here to view), and food translation as well. You can find it in the same bar as the “About” page, on the Home page. I have also included other information useful to Norwegians, and will add to the list as needed.

Please feel welcome to comment on my posts! Be kind, use clean language, and no spam, please. I will read each and every one of your comments, and if you have questions, I will do my best to answer them for you. I will stick to English in my posts, though if you wish to comment in Norwegian, you are of course very welcome to.

I hope you will find my blog useful and fun to read!