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DANISH PLACES: CHRISTIANSFELD

My Hubby and I love going for a drive, discovering new places. We usually do this on Wednesdays, as this is our day off, and so most weeks, Wednesday has become our Saturday :)

The other week we drove to a small town called Christiansfeld, which is located in the southern part of Denmark. The city was founded in 1773 by the Moravian church. Its architecture is very distinct and very well planned, where most town houses and city buildings are built using very fine quality craftsmanship and strict choice in materials, giving it a very unanimous look.

In Denmark we take good care of our old buildings and therefore also keeping the history. Christiansfeld is quite special in this way. It was built in only twenty years and to promote trades and industry. One of these industries was the honey cake bakery, which up until 2008, still was using its original 18th century bakery. Today a chocolatier has taken over the place, but they still bake honey cakes after the original secret recipe, although today, they have become a bit more sophisticated, using only the best organic ingredients available.

There's not a lot of activities in this town, but there is plenty of history and details. We just loved walking around looking at, discovering and photographing little old pieces of history. This uniqueness and well preserved architecture, has also resulted in the town being on UNESCO's tentative list.

Have a great evening.

 

DIY GARDEN JOURNAL

A couple of days ago I showed you my newly built and planted balcony vegetable garden. Well, today I have something to go with that. Since it's a very small garden, I have left over seeds in little seed bags from the vegetables I planted, and I thought I would find a way to keep these. I might just need them later this summer, if I have to plant more. 

So I decided to make a small garden journal, where I could keep the seed bags handy and keep track of my little garden. 

You'll need the above materials and the download below.

DOWNLOAD COVER HERE 
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Take your A6 carton sheets, punch holes and write the names of the vegetables on each sheet. Glue or tape the back of the seed bags to the carton.

Use jute string to bind the whole thing together. 

You can use the journal to document your garden and date the process.

Have a great Monday.

BALCONY VEGETABLE GARDEN

I dream of a house with a small vegetable garden. I love the idea of growing your own greens and I know that someday soon I'll be doing just that. But at the moment we live in an apartment, and we have to make do with a balcony. So we decided to make a small herb and vegetable garden by using crates.  

We built a stand for the crates, and made a couple of doors for it as well. You see, I live at the beach, and when it gets windy here i Denmark, you can pretty much double that wind here at the beach. So having a place to store pots, dirt and various gardening objects is quite necessary, or it will be rolling all over the place on a windy day.

On the wall of the balcony, we hung a couple of herb shelves. The shelves are made from small brick pallets, which we attached a couple of pots to.

We planted 5 different herbs and vegetables in the crates; rocket, spinach, spring onions, parsley and basil. They are all greens I use a lot in my cooking and it will be exciting to see them grow and be able to pluck leaves here and there for dinner.

This whole project has also created a really cozy atmosphere here on the balcony, which is very nice when you sit outside and you can smell the thyme and lemon balm 

I'll will update you later in June on the progress of keeping a small balcony garden.

Have a great Friday.

VERSATILE AND LASTING CENTERPIECE

How is everyone? This week's 'how to' is a really easy and cute project. Often when you make a centerpiece for a party or dinner, you don't always make it thinking that it has to last a long time. But that would actually be nice, right, if it did last a long time. 

So we came up with a slightly different looking centerpiece, that will last a long time. It's made from potted herbs and roses. A bit untraditional I guess, but it looks really pretty and it smells fantastic. 

The whole idea is that you place your cut flowers in test-tubes, which are inserted into the herb plant. This way you can easily exchange the cut flowers when they are done, and you have a fresh centerpiece for any length of time. Another convenient thing is that you can pick and drizzle you food with fresh herbs right at the table.

You'll need these materials:

Burlap
Jute-string
Test-tubes (about 10)
Tray (we used a baking tray)
10 Cut flowers
3 potted herbs of your choice 

Happy project.

COLOR PALETTE WEEK 21

May your week be colorful!

  

GLUTEN FREE CRISP BREAD

I love crisp bread, especially if it’s rustic and full of grains, and this is the best crisp bread recipe I have ever tried. These crisps are perfect for snacks as well. By adding different flavored salts for example, you can make really nice and healthy treats.

The recipe is from this site, which is run by a Danish woman who have been eating and experimenting with gluten-free baking for 20 years. Her experience with different types of gluten-free flour is quite extensive. She's also really good at making delicious everyday recipes, which is often what you need the most when eating gluten-free. The site is in Danish, but I'm sure Google will be able to translate it so it's relatively understandable :-)

I have translated the recipe so you all can easily try it out. One note though about measuring units; DL means deciliter = 0,1 liter = ca. 0,42 cups

I have made a recipe card, which can be printed in 4"x 6" (10 x 15 cm), so they are perfect for your recipe box. Just right click and save image.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions

Hope you are having a great week.

 

 

GARDEN TABLE NAME TAGS

As we promised you in yesterdays post, today we have the name tag freebie and instruction for you. To make these tags you'll need burlap, yarn and of course the printout of the tags. 

1. Print out the tags and cut along the lines.
2. Write the names of your guest on the top tag (small one). 
3. Cut out a piece of burlap. Use the small tag to measure, but add about 1cm to the width. Now fringe the edge of the burlap on the long side, by removing a couple of threads.
4. Make tassels. See 'how to' here. (The tassel is optional and can be exchanged for a piece of string). 
5. Take the big tag, place the burlap piece in the middle and place the name tag on top. Make a hole for the tassel in one end. Use hole punch.
6. Secure the layers to each other by attaching the tassel.

DOWNLOAD TAGS HERE (6 tags in one A4 sheet)
For personal use only please. Copyright 
Precious Sister  

Happy printing and tasseling.

GARDEN TABLE SETTING

Today we have a lovely table setting for you. This is a very casual, yet elegant setting. The centerpiece is made of 4 simple potted flowers in terracotta pots and a small magnolia tree, which we wrapped in burlap.

Because the table and terracotta pots are almost identical in color, we made a table runner from a piece of cotton fabric. The edges where ripped (you can do that pretty easily with cotton fabric and still keep a straight edge) to create a rustic and casual look. This creates contrast on the table.

We choose the color of the flowers to match the tableware, and the color of the plates to match the cream color of the table runner. Between the bowl and the plate we put a piece of burlap. This keeps the bowl from moving around on the plate + it looks very nice.

As a final touch, we created a 3 layered nametag with a tassel attached. Tomorrow I'll post a description and download on how to make the tags and tassels.

Happy table setting :)

COLOR PALETTE WEEK 20

CHICKEN WIRE HERB BASKET

Today we have a perfect little weekend garden project for you. It's a basket made from chicken wire with branch handles. You can use it to keep you favorite herbs and it would be ideal for the potting table or maybe the kitchen window. 

Follow the 'how to' to make the basket. You can save the image to keep it handy.

Have a great Saturday!

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