Posts tagged gather
Slow Morning Rituals with a Norwegian Breakfast

Growing up, the best part about holidays was getting to stay at my Norwegian grandparents’ house for the weekend. I always looked forward to the special breakfast that my grandma made for us every morning. Weekends were about slowing down, spending quality time together, and enjoying a simple breakfast.

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Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup Recipe

We all know those women who look like they can do it all. Whether it’s having a prosperous career, exercising daily, or putting a homemade dinner on the table – it’s like they know this secret that the rest of us are struggling to find. Well, I have some good news for you. There is a little trick that I’ve uncovered to make one thing in your life a little easier. Here is how to create a thoughtful tradition by making a homemade soup as part of a weekly ritual.

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The Dinner Party Trend to Expect in 2019

For Christmas one year, we got my Norwegian grandma a book by Alice Waters, 40 Years of Chez Panisse: The Power of Gathering. Alice Waters’ unique cooking style established a menu at her restaurant that serves the most delicious produce only when it’s in season. This reminded us of my grandma’s holistic philosophies in the kitchen and the Scandinavian focus on the joy of thoughtful gatherings. Inspired by the Scandinavian way of relaxed living and changes within traditional American practices, here is the dinner party trend to expect in 2019.

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Simple Fall Tablescapes with The Beach People

Finally, it feels like fall has arrived overnight! The sun is going down earlier, and nights are still warm enough in Santa Monica to entertain outside. There is nothing like a cozy dinner party with close friends, candlelight, and earthy tones to really celebrate community. With Thanksgiving approaching, you can put together some simple fall tablescapes to host a festive gathering by using things you already own.

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Original Homemade Halloween Desserts

They’re not like a regular Halloween dessert. They’re cool desserts. Pinterest is an amazing place, let me tell you. I get so “wowed” by seeing all of this creativity, especially with this many original homemade dessert ideas. There’s just something about feeling inspired by original, creative holiday ideas. Especially with Halloween, I appreciate any and all decorating tips that stray from the standard bright orange stuff made of plastic.

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1997: A Norwegian Breakfast on the Farm

Throughout my childhood, my Norwegian grandmother used to take me on trips to Europe just the two of us every year. My most memorable summer was spent on our family’s farm in 1997 when I was 6-years-old. We stayed with my great-grandparents in their small town called Øyjord outside of Narvik, Norway (population estimation around 100, no joke). As a young child, staying on the farm for about a month at a time, with no one my age, made me really homesick after just a couple days.

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