Delicious homemade Churros

This weekend we celebrated a birthday at our home. The birthday girl had her heart set on churros, after pining for them since last vacation in Spain. Nothing else to do but find out how to make them home made style! 🙂 They are easy to make, and very tasty if I do say so myself! Even the birthday girl gave them a thumbs up!

You will need around 2l of cooking oil for frying. We used sunflower-oil.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 2.5 dl of water
  • 110 grams margarine
  • 125 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs

Ingredients for the sprinkle mixture:

  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pour the oil into your deep-fryer, or a large pot. The oil should be 3-4 cm deep.Heat the oil to 180 degrees Celsius.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and margarine to a rolling boil. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the boiling mixture. Reduce heat to low and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs one at a time. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.

Carefully squeeze out about 10 cm long strips of dough directly into the hot oil. Cut with a knife when you reach your preferred length. Having a third hand available here can help. 😉

Fry 3 or 4 strips at once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from hot oil to drain on paper towels.

Put the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and stir together. Roll the churros in the mixture while still hot.

Style them up for the table. We used paper boxes from Søstrene Grene, but they look great wrapped in brown paper with a bowl of chocolate saus on the side for dipping.

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Somebody needs to wash her bumbum!

So.. this happened today….

And THAT, my friends, led straight for the bathtub! It was a no negotiating kind of situation..

She kinda goes from a Mogwai to a Gremlin in these seconds from fluffy dry to soggy wet..

She actually likes it (sort of, kind of). Needs some attention and a little massage with soap and everything is fine 😀

Then she runs around, quick as a whip, drying herself on the rest of the house! 🙂

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A little DIY for comfort :)

I’ve been looking for ages for a bathtub table. Checking Etsy first of all, looking in local shops, browsing the Internet.. Nothing suited my minimalist home the way I’d pictured it in my head (besides the prices on shipping are hilarious).

I have no idea why we didn’t do this before, it was so simple! Not to mention cheap!! And it fits my “home spa” like a glove..

You start by measuring how wide your bathtub is at the top. Drive over to your local hardware store and buy some materials. We used Royal-impregnated wood of brown colour. This material is water-resistant and the colouring goes through the whole board. We bought three boards measuring 11.5cm x 2.5cm (4.5″ x 1″).

Here our dog Nano is checking out the underside of the table. Use small boards and galvanized screws to hold the big boards together.

This is the coloring of these boards after you cut them. Royal-impregnated wood is both sturdy and nice to look at. 🙂

Here is a view from under the table. Before you fasten the screws, line everything up and be sure that the small boards on the underside line up with the edges of the bathtub!

See, now I can watch my favorite show from a tub full of suds! Go for it! 🙂

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Couchsurfing, not by choice..

At home, sick with the flu. 🙁 Good thing I have company! Although it seems she’s not very social at this time of day…… Now I know that when we are at work, it’s all lazytown around here!

She is a bit stuck up this one.. I nudge – she barely blinks 🙂

Smile for the camera 😀
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Winter Ice Candles

We decided to do an ice candle project before having visitors the other day! Makes for a magical atmosphere around the entrance, and feels welcoming for those dropping by. 🙂

We have made ice candles in buckets earlier, but for that you need the outdoors to be chilly enough to freeze that amount of water. Lately we have had very mild weather, so we had to turn to our freezer for help. 😛

  • Fill balloons with water, tie a knot to close them and put them in the freezer.
  • Check them every now and then, you don’t want the water to freeze all the way through!! The balloon should feel hard, with sturdy ice, but shake it to check that there is still water in the middle. 🙂
  • Open the balloon (cut it with a sharp knife over the sink) and pop the icy ball out.
  • Find the thinnest  point and let the water out.  Make the hole large enough for a tea light. Usually the flat part at the bottom will be rather thick, and the opposite side thinner.
  • If you like, you can smooth out the opening at the top by letting warm water run in the sink.  Carefully rub the top of your ice light against the bottom of the warm sink until it’s melted to a nice shape. 🙂
Three magical ice lights!

 

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Add some colour to your walls! 

Moving in to a new house means a lot of empty walls.. Our old pictures just don’t do the trick here. 😉 I saw a painting on one of our trips to Poland, and decided to try to make my own (as we are on a bit of a budget). A cheap canvas from Panduro, a variety of acrylic colours (Pebeo Acryllic Medium & Panduro Acryllics Matt), and paintbrushes (mostly from IKEA) do the job well enough!

After many hours of work, the completed picture lights up the wall:

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Stylish DIY media bench for amplifier and speakers

Buying a professional media-bench (Unnu, Clic, Plateau etc.) for housing your speakers and stereo-equipment can be quite expensive. Luckily, you can get almost the same result by buying the right stuff from your nearest IKEA-store! You will also have to invest a couple of hours of work-time.

For the bench pictured below, you will need the following equipment:

  • 2 * Bestå black/brown, size 120x40x38 cm (2 * £25)
  • 4 * Lappviken black/brown, size (4 * £20)
  • 4 * Bestå Soft closing/push-open hinge (4 * £10)
  • About 3 meters of speaker fabric

So the main parts cost just £170 at IKEA.

Close-up of one of the doors

Assemble the shelving frames following the instructions. The back-plates can be omitted. Having open backs makes it much easier to run wires between the various components. Visually they aren’t really needed, since the doors/fabric will cover the front completely.

Cut out suitable holes in all the doors. This is for letting sound and infrared remote-signals through. Wrap tightly with speaker fabric, and stable on the rear side. Fit the doors to the frames as instructed.

All doors open and speakers showing

This system will easily fit your amplifier/receiver and large front- and center-speakers. Adjust the height of the speakers with books and similar to align them with the cut-outs in the doors.

The finished setup (No, there wasn’t any room for the subwoofer.. 😉)

An extra bonus is that the infra-red light from most remote controls will pass through the speaker-fabric, so you can still control your amp from the remote!

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Ice-Paint-Salt ❤️

Blocks of ice are always fun, especially for the kids! 😉 Add some paint and salt and watch it melt into fun shapes.

Mix your paint with a good dollop of salt, and paint it on. Add more salt if it’s taking too long! While you are painting, you might hear the crackling sound of the melting ice – it’s a nice effect and the kids really liked that part! Having fun while learning a thing or two. 😉

The finished blocks make cool props for pictures too! 😀

Kinda cool with all the nooks and crannies, hey? 🙂

 

Here we put them out at Boes utsikt at Hisøy in Arendal, Norway 🙂
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Ice apples to add colour outdoors

A few years back, I noticed our neighbor still had apples on his tree.. This was in Febuary. There was snow on the ground, and not a single leaf on the branches. It was really cool! There where no apples in my yard, so I had to make my own 😉

 

Balloons, string and plastic clamps – all from the kitchen drawer 😉
A tiny bit of food colouring into the balloon, add the string with a hoop out the top
Fill the balloons with water and use the clamps to close them before popping them in the freezer over night.
Hang them up in your yard (preferebly at winter time). We went out to the closest beach, and put them out for all to see 🙂
The finished tree!
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