Making raw food snacks

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Yesterday's batch

Something I have done a lot, when we had our own kitchen, was making raw food chocolate snacks. Often I made lots of it, and then kept it in the freezer to have when people came over.

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Heavenly organic cocoa powder

Some of the good things with raw food snacks are that they are naturally free from gluten, eggs, diary and rafinated sugar. And they are so good!
My niece had asked me to make some while I am here, since she likes it a lot.

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Pumpkin seeds from Whole Foods

So I made one batch yesterday and one today. And since I bought so much ingredients for it, I’ll be able to make one more to put in the freezer.

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Ingredients

Here’s what’s in today’s batch:
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower kernels, roasted
Dates
Cocoa powder
Coconut oil
A pinch of salt

Since I make these from organic ingredients, I choose to use seeds rather than nuts – that keeps the cost down a little. And if people allergic to nuts come to visit, it won’t be a problem.

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Chocolate snack

When making these, I simply grind all the seeds in a food processor, then add the cocoa powder, dates and salt and blend it all before adding the coconut oil.
It’s the coconut oil and dates that will keep the “dough” together. When the oil is chilled it becomes hard.

It’s been so good to be here in Frisco where the Whole Foods market opened rather recently. Don’t think I have ever eaten this healthy in the US before.

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Whole Foods

My brother and his family has started eating a lot more organic food since the store opened.

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Store filled with good things

Allright, that’s all for now!
//Wivan

3.37 jetlag

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Early Friday

The first night here in Frisco, Colorado I woke up at 2 am after about four hours of sleep. Jetlag.
This last night I didn’t wake up until 3.37, so it’s going the right way.

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Beautiful sunrise behind the mountains

The cool thing about getting up unneccesary early is to see the sun come up.

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Through my bedroom window

The town of Frisco is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains with beautiful views all around.

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Even the parkings have a view

Since we’re on high altitude (9000 ft/2700m), it takes a few days to adjust, and needs a bit of caution not to get sick.

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Went for some shopping today

It’s great to hang out with the family here, and to be part of at least some of the preparations for next weekend’s graduation party for my nephew.

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Early Friday pic

Take care! // Wivan

Early flying bird

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Stretch before take off

Went to bed early last night, and woke up at 4 am and couldn’t really go back to sleep. It’s ok though, I’ll gave plenty of time to nap along this trip to Denver.

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New bag tag! #pride

Started the day with some stretching and a little exercise, and a light breakfast. Super smooth to go from my friend’s place to Copenhagen airport Kastrup; in one hour after leaving her place I was checked in and had passed security!

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Belt off for security check

So now I am having my second breakfast and it’s more than an hour and a half before take off.
Might go to the “family area” for some stretching and playing ;).

Have a fun day!
//Wivan

The journey has begun

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Walking with two backpacks

Today I started my journey bound for Denver, Colorado. The plane doesn’t leave until tomorrow, but I’ll be spending the night in Malmö at a friend’s.
It’s been a couple of intense days before leaving Anders and the island this morning. I’ve applied for a part-time job for this coming fall, and getting the application ready has been very stressful. Totally out of my comfort zone to follow the given rules for applying and to manage to update my cv.
The good thing is I made it, and next time it probably won’t be as hard.

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Grandma choosing cookies

Before getting on the train, I visited grandma and we went out for a “fika” (coffee and a cookie) and did some shopping.

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Great way to keep track of the passport

Now it’s a three hour train ride, and I am happy to have some tricks to help me organize the packing, especially when doing a stop for a night before flying.

I love my little plastic bag that holds the passport, vaccination card and a pen – very often when traveling one needs to fill out forms, so keeping a pen together with the passport (and later also the boarding card) comes handy.

Before take off I’ll save the address and other details on where I am going, in case that is needed for any paper work, or if it’s needed for transportation. I save those things in a document on my phone, where I can reach it offline and I don’t need to hold on to a bunch of papers.

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Kitchen cabinet at home

Three weeks away from Anders and our home in Sweden is ahead, and I have mixed emotions about that.
It’s been so great to have a home base since we got back to Sweden, and Anders and I haven’t been apart for this long since last September.

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Anders and the soap bubbles

Ok, I promise to update during the trip, and let you know what’s cooking in Colorado these days.
Haven’t been there since 2007, but have met with my brother and his family in Sweden instead over those years.

Ciao for now!
//Wivan

Can’t stop obsessing

As we wrote some week ago, we’re thinking and doing some research about what to do and where to go next winter. The place we’ve gotten several hints about is Costa Rica with its beautiful beaches, forests, warm but not too warm weather, growing coffee, bananas and cocoa (!), a rich wild life and possibilities to surf and talk Spanish.

Picture: wavetribecompany.com

Picture: wavetribecompany.com

But we’re also talking about Bahamas and the romantically beautiful Maldives…

Swiming pigs in Bahamas. Picure: grandisleresort.com

Swiming pigs in Bahamas. Picure: grandisleresort.com

One of many islands in the Maldives. Picture: hoom.se

One of many islands in the Maldives. Picture: hoom.se

Since we don’t know yet what will happen at Anders’ work (they’re laying off about 50% of the staff), we don’t want to book anything or make too serious plans. But, we can still think about it and check some things out. Our hope is to continue travelling for an extended period of time, and in the thought process we’ve also opened up for other things: is there anything we really want to do, see and experience if there are no limitations?

What comes back in my dreams are the horse back tours; to check out new places and experience travelling by horse. And to be working with cattle or horses in a farm. This is not really something we’re gonna do together though, Anders have never been riding a horse and the obsession for horseback riding is mine. He’s open to try, but probably won’t go for a two or three week tour or a three month Workaway project with me.

When I started looking at different possibilities, my mind and imagination went totally wild! I started crying when reading about and seeing pictures of tours in Mongolia and love watching the images of cowboys and cowgirls riding on the wide plains in the US. Excitement and happiness fills me when seeing people on horses in the summer landscape of southern France or Bulgaria. I just can’t stop obsessing about it.

Picture: inthesaddle.com

Picture: inthesaddle.com

This has been a dream of mine for so many years, to go riding in different countries in the summer or to travel by horse on Iceland for weeks at a stretch. It all comes back to life now when I’m seeing broader possibilities.

Riding on Iceland. Picture: ishestar.se

Riding on Iceland. Picture: ishestar.se

Through the network of Workaway, it might be possible to travel, work 4-5 hours per day at a ranch or farm and go riding and staying at the place for free. Maybe even work with horses and cattle as part of the daily chores.

Not having to pay for the stay and instead offer my hours is a good way to make trips like these less expensive. Who wouldn’t want a Swedish cowgirl coming to work?! I’m also looking for not-so-perfect-and-polished places, meaning I wouldn’t want to stay at a 5-star hotel but rather in clean sheets at a ranch, or in a sleeping bag in a jurt or tent.

Picture: thehideout.com

Picture: thehideout.com

It’s so much fun to let out the girlish dreams and excitement about this riding trip/exploring I’ve kept for so long. And though I’m travelling together with my husband, it’s also of most importance that we do whatever we feel we long to do, otherwise none of us will be happy.

So, during his trip to Sicily this coming September, he’s going with a good friend and they’re gonna drive motorcycles around the island. That’s one of his dreams. And I’ll be surfin’ in Portugal instead.

Gonna stop looking at riding trips and be where I’m at now; in Flores. It’s May and this is where we are at the moment :-).

Take care and keep dreaming!
// Wivan