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peachy bruschetta appetizers

Today I want to share my simple recipe for mini bruschettas. These things are super easy and each part of the bruschetta can be prepared the day before serving if one wants to, yay! Plus, these little creations are delicious!

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For about twenty mini bruschettas you’ll need

  • one baguette
  • a goat cheese you like
  • four or five peaches
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • honey

The day before I served these I prepared my peaches! I sliced my peaches into small wedges, then I fried them in a pan with a generous amount of butter and brown sugar. If your peaches are really, really sweet you can skip the sugar, but I find that it goes well with the buttery taste. Be quite cautious while frying them, they easily stick to the pan! When they’re done, let them cool and then put them in a box in the fridge.

The next day you buy a fresh baguette and slice it into half-inch pieces. Then add them to a pan with a small amount of butter, you don’t want to soak them. Heat them up so they look all grilled and nice. If you’re not serving immediately, let them cool and store in an airtight plastic bag until you are.

When it’s time to serve you take one slice of the goat cheese and top each slice of bread, then add two wedges of your fried peaches. Then, as the best part of it all, drizzle some honey over each bruschetta! It really makes it all come together. Serve and watch as the plate quickly empties!

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vintage plate revival

As you might recall I’m into plates with animals on them at the moment. I kind off collect them, but they’re hard to find! So I made my own cat plate. Today I’m showing you something similar, this time two vintage plates get a whole new style!

I adore vintage plates, especially the ones with flowers on the edges, too pretty. Not to mention the gold lining that often occurs as well! I just love them. Sadly they rarely come in dinner sets, some plates broken through the years. They’re often sold alone or in pairs. I know a lot of people want matching dinner sets, but I’m not that picky! Mix and max is just as good, and much more personal. So when I found these two plates in the thrift store I had to get them (plates like these cost almost nothing at all). Then I thought I had to give them a make over to make them more interesting.

I thought a good long while about what i could paint on them to match the flowers. Then I thought of it! Bees! They like flowers, could be counted in the ‘animal’ category and they are super cute!

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This is what you’ll need

  • vintage flower plates
  • gold sharpie (or any other water-resistant sharpie you might prefer)
  • rubbing alcohol (to clean the plate)
  • an oven

First of all, find you plates. Any flower plate will do, choose the ones you find the prettiest. In any thrift store you will find loads, I promise! They do not have to match, as mine do though.

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Use the rubbing alcohol to clean your plate, finger prints and oil from you hands could disturb the sharpie pen from staying put. Just wipe it off a bit. Then take you pen and try it on a piece of paper first. This is important if you using the gold kind, they tend to ‘flow’ a bit more then the usual black sharpie pen. I found it much easier to paint the actual plate after making some sketches.

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Start making you design! I had three bees on one and two on the other, but if you want you could try to make them symmetrical. When your pleased with the design and the bees are enjoying the florals it’s time to bake the plates. Set the oven to 175 degrees celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) and bake them for half an hour. Let them cool. And your done! Easy, right?

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Bee safe! (Yeah pun intended) xo Pella

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diy asos knock off embroidered flower dress


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In my first entry I wrote about one of my biggest passions, dresses! I can’t get enough of them! I wouldn’t say I have too many, because you can’t really have too many dresses, but I have a few. Most of my dresses are vintage finds or thrifted. I’m not the kind of girl who go for design pieces, I couldn’t afford it and I believe you can dress great without spending too much money! This is where this tutorial get’s in the picture. If you haven’t read my first entry about the dress off my dreams from asos, do it here.

So I was in an impossible position, the dress I had my eyes on was way to pricey and when it came on sale it still was too much for my student budget to bare. And then it got sold out. What do you do? You do it yourself! It was a little tricky but I would like to think that my version, all though MUCH cheaper, is just as good as the one from asos.

Since my dress was too white for my taste I used tea to dye it a more antique white shade. Here is a tutorial for that. But let’s skip to how I turned my plain dress into a wonder of flower power! It was more work than I expected, but I had some fantastic assistance from my mother who is way more handy with a needle and thread then I’ll ever be!

This is what you’ll need for this project

  • a simple dress to your liking
  • lots of iron on flowers
  • lots of sew on flowers
  • needles and thread
  • an iron

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The flowers I bought I bought on ebay, herehere and here. If I were to buy all the flowers in a craft or sewing store I could just as well’ve bought the original asos dress, they’re that expensive, so i recommend shopping from ebay for this purpose. I think I had about 150 flowers all in all, but some are large and some are tiny, buy as many as you think you’ll need and want. Personally I think more is more (always)!

I started by putting the dress on and trying to figure out where the flowers would be most flattering and look the best together. Since I wanted my dress to be symmetrical, like the asos dress, I put needles in the fabric (while wearing it) to know where I should put the flowers later on. I lay the dress out and started needling the flowers on.

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I wanted the lining to be eye-catching so I chose to place the larger flowers there. I saved matching ones for the back.

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Only my larger flowers were the iron on kind so they were the only ones I fit into the symmetrical pattern. The small ones had to wait! When I was satisfied with flowers placements I started ironing them on. Remember to take the needle away before placing the iron on the flowers and be very careful with the heat if you dress i lace, like mine.

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Ones the flowers are stuck, it can take a while for the glue to set so just keep ironing, it’s time for the tiny flowers. If it was one thing I loved with the asos dress it was that they had sewn flowers on top of each other, so I sewed many of my smaller ones on top of the larger flowers. It takes a good while to sew on all the smaller ones, but don’t give up because the more flowers the more amazing your dress will look.

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Before I sewed the smallest flowers on it looked like this!

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And this is the finished product, of some weird reason I haven’t got any pictures with me actually wearing it. Next time I throw this beauty on I promise to snap I few pics!

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This is how the back turned out, a little bit more bare like I wanted it. My favorite part, except the neckline, is the flowers on the bottom of the dress, the ones that went on the actual skirt. Such a special little detail.

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When I wore this I got so many compliments from my friends and I bet you would to if you made your own version!

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super easy grilled summer veggies

Enjoying the last days of swedish summer I just want to share a really easy way for serving veggies! I am a really big fan of roasted carrots and sweet potato but it feels like it’s been done to many times now. Then I discovered this beautiful way of serving them. This is also a great way of serving at a party, it serves a lot of people and you can make as much as you need.

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Just pick you favorite veggies, I found some gorgeous zucchini so that was my main ingredient. I added a large sweet potato, some onion and potato. You could easily add tomato, carrots and eggplant. I topped it all off with some fresh spices, I had thyme and basil at hand. Add some olive oil, salt and pepper and put them in a pre-heated oven (200 degrees celsius) for about 40 minuets.

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It looks fancy and like you spent more time on it than you actually did! I love clever cooking!

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DIY piñata, party idea

Hi guys! remember the post about my mini pinatas? There I mentioned that I along with the small pinatas also made a really large pinata for my birthday and yes pinatas are for adults as well if you ask me. This is how it turned out and I can say that I was very pleased with the outcome of it all!

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As I said about the mini pinatas, it’s important to start this craft at least one week before the actual pinata is needed. It takes rather long for the papier maché glue to dry.

This is what you’ll need:

  • one large balloon (mine was gigantic)
  • newspapers
  • papier maché  glue
  • a big bowl
  • glue sticks (for the decorating of the pinata)
  • silk paper
  • string
  • candy (most important part of course)

For this craft I had some boyfriend assistant, mostly because the balloon was so big it’s hard to handle it alone but also because it’s fun to do something crafty together. He help me blow the balloon (yes, I find them scary and always think they will blow up in my face…) to gigantic size!

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Although a bit scary, one can’t deny that balloons are very pretty! When the balloon was ready we placed it in a bowl, so it would stay still (mot of the time) when we put the paper and glue on. Choose a bowl you’re not all to fond of, it could get ruined or miss colored from all the glue. Also prepare with paper under the balloon, you don’t want to stain your working space. The glue washes away really easy with water though, but one can’t be too sure.

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I used store-bought papier maché glue, I recommend it very much, it get’s much sturdier than the one you can make yourself. But if you want to try that I mentioned a recipe in this post . Mix you glue together and let it set for a while (the kind I used said ten minuets), while you wait you shred the papers.

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Now it’s time to start covering up the balloon! We used sponges to put on the glue and then lay some of the paper on and smooth it out.

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You do one layer at the time, so switch the balloon over when one half is covered! I did two layers at one time and them put it to dry for a day or two just to repeat it. Make sure you leave the top of the balloon (the knot) bare, this is where you get the balloon out later when the pinata is dry. All in all I had eight layers on mine. It’s important that you turn it over while it’s drying, or else the part in the bowl won’t dry but stay moist instead. So turn it around once a day if possible.

Make sure you keep the glue, cover it with some plastic, you’ll be needing it after filling the pinata.

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While it was drying my cat guarded it.

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Skipping forward to when the pinata is dry you should fill it up. First though you have to remove the balloon, cut it at the knot and then pull it out. Cut the existing hole bigger, so the candy will fit!

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What I initially wanted to fill mine with was miniature booze bottles, but I hadn’t any luck in finding any and of course my fallback was candy. Since all of my guests grew up in the nineties I choose to put in ring pops, I used to love them when I was little (eatable jewelry is the best).

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Put all the goodies in there and use needle and string to make to holes and tie the string through to hang the pinata in later. Then take the papier maché glue and some more paper and cover up the hole. The pinata will probably need one more day to dry before being decorated. When it came to the decor I choose three colors of silk paper, orange, pink and hot pink to create a cute ombre effect.

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For glue I had glue sticks, I needed three so stock up! Glue sticks are better than liquid paper glue, it’s easier to work with in this case. Start glueing them on at the bottom so the fringe will be pointing down.

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I love how it really looks like a gigantic version of the mini pinatas I made as placement cards for the party.

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Have a good time smashing up your pinata beauty!

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pink beetroot hummus

So I had this party last saturday and I made some really good vegetarian dishes. I paired them with to kinds of sauce, both served cold and made the day before. This one I’m really exited to show you, mostly because it’s delicious but also because it’s hot pink. I love that color, it adds a very nice touch to your plate. Perfect to serve with salad, roasted veggies or simply as a dip. Did I mention it’s really easy and impressive at the same time?

This is what you’ll need

  • One drained can chickpeas
  • 3 roasted beetroots
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup olive oil (1,8 dl)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • salt & pepper

First off you’ll need to roast your beetroots, I bought some that already had been boiled so I could just slice them into wedges and put them in the oven with some olive oil and salt. They need 200 degrees celsius and 15 minuets.

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While they’re in the oven rinse your chickpeas and pour them into a bowl. Chop the garlic and add it to the bowl. Squeeze in some lemon juice (preferably fresh) and pour in the oil. Add the tahini, which is a sesame paste that you add for genuine hummus taste. When you’re done you mix it, I used my immersion blender but a mixer would work just as well.

Take the beetroots out of the oven and let them cool for a bit. When they’re not super hot you mix them with the hummus as well. It will turn a gorgeous pink and the beetroots will give the hummus a sweeter taste.

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And it’s done! It’s a very good sandwich spread as well, I made vegan rolls with soy beans and baby spinach. A very tasty sandwich roll for all you vegans out there!

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This is what it looked like when I served it at the dinner party. I would say it was a total hit! If you have a version of this recipe I would love to hear it!

Also I want to mention that I finished the knock off asos dress that I mentioned in my very first post. Photos and tutorial coming soon. So exited to show it, I’m so pleased! xo Pella

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lime mojito jello shots (vegan)

I made these little bad boys for my birthday party, I served them with the welcome drinks (which I sadly did not get on picture, they disappeared too fast!). These are simple jello shots but served in a really cute way. Truth be told I only made these because I like the way of serving them in the lime slices, but they tasted better than expected. Not sure I am over thrilled by the jello texture though!
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They are easy to make and I love things you can make ahead! I made these the evening before the party, but you could make them two-three days earlier, at least, just keep them in the refrigerator.

You’ll need 

  • 12 limes
  • Dr Oetkers Vege-Gel
  • Food Coloring
  • Mojito essence
  • White rum
  • Water

You could easily leave the rum out and just use more water, then you’ll have cute kid-friendly treats with fresh lime taste! Would probably be a total hit!

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If you’d like you could make these with jello mixture and just follow the instructions on the package but I’m not a big fan of gelatin so I use the vegetarian substitute.

First of all you have to handle the hard part and that is hollowing the limes. For this I used a melon baller and a small sharp knife. I used the knife to try to cut loose as much as possible and them i scraped the rest out with the melon baller. Remember to not cut the limes in to wedges yet, that’s for when they are filled and the jello has set!

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The inside of the limes will probably not look perfect, just as long as they are hollow it will be fine.

It’s time for the jello to be mixed. I mixed mine according to the package of my vege-gel. I boiled one and a half cup of water and added one sachet of vege-gel mix. Then I whisked it and let i cool a bit before adding the mojito essence (just a tablespoon or two). All of this will have to be done quite quick so the mix will be smooth. The last thing I added was the white rum, half a cup.

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I placed my lime shells in a plastic container, so that they will not tip over, and start pouring the jello into the shells. Put them in the refrigerator for at least three hours and then they can be cut into the cute wedges. Each lime makes for four wedges when finished.

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So there it was, a great make ahead party treat for grown up!