Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My homepage

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I am working on my homepage now.. at the moment it looks like this. It is sooo hard to do it myself, but finally I realised that I have to keep it SIMPLE so that I can easily update myself whenever I need to. Also some of the poor products need a professional photographer.. ah well it will do for now.

All in all though I am quite happy about the result, and more so happy that I finally moved my butt from the studio in the basement to the computer to do some work..

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

CHRISTMAS TIMES

Also here in Israel we have gingerbread and glögg (hot spiced wine)!

It was a bit strange to bake gingerbread and then eat lunch outside in the garden.. in the sun.. but I am not complaining. Now we have super wonderful weather and I feel so happy about that. But I am also yeallous about the snow you have back home..
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Alma and Kim tasting the cookies.
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Lee and Noam baking together.
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

PUZZLE ON A STRING

Every day a new puzzle-parcel to open! 24 until Christmas eve. What it better than starting the day with a few pieces of puzzle, I think we just have to do this all year long and not just at christmas times..

Thursday, November 25, 2010

CHOKLAD-MARGA-BRÖD

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Noam have been talking for a few days about baking chocolate-marga-bread.. And I have been quite good at talking him into doing something else.. Until I realised he wondn't give up until we bake this bread. He had planned this in detail.. So it was just to start.
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Noam took out all the ingredients.. flour (ok that is good for bread) then yeast (wow great!).. margarine (ok, I guess it is not such a bad idea, actually he took butter but I didn't tell him), choco (hmm okey, this was new to me), salt (good choice) and water. And that was it. Well it is possible to bake bread from this. So we started. It was supposed to be equal amount of water as flour.. so I managed to talk him into that we should have less water (and I made him think it was his idea ofcourse). 1 dl of choco (similar to Swedish o'boy), half a cube of yeast, lots of butter, some salt.. mix alot. And Noam explained very carefully that this bread needs to my mixed more than usual bread..
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Okey.. so how hot should the own be then?
- 2km! Noam said loud and proud.
- but Noam that is distance not temperature, said his very paitent mother.
- No it is not, I know how to make this bread, not you.
- Okey, so put the owen on 2km them.
The owen was put on 2 with the bread in the owen. NOTHING happens..
- Okey mom, maybe it should be 200 then.
-Maybe 100 will be okey.
- Okey okey mom lets put it between 100 and 200 then.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

GARDEN PROJECTS

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Finally the outside temperature seems to have cooled down again, we just had a period of quite hot days and now we have super wonderful, cool and comfortable days. I so enjoy it and we spend alot of time outside. This morning I was in the garden with the kids, working on our projects. Planting seeds and finding sprouts from here and there that we bring home and plant in the garden. Sometimes it grows sometimes not..

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Morning sun in the garden
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

PEANUTS

How nice to get lots and lots of peanuts straight from the field, peel, roast and mmm...
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Monday, November 1, 2010

PIANO


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We went to see our good friends Ido, Inbal and Avinoam, had a super great time in the park, ate a wonderful lunch and the kids learned to play the piano! Thanks for a great day!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

RAIN

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I walked home today with Alma in the carriage and it started to rain! Yes! rain, the first one after a hot never-ending summer. It is the first time that I feel total happiness only because of the rain! I honestly didn´t think that was possible, but it seems to be. When walking home with water on my bare arms I hear the children singing "geshem geshem bo.. geshem geshem bo.." (rain rain come..rain rain come..) and I realise that the feeling is a little similar to the first snow in Sweden. I remember how we used to hurry out trying to catch the snowflakes and running around with a big smile on our faces, just as the children here today.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

SO CLOSE BUT FAR

On our way to Carmel mountain a few days ago we stopped to have lunch in an Arabic Village, Furedis, just 10 minutes drive from our home. What can I say, it is a totally divergent world from the Israel that I know, but it is here, walking and breathing. As well as I get a feeling that I don't belong here and that I don't know the hidden rules it is similar in so many ways to the Israel that I know, the buildings, the children laughter, smell and smile. Maybe if I would have walked further in to the city it would have been different.. next time I will.

We had a nice short visit here, ate some really tasty falafel, and at least 100 different salads and of course pita, no dinner without pita! Saw that the place is friendly, the food is good and decided it is worth going back.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

FEVER AND CINNAMON BUNS

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It has become a tradition to bake something when Noam is sick (and unfortunately it has been quite often lately.. So I can really say that it is a traditon). This time he challenged me and decided that we should make cinnamon buns...
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The last time I did it was when I lived in Scotland, together with Karin and Sandra. All I remember from that is that it took a loooong time to prepare them, we ate them all too fast, and our flat was full of hungry neighbours who smelled the baking in the corridor. This time it was the same except from that I didn't have my "project leader" Karin and only a small toaster owen which fit for 6 buns only! AND my fellow companion decided it was too much work after half an hour.. but the reward came 2 hours after that with really tasty cinnamon buns and the best is that Noam really liked them (and for those of you who knows him have seen how hard it is to tempt Noam with anything sweet).. It would have been even better with a hot chocolate, 10 degrees and rain (I know it sound crazy but I really miss it sometimes).. but I can tell you hot chocolate is not on my mind with over 30 degrees outside.

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The tradition started here

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Sukkot

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Yaron and Noam are making a Sukka since it is Sukkot soon.




The helmet Noam decided to wear when one plank fell on his head.. smart kid!
To be continued...


Saturday, September 18, 2010

YOM KIPPUR

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Yom Kippur is one of the nicest holidays here in Israel. It is the second time I am here at this time of the year and I have learned to really like this two totally calm and enjoyable days. All (yes this time all of them) shops are closed, no cars what so ever on the streets from Friday sunset until Saturday night until you can spot 3 stars on the sky. This doesn't mean that the streets are empty, no the opposite. Everyone is out biking, walking, talking, playing and enjoying the space.
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For the religious Yom Kippur is of course much more than enjoying the empty street, they also fast and..... okey I will not even try to explain more about that then you will all realise how little I know about it... But if you are eager to know read about it here. But for me it is a great fun day and yes we do eat. But we don't make BBQ, eat in the garden or bring bananas on the walk, just to show a little respect to the many people that do fast (also many nonreligious fast).
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I close my eyes and hear just the nature, people talking and kids playing...
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Summer 2010

Oh wow, I haven't been blogging for so long! And how is it possible to squeeze in so many weeks here...

We went to Sweden to see family friends and simply enjoy the wonderful country of Sweden! And so we did, saw lots of wonderful very much missed friends, family, good old neighbors. Soaked up the atmosphere, the nature and fresh air!

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Playing chess in Noachims summerhouse.
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We spend here a day with our good kindergarten friends! Thanks Elisabeth!
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Flie hunting can keep children busy for a long time.
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Playing with the kids on our street.
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We made a trip with a caravan for a week.. found the most beautiful places to stay for the night.
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Looking for mushroom, but found flowers.
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Yaron driving our caravan from the 1970.. it went atleast very fast downhill!
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Noam and Alma playing with their cousins Moa and Melker.
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Moa
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The caravan and us!
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Anna, Ola, Julian, Maya and the belly infront of their new house.
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Going fishing.
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Alma in Emils house in Astrid Lindgrens värld.
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We spend here 2 full days and had soo much fun. This was for sure then best attraction I have been to with the kids!
Here Noam and Alma are playing with Emil and Alfred.
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A village built just as it should be with real wooden houses and cobblestone streets. Eye-candy for Sonja!
It is a copy of Vimmerby how it looked when Astrid was young.
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Madickens house.
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Bråkmakargatan. Troublemaker street.
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Nils Karlssons pysslings house. Simon Smalls house.
Can you see Noam and Yaron on top of the gigantic garden table?
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Emils barn.
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Noam Playing Emil.
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Coffee with Petra, Carina and Ludvig.
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Back in Israel.
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Noams favorite attraction in the airport.
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Back home in Pardes Hanna. From 16 to 33 degrees.
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