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Life Lately

Wanna know why there haven’t been any updates on this blog in over two weeks? Because I have been working on Chelsea’s Cool Cakes’ website, which is also using WordPress, and it just took too much energy to switch between accounts. True story.

 

Lots has been happening though so I thought I’d exert myself and type in the required login and password to give you a quick run-down of the most major stuff:

  • I started officially baking out of my bakery last week! There have been a lot of kinks to work out, it being a huge change in routine and systems and all…. but so far so good! More updates on that will follow soon.
  •  Chris was in the Czech Republic last week doing a super crazy awesome Civilian Pre-Deployment Training. They had to wear armor, learn how to probe for landmines, and even got kidnapped and roughed up by “infidels”. All in a day’s work.
  • Even though the weather is still in the 30’s and the pond outside our house is still frozen, it has been sunny for an entire week and that, combined with me getting all my cake stuff out of the house, has thrown us into über spring-cleaning mode. And I mean ÜBER!

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  1. Awful square toilet in our hotel room in Oslo
  2. Great pillow seen in a shop window downtown
  3. Finished painting!
  4. Seemingly never-ending trips to Ikea
  5. Beautiful hand-piped pepperkake (Norwegian gingerbread) at the cake show in Oslo
  6. Hot dogs with fried onions wrapped in a pancake. Norway style.
  7. Sunny days!!
  8. Lovely Anna making us pizza
  9. My life these days…
  10. Skittles flat out refusing to come out of her carrier to get her nails trimmed at the vet
  11. Getting kidnapped by some baddies.
  12. Armor
  13. Survival training
  14. Spring is coming!

 

That’s all for now! HAPPY EASTER!!!

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Oslo: A weekend of cakes and museums

As you know already from my previous post (and probably from my bazillions of Instagram uploads), Chris and I were in Oslo last weekend. I went to attend the Norsk Kakeutstilling, or Norwegian Cake Show, which is the biggest cake convention in Norway. And by biggest, I mean it had one showroom and 4 vendors. Gooooo Norwegian cake industry! We’re slowly growing!

It was still really cool to attend, though. I got to network with a lot of fellow cake decorators, make some new friends, and be inspired by some of the incredible cakes on display!

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Two of my favorite competition cakes.

I had initially planned to just spend the weekend by myself at the convention…but about a week beforehand it dawned on me that I have yet to attend a convention in Norway that would take a one-legged 80 year old lady with a walker half a day to see in its entirety…so Chris decided at the last minute to accompany me so we could play after I ran out of things to do at the conference. And play we did!

We got a 24-hour Oslo Pass (free museums and free transportation*), so we went crazy and crammed in as many museums as we could!

Here’s what we hit up:

Frogner Park (which is what I like to call the “Babies and Piles of People Park”),

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Babies.

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More babies.

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Piles of people.

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Bigger piles of people.

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Double piles of people.

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The Norwegian Folk Museum (the largest collection of cultural history in Norway)

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Sami guy hanging out in a Sami tent to instruct us on the Sami ways. 

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Classic wooden stave church relocated to museum grounds.

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Mmmm… Traditional lefse (Norwegian sweet flatbread) demonstration!

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We have officially been converted to the fresh baked stuff!

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The Viking Ship Museum (three old and buried viking ships that were dug up and put back together)

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The Kon Tiki Museum (home of the ACTUAL Kon Tiki),

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The Polar Ship Fram Museum (where I realized I had no idea how many people have died trying to reach the North and South Poles).

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Not bad for a single day!

* Ok…. so the museums and transportation aren’t exactly free. You still have to pay for the Oslo Pass. But it was 270 nok each for 24 hours and after keeping track and totaling our would-be expenses, we would have spent almost 500 nok a piece if we had paid for everything a la carte. And that’s not including discounts from certain restaurants and other shops. PLUS, you don’t have to take time out of your day to pay at each museum. You just flash your pass and walk right in. If you are going to be in Oslo anytime soon, the Oslo Pass is TOTALLY worth it!

Train Sleeping

Sometimes I am afraid that I am growing up.

I mean…I’m married, I run my own business, and I have to worry about awful stuff like health insurance and retirement plans and taxes. Blegch.

But then I have an experience that reassures me that no, I am thankfully not quite fully an adult yet.

The most recent of these experiences came when Chris and I took a trip to Oslo this past weekend and WE GOT TO SLEEP ON A TRAIN! Not just sleep in the seats like we’ve done before… but in an actual sleeper car where we tucked ourselves into our tiny cabin in Stavanger and woke up across the country in Oslo! It was so cool!

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And while I was snuggling into my cozy bunk after bouncing around our cabin excitedly forcing Chris to take pictures with me, I realized that even though I may be heading into the later part of my 20s, I am still young enough to get ridiculously excited about sleeping on a train.

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Phew!

This Is Norway

Yep….this video pretty much sums it up!

A very CORNY post…get it? :)

You guys….spring is coming. How do I know?

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The fresh corn showed up in the import stores this week.

I know. Life is good.

Fresh sweet corn only shows up here in Stavanger for a few months every spring/summer. The rest of the year we are left with either canned corn, or what I call “shrink-wrapped corn”, which is corn on the cob that is semi pre-cooked and wrapped in thick plastic. Canned corn is alright, but “shrink-wrapped corn” is the WORST tasting corn I have ever had in my life. Perhaps saying that makes me a corn snob… But even Skittles won’t touch it. And when the bird that loves corn on the cob like this dog loves walks won’t even take a nibble…I feel justified :)

This is actually the earliest in the year I’ve seen fresh corn show up since we moved here. When I saw it at IMS (the import store by our house) I actually did a little dance right there in the produce section! Chris cooked us up some restaurant-style steaks that night for dinner with our corn on the side.

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The corn wasn’t to die for (it’s probably a bit too early in the season for the really good stuff), but nevertheless, it means summer is on it’s way! So excited!

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