Me and R have our birthdays straight after each other, him first on the 17th and me on the 18th. Every year I bake a Swedish Princesscake but this year I thought I’d try something different.
As I was given Elana’s cook book “The gluten free almond flour cook book” I thought I’d have a go at one of those recipes and decided on the chocolate cake (recipe here) with marshmallow frosting shown on the cover of the book.

Of course, it didn’t turn out as well as her cake, and next time I might add some apple sauce to the cake for moisture (and for using less agave) and double the amount of frosting (frosting is always well appreciated!). I followed the recipe but only poured in about half of the recommended amount of agave nectar and added a mix of ethyritol and stevia. Unfortunately, I forgot that as I was reducing the wet ingredients, it might become a bit dry – and it did. It was still a nice cake but next time I will definitely add some more liquid, perhaps an extra egg or some apple sauce.

Previously, I’ve tried Elana’s Flourless chocolate banana cake which I turned in to nice sticky muffins and the Banana cupcakes as both R and L refuses to eat bananas as soon as they start to get spotty.
Can’t wait to try more of the biscuit type of recipes to have with tea in the afternoons.

The other week, me and R went to Ikea (as usual) and in the midst of the people and items, I fell in love. I’m sure R didn’t mind as the item I fell in love with was a tray. A white, metal, lovely, tray.

It reminded me of one of the (two) trays we had in the house whilst growing up. It was red metal and had a small heart shaped pattern cut out all around the edge. During birthdays and name-days*, the tray was brought out with a small linen cloth that our mother had¬†embroidered a ring of flowers on. Inside the ring, the breakfast plate or bowl was placed and on birthdays, a candle was lit and placed next to it. As my birthday is in January when it’s very very dark in the mornings, this always made it feel so special.
Hopefully, this tray will help us create our own tradition and will mean that I will get breakfast in bed more often!

However, as we don’t have that much space for this tray in the kitchen at the moment, I decided to turn it in to a temporary idea board, with ideas and help from the lovely UnderbaraClara. I hung it up on the wall with the help of a white silk ribbon I had laying around and will mostly use it for our wedding ideas.

It looks so great against our old chest of drawers!

*Every day of the Latin calendar (with an exceptions of a handful of days) has a female and male name, originating from saints or martyrs. Many families celebrate the day of your specific names. I have two name days, one in Feb and one in Dec :) If you’re curious, read more on Wikipedia