Stripy stripy!

Let me tell you something, I love all things stripy. I barely go in to Pinterest nowadays because I can get stuck there for hours just going through stripey (layered) baked goods of so many different kinds. My husband is the same, but he’s mostly drawn to stripy tops (I do love those as well!). That is, however, a completely different story.

During the worst heatwave here in Boston, I didn’t really have the strength for turning on the stove or oven to cook lunch so mostly just blended together thick smoothies that tidied me over until the heat had somewhat subsided. I saw the many colourful jello packages in the food store and thought that I could make something more healthy that would be a cooling treat.

I decided to make it stripey and so had a look in the fridge to see what we had that I could make juice/jelly out of. Out came blueberries, a left over green smoothie and some watermelon.
I mixed the watermelon with some coconut water, same with the blueberries and added some water to the green smoothie to thin it all out. I then followed the recipe on the back of the gelatin packet and left 2/3 of the liquid of each layer cold whereas the 1/3 of each liquid was heated up so that the gelatin would melt in to it. I proceeded to mix the gelatin mixture with the cold liquid and poured it in to a Pyrex pan. The pan was quite deep and as I was concerned that I would never be able to get it all out, I layered it with some cling film beforehand.

I did the layers separate so that they would have a chance to firm up a bit in between (didn’t want them to mix as I poured it in) and just added them as I went along.

The next day when I lifted out the cling film, it was easy to cut the jelly in to bite size pieces that were wonderfully stripy. I will definitively do this again as it was incredibly yummy!

 

For the past week and a bit, we have had a visitor in the shape of my mother-in-law. It has been great to see her again but it has also been exhausting as I have been walking around most of Boston with her to see what the town has to offer.
We have had many great days with sunshine and warmth and only one day of rain. This is how beautiful Boston is in the sun!

Leaving London

I was born and raised in Sweden but moved to London before I started university. I was bored of my town, didn’t really want to continue my studies but wanted to see the world.

London was an easy choice – it is considered the fourth biggest city in Sweden as so many Swedes go over at least for one period of their lives. It was also very quick (two hours by flight) and cheap (you could find flights for 200sek/£20/$30 return) which appealed to my money-saving lifestyle.

Years went by, I was still in London, having moved in with a Brit I quite liked and started to exploring life with him. I did University in London, went through many different lifestyles and saw many of my friends move back to their countries. I started to consider if I had seen enough of London and if there was another life somewhere else that might be waiting for me.
When I first moved to London, I also had thoughts about one day trying out living in the US, perhaps NY. Five years in to London, I thought about that options again, but having a boyfriend I lived with and was very happy with – I pushed that thought out of my head.

Fast forward another five years and things have gone in a completely new direction. Two years ago, I married my awesome Brit, we bought a small place for the two of us in the south of London and started settling down in a life for the two of us. Things then kicked off with the company he started and we found ourselves with a serious option of moving to Boston in the US. A part of us were excited whereas another part just wanted to hang pictures on the walls and feel that it was our home.

After a lot of discussion, we decided that we would try out an American lifestyle and see where it took us.

We have now lived a month in Boston and we learn new things every day.

NY in 2006

Me and R have been talking about making a visit to the States for quite some time now, ever since the first time we went (together) in 2006. He has got friends in San Francisco and New York which is handy when it comes down to visiting. I have never been a good tourist in the way of finding out via websites what needs to been seen, driven past and eaten whilst I’m on holiday but I would rather have a native showing me the best little gems in a town.

As I finished my degree in June, we decided to go travelling this summer and as Bridget and Gareth’s wedding is due to take place in the beginning of September, we thought it would be amazing to be able to attend. At the moment, it would be great to visit everyone we know so the plan is to go to San Francisco, Boston, New York and Baltimore – but it depends on budget and when all our friends will be there. I’m so excited!