Review: Icebug Capra

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Full disclosure: Sophia and I received these shoes as part of our ambassadorship for Icebug.

When we found out Icebug was coming out with a shoe this summer designed in collaboration with Tove Alexandersson, we were super excited. She is a big hero of ours – an orienteering world champion, sky runner and just so kick-ass – and we were pumped to try out the shoe she helped design. This shoe is being marketed as a sky running shoe, which basically means a shoe made for running fast on trails in the mountains, with long steep ascents and descent and lots of tricky technical terrain. Sophia and I have both run our fare share of mountain races here in Sweden – KIA Fjällmaraton most recently – and we really think these shoes would be ideal for that race.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (Ever)

Chocolate chip cookies and a bar of chocolate

We often point out how much Mike loves ice cream, but fact of the matter is that he’s a true cookie monster too. And another fact is that if you pair an ice cream lover and cookie monster with someone who’s kind of into sweets but maybe not a total devotee, you’ll quickly have two ice cream lovers and two cookie monsters. That is, if the first one possesses the skills to make fantastic homemade ice cream and bake the most delicious cookies. You all know where this is going. He got me.

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Potato Salad Wrap with Kale

Anything wrapped up in flatbread sounds like a great idea, we’d argue. We like good food and we like high quality ingredients, but you can’t call us picky eaters – give us a slice of home baked bread and a slather of hummus and we’re all set for lunch. It doesn’t take much to satisfy us, at the end of the day – simply because we like… simple. No-fuss. Easy. Sometimes it’s wonderful to spend a whole day cooking. Follow an intricate recipe and stir for hours. But most of the time, we prefer the ingredient list short, the instructions few and the time spent cooking limited.

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Photo Tour of the Garden – June 2020

We thought a quick little look at what our garden looks like after a cold May and a – so far – warm and sunny June could be fun, so we decided on sharing a photo tour. The status is overall quite good, despite a few mishaps over the past few months. Crane fly larvae destroyed our expected early spinach harvest, so we had to re-sow and ended up getting a smaller-than-ideal yield due to the unavoidable bolting in early June, but a yield nonetheless! We’ve then also had to battle slugs big time, but after a few weeks of relentless killing, trapping and applying Ferramol, it seems we have the situation more or less under control. On a brighter note: pak choi is a new favorite crop. Easier, yummier and more fuss-free vegetable must be hard to come by, and we’re hooked. Note though, that just like spinach, pak choi bolts (goes to bloom) when peak summer arrives. In other words: shoot for spring and fall harvests instead. 

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Quick Summer Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

pasta in a bowl with spinach and tomatoes

A simple summer pasta dish – isn’t that just the best, at the end of the day? This is the epitome of no-fuss cooking, and definitely embodies what we crave and turn to all the time currently. And with a fresh little baby and even fresher veggies starting to come out of the garden now, that’s no rocket science, wouldn’t you agree?

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The Sunday Interview: On Gardening, Self-Sufficiency and Life Balance with Karoline Jönsson

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I remember so well the first time I found my way to Karoline Jönsson’s Instagram account @sjalvhushallningprojektet (The self-sufficiency project), because I immediately felt “that’s how I want to live too”, as I started scrolling through her magical pictures and reading her thoughts on self-sufficiency, countryside living, vegetable growing and the love for nature. We had recently moved to Sweden at the time, and it had dawned upon us rather quickly that we had found our home in more ways than just one, with our little house in the woods and a vegetable garden in the making outside our window. Here we had Karoline and her partner Alex, a couple roughly our age living what seemed to be the dreamiest of dreamy countryside lives on a farm in southern Sweden. Were you really allowed to feel that way? That you simply want to live immersed by serenity with nature as your closest neighbor, far away from city life, hectic careers and expensive habits?

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Granola bar squares on a wooden table with a knife.

Simpler, cheaper and now even vegan friendly – here’s an updated version of our original Granola Bars recipe. Granola bars fall into that category of money saving tips related to making things yourself vs. buying already made – purchasing prepackaged bars gets expensive quickly. Here, the ingredients for the whole batch cost about as much as one store-bought bar. That’s a good deal, wouldn’t you say? We love having some of these in the freezer for impromptu adventures or quick snacks when blood sugar levels are on the decline, and suggest you give the recipe a go. Super simple to make, very yummy to eat. Good luck!

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Our Favorite Spring Recipes

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Spring is here, and we feel endless joy at the thought of digging into asparagus, radishes, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb and nettles, resting completely assured that these have popped out of the ground right here at home and haven’t circumferenced the Earth on their way to our plates. This is the time to say thank you and goodbye to hearty stews and warming soups, and instead make way for light salads, colorful pasta dishes, quick meals cooked on the grill and – of course – desserts with fresh fruit and berries. At this point, we obviously don’t have access to everything yet, but that’s the whole point of eating local produce only: that you, veggie by veggie and fruit by fruit, get to eat and enjoy your way through each season, and give yourself the chance to fully appreciate what nature has on offer in every given moment. These are our favorites right now:

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Vegan Nettle and Sunflower Ricotta Cannelloni

Two cannelloni on a plate with tomato sauce.

The season we’ve all been longing for has finally arrived – spring. And with it, endless bird song. Refreshing rains. Earthy, wonderful smells. Flowers of all shapes and colors. And… fresh greens. Whether foraged wild greens or spinach you’ve grown yourself, those first few leaves are holy. After yet another winter of eating with the seasons, the joy knows no limits!

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