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CHRISTINA GREVE http://christinagreve.com lifestyle & photography Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:13:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Hidden Qualities Of Skagen http://christinagreve.com/hidden-qualities-skagen/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:37:59 +0000 http://christinagreve.com/?p=14341 The first time I came to Skagen with my little family was 12 years ago. My man and I had just survived a major crisis in our marriage and after 6 months living apart, we decided to start over with a vacation in Skagen. At the time the kids were 5, 7 and 11 years…

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The first time I came to Skagen with my little family was 12 years ago. My man and I had just survived a major crisis in our marriage and after 6 months living apart, we decided to start over with a vacation in Skagen. At the time the kids were 5, 7 and 11 years old and we had a Golden Retriever named Simba. Today the kids are 17, 19, and 23, Simba has passed and been replaced with our two French Bulldogs Conrad and Bowie. A real proof that life evolves and things change.

Skagen is one of my favorite places in the world. The small seaside village is located in the Northern part of Jutland in Denmark. It has tiny yellow houses, extraordinarily clear skies, and sublime nature. When we arrived the first time we had rented a charming + authentic cottage in the center of Skagen, in walking distance from the shopping street, the beach, the harbor, and all the historic attractions. As my man and I fell back in love again, we also fell in love with Skagen and its surroundings. For 10 years we came back to that exact same house. It was a perfect match for our family with plenty of room and a delightful atmosphere. We felt at home here. We felt relaxed.

Suddenly, one day, that house we rented each summer was put up for sale. It meant that we could never come back to stay there again. With all the memories we had from this house the thought of saying goodbye made us sorrowful – that was how strong our connection was to this place. Finally after a lot of thinking, debating and negotiation we decided to buy it. Today we´ve been the proud owners for two years. One of the best decisions we ever made! Skagen has become our second home, and we spend as much time here as possible. My man and I travel so much with our work, so to have a place like this to find peace and tranquility are heaven!


Blessings

 

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Marzipan Tart with Fresh Berries & Mascarpone Filling http://christinagreve.com/marzipan-tart-with-fresh-berries-mascarpone-filling/ Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:09:20 +0000 http://christinagreve.com/?p=14307 Fresh berries are simply super delicious! I love to eat them as healthy snacks during summer –  but nothing signals summer vacation like a homemade danish berry tart dessert. It´s easy and quick to make and perfect with a cup of coffee or rose wine. This cake always reminds me of childhood. Suddenly I see…

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Fresh berries are simply super delicious! I love to eat them as healthy snacks during summer –  but nothing signals summer vacation like a homemade danish berry tart dessert. It´s easy and quick to make and perfect with a cup of coffee or rose wine. This cake always reminds me of childhood.

Suddenly I see myself for my inner eye, as a child running happy and barefoot in my grandma´s beautiful garden. She had a whole field of all kinds of berries. In the middle of the field she had placed a scarecrow, to try to keep the birds away. My grandma was a master in the kitchen. I loved to study her and help her out. But indeed the best thing was eating the food on the porch overlooking the pool, with the dogs and the cats laying lazy in the sun. Ahh, those summer memories….


Marzipan Tart with Fresh Berries & Mascarpone Filling


Ingredients

Marzipan Tart:

  • 200 g of marzipan
  • 100 g butter – room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 dl Wheat flour
  • 3 tbsp. of icing sugar
  • 200 g dark chocolate

Cream Topping:

  • 250 g mascarpone cream
  • 4 dl of double cream
  • 3 tbsp. of icing sugar
  • Seeds from one vanilla bean
  • 500 g fresh strawberries

Instructions

Heat the oven to 175 degrees.

Mix marzipan and butter in a bowl. Add eggs, wheat flour and icing sugar and stir the dough gently together. Place the dough in the form and bake for about 25 minutes. Then leave to cool.

Once the cake is completely cool, melt the chocolate and spread on top of the cake.

Whip the cream and then add the mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread a generous amount on top of the cake. Decorate the cake with fresh berries.



Much Love,

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Chilled Pea Soup With Basil & Sour Cream http://christinagreve.com/chilled-pea-soup-with-basil-sour-cream/ Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:13:58 +0000 http://christinagreve.com/?p=14260 These days, I´m living the slow life up north in Skagen. I´m on vacation with my family. I will stay in Denmark all summer with the dogs. I don´t like to go away for travels when I have a puppy. I do have plenty of trips coming up this fall – so, to be honest,…

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These days, I´m living the slow life up north in Skagen. I´m on vacation with my family. I will stay in Denmark all summer with the dogs. I don´t like to go away for travels when I have a puppy. I do have plenty of trips coming up this fall – so, to be honest, staying here suits me just perfect!

I spend my days doing pilates, walking the dogs, creating healthy food + photographing it, napping in the sun, shopping, eating out and planning future work projects – life the way I love it.

I have gotten this crazy idea to do a road trip, just me, my camera, alone with the dogs in late August, but I´m not sure yet if it will work with a four-month-old puppy. So I´m trying to come up with solutions to pull it off – It might be a bit of a challenge to get any photos taken..lol..

At the moment I´m taking it slow with social media – a little online detox is good for the soul. I do have fun with Snapchat though, and you are welcome to follow along. Add me as christinagreve to get a peek behind the scenes.

Today I want to share a healthy + delicious pea soup. It´s super easy to make and perfect for lunch or as a light dinner. Enjoy.


Chilled Pea Soup With Basil & Sour Cream


Ingredients

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 small or 1 large red onion, peeled and finely diced

4 cups frozen peas

1L (1 qt.) vegetable stock ( I use Herbamare from A. Vogel)

A handful of basil leaves

A pinch of salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Sour cream for serving


Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the onion, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add peas and stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Add basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste. Let the soup cool and then whiz in a blender until smooth.

Cool in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve garnished with a spoonful of sour cream.



 

Blessings,

 

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Moodboard | Botanic Summer http://christinagreve.com/moodboard-botanic-summer/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:24:32 +0000 http://christinagreve.com/?p=14114 The post Moodboard | Botanic Summer appeared first on CHRISTINA GREVE.

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Mini Coaching Challenge: Day 12 | What Are You Thankful For? http://christinagreve.com/mini-coaching-challenge-day-12/ http://christinagreve.com/mini-coaching-challenge-day-12/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:57:30 +0000 http://christinagreve.com/?p=2215   Gratitude is a feeling – but it´s much more than that. It´s an attitude. It´s a way to think and behave. It´s a technic you can use to live a better life. Practicing gratitude is the fastest way to change your life for the better! Practicing gratitude and kindness will fill you up with good…

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Gratitude is a feeling – but it´s much more than that. It´s an attitude. It´s a way to think and behave. It´s a technic you can use to live a better life.

Practicing gratitude is the fastest way to change your life for the better!

Practicing gratitude and kindness will fill you up with good feelings:

  • It can digg you out from a dark place
  • It can heal and improve your relationship/friendships
  • It can make you more brave and grow your confidence
  • + your surroundings will love you for it.

Embracing a grateful attitude is therefore essential for feeling happy!

Today´s exercise goes like this:

#1: Write your own gratitude list

Think about all the things in your life that you are grateful for. It can be “little things” like the taste of ice creme, the smell of lemons, standing under a hot shower, holding your child´s hand and it can be bigger things like friendships, love, events, your health, your family and so on. It´s completely up to you.

Be as specific as you can. Look at it often and be reminded of how lucky you are.

#2 SHOW + SHARE your gratitude

Plan how you will put your gratitude attitude into practice in your daily life. I´ll give you a list of inspiration and then you can choose the actions that fit´s your personality and lifestyle. Write down when and how you will incorporate it into your life.

Ways to practice gratitude attitude:

  • Send gratitude emails or letters to people who have done something for you or inspired you.
  • Smile to people (even strangers) you pass on your way in daily life.
  • Make an effort to listen – really listen to people who you are talking with. Be there – put your phone down/ close the computer!
  • Send flowers to surprise a friend.
  • Hug more – give lot´s of compliments.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and write in it before you go to sleep.
  • Do favors, help people, give freely without expecting anything in return. (what you give will always come back in some form)
  • Show your gratitude, in a public way. Praise your friends, partner, kids publicly.
  • Surprise with acts of kindness. (wake your partner with breakfast, leave small love notes around the house, babysit your friends kids, bake something for someone ect.)
  • Give thanks even for “negative” things in your life. Think about some specific situations; what did you learned, that you can use to day? How did it make you stronger as a person? Find the gratitude in that.

Simple acts of gratitude don’t cost you much, but they can make a huge difference in YOUR life and in other peoples life.

Much love,

 

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