Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Visiting Augusta: The Canal and more

2nd & Charles is a large store with mainly used books and other media. You can spend hours in here, looking for treasures. Or pretend you are a chipmunk.

I only made it to Goodwill once, but I got just what I wanted! A small leather purse, and a vintage Nina Ricci at that. My first designer bag has been well loved and worn already, but that's alright with me, and I consider 5$ a very good price.

Here are some more pictures from our holiday in Augusta. On New Years Day we went on a walk by The Savannah River and the Augusta Canal. There is a really long trail between these two waterways, and it seemed like half of the city was out there walking with us. The trail is basically flat, and perfect for biking or walking. 

Swampy waters and tall trees. It was fascinating to see lots of new species, and I really enjoyed a break from the neighborhoods and city streets. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Visiting Augusta: Down Town

I did a little bit of research before going on our Christmas vacation, trying to figure out what to do around Augusta if you're not in to golf. I found a couple of things I wanted to see down town, and convinced the family to join me in seeing the sights and be a tourist in their own home town. 

Sacred Heart was a catholic church for almost a century, but is now a cultural center with art exhibits and events. The artist on show when we were there even had Norwegian "krumkake" art. Perfect for Christmas! 

The building has lots of amazing stained glass windows, and we got to experience it in beautiful winter light.

If you get hungry, get lunch at Nacho Mamas on Broad Street. The food there is great! I don't have a picture to prove it, but for dessert you can get the largest slice of cake I have ever seen at the Boll Weevil. If you are looking for good coffee, I think your best shot (no pun intended) will be Buona Coffee. Located on Central Avenue it is not exactly down town, but with an in house roastery, it is well worth the trip. 

Right next door from Nacho Mamas you can shop for CRAZY hats, if you care for that sort of thing. I never saw people wear anything like it, but if you go to the right kind of church, apparently you will! 

I will also like to mention Book Tavern. We didn't stop by on this trip, but it is well worth a visit if you like to read.  

I like art, so naturally I wanted to visit the Morris Museum of Art. The collection is mainly by Southern artists, or depictions of the south, which gave a very unusual impression. I have never seen that much American art at once before, and it was quite strange to only see Southern landscapes and motives when I am used to mainly European ones. Here are a few of my favorites from our visit. 

These are the highlights from my wanderings down town Augusta. We did experience a few more things in the area, and I will write more about that later. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Meet in the Middle: Newnan

We braved the horrible Atlanta traffic (not pictured here) and drove 176 miles to meet some dear friends in the middle between Augusta, GA and Dothan, AL. 

Fortunately, what we found in the middle was Newnan: The City of homes, with a quaint old down town. Which city doesn't have homes though? I'm a little confused by their slogan.  

To our knowledge, Newnan does not have a decent coffee shop, but we had a great lunch, and spent some time posing in Santa's Sleigh. There are also a lot of antique malls and fairly interesting little boutiques. 

This is what happens when I let my husband take pictures:




This building used to be a civil war hospital, 
like so many other buildings in the south.

I could have bought the original dress from the movie "Big Momma". I didn't.

Silly selfie on the streets of Newnan. 

We enjoyed our stay, but considering the location, I doubt we will ever come again. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Southern Christmas

It has been a while since Christmas, and even longer since I wrote anything on here, but I hope it isn't entirely too late to post some moments from our American holiday. 

From the neighborhood: An abundance of wreaths, both inside and out! 

American tree, and very surprisingly - Norwegian choir song on tv.

After the Christmas Eve service.
First Presbyterian Church Augusta dressed up for Christmas. 

And one of my favorite Christmas presents: a new high-tech porcelain tooth! It kind of makes me feel like an old lady, but I prefer a whole fake tooth over half a real one, for sure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Nordic Wedding

Well, I am just letting you know that I wrote an article for Nordiske Bryllup about our wedding. It is basically a summary of our ideas and plans for the wedding, and a few tips for other wedding planners. The text is in Norwegian, but I am sure google can help you out if you need translation. Read the article here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Coconut lentil soup

I hosted an Advent craft workshop this weekend and served lentil soup for all the girls (and that one guy that stopped by). Everyone brought their own craft, or not, and we hung out, talked, ate and had a good time.

This soup has a very surprising mix of spices, and it gives the house a great Christmas scent, so it is perfect for this season.

I found the recipe on the blog The Traveler´s Lunchbox, and the author had adapted it from the cook book Once Upon a Tart by Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau.


Servings: 3-4

275 g green lentils
1,5 L vegetable or chicken stock
1 sprig fresh thyme
1,5 tsp teaspoons turmeric
3 Tbsp butter or oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
a pinch of freshly-ground nutmeg
1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the lentils in vegetable stock with thyme and turmeric for 20 minutes, or until tender. I forgot to add the turmeric here, and that might explain the slightly sick green color it had. Cook the onion on medium heat for 12-15 minutes, until soft and slightly caramelized. Add the spices and garlic and fry for another minute. Add the coconut milk and onion to the rest of the soup and heat it all up.

Serve hot with warm naan bread.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nyblin Art Exhibition

If you are in or around Skien the next month I have an art recommendation for you. Telemark Kunstsenter has a photography exhibition with works by R. Nyblin, one of three photographer brothers from Skien. The pictures are mainly from Skien and the region taken between 1898 and 1938.

It was great to see the old photos from my own neighborhood, some things have changed a lot, others look exactly the same. Details from a hardware store and large shoe factory was very fascinating, and there were portraits of both rich families and blue collar workers in their overalls. Some of the pictures were so good I would love to have them on display in my home, and if you have 2500 kr to spare, you can buy any one of them for yourself. I hope I have convinced you to go, both Mike and I loved it!

Where: Gamle Norske Bank, Liegata 8, Skien
Opening hours 12-16.00 Tuesday-Sunday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fall Vegetable Soup

This post is dedicated to my friend Jae, who has asked for this recipe for a very long time. Really, it isnt a recipe at all, but here is one version of my vegetable soup, featuring everything I found in the fridge that day. If you only have potatoes, onion, and carrots, you can still make this soup, but I would suggest adding parsley root, parsnip, cabbage or other fall/root vegetables. It is the first time I have added chili to this kind of soup, and I am not quite sure it fits. If you like chili, you can try it, if not, skip it.

Makes 3-4 servings

- 1/2 leek
- 1/3 rutebege
- 1 sweet potato
- 2 carrots
- 3 small potatoes
- 1/2 red onion
- Chili
- Bay leaf
- Vegetable stock

How to:
Cut all the vegetables in small pieces.
Boil about 1,5 liters of water, add the stock and bay leaf.
Let all the (except leek and chili) vegetables simmer for 15 minutes, or until tender.
Add leek and chili the last 5 minutes.

Serve hot with bread or flatbread.


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