Saturday, February 28, 2015

Our Wedding: DIY Seating Chart

We did a few DIY projects for the wedding. All of them were really small and quite simple to do. I made our table numbers, put together our wedding favors, and we made this seating chart. Which I loved! It was simple and fit perfectly with the look of Olsen +3.

To start, we went to Silvan and looked through their scrap wood area. They sell the left over pieces that people have trimmed off and they go for really reasonable prices. I think we paid 30 or 40kr for the piece we used and it was quite big. Initially, I wanted to use chalkboard paint and go for that look, but since the wood we bought was already stained black/gray, I just used it as it was.

We had 9 tables at our wedding and 80 people at our wedding. For each table, I took out my little alphabet stamp set and stamped everyone's name under the table they would sit at and I hand lettered each table number on top of the large manila tags. To hang all of the tags up, we simply nailed a few small nails into the board and the tags were hung!

Our guests were assigned a table number, but they weren't assigned a seat which made coordination a lot easier and saved us a lot of time in set up. With a white paint pen, I hand lettered "find your table" so that our guests would recognize that that was the seating chart. As the guests were on the patio outside during the cocktail hour, we placed the seating chart on a chair right by the door so that guests could see it on their way into the dining area.

So there you have it. Our DIY seating chart! I loved how the finished chart came out and it was super easy and affordable to put together. If you're looking for large manila tags or manila tags in general, I always buy mine at Notre Dame. For paint pens, go to Creas in the city. And again, for scrap wood, check out your local Silvan!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This Week's Flowers

Thursday is my new flower buying day and this week I picked up some blue thistle, white/green parrot tulips and some little purple spray carnations. An arrangement that is mostly green but with pops of purple and blue that also features different textures. I love how they look altogether!

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Take Me Back

The husband and I took a little 5 day trip to London last week! We got back super early Monday morning just in time for the work week. I have flown through London many times but have never visited, crazy right! I mean, I have lived in Europe for 4+ years now...So, it was about time I paid London a little visit. I have heard so many great things about the city and how everyone loves it so I just had a feeling that I would really like London. And as I had hoped and sort of expected, I totally loved London!

Seriously, how can I get back there? There's just something about big cities. I love the busyness, the opportunities and the options. And I especially loved how dynamic and diverse London was. I am totally honest when I tell the husband he can totally transfer internally within his company and get a job at their offices in London.

And as with all of our trips, we mostly wandered around the different neighborhoods, stopped at cafes, met up with some friends, shopped, and ate. We ate so much food and all of it was delicious. A London food post is coming your way!

Seriously, just take me back to London already!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cookies from Leckerbaer

Having seen photos of Leckerbaer's pretty little cookies on Instagram, a visit to Leckerbaer has been on my list of things to do the past few weeks. After having brunch at a friend's place in Østerbro on Saturday, the husband and I stopped by Leckerbaer for some cookies on our way home.

The Leckerbaer shop is located on Ryesgade and before even walking into the little shop and cafe, there are huge windows looking into their bakery. It is always so nice to be able to see how things are made and I thought that was a great touch to their store. Although they primarily sell cookies, Leckerbaer also offers coffee and other drinks as well as having some seating inside for those who want to sit, catch up with friends and stay awhile.

The husband and I bought a small box of their cookies and we went with their combo of eight cookies. You can read about their eight classic cookies on their website. They were all so pretty and I love their simple decorating style. Although all eight cookies were good, I had two favorites. First is the Milk cookie, which tasted like a grown-up Oreo and had an intense cocoa flavor, and then there was the Mandarin cookie, which was a little almond like cake with a mandarin filling and a lovely chewy meringue on top. They were all delicious though and I really enjoyed the mix of chocolate, fruity, sweet, and sour in the box of cookies.

Besides these eight cookies, Leckerbaer also sells larger chocolate chip cookies, cream puffs, and sweets like caramels or nougat candies. There is definitely something for everyone at Leckerbaer! I think I like them even more because they offer something so simple but so different from all of the other bakeries and cake shops in town. If you are looking for some beautiful and tasty cookies, you need to check out Leckerbaer!

Ryesgade 118
Copenhagen Ø

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

I think a lot of people are going to like this recipe! Red wine and cake form. It's like three awesome things in one! Says the person who isn't a huge fan of red wine. But in this cake, I love it! The wine does not fully cook out, but the flavor and depth that the wine brings combined with the dark cocoa powder is amazing and so delicious. And topping the cake with some mascarpone whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream (like I've shown here) just takes everything to an even more amazing level! Seriously, you need to try this. Maybe something to bake for the weekend?

Red Wine Chocolate Cake (barely from Smitten Kitchen)
Makes 1 (thin) 8 or 9-inch cake

6 tbsp or 85g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
3/4 cup red wine, use something you enjoy drinking
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup + 1 tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

For the mascarpone cream
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp white sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 325F or 160C. Line the bottom of your round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the sides of the pan with some butter or neutral tasting oil.

In a large bowl and on the medium speed of your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the brown and white sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and the yolk and beat well before adding the wine and the vanilla. The batter will look curdled and uneven so don't worry!

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in another bowl. Pour 3/4 of the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and fold it into the batter with a spatula.

Spread the batter in your prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, depending on the size of your pan. When the cake is ready, a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for awhile before flipping it out and letting it finish cooling on a rack. Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge.

If serving with the mascarpone cream, simply whip the cheese, cream, sugar and vanilla together until soft peaks form. Dollop generously on each slice of cake. (The cream should only be made right before serving the cake!)

Writing about this cake makes me wish it was the weekend already! Hope you've been having a great week so far!