15 April 2015

Best Double-Chocolate Brownies Ever

This recipe is from the Kanelikaruselli blog, where it was described as heavenly. The original recipe is Nigella's, but Kanelikaruselli had made a smaller batch. Not a diet-friendly treat, that's for sure, but delicious all the same! And dead easy to make, trust me.
You will need:
  • 200 grams of butter
  • 200 grams of good-quality dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 dl of sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla sugar
  • 130 grams of white chocolate
  • 3 dl of all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Melt the butter and the chocolate together and let the mixture cool a bit. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugars together. Fold in the chocolate-mixture, flour, and salt. Add the white chocolate in chunks.
Bake until done on the edges but still gooey in the middle. This should take about 15-25 minutes depending on the oven.
See, dead simple! :)

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13 April 2015

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

A couple of day before Easter we visited my parents in Helsinki. While they were at work, we decided to play tourists and go to the Natural History Museum on a "date". I had been there during my high school days when I lived in Helsinki, but the Boyfriend had never had the chance to go there.
The Natural History Museum may seem like a strange place to go on a date. I mean, stuffed dead animals, dried plants, dinosaur skeletons, and bugs on display don't really sound like the most romantic setting, do they? Maybe they aren't romantic, but the Natural History Museum is interesting and exciting for all senses.  We were there in the middle of the day during the week, which meant there were a lot of school kids running around. It was lovely to see how excited they were about every single thing they saw. Their excitement was sort of contagious. We had so much fun examining skeletons and guessing which animal the bones belong to, looking at different types of animals and plants in the World Nature and Finnish Nature exhibitions, and following the Earth's development in the History of Life exhibition.

You can read more about the museum on their website. All of the pictures in this post have been taken at the museum premises.

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8 April 2015

I is for Instagram

Instagram is probably the one social media platform where I'm at my most active. Which is not immensly active, to be honest. I post pictures quite frequently, but most of all I love going through other people's pics. Instagram is a real pick-me-up. How could you be mad or sad when scrolling through pictures of food(porn), kittens, puppies, flowers, etc.?
I would love to see you over there! You can follow me @nannarinkeli, if you'd like. There are and will be a lot of cat pictures...

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4 April 2015

H is for Home

Home is where the heart is, they say, and I tend to agree. I've always liked hanging around at home (usually in old, saggy pants and oversized T-shirts...) and for me, staying in always seems like the best option. Going to parties and staying up late aren't my cup of tea, even though that can be fun from time to time as well. Gosh, I basically sound like an old cat lady inside a 23-year-old's body, don't I? ;)

There have been times in my life when going home was the last place I wanted to go, but when I moved to Tampere four years ago, I began to understand the value of having that place to call your own, a place to go back to after a long day. Home is my safe haven. I'm pretty introverted, so having that kind of space is really important to me.

We've been living in our home for ten months now, and no place feels more like home to me. It may not be the tidiest apartment all the time, but I love it, cat hairs and unwashed dishes and all!

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