This fall we have been (re)reading the Harry Potter series which somehow seem to get more magical the older we get. But the current paperback editions have the most hideous cover artwork (neon colors, gold embossed, and amateurish caricature drawings). So, since we believe great books deserve great book covers, we decided to make our own. As to whether or not the designs are great, you can decide for yourself.
Below is a concept for book one: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Rather than having Harry on every book cover, our series of concepts will each feature one of Harry's allies as the primary subject matter. We felt that for the cover of book one, it just had to be Harry's faithful owl Hedwig!
Tell us what you think in the comments below...
Edinburgh is enchanting: the cliffs and castle rising out of the medieval city streets, the dramatic green hills on every horizon, and the rich patina on every gray building. Mix in the hum of bagpipes, a million cozy cafes, and the magic of Christmastime...and you're destined to experience more than a little wonder. It is easy to understand how JK Rowling (and many before her) found so much literary inspiration in this mysterious Scottish city.
We have recently become addicted to making homemade granola (sometimes called muesli here in Denmark). Match this crunchy goodness with a refreshing dollop of Greek yogurt - and you got yourself a fantastic breakfast (or treat)!
This is a super easy recipe and its a million time better than the store bought alternative. It also makes a perfect gift (hint hint). Recipe below...
A. Ingredients (you'll have to figure out the proportions to taste):
- Coconut Oil (about 2 - 3 tablespons)
- Dry oats (about half of total batch)
- Crushed nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazzlenuts
- Coconut flakes
- Pumpkin Seeds & Sunflower Seeds
- Raisins, Craisins or other dried fruit
- Honey (2 - 3 Tablespoons)
- A pinch or two of Salt
- Brown Sugar (2 - 3 tablespoons)
- Cinnamon (we use a lot)
- Vanilla (don't be shy with the vanilla)
- Heat a large frying pan to VERY LOW (we use level 1)
- Let the coconut oil heat up (it will 'melt' into a clear liquid)
- Add oats, brown sugar, nuts, seeds, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.
- Stir until the dry ingredients are coated with oil (you will smell the magic happening)
- Cook on low for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring often (taste along the way)
- Open some space on the pan surface for the honey, let it melt, then mix in
- Cook 2 -3 more minutes, remove from heat, let cool, serve and smile!
- Make a lot (it goes fast) and share with a friend.
- Store in a cool dry place
There are an infinite ways to modify this classic comfort food - so be creative! Try it for yourself and comment below to let us know how it goes and if you added anything especially delicious to it!
This past year we fell in love with the delightful Wildwood Chronicles, Volumes I and II. Along with fantastic storytelling by Colin Meloy, the Wildwood books include amazing illustrations by his wife, the talented Carson Ellis! We can't wait for Wildwood Volume III to come out in February, 2014 but, in the meantime, we just keep revisiting books one and two and eavesdropping on Carson's blog.
All images below from Carson Ellis' official website (check it out here).
As we've mentioned before, we love Croatia. And the town of Omiš was the first stop on our Croatian adventure last summer. An area of rugged beauty, plentiful beaches, and extremely warm and welcoming people, Omiš is where the Cetina River meets the Adriatic Sea...plus, they've got a 'Dinoland!' Just go there and you'll understand.
Bernstorffsparken is probably not on many tourist maps highlighting the outdoor treasures of Europe. Nonetheless, the park - rife with running dogs, grazing horses, and dozens of small streams and ponds - is definitely a treasure of semi-wild public space. And while it may not be "postcard worthy" (you won't see it on the Travel Channel), it is one of our favorite places in Copenhagen - especially in fall! Below, we hope you will see why.
We might go as far as to say fresh croissants are our favorite of all baked delicacies. So, recently, Ashlyn invested a rainy day off to the loving labor or making croissants entirely from scratch. And, in the end, the hours of careful measuring, kneading, folding, proofing, rising, waiting, egg washing, and baking more than paid off.
Now we'll never need to leave the house ever again! Recipe here.
We were lucky to catch wind of a free outdoor Avett Brothers concert in Malmo, Sweden last month. And so, we caught a ride with generous friends and basked in the Americana glow of the Brothers' frenetic live show from (wait for it...) the free front row!
The band's new album Magpie And The Dandelion comes out Tuesday, October 15.
September brought us shorter days, cooler winds, and absolutely stunning sunrises. I know, I know - it's a cliche: photos of the sun coming up over the ocean. But if the colors and light of these autumn mornings are cliche - then we don't ever want to be hip. So, just go ahead and soak up the wonder (all photos are without a filter).