What makes it summer in your part of the world? Special food, visiting a theme park, flora and fauna? I’m excited to be doing another video with my friend Steph, the Secret Slob! Today we’re giving you our top 3 summer favourites… Here in Denmark we have some rather crazy Danish High School graduation traditions! I show you how we eat “koldskål”. And it’s time to hygge in Copenhagen!
May the Danish hygge be with you!
For more info on hygge and my life in Denmark, see my YouTube series…
Here’s my cleaning/declutter list for the bathroom! 🎉 Once again, in order to save on printing ink (said the canny Scot…), I typed my lists in black ink and printed them on coloured paper. If you don’t have a printer/don’t want to print, you could take a screenshot of the list and keep it on your phone. I’ve based my lists on my own bathroom and things to declutter in this area. Remember to adapt – make these lists work for you! You can also find full detailed cleaning lists for zone 3 on the Flylady website (click here). Flylady Zone 3 is the bathroom plus one other room of your choice (more information about that here). Simply cut and paste what you need into your own blank document. If you are someone who thrives on lists, you may also want to make a list for your guest bedroom/laundry room/office/garden shed, etc. Just make sure that you are getting off your “bahookie” (backside) and cleaning things, and not getting bogged down in making perfect lists! LOL!
I printed my cleaning list and declutter list and put them back to back in a plastic sheet. Ready to cross off the tasks as I go! During the week I keep the list in my cleaning caddy. That way I can use any spare minutes I have to do one of the tasks. No more marathon cleaning sessions…do you hear me?! LOL! The aim is not to cross everything off the list this week but to keep moving forward in this zone and get something (anything!) done.
Scan the room, put things away Dust ceiling/corners Wipe skirting boards Dust flat surfaces/window sills Wipe door handles/light switches/ fingerprints or marks on walls Shine windows, mirrors Detailed vacuum session Mop Wash bathrug Wipe down shower/bath/sink (inside and out) Straighten cabinets Empty/wash rubbish bin Clean fan extractor Clean shower drain cover Dust/water plants Wash brushes/combs Rotate seasonal items/candles
Empty bottles Raggedy towels/facecloths (donate or cut up and use as rags) Medicine, first aid supplies Makeup and toiletries Bubble bath/shower gel Hair products and accessories
Here’s a link to the template I made using Canva, but you would need a subscription to make changes to it. I therefore suggest you use cut and paste from my text above or from the Flylady’s lists.
Lots of great questions from you this week on YouTube and Instagram. Are you living in survival mode – how do we change that? What time I wake/go to bed. Winterbathing with my family. How to use the Flylady system with your partner or kids. Plus the Christmas ornament mystery is solved! Grab a cup of coffee or water and let’s chat!
See what happens at our hygge Clothes Swap parties in Copenhagen, Denmark! We swap clothes, books, gently used toiletries, jewelry, household goods, sports gear, kids games, etc! 😍 Anything left over is donated to a women’s or men’s shelter, or charity shops / thrift stores. Win, win! Zero waste! And there is no money involved. You can see more of our hygge Scandinavian parties at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW
What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? We are in Flylady Zone 2 at the moment and one of my “pamper” ideas was to pull out some of our old recipes for lighter, “summer” dishes because the weather is beginning to heat up now, woo hoo!😀 So it will be crisp veggies galore this week! [Need errand day/pamper and garden ideas for the kitchen zone? See here!]
If I don’t specify in my menu plan, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. One evening per week is usually leftovers or some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or we use up what we have left in the fridge, making it into a quiche or an omelet. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S. – “Keep it simple, sweetie”!
We love to have “substantial” salads and my daughter’s favourite is Salade Nicoise. The eggs and potatoes make it very filling, and I usually use any leftover rye bread we have to make croutons for some added crunch. Pork chops with “overnight” salad – my recipe for this rather weird and intriguing salad is here
Thai Larb (from the Jennifer Joyce “My Asian Kitchen” book – we love this cookbook and refer to it often). My son will be making the Larb for us
and we’ll be using mango instead of pineapple once again because it was so good last time!
Fish tacos (we will probably use cod and panko breadcrumbs) with lots of lovely sriracha mayonnaise/sliced avocado/coriander on the top, and make a simple carrot/cabbage coleslaw to go along with it.
Beef steaks with oven fries (potato/sweet potato) and warm cannellini beans/wilted spinach/pesto
Coronation chicken (pictured above) which you can see me putting together on YouTube…a few simple ingredients and it’s on the table in 5 minutes!
And when you’ve finished dinner? Don’t forget to “close the kitchen” and leave your sink ready for the next time!
Bon appétit! LLAP! And may the Danish hygge be with you! Diane
PS: Looking for more easy recipes and simple crafts? I have a whole series!
👗 This week’s OOTDs (outfits of the day)! Well, it’s been a very mixed week, both in the weather and in my mood…huge swings in both! LOL! Anyway, dressing in the colours/styles which support me is a real mood lifter and helps keeps me afloat whatever is going on around me. I’m a type one in the Dressing Your Truth system which means that my keywords are upward and light.
I feel very “sloppy” when I don’t get dressed. Nothing gets done and my motivation spirals downward. A few minutes putting on my outfit, a “skoosh skoosh” of some eau de toilette and my two-minute makeup makes me feel alive. In other news, I’ve been playing around with my kids’ old “Hama beads” and jazzing up my plain gold hoop earrings…the possibilities are endless!
So here come this week’s outfits… (Many of the items in my wardrobe, including makeup and accessories, are from Clothes Swap parties and charity shops. Scroll down for a link to my wardrobe videos…)
Watch my wardrobe and Dressing Your Truth videos on this playlist! 🎥👗
I love to read! It’s one of the easy ways to transport myself away for a moment…and I usually read a chapter or two in bed, just before I switch off the light. Here’s what I read when we first went into Covid Lockdown here in Denmark from the beginning of March and through April. I’ll post another update soon with my books from May 📚
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. This was an audiobook. Several friends spend New Year’s Eve together at a remote getaway…a fast-paced whodunnit. My rating: four out of five stars.
On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen. Rhys Bowen is usually a safe choice for a simple cozy mystery and this one, set in Italy, was no exception. My rating: three out of five stars.
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer. Something I found at random. Started off well but it seemed to drag during the second half. My rating: three out of five stars.
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths. If you follow me on YouTube, you’ll know that I love Elly Griffiths’ books and her various series! Another cracking read. Very cosy when you know the characters so well. My rating: four out of five stars.
This was my second Lucy Foley book and it probably came too close after I read the Hunting Party (see above) because the plot seemed very similar. Really didn’t like the characters in this one but, again, it was a very fast-paced thrilling read. My rating: three out of four stars.
Another book I found by chance, it appeared when I was doing a search for P. G. Wodehouse. Audiobook. A really charming little novel. My rating: four out of five stars.
PS: If you’re looking for book suggestions and reviews, my friend Sue has a great book blog