Menu plan – 29 SEPTEMBER 2020

It’s Tuesday which means it’s “Plan and Play day” in Flylady Land and I’m sitting here planning the week’s menu. Saves stress, time and money – what’s not to love? We are continuing to use the Lifesum app for our menu inspiration (one of my kids is using it to track exercise, water, etc). The recipes are very easy to put together but not always quite to our taste so we’re substituting ingredients and, of course, using vegetables which are in season here in Denmark right now. So let’s get straight to it – here’s what’s on the menu this week at Casa Copenhagen!

  • Bacon and feta chicken with courgette
  • Mongolian beef with rice (a repeat from a couple of weeks ago, very tasty)
  • not from Lifesum but from our list of family favourites, my Twist on Shepherd’s Pie (YouTube video is below)
  • Simple chicken curry with cucumber/mint raita (and my homemade naan bread)
  • Pesto pasta with stir fried veggies
  • Tandoori grilled fish with salad and coriander yoghurt dip
  • one day of the week for us is usually leftovers, a frittata/quiche made with any veggies which need using up, or Danish smørrebrød (rye bread open sandwiches with various toppings)
Last week we went out for a family dinner of Peking Duck

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! And remember to K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

Need more inspiration? See my recipes and crafts playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8ZP5_UDGRXUAvbPiuxOh95

My recipes and crafts playlist

This week’s OOTDS (outfit of the day) – 27 September 2020

Happy Sunday! More mixed weather for us this past week in Copenhagen. From cool to hot, cold misty and foggy, torrential rain with cloudbursts and then back to summertime temperatures today! Certainly keeps it interesting… I’ve had fun this week making some new outfit combinations from my wardrobe – always good to do something a little out of your comfort zone!

And in skinnydipping-seaswimming news, the current sea temp is 16c/60f. And the tea afterwards is always hot!

If you’re looking for a capsule wardrobe system, I can thoroughly recommend the Dressing Your Truth system (there is a free course on the website). Your best colours and styles are determined by your facial features/inner energy (my primary energy type is 1 with a secondary energy of 4). It has been lifechanging for me and makes getting dressed so easy! (I’ve made several YouTube videos about my wardrobe, see below.) I use the Flylady system to keep me organised and my daily routine includes choosing my outfit a day in advance (I check my diary/weather forecast to see what’s ahead). I hang my outfit on a hook on the back of our bedroom door and am ready to go the moment my feet hit the floor the next morning. I love having a morning routine which sets me up for a good day!

Have a super Sunday!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

If you’d like to see more about my wardrobe, “come along” to our famous Clothes Swap Parties, and see why I love using the Dressing Your Truth system, see my YouTube series! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW


VIDEO FLYLADY 31 BABYSTEPS, DAYS 16 THROUGH 20!

Woo hoo, it’s Friday – the weekend is on the horizon! I’ve just posted the next recap of Flylady Babystep videos days 21 through 25! Did you do the Flylady 31 Babysteps with me, way back in January 2017? I’m leading you through a brand new series of the Flylady 31 Babysteps (whether you are a beginner or an experienced Flybaby) this time on Instagram – with my pom poms ready to cheer you on! We have come a long way since 2017: I’m giving you my best tips and tricks in 2020! Come join in the daily fun, and get extra support, on Instagram!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


LET’S CHAT! Flylady Routines during Corona Lockdown, my self-care Bingo card, what’s new in my world!

It’s “Little Friday” as we say here in Denmark, woo hoo! Second Lockdown here in Copenhagen but I finally got the house ALL to myself for 30 minutes for the first time this month so thought I’d celebrate this rare occurrence by dropping in for a quick chat over the kitchen table! Grab a cup of coffee or water and let’s talk!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


Menu plan – 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

Happy Tuesday! We tried something different last week for our menu plan – using recipe ideas from the Lifesum app – and it worked really well. The recipes were easy – perhaps a little too simple for our taste, though definitely great for those who are perhaps new in the kitchen – so we made some additions and substitutions but it was nice to change things up dinner-wise. And we certainly ate many more veggies and fruit than we normally do. This week we’re making some dinner dishes which are old favourites in our house (burritos, spaghetti bolognese, etc) but are using the Lifesum recipe versions (to see if we can add a little twist/make them a little healthier). So here’s what’s on the menu this week at Casa Copenhagen!

Crunchy salmon with broccoli which was on last week’s menu
  • Burrito chicken bowl
  • Salmon and lentils in a creamy tomato ricotta sauce
  • Suppe (Danish meatball, dumpling and carrot soup) with toasted cheese and a side salad
  • Vegetable pasta with bolognese sauce
  • Chicken and pumpkin red curry with basmati rice (I’m using the Hokkaido pumpkin which has been decorating our deck for the past week!)
  • Thai Larb (from the Jennifer Joyce book, “My Asian Kitchen”)
  • a rare treat for us, out to dinner in a restaurant for Peking Duck
  • one day of the week for us is usually leftovers, a frittata/quiche made with any veggies which need using up, or Danish smørrebrød (rye bread open sandwiches with various toppings)
Last week’s ‘decoration’ is going in this week’s curry!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! And remember to K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

Need more inspiration? See my recipes and crafts playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8ZP5_UDGRXUAvbPiuxOh95

My recipes and crafts playlist

FLYLADY 31 BABYSTEPS, DAYS 16 THROUGH 20!

A recap of Flylady’s Babystep videos I’ve been posting on Instagram, days 16 through 20! Did you do the Flylady 31 Babysteps with me, way back in January 2017? I’m leading you through a brand new series of the Flylady 31 Babysteps (whether you are a beginner or an experienced Flybaby) this time on Instagram – with my pom poms ready to cheer you on! We have come a long way since 2017: I’m giving you my best tips and tricks in 2020! Come join in the daily fun, and get extra support, on Instagram!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


This week’s OOTDS (outfit of the day) – 20 September 2020

Happy Sunday! Crazy weather this week here in wonderful Copenhagen…started off with a mini heatwave where I was able to wear my summer dresses and sandals. Then autumn came back full force mid-week and I needed my gloves, earmuffs, warm coat and wooly scarf for biking down to the sea for my morning skinny dips! The sea temp is currently 15c/59f. Come on in, it’s refreshing (remember to pack a yummy picnic breakfast)!

If you’re looking for a capsule wardrobe system, I can thoroughly recommend the Dressing Your Truth system (there is a free course on the website). Your best colours and styles are determined by your facial features/inner energy (my primary energy type is 1 with a secondary energy of 4). It has been lifechanging for me and makes getting dressed so easy! (I’ve made several YouTube videos about my wardrobe, see below.) I use the Flylady system to keep me organised and my daily routine includes choosing my outfit a day in advance (I check my diary/weather forecast to see what’s ahead). I hang my outfit on a hook on the back of our bedroom door and am ready to go the moment my feet hit the floor the next morning. I love having a morning routine which sets me up for a good day!

Have a super Sunday!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

If you’d like to see more about my wardrobe, “come along” to our famous Clothes Swap Parties, and see why I love using the Dressing Your Truth system, see my YouTube series! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW


FLYLADY 31 BABYSTEPS, DAYS 11 THROUGH 15!

A recap of Flylady’s Babysteps, days 11 through 15! Did you do the Flylady 31 Babysteps with me, way back in January 2017? I’m leading you through a brand new series of the Flylady 31 Babysteps (whether you are a beginner or an experienced Flybaby) this time on Instagram – with my pom poms ready to cheer you on! We have come a long way since 2017: I’m giving you my best tips and tricks in 2020! Come join in the daily fun, and get extra support, on Instagram!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


Menu plan – 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

Happy Tuesday from tropical Copenhagen where the hot and sunny summer weather has returned (for two days at least), woo hoo! Enjoyed my breakfast skinnydip seaswim with one of my Besties…in my thermos this morning was scrambled eggs with sweet chilli sauce, mashed avocado, coriander and ryebread. My Scottish Grandad used to tear up his bread and put it on top of his soup, calling it “ducks on the pond” and I do the same! I often tear up a slice of ryebread and add it to any leftovers I’m eating (pads out the meal and gives you lots of fibre).

We’re trying something different this week for our menu plan. One of my kids has an exercise/food tracker app called Lifesum which suggests meals according to your goals (performance, build muscle, etc). From what we’ve seen so far, the recipes are very easy to make (great for novice cooks), use readily available ingredients and are quick to assemble. Sounds good! Let’s see if we use it beyond the one month’s paid subscription… So here’s what’s on the menu this week at Casa Copenhagen!

  • Shakshuka with red lentils
  • Chicken with asparagus, cream cheese and new potatoes
  • Crunchy salmon (the crunch coming from chopped almonds/apple) with stirfried broccoli and spinach
  • Mongolian beef and jasmine rice (we added aubergine/red pepper) We made this last night, took only 20 minutes from start to finish.
  • Tuna, avocado, spinach and egg salad
  • Honey ginger chicken rice bowl (with kale, mixed veggies)
  • one day of the week for us is usually leftovers, a frittata/quiche made with any veggies which need using up, or Danish smørrebrød (rye bread open sandwiches with various toppings)
Last night’s Mongolian beef – four out of five stars for taste!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! Remember to K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

Need more inspiration? See my recipes and crafts playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8ZP5_UDGRXUAvbPiuxOh95

My recipes and crafts playlist

This week’s OOTDs (outfit of the day), 13 September 2020

Happy Sunday! I’m not quite sure where this past week went – it seemed to pass in a flash – but autumn is very definitely in the air and I’ve looked out my gloves/earmuffs for biking down to the sea for my morning skinny dips! The sea temp is currently 16c/60f, air temp has been lower ⚓ (When I was a Girl Guide in Scotland our motto was “be prepared”, something to live by!) Let’s see those outfits!

Autumn is here!
Morning seaswim, best start to the day!

If you’re looking for a capsule wardrobe system, I can thoroughly recommend the Dressing Your Truth system (there is a free course on the website). Your best colours and styles are determined by your facial features/inner energy (my primary energy type is 1 with a secondary energy of 4). It has been lifechanging for me and makes getting dressed so easy! (I’ve made several YouTube videos about my wardrobe, see below.) I use the Flylady system to keep me organised and my daily routine includes choosing my outfit a day in advance (I check my diary/weather forecast to see what’s ahead). I hang my outfit on a hook on the back of our bedroom door and am ready to go the moment my feet hit the floor the next morning. I love having a morning routine which sets me up for a good day!

Have a super Sunday!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

If you’d like to see more about my wardrobe, “come along” to our famous Clothes Swap Parties, and see why I love using the Dressing Your Truth system, see my YouTube series! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW


FLYLADY 31 BABYSTEPS, DAYs 6 THROUGH 10!

A recap of Flylady’s Babysteps, days 6 through 10! Did you do the Flylady 31 Babysteps with me, way back in January 2017? I’m leading you through a brand new series of the Flylady 31 Babysteps (whether you are a beginner or an experienced Flybaby) this time on Instagram – with my pom poms ready to cheer you on! We have come a long way since 2017: I’m giving you my best tips and tricks in 2020! Come join in the daily fun, and get extra support, on Instagram!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane



Menu plan – 9 SEPTEMBER 2020

It’s getting decidedly autumnal here in Copenhagen so we are back to eating breakfast by candlelight to give us some extra hygge! And I’m beginning to look at some seasonal dishes which we haven’t had for a while: warming soups and Sunday roasts. So what’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? A bit of this, that and the other! If I don’t specify vegetables below, we usually serve a salad or a platter of raw fresh vegetables (cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, cauliflower florets, etc) on the side of all our dinners. Remember when menu planning to check your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you have in hand before you add to the stockpile. Let’s use what we already have and save money!

  • Bibimbap (Korean dish consisting of rice, vegetables and meat, topped with a fried egg), we use a recipe from www.mykoreankitchen.com
  • Butter Chicken with basmati rice and naan bread (this one from Recipetineats is very good and simple)
  • Culottesteg (Danish rump steak) with roast potatoes, béarnaise sauce and a tomato salad
  • spaghetti carbonara with garlic bread and a big spinach salad
  • onion, leek and potato soup with a charcuterie platter and my super speedy homemade bread rolls (my how-to YouTube video is below) and homemade cake (will be chocolate brownies or apple cake)
  • Pad See Ew (description here) a Thai noodle and broccoli dish with which we make with pork tenderloin (takes just a few minutes to cook so is great for a midweek meal)
  • one day of the week is usually leftovers, a frittata/quiche made with any veggies which need using up, or Danish smørrebrød (rye bread open sandwiches with various toppings)
Super speedy bread rolls to accompany your meal!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! Remember to K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetie!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

Need more inspiration? See my recipes and crafts playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8ZP5_UDGRXUAvbPiuxOh95

My recipes and crafts playlist

NEW! FLYLADY 31 BABYSTEPS, 2020 VERSION!

Did you do the Flylady 31 Babysteps with me, way back in January 2017? I’m leading you through a brand new series of the Flylady 31 Babysteps (whether you are a beginner or an experienced Flybaby) this time on Instagram – with my pom poms ready to cheer you on! We have come a long way since 2017: I’m giving you my best tips and tricks in 2020! This is a recap from this week’s Instagram videos, days 1 to 5. Come join in the daily fun on Instagram!

If you need to take a look at the basics again, my Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane


VISITING MUM IN EDINBURGH PLUS This week’s OOTDs (outfit of the day), 5 September 2020

Happy Saturday! What an absolutely fantastic week it has been – I was finally able to be together with my dear old Mum in Edinburgh, Scotland! As many of you know, I haven’t seen Mum (or my dear big brother and sweetest sister-in-law) since December 2019 due to the Lockdown travel restrictions around the world. There was a flight this week from Copenhagen so I jumped at the chance to fly over (thanks to my daily routines I could book and pack at a moment’s notice without any stress) and it was so wonderful to “see” my Mum in the flesh. Mum is 85 years old (she turned 85 in May this year) and always wears her nice clothes (unless she’s out gardening, of course), a piece of jewelry, a skoosh of perfume, etc. (I cut a couple of inches off her hair for her just before I took this photo of us because she’s been unable to get to the hairdressers and she felt her hair was dragging down her energy.) Doesn’t she look terrific, despite being confined to her house for six months?

We were able to do a spot of shopping in the city, lots of walking and had some lovely meals. Tapas with wine, haggis in a gastro pub. A takeaway from our local chip shop, washed down with a bottle of champagne which I had sent Mum for her birthday, and which she wanted to drink with me when we were finally reunited! But best of all was just being able to sit together in the evening, watching TV and chatting.

Plus drinking a gin or two (Mum’s favourite tipple)! Every day is the special occasion – make sure enjoy it to the full!! 💖

But on with the outfits!

Sea temp for our morning skinny-dip seaswims is currently 18c/64d

If you’re looking for a capsule wardrobe system, I can thoroughly recommend the Dressing Your Truth system (there is a free course on the website). Your best colours and styles are determined by your facial features/inner energy (my primary energy type is 1 with a secondary energy of 4). It has been lifechanging for me and makes getting dressed so easy! (I’ve made several YouTube videos about my wardrobe, see below.) I use the Flylady system to keep me organised and my daily routine includes choosing my outfit a day in advance (I check my diary/weather forecast to see what’s ahead). I hang my outfit on a hook on the back of our bedroom door and am ready to go the moment my feet hit the floor the next morning. I love having a morning routine which sets me up for a good day!

Have a super Saturday!

LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you! Hugs!

Diane

If you’d like to see more about my wardrobe, “come along” to our famous Clothes Swap Parties, and see why I love using the Dressing Your Truth system, see my YouTube series! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-_AxzW73x4ZWtikVFAvDQW