Menu plan – 7 July 2020

Menu planning…we have a simple salad or fresh, raw veggies with most of our meals

What’s on the menu this week at Casa Copenhagen? We are into vacation season now, and taking things easy with a mix of old family favourites and a few new recipes. Remember when you are menu planning to “K.I.S.S.” – keep it simple, sweetie!

  • Build-your-own-burger with oven-baked potato wedges and salad
  • Spaghetti Carbonara with wilted spinach, my homemade foccacia (my recipe for foccacia is here) – I had written Carbonara on last week’s menu plan but we had a last minute change and made Spaghetti Bolognese instead. So this week it’s definitely Carbonara!
  • Potato gnocchi with mushrooms, garlic, spinach, white wine, cream and parmesan (there’s a good simple recipe for that here https://simplyhomecooked.com/creamy-mushroom-gnocchi/ )
  • Pad See Ew – Thai Fried rice noodles with pork tenderloin and broccoli (from the Danish book Foodfanatic Thai by Nadia Mathiasen – recipe is here https://www.foodfanatic.dk/stegte-nudler-med-svinekoed-og-asiatisk-broccoli
  • Green lentil salad (with feta, tomato, cucumber, lemon/mustard/honey dressing) OR we might go a different route with a Baked Feta Salad with Lentils https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/mango-chutney-baked-feta-lentils Will depend on how we feel on the day!
  • leftovers or out to dinner/takeaway
  • and, if our plans change (which they invariably do…) smørrebrød, which is open-faced Danish rye bread with various toppings!
Cherries from our garden…eaten by the sea for my morning swim breakfast!

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Hugs!

Diane

PS: Looking for more easy menu planning inspiration? I have plenty of easy recipes (and crafts!) on my YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED8ZP5_UDGRXUAvbPiuxOh95


VIDEO My summer vacation/projects, Flylady Camp, coping with guests/volunteering, self-care bingo!

My last video before the summer vacation…who needs some motivation? We are chatting about our summer vacation plans and projects, Flylady Camp, coping with guests/volunteering, self-care basics and my bingo card!
My Flylady Refresher Course videos are here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED-1vdMwaAhm7Z_3Br__gals and the info about the Flylady Camp is here http://www.flylady.net/d/camp-gonna-wanna-fly/

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Hugs!

Diane


💡PRINTABLES! ZONE 1 IDEAS: ERRAND DAY, SELF-CARE, GARDEN

Woo hoo, thanks again for all the brilliant ideas you have sent in for FLYLADY ZONE 1 (entry, hall, dining room ) Errand Day, self-care and gardening! I will add to the list as more ideas come in. Keep scrolling down, there is a lot of inspiration here!

ERRAND DAY OR THINGS TO REPLACE/BUY

  • fresh plants or flowers for the hall, porch or dining room
  • candles
  • lightbulbs
  • cleaning suppies
  • entry mat

And here’s a nice idea for Errand Day! “Errand day pampering for me usually includes a coffee and my favorite podcast or audiobook playing in the car as I go place to place. Simple but special.”

This is my “self-preservation” bingo card. I pick a couple of ideas from the lists below and it makes me more deliberate about “taking care of me” during the week! You can click the photo, save and print or copy paste into your own document. Or if you’d like to customise, here’s a link to Canva (though you need a paid subscription to edit)
https://www.canva.com/design/DAD8DjpSh0U/8vcD9PcTJpbAad46yREGmw/view?utm_content=DAD8DjpSh0U&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton&mode=preview

SELF-CARE/PAMPER/SELF-PRESERVATION

  • cut a bloom from the garden/buy a single flower for the hallway
  • add a flower pot to your entryway/postbox area
  • “redecorate” the area with items borrowed from other places in the house (vase, candlestick, lamp)
  • add a blanket for the cooler evenings outside on the porch/veranda
  • use your “best” china and glasses from the dining room – every day is a special occasion!
  • use one of your “best” glasses (wine, crystal) and enjoy a glass of chilled water, add some fresh mint or a slice of lemon
  • set the dining table with flowers/candles, turn on some background music and enjoy lunch or dinner – alone/with family/online with friends
  • hang a crystal in the dining room window or entryway
  • make paper flowers to display on the dining room table
  • make a wreath or welcome sign for your front door
  • make a small “tableau” in the hall/entryway or dining room (some candles, a flower, a photoframe, something which makes you smile)
  • diffuse your favourite scent or light a candle while doing your zone work
  • listen to your favourite music/podcast while doing your zone work
  • once you’ve completed some zone work (decluttering or cleaning), sit outside/in your favourite chair and read for fifteen minutes
  • sit outside on your porch/veranda and read or enjoy a cup of chilled water or hot coffee
  • sit outside on your porch/veranda and admire your efforts!

GARDEN/BALCONY/PATIO/PORCH

  • take a “step back” and look at your porch/entryway – what would a visitor notice?
  • clean and organize your deck/patio/porch
  • declutter dead plants, remove weeds from plant pots, etc
  • sweep the paths
  • sweep the pavement
  • prune any overhanging branches
  • sweep the garage
  • create a garden basket to live by the front door
  • create a herb pot to live by the front door
  • wash the front steps
  • wipe down the front door (repair/paint any scratches, etc)
  • remove weeds from the garden paths
  • dust off porch/veranda furniture
  • change the wreath/flower decoration/welcome sign

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Hugs!

Diane

And if you’d like help with cleaning and decluttering in the Flylady Zones, I am here to guide you through!


VIDEO Your Monday motivation! Weekly Home Blessing, self-care, Flylady Zones 5 and 1!

Here’s your Monday motivation! What a crazy, fun week it’s been! I’m starting out with a full blown Weekly Home Blessing and then will add in a few zone tasks. We are working in Flylady Zones 5 and 1 this week (split week). Remember to be consistent with your Morning and Evening Routines and the rest will fall into place. I’m shaking my pom poms for you! Rah, rah, rah!

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Hugs!

Diane


Menu plan, 23 June 2020

What a week of celebrations ahead! Our son’s graduation from Danish High School today, Danish “Sankt Hans Aften” (bonfire night, midsummer), my birthday on Thursday (which means a birthday breakfast swim with my Besties plus dinner out with the family) plus we’re hosting a big graduation party for classmates, friends and family at the weekend. Whew! My simple daily routines are keeping me sane and I’ve kept this week’s menu plan super simple, plus stocked up on various “ready meals” and easy to throw together food (frozen pizzas, sausages, mixed salad bags, etc) so that we aren’t caught out by last minute changes. So here’s what’s on the menu at celebratory Casa Copenhagen!

Takeaway sushi tonight for our son’s graduation day – congratulations to our “wee” boy! 👏🥂👨‍🎓🇩🇰💐

IKEA meatballs with readymade potato salad and a simple mixed salad (grated carrots, spinach, sliced apple, tomatoes)

Danish biksemad (chopped onion, potatoes, beef), available in the freezer section of the supermarket. Topped with fried eggs, pickled beetroot and ketchup or brown sauce on the side.

My birthday dinner will be at one of my favourite restaurants in the Christianshavn area of the city, on the canals. (Photo from autumn 2019)

At the bistro I can get my fill of my favourites…raw oysters to start, then steak tartare and fries… Yum! Plus a glass (or two) of champagne.

I also have some salmon in the freezer so if I ask my husband sweetly he may make his famous four-ingredient Creamy Baked Salmon.

Danish meatloaf “forloren hare” – you may remember I made two loaves a couple of weeks ago, and popped one in the freezer for a later date. Now is the time! Will serve with new baby potatoes, warm red cabbage and a creamy gravy.

For our graduation party, we’ll have food catered from a local Thai restaurant, plus we’re going to make lots of cake: chocolate brownies and black bean chocolate cake (just whizz together and bake). My recipe for that is here…

That’s it – bon appétit! And remember, when menu planning, to K.I.S.S. – keep it simple, sweetie!

My “wee boy” graduating today

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Hugs!

Diane


VIDEO Survival tips for a busy summer! Plus birthday/graduation outfits…

Survival tips for a busy summer! Plus my birthday and graduation outfits! This week we are celebrating my son’s Graduation, Danish “Sankt Hans” (a bonfire night, similar to midsummer), my birthday on Thursday, plus a traditional student party with friends and family at our home this weekend. Lots to celebrate but we are crazy busy – here are my best tips to keep you sane! You can also use these tips when you are having a rough week, dealing with stress or bereavement.

If you’d like help setting up some simple daily routines, 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


PRINTABLES – BATHROOM (Zone 3) CLEANING/DECLUTTER LIST

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.

CLEAN

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

DECLUTTER

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

PROJECTS

Clean grout/reapply

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.

Would you like some ideas for pampering, gardening and errand day in this zone? See this blogpost for inspiration! https://dianedenmark.com/2020/05/13/zone-3-ideas-errand-day-self-care-garden/

And if you would like some company while you clean or declutter, I am always reading with my cleaning caddy and my pom poms to cheer you on!

Let’s clean and declutter in the Flylady Zones!

Have fun!

LLAP!

May the Danish hygge be with you!

Diane


VIDEO Let’s chat!

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!

You can find more Question & Answer videos here… https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED9fh1uPZwhq68Lx3pEXuPRm


What’s for dinner? Flylady Menu Planning

What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? We are heading into one of the busiest weeks of the year! Graduation, work, end of term, Sankt Hans Aften (midsummer “bonfire night”), my birthday – plus a lot of other events… Fun but so very hectic! In order to save my sanity and avoid that feeling of clinging on to the merry-go-round with my bare knuckles, I’m keeping things very basic this week. Including making sure that I get a little bit of pamper time (or self-preservation time, as I like to call it) every single day. Without fail. Copenhagen weather is fairly sunny and warm this week which also means we’ll be able to eat outside on our newly oiled deck (one of my “Making the Most of May” projects), woo hoo!

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”!

Spaghetti Bolognese, aka pasta med kødsovs in Danish. I use a jar of Dolmio sauce – quick and simple. Garlic bread and veggies on the side. One of my “go to” meals when life is hectic: I keep all the ingredients in my freezer pantry.

Jennifer Joyce’s My Asian Kitchen

Nasi Goreng (fried rice with veggies and crispy fried egg). We’ll be using the recipe from Jennifer Joyce’s My Asian Kitchen

Homemade tuna and sweetcorn quiche with new baby potatoes and beetroot.

Butter roasted Thai chicken

Butter roasted Thai chicken served with rice. This is one of the recipes we made a few weeks ago from Emily Kydd’s Quick + Simple = Delicious book.

Emily Kydd

Homemade Croque Madame, an eternal classic. It’s a variation of Croque Monsieur, topped with a fried egg. Big fresh green salad on the side.

Chicken Cæsar Salad (with leftover boiled potatoes), using a bag of ready cooked chicken from the freezer. Cæsar dressing is very simple to mix together and I always have all the dressing ingredients ready to go in my fridge/pantry.

Enjoy your week! And remember to dry out your sink/close the kitchen when you’ve finished your dinner…

LLAP

Hugs

Diane



🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 9 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

salade nicoise
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.
salade nicoise
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
Jennifer Joyce "My Asian Kitchen"
and we’ll be using mango instead of pineapple once again because it was so good last time!
Thai Larb
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!

Diane in Denmark menu planning

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!




🥗 MENU What’s for dinner? 2 June 2020 Flylady Menu planning

What’s for dinner this week at Casa Copenhagen? The first of June heralds the start of Danish summer and we are off to a wonderful start with sunny, blue skies and temperatures got up to 24c/75f yesterday! 😀👒 This week we’ve got a good mix of tried and trusted family favourites: recipes I can make with my eyes closed – so useful when things are busy and beginning to get hot. In other news it’s Danish Constitution Day plus Danish Fathers Day on 5 June (fixed date every year). Many stores/supermarkets are closed, also some schools and offices. Some have a half-day holiday. Check locally for details but make sure to do your grocery shop early this week!

If I don’t specify below, our side dishes are usually a fresh veggie platter (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli florets, etc) or a spinach salad. Usually we have one evening per week where we use leftovers, eat some simple smørrebrød (Danish rye bread with toppings) or use up what we have left in the fridge. When you’re menu planning, remember to K.I.S.S.! Keep it simple, sweetie!

Whole roast chicken done in one pan along with potatoes, carrots and bacon. Easy Peasy! Served with a mozzarella tomato salad.



We didn’t get round to making the Grilled flank steak salad with red onion, beans and pesto (from the Emily Kydd book) last week, so that’s been pushed forward to this week’s menu.


Bibimbap. Yes, again! We make a variation of this recipe https://mykoreankitchen.com/bibimbap-korean-mixed-rice-with-meat-and-assorted-vegetables/ And I make a large batch of the sauce, keeping it in a jar in the fridge.

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Diane in Denmark menu planning

Oksekød i fad or “Beef in a bowl” A rather strange name and actually the first-ever dish my Dear Danish Husband cooked for me when we were courting. Don’t be alarmed by the vast quantity of ketchup, it gives real flavour to the dish 😅 Here’s how to make it.






Boller i karry a.k.a “balls in curry” – yes, we are all about the silly Danish names this week – with rice and homemade naan bread.
 Leftovers from the week served with Watermelon, Feta cheese and Cucumber salad…to keep us cool!


Looking for more easy recipes? I have a whole series!

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



💡 PRINTABLES – KITCHEN (ZONE 2) CLEANING/DECLUTTER LIST

Woo hoo, I’m ready with my cleaning/declutter list for Flylady zone 2, the kitchen! 🎉 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, save/take a screenshot of the list and keep it on your phone. I’ve based my lists on my own kitchen and things to declutter in this area. Remember to adapt – make these lists work for you!



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.




Here are some ideas to get you started! Simply copy/paste on to your own blank document.

CLEAN
Scan the room, put things away
Descale kettle/coffeepot/dishwasher
Dust ceiling/corners
Dust or wipe skirting boards
Dust flat surfaces/window sills
Wipe kitchen table/legs/chair/legs 
Wipe door handles/light switches/
fingerprints or marks on walls
Shine windows, glass door, mirrors
Detailed vacuum session (underneath/back fridge)
Mop
Wipe down cabinets/handles
Wipe/clean refrigerator/one shelf or drawer
Underneath sink/rubbish/recycling
Wipe down microwave
Wash cutlery holder
Tidy drawers/cupboards
Wipe around stove top, oven knobs, and oven door
Wash pillow covers


DECLUTTER
Fridge
Freezer
Crockery
Kitchen utensils
Bowls, pots and pans
Baking paper/plastic bags/elastic band drawer
Tupperware
Water bottles/lunch boxes/thermos
Baking supplies
Tinned goods/pulses


PROJECTS
Sand and oil countertops/chopping boards


Would you like some ideas for pampering, gardening and errand day in this zone? See this blogpost for inspiration! https://www.dianedenmark.com/2020/05/zone-2-inspirationerrands-self-care.html

Have fun!
LLAP! May the Danish hygge be with you!
Diane