Apartment Update

Let’s celebrate! We managed to completely furnish one room in our apartment, and here it is:

The Sauna! – Complete With Bucket, Thermometer and Sand Timer

Kidding aside: we managed to put order in most of the apartment and apart from the sauna, most rooms are (nearly) done. The room that doesn’t require any more attention (apart from cleaning) is the one you will see first when visiting:

Entrance to Our Pad

I like that we seem to be able to maintain a sufficient degree of organisation here. I have to admit, however, that not all of my shoes reside here. Most of them are actually in the “off season closet”, as most of them are sandals and/or highheels.

The rest of our home is coming together quite nicely. The guest room is mostly finished. I’m just debating if I should hang the pictures of my loved ones here or in our bedroom.

Almost Done – The Guest Room

With all the whites and blues going on here, it seems a little cold, so maybe I’ll also add a contrasting rug or carpet.

The biggest contrast to the last home tour, however, is the living room:

The Living Room – Too Empty to Be Cosy

I like the difference a lot! Even though it looks bare in these pictures, we spend a lot of time in this room. The sofa is very comfortable, despite the fact that it is a sleeping couch. We took a loooooong time to decide on it (4 weeks of going sofa shopping…), but I’m really happy with it. I’m also extremely happy with the lamps. The one hanging from the ceiling was a lot of fun to assemble. The one beside the sofa is a genuine 50’s/60’s lamp we got for free from a friend.

One more room to show you:

The Sunroom – a.k.a. the Mathematician’s Room

The round chair is our newest acquisition, so now the room is actually used for it’s intended purpose: doing mathematics! I really enjoy cooking in the adjacent kitchen while maths is being discovered and discussed.

Talking of the kitchen: it’s very functional now that all the utensils have found a place, but doesn’t look any different from last time, so I’ll save the upload space. I’ll spare you the bedroom, as that’s still pretty much a mess. I might do a post on that sometime in the future, though.

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Blackcurrant… Muffins!

I almost didn’t post anything this week either (sorry for not writing a blogpost last week), as nothing much out of the ordinary happened neither last nor this week. Last weekend we kind of just chilled out and didn’t do much in terms of settling, sewing or cooking. Which doesn’t mean at all that it’s boring around here, far from it in fact. Last Saturday we had some friends over with their kids to watch Mary Poppins (in Finnish with Finnish subtitles), which was a lot of fun!

We also had a visitor from Switzerland! Unfortunately she only stayed two nights. Fortunately we will have visitors from all over Europe almost every week this semester, as PB is organising a research seminar, and most of his academic guests are staying with us. This weeks guest already arrived last Friday, so we tried to do something nice with him during the weekend. Not to be too braggy, but I think we succeeded.

This is greatly thanks to our Finnish friends (mentioned above) who helped us getting a car for the weekend. We then took our lovely guets and PB’s PhD student to the natural reserve I wrote about in the last post. We found the same kind of mushrooms as the last time, but unfortunately the funghi porcini were too old. The winter mushrooms (as luimupupu told me they’re called), however, were delicious. Here are some pictures of the reserve:

Berries Are Still Everywhere!

The Wooden Path Through the Swamp

That was pretty much what we did on Saturday. On Sunday we picked some berries in the backyard, and heres what we did with some of them:

Blackcurrant Muffins

The recipe is a modification of the blueberry muffin recipe from “Muffins: Just Great Recipes” by Carla Bardi (Amazone link), easily the most used book in my library.  So here’s my variation:

Ingredients
250g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
100g white chocolate, broken into pieces
200ml milk
2 large eggs
100g sugar
90g butter
250g blackcurrants

Preparation
Preheat oven to 180°C. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Melt the chocolate with the milk. Beat the eggs, sugar, butter, and melted chocolate mixture in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients. Carefully stir in the blackcurrants. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until well risen and springy to the touch, about 20 minutes. Muffins taste best when still warm.