DIY distressed and ripped knee jeans!

DIY-ripped-knee-distressed-jeans8A while back I did a big purge of my closet and realized that I have a LOT of jeans. They all fit, but they are all the same, just different washes. Mostly skinny jeans with a few boyfriend styles mixed in here and there. I basically wanted to get rid of half of them, but that would have been such a waste. So instead of throwing away or donating perfectly fine jeans, I decided to give a few of them a little old school DIY makeover for spring and summer.

Super easy DIY ripped jeans! Have to try this! #DIY #jeans Click To Tweet

This spring’s fashion trends include so many new jeans trends, and I wanted them all, but let’s face it. Jeans can be pretty pricey and because I live in a studio apartment, space is limited. I actually used to do a lot of sewing and have been thinking about picking that back up. What do you think? Something you would be interested in reading more about? Anyways, I found my little seam ripper, scissors and got to work. Seam rippers are super cheap and you can get them almost anywhere.

Use a seam ripper to DIY distressed and ripped knee jeans! Super easy in 1-2-3 steps.

DIY Ripped Knee Jeans

DIY ripped knee jeans. Easy 1-2-3 step guide
Ripped knee jeans are definitely in every store this season, but it’s so easy to make a pair of your own. If you have a pair of jeans you almost never wear, just take a pair of seam rippers and cut straight across the knee. I recommend wearing the jeans, use a pencil to make a mark to make sure you get the actual knee :) Jeans are from Zara last year.

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Super easy DIY Ripped Knee Jeans! Old jeans are as good as new! #DIY #Spring #trends Click To Tweet

DIY Distressed Denim

DIY-ripped-knee-distressed-jeans4Distressed denim add’s an extra edge to any pair of jeans. I’ve heard of people using cheese grinders to make the distressed effect and that’s perfect if you don’t want actual holes, but just a worn look.

To get holes with distressed effects around it, make a small cut with the seam ripper, and then start pulling out the threads in one direction from the cut. Most jeans have a strain sideways and down. You’d want to pull out the seams going sideways. Jeans are Mavi’s from Stitch Fix.

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DIY Raw Hem Jeans

DIY-ripped-knee-distressed-jeans8It’s all about the raw hem this season right? If you have a pair of straight and maybe even a little too short pair of jeans, this is the perfect diy hack. Find a small pair of scissors or just use the seam ripper again and rip the seams of your hem on the inside. Be careful so you don’t rip the actual jean leg. Jean hem’s are usually only sewn one time, but folded multiple. After you’ve ripped the seem, unfold the hem and steam it straight. That’s it! Jeans are Joe’s from Nordstrom Rack.

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And there you have it, three new pairs of jeans with one little seam ripper :) Do you usually repurpose clothing? Instead of throwing away perfectly fine jeans or wasting money on new jeans, why not just give your old jeans a makeover? A how-to guide on how to give your jeans a DIY makeover for spring and summer is up on the blog! Super easy step-by-step tutorial.

Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet! 

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Norwegian Recipes: Skillingsboller

Norwegian Recipes: SkillingsbollerIt’s been so rainy and droopy in San Francisco for the past few weeks. In one way I am loving it because honestly having sunny weather every single day is not all what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes I miss a good rainy day where you can just hang out inside with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket and a good Netflix original.

Skillingsboller is one of my favorite Norwegian Recipes. I am a total sucker for baked goods, so delicious! There are lots of different types you can make, but today I’ll share the good old classic with you! I’ve shared Skoleboller in the past if you’re looking for something even sweeter with a little coconut kick.   Continue reading

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Almost every year, I start off with a ton of new years resolutions that I think will make me happier. Some I have been able to keep and some, well let’s just say I’ve kept them for a month or so and then moved on. Right before I headed to California the first time, my mom gave me a book called “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and it completely changed the way I look at resolutions and goals. Instead of setting new years resolutions, you set one goal each month and focus on that. It could be anything from increasing your energy levels to working on relationships etc. Don’t get me wrong, I still set out some resolutions that seem super important in January and not so much in March or June, but that’s ok and overall it’s been a better solution for me.The Happiness Project with Gretchen Rubin - Review

Since then, I’ve been following Gretchen Rubin’s work and a while back, she started a podcast with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. It’s called Happier and I love it! Continue reading

Best Mini Apple Pies Recipe Ever!

Super easy to make Apple Pie for Thanksgiving! Make Mini Pies so everyone can pick their favorite! Apple Cinnamon desserts are my ultimate favorite so when Thanksgiving rolls around, I am eating apple pie left and right. The only problem is that if I make a giant apple pie, I am going to eat a giant apple pie, so this year I decided to make mini apple pies instead! I made a large batch and then I portion controlled by freezing some of them so I wouldn’t eat them all at once. Now that I think of it, making different kinds of mini pies all at once would be super easy as well. If you’re making them for a party, people can then pick their favorite. Mini Apple Pies? Yes please! This recipe looks delicious. #applepie #recipe #minidessert Click To Tweet

If you’re not into pies, I can recommend this Norwegian Apple Cake instead. More like a coffee cake and so delicious!

Last year was the first time I ever made Apple pie from scratch and loved it! I couldn’t believe how easy it actually is. I love Joy the Baker’s Pie Recipe so I used that as a base for the mini pies. The crust makes two 9″ pies or 24 mini pies.

Buttermilk Pie Crust

  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) cold unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 (12 ounces) cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (5 to 6 ounces) buttermilk

The most important thing when making pie crust is that the butter is kept cold so start off with butter that has been in the fridge for at least a little while. Cut it up into small cubes and then freeze for 15 minutes.

Cutting Cold Butter cubes for mini Apple PiesAdd the flour, sugar and salt and blend together. Set the entire bowl in the fridge for 10+15 minutes so the butter cools down again. Add the butter milk and mix together until you have a smooth pie dough. Try to act quickly to the butter stays cool. Making Mini Apple Pies for ThanksgivingChill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour while you make the filling. If you’re making two large pies, you can split the dough and wrap them in plastic film. You can keep the dough in the fridge for up to three days and in the freezer for about three weeks.

Apple Pie Filling

  • 2 1/2 lbs organic apples, peeled, cored and sliced (or cubed if you prefer that).  I used a combination of Granny Smith, Royal Gala.
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (can be skipped if you don’t have it)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, preferably fresh grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Start by cutting up apples. Baking Mini Apple Pies for Thanksgiving. Start by peeling and cutting the apples into slices.

Add both sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to the bowl of Apples and blend together. Cover up the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it sit for at least 30 minutes (or up to three hours). This is when I just added and blended it together.

Makeing Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Once it’s done, it should look something like this. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Pour the apples over a strainer and let it sit so most of the juices are left in the bowl.

In a small saucepan, add the butter, let it melt and add the left over liquid. You should have around 1/2 cup of liquid left from the apples, but don’t freak out if you dont :) Add the cornstarch to the mix and let it simmer while gently swirling the liquid (dont’ stir too hard). The liquid should almost caramelize and come down to about a 1/3 of a cup.

Pour the syrup over the apples and blend. Should look something like this. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.

Take out the pie dough and roll out with some flour so it doesn’t stick. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. On a side note, do you see how small my countertop is? Yep, that’s the whole thing! Ahh, the joy’s of living in a studio apartment.

Find a small circular object that you can use to trace. I just used this large coffee cup and that worked like a charm. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Make circles for how many mini pies you want to make. Save some dough if you want to add any crossing/decoration on the top of the pies. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. And add them to a muffin pan! Just take the circle of dough, place it in the muffin pan and make sure the dough comes up along the sides. Making Apple Pie dough for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies. Add the filling to each mini pie and preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Making Apple Pie Filling for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.Let them bake for 20-25 minutes until they are lightly brown on top. If you have pie dough covering the top, remember to leave a little breathing hole and sprinkle some sugar on top for added deliciousness.

Let them rest for about 30 minutes in the pan after cooking and voilà!Making Apple Pie for Thanksgiving Mini Apple Pies.

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What’s your favorite dessert? Did you ever make any exotic pie flavors? I’d love to try them!

Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!

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