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The holiday season is my favorite time of year and I love to shop for gifts for family and friends. It’s always hard to find just the right gift so I’ve compiled a few holiday gift guides to make things easier for you!
Fall is THE best time for new TV shows. It’s getting darker earlier and the evenings seem so much longer. As October moves along, temperatures drop and I find myself inside with a cup of hot chocolate a lot more often! I probably watch more TV than I should this time of year, but it’s my guilty pleasure and I am owning it :) Every year new shows are released in the fall and I’ve listed some of my new favorites below. I highly suggest you snuggle up in front of the TV with a cup of hot chocolate and maybe even some freshly baked Norwegian Cinnamon Rolls to watch this seasons best TV shows.
Divorce – HBO
Network Description:Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is suddenly reevaluating her life and the strained relationship she has with her husband, Robert. Friends like Diane, who is successful and has no children, and Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced, make Frances wonder what she’s missed, or is missing. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and starting anew is harder than she thought. “Divorce,” a comedy series co-executive produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, follows a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs of New York City as they grapple with the effects of their failing marriage, not just on themselves, but also on their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. Watch the trailer for divorce here.
Why I love it: I am pretty sure I would love anything Sarah Jessica Parker played in, but I like that this show is a little different. Her husband is not this perfect handsome character and they are bringing up real issues. I’ve only seen a few episodes, but so far, I like it.
Conviction – ABC
Network Description:When lawyer and former first daughter Hayes Morrison is faced with the choice of taking a job with her nemesis, New York District Attorney Conner Wallace, or going to jail for cocaine possession — hurting her mother’s Senate campaign in the process — the choice is easy. As part of the new Conviction Integrity Unit, Hayes gets the opportunity to put her intelligence to good use by helping overturn court decisions in cases where there is credible suspicion of a wrongful conviction. It doesn’t hurt that the new position gives her a shot at turning things around with her powerful political family in the process. Watch the trailer for conviction here.
Why I love it: I really appreciate a good crime show and this one is no different. Don’t know how I feel about the main character yet, but the plot is good. You see a new case each episode and it has good variety so far.
This is Us – NBC
Network Description:Jack and his wife – who is very pregnant with triplets — have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall — who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant — is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group — several of whom share a birthday — of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Watch the trailer for This is Us here.
Why I love it: This is one of those cliche shows that you don’t really want to watch, but you can’t seem to stay away. I wont ruin the surprise, but the first episode is quite the twister! The show is funny and a heart warming family show.
Atlanta – FOX
Network Description:Atlanta is one of the top cities for young rappers looking to make a name for themselves in the business. Among those up-and-comers is Alfred Miles, a hot new artist who is trying to understand the line between real life and street life. He is managed by his cousin, Earn, who gets caught up in the local rap scene and his cousin’s career after returning home to the ATL. Earn does whatever he can to try to get Alfred’s career to the next level. Darius, the rapper’s right-hand man and visionary, is also in Alfred’s entourage. When Earn isn’t busy managing his cousin’s career, he spends much of his time with best friend Vanessa, who is also the mother of his daughter. Watch the trailer for Atlanta here.
Why I love it: There is nothing like this on TV already and I love a new story. It’s funny and brings up important everyday struggles of a young man trying to figure things out in the music industry in Atlanta.
Queen Sugar – OWN
Network Description:“Queen Sugar” tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, the wife and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father Ralph Angel, who is searching for redemption. Following a tragedy in the family, the siblings must put their complicated lives aside so that they can come together to run the clan’s struggling sugar cane farm. Also involved in the farm are Aunt Violet and family friend Remy Newell. Watch the trailer for Queen Sugar here.
Why I love it: I probably would not have sought out this show on my own, but I kept seeing the trailer for it and eventually got hooked into watching the first episode. The show has some interesting twists in the beginning, but also runs into quite a few clichés. Great actors involved and worth checking out.
Pitch – FOX
Network description:Talented baseball pitcher Ginny Baker immediately rises to fame when she is called up by the San Diego Padres and becomes the first woman in Major League Baseball. She immediately sets in on the task of proving herself to her teammates, starting with team captain and catcher Mike Lawson. The two share an immediate chemistry, putting Mike in the middle of tensions between the beautiful new player and certain teammates who don’t appreciate a woman out on the mound. Not all of her fellow Padres are so averse to change, with center fielder Blip Sanders providing support through her journey. Watch the trailer for Pitch here.
Why I love it: Pitch is a funny show! I thought it would be super cliche, but it’s actually pretty good. Great dialog and unexpected scenes.
Lethal Weapon – FOX
Network description:Rebooting the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh as they combat crime in Los Angeles. Following the death of his wife and their unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL Riggs moves to California in search of a new start at the LAPD, where he is paired up with Murtaugh, who recently suffered a near-fatal heart attack. The newcomer’s tendency to not look before he leaps clashes with Murtaugh’s more considered technique, but when they look past the surface friction, they see the partnership might give them what they need. Watch the trailer for Lethal Weapon here.
Why I love it: I’ve only seen a couple episodes of this, but it’s pretty funny. It reminds me more of movie than a show at first because of how it’s taped and I am curious to see how they continue the story of the two cops outside of cases, but so far so good.
Bull – CBS
Network description: Dr. Jason Bull is the charming and cocky founder of successful trial consulting firm Trial Analysis Corporation, where he and his team of experts employ psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to understand jurors, lawyers, witnesses and defendants, and construct effective narratives to help their clients win. Bull’s team include his brother-in-law Benny, neurolinguistics expert Marissa, former detective Danny, hacker Cable, and Chunk, who helps perfect clients’ appearances for trial. “Bull” is inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, who also serves as executive producer. Watch the trailer for Bull here.
Why I love it: I love a good show with a quirky cop related character. Life, Rizzoli & Isles, The Mentalist, Lie to Me, and now Bull. It’s probably all fake, but the psychology and behavior element is super interesting to me. Why people do what they do.
Discovered any new shows this fall? Or do you have your favorites lined up already? Let me know in the comments if there are any I should check out. I am always on the hunt for a great show to watch.
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It’s getting crisper outside and Fall is right around the corner, if not here already. There is nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls while watching the wind pick up leaves outside this time of year. In Bergen, where I am from in Norway, it used to rain a ton so fall would include lots of inside weather and everyone would do anything to make it extra cozy.
Skillingsboller or cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite Norwegian Recipes and there are tons of different types you can make, but today I’ll share one with a twist. I am a total sucker for baked goods, so delicious! I’ve shared the recipes for regular Skillingsboller and Skoleboller in the past if you’re looking for something even sweeter with a little coconut kick.
Skillingsbollekake or cinnamon roll cake is basically Skillingsboller, but in cake form. It makes for a pretty table spread and you get more of that gooey, delicious frosting on there! The cake tends to come out less dry than individual cinnamon rolls. I’ll sometimes make regular cinnamon rolls, but have so many rolls that I save some for a cake and freeze it for a surprise visit :)
What you’ll need for Norwegian Cinnamon Rolls Cake:
Cinnamon Rolls Dough
2.5 cups all Purpose Flour (6 dl)
3.5 oz of Sugar (100 grams)
0.5 tsp Salt
0.5 tsp Cardamom
0.5 tsp Baking Powder
3.6 oz of Butter. I use Kerrygold, because I like the taste of european butter better (100 grams)
1.5 cups Milk (3.5 dl)
2 packs of rapid expanding yeast
Cinnamon Rolls Spread:
Cinnamon Rolls Frosting:
Mix all the dry ingredients in a baking bowl. Melt butter and add milk once it’s completely melted. Heat up to around 98.6 degrees (37.5 Celsius). Pay close attention because it might happen pretty fast, especially with a gas stove. Use a thermometer or put some of the liquid on the inside of your wrist to check the temperature. You’re good to go if it’s around the same or slightly warmer than your wrist. If it’s too hot, then just let it sit for a little until it cools down to desired temperature. If you’re inpatient, like me, you can pour the hot butter and milk mixture from one bowl to another multiple times to speed up the cool down process.
Add the milk and butter to the dry ingredients and mix it all together. Place a kitchen towel over the bowl and let the dough rise for at least 30 min in a lukewarm place. The dough should rise to about double.
Pour out some flour on your counter or table and start rolling out the dough. Use a rolling pin and make a rectangle shape. There is no rule for how thick it should be, but this will be the “turns” in your roll so depending if you like thin or thick pieces.
Add a thin spread of butter to your rolled out dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar before you roll it up. Start rolling from the longest side of your rectangle shape. Once you have a nice and tight roll, cut it with 1-2 inches apart depending on how high you want your cake.
Start pre-heating your oven to 435 Fahrenheit (225 Celsius) about half way through. Add as many buns as you’d like or can fit in the round shaped form. I use a spring form because it’s so easy to remove the sides if you want to move the cake over to a cake stand. Mix an egg in a small bowl and use a pastry brush and add a slight layer of egg on top of the cake.
Bake the cake for 13-15 minutes until it’s golden on top. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes after you take it out of the oven. Mix water and powdered sugar to make frosting and dig in! :)
Every year, Nordstrom has their annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and it’s a huge event! The pre-sale event has been live for a little over a week so if you have the Nordstrom credit card you might have already gone crazy and shopped half the store, but if you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for the public event to start already. It’s finally here! It starts today, July 22nd.
The great thing about the Anniversary Sale is that it’s not only leftover summer styles that go on sale, it’s also pre-fall styles and so many great pieces. I made a little mental list of what I am looking for this fall season and some items I want to invest in quality wise, but let’s be real, a lower price for the same item is always better! The sale goes until August 7th, but things sell out pretty fast!
What are some pieces you’re getting for this fall season? Did you score big on the Nsale this year? Let me know if you found something good that I missed in the comments. I LOVE a good deal :)
I recently had to go to New York for work, but I was able to take an earlier flight so I had a little extra time to explore as well. In New York they have A LOT of delicious food so I made sure to do my research before we got there and had scouted out some restaurants to try out. Continue reading →