I don’t quite remember when we have had such a fickle summer. In 2004, it was perhaps the most rainy, but now if the sun shines and it warms up even a bit, the children start to plan a swimming trip. And there is reason to their logic. In two hours it may be that the sun is gone and we might have a shower before the sky clears up and the gives us a dramatic sunset.
But I must say that even without the warmth that is traditionally associated with summer, it has been a good summer. The children have had time off from school and time for free play. Harry Potter is what they have been playing lately at our house as our soon to be nine-year-old has read them all and is reading them now for the second time and is directing the play. I overheard our six-year-old saying “…I don’t want to start from the beginning as it is so long…can we start from part three?” I wonder it he meant book three? The game can go on for days, taking a natural break at times and then continuing on the next day with new inspiration. This type of role-playing was my favorite way to play as well as a kid.
This afternoon I made the kids a homemade chocolate pudding for snack. I thought I had some extra milk that needed to be used up, in fact I didn’t as they had guzzled it up while I had been at the store. I thought they might like it and in the end, the homemade version has a lot less sugar than the store-bought versions.
Homemade chocolate pudding (gluten-free)
makes 9 servings
1.5 liters/3 pints of whole milk (farm fresh if you can get it)
2 dl/1 c sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar or one vanilla pod
1 dl/ 1/2 c cocoa poweder
about 12-15 tbsp cornstarch
3 egg yolks
Place the milk, sugar and vanilla pod or vanilla sugar into a pot and bring to a simmer. Make sure it does not boil over. It does not need stirring at this point. Meanwhile in a separate combine the cornstarch and cocoa with a little water to make a paste and whisk in the egg yolks. As the milk starts to simmer, let it simmer for a few minutes. Remove a cup or two of the hot milk and mix with the cornstarch mixture. Whisk until smooth. Make sure the milk is on low at this point. Pour the cocoa mixture in a stream into the simmering milk and sugar mixture and whisk constantly. Cook until the first bubbles have formed and then remove from heat. Spoon into glasses or small serving bowls and sprinkle with sugar to prevent a “skin” from forming. Chill and serve…maybe with a dollop of cream.
I have a few butterflies in my tummy. I’m kind of a city-slicker and we will be going with my husband, just the two of us, into the wilderness of northern Sweden and northern Norway. We will climb the nordic fells and cross the border to go see the fjords. Exciting and definitely a little bit out of my comfort zone. But I’m sure it will definitely be an unforgettable trip. Welcome back in a little over a week or so for pictures from our trip or follow my instagram #tableofcolors and #jenkkimutsimaalla for on-the-spot photo updates. Wish me luck!
I DO wish you luck. I did my share of camping when I first came to Australia. We went fishing and croc spotting and it was a good adventure that I’m glad I’ve done. But I’m done. Will follow you on Instagram!! xx
I haven’t done much camping…quite a newbie at it. And since I’m with my husband we follow no trails. Just the compass and the map the maybe the Northern star. According to him, only then do you really get out of the city and into the wilderness. But I’m lucky, he’s a pro at orienteering. A few times I’ve gone orienteering with him in the evening and I can barely keep up as he runs through the forest like a white tailed deer and I’m too stubborn to tell him to slow down. 😛
Have a great adventure. 🙂
Thank you Gallivanta! 🙂 I think it will be just that: an adventure!
Your trip sounds as if it will be very scenic. I hope the weather is better for you.
We are having an extremely cold winter, and I’m hating it.
The chocolate pudding looks devine!! Great clicks of summer! Enjoy your trip and will look forward to your post n pics:))
Sounds like a wonderful adventure you’ll be setting off on. I’m slightly jealous. Enjoy!
Your children have good imagination to play Harry Potter with all the magic.
San set on the picture is awesome.
Have fun on your trip and stay safe.
Sorry for the mistake (sunset). My phone auto complete helped me to make that.
Love Harry Potter! Cannot wait to read it to the girls.
I love the Harry Potter books! Re-watching the movies is still a guilty pleasure of mine 🙂 I’m sure your little ones had a grand time with their multi-act play! Hope you enjoy your camping trip. Our family used to go camping all the time when I was growing up in Minnesota but I haven’t been for quite some time. I always remember it being relaxing.
I’m in love with your sunset photo. I didn’t know you were on IG, Laila. I’m heading over to follow you right now! 😀