Great Big Story

Car with big bow

The really big bows

By Catherine on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 22:08
I use a lot of bows, especially around Christmas. I don’t think there is a Christmas decorated room in this house that lacks bows. Mainly because they are easy to make, versatile and probably one of the cheapest Christmas decorations you can use. They give you a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak.
Cider factory

Apples and apples

By Catherine on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:05
We live in an orchard and have apples all around us. An apple is probably one of the most versatile produce in an garden. You can use it for everything. As you probably have notices I write a lot about apples, and will continue to do that.
Stockholm subway station

Stockholm Subway art

By Catherine on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 22:04
I remember when I was a kid and the new subway line opened in Stockholm. Before it opened, you could visit some of the stations and walk around more freely, without the fear of being run over by a train. The new line was like an art installation, and my father and I was curious, so we went.
Hand holding a tape

Sound - the new spice

By Catherine on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 21:58
We eat with our eyes, that’s a known fact. I didn’t know that sounds also could affect how we experience food. I knew it could affect behavior; a special type of music makes you shop more, or eat faster. But this story fascinated me.
Fries in rows of bowls

The accidental potato chips

By Catherine on Sat, 02/27/2016 - 21:55
My mother loves potato chips, though she regards them as sinfully fattening. I partly agree, since the tradition in our home was to eat chips with sour mayo. When I grew up, and she and I had a girls-night. We always opened a bag of salted potato chips.
Marshmallows that melted over a casserole

Grandmas marshmallows

By Catherine on Sat, 02/20/2016 - 21:06
Correct med if I’m wrong, but I feel like the younger generation looks upon marshmallows like a treat. On a stick, in s'mores or eaten as is in colorful shapes. It was different for my grandma. For her marshmallows where an ingredient. You used it for something, and like cookie dough, mustered powder and candid sugar; you shouldn’t eat it raw. That wasn’t good for you.
A green an yellow parrot sitting on a branch

Brooklyn's wild parrots

By Catherine on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 19:58
Animals fascinates us and we have a strong connection to the animals in our garden. Someone might say that we give them human characteristic, that might be true. When you follow them as closely as we do, you get a connection to them. Most of all, you start to see their behavior and differences.
A man diving in cold blue water

Cold, winter and what about diving

By Catherine on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 19:30
It's mid winter here and it's cold, snowy and cold. A few days ago I was looking at some vacation footage of me and hubby scuba diving in Indonesia, that feels extra far away in this weather. Then today I stumbled on this little video.
Salmon Sushi

How to convince someone to eat raw fish

By Catherine on Sun, 01/10/2016 - 23:49
After all the Christmas food, cookies and candy, some of us might need to loose some weight. I'm not pointing my finger to anyone, but let's just face the facts. Christmas is a time for over-indulging food, and that tends to have consequences. Some of my friends have a fondness for sushi, especially after Christmas since they think that sushi is a perfect diet food. I don't agree.
A planter with dirt

Thoughts about food

By Catherine on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 00:01
The quality of food and what we really eat is important for me. I strongly believe that we need to eat more natural things. The more you can understand what's on the label, the better I believe that the food is for us.