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Blouse in the making

With inspiration from my red blouse I decided to try the same pattern again. It took me about half a day to make it. I can feel that it takes to long for me to both pin and sew, but that it something that will come with time if I continue.

I made a few changes to the pattern this time. It is skinner to start with – more a t-shirt than a blouse. I made lines at the breasts to make it fitted. I didn’t add short sleeves this time, but kept it even shorter. In the back I made it deeper (a lot more than the original pattern, but still not as deep as I would like) and added a line to keep it tight together. I’m considering modifying it into a straight line but now it’s two lines tied together. I love when there is stuff happening at the back.

I did screw up a bit with the neckline. The pattern showed a different variation than the one I´ve tried before so I gave it a go but it didn’t really work so I had to fix it in other ways. It got a bit bulky and crooked, but if you don´t look too close, it still works.

I am happy with it either way. It’s a fabric I like, both the silky feel and the pattern. it feels summery and nice to wear an day with a nice pair of slacks. Its far from perfect, but its an ok step on the way to something nice.

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School has started (soon)

Long time no see

A lot has happened since I last wrote a post. I have quit my job at the 4H farm and started studying at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. I have started a five (omg like eternity long) year program which will make me an engineer in biotechnology.
I am currently in my first week, out of two, of the program initiation.
So I am getting to know a lot of new people at the same time and trying to get a perspective of where everything is at campus.
I am enjoying myself a lot and we will see how everything feels when school starts for real, after the initiation.
This is a hard subject with a long way to struggle through, a very nice and fancy school packed with super smart people.
All these factors make me doubt myself a bit.
It also gives me fire, fire to start school and learn, to get more knowledge and maybe be able to make an impact on the world in the end.
Biotechnology is a broad subject, where you can start focusing on almost anything and trying to make it more sufficient.
There are two paths, one which leans more to the environment and the other is more about health and medicine.
I was at a lecture two days ago, where this professor told us about his work with finding a cure to breast cancer. After his research he actually found a new way of diagnostics for breast cancer, which they actually use at hospitals.
Another professor told us about her profession in polymers and her work with plastic and trying to reduce it.
She and her partners have started a seaweed plantation where they use the cellulose in the seaweed and modify it in to plastic resembling materials, which are just as to compost as which ever plant.
How cool isn’t this subject!
And there are millions of other ways in this field to start researching and finding solutions for making more sustainable.
Only your lack of curiosity and your imagination can stop you.

Our hike to the nature reserve

 

We started our day around 8.30 when we hopped on the bus that went all the way from our station Tanjung Tokong to the National park, which took about 45 min. The public transport in Penang is really cheap and nice, a bus ticket cost you about 2 ringgit which is like 4 kr. All of the buses have air con, and are pretty clean. The traffic is very typical for this region, lots of cars, traffic almost everywhere and pretty crazy driving. Still I didn’t see a smashed car anywhere along the roads or anything.
After the bus ride we ordered a taxi boat to the parks furthest beach called Kampi. We wrote ourselves in to the National parks register book (probably so they know who to look for if we didn’t return).
The parks opening hours were between 9am-5pm.
We started walking on the path through the rainforest towards our first stop, the turtle sanctuary and meromictic lake.
On the way we met a monkey, a goanna and a couple of other hikers. The walk consisted of pretty steep hills both upward and downward. The air was extremely humid so we were sweating lots by just standing. Luckily the thick leaf works gave us shade so we didn’t have to deal with the burning sun.
When we reached the turtle sanctuary and got under the roof it started raining for a short while.
I was pretty disappointed at the sanctuary itself, we got to know that it was a public holiday which meant that there were no guides there to inform us about their conservation work. So we just had to draw conclusions by ourselves, which was not in their favour. There were approximately 5 tanks in the sanctuary. One with lots of baby turtles which I, and some of the other hikers we met inside, assume are going to be let free in the ocean when they have grown a bit bigger and won’t be as easy take-away lunch targets for the big fish.
The tank beside the one with the babies was a turtle that was a bit bigger in size, yet not full grown. I hope with all of my heart that this one will be let free soon.
Then there were the tree last tanks, the most depressing ones. All of the had a big adult turtle inside them, one had a broken shell, the other two I didn’t notice any outer injuries on, but what do I know. The thing is, these big magnificent creatures where put in small (maybe around 1,5×1,5 m) tanks. They swam around in a circle for a bit. They had nothing in the tanks but water. No seaweed, no rocks, not a single thing to enrich the enclosure they lived in. It made me angry. Especially when there was nobody to defend the work the centre is doing.
They hade nice informational posters about how an embryo becomes a turtle and pictures of the different sea turtle species that can be found around the beach. But there was not much about their conservation work.
I innerly hope that what I saw, has a good explanation because of those turtles are just kept like that for fun, this conservation project is a mere scam.
After watching the poor turtles we continued our walking trough pretty rough terrain with more hills. After about an hour or so we reached the beach Kampi, which was pure beauty. We were accompanied the last 20 minutes by a local who normally walks around the reserve on his spare time. But other than that, we were alone at the beach. After a couple of hour of chill we got picked up by our ride and got to see reserve from the outside and the rainforest was magnificent. I can’t believe how you wouldn’t want to conserve the nature, trees may not radiate wifi or grow donuts on them, they make the air around us breathable. They are the reason we live. They are important, much more important than our petty little needs. Much more important than us.

Chocolate chip cookies

I bought an egg replacement powder a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday I baked chocolate chip/nut cookies and they turned out great!
So I wanted to share the recipe with you guys:

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Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients
170 g dairy-free butter
2 dl brown sugar
1,5 dl cane sugar (or normal sugar if you like)
1 egg + one egg yolk = 2 teaspoon egg replacement powder +2,5 tablespoon water
5 dl flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
200 g of chocolate chips
Nuts of your preference

1. Set the oven on 170 degrees
2. Melt the butter and whip it together with the brown and the cane sugar.
3. Mix the egg replacement and the water in a small cup so that it blends, then add it to the butter and sugar mix.
4. Mix all the remaining dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then combine the two bowls and make a firm dough. Mix in the chocolate.
5. Let the dough rest for approx 20 min in the refrigerator.
6. Make 25 small balls and spread them out on at least 2 baking sheets. Pro tip: if you want thick cookies don’t press out the balls too much, I let mine stay almost as balls.
7. Put them in the oven for approx 10-12 min.
8. Embrace your inner Cookie Monster (I’ve had 7 of them in less than 24 hours<333)

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Day 6 of zero waste

Hi peeps! Today I have had a pretty chill day (: Started it by working out at the gym with the bf. We trained legs, so lots of both front and back squats some deadlifts etc. Tomorrow we are going to do a teamwod at the crossfit box near us, so I am very excited. We have just hanged around all day and enjoyed the lovely weather, had a big melon for lunch because it was all I had at his place. But I compensated it by having a big big dinner (: We barbecued lots of veggies such as carrot, paprika, corn and I also had beans, avocado and sweet potato. Delicious and filling ❤ Now we are actually on our way to get some ice cream in town. I’ll “cheat” a bit by also buying, but I mean, if I have a cone with ice cream and don’t take any napkins or plastic spoon, it’s kind of waste free. I promise not to through away any of it (;

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Sliding in to the ice cream vendor like…

Day 4- the sloppy lunchbox

Today went good actually.  I started work a bit later so I had a loong breakfast and enjoyed some tv-series. I made a smoothie bowl consisting of frozen pineapple and banana plus some lime juice and zest. The taste was very refreshing and nice, so it’s a recommend recommend on this one (;  I also made it a bit nicer by carving out half of a pineapple and using it as my bowl. Zero waste, you know.

IMG_8768Todays lunchbox, which I did not take a picture of, was a sloppy mess of everything thrown into a glass container. Some rice, lentils, beans, tomato sauce, grated carrot and zucchini. It was ok, but could have been nicer. I’m just a bit too lazy/ have a lack of time to make something proper.

Right now I am enjoying a bowl of (also sloppy and not so picture friendly) whole grain pasta with kidney beans, tomato and a vegan red pesto. Nice and filling, but not that beautiful.

I also made a kind of banana bread this morning. It turned out good, but not perfect. I didn’t use any recipe and it was kind of hard to bake without bakbig powder or such. The ingredients I used were bananas, oats, mixed nuts, peanut butter, chia seeds and aquafaba.IMG_8767

Third day of our zero waste experiment

.. and I must admit that I don’t like it. Is so frustrating and limiting! The no plastic part is pretty easy, aside from qourn and soy products, but the no-cardboard part is killing me! No milk (or replacement), no frozen berries, no spontaneous bean pasta, no flour or sugar. Nothing. I can’t make a proper smoothie cuz I have no berries (only banana which I eat only cuz I can, but I actually don’t like the taste). If I want to make a nice sauce I have to use coconut and it is making me feel really unhealthy and after three days I’ve begun to dislike the taste. I can’t whip up a pie, or lasanga, or something like that because I would need stuff that comes in cardboard boxes.

So instead, I just sitt here and eat the banans I despise and the coconut I am beginning to hate. I can feel the health going out of me. This is not my thing. I’ve started asking myself what the point is: could this make a difference. And the answer when it comes to cardboard is: very little. I don’t mean to buy it in heaps, but I’ve come to realise I need it. Untill it is possible to acess those products I need to feel good about my self, zero-waste is not for me.

But, still four days to go. And we will se how it goes.

And, on the small plus side: I made som sweet potato soup and it was lovely, and a variation of my grandmothers seed crackers which is super tasty. And I meet my very best friend in the world – though that has nothing to do with zero-waste.

Zero wasting- Day one: the challenges

Hello!

The first day of zero wasting is almost over, and I must say that it went pretty well! I made a sweet potato soup and seed crisp bread yesterday evening, so I brought that to work for lunch today. I was going to take a picture of my meal, but the day was so hectic that I actually forgot it when I was throwing the food in to my mouth. It was delicious though! I will post both recipes tomorrow (:


My mom went food shopping today so I joined her. The good thing was that I was so motigared for this “challenge” so it wasn’t even hard to buy non-plastic/ cardboard stuff! Came home with tomatoes, nectarines and onion. I also found both cantaloupe and honeydew melon on sale, WIN! Plus we found pineapples for only 5 sek, which is INCREDIBLY cheap here in Sweden! So I dragged home 9 of them in my tote bags :’D Super MegA Vegan Win!!!!  The downside, which I recognised when we got home, was that every pineapple had a little plastic note on them tied with plastic string )): Well well, I’ll just have to be more alert next time. And I did not at least buy any plastic by meaning.


Another “challenge” of today was the toothpaste. I did not quite like the taste, because the baking soda made it veeery salty. But hey, I’ll probably get used to it.

What is environmental friendly?

Do I have to buy specific products – like only glass?

Or do I look at how long it travelled to get here, and try just to shop near-produced?

Do I prioritize raw food and avoid long processes that demand a lot of energy?

Do I only buy recycled stuff and nothing new?

Does it mean re-suing until everything is broken before I get something new?

Does it mean that I should grow as much as possible at home?

Or is it sorting my garbage and recycling?

Is it always taking the train and bus instead of car and plane?

Do I avoid plastic or do I just recycle it carefully?

Is it to always turn of the light and tv and stuff or do I try to avoid it overall?

There are so many things I keep asking myself what the best solution is. And add to that the social aspect: growing cotton, picking fruits, sewing clothes – all those industries can be awful and I should opt for the better alternatives. But it is such a maze! Where does one even start?

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