Last week I flew back to Norway to celebrate my beautiful mother’s 50th birthday! I absolutely love going back home to the Norwegian woods. Growing up in that environment meant that my brother and I felt really free, as the only rule we had was that we couldn’t go further from the house than that we could hear our parents calling out for us from the garden. It is so quiet, and at night it gets really dark. No street lights, no cars, just stars. It sounds kinda cliché, but it’s true! After moving to Copenhagen that is something that I really notice when going back home. It is incredible dark at night, and everything is just calm!
Another great thing about coming home is my mother’s food! She is a great cook, and she made us her take on a chicken Caesar salad on the day I arrived. And after dinner, these little guys came to visit.
It always feels really good to go back home, but this trip was particularly good. No exams hanging over me, gorgeous sunshine and maybe the best part of it all, I got to finally see my very best childhood friend.
She moved when we were 12, and we had not seen each other since. I was a little nervous at first, but once we got talking we quickly fell back into our way of being together. My heart is still heavy with happiness a week later. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed her, and seeing her again was just amazing. I feel so deeply connected to her, and we shared so many important things together growing up, so it feels really weird that we haven’t been in touch more since she moved. It is only recently that we started talking again, and when I knew that I was going home for my mother’s birthday, I immediately asked Silje if she wanted to meet. She is this incredible and inspiring girl, and I’m so thrilled to have her back in my life. It feels like I got my best friend back!
After I got back from Lillehammer where we met, my mother and I got on with planning the food for her birthday party. Big plans, lots and lots of delicious food!
One of the things we decided on was my scones and I made a huge batch of 25 little scones. I always get surprised as to how good they actually are when they are juuust cool enough to eat. You can simply tear them apart because they are so soft and airy. I love Joy the Baker for posting that recipe! Just look at these little beauties (and yeah, there is a picture of my morning face as I baked these while still in my pyjamas).
On the day of the party we went out to get the rest of food, the wonderful cake she had ordered and to get flowers! My mother loves flowers, especially tulips. Growing up we always had fresh flowers in the house, and this is something that I took with me when I moved away from home. I love how they add a little colour, smell incredible and it reminds me so much of my mother. Living in Copenhagen is amazing when it comes to flowers, because they are so cheap that I can afford it almost every week even though I’m still a student. These are the beauties my mother chose for her big day!
Beautiful tulips, beautiful mother!