Sunday, July 27, 2014

In The Beautiful Garden

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Hello hello! How are you? We made a one week trip to our relatives and friends and we had so much fun. Weather has also been very warm - this doesn't happen so often in our country. Most of the summer it has been too cold and now some say it's been too warm, haha. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I would say the last week has been perfect. Our friends have moved to house where they have absolutely gorgeous garden. We were lucky to spend time there and of course we grilled and sat in the garden enjoying of our short summer and cooling summer night.

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's so comfortable to photograph in the garden that I would do it a lot if I could choose! 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

We have also garden and we came back yesterday and I have to say it needs a little bit work at the moment. In 7 days we are going to have a garden party so so many things to do but it's great! 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Oh, yes I did it again! Strawberry cake with some cherries too. This time only with merinque. Who can resist this?

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Spending time with your beloved ones is the best way to spend your life but I guess you know it. It's a bit sad that most of us are usually so busy with work and family life that many times the summer vacation is only the time when you really have time to see people or at least then people is really relaxed and you can sit late in the garden wondering - whatever - things and drinking cooling drinks. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I think every garden has a gem. This garden has some things that aren't very typical Finnish one. You can find a grapevine growing beautifully there...ah, we are so jealous! (with heart of course, haha!) I also found another gem hidden in the wooden house. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's this wall of pics - cut of the magazines, commercials etc. This reminds me of my grandpa's and mom's home. They lived in the countryside and had cows and didn't have a toilet inside the house. Toilet was next to cow stable. I remember there were pics of famous people like Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and many more...ah, those childhood memories are the best.

Thank you for our friends and relatives for having us!

xo
Kreetta

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gluten Free Strawberry Cake

gluten free strawberry cake photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Who wouldn't love strawberries? 

I totally do and I'm so happy I had time to make this cake today full of strawberries. Once again I find myself baking on the day when I should be packing for summer trip and planning my business...

Well, we already got some strawberries in freezer - hooray for that! Blueberries are next on the list...

One thing more, this cake is gluten free and dairy free. I used potato starch in baking and used soya cream in filling and of course made some meringue with almond and pecan topping. Voilà...now we can eat it, yay! 

Tomorrow we are going to celebrate our dear lovely friend by going to Pori Jazz together to see Pet Shop Boys and it's not a sin to eat a half of the cake tonight, nope sure not...Have a lovely summer weekend!

xo
Kreetta

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Precious Wild Flowers

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Today I have time to make my precious wild flower post as I promised you. I have to say that we collected them in the last minute because next day they were gone from the field. They were cut down - like every year.

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Our evenings are light so you get extra time for your photography. I think evening light is also beautiful. Oh, yes morning light is too...but somehow I just can't get up enough early. Because of the evening light, haha. 

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's so amazing what the nature gives us. Beautiful colors, delicate shapes, scents - I guess I'm coming old because I just can't get enough of those precious flowers.  

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We are also in the middle of our summer and I have to say it hasn't been the greatest summer in the garden, nope. It's been too cold. But luckily the last week has been quite lovely, so those plants what I have like tomatoes, herbs, beans - they have been enjoying of the warmth of the sun and they have been growing quite nicely. I'm happy about it.

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I love to spend my time in the garden and I love to spend my time with beautiful things like wild flowers. It's like being in the candy shop - they are so pretty that it is hard to take a bad picture of them, haha. Of course you can but as I said - it's hard. 

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I like to save the scent of these lovely flowers somehow? But how can you - I wonder?

xo
Kreetta

ps. ...and about my post before this - yes, the film American Hustle was worth to see. Quite well done I would say. So if you have time - go for it!

pps. ...I will continue my Iceland posts next week, so stay tuned ;) I wish you wonderful Sunday!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Dinner in the Garden

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Today we decided to go with mexican food. In the summer the best thing at home is to have a dinner in the garden. You get an extra room for whole summer. Of course we wanted to have an extra cool dinner because we have a guest - our godchild.

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Nothing wins homemade salsa. 

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Something from the shop too...

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Coriander makes a very good twist to guacamole, have you tried?
 
mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Dinner was lovely. It's a good start to fine weekend. Now we are listening Thriller and buying tickets to movie called American Hustle. I hope it's good. Have you seen it? Did you like it?

Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Kreetta
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Iceland vol 2 - black beach in Snæfellsnes peninsula

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com





I was amazed. Blackness was very powerful. Tough and rough. No for sweet and cosy. Carved with an axe - so to speak.

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Powerful sea meets vulgano. 

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Frozen trolls, giants. When I took this photo, I could see something - a frozen movement, faces of trolls, giants...pulling something...like old-fashioned fisherman did.

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Can you imagine what kind of life these men have had? Story goes that they competed by lifting stones in this beach...who is the strogest? I guess you should be - life was not too easy then. Look at their clothing.

Iceland black beach photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Black on black. This kind of landscapes takes you to the land of imagination. It's easy to imagine, how different kind of artists have been inspired by all of this and many more. I'm going to continue my Iceland story with few more posts. I was very lucky to be there. 

xo
Kreetta

Friday, July 4, 2014

Iceland vol 1 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

Iceland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Oh Iceland. In near future you will see in my blog many posts of this country and food photography workshop in Reykjavik. I also will show you north Finland and some vintage treasures for sure. At the moment it is also the best time of the year to photograph in garden so you might see that too - not forgetting DIY. Well back to Iceland...I photographed a lot in workshop and on a bus tour. I have to admit, I fell in love with Iceland. It truly is the country of fire and ice. Strange, unbelievable, international but rough and small. 

Iceland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
There is a lot of light on summer time that you should take your eye shades with you. I couldn't sleep well, I was too excited about everything. Loved every minute of it. When I came back home I slept straight away many hours, haha..and still trying to get rid of the tiredness. But it was worth it!!!

Iceland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com


We made a great bus tour on Snæfellsnes. It's a little bit north from Reykjavik. It was raining when we left from Reykjavik. The bus tour took 13 hours so there were, sunny moments and rainy too. Wind was blowing quite strongly. We saw sheeps, Icelandic horses, seals and small houses next to mountains and yes, lot of mountains. 

We visited beautiful fishing village Stykkishólmur. Lovely details, restaurants, boats, old houses, mountains and top of those sun gave us nice soft light.   

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I hope you enjoyed the tour! Let's fly high this weekend!

xo 
Kreetta

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Short Sneak Peak - With Aran in Iceland

I'm back from Iceland and I'm having a bit hard time with lack of sleep...haha...so the first blog post of Food photography workshop with Aran is short.


I've met beautiful and lovely people - that is for sure. Miss them already. Seen so beautiful and rough shaped country - Iceland. Want to go back. You know, there is something powerful when people around the world meet and share their interest with wonderful and talented Aran Goyoaga. I recommend. 

What I learned? On first day I learned that please avoid shining plates. They are difficult. Here's my try. It's about composition and light not so much food there, haha. Only ingredients. I had this blue cloth with me which was quite challenging with food what we had.

I'll be back with some eye candies of our workshop and Iceland. Stay tuned. 

xo
Kreetta
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