Moving to my own domain – www.whipitwithval.com

Hi guys, I’ve decided to move my blog over to its own domain name and I hope that all of you will follow me over there as well. Everything should look the same, but I am not 100% sure on all the little details… But I know that any new blog posts won’t show up…

Baked whole apples – Healthy apple pie

Found this video recipe on Instagram and though it was so freakin’ cute that I had to try it for myself. Super easy to make and tastes really good, add some ice cream on the side if you’re not quite that much of a health freak (guilty lol!). First you want to slice the top…

Pickled Vegetables in Mason Jars

I absolutely love doing these types of projects, because it reminds me of my grandmother and how she used to pickle jars on top of jars this time of year (or actually earlier in the fall). She would also make different sorts of jams and other fun things for the winter. I decided to not…

Week in Sweden & Breakfast Diaries

When in Sweden I always eat open faced sandwiches with “Kalles” kaviar in a tube, sliced cheese and cucumbers. It’s just something I’ve always eaten when I grew up and still lived in Sweden – and I miss it terribly when in Los Angeles. I’m taking a bit of a blog break while in Sweden, want…

Halloween Foods – Carved and Stuffed Bell Peppers

Since I’m not carving any pumpkins this year, just haven’t gotten around to it, I decided to carve something else. Saw this idea on Pinterest a while back and decided to give it a go – carved bell peppers that are stuffed with a ground beef mixture. Turned out so fun and yummy, and I…

This Russian Salad “Beets” All The Others

You might not know this but I was born in Russia and grew up there until I was 7 years old, and still have some family there today. So I absolutely love Russian food and always get so many childhood memories when I make specific dishes, and one of them is the Russian Beet Salad.  This recipe…

Santa Barbara Getaway, Wine Tasting and Dog Beach.

Another Sunday and time to get a little personal here on the blog. This weekend we drove down to Santa Barbara to spend a night at a few friends house, and really made the most out of our 24h down there. First out we got lunch at a local spot, then went to Pali Wine Co….

Apple Cake Recipe & Video

I just can’t seem to get enough of apples lately, but it’s that time of year and I say why not! Apples are good for you, they taste amazing and there’s so many ways to cook or bake them. So I wanted to make a fairly simple yet yummy Apple Cake, and below is both the…

Easy Weekday Dinner Idea

Even though I sometimes like to go all out on a weekday, just to make it feel a little bit special and luxurious, I of course prefer an easy recipe 9 times out of 10. As was the case today. Both my boyfriend and I were looking at each other after work and wondering if…

Healthy Snack – Apple Slices with Toppings

I know I’ve posted about this before, but I just can’t help but writing another one about this super easy, healthy and pretty looking snack. I love to make these in the afternoon to make it through those last few hours of work. Since I work from home most days, I definitely need that extra…