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7 points · 6 hours ago

Agreed, it makes me feel..uncomfortable and I’m not sure why. Like the tree is sentient or something.

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6 points · 3 hours ago

Same, this is so odd.

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10 points · 23 days ago

I don't think the jellyfish is the worst of your problem lol

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4 points · 23 days ago

His foot need an exorcism.

34 points · 1 month ago

I can’t quite remember all the details but I’ll try to answer some questions. Yes, we are from Sweden but my grandparents weren’t diplomats. My grandfather worked there with some kind of mining project as a industrial consultant (I think??). Her diary entries concerned mostly boring stuff about daily life but it did include some interesting information.

They were never allowed to take trips or drive anywhere alone. Most of what they saw was a facade, however they did catch glimpses of the extreme poverty and lack of development (eg farming was still done manually). The people there were starving and would do anything to find food.

On one trip they passed a small river when my grandma asked them to stop because she thought there might be crayfish. Sure enough, she was right; it was teeming with them, so they arranged to go fishing. The locals thought she was crazy and watched in fascination as she prepared a crayfish dinner (they didn’t realize it was a source of food). The next time they revisited the stream is was completely emptied of crayfish.

My grandmother is an avid animal lover and adopted a stray dog while she was there. On another trip they tried some kind of crab and later my grandmother asked the cook to make that dish. However due to a mispronunciation, they were served a meal with some kind of meat. To her absolute horror, she then found out that what they ate was in fact her own dog (she threw it up immediately).

Also, after living there for almost two years, they discovered that their maid actually spoke Swedish and had been spying on them the entire time. Apparently, the town they lived in no longer exists; the project failed and people living there either moved or starved.

The book is called “Ambassaden i paradiset - Sveriges unika relation till Nordkorea” by Lovisa Lamm.

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11 points · 1 month ago

Wow. Thanks for sharing your grandparents’ story with us!

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257 points · 2 months ago

We’ve been a country of immigrants for so long, with people coming here from all over the world. They brought their cultures and especially their food. If you want to try food from almost anywhere you’ll find it here.

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17 points · 2 months ago

True, and I love it!

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5 points · 2 months ago

I still can’t see it. Needs a red circle.

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1 point · 2 months ago

Yeah right, have to read comments to know what I missed.

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55 points · 2 months ago

What scares me more is the fact that the railing is only at waist level , I would definitely fall over

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4 points · 2 months ago

And the gaps between those spindles!

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5 points · 2 months ago

For cookies, trace the cookie cutter on parchment paper and practice on that. You can reuse the icing if you don’t let it dry. I practice my writing this way. For cakes I’d reuse these 3 options: a cake you baked yourself, store bought cake, or styrofoam (wrap it in plastic wrap so icing removal is less messy). When decorating start off with light colored buttercream so you can reuse that too and just re-color it until your last option is black. Just try not to get crumbs in the buttercream

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Op1 point · 2 months ago

Thanks! Do you have any more tips for cookies?

2 points · 2 months ago

If you’re decorating your cookies with buttercream, I would use the crisco tip others mentioned. I use royal icing and the recipe is pretty inexpensive (Powdered sugar, corn syrup, flavoring, meringue powder and water). I typically get my meringue powder from Joann’s with a coupon. I trace my cookie cutter on parchment/wax paper and decorate on that. You could also practice on an actual cookie and just scrap off the icing. You can buy dummy cookies but they only come in limited shapes.

Also, Amazon has tipless piping bags for a reasonable price. I believe I paid $6.99 for 100 the last time I ordered. They work best with royal icing

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Op1 point · 2 months ago

Awesome tips!

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