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Norwegian photographer and author, living in the English countryside | Photography/Cooking retreats | Cookbook out Autumn 2017 by Clarkson Potter

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This morning, when out for a walk with Mr Whiskey, I let my hair down and let it dance wild in the warm Spring wind. Nobody was out yet, and the vast green fields were empty. Mr Whiskey chased a few pheasants, dug little holes to his hearts content and generally ran around with an unmatched energy. Back home we took it slow, brewed a few soothing batches of ginger and lemon tea with honey, and baked bread. We opened the door wide to the garden and just sat there in the doorway soaking up on the sunny weather. Some days I simply need to take it slow, read books and bake bread to the beat of my own heart... takingitslow

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Last year for Easter we piled our dear friends into a big car and nestled ourselves in between wellies, weekenders and bottles of fizz. We had found this darling old cottage in Suffolk. We spent days cooking together, wanders along the nearby wild and wonderful coastline, and popped the fizz, all tucked up around a roaring fireplace at night. The cottage had a low ceiling dating back to the sixteen hundreds, and the most beautiful checkered windows. I fell in love with the whole thing, I think we all did. And if I could've taken one thing with me home it would have been the windows and their darling little terra-cotta pots filled to the brim with freshly sprung Spring flowers... Thank you so much for all your lovely ideas for my new green allotment! I cannot wait to get planting, and put a few of these in my windowsill. weekendwithfriends

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With fog and rain on the horizon I sat down at my desk overlooking the rooftops of my wee countryside town. There's an available space at the allotment just up the street from me, and I began drawing up my future vegetable patch. Two years ago, I promised myself to get my hands dirty and get digging on my very own kitchen garden that could keep me well stocked at least during the summer. While the lovely husband and wife team behind @foxandfavour filmed my latest online Food and lifestyle photography class for @skillshare two years ago, we visited @hevdawg in her green and ever so charming allotment. Her cake baking is magical, and so of course so is here garden! It had a wonky little shed just big enough for a little camp stovetop where she brewed cups of strong coffee, as we filmed her green patch with possible the most stunning views in all of Shaftesbury. As the sun set, we sat down and warmed our hands on her ever so tasty butternut squash and chorizo stew that had been bubbling away in the background. It may be a bit late in the season, but at least I have a patch of my own now, and I'm eager to get planting! Artichokes are a must, and so are carrots, beetroot, tomatoes and parsnips, my list is long, and it's hard to choose just a few. If you had to narrow it down to three, what would your top three must haves in your vegetable garden be? Springgarden myallotment skillshare

2 Days ago

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The magnolia trees are eagerly budding these days. Arching their baby flowers towards the warm sun. It's Spring in the air, the wind is mild and ballet flats are a must. My little countryside town is blossoming. The local florist @tedmartinflowers has the most beautiful flowers spilling into the streets, the local deli @tisbury_deli has the last few ingredients for my cherry and chocolate cake with red wine glacing I'm making this afternoon, and @beckfordbottles has the much needed wine. However, when all fails, and all I want is a bit of crisp fried fish, every town has their Fish and Chips shop here in England, and so does mine too. I'd love to perfect a good fish and chips recipe myself. But thus far, it's all hanging on getting the right crisp yet tasty batter. Do you make your own fish and chips, or do you too indulge in a naughty treat from the shop down the street or local pub? I hear the @thecompasses do a very good one. myenglishcountryside

3 Days ago

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His love for scotch has slowly introduced me to a world of smokey, malty and oaky, that was previously quite unfamiliar terrain to me. You have to taste this, he exclaimes excitedly as he comes home with a new bottle of scotch. He likes his straight up, and I like mine on the rocks, either way, scotch is a magical world of flavors and aromas not to be missed, both in drinks and in cooking. Try adding it to a simple caramel frosting to go with your chocolate cake, or whip it in with your cream as a side for poached pears. It never fails to add those needed extra notes of magic. LoveScotch ad

5 Days ago

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With grey skies and loud rain tapping on the roof, it's time for lunch, the simple, yet ever so tasty kind. Take one happy free range local chicken, butter and season. Fill it with herbs, onions and lemon wedges, and stuff the skin with more butter and a very generous helping of freshly sliced truffles. Dice seasonal vegetables and fruits, and coat them in olive oil before seasoning. Throw it all in a large baking dish and put it in the oven to roast. Make sure you baste the chicken with the succulent juice gathering at the bottom of the dish regularly. Pop your favorite Pinot Noir, and that's it, lunch is served! raincallsforcomfortfood truffleroastchicken

5 Days ago

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Wedging himself in anywhere he can, to get closer to the action, Mr Whiskey is almost as excited as I am for our upcoming Flower, Food and Photography retreat here in the English countryside. My mother is flying in on Sunday to begin preparing, fine tuning old family recipes for our picnic by the river, and for her baking session, while making a few more aprons. She makes them from vintage Swedish linen that she finds in little brocantes and markets on her road trips to Stockholm with dad. They are a beautiful handmade part of our retreat. It always makes me so happy to be using the very same B&B for our participants during their stay, that I've used ever since I arrived in the area about four years ago. The Retreat B&B in Shaftesbury, just a stone throw from the famous Gold Hill, where Sheena and Bernard have created a lovely and warm atmosphere, that makes it feel like a home away from home. Lately there has been a warm spring wind in the air, and wild garlic is covering the grounds around the farm we'll be based during the retreat, and I simply cannot wait to share this beautiful area with our participants. Even the local butcher is excited, providing us with his special honey, that I not only use in my ginger and lemon tea, but as a face mask too! Works wonders both ways;) mmforsbergworkshop

6 Days ago

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On Fridays, before embarking on a good food journey in the kitchen, that eventually results in supper for friends, I oftentimes take a seat by my desk to plan the meal ahead with my favorite single malt scotch in hand. I'm rather spontaneous by nature and shun routine, yet this weekly predictable tradition, runs like a golden heartbeat through these fridays, and is a rhythm and routine I treasure. ad LoveScotch

8 Days ago

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Picking up freshly baked bread this morning and donning a blue and white "summer" dress for the very first time. I may be tempting the weather gods by this feisty behavior, so hopefully it doesn't begin to rain as I type! Should you be looking for a wee weekend away not knowing where to go? Here are a few of my local favorites: @at_the_chapel in Bruton, @thebeckfordarms and @thecompasses in Tisbury, @themuseuminn in Farnham and @thetalbotinn in Mells outside Frome. I'm headed to Chichester for the weekend, does anyone have a favorite pub to recommend?Wishing you all a lovely weekend! weekendfun myfavorites

8 Days ago

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Yesterday a friend of mine and I went walking by the river with our dogs. The sun was setting and there was a slight chill in the air. Mr Whiskey swam like a fish, followed by his friend Gus, a big teddy bear of a dog, the size of a small pony. We took a seat on the bench and watched them swim. People may come and go in our lives, but some friendships stay, and become rocks in which we build our lives on. And perhaps that's true for dogs too. Mr Whiskey is possible the cheekiest monkey out there, but all snuggled up by my feet in the kitchen as I cook, or sitting next to me on a green slope, contemplating life's big questions after a long walk in the woods, his company makes me feel connected. The current political situation around the world seems to sway in directions that aim to disconnect us. To promote a feeling of us against them, of outsiders and insiders. This divide is a harmful in so many ways, and I hope that we don't buy into this way of thinking. We need each other, we need diversity, we need strangers that become friends, and we need to feel connected... thursdaymusingscontinues throwbacktolastsummer whiskeyandi

9 Days ago

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I opened the rooftop window this morning. The many old slated rooftops of my little town seemed asleep, engulfed in a light haze. Above them all in the distance, the rolling green hills created gentle curves on the horizon line, and this favored Alice in Wonderland quote came to mind from when Alice come to a crossroad in the woods and sees a cat in the tree. Cat: Where are you going? Alice: Which way should I go? Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go. thursdaymusings aliceinwonderland

9 Days ago

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Little beats impromptu cocktail parties on the tail end of a delicious dinner with friends, or on random weekdays when friends show up blissfully uninvited. He's a passionate mixologist, so while I hang my apron up for the day, he dons his trusted waistcoat, rolls up the sleeves of his shirt and excitedly gets to work! Some of our favorite cocktails often include a healthy smidge of scotch. Do you have a favorite drink with scotch in it? LoveScotch Ad

10 Days ago

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With grey clouds hovering outside, threatening to break out in rain, I desperately needed a bit of sunshine, and luckily found it on @eminchilli 's instastories, which of course left me yearning for pasta... I'm craving Rome today, and it hit me like a fist in the stomach. I studied art history there through the University of Oslo, which is situated right above charming Trastevere, and next to the American Institute in Rome, which is where Elisabeth Minchilli was today. She's a Rome based author and writer, and has quite the beautiful repertoire of inspiring books under her belt. She's also behind the EAT ITALY apps, that I oftentimes use when I travel in Italy. Luckily we've just bought tickets to Rome and will be there the first week in April! Do you sometimes miss a city or place so much it hurts? We'll that's me yearning for Rome today, so of course I had to make myself a simple lunch pasta dish from what I had in the pantry. yearningforplaces myrome

11 Days ago

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Mr Whiskey is all snuggled up by my feet, and I'm scribbling down the menu for the upcoming Flower, Food and Photography retreat in just over two weeks. My mother suggested we bake her salmon specialty, and both I and the local fish monger agreed. He'll source the salmon, and I'll pick the necessary herbs. On the phone with my mother yesterday, we talked recipes. She had been baking one of my favorite cakes, adjusting her recipe to accommodate the upcoming retreat group, and I told her wild garlic was now in season. You must make your pesto, she eagerly suggested, and I said I would, and that I'd pickle the budding flowers for her to take home, and perhaps serve with her baked salmon? It will be a lovely addition, she coaxed. The kettle whistled just as we hung up the phone, so I steeped dried chamomile flowers, and stirred in some creamy honey from the local butcher's personal supply. Planning, creating and anticipating is such an exciting part of running these retreats and workshops. mmforsbergworkshop afternoontea

11 Days ago

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Today we brunched, if that's even a word. Skipped lunch, went for a walk, and had a lazy Sunday on a Monday. For early dinner we munched on warm Arancini, before retreating to the sofa, where I leafed through my recent cookbook purchases with eagerness. Nothing hot off of the press, just good old cookbooks where the recipe is a simple paragraph beginning with fetching one of your backyard chickens, and ends in a casserole ready to serve up, in three simple lines... must remember to simplify, I tell Mr Whiskey, who nods back, before taking yet another afternoon snooze next to me as I read and take notes. These old cookbooks are such treasures, filled to the brim with preserved knowledge of how to prepare simple yet delicious meals without leaving a single part of the vegetable, chicken or bread gone stale out. In a sea of ever inspiring, and ever so beautiful cookery books, I find myself returning time and time again, to my little library of old simple regional books on food, where culture and history is carefully preserved between each yellowed page, and worn covers... whenmondaybecomessunday cookbookgalore

12 Days ago

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If it feels like Spring, it is Spring, at least in my book, so bare legs, dresses and ballet flats it is! In just two weeks we have our first English countryside retreat of the season. A two day Flower, Food and Photography retreat at the beautiful Ashley Wood Farm here in Tisbury, with morning yoga sessions with the wonderfully talented, and ever so calming @nikkilewisyoga . The darling @aesmeflowers will lead us in flower arranging and put their beautiful talent to use in creating a lovely Spring table for lunch. We'll go for wanders, picnics along the river, Scandinavian baking session with my darling mother, and dine at wonky old pubs in the evening. We'll work on visual storytelling, styling and photography, in addition to editing and post production. We have opened up for one more spot should you want to join us on the 30th of March till the 1st of April. For more info, click on the link in my profile. mmforsbergworkshop (Photo of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury) goldhill

13 Days ago

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Like a magical blanket, it covered the surrounding rolling hills with its faint veil. Green seemed greener and the fog seemed to muffle every sound. The trees still missing their leaves, some sported ever so shy little buds, and underneath their black branch crowns, spring flowers adorned their feet buried in the ground. Sun, wind, rain and fog, I love the English countryside dressed up in either... myenglishcountryside

15 Days ago

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We've been planning little adventures to sprinkle like fairy dust throughout the year. Wee everyday treats and bigger excursion, that will color the year ahead. I almost love the planning phase as much as the actual journey or destination. The fun of looking at maps, train tables and which dress to bring, even if it's just a little break in the sun at the local bear garden. As the sun proudly dominated the rather blue sky today, it all felt ever so promising. Adventures ahead, I told myself and smiled... 2017theyearofadventures slowingdownandgearingup

16 Days ago

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The sun is shining, and I'm eagerly waiting for the temperatures to rise so I can begin pottering in my small gardens. So between cups of tea, final edits on my book, I scribble down ideas for what to plant in my wee walled garden right outside my kitchen door. Lavender, sage and rosemary for sure, and thyme. But perhaps I need a plant or two of chocolate mint and a few edible flowers to toss in salads and on top of soups as well... What other herbs would you suggest for my garden? myenglishcountryside herbsgalore

18 Days ago

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When Spring has yet to arrive, you create it inside... myenglishcountryside

19 Days ago

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The local markets these days are filled with winter leek and cabbage. Hearty ingredients that can easily star as the main ingredient in many tasty dishes. One of my favorites is a creamy leek gratin full of flavor, or a starter of blanched cabbage, tossed in butter, because we all know everything tastes better with butter, and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper and a grating of Parmesan. All you need is a glass of white, and during Spring, even if it isn't really Spring yet, I go for light and quiet wines such as Riesling or a Chenin blanc, that complements the above with a peaceful presence. myenglishcountryside seasonalproduce

20 Days ago

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Soothing and warm Risotto Milanese for supper after a wonderful beach wander in the best of company. A white Riesling is chilling in the fridge, Mr Whiskey is sniff testing the Parmesan, giving it paws up. All we need now is to light the candles, grate a generous handful of said cheese on top of the risotto, and dig out that wine. saturdayevening cottagelife

21 Days ago

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It's almost dress-without-stockings season, and I'm so excited to be donning less heavy coats and wellingtons, mind you England calls for wellies all year round. Warmer winds have dried the wet streets from the recent rain, and even if it's touch and go this time of the year, the sun was out long enough for me to pop to the local @tisbury_deli for freshly baked bread without an umbrella. Now it's back to the kitchen to make pear and lavender jam from @newtonandpott book the Modern preserver. At the bottom of the fruits basket was a few rather sad looking pears, and with lavender in my wee walled garden outside the kitchen, I'm hoping to make a sweet few batches of jam to go with the lovely cheese I recently bought from @bathsoftcheese and a blue veined soft cheese from West Country cheese. Soon I'll be all set for a nibbly Sunday lunch. What are you cooking up in the kitchen today? myenglishcountryside thecottagekitchen

27 Days ago

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Cold rain was whipping on the cottage windows this afternoon, so we lit the fireplace, put the kettle on and snuggled up... 'I'm not going anywhere, he said, and rolled himself up in my bed sheets like a burrito. Neither am I, I chimed in, and tucked my toes in underneath the duvet... whiskeyandmoi

28 Days ago

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Many of you have emailed me in regards to my private workshops, wondering if I only do them in here in England. These one to ones are possibly some of my favorites, so I'm thrilled to announce that I'm opening up two spots for a bespoke workshop in Rome, and Milano, first week of April, and in Oslo mid May. I studied art history in Rome and loved exploring its awe inspiring cityscape, food scene and history, which will very much be incorporated into the workshops hosted there. Before my Art history studies, there was Milano and fashion design, and the city has become a second home, and I'm so excited to host one private workshop there in April. Oslo is of course my home town, and will be in full blossom in May, with that magical Scandinavian light, and exciting food scene. All workshops will have a photo location base, and tailored to your wants and needs, while using each city as a backdrop for our storytelling, and photography. More destinations and dates will follow soon, but if you're interested in a one on one workshop in the above locations, email us at workshop @mmforsberg.com for more information and to book your spot. (Photo of the darling @abbie_melle during a cooking workshop in my home here in England) mmforsbergworkshop

28 Days ago

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It's a spring like warmth to the gently wind these days, apart from the ferocious storm yesterday. The days are sunny, the hills are covered in green, and the landscape surrounding my wee countryside cottage is ever so inviting. Every day I try to go on small adventures to discover new pathways, fields, or nooks in the forest, getting to know my part of the world like it was a dear old friend. Every month I teach a limited number of private bespoke workshops on photography, styling, visual storytelling, social media, marketing and branding, and I absolutely adore sharing this little corner of England with them. Last week darling Victoria @victoriaschiopetto and I spent two days together, and this week the ever so lovely Tammy behind @wildbunchflowers came for a two day workshop. We wander the hills, pile into an old Land Rover (thank you Jess) and head off for bespoke adventures. Needless to say, I always look forward to these intense days, working one on one with someone on their career and dreams. I think I perhaps quote my parents more often than not during these workshops, and secretly wonder if the most useful education I ever received, was never really from any of my university degrees, but in fact at home with my family. mmforsbergworkshop stourheadgarden @nationaltrust

29 Days ago

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When I first moved to England, I worked with the lovely American clothing brand @cuyana on a few campaigns. Photographing their cashmere from Scotland, and lifestyle in London, and then later in Rome, and in my wonky cottage in the countryside. I fell in love with their simple philosophy that fewer is better, quality over quantity, and creating essentials that every woman need in their wardrobe. This Spring they are finally adding international shipping to their site, making it ever so easy to get their effortless look anywhere in the world. They were one of the first companies I worked with when I had just started out as a photographer, and I treasure looking back at the campaigns we've shot together, still seeing my images pop up in print and on their site. Thank heavens there are people who believe in you when you're just starting out, helping you find your footing and carve out a career for yourself. whenpeopleopendoors itsallaboutthejourney

31 Days ago

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My local fishmonger suggested Black Sea Bream last time I popped by. I was looking for something new, something I hadn't cooked with before. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to food, and love re exploring the familiar, rather than venturing off into uncharted territories, so every now and then I need a friendly nudge in the right direction to go out of my comfort zone. Black Sea Bream, he repeated, and pointed at the beautiful blue fish in front of me. It's scales are rather thick so they need to be removed but I don't mind. I've descaled and gutted fish since I was a little girl going out with our little boat fishing in the wee morning hours with my dad, or helping my mum rinse the daily catch that our local fishmonger Elias, where I grew up in Norway, would drop off on his blue moped. But I've never cooked with Sea bream. Maybe next time, I said as I packed up the scallops I'd bought. However, this morning I found the most delicious sounding recipe by @ottolenghi and I can't wait to pick up a few Sea breams on Friday. Whole black bream with pine nuts and lemon, simply had me at hello...

32 Days ago

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Today I baked. It was the kind of day that needed freshly baked goods to come out of the oven like a well oiled production line. I made bread, another batch of my red wine brownies (recipe coming soon to my sleepy blog) and finished the day off with a fluffy and crisp Yorkshire pudding. As I nibbled on the still warm bread, slathered in salted Normandy butter, I edited images from last week's private workshop, where this darling little girl enjoyed a messy baking session of her very own. This is were it starts, I thought to myself, right there, as we play, with no need for it to become anything more than a sticky messy dough. When life gets busy, I tighten up, I get serious, forget things, have a short temper and fall asleep worrying about tomorrow. However, when I allow myself to play, my shoulders rest, I laugh more often than not, I give hugs freely, I'm more patient, and I fall asleep with a smile. "Remember to play" I wrote on a post-it note and stuck it to the blue wall above my desk...remember to play... thisisnotadressrehersal remembertoplay mmforsbergworkshop

33 Days ago

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I look at women differently these days. I examine their faces as they talk, perhaps more so now than ever, as I can see it in my own reflection in the mirror, that time has passed. Fine lines map their way from my face to my heart. I have lived. I look at my friends, family and strangers, as we lean in for a warm embrace, dive in to excited conversation over a glass of wine, wander in the woods one late afternoon, or pass each other on the street. They are all so beautiful. Yet, I struggle at days, to accept that I too will grow old, that my face too will grow more and more defined lines, and that even if they are warm nods to our time here on earth, those lines are also a way we as women judge each other. I do it too. I judge myself perhaps even more. Perhaps I didn't drink enough water, I should've stayed out of the sun, or peeled my face at least twice a week. But then I look at my mother, who at 76 look more elegant and beautiful than ever, with clear and visible lines of a life lived in the sun, gardening, hiking in whipping cold winds to the top of a mountain, of sleepless nights with young children, and of happy smiles, and tears of heartache. I wonder if she on a daily basis feels as beautiful as we all find her to be. Her style, her grace, her elegance, her warmth, her hard work and her patience. It's all there in the way she looks and carries herself. I wonder what I'll tell my own little daughter one day, of how to prepare for the many changes a woman's body goes through in her lifetime. But then I see the face of my mother in my minds eye, her body all wrapped up in a wool blanket seated outside in early spring, exposing and arching her face closer to the sun, with a delightful smile on her face. She doesn't have to tell me how to embrace life or how to grow older, because she shows it everyday with how she chooses to embrace life, and live it to the fullest... @cuyana essentialwomen yvonneforsberg

34 Days ago

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Waking up with baking on my mind. I'm craving chocolate, and because I have half a bottle of a lovely wine from yesterday's dinner, I'm thinking red wine brownies. Silky, smooth and ever so naughty, but then again...it's the weekend! I love cooking with wine, but rarely bake with it, but these brownies will get deep sweet notes from the wine, and it is an ever so essential ingredient. Do you bake with wine too? What is your favorite baked wine treat? Also, I absolutely adore this little white milk pouring jug. Thank you @illyriapottery for the adorable surprise present!

35 Days ago

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These two! Having such a glorious time teaching a two day private workshop for the lovely @victoriaschiopetto from the Argentinian children's magazine @revistacocoa Our lovely models from yesterday's shoot, Jess and Iris, where spot on adorable. mmforsbergworkshop Get a peek into the shoot by clicking on my profile photo for behind the scene Instagram story.

36 Days ago

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Some days simply call for warm home made bread straight out of the oven, and butter, golden slatherable butter... thatsall

40 Days ago