Quick & Easy Rainbow Quinoa Salad Recipe!

Hello everyone 🙂

Over the weekend I made this AMAZING rainbow quinoa salad for Austin and I and it was too good not to share with you guys!  This is perfect as a healthy side on a dinner plate or something to snack on throughout the day!  I personally enjoy a heaping bowl of this stuff for my lunch 🙂

This is my own homemade recipe and it is good for 4 servings.  I just put the leftovers in the fridge to snack on for the next few days!


  • tri-color or rainbow quinoa (you can use regular quinoa too, I just like the different colors for this dish!)
  • 1 Persian cucumber, chopped in small triangles
  • small head of cilantro, chopped
  • small head of parsley, chopped
  • organic heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped medium fine
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Cook quinoa on the stove as directed on the package.  After quinoa is cooked and cooled down for 10 minutes, place in the fridge to chill.  Once quinoa is chilled, combine all ingredients and season to taste.  Super easy!!!IMG_7015







Gäster med Gester…

Köpte så fina tulpaner idag. Svårt att se på denna bild och jag ser nu på bilden att mitt diningroom ser lite väl gammaldags ut 🙂 Åhhh nej jag kan inte börja dekorera här nu. To much work!!!!

Vi får gäster ikväll och jag har börjat duka med Moments by Maria Montazami. Inte klart ännu men det kommer att bli ett vackert dukat bord när allt är på plats. 

Oxfilét som smakade som en dröm. Till filén serverade jag potatisgratäng och fem kryddor sås. 

Ser kanske inte så gott ut men oj oj oj!!! Kyckling Curry med ris. Stark och kycklingen hade förberetts i min slow cocker och den var så mör och fin. 

Sedan hände det värsta. Min svägerskas hund Messi åker rutschkanan ner till poolen och blir fast där. Han är blöt och rädd och har aldrig simmat förut!!! Vi alla står på andra sidan och hoppas på att Messi ska hoppa i och att simningen kommer naturligt. Vilket den gör…

 Allt är nu tillbaka till det normala. Vi hade en mycket trevlig kväll och nu hoppar jag i säcken. Hörs imorgon kram Maria 

Out in the City


What a lovely few days it’s been here. The weather is seriously an ice berg times ten though ohhhhh my gosh! I definitely under packed when it came to the jacket department but it has been so nice having my friends show me the city and what gorgeous Melbourne has to offer.

This place is so different than any other. It kind of reminds me of Austin, Texas but with a European flare. This city is known for their art and their unique foods. Bree and Sarah have been sure to take me to cool rooftop places, animal sanctuaries, wineries, all in just three days haha. Thanks guys <3 

 Here with Steph and Sarah walking through town! Steph was actually my first roommate in college and is now living with Sarah in Aus. Such a small world huh?

  Always the biggest sucker for some gorgeous flowers <3 

  As you guys can see by their menu, Melbourne has so many unique ”breakie” options! I had the Avocado choice with a poached egg and a chai tea latte and it was so delightful!


After this, Bree’s boyfriend Harris took us to an animal sanctuary where I saw all these exotic Aussie animals that you don’t normally see on a regular basis like koalas and kangaroos:) So cute! 




I couldn’t describe to you guys in words how confused I am at Austin for not telling me about his drop dead gorgeous rooftop area on top of his building!!!!  I wanted to go up there just to take a few industrial-looking photos on the roof, and little did I know I would get an entire 360 degree angle view of Los Angeles.  It is breathtaking!  There’s barbecues, lounge seating, and a huge marble fireplace up there for all of the residents and their guests.

We went up there around sunset, and after taking photos we went down to his place, got our dinners and decided to grill our steaks on the rooftop instead of his kitchen stove!  It was a great Friday night in 🙂 Aaaaaaand this is why I love living in Marina del Rey.

dress: DM Retro // shoes: San Marina // bag: Zara






Right now Austin and I are sitting on the couch watching episode after episode of Entourage.  This is exactly what the docta ordered.



Anna drar till Sverige!!



Tjillevipp! Här kommer en liten videohälsning!
Kram Maria

Happy Friday!!!

Idag har Copper tagit bort stygnen i sitt öra. Hon ser ledsen ut på bikden men hon är jätteglad. Håret kommer att växa ut både på hennes ben och på örsnibben. Hon ligger just nu på det svala golvet eftersom det är ganska varmt ute. 

Idag fyller min mamma 71 år. Mamma ser fantastiskt ut måste jag säga. Hipp Hipp Hurra!!! Min mamma firar tillsammans med min syster Catharina och Emilia. Kram Maria 

Touchdown Melbourne!

Hi guys!

Wow after all that plane Emma, it sure does feel amazing to have finally made it to Melbourne. My bestie Sarah had picked me up from the airport and the sun was shining so she took me to meet up with our mutual friends Bree and Steph for some lunch and cocktails on a rooftop bar. 

The chilly weather is quite a shock at first but I couldn’t be happier that it’s sunny with no rain! Woo.

I made it back to Bree’s place and finally got to shower and freshen up. Felt amazing after all those hours on the plane 🙂 Tonight they are taking me to a hip restaurant called Chin Chins and then out to meet some more friends!   


Interior Design going confused…

Hej på er alla. Jag har ett stort problem och det är att gammalt blir sällan nytt!!! Kolla in denna uppsättning jämfört med…

Bordet är tillbaka som det brukade vara. Nu behåller jag det såhär och kommer att investera i nya lampor av mer modern stil. Såg ni skillnaden? 

Mina nya gunmetal färgade barstools. Lööööve them !!!!!! 

Farstun är så fin och mysig och jag sitter här väldigt ofta när det kommer någon festlig kvällsgäst. 

Ok bli nu inte oroliga men detta våra nya vägglampor i vår entré. De är mycket industrial looking. Nu kommer jag att beställa en ny chandelier i samma familj.  Jaja nog om mina dekorations funderingar. Ni får se när allt är klart. Kram Maria 

A Week of Hellos and Goodbyes

It really is the end of an era! Today was the official move out day of my college house, also known as Cape Cod. I’m not that sad about moving out, I’m more happy to look back at all of the memories we have made in that house.  This move represents not only the end of an era but the start of a new chapter in my life. I’m on to bigger and better things and I truly couldn’t be more excited about it.  Cheers to the future and what it holds! (PS are we weird or is it normal to name your house?? Haha)

I brought these little lights over from my old house to my new apartment, and I framed them around my balcony doors. What do you guys think?! It feels so cozy and homey when I lay on my bed looking out the window towards the pool! 

After a long day of moving, I got back to my apartment and assembled our new desk (IKEA style) all by myself. Sara would’ve helped me but she is on the plane on her way to Australia!  I have to say though I was very impressed that I didn’t make one mistake on the assembly! It’s a beautiful glass and chrome desk that matches perfectly with our other furniture. I can’t wait to show you guys when the office is done!     

Anddddd here’s a picture of my dinner. Pink beet and goat cheese salad with 50+ other delicious toppings and citrus vinaigrette haha. I love sitting on the balcony to eat 🙂



Um Scary! Flight Back to LAX

Hi guys!

Ugh terrible news. I took off to LAX last night and after a few hours of being up in the air, the intercom goes off saying that the pilot’s windshield has cracked and it is not safe enough to continue on with the flight. 

We had to turn the plane around and head right back to LAX. It was such a scary thought and superrrrr inconvenient to say the least. I had to go home at 3am and then come back for a flight at 5pm. I am currently waiting around at the airport now and just praying for no more issues so we can all get to Australia safe and sound 🙂     
 Lots of love<3