Author: IngridMarie

The Blue Sandcastle – getting ready for the season!

The past month The Blue Sandcastle has been getting a facelift! We have upgraded the entire villa with new furniture, new art, new dinnerware, new everything! We have even added a new smart tv and a Playstation to the living room! The pool deck now features a brand new BBQ (huge 5 burner), new lounges, dining for up to 20! New wall art has been added and a Kitchen Aid mixer is in place in the kitchen. The kitchen is such a social place and a great place to entertain! All the bedrooms have gotten new super nice memory foam cooling toppers! These are super comfy and a blessing for your back! All the beds off course have our luxurious Egyptian Cotton sheets. New special wall art for the bedrooms is also coming thanks to the Bambini/ Swane Gallery here in St. Thomas! Can’t wait to show you their amazing work! The covered deck also got a small makeover with adding new patio sets. These wicker sets give a splash of colour to the deck and …

Cooking classes @ The Blue Sandcastle

September cooking classes The Blue Sandcastle is doing some re-furbishing in September. And while we are not doing villa rentals because all the suites are being upgraded we still use the villa. Several cooking classes have been scheduled and some are full already! We are using our experience from our 5 years from running Widvey’s Cupcakes where we had our own bakery and catering company. 5 years lead to nearly 100,000 cupcakes baked and tons of cooking classes. Our most popular classes where the CUPCAKE DECOR and the TAPAS classes. All the classes are also offered to our guests who stay at the villa. Check out the classes here: SEP 05 TAPAS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 06 TAPAS 1 Cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 07 LABOR DAY CUPCAKE DECOR CLASS Widvey’s Cupcakes SEP 09 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 10 QUICK & EASY DINNERS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 12 TAPAS 2 cooking class 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, 00802 SEP 13 PASTRY/BAKED GOODS 1 15-16 Frenchman’s Bay, …

Recipe: Very Vanilla Donuts

When living in Norway I loved to bake. Sophia especially loved donuts, and we did a lot of donut baking. The very vanilla donuts were made when we had a visit from our Minnesota cousins. I really wanted to bake them something typical American and donuts seemed perfect. These donuts have real vanilla seeds both in the dough and in the glaze. The dough is made with yeast and set to rise for light and airy donuts. For the recipe: 2 tsp dry yeast 1 cup sugar 1 1/4 cup warm milk 1 stick melted butter 1 tsp vanilla paste 1 tsp cardamom 1 pinch of salt 1 egg 5 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour canola oil for frying round cutters Glaze: 1/3 cup warm milk 1 ts vanilla paste 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar Heat the milk up first. The milk should be finger warm. Mix in the vanilla paste in the milk. Mix sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl. Add the milk. Let is stand until it starts to bubble. Mix flour and spice together. Mix …

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands?

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands? Take a day charter! Explore the surrounding islands and enjoy a fun-filled day with lots of adventures. Either join a group of people on a day charter or get your very own private yacht. Either way, it will be an unforgettable day! One of the favourites is the BVI day charters. This is a great trip for both families and couples. You get to explore four to five islands, and some of the places you visit is only reachable by boat. And you’ll have tons of fun! Here’s some tips to where you should go on a day charter to the BVIs. First stop Start with a trip to Virgin Gorda. Clear your passport in Spanish Town, and then go and explore the Baths. The Baths is one of the the BVI’s most popular tourist attraction. The sight is amazing. The rocks forms a series of grottoes that has tidal pools and kaleidoscopic sunlight. Take the trails through them or snorkel around them. Second …

Lazy days on the beach…

Here in the Virgin Islands we are enjoying lazy days on the beach…. The picture over is from Limetree Beach located just below our villa. We usually walk down to the beach in about 5 minutes. When going to the beach we always pack a cooler and fill it with cold drinks and some snacks. Sophia and I love to bake banana bread and make some cookies. This is also why it is great to stay at a villa! When you rent a villa you can take full advantage of the kitchen. Make your own food and snacks to bring to the beach. All our villas comes with fully equipped kitchens, coolers, beach towels, beach chairs and fun waters toys.  Another beach we also really like her on St. Thomas is Hull Bay. On Hull Bay there is barley tourists, a lot of locals use the beach. There is a cozy nice restaurant and bar here. The beach is also known to be the only surf beach on St. Thomas, but to surf you have to …

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

There is nothing better than chocolate, and when you triple the chocolate and combine brownies and cookies, you are basically in chocolate heaven! These cookies are stuffed with chocolate, and just like brownies they have a soft center. The cookies are made with melted chocolate, cocoa and chocolate chips. Here is the recipe. Temperature: 370 F Baking time: 10 minutes You need: 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 1/2 sticks butter 4 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 14 oz melted chocolate (400g) 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) 5,3 oz chocolate chips (150g) cookie spoon Start by mixing sugar and butter together. Mix it soft. Beat in the vanilla extract and eggs. Mix all the dry ingredients together and beat them in with the melted chocolate. Mix in the chocolate chips in the end. Let the cookie dough stand in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Use a cookie spoon to make scoops of cookie dough. Place them on waxing paper and bake them for about 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t over bake, the cookies is …

Dolphin Discovery Tortola

I går hadde vi en fantastisk dag her nede! Vi dro over til Tortola, en av de Britiske Jomfruøyene, på dagstur. Selve båtturen fra St. Thomas til Tortola tar rett under en time. Her hadde vi en liten time med byvandring i Road Town før vi satte kursen mot Dolphin Discovery senteret på Tortola. På Dolphin Discovery har de 10 delfiner i parken sin. Delfinene er 2. generasjons delfiner for parken, og er født og oppvokst i parken. De fleste delfinene i parken lever til de er over 40 år, mot delfiner som lever fritt som blir i snitt 25-30 år.Parken fungerer også som en del av skoleprogrammet her, og tar imot skoleklasser for å lære dem om miljøet i havet, samt mer om marinebiologi. Barna lærer om anatomien til delfinene, samt hvordan de lever sammen. Noen av barna får også tid sammen med delfinene i vannet. Du kan også besøke parken som turist. Mange som drar på ferie eller cruise til de Amerikanske Jomfruøyene besøker parken. Vi fikk være med på et utvidet treningsprogram sammen …

Bryllup eller bryllupsreise på Jomfruøyene i Karibien

Drømmer du om å gifte deg i solnedgangen på en øde strand, eller kanskje på dekk på en seilbåt omgitt av turkis hav? Her på Jomfruøyene har du mulighetene! Du kan gifte deg både på de amerikanske og på de britiske Jomfruøyene. Bryllup og bryllupsreise til Jomfruøyene i Karibien er svært populært!   Selv giftet jeg meg i Spania for flere år siden. Valget var enkelt da begge to ville ha et utendørsbryllup. For å kunne gifte seg ute er fint vær veldig viktig! Aller helst ville jeg gifte meg på en strand i Karibien, men det var ikke en mulighet vi hadde da. Vi får heller satse på å fornye løftene på en karibisk strand 🙂 St. Thomas er en stor bryllupsdestinasjon her i Karibien. Mange amerikanere kommer ned hvert år for å gifte seg eller for å dra på bryllupsreise. Man gifter seg gjerne på St. Thomas og drar på bryllupsreise med båt til de Britiske Jomfruøyene. Et bryllup her nede trenger ikke å “koste skjorta”. Flybilletter fra Norge starter på ca. 4000,- …