Dec 30, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 19, 2010
Our holiday was supposed to start on Friday the 17th. The whole family was looking forward to get on the plane to Norway. As many other travelers we are delayed so we are still in Luxembourg two days later, but we cross our fingers that the plane will take us to Amsterdam tonight... but I have my doubts. Good that it´s a few days till Christmas eve....
Dec 15, 2010
Alsace in France is a place which is great to visit all year round, but preferably in December. You will find small or bigger christmas market in every little village or town and they all have their unique atmosphere. For 5 years now we have spend the first or second weekend in December in this area, but unfortunately not this year. And our favorite villages/markets are Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and of course Eguisheim were we have found a nice hotel that we alway stays in.
Dec 14, 2010
Had my "monthly" cooking course again last night. On the menu we had this proud rooster and it was absolutely tasteful....
The menu this time was based on christmas (far away from nordic traditions though)
and looked like this:
Coquille St-Jacques en croûte anisée, quinoa au wasabi
Chapon au miel épicé
Bûche aux fruits secs caramélisés
Dec 13, 2010
Today is a special day in Scandinavia where we celebrate the winter-light festival of St. Lucy and the darkest part of the year. The children wears white long dresses and have candles in their hands and glitter in their hair and sing the Lucia-song and serve "lussekatter" (buns with saffron).
For our little christmas brunch on Sunday I decorated the table in red and white. I bought red apples and placed white, little christmas tree candles in each and one of them. An idea I got many years ago, but still it makes a conversation around the table....
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 9, 2010
Dec 6, 2010
Had the pleasure to be invited to a christmas/champagne lunch on Saturday. Every thing was perfectly done from the food to the decorations, and I particularly liked the idea to put a hibiscus flower in each glass! Thanks for a lovely day, girls.......
Dec 3, 2010
I feel so lucky to have a heritage from both Norway and Sweden, and can pick the best of traditions that they can offer. I know this will be a busy weekend, but tonight it is all about enjoy the moments. The house is filled with childhood smells, like senaps gratinerad julskinka som mormor gjorde, svensk glögg och pepparkakor. (roasted mustard ham, vin chaud and ginger bread). I just love it!
December is finally here and I can start decorate for Christmas! Those who knows me know that I am a fan of natural colours and simple items, so no bling bling, plastic or red Santas at my house.... The little heart is handmade and bought at a market, and the other one is found in a supermarket. I just removed the red ribbon and the little bells, and attached a rough wool tread instead.