Finally we have nice and warm weather this summer and we’ve been able to be outside quite a lot. The past week have been fantastic except one day there in the middle… So, now in August I’ve finally been able to use my summer clothes! 😉
Yesterday we had a “fika” party together with my parents and some friends. As several of us eat gluten free food I thought it could be fun if each of us baked something. Normally when going to parties there won’t be much gluten free food to enjoy. This time we had a fantastic table where everyone could eat and indulge in everything presented on the table…
Yesterday we had the first crayfish party of the year at my parents place. The first time eating crayfish each August is without a doubt he best! As always we purchase the fresh ones instead of the frozen as they always taste much better. More expensive, of course, but so worth it! We also had a “Västerbottenpaj” (pie made with a filling of a Swedish cheese called Västerbotten) and different cheeses and crackers on the table.
It’s time for my favorite season of the year once again. 🙂 I love the whole month of December. We’ve had a very busy 1st of Advent weekend full of family activites.
The weekend started with a little birthday party for Charlie. He turned two a few days ago but we couldn’t attend the party. He got a big box filled with a building blocks. They resemble Lego a little bit but are for younger children who can’t use Lego just yet.
Our Saturday continued with baking gingerbread cookies with my family. Not sure how many years we’ve done it now but it must be somewhere around 30 years. Minus the years I lived in the US of course.
This year I wanted to start a new tradition. I thought it could be fun to eat rice porridge on our gingerbread baking day. Hubby made the rice porridge from scratch. It tastes so much better then the pre made rice porridge found in the grocery stores. Takes longer time to make but it’s so worth it! He made 10 portions of rice porridge so now we have two dinners in the freezer too!
On 1st of Advent we always attend a Christmas market. This year we decided to visit the Christmas market at the Royal Stables. Never been there before so it was fun to see a new place. The market was divided into smaller areas in different parts of the stables. The area where they sold food was so crowded it was no fun at all to be there. The area where the craftsmen where located was a little bit better and easier to walk between the different tables. We found plenty of nice things we could have bought but as we’re moving next year we decided to wait and buy some things next Christmas season. I got business cards from several places so I will remember the businesses. I bought an angel made of wool and hubby found Swedish cheesecake. It contained lactose though so he has to eat all three cakes by himself. I’m sure he won’t complain too much though. 🙂
I enjoyed visiting a new Christmas market but the one in the Old Town of Stockholm is still my favorite.
This year I decorated my Advent holder with spices. I went to the spice store and bought green cardamom and star anise. It leaves a fantastic scent in the whole apartment. As soon as you walk in through the door the scent of cardamom and star anise greets you. 🙂
When we bake gingerbread cookies I always make a few special ones that I can use and decorate my kitchen window with.
I’m a little lazy though as I buy pre made colored icing. They are so easy to use as I don’t need all the mess that comes with a icing bag. I’ve recently bought a new one that seems much better than most so next year I might just do the icing on my own.
It’s very easy to make your own cookies to hang in the window. Just make the dough (or buy pre made), use whatever cookie cutter you desire, and then bake them. Remember to cut out a hole before baking. When the cookies are cold decorate them with icing of you choice and maybe even some candy. Let the icing dry and then take a ribbon and hang them in whatever desired located. Now you have a pretty window/wall!
Baking gingerbread cookies always means the beginning of the Christmas season for me. It’s a fantastic tradition we’ve had as long as I can remember to bake right before the 1st of advent. We used to bake with my paternal grandparents and I remember my brother sitting on the table in my grandfathers arms and eating gingerbread dough right out of the bowl. 🙂 Now since moving back home we continue the tradition with my family!
Yesterday was the first time we baked at our place. Our cookies filled up our whole kitchen table!
Isn’t licking the bowl the best part of baking? It’s just a few batters–I can probably count on one hand–that don’t taste yummy. Most of the time you wish you had more left overs! 🙂
I remember all the times my mother baked when I was a child and I couldn’t wait for her to be done so I could start licking the bowl or the utensils. Anything that had touched the batter had to be enjoyed! Rinsing it away was, and still is, an obvious no-no!
We’re at my parents right now and brought a warm apple cake. It’s one of my favorite apple cakes and is called “old fashion apple cake”, it got 200 grams of butter in it! Normally it takes 30 minute to bake it but I have no idea what happened today because we had it in the oven for 50 minutes. My husband (who did the baking today) was a bit worried it would be too dry but it tasted so yummy!!