Eating Healthy – Smoothies

I think I’m going to try to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to my diet next year.  These smoothies that I read about at Marcus Samuelsson’s website look like a great way to start. • 1-2 bananas • frozen peaches • frozen mango • a couple handfuls of spinach • water • ice (if…

Homemade iCcessories

I decided to try to make an envelope to protect my new iphone from scratches in my purse.  I used a double layer of felt fused together with heat activated fusing.  I added an old plastic card to the front to help protect the screen.  The top flips over is held closed with a strip…

Lefse for Jul

Our Lefse Recipe • 8 cups riced potatoes • 1/2 cup butter – melted • 1 cup whipping cream • 4 tsp sugar • 2 tsp salt • 3 cups unbleached flour Day 1: Peel, rinse and cut 5 lbs of russet potatoes.  Place them into a large pot of salted water and boil until…

Cinnamon Rolls or Ring

Rolls 1 cup milk 0.25 cups warm water 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 cups butter, room temperature 2 each eggs, room temperature and beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 5 cups bread flour 1 tablespoons instant active dry yeast Cinnamon Filling 1/2 cup butter, melted or softened 1 cups brown sugar 2 Tablespoons…

Making the Gravlax

I’ve never tried to make Gravlax before, but it seemed like it might be a fun project and tasty too.  I think it will be ready for supper on Christmas with all of the relatives.  I hope they’ll enjoy it. 1 pound fresh salmon fillet 1/8 cup salt 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 bunch fresh dill…

The Seven Days of Jul Cookies – Krumkake

These light and airy  cookies are fantastic filled with whipped cream.  They are my kids favorites.  Joe’s Grandpa used to make them every year for Christmas supper. 3 whole eggs ½ cup sugar ½ cup melted butter ½ cup white flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1-1/4 teaspoons grated cardamom Beat the eggs and sugar until foamy…

The Seven Days of Jul Cookies – Berlinerkranser

Wonderful, buttery little bites that are great with cup of chai (probably coffee too). Be careful not to overcook these cookies the first batch took a little while to brown and then were a bit dry.  After that I baked as directed and they are much better. Recipe: 2 Egg yolks – hard-boiled 2 Egg…

Pepprekaka hus for Jul

Dec 19th:  I just realized that Noah and I had not posted a photo of our 2011 Gingerbread House.  We used gum drops, candy canes almonds and cashews for decorations.  We think it turned out pretty well this year.

The Seven Days of Jul cookies – Kokosmakroner

These fabulous little bites are sweet and crunchy and filled with coconut. The stove top, no-whip recipe makes them fool-proof. 1/4 cup butter 4 egg whites 2 cups (250 g) powdered sugar 3 cups (250 g) unsweetened, desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 ounces (115) bittersweet chocolate, melted Preheated oven to 400ºF. Mix all…

Winding down those darkest of days

December 17 – 21: The winter holiday from school has begun and we are busily getting ready for the celebrations. As the solstice approaches we are really looking forward to seeing the days lengthen. December 17th – dinner with the family at Uncle Vern’s home. December 18th – shopping at the outlet mall for family…