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Gingerbread Muesli for Christmas

Alec is so funny. He helps me make our muesli and he keeps a pretty close eye on the muesli jar on the shelf in the kitchen. When it starts to run out, he’s quick to report to me that “Daddy has eaten up all the muesli” (in a slightly accusatory tone). A few days [...]

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Cork “Gingerbread” Ornaments and Gift Tags with Homemade Puffy Paint

I love the look of gingerbread ornaments, so when I found some flat pieces of cork in my craft box, I knew I wanted to make “gingerbread” ornaments with them. It’s a really easy project and I like the idea of making gingerbread ornaments that will keep for years to come. I used homemade puffy [...]

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A Swedish Christmas Gathering – Glögg (and a Blue Cheese Tart)

All through December in Sweden, we get together for little Christmas parties, or “glögg” parties. Glögg is spicy mulled wine served with almonds and raisins that we drink together with ginger snaps (“pepparkakor”) – often served with stilton cheese – and saffron buns (“lussekatter”). It’s a lovely way to get into Christmas and the flavors and [...]

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Saffron Truffles

A few days ago, Sumit came home from our local Chocolate Factory with a couple of little truffles in a bag. He had been given a saffron truffle to taste and he was in love. I had a taste (they really were good) and thought “I can make that”. So I adapted a recipe that [...]

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Day 11: Saffron Biscotti

Today is Day 11 of 25 Creative Days of Christmas and it’s finally my turn to share a Christmas recipe. In Sweden, Christmas and saffron go hand-in-hand. We start munching on saffron treats at the beginning of December and saffron buns are an especially big part of our Lucia celebrations on December 13th. I think [...]

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Mini Gingerbread Houses

Last weekend, to kick-off Christmas, we had a little cookie-decorating party for Alec and Louis and their friends Filip and Ebba. I thought it would be fun for them to do gingerbread houses, but the actual building isn’t really that much fun for such small children. So I prepped mini gingerbread houses for each of [...]

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