Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Making Lefse Xmas Eve

One of my favorite traditions is making lefse on Christmas Eve morning at Grandma's house. This year we prepared the dough the night before and brought it along. It is made from mashed potatoes, 5 pounds or so, of course made with butter and mashed as finely as possible, no lumps, so that it will ultimately roll out smoothly. Having no lumps required lots of taste testing. Lots.

Sister C. was there, me & the 3 girls, and Grandma. We brought Starbucks. Since Grandma had taught us so well, basically she hung out while we did the mixing, rolling, and cooking on the griddles.

The little kid got to do some of the cooking. She did a great job turning the lefse, which is really hard. The griddle is extremely hot. When it is bubbling on the underside, you have to quickly slide the turner all the way under the lefse, turn, then flatten it out.

The older girls were just quietly and efficiently doing their part rolling and cooking. My main job this year was mixing the dough (so now we all truly know how to make it, start to finish). Grandma, C & I only rolled out 2-3 lefse each. The girls did all the rest!

More photos here:
Making Christmas Lefse

And I noticed by chance that S.'s recipe for lefse is now on Allrecipes!! I submitted it for her, as at 12 she is too young to submit.
Christmas Lefse on Allrecipes

Lefse is very tasty spread with butter and either white sugar or brown sugar (I prefer the latter). Yum!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

(note the snow falling in the background!!)

I got a camera today--isn't it cool?

It says -- Canon S3856-Digital, One Fine Camera

I get to pick one out now...yay!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happy Elf & Happy Scrooge!

These are our greetings:

Elf Yourself

Scrooge Yourself

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To make an Elf Yourself

To make a Scrooge Yourself


I love Fridays. What's not to like? Pending weekend, hopefully some extra needed sleep, anticipation of activities (parties this time of year), etc.

Every Friday I take the 2 older girls to Caribou on the way to school. They try out various flavors of hot chocolate, smoothies, and once in a while a beverage that includes coffee.

I get that extra shot of smooth coffee richness -- and caffeine of course.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Here's me playing Haydn piano sonata in C major. And not that well I might add.

Monday, December 17, 2007

HB Sissy

Ok, so I'm a day late!

Happy Happy-

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Santa is waving and saying hi!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Cookie Party-more

Cars are coming into our driveway 1 by 1, as the cookie party has just started. A is hosting a cookie swap, where each girl brings 1-2 dozen cookies, some to eat, some to share, plus a Secret Santa gift.

Here we were getting ready...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cookie Swap Prep

A. is planning a cookie swap for next weekend. She had a friend come over to try out some of the recipes. Hmmm-flour and chocolate chips basically everywhere!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A Little Sledding

Sunday was a great day for sledding. And now we have about 4" inches more -- for the kids to play in! And for me to shovel!! Fun.

G and her friend L did a "spider web." That is, they held each other's ropes from their sleds and then stayed together down the hill. I thought they would get all tangled up and topple over each other precariously etc., but no, it worked very well!

Sunday, December 2, 2007


We had a snowstorm yesterday, about 6 inches that fell during the day. There wasn't really anything we had to do or anywhere we had to go in particular. S. had an event with Job's Daughter's and before we could decline going due to the bad road conditions, they called and canceled.

We decorated, hung out at home and basically had a nice day. My husband made a delicious beef stew with the added sweetness of baked beans and kielbasa sausage.

OK-yes. I took these pics from the same place, either from an inside window or perched at the front door - but not outside.