October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
Here’s our pumpkin for this year, carved:
Mr. E’s best work so far, I think. 🙂
October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:
Such cute – and fragrant, I bet – fire starters! Visit her site for more photos and full instructions. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!
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December 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.
Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:
These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:
Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:
I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!
Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:
Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:
Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!
And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:
I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:
Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!
By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.
Getting close now!
December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment
Saturday was the Finnish Independence Day. We spent it in the kitchen – after a relaxing sauna bath – streaming a tv broadcast of the celebrations in Finland and making these Christmas yummies, among other things:
Here are my two Independence candles. (Traditionally, we display two candles in each window, or at least in one window, typically facing the street.) These windows face the back yard, but I wanted them where we could see them.
Happy 97th! Only three years to go for the big 100.
December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For November, Mr. E picked the Best-Ever Curry Cookbook: Over 150 Great Curries from India and Asia by Mridula Baljekar.
Since we were also preparing to host Thanksgiving, we kept this special dinner very, very simple. Mr. E cooked rice and three curries for us to sample. There was chicken in cashew nut sauce, kidney bean curry, and fish in a rich tomato and onion sauce. The fish came from our local fish share and was delicious, as it always is.
For the table, I used saturated colors – green, blue and red – and a no-nonsense setting with lots of candles. Since we were sampling and wanted unrestricted access to the dishes, we just put the cooking vessels down in the middle of the table. This was a very pragmatic special dinner. 🙂
I think the chicken cashew was my favorite – it was so creamy without any added dairy. Yum!
February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment
Mr. E decided on doing special dinners with a color theme for 2013. When Mr. E was little, he associated months with a combination of two colors (much like his colors for weekdays). His aim is to make dinner with ingredients that are naturally as close to each month’s colors as possible; food dyes are right out for this project. December colors are red and green.
We ended up very busy in December, so we decided to push the month’s special dinner to January. We started with a green and red salad: green leaves, tomatoes, cucumber and red and green pepper.
For the main course, Mr. E cooked salmon with green beans. He also made a red and green veggie relish to go on the fish. We drank local cranberry wine. For dessert, we had strawberry soup. The strawberries came from a local pick-your-own farm.
I selected one on the quilts Mr. E made as the table covering, put down green placemats and red coasters on that and added a container of partridge berries plus some warm-toned dishes.
It was a very, very satisfying dinner and a nice way to wrap up Mr. E’s color dinner year.