Thursday, December 25, 2014


It is very late, I am going to put on my Faerie slippers and head off to bed....wait, I think I hear the pawing of tiny hoofs on my roof! 

I wish you all the Very Happiest of Christmas's and I hope you are all blessed with love and joy and a bounty of happiness today.

Wicked Faerie Queen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


It does not matter how early I start or how prepared I think I am when Christmas Eve comes I alway seem to be going mad!

It is raining today here on the farm but that has not dampened our Christmas Spirit.  Presents are wrapped, Carols are playing, stockings are hung, Cookies are baked, wrapped and delivered and one turkey is deliciously roasting in the oven, another one will be cooking tomorrow.

The new kitchen looks so nice all dressed for Christmas.  It was great to cook in this year.  The treats seemed to go faster, having the drawers at my fingertips makes getting supplies so easy.

I made delicious chocolate peanut butter cups this season...yummm!

I picked up the cute bird pictures they are part of the 12 days of Christmas but they only had the 10 days so I decided to just take the birds which were the cutest anyway.

I will be back later tonight to finish this post and show the rest of the Christmas farm.  I hope you all have a lovely Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Today is December 13th. the shortest day of the year and the day Scandinavians, like me, celebrate Saint Lucia Day!

The Scandinavians have celebrated the Lucia-night (Lusse-nat) since the 16th. Saint Lucia is the patron Saint of the blind. 

We start the day with the eldest girl in the family wearing a wreath crown with candles, the wreath is made from Lingonberry branches which signifies a new winter and the candles signify "Light" which is what the name Lucy or Lucia means.  The girl leads the other children to bring hot coffee and Saffron buns, Lussekatter,  to their elders to warm them on a cold winter's morning.

Here is a delicious recipe for Lussekatter Buns from LUCULLIAN DELIGHTS.


 25 g/0,9 oz fresh yeast (1 tsp instant yeast = 10 g fresh yeast)

200 g/ 7 oz butter

500 ml/2,1 cup milk

1 g/0,01 oz saffron powder

200 ml/0,85 cup sugar

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp salt

around 1 500 ml/6,3 cups flour, 2/3 normal flour and 1/3 light wholewheat flour

1 egg

dried cranberries (or raisins)

    Crumble the yeast in large bowl, add the sugar, cardamom and saffron and let the yeast ‘melt’. If you stir now and then, it melts quite quickly. I know this is supposed to be bad for the yeast but I never had a problem  so you choose if you prefer to mix the yeast with a little warm milk instead before you add it all.
   Melt the butter in a pan, add the milk and warm it up to finger warm, strictly speaking it should be 37°C/98°F

   Pour the liquid on the yeast, stir well and add most of the flour and the salt. Work it really well before you put it away to rise for an hour. Now if you choose use wholewheat flour, you might have to add a little more but be careful not to add too much as it makes a stodgy Lussekatt and that is not nice.
   Put the dough on a table dusted with flour and work it until it is smooth.

   Divide the dough into balls slightly smaller than your fist and make ‘serpents’ that you form like the letter S.

   Put the buns on baking sheets with parchment paper on and leave rise for about 40 minutes.
   Whisk the egg and brush the buns with it before you add the cranberries.

   Bake in a pre-heated oven (225°C/440°F) for 10 minutes. Leave them to cool on a rack before you start eating them.

After a day of celebration everyone sits down to dinner and after Tomte, our little Christmas Knome, comes with gifts if you have been good.  This little forest Knome has a wickedly playful personality and if you don't give him something to eat, he loves porridge, he will play a trick on you.

A blessed God Jul to all, I am off for some more hot coffee and another delicious Lussekatter roll!

Friday, December 12, 2014


It has been a whirl of activity here on the farm the past few weeks.  We hosted two Christmas parties, our little grandson had his first birthday, it was our sons birthday, and in general it has been Christmas Madness. 

Tomorrow I will do a huge post to catch up with the parties and the Christmas House.  Until then I saw this and thought it should be "WORDS TO LIVE BY".