Happy New Year,
and feel free to add your link today

December 30, 2010 6:00 PM



I thought I'd end this year, and start the next, with a Linky list. :-) You are all welcome to add your link below, just follow the instructions. This list will be open until January 6th , 2011. And if you want to create your own Linky list just sign up for free at mcklinky.com

Because this will be my last post of 2010 I also want to take this opportunity to send out a major THANK YOU to all of you who visit my blog! And some extra love to all of you who take time to leave comments, send me e-mails, follow and/or like my blog on Facebook. It truly means a lot to me! I spend a many hours working on and managing this blog, so I really appreciate whatever feedback I get. Once again THANK YOU! :-)

Finally, I hope you all have an amazing New Years Eve! And I wish you all a wonderful and Happy New Year!

/A.L

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Crazy Christmas sale shopping in Kalmar
December 29, 2010 8:20 PM



Every year between Christmas and new years there is a major sale in all stores, it's called "mellandagsrea". And every year it starts earlier and earlier. This year it actually started on Christmas day! Yikes! People are crazy during these days! Ok, they are not ALL crazy, but those who have set their sights on something can get a bit overexcited. I, however, prefer to wait a few days before I head out and wrestle with people in the stores.

So this Monday I was off to Kalmar to do my "mellandags-shopping". It was not too many people out and about, only in the clothing stores. I think we stood in line about 30 minutes in one store...But overall it was a good shopping day. I found almost everything I was looking for, and at great sale prices. Yay!

It was very, very cold that day by the way!



This was the temperature outside when we drove to Kalmar. Brrr!!!


This is the store in which we stood in line for 30 minutes...


Left pic: I love this Christmas tree! It is so beautiful when the lights change. Right pic: And this was the weather conditions on the drive home...more snow...But we made it home safely :-) Thanks to my sister, who drove, hehe.

/A.L


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My Christmas Eve in pics
December 26, 2010 11:16 PM



What a lovely Christmas it has been this year! Tons of snow, lots of delicious food, yummy Christmas candy, great gifts and a nice visit from relatives. A truly enjoyable Christmas Eve celebration I must say. And what better way to convey my Christmas Eve than through pics. So here it is. :-)


Left pic: First I picked up my sister and Diva. Right pic: Here they come :-) And off we went to mum.


Mulled Wine Martini
Left pic:
Rice pudding for lunch. One of our traditions is to hide an almond in the rice pudding and whomever gets it win a lottery ticket. But I didn't get it this year :-( Mum did.Middle pic: Here we, me and relatives, are playing cards and drinking glögg-martini. Right pic: At 3 PM time for - Donald Duck "From All of Us to All of You". A deeply rooted Swedish tradition, lol! It's true, the cartoon first aired in Sweden 1960, and has ever since been one of the most watched TV-shows every year in Sweden. Last year, 2009, it was number three on the list over "the most watched TV-shows in Sweden" with 3 294 000 viewers. Hehe.



Left pic: After Donald, time for food preparations. It is always busy in the kitchen on this day. Right pic: Lisen hoping someone will drop something without knowing it, so she can sneak up and grab it.



Yay! Food time! Here is our julbord! On it is for example; Christmas ham, meatballs, pickled herring in different sauces, brawn, chipolata sausages, ribs and my favourite, Janssons frestelse - Janssons temptation. Janssons consist of potato casserole with onion, pickled anchovies, bread crumbs and cream. Sooo good!



Left pic: We start of our main meal with a snaps of Absolut vodka. Cheers!!! Middle pic: This is my first plate of food. Right pic: And here is my second, hehe.



Lisen wondering when she can have some.



Left pic: Between meals this is what we snacked on, Christmas candy, yum! My aunt makes the best homemade fudge ever (below right)!!! Right pic: Diva want some too!!!



Left pic: Finally time to unwrap all these gifts. Right pic: Lisen loooves getting and opening gifts, lol!

I like getting gifts too, and I got some, ehum, unexpected gifts this year. Like a tool box, which I thought was very unnecessary at first, but then when I got home I realized that it's probably better to have all tools, screws and such in one place. So it was a good gift after all. I also got a mini snow shovel for my car, unexpected but greatly needed now for sure, a calendar, face mask and some other stuff. But as always, my favourite gift to get is MONEY! Which I got this year, yay! And tomorrow I'm off to Kalmar to spend it all at this years big Christmas sale, yihaaa!!!



After we had ripped open our gifts we ate (forced down) some cake and then just chatted and played some games. In these pics Lisen and Diva looks pretty much how I felt after this day, stuffed and tired. Hehe. But it was a lot of fun and I had a wonderful Christmas Eve, as I'm sure they did as well.

/A.L

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White Christmas
December 23, 2010 11:57 AM



I can't believe it's actually Christmas Eve tomorrow! It feels weird. Like I'm about one week behind. Oh well, no matter how I twist and turn it's still December 24th tomorrow, hehe. So, I'd better get with the programme. And I can't even describe how much I look forward to all the food!!! Yuuuummy! However I still have some gift shopping to do...yikes! And besides that I have to clean, both my apartment and dog. So today is going to be a busy day for me.

But before I get started, me and Lisen want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



Here is Lisen on our morning walk today. It has been snowing heavily during the night and will continue to do so today and tomorrow. We are supposed to get about 30 more! centimeters of snow. So we will definitely have a white Christmas in Karlskrona this year.

/A.L

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Moose encounter in Rödeby
December 19, 2010 5:29 PM



Cool! We have been house sitting at my mums this weekend and I thought I'd take some pics of all the snow outside. So we (me, my sister and dogs) were outside playing around in the snow, when all of a sudden Diva started barking and ran to the fence. And there she was, a moose cow, I think it was a young female moose. I have no idea were she came from, but she was not very afraid of our barking dogs. We stared at each other for a while. Then the moose decided to jump into a neighbours garden! Luckily for me I had my iphone with me! Wahoo! So here are some pics and videos from our encounter today.

First pic: Diva discovering the moose and letting us know about it. Second pic: the moose.

In the first video clip:
the moose wandering towards a neighbours garden. And in the second video clip: the moose jumps into the neighbours garden!









/A.L

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Sweet cravings
December 17, 2010 6:04 PM



I made this little dessert thingy one evening when I had an intense craving for something sweet. It's one sliced banana, some crushed gingerbread, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. I made it in like a minute, hehe. Yuuuummy! And sweet, with a taste of Christmas.



Have a lovely weekend! :-p

/A.L

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Lucia celebration in Karlskrona
December 13, 2010 9:03 PM



Today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden. Which means that across Sweden you can hear and see Lucia march and sing carols with her entourage of maidens - tärnor and star boys - stjärngossar. On this day we also eat Lucia cats (see my previous post Lucia cats all over the place for more info about these buns).

Here in Karlskrona we choose a Lucia every year to represent our city. Her job is to visit different places around Karlskrona and sing. Tonight it was time for Lucia and her entourage to sing at our town square, Stortorget. So to town I went, even though it was freezing outside! Traditions, traditions, lol!

Below are some pics from this evening, and a short video of Lucia and company singing a traditional Lucia song called "Natten går tunga fjät".





Originally our Lucia celebration is based on the saint Lucia, a holy virgin of the 200's who lived in Syracuse, Sicily. However, her destiny to be killed for her Christian faith has nothing to do with our Swedish Lucia tradition. Actually, our current Lucia tradition did not emerge until the late 1800s. But as long as the Julian calendar was used, the solstice fell on December 13, and Lucia was also a harbinger of better times and longer days.
Sources: nordiskamuseet.se, historiesajten.se


If you want to read more about Swedish Christmas traditions CLICK HERE!

/A.L

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Old fashioned Christmas market
December 12, 2010 9:48 PM



Today is Advent third. And besides lighting a candle in my Advent candlestick and eating rice pudding every Advent Sunday, I try to visit at least one old fashioned Christmas market every year. So this afternoon I decided to uphold yet another of my December traditions. I grabbed my sister and off we went to an old farm called Hässlelyckans gård, located a few kilometres outside of Lyckeby. Every Advent Sunday they have a small and cosy Christmas market here, inspired by the 1600s.






In the above pic is the farm, Hässlelyckans gård. Second pic from above; a suspicious doggie. I bet he thought those Christmas goats looked a bit weird (which they do). LOL! In the third and fourth pic; more Christmas goats, and a stand where they sold different kinds of smoked fish.




And here are some pics of the old farm shop, which was filled with lovely traditional home made products. Like different kind of drinks made according to traditional recipes, home made crisp bread, candy, honey etc. I bought something called juniper berry root beer. All in all it was a nice and charming Christmas market. :-)

/A.L


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Six blogs where you can add your link
December 9, 2010 6:13 PM



There are a lot of blog hops and Linky lists out there, and many require you to do a bunch of things before you can add your link. But on these six lovely blogs all you need to do in return is to follow each blog through Google Friend Connect (actually all do not require it, but I think it's a nice thank you to them). And usually if you leave a comment saying that you have followed them, you will get a follow back.

If you want more followers and visits I recommend that you check out some of the blogs on these lists and leave a comment and/or follow the ones you like. Because usually you will get a follow back and visit from them as well.


These are the six blogs where you can add your link. Click on each pic and you will arrive there in a new window.



Lamb Around


Keep in mind that these lists have different close dates so don't wait too long to check them out.

And if you are interested in a follow exchange, just leave a comment here so everyone knows you are up for it. Also if anyone knows of any other lists or blogs where we can add our link, you are welcome to leave a comment with the url.

Happy linking :-)

/A.L

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Lucia cats all over the place
December 8, 2010 8:18 PM



Yesterday I helped my mum bake Lucia cats - lussekatter, also known as saffron buns or Saint Lucia buns. It's a tradition to eat them on December 13th in Sweden, when we celebrate Lucia. (You can read more about how we celebrate Lucia and the origin of this tradition on my Christmas page.) Now, I'm not a big fan of baking, I prefer cooking, so I would never make these on my own. But they do taste best when they are home made! So in order for me to grab a few from mum with a good conscience, I decided to help her bake them (well, roll them into shapes), anyway :-) Here are some pics.



The dough, unfortunately not too tasty raw :-(



Different shapes, the classic shape is S. My mum likes to fill them with either almond paste or lingonberry. But I prefer "normal" ones, with just raisins, though the other two alternatives taste great as well.



And here we have the finito productio. With an almond paste filled classically shaped Lucia cat on top of the pile. Yuuummyyy :-p

If you are interested in a recipe for Lucia cats, here is one: Saint Lucia buns

/A.L


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Ancient aliens, what do you believe?
December 6, 2010 3:03 PM



This weekend I have been watching the History Channels documentary series "Ancient aliens". Maybe you have heard or seen it already? I recently heard of it from my sister, so this whole theory is new to me. And I find it extremely interesting and fascinating, which is why I wanted to share it here.

So, what ancient alien theorists believe is that extraterrestrials visited our planet thousands of years ago and influenced our early civilizations with their science and knowledge. In this documentary ancient alien theorists put forward theories which they believe are in fact explanations to many mysteries of our past. They also share facts and evidence which they are convinced support these theories.

For instance, the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. How were they built? Why were they built? And are their location really a coincidence? I have here a short clip from the documentary where ancient alien theorists explain their theory regarding the purpose of these pyramids:



Now, I always try to keep an open mind when it comes to most things in my life. That does not mean I believe everything, simply because it might make sense. But to close off the possibility for explanations just because they might sound a bit "out there" is naive to me. Just like it is naive, I feel, to believe that we humans know it all, or that our planet is the only one in the entire Universe with intelligent life on it.

And even though we have found many answers in regards to our human history, there are still many unanswered questions. The only thing I feel completely sure of, is that I am here right now. How I got here - who knows?

I would love to hear your thoughts about this subject! And if you want to read more and see video clips from the documentary, check out:

history.com/shows/ancient-aliens

/A.L

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Fun in the forest
December 4, 2010 4:21 PM



We (me, my sister and dogs) finally managed to take a walk in our lovely forest of Rödeby yesterday. It was probably two weeks since we went for a real forest walk with both Lisen and Diva. We made plans several times to go, but each time something came up and we had to cancel. But yesterday away we went. And I don't even have to tell you how happy our dogs were to see their precious forest again (just check out the pics below, hihi). The fact that the forest was filled with snow up to their stomachs, only made it more fun :-p

Pics from yesterday.









We were a tired bunch afterwards, dogs and humans! :-)

/A.L

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Winter wonderland, and dog
December 1, 2010 5:18 PM



Snow, snow, snow and...yes that's right - more snow! It just keeps on coming. So I thought I'd share some pics of Lyckeby covered in snow, and Lisen covered in snow :-) Not that Lisen mind the snow. Well, she does not like it when she get cramps in her legs or when snowballs get stuck under her paws, but besides that, she enjoys the snow.

Because Lisen has the dog breed New foundland in her, who originally lived in cold weather, her fur is adapted to withstand cold temperatures. And the main reason she has a jacket on is because last year we found out that she has a bit of plaque between some of her vertebras. Therefore our Vet suggested I put a jacket on her to insure she stays warm, which helps prevent her from getting inflammation in her back. But when she was younger she use to love jumping in the ice cold water and swim. And when she got up, her fur use to freeze into ice. Brrr!

Here are the pics.







Cold yet ;-)

/A.L


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December 2010
Happy New Year and feel free to add your link today
Crazy Christmas sale shopping in Kalmar
My Christmas Eve in pics
White Christmas
Moose encounter in Rödeby
Sweet cravings
Lucia celebration in Karlskrona
Old fashioned Christmas market
Six blogs where you can add your link
Lucia cats all over the place
Ancient aliens, what do you believe?
Fun in the forest
Winter wonderland, and dog
 
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