Thursday, 19 December 2013

Shivery Bite

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Shivery Bite: Scottish noun, something delicious eaten when feeling cold and frozen.  Also known as great teacher gifts.

Puff Candy

2 heaped tablespoons golden syrup
4 heaped tablespoons sugar

Melt slowly together, stirring continuously.  Bring to boil.  Stir for 3 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from heat, stir in one teaspoon bicarbonate.  Stir till bubbly.  Pour into lined tin.  Allow to set.  Bash into pieces.

Presentation :  fill jam jars.  Glue muffin case to lid.  Tie ribbon round.  Attach label with following:

  Shivery Bites.  Best eaten with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Give to teacher.  Eat the leftover crumbs with cup of tea.  

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent Competition

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Advent in Sweden is special.  Lights are put up, preferably white, stars hung up in windows and many people invite friends over to drink a little glögg (mulled wine) with raisins and almonds, and eat pepparkakor ( gingerbread biscuits).  Today is the first Advent Sunday, and while many do rush to the shops to start the frenzy also known as Christmas Shopping, most of us enjoy the first excited flutters that soon will lead to Jultomten (Santa) and julstrumpor (Christmas stockings).

With three little MacOlssons at home, it is fun.  Their eyes are gleeful, dancing with happiness when they open the first door of the Advent calendar.  Little Master MacOlsson asked Mr MacOlsson this afternoon when we would put up our outdoor lights.  Lovely papa that he is, he duly fetched and hung them on the magnolia tree by the front door, all the while accompanied by three little elves toot toot toooooooting on their recorders (imagine the beat to Jingle Bells, but horribly out of tune and horribly loud). 

Next question of course was when we would decorate inside.  Mr MacOlsson being smart replied that that is mamma's domain.  So I dutifully ironed the julgardin ( red gingham checked curtain) for the kitchen, brought out the advent candelabra and the red Iittala and Marimekko candle holders.  Glögg was warmed, red cordial mixed for the kidlets and pepparkakor munched.

What better way to celebrate the new start on my blog and the festive season than a competition?  For your chance to win a Marimekko tea cosy crafted by Mrs MacOlsson, follow these twosteps!

1.  Leave a comment on this post (scroll to the Bottom of the post to the leave a 
comment box, click and leave comment)

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A winner will be chosen next Sunday!