Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Scandinavian Homes and Montreal

Hello, another snow day with the family so I'm free to surf the web and make my scrapbook pages. Yeah!  We just got back from Montreal and it was such a fun trip, freezing, but fun.  We loved the energy of the city and how kind everyone was there.  It's a great place to bring the family as there are things to do for all ages from ziplines and icy sledding for the tween and teen, to fine wines and delicious dining for yours truly.  We also liked seeing art everywhere - even in the Metro!
bu Frederic Back - at Les Places des Arts Metro in Montreal
This is the first Metro installed piece of art, isn't it amazing? It's called L'Histoire de la musique a Montreal or Les Arts lyriques, 1967, and it's made out of stained glass.

In terms of web surfing, the wonderful blogger of "my Scandinavian Home" has just released a book and I plan to get it when I'm home in Sweden. But in the meantime here's some eye candy that she published here.  Look for my comment and you can also order the book!  I borrowed the beautiful pic to show you. Some home-porn on a snowy day can't be all wrong? ;)
Amelia Widell's house found on My Scandinavian Home
Amelia Widell owns Melimeli if you'd like more inspiration on this wintery day.  Have a good one readers!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy International Women's Day!!

I miss Sweden a lot of days but most def today - International Women's Day.  They do things better there. Just sayin' :)
Shared from "A Mighty Girl. Here's more on the shirts -
The national women's soccer team in Sweden unveiled new jerseys this week that replace players' names with empowering messages focused on inspiring young women! The shirt change is part of a special initiative called #InYourName in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th. The team's captain, Lotta Schelin, discussed the aim of the project, explaining that "through #InYourName and together with other women, we want to express this message and encourage women to believe that they can do anything they set their mind to... There is always a need to show young women that it is possible to succeed and that no one should feel limited in what they can achieve and particularly not because of their sex." Schelin's jersey features a message from politician Gudrun Schyman, founder of the Feminist Initiative party, which reads: "Never look down on someone unless you're helping her up."

The new shirts, which were unveiled at this week's Algarve Cup, each feature an inspiring tweet about female empowerment from a well-known Swedish woman. A tweet from singer Zara Larsson stating "Believe in your damn self" is featured on Lisa Dahlkvist's jersey, while fellow midfielder Olivia Schough's shirt reads: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always." Sweden's Football Association added in a statement that through this project they "hope to inspire people to stand up for each other and for themselves, no matter who you are or where you come from.”

To view more of the team's #InYourName jerseys, visit the project's Instagram page athttp://bit.ly/2n3ta1U

Monday, March 6, 2017


It's funny how the internet links things together sometimes.  Today I was jumping around looking for Lund, the town where we used to live, and came across the most fantastic store called "Lundagård". We also had a "Lundagård" but it wasn't anything like this one.  (It's a park and a nice cafe in Lund, Sweden.)  Turns out that this Lundagård is actually in Northern Finland!!  Way up across from Umeå you'll find it in a town called Jacobstad.   Check out Lundagård in Finland!  I love the vintage style and all the amazing items for sale.  And if  you're ever in the area tell them Tina sent you. ;)

Butiksöppningen: Lundagård är livet på landet, familjeliv, byggnadsvård, gamla hus, återanvändning, loppisfynd, auktionsfynd, diy, vintage- och retroprylar.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

People who love to eat

Hej!  I hope that you are well.  I am struggling against my pantry today where delicious freshly-made fastlagsbullar - otherwise known as "semlor" - live.  The buns and their evil cohorts (whipped cream and almond paste) are haunting me with their aroma.  I made these buns for my son's birthday and to have a "fika" with Swedish friends.  They are sooo good! Recipe here.

And for those of you who want the same experience without the work try this recipe that I made last year.  Fastagsbullar are for "Fat Tuesday" but you can eat this any time of year!
Sweden hasn't really been known for it's cuisine (unless you're thinking of the Swedish Chef) but recently things have changed for the better, and luckily for me, close to home!  Malmö is turning into quite the foodie destination and I can't wait to try at least one of these new restaurants out this summer when we go home.

The article from the local lauds in particular: Bord13, Namu, and Lyran.  They all sound good but I think Lyran is the one that I'd book first and it just won the "best restaurant in Skåne" award in January 2017 so I guess my instincts were right.  Read more here -  http://www.thelocal.se/20160531/how-malmo-is-becoming-the-next-hub-for-foodies-restaurants-malmostad-tlccu

One of the best things about Malmö is Möllevången, an open air market where you can buy the fresh vegetables, flowers, meat and bread that the local restaurants crave.  Also a great stinky cheese store is right on the corner!  Yum!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ha, ha!  I couldn't resist poking a little fun this morning at a serious subject.  There was major confusion the other day when little Sweden was featured in a speech by President Trump in Melbourne, Florida. He said that there had been a terrorist attack there and we all went "huh"?  Swedish friends and family confired that there hadn't been any such attack.   http://www.dailysquat.com/trump-pledges-help-sweden-tackle-dangerous-terrorist-group/  Here's just a little bit of the joke:

This is a Waterloo moment in the fight against terrorism,’ said Trump. ‘We know what Sweden needs right now is our total support and money, money, money. This will be the last SOS that Sweden has to send out because together we will fight the terror of ABBA.’
‘Mamma mia, that was a strong statement from our President,’ commented right-wing pundit Bill O’Reilly.
So in all actuality what happened is that Trump had been watching a news segment on the film "Stockholm Syndrome" by the reactionary film maker Ami Horowitz in which immigrants are blamed for violence and rioting. The police interviewed in making the movie said that their words were taken out of context and changed.  They even called Horowitz a "madman".  More here: http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/nyheter/swedish-police-featured-in-fox-news-segment-filmmaker-is-a-madman/  Wow, I have to say parsing the news has become quite tricky, even for those of us that have the inside scoop! 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A shout out to my Swedish friends

This song just came on the radio (Because the Night with Patti Smith) and it brought me back to high school! I went to Swedish middle school and high school and I made the best friends in the world there.  They were so incredibly welcoming of me. I didn't speak Swedish but everyone wanted to try out their 7th grade English on me.  Can you imagine that happening in the US?  ;-)

I was a shy kid and reeling from the divorce of my parents and subsequent move across the ocean but I felt so comforted and at the same time in awe of my Swedish peers.  They did everything I wouldn't have dared to do, but soon enough I was swept up too in the dances, drinking and slow dancing.  

But way more important than the boys were the girls who I came to know over long conversations with tea n' scones. When this song came on I remembered clearly dancing in a ring with my friends - just for the hell of it and no boys in sight - just dancing in a ring and loving the music.  

Kajsa x 2, Gabi, Cecilia, Anna, Ann, Anne, Lisa, Lena, the other Tina, Helena, dear Pernilla and more - you all still live in my heart.  I don't know why you let me into your group, I couldn't add much at first, but you accepted me and to this day I love Sweden in large part due to your largess.  

I also miss my international bunch of friends from Skanör-Falserbo!  When we lived there these amazing women welcomed me into their group and I felt such kinship with them.  I loved hanging out with everyone, going to the beach, doing "girls dinners" which basically entails dressing up, eating, laughing your heads off and dancing your hearts out.  

My Swedish gal pals are awesome, empowered, crazy and kind.  I have friends like that in the USA too  but even here I tend to gravitate to international women who understand, as do I, that friends are gold and time is well spent with them no matter how busy your life might be.  Kramar, Tina

p.s. oddly enough I wrote this post on February 9th not even knowing that it was #friendsday!