Showing posts from August, 2014

all things Swedish

Hej!  Sometimes someone writes a blog that you just haven't gotten around to, like Linda Barsi in this piece on Swedish inventions like Spotify.   So in that case why reinvent the wheel?  Or "zipper" as the case may be.  Just read and you'll know why I say this: So the kitten curled up in my lap for a good snuggle while I write this, the kids are playing and life is good. Hope that you are ending summer on a happy note.  It can be a melancoly time of year (being Swedish I have to say that can be true of most months) but especially in September when the new year starts and the kids go back to school.  I live my life on an academic calendar - always have and being a teacher - always will.  It just makes sense to me.  Fall is the time of new beginnings and possibilities.  My goal to land a full-time teaching job this fall didn't come to fruition so it's back to the early …

Swedish Fish

Today we went out in the town and stopped by our local penny candy store.  It's amazing how popular Swedish fish are with my kids - they stocked up - and I started to wonder how these yummy little things started on their road to popularity.
Well I needed only to go to the google and up pops this enlightening article from Mental Floss,  They were first imported in the 1950s.
If you want to try the real deal pop on over to Sugarfina for their all-natural Swedish fish.  They're sold out (I told you they're popular) so save it for later if you really have a hankering. This is the website I should have done!

Finally did you know that Swedes buy more candy than any other country? Here's an amazing quote from Nordstjernan that blew my mind.  It might as well be called a "Swede Tooth".  :-)
"Godisgris!" Swedes are suffering from a severe case of S…

Summer in full swing

Camping in Maine was amazing.  It feels like summer is in full swing now, too bad school is right around the proverbial corner.  This is usually the time of year when I start looking through the ads for a Swedish summer house, just for fun, but I do love my real estate browsing.  Once we have seen this link, you will want to start too! fancy Swedish summer houses for sale  This one is my favorite, it's in Simrishamn, a little village on the coast, and it costs "only" 11,500,000 krones or ($1,674,613)!

Another thing I like this time of year is Formex in Stockholm.  I have only been once with a friend but I'd love to go back sometime.  This is where buyers from all over converge on Stockholm's main exhibit hall to see the wares, and ideas, of talented Scandinavian designers. It opens today, of course I love this photo from the young designers on the site.  Check out  More info here, formex 2014
Here's one from one of the booths - Finally to round out…

Sommar, sommar, sommar! Nostalgia in a bikini

Camping vs Glamping

Hello cyberspace friends!  We are going camping, the least technical of all activities, and yet you need sooooo much stuff!  Here's a "little" list I found on line at  See way below. OK, so where do we start?  Luckily HH and I are not hard-core campers.  For one we've only been away for a weekend max.  Secondly we always camp near civilization where a nice warm breakfast can be found.  And finally, this time, we even have a back-up plan if it rains! Wimpy, perhaps, but if the idea is to relax and enjoy I guess I'd rather go low key than full on camping.  Glamping even.  That could be right up my alley. ;-) Like this lovely shot...
Where you actually might need this handy little supply list could be hiking in Sweden's Arctic Circle, for example Kebnekaise, the mountain range which is 103 miles north of the Arctic Circle.  Mt. Kebne is close to 7,000 feet tall. Here's a view from the top tackled by Oliver Gee of The Local.  More on the …

Dala horse

Time to talk about the most iconic of Swedish items - the "Dalahäst" - or Dala horse, or even the Dalecarian horse according to Wikipedia (Dalecarlian horse).  Everyone with a Swedish background has one of these standing around, or several, from the old country.  Here's a picture of a big brute in Mora, Dalarna that I copied from the blog, but most the horses are much smaller, just big enough to place on a window sill or a shelf.  The horses are more than a simple wooden statue, they are a symbol of home.  I guess that's why they are so beloved by Swedes.  Here's one being made:
The style of the painting is "kurbits" which you can read more about here
I just love my horses, two oranges ones, that follow me from house to house.  Here's one of my little guys next to a bunch of Swedish things I made or gathered over the years.  Check out the plate too!
I learned in Wikipedia that the earliest references to the wooden horses are from 1623 …