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People who love to eat

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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 L…
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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" …

A shout out to my Swedish friends

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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, C…

High end hygge

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Hi there, it's our first snow day so it's time to dust off the baking equipment and get to work!  I invited a friend over for some serious "hygge" -- fresh baked scones (recipe at the link), coffee, candles and a nicely set table for two.  Next up, a fire and board games with the kids.  Maybe we'll practice our ukeleles and watch a movie later on.

Hygge (it's pronounced Hoo-gah) is all about cuddling, staying warm in blankies, reading and other cozy stuff.  The words hygge is exported from Denmark and they know how to make the most of the cold winter months!
In the States the closest we get to it are snow days and I'm going to take hygge to the max! :)

Books!!

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Do you love to read? I do. Right now I'm enjoying Moonflower by Michael Chabon with its patchwork quilt-like memories of a tough old man, and inventive language. Ready to get your dictionary? Here are some new words for me - neeps (turnips), legerdemain (deception), tori (plural of torus, elliptical rings like a donut), Sheboygan (a town in Wisconsin used as a swear). OK, what? I love Chabon but around page 120 things started to bog down for a bit, and I turn to you lovely blog readers for some plain ol' writing.
The Sellout is another good book which I blogged about earlier. Ironically I got it from my father for Christmas who must have influenced by said blog post. (Ahem, he must have read it right?) ;) So now that I have two copies of this weird and thought provoking book I thought a little contest might be in order.
The first person to give me a book suggestion (and it must be a book I haven't read) will get my brand new paperback copy of The Sellout via regular post…

Shared Parental Leave

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This is old news in Sweden, but for those of you who don't already know it, Sweden offers parental leave of up to 18 months to be split by husband and wife.  And that's paid! I know that you've been brainwashed into thinking that it's not do-able but it is, and it's been in effect for over 20 years in Sweden. In 1995 Sweden enacted one paid month paternity leave. The total parental leave equals 480 days! 90 of these are reserved for the father only.  The days are paid at a 80% rate of salary for 390 days. The rules are complicated, see here for more information.

There are some pros and cons of course, just like with everything, it may be harder to get a permanent job in Sweden (or "fast" as they call it), but once you do your guaranteed so many benefits including this one that it's well worth the wait.  Can you say five weeks paid vacation at a minimum, two paid coffee breaks (which as a teacher I enjoyed!) and of course free health care for all?  So…