04 October 2012

Of Vaflers, Lingonberries and Lefse

Back in May of this year, I had a burning desire to get a heart shaped wafflemaker
so I could make those thin Scandinavian waffles I am so fond of...
I thought they would be fun to make for special days like
Valentine's Day,
Syttende Mai,
and Christmas morn
(oh and a whole lot of the mornings in between).
A quick call to my one of my favorite Scandinavian shops and
I was on my way to pick a wafflemaker up:)
Of course, when I go there it is never for just ONE item...
if you could see my house,
you would know that is true!  
 After a nice drive we arrived at their front door -
and found shoes!
High heeled ones with succulents planted in them
(what a CUTE idea)!
Through the door
we entered paradise...
well, paradise to me.
Imported chocolates and other candy (gummi's--yum),
cloudberry and lingonberry preserves,
lingonberry juice concentrate
(update: today they also had elderberry juice concentrate)
and many other Nordic food items.
They also carry cardamom bread (yep, it's yummy),
lefse (YUM) and other items
(hint: check out the refrigerator--for years I didn't).
 I LOVE their selection of books--
favorites of mine are Carl Larsson
(love, love, love his artwork--the colors he uses, the themes, etc, etc)
and
I really love the Northern Lights series by Lisa Tawn Bergren!
I don't see them in this photo but I have also read
and enjoyed these Scandinavian themed books too:  
The Emigrants, Johan Bojer
The Emigrants (a trilogy), Vilhelm Moberg
Kristen Lavransdatter, Sigrid Undset
(I like the translation by Tiina Nunnally).
By the way,
if you have any suggestions for books with a Scandinavian theme,
I'd love to hear them:)
Scandia Imports also carry books on crafts, interior design
(I would like to learn rosemaling and wheat weaving one day;
have books on both of these crafts).
 Today when I was there I noticed that the new owner has changed the layout of the shop
and I really like it as it seems so much lighter in there!
I LOVE light
(especially as we go into the autumn + winter).
~
My shopping list was shorter than usual today--
Nordic chocolate
(for the hubby man),
lingonberry juice concentrate
(LOVE this),
a hallonkräm mix
(sounded good)
and
2 bottles of Solo
 
But, though my list was short,
 I couldn't resist checking out some favorites
 (Swedish textiles, tomten/nisser,
wooden kitchen spoons, etc)
and a few new items...
after all Christmas is coming:)
And, yes, I am VERY happy with my vafler maker!
 
What are your favorite kind of places to shop at for your home and food?
 
Blessings,
Aimee
 
Syttende Mai?
You've never heard of it, you say.
Well you are in for a wonderful time
 if you are lucky enough to find a Syttende Mai celebration near you.
Here are some links to posts from this year's festivities:
 
And a post on one of my favorite horse breeds (which of course just happened to be there)
LOVE fjords!
Notes:
Thank you to Scandia Imports for permission to take photos this spring and post them here!
And if you are reading this -- thank you for our talk today!
It meant a lot to me:)
 
You can find their facebook page here:
With more photos:)
 
Disclaimer: as per usual, I have no association with this business
except as a long standing, happy customer!
 

5 comments:

Grayseasailor said...

Ohhh, that shop looks like it would be fun to visit! One of my dear friends who was born in Norway and went back to visit family every few years brought me back a wonderful bowl and mug depicting a fisherman's family. My friend was soooo talented and generous. I was over at her place once when she was grinding almonds for a traditional almond cake. Amazing!
Heaven is no doubt lovelier with her presence. I was blessed to know her. Thanks for posting, Aimee.

Grayseasailor said...

I forgot to ask, have you read the books Papa's Wife and Mama's Way. Early in my marriage I read and reread them...especially if I needed inspiration to clean the house:) Delightful biographies! xx from Gracie

aimee said...

Gracie~
Was your friend making Kansekaker (a almond ring cake)? I have seen one in person before but never tasted one:)
Your Norwegian friend sounds like she was a really good person! I follow several Norwegian Christian bloggers and always love reading about their thoughts and lives!
No--I haven't read the two books you mentioned but I will have to check them out as they sound very, very interesting--thanks for the book tip!
Blessings,
Aimee

Grayseasailor said...

It was made in a ring shape, so that might be the name of it...I do not know, but I believe it had very little if any flour in it and it tasted like sweetened almonds. :) xx from Gracie

aimee said...

Gracie-
Was it this one? This is kransekake
http://aimeeonthemountainside.blogspot.com/2012/05/syttende-mai-norse-hall.html (5th photo from top). There is a better photo here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kransekake
I would love to try it sometime...
Blessings,
Aimee

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