Well, again, the best laid plans do not always happen. The plan for today was the Christmas market in Lillehammer. Woke this morning to a cold and snowy landscape, after a couple cups of coffee and sitting around in my fleece pyjama pants and t-shirt, anything resembling energy and desire to get dressed and get in my car and drive one hour away to a Christmas market disappeared. Instead we decided to bake and decorate our house. The kids finished decorating the gingerbread hearts from yesterday and for the first time since I moved to Norway, 13 years ago, I made what the Norwegians call Smulteringer or we Americans would call a doughnut. Don't ask why it's taken me 13 years to attempt these but the wait was well worth it...YUM...I got so many of them that I decided to take half and coat them in powdered sugar. One of my favourite doughnuts in the states is the powdered doughnuts...these didn't have AS much powdered sugar on them but they tasted great. Like Sarah said they almost tasted like funnel cakes...mmmmm.. We also made chocolate rolls (sjokolade boller) and those turned out really well also. I made an attempt to make kakemen (not sure how to describe these to my English/American friends...but they didn't turn out. So I'll have to try some other recipe later. Didn't mind though since we have so many doughnuts and rolls! Even Stig got in the mood and helped with making the doughnuts...I was so proud!!! :-)
Stig hung lights outside and we aren't finished, need some more to go around the front side of the house and over the apartment but it will be gorgeous. I've attached a photo so you can see how it looks so far. Sorry it's a little blurry, that could be my fault...hahaha...too old to hold the camera still!!! hahaha! The kids and I worked on the inside of the house. It looks great! I have tons of decorations but I would like more. I had no idea where I would put everything but still I'd like more...it's so pretty and so special with all the red, the santas...I love it! Many of my decorations have not survived the last years so it's time to add some more. We decorate our Christmas tree upstairs with lots of fun decorations, one of my favourite things to get at Christmas is fun tree decorations. My mom was great about sending things every year with our Christmas gifts. Take note of my beautiful nativity scene that my parents got me last year for my birthday/Christmas. While we were walking around the hospital last year waiting to see if my mother would qualify for a liver transplant I noticed this nativity scene in the window of the gift shop at the hospital and I LOVED it. The clothing on the pieces are gorgeous and filled with beautiful detail. It's probably one of the most special Christmas pieces I have. The artist's name is Jim Shore- I think he has other pieces then just the nativity set, so I'd like to look into collecting some more pieces later on.
Our neighbour, Mr. FarmerMan came by today while Stig was hanging lights and Stig arranged to have him clear the snow from our driveway through the winter. 1500kroner but it's well worth it, last year when it snowed really hard, he was here clearing the driveway before 7AM so we wouldn't be late for work. I can't tell you how nice it is not to have to get dressed and go out and shovel that stuff myself!!!! I did that for years on Averøy. We asked the guy who cleared our three neighbour's driveways if he would clear ours, Stig was gone a lot and at the time I had very young children, but he didn't have time! Our driveway wouldn't have taken him more then five minutes but he made it clear he wasn't interested in helping us. So last year, our first winter here was such a delight when Mr. FarmerMan would come and clear the snow with his tractor everytime it got to be too much! Love Mr. FarmerMan....(who has a real name but for the sake of this blog we will call him Mr. FarmerMan) Stig also ordered wood from Mr. FarmerMan, so we will be able to keep a nice toasty fire going all winter long. It's great while Stig is home, he has a fire going every day but when he's gone the kids and I are gone all day with work and school so on those days when we are all gone there is no fire....so it's clear to say that life is extra cozy when Stig is home :-)
Enjoy the photos...hope they help with the holiday spirit :-)