Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Many Faces of Eden


An attack from the sticker monster


Our Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My Christmas Favorites


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Happy Thanksgiving!

To my dear family,

I miss you all SO much, there are really no words that come close to describing how bad I wish I could be there with you today. This is going to be my first holiday spent an ocean away from you. But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about you. Lately it seems like I'm counting my blessings more than ever before. This experience has taught me how much I was taking for granted. Today (and every day) I am thankful for so many things. But if I have to narrow it down....

I am especially thankful for -

The cooking abilities of my siblings, passed on from my father, that makes every holiday sooooo tasty! (especially Jeff's Sweet Potatoes...see sidebar)

My siblings. Even if they couldn't cook, I'd still love 'em!

My 3 beautiful daughters. Each so unique and alike at the same time.

Health. I am healthy, my family is healthy, life is good.

My husband. He has been more than wonderful to me. Since our very first date, he has treated me with such great respect. He has been everything I've dreamt of in a soul mate. I feel sorry for the rest of you girls, I got the best one!

New experiences. Even though I complain ENDLESSLY about living here, so far from home and everything I know and love, I am thankful for the opportunity. It's been quite the eye opener. OK, I'm ready to go home now.

My Dad. Even though he's been gone almost 6 years now, I'll never stop loving him or remembering how great he really was. He was a smart, strong, stern yet kind man who would do anything for his family. I'm proud to say he was MY dad.

Humor. What would the world be like without it? My husband and my brothers are among the funniest people I know. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of Jeff and Dave laughing together. I wouldn't even have to know what they were laughing about, just hearing them was funny enough.

Music. I'd be mental without it. I mean, even more than I already am.

And finally, my Mom. Oh, where do I begin with her? She is truly something special. Never will I ever meet another so loving and selfless as her. I keep telling her she has to live to be at least 100 because I can't imagine a life without her.

Believe me, I could go on forever with this. But these are the things I am MOST thankful for at this very moment in time. I hope you all have a fun and yummilicious Thanksgiving day. Can't wait to hear how your pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust turns out, Sue! Sure wish I could have a taste.

I love you all so very much.

p.s. Maybe we can get on the web cam later today? I'll check at 7pm (noon your time), that way the girls can say hi too.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

björn kaka (aka cardamom cake)

This is a GREAT Swedish recipe, very good to have this time of year.

2 eggs
2 C. sugar
2 C. flour
1 C. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick butter

Mix sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Blend in milk, baking powder and spices. Milt butter and add to mixture. Add flour. Grease pan and dust lightly with fine bread crumbs. Add mixture and bake at 390 degrees for 45 minutes.

I usually use a bunt pan but you can also use a loaf pan.


My 3 Beauties

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jeg vil gerne have en kop kaffe. Hvad med dig?

Just showing off my sKILLs...

It’s Monday again and I’m sitting here wondering what I’m going to fill this week up with. I dislike having nothing to do. It makes me lazy cuz all I want to do is sit at the computer and Gimp pictures, look at floor plans or blog. And since I don’t have much to talk about, blogging seems a bit pointless. Oh well, I’ll do it anyway.

Saturday, Andreas and I went shopping in Hillerød. It was quite nice to get out together and spend a day without the kids. We got some Christmas shopping done (and I got some swag as well!). Other than the train being delayed 20 minutes on the way back home, it was a great day.

Sunday we had to make a trip to the one grocery store that’s open on Sundays. Apparently the whole town needed the necessities as well because everyone and their dog was there. Call me crazy but maybe if the stores had more convenient opening hours…………

Ok, I promised myself I wouldn’t complain about anything today. I didn’t realize how hard that would be!

The ground is still white from Friday’s snow. The sky is grey. And I’m missing home. What else is new?

If anyone is pondering making a Christmas wish happen for some poor sap somewhere, here’s an idea for you: I’d like any one of my family members at my front door with a big red bow on their head. Oh, and a hornbacher’s to open up just down the street. Be thankful for your 24 grocery stores people.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Told ya

Told ya it wouldn't last long. Here we are, couple hours later and this is what it looks like outside. Yes, that's hail.

Are you ready for this?

Really, are you ready? What I have to tell you is going to be a big shock. I mean, it was a HUGE shock to MY system. Unbelievable! I've seen something this morning that I thought didn't exist anymore, that's how long it's been. Almost forgot what it looked like. Didn't expect to see it, but there it was, all bright and shiny. I'm talking about the SUN, people! I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park (to quote mater). And I have proof of this, "the sun". Just look!

Blue sky at every corner of the house. Remarkable! Now, I hate to be the pessimist but it probably isn't going to last. In a few hours I'm sure the clouds will have swallowed up all of Zealand. Bring it on! I've endured months of sunless skies and rain, I can handle anything.

p.s. please send more Lexapro.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The maid had the night off

My honey, slaving away at the dishes after a hard day of writing code. (this isn't an every night occurance)

He does it because I cook him such FABULOUS dinners. And he loves me.

And here I am, watching it all while sipping a glass of delicious French wine. (this isn't an every night occurance)

This is the only way I can get Eden to cook. Just kidding, she loves to help whether I let her lick the bowl or not. If I stop stirring for even a second, she'll sense it from anywhere in the house and come running in to pick up where I left off.