Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rabbit trees

Andreas brought home a branch on his way back from work one day to show us that the trees were budding. Hanna & Eden were curious to find out what type of tree it was. Since the buds looked like little rabbit's feet, I told them it was a rabbit tree. "see the tiny furry rabbits starting to sprout?", I said. They looked at the branch in shock and awe until finally Hanna said, "na-ah". It took her a while though. Gullibility runs in the family.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Clean up in aisle 2! Granny down!

What's with the old ladies at the grocery stores here?!?!?! Dang!

I was sort of getting used to the idea that Danes absolutely HATE queuing, not like anyone else in the world enjoys it much either. But they will literally race you to the check out line if they see you approaching and feel you may just get there first. I have to just laugh to myself because I'm pretty patient when it comes to standing in line and think it's ridiculous to be witness to this time after time. Not only that but when you actually DO make it to the counter first, the whole time you are waiting to pay for your stuff they keep inching their cart up closer and closer until it's actually right up against you. As if this is going to make the whole process go faster. Back off! (sorry, that's the American who still hasn't gotten her cpr number after 7+ months of waiting, talking)

I was standing in line at the post office one day (which also happens to be in the grocery store) holding a box to mail and a woman got in line behind me. I think I was 2nd in line - just an FYI. After a whole 15 seconds of waiting she asked me if I was queuing, to make sure she wasn't needlessly behind one more person than was absolutely necessary. Uh......well, let's assess the situation here. I'm standing directly behind a man, in line, at the entry to the post office holding a box. Not sure, but I think that just may be a big fat YES!

Now back to my point, the old ladies. Today the store was busier than it usually is at the time I generally shop, maybe because it's Friday. But the isles were stuffed full of old ladies with shopping carts ready to mow you over if you didn't get the hell out of their way. I'm serious now, there is no "excuse me", there is only the sharp pain of a cart up your bum. "Oh, I'm sorry, I see there are only 700 bunches of bananas left. By all means, go on ahead so they aren't gone by the time you have to wait for me to drop my tomatoes in the basket." SHEESH! And aren't old ladies supposed to be slow? What the hell? Track stars in disguise these old Danish woman. Don't let the sweet old grey haired grandma facade fool you.

Now, I don't like confrontation and I'm probably the least pushy person you'll ever meet. But I'm getting tired of being bullied by rocker jockeys! One of these days, I'm gonna push back. Can you see me elbowing my way through the produce, teeth and wigs flying in every direction? Yeah, me neither.

Catchin some Zs

Meatloaf Cordon Bleu

It's not often I try a new recipe that is a hit with the family but this one was a winner.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Veggie Smoothie??

Seriously, it's tasty.

Stuff a Magic Bullet cup with tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, spinach (any veggie you want basically), some water, vanilla yogurt and blend away. Drink up, YUM! OH MY, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

If you've never considered blending fruit and veggies together, you should try that also. It's very good.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hanna's Mardi Gras mask

quirky quirkies

My family has them (so does yours so SHUTIE!)

Andreas - I thought he was going to have a heart attack one day because there were only 3 Q-tips left in the jar. (he's a tad anal about ear-hole cleanliness).

Eden - sucks her finger so much that there is a giant hard PERMANENT callous on it. I seriously think it's starting to grow in a slanty, spirally kind of way that ensures her a successful career in making molds of her hand and selling them to Halloween costume designers.

Hanna - LOVES to show off her 5 minute intervals.....the same picture......for hours on end. WE SEE THEM, K?

Emma - refuses to eat unless you coax her to be a cat so she can crawl on the floor meowing. Then, and only then, are you able to feed her "kitty treats" from the table.

Charlotte - Puts up with it all! j/k, I suppose I have some of my own. I like to blend my food. Just give me my dinner and a Magic Bullet and I'll take care of the rest. Chewing is SO overrated! lol

Monday, February 23, 2009

Want a Semlor?

Please click here to read about Fat Tuesday buns (Swedish Semla). They are soooooo good and probably one of Andreas' favorite things in the world to eat!

I think this recipe looks fairly close to the one we have. You should DEFINITELY give them a try.

Fiesta at the Arffs

Sunday, February 22, 2009

We have quite a bit of snow...

so we went sledding yesterday


Pause for a brief meltdown

The cause of the meltdown?

There it is!

This is the ONLY way she would swing






I like this picture because you can hardly tell Andreas is getting ready to chuck a snow bomb at an innocent unsuspecting child, so it looks as if he is doing some kind of ballet pirouette