Dec 13 #Lucia- childhood memories of wearing a crown of candles

Today is Lucia Day in Sweden. As I was the only daughter in our family, I was the one to wear the crown of candles (when we used live ones, we would place a wet rag on our head inside the crown- the crown being made of lingonberry bush or pine branches). I had an…

Lessons from Pippi- strength, generosity and gentleness…

Being Swedish,Pippi Longstocking has been an icon to me all my life.  Yes, there are troubling racist elements in the books and, my God, as a child I would lay awake at night worrying about Pippi living alone, but Pippi’s character is glorious and hopeful.  She’s ahead of her time- a give-no-fucks attitude combined with curiosity…

Claudia’s Cranberry Pie.

In memory of my sweet friend and dance partner, Claudia, I am sharing her infamous pie recipe: Pie crust: 300 ml flour 150 g butter (room temp) YES actual butter 1 egg Mix all ingredients and form into dough. Let rest wrapped in plastic in fridge about 30 min before rolling out. Filling: Mix together…