The 23rd of December, commonly referred to as “uppestittarkväll” here in Sweden (an evening for sitting up late with family waiting for Christmas, which is celebrated on the 24th here). Scrap that, sis and I had a girl’s night instead!
I spent the entire day yesterday cleaning like a mad woman. My place sparkled and smelled divine when my sister came over. We got lots of time to catch up and chit chat over dinner and wine and snacks while watching Crazy, Stupid, Love. A movie my sister hadn’t yet seen, and I didn’t exactly mind seeing it again. Two hours of Ryan Gosling? Yes please.
Couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday, night before Christmas, 23rd of December, or “uppesittarkväll”.
I had such a wonderful Saturday! I was lucky my sister was home when I got out to mom’s place yesterday afternoon to start my Christmas baking, I got her to help me out a bit. I made truffles and saffron fudge that tasted good but didn’t look very pretty. I was too distracted talking to my sister – and recording video greetings to send to her boyfriend in NYC – that I apparently forgot to focus on making the candy look appealing. I also forgot to snap photos of the final product so you’ll just have to believe me that candy was actually made. Post-baking, I spent some time playing the piano, and then goofed around with my sister some more.
I’ve got a pretty busy day ahead of me today, on the agenda is a visit to the gym followed by cleaning my place from top to bottom and throwing in a load of laundry before meeting my sister to shop for this evening’s girl’s night! We’re having cheese and other goodies, and watching a movie. You can bet there’ll be plenty of girl talk too! Ohh, I can’t wait!!
Last year, my friend Anna came to visit all the way from Australia. She did an impressive journey through Europe and stopped in Sweden in the beginning of December.
I showed her around Stockholm and we saw all the Christmas decorations. The big fancy department store, NK, do a new holiday display each year and Anna and I checked it out together last year.
Since you couldn’t be here again this year, these photos are for you Anna. This is what the display looks like this year.
What do you think?
Here’s one of the things I baked today. My, soon to be, traditional saffron fudge. I made it last year too.
Other than a batch of saffron fudge I made chocolate truffles with a splash of Cointreau. I’ll get photos of it all at Christmas so I can show it off. Haha…
I’m exhausted! I’ve been going non-stop today: laundry, cleaning, baking, fixing the last things for Christmas, exercise etc.
I also fit in a much needed coffee date with Malin, so we could catch up and give each other a Christmas hug.
This evening I meet up with my mom and sister to go for a walk in town to check out the Christmas decorations. The tiny bit of snow we got the other day is now gone. It’s been warm today and raining so it’s all melted away.
Despite all my baking and Christmas fixing I have lost my Christmas feeling. I can hardly believe it’s Christmas eve tomorrow. I hope I feel more in the holiday spirit tomorrow.
Hope you all have a nice evening!
I made three different kinds of lussebullar. Two of them with fillings, one with orange zest and almond paste and the other with almond paste, raisins and cinnamon. And the rest of the dough I used to make the regular traditional lussebullar. They came out fluffy and lovely, so I’m pleased with the result. And the place smells lovely now!
What bake goods are staples for you at Christmas?