All colours were so beautiful but the blue, purple and pink look so great together!

This year I embraced Thanksgiving as it’s our first year here in the US. This meant making a very large turkey whilst some of our friends came over for lots and lots of food. This also meant that I bought yarn in the sales!

I really dislike walking around shops, especially when there are lots of other people around, so I saw the sale on knitpicks.com’s website and made a bargain online instead!
I have been browsing their different yarn lines online for a couple of months and was very happy when I noticed that they had sale on normal supplies and especially the yarn I’ve been thinking about for a while. All of a sudden, I had added so much yarn to my basket and couldn’t for the life of me decide which one I didn’t want. So I bought it all.

All the yarn that arrived had amazingly beautiful colours and was incredibly soft – now I just have to think about which project to start first!

So I’m sure you have not failed to notice that Christmas is on its way. Last Friday (the 13th) it was Lucia which we always celebrate by inviting ┬ánon-Swedes over to our house and plying them with vast quantities of alcohol and nibbles.
This also kick-starts the Christmas celebrations and is usually when I start to prepare for what to bake and eat over the holidays.

So far I have made the gingerbread house above, saffron buns, gingerbread biscuits (the usual when it comes to Lucia celebrations), mince ‘pie’ baklava (English tradition-ish). The celebrations where made slightly more challenging this year as one of my new friends is vegan and I can’t handle wheat. Que to a lot of test baking and realising that the spelt flour I found in Whole foods doesn’t behave at all like the one from Dove’s in England. Sigh.

I made lots and lots of mince pie filling. Still managed to use it all!

It of course worked out just great and everyone was happy at the Lucia evening and we had left-overs for the next week – win win!

Today I started the process of making our own mince pies. I’m calling it a process as I can’t seem to find any candied peels in food shops around us, so I thought I’d make them myself.

I removed most of the white membrane (to make them less bitter) on (organic) orange and lemon peels and cut them into thin stripes. I’ve had them soaking at home during the day (to remove more of the bitterness) and will make a sugar syrup this evening to coat them in. I’m using this recipe from ‘The Shiksa in the Kitchen’ as it sounds quite easy. Will let you know how it turns out!