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Holiday Feasting

December 27th, 2017

This past weekend we didn’t do a lot. Since our families both live back in Ohio, we travel back at Thanksgiving and celebrate Christmas at that time. That leaves us with a very low-key holiday on our own. Typically, we spend the time with our neighbor’s, but the all had the flu this year, so we stayed away. That means we spent our days reading, eating, plowing all the snow from the blizzard, eating, watching movies, and eating some more.

I made Swedish cardamom rolls, which have been a favorite since our trip to Sweden last year. They just might become a new holiday tradition, we enjoy them so much more than cookies. For Christmas dinner we roasted a duck, one of our Muscovies that we raised and slaughtered earlier in the years. The majority of the sides came from the garden as well, which certainly makes Christmas dinner a meaningful meal.

Eating is a big part of our holidays, which is the way it should me. Food can be such an important part of our lives and celebrations. Perhaps since we don’t have lots of parties and lots of gifts, we notice the food part of our holidays more. Either way, food is such an important part of holidays, we wouldn’t have it any other way!

What are some of your favorite holiday foods?

7 Comments to “Holiday Feasting”
  1. aruna on December 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Your rolls look amazing. I would appreciate if I could get the recipe. Thanks.

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  2. Jodiana on December 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Merry Christmas to you both. Your dinner looks amazing! The rolls look so tasty. I found a recipe with a video on how to roll the rolls. It looks confusing but I’m sure they taste the same no matter how they’re rolled!

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  3. Eric Tolbert on December 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    My wife Bessie would also like the recipe. Hope you both have a wonderful 2018.

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  4. Heidi Strain on December 28, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Those rolls do look amazing. I love all the traditional foods that different cultures brought to America for the holidays. As I get older I realize the importance of sharing those with my children. In Minnesota we are very heavily populated from the Scandinavian countries. I grew up always seeing Krumkake and Rosettes on the cookie tray. Also many other cookies I don’t know the name of. Lefse was always made by my grandma but the next generation stopped making it. It can be still had in many churches that have holiday bazaars and at Luetfisk and lefse dinners but these will be gone in a generation I feel sure.

    The holidays are so much about the food! The preparing and eating. Also the glorious leftovers.

    Happy hour Christmas was relaxed. Everyone seems to be suffering from the stomach flu. Yuck we have had it multiple times already.

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