Celebrating MY way - 2nd of Advent

Happy second of Advent!

It was great to learn a little about how you guys celebrate last Sunday.
Thank you for sharing! Champagne and beach holidays, Gothic and
Victorian Christmas decors, crafts, wiccan rituals and strange food customs
- I loved reading about it all, and I look forward to more!

We have continued our Swedish Jul preparations this week.
Last weekend we went to a local Julmarknad and looked at crafts,
sampled lots of Jul food - and watched families dance around a tree.
When we left we had surrendered completely to the Jul spirit :)
And Cinnamon man made a little gif for me to share with you guys!

To an American, eating pumpkin might be a strict October-November
kind of thing, but since we grow our own and don't celebrate Thanksgiving
I use alot of pumpkin all through Jul, for cakes and soup etc. I love cooking
and baking with fresh pumpkin, and it's much easier than one would imagine!

All you have to do I cut the pumpkin in half and clean out the stem,
seeds and strings. Place it in a baking tray in 1,5 cm (½ inch) of water
at 175 C (350 F) in the oven, for about 30 minutes - depending on size.
Take it out, let it cool, and scoop the flesh out - ready to use!

Thursday I made a big batch of pumpkin-cream-and-cheese pasta.
Most pumpkins have a very mild flavor so you need to spice it up a little.
Except for salt, pepper and a little chicken broth, I also used chili, curry,
garlic, ginger, cinnamon, oregano, paprika and brown sugar. The pasta
was pre-boiled for 5 min before I dumped it in with the rest, and then
I just let it simmer until done. I served it up simple with some chicken.

 First snow!

These are the hesitant kitty tracks made by my furry girl baby.
We were invited to a saffron bun baking evening Saturday night,
and I was looking forward to sharing some pictures with you guys
- but a sleet storm hit us Friday and made driving very perilous.
It is the second violent storm we've had in less than a month
and it pretty unusual getting them this late in the season.

So, instead I'm sharing some of my window decorations (click picture to enlarge).
Stars and electrical candelabras are in every window of every house now.
At night the village streets look very cozy and picturesque. (Please excuse
the dirty windows, the storm left a thin layer of mud on everything.)

The winner of last week's giveaway, the 3 snowflake ornaments,
is Butterfly & Bungalow! Congratulations and please send me
your address as soon as possible!

And now for this week's GIVEAWAY!
It is two cute little vintage cloths or doilies. The star is about
20 cm across and the round cloth is about 30 cm across.

All you have to do to join is be or become a follower, and leave a comment
on this post! The giveaway is international and open until Saturday the 14th.
I will announce the winner in next week's post. Make sure to pop by again
over the coming weeks, because I will be giving stuff away every Advent!

 This challenge runs on the four consecutive Sundays leading up to Jul,
with the final post on the 22nd, the fourth of Advent. If you are playing today,
please leave a comment to this post with a link back to your post.
 Then visit the other partiers to see how they are celebrating!


39 kommentarer:

  1. your pumpkin dish sounds incredible!
    i love the window decor...that type of star is gorgeous.
    lovely give away my friend:)
    have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you! We have indulged in pumpkin pasta for several days now :)

  2. That little gif is so sweet! Well done to the cinnamon man! :D That's a great tip about preparing the pumpkin for cooking. We have some really hard pumpkins here, like the Queensland Blue, and they're so tough to cut up for cooking. I never thought about softening them up first. I like to spice up the pumpkin flavour when I make soups too. Have you ever had pumpkin scones? They're really popular here, especially up north in Queensland. Can't wait to see the rest of your Jul festivities! :)

    1. No, never tried pumpkin scones - but they sounds delicious! I like pumpkin wedges too, and then you shouldn't pre-bake the pumpkin, but when you need the "puree" it's ideal.

  3. Pumpkin and cheese? Yum!

    I always love your decorations, my dear Ms Misantropia. Such delicacy and beauty, then again making things pretty and pleasing to the eyes is your job, huh? Love the stars!

    Here is my first post for this week, the next will go up tomorrow: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/12/something-gorey-for-solstice.html

    1. Yes it is my job, but sometimes because it is, my decorating vein is all tapped out when it comes to our home.

  4. Winter squash are delicious and I wish I did prepare more dishes with them. There was just a cooking show about how to make removing the skin easier. Thank Cinnamon Man for the wonderful gif. It looks like it was a fun time.

    Here is my post for this week:

  5. The pumpkin pasta sounds delicious! I would eat pumpkin all the time if I could. I love the paper stars in the windows! I've seen a knock off when I've been in Santa Fe, but they are in vibrant colors. I love your embroidered doilies.

    Thank you so much!!! I am going to go look for your e-mail address. It might already be in my e-mail. And please don't put my name in for this week's drawing, because I want someone else to have a chance.

    1. Thank you! We have a zillion of these stars in every store right now, in every price range, color and size :)

  6. mariposadream@gmail.com is my e-mail.

    1. Ok, if I don't get an email from you I will email you!

  7. Thank you for hosting Celebrating My Way


    Have a wonderful week..... Candy

  8. And here is "Krampus on a Camel, Three Magi on a Sleigh and Santa Leaving Myrrh in My Shoe" :http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/12/krampus-on-camel-three-magi-on-sleigh.html

    1. Ok, that's just a crazy sounding post name, I'm dying to read it!

  9. Here's my second post (: http://milkingtherollingcow.blogspot.hu/2013/12/santas-day.html

    I love the stars in your window, I've been wanting one for ages - not for only Christmas, but all year round - use, but they're only sold around Christmas...I'm going to look for one when I gift hunting. :)

    1. The stars in the window used to be only a Swedish tradition - not even Scandinavian - and most of them were metal ones. Then around 15-20 years ago someone else picked up on them and they started popping up in other countries too, year around. Now our stores sell tonnes of different kinds, in every color, price range and size.

  10. Vilka fina dukar! Va bra att ni visar de svenska folkets förkärlek för ringlekar :) Är vi inte lite tokiga? Det är fint med juleljus i fönstren.

    1. Jo, det här med att dansa runt resta tingestar är kanske just lite svenskt... Hmm... :)

  11. I love the gif of the tree and dancing. Both children and adults look so happy. All your pictures were awesome! I remember my spoiled indoor cats occasionally braving the snow. Every step they'd pause with a leg in the air and shake it to get the snow off. It was hilarious! I'm opting out of the giveaway due to lousy Egypt service, but I hope to get my first post for your hop up next week (my own hop has me too befuddled this week to do anything. :P).

    1. Your hop was great, and of course you are excused from this week's Jul challenge :)
      I recognize what you write about paw shaking, but it's hard for me to imagine you ever living in snow!

  12. Your decorations are beautiful. Years ago, I wrote a play for the Sunday school children to perform for Christmas, and it covered some of the different ways children celebrate around the world. One thing I remember about Sweden was the St. Lucia tradition on the 13th. Does your family do that, or is it an "old-fashioned" celebration that is no longer observed?

    1. It's funny you should ask, because I was just going to start writing about Lucia :) I will share more about it in the coming Advent post!

  13. Congratulations to Butterfly and Bungalow! And oh, yes, pumpkin soup! So lovely, specially with a bit of curry spice in it.Happy 2nd Advent Sunday! I'm writing my celebrating my way post as we speak. Back soon!

    1. I will pop over to you soon then :)

  14. I didn't get an e-mail yet, but I figure it must be a workday. XOXO Excited. But when you get to it, that's okay. I could not find your email on your blog, so the one I left is the one to my blog.

    1. That might be because I haven't sent it yet :) I will right now though! In the future you can find my email under the "About" link at the very top of my side bar.

  15. I adore the gif, isn't Cinnamon Man clever!?

    Oh wow! All your dishes sound just scrumptious!
    The only thing I've made using Pumpkin is Pumpkin and tomato soup.
    I'm eager to have a go at your dishes though.

    Congratulations to your giveaway winner.

    (hopefully your package from me will arrive soon)

    I came across this list, some of which (printed papers) were included in your package as little gifts :( Um...how strict are they on sticking to their prohibited items list?

    Sweden : Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.
    • Live animals; animal products
    • Live animals
    • Vegetable products
    • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
    • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
    • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
    • Mineral products
    • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials; lime and cement
    • Products of the chemical or allied industries
    • Organic chemicals
    • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork
    • Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal
    • Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulose material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof
    • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
    • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

    1. This looks very strange...
      I have never heard of anyone having difficulties with packaging before, and I've received stuff (even edible things) from all over the world. There must be some info missing here...
      In my entire lifetime I can't recall once when something has been stopped at customs (except for tax purposes, but then I paid and it was all good) but I will give them a call if I don't get your package this week!

    2. It seems quite strange to me too. I'd never heard of this until my mother pointed it out today. Here's a link to the actual site http://www.royalmail.com/sweden

      As you've received listed goods int he past, hopefully it will still get through :)

  16. Julmarknader är så mysiga, jag hoppas jag har tid att gå på fler än en nästa år ^^

    Här har vi också fått lite snö nu, äntligen! Jag vill ju ha en vit bröllopsdag.

    1. Är det nu i veckan?!
      All vår snö regnade bort igår :( men er stora dag blir säkert fin!

  17. I'm a little late to the party, but here's my entry for this week. I'm going to be one of those random posters. :D


  18. Mmmmm. That pumpkin dish looks incredible. I could eat it year round myself. I love your window decorations and sharing these lovely traditions. Hugs, Mina

  19. Beautiful post! Beautiful first snow. And your window decorations are just stunning.

    1. Thank you, Jennifer!
      Unfortunately the snow rained away just a couple of days later and now we're back to typical dreary southern Swedish Christmas weather...


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