Today is St. Lucia Day, a celebration day especially marked in Sweden. The celebration has leaked here to Norway since the 1950's and the making of special Lucia Buns are part of the tradition. These buns are a simple yeast sweet bun decorated with raisins, delicious and not too sweet. I made a huge bunch of these buns to take to a group I recently joined in my town, an International Women's Group, a group some 40 members strong representing 14 different countries from around the world, where were share our varied cultural heritage with each other. So to celebrate the day I made these buns to share with this gathering of remarkable women. Dear husband and I had a taste test of the buns--yum! To read more about St. Lucia Day, see here. A recipe for the buns can be found here.
Today dear husband and I are packing and getting ready for our trip across the pond for the holidays. I feel like a child on Christmas morning--the trip home to the States is gift enough for me! We thrill to many days with family & friends! We will miss our Charlie, though, but he'll be in good hands with dear husband's father who will visit our house daily to feed him and make sure he gets enough cuddles.
Yesterday I just had to sit down at the sewing machine for a while and get started on a new bag--had a new idea just burning to come to life. So here is the lovely Origami bag! I love the Japanese flair of the fabric. She will be for sale after the New Year, along with some other new goodies, like the Yo-Yo Flower Corsages shown below. But my sewing machine, Lucy (one gets very close to one's sewing machine with much use, so much so that they get names after a while--LOL!), is already breathing a sigh of relief to be having her own little vacation/break while we're away.
We will be away for two weeks, returning just before the New Year. So until then, I wish you all the merriest of Happy Holly Holidays & Happiest of New Years--Peace, Love & Joy to you!
Happy Days! :o)