Laskiaispullat – Finnish winter buns

The end of February and the beginning of March usually bring sunshine and warmer weathers. Birds are starting to sing and brighter day are here, Hurray! 🙂

Part of this time of the year is also “Laskiainen”. Families, and especially children, head to sledding hills with different kinds of sleds. The other part of this tradition is to eat “Laskiaispulla”. Basically a traditional bun filled with jam or almond mass and whipped cream. These delights are soooooo goooood, even better when the buns come straight from the oven! 😛

This year I took a head start, the actual Laskiainen is next Sunday the 26th. 😉 I did the tradiotional buns, and also a Bun Cake. Here are some photos from the process:

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Oooh, I wish there were still some left! Looking at these pictures again just make me want more! 😀 Maybe next Sunday again… 😉

Happy and Energetic Monday to you all! ❤

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Another year has gone by…

Okay, welcome year 2017! I have big hopes on you… 😉

Christmas time was quite short this year, but anyhow really lovely and warm ❤
I feel like I’ve gained a few pounds during these past two weeks, with all the Christmas food, chocolates, cakes…you name it! 😀

For Christmas, I made more of those Christmas Rockyroads (if you remember from my last post), some Christmas tree-shaped meringues, different truffles, peppermint-chocolate cookies, gingerbread cookies, apple-cinnamon mousse cake, and also some cake for my friends.. 😉
Here is a Christmas overload of photos for you to check out:

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Oh, they were all so goooooood….. I think I have still a few cookies left, maybe I could enjoy them this coming Friday to celebrate this Christmas time. 🙂

This New Year’s Eve was pretty calm and collected this year. My hubby and I were just home, we had a lovely dinner, and of course some Chocolate cake! 😉 At midnight we went outside for a walk to check out the fireworks in our neighborhood. It was actually a very relaxing way to spend New Year’s!
And to start off this year in a healthy way, I made us healthy smoothies to start with yesterday morning: Blueberry-cardamom smoothies with a hint of maca-root powder we got for Christmas. Delicious and healthy!

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I wish you all a really happy and joyful New Year with lots and lots of good times with family and friends ❤ Happy New Year!

Christmas party!

December! Here in Finland the length of days vanishes during winter time. By this I mean that the hours there is sun light gets shorter and shorter. Now, the sun rises at 9.30 am and sets at 3 pm – there isn’t much sun light during the day!  😀
Personally, I survive this dark period of time with candles, woolen socks, and CHRISTMAS!

On the 1st of December, I give myself permission to start decorating our house for Christmas, and I can start listening to Christmas carols! Okay, sometimes this all starts already at the end of November, but who counts..?  😉

Traditionally, me and some of my girlfriends throw a pre-Christmas party at some point in December, where we eat, drink, talk, go to sauna, and build a gingerbread house. Well last weekend we had our party again. Eventually our evening started to turn late, so the gingerbread house operation was postponed to another evening. But here are some treats I made for this year’s party:

Rocky Roads with a Christmas twist:
I have wanted to try different variations for Rocky Roads with a Christmas twist: gingerbread, almonds, cranberries… Here is the outcome:
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This recipe was super good and easy! I tried two versions, and the ones on the top were gluten-free. As the bottom, I used gingerbread, in the filling I had almonds, dried cranberries, cooked gingerbread and gingerbread dough. Can I just say, YUMMY! I’m definitely doing these for Christmas again! 😛

Gingerbread-Orange naked cake with Salted Caramel
The other treat of the evening was this cake:
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My first naked cake, and it was a success! I used a gingerbread cake, orange buttercream, and some salted caramel inside (and on top when served on a plate  😉 ).
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Our party was a success, everyone loved these sweets, they tasted like Christmas.  🙂
There are coming some more Christmas recipes this week, stay tuned..

Halloween pumpkins & mummies…

Halloween is a fun spirit lifter in this dark time of the year. Usually I have carved a traditional Jack-O-Lantern to light up, but this time I found an idea from a magazine to do a different pumpkin lantern.
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Not so scary lantern this time…  😉
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But now to the tasty part of Halloween!

This year’s Halloween treats were molded from chocolate, sugar, butter and more chocolate!  😀
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First I made a really chocolate rich brownie batter, popped it into the oven and let it cool down. After this, I used an ice cream scoop to make round truffles (and I had to taste a few already to make sure the taste was ok  😉 ). The next step was to melt some white chocolate and dip these babies in it. Finishing up with decorations, and BOO! These brownie truffles transformed into mummies.
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Have a great week everyone!  ❤