It is Saturday night and I am working on tomorrow´s post in Vandring gjennom året (A Walk Through the Year). Tomorrow is the 4th Sunday of Advent, the last Sunday before Christmas Eve. To get some inspiration I look though old posts, and here is what I found from "Dirty Sunday" in 2005, my first year of blogging:
From old times the 4th Sunday of November is called Dirty Sunday here in Norway. The name tells that on this Sunday you were allowed to do housework in spite of the day being a Sunday, to manage everything in time for Christmas. And my house is a dirty house today, or a charming chaos as I prefere to call it. I have made (scrapbook style) and written all the last Christmas cards, and I have baked, baked, baked, baked - yes, four different types of cakes. With the three we have from before, our Christmas tins now hold 7 different types of cookies, which was the number a housewife had to have in earlier days.
I sat down around noon for a quiet hour just by myself. Terje and Marta were out skiing, the boys were still asleep, Ingrid was following her boyfriend to the airport bus - he goes to school in Trondheim and is going home for the holidays. I lit all four candles in the advent wreath, I read the forth chapter in A Christmas Carol and I tasted a couple of the Christmas cookies :-)
The first kitchen photo shows the chocolate sweets I made, the second my two first fruit cakes of the year. I usually bake several of them and give away as Christmas presents to friends and family, but this year I am afraid there will not be that many.
I tried a new "krumkake" recipe this year. Had some start problems, the first ones got a little misshaped - perfect for "before Christmas eating" :-) And then the last cookies I baked were also new to me. We call them "coke cakes" - because the taste is a little bit like the taste of coke I think. They are Marta's favorites, and turned out to be quite easy to make.
Well, I am pretty satisfied with myself. The only thing I missed during the day was cross country skiing with Terje and Marta, but sometimes you have to make a choice, and today baking was more important.
I still have a few extra Christmas cards to write - people I've met during my many travels this year, and whom I want to send a few photos or just say thanks for the meeting :-) Writing these cards will be a perfect way to spend the evening.