Grandpa and I

Sometimes Grandpa will play with me and my stuffie!
I love that! (Mom say I’d love any kind of attention.. hmpf..)
The’d bought this stuffie especially for me to have here while vacationing. I sure hope I get to bring it to Hamar, though..

Bajas & the little hippo.

The view from the afternoon!

This is the view from grandpa’s terrace.. Not bad, huh?
His knee isn’t beeing very good to him, so he can’t walk too much, but he can carry his kayak down to the beach and go anywhere on the fjord!
Mom and I stayed on the solid ground.
That wasn’t too bad either!
Now isn’t that rather idyllic? 🙂

I hope you’re still all having FUN!


Christmas traditions – Risgrøt

So.. In Norway there’s this tradition of making rice porridge – risgrøt – around Christmas. We have it for dinner (! I’m sure lots of you find that weird 😉 ) all through the year really – usually on Saturdays – but it’s something special for Christmas. Traditionally people on the farms all around Norway would make a bowl for the “nisse” for Christmas so he’d be happy. Many still do! We have a rice-porridge based dessert after Christmas dinner in my family (my favourite!) and so do very many other Norwegians on Christmas Eve. Usually you make a big batch on December 23rd, have it for supper and then use the rest to make dessert!

I won’t be making dessert around here, but I made some today! Yum!

300 ml water
150 ml short grain rice
700 ml whole milk
1tsp vanilla sugar
pinch of salt

First you bring the water to the boil along with the rice and let it simmer until the water is absorbed. Add the milk and simmer at minimum heat for 40-60 minutes until the porridge is just pourable in consistency – it should not be stiff/lumpy but not watery either. Stir in salt and vanilla. Traditionally it’s served with a sprinkling og cinnamon and sugar and a little knob of butter in the middle.

Look -a “nisse”gang is preparing for Christmas on the milk carton.

Boiling my porridge!
All done! I eat my “risgrøt” with sugar only.. I’m generally a bit weird, so I don’t do it the regular way.. He he.. But it should preferably be served with a red, berry-flavoured drink (and I really mean something actuallly made of fruit…).

And Bajas get to lick the bowl. He always does, so he knows when I’m having this.. LOL!



Since I brought the SLR Lene asked me if we could try to take some pictures for their Christmas card. Fenris was very impressed with these… LOL!
He’d rather be back on the couch, thankyouverymuch!
Fenris and Morris… uhm.. This isn’t working too well…
Leah was all dressed up, and would occationally sit still a few seconds.

We ended up with a lot of cute ones, though, including this one. So Lene will be making her cards today! And I will be heading home in a few hours..


All wrapped up!

We wrapped our Christmas gifts last night! Thought we’d share some of our Christmas stuff.
Wrapped in brown paper, with home made tags and string. Pretty, huh?
Mom’s beloved scissors.. Grandpa (her dad) brought them from Vietnam. He usually does scientific research there once or twice a year (he’s an entomologist).
Most of the tags were blue this year – so they got blue ribbons. With the happy snowmen on the tags they didn’t really need any more decor.

Some of the supplies.. LOL…

Tags, tags..
God jul = Merry Christmas
She also made some cards..
Virus was pretty sure he was wanted in this picture…
Simple cards – folded paper! Mom added a lighter paper inside to write on.
A snowman got on a card, too!

I hope you all have a great weekend! Mom is working this one, so it’ll be mostly sleeping.. ZZzzZzZZzzz…