Dec 15

Santa Ornament

I thought it would be fun for you and your kids to get together and make some decorations for your home this week.  Go to the original website for this original post and other fun decorations you can make together.

Needed Items:

  • Red felt
  • Scissors
  • Pushpin
  • Monofilament
  • Wooden craft spoon
  • White faux fur
  • Glue or glue dots
  • Self-adhesive googly eyes or super glue
  • Small white pom-pom for hat



There are cut outs on the original website you can print out and fallow to make it a little easier. Cut the hat out of the red felt.  Fallow by cutting strips of faux fur for the hat and Santa beard.  Glue the hat and fur trim on the spoon handle.  Next glue on the beard and eyes so the placement is where you like it.  Add the white pom pom on the top of the hat, not quite at the top so you can thread through so string so you can hang up your Santa.



Dec 8


Lefsa is something that my sisters and I made with our mother every holiday season.  It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it in my family, and I would like to share it with you. 


4 cups riced potatoes (really do need to be riced)

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour


Cut up potatoes like you would for any other mashed potato recipe and boil until fork tender.  With a potato ricer, smash potatoes into a large bowl and butter and let melt mix together.  For easier to work with dough place in the fridge to cool for 2 hours.  Mix in the rest of the ingredients in, be sure to add the flour a little at a time and stir until smooth.  We use a classic Norwegian rolling pin with the small grooves into covered by a baking cloth, but this is not necessary.  Make balls out the dough about the size of your palm and roll out on a well-floured surface until they are about the thickness of a tortilla.

On a flat top grill on medium heat, cook the lefsa about 30 seconds per side or until it just starts to curl around the edges.  There will be a few brown spots that appear on the surface, but don’t worry you want this to happen.  Serve warm or cold with butter, and for a sweet treat try adding a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon. 



Learning Corner:

Think about what you can make for the holiday season that can become a family tradition that could be passed on for years to come.

Is there a dish that has to do with your family’s heritage?