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Lefse… another family’s approach to a holiday tradition.

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The lefse challenge is on! Alvin Olsen, my husband’s cousin, has another method which he has generously shared via pictures with me. Enjoy!
Here is what you will need.  The use of instant potatoes makes the task a bit quicker, and perhaps easier.
  • 1 lb. instant potatoes
  • 2 T salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 cups flour
Here is what you do:
  • Mix potatoes, salt and sugar
  • Mix butter and boiling water; add to the potato mixture
  • Mix well and then add cream.
  • Cool.
  • Then add 4 cups of flour (gradually as needed to reach correct consistency)  just before rolling.
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He mixes the flour and potato mixtures together with his hands. His T-shirt helps his focus on the Scandinavian traditions.  Lutefisk is a special cod eaten by Americans of Norwegian descent on holidays.  Melted butter poured over it is the best part.
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After it is mixed together, he forms it into a long roll and then slices it into 4 pieces which are rolled separately, adding loose flour to the surface as needed.
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He has a cloth covering his rolling pin which is a personal preference of many who make lefse.  There is also a cloth covering the circular board that helps to hold the flour and ease the stickiness.
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He’s accomplished the first step of the rolling…. looks determined doesn’t he?        It’s the Norwegian flag on his apron that probably will give him an advantage.
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He makes smaller rounds so he doesn’t need to cut a larger round into quarters to serve it.                        It is also easier to turn.
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His wife, Judy, seems to approve!
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Even though they live in Florida, lefse making day is definitely a Minnesota Day!
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Finally, after waiting patiently by the grill, Georgina gets a sample… 95 years of eating lefse has done her no harm!

Thanks for sharing your Minnesota – Norwegian tradition with us, Alvin, Judy and Georgina!

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Poinsettia Blossoms and Leaves in progress…

After a visit to the Garden Supply in Cary, NC, I realized that my mind’s eye wasn’t correct on the color of poinsettias.  “White” poinsettias are not white at all.  They are a soft green creamy color and sometimes a soft creamy pink.  I mixed lime green Dye n’ Flo ink (about 1 T) with Pebeo Seta Color opaque white acrylic paint (about 5-6 T) and Pebeo extender (about 2 T), to thin the mixture.   Start with the dye ‘n flow lime green so you can remove some of it if it spills out too quickly. It takes very little green to turn white into the soft color you want!  (Ask me how I know!)

I used an artist sponge to dab the paint onto the fabric.  The fabric is a recycled drapery fabric that has the slubby texture I wanted.  In the picture below, I appliquéd the blossoms and leaves in place with a machine satin stitch.  It’s still all very “flat” looking, but the next steps will start to bring it to life.  (If not, I can always slash it up and create potholders and coasters.)   I’m in the process of beginning the machine quilting, and then some more machine embroidery.  I will add another tier of blossoms, embroidered and quilted before being attached… maybe with beads. Sorry -there is a shadow on the right side…. just the time of day in The Loft Studio.  Hope you are in a happy place, creating and enjoying this merry season!

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Poinsettia Project – design almost completed…

poinsettiaIt always helps to take a picture of the progress in order to assess artistic qualities.  Each blossom will have a second layer, and the look changes so much when the thread sketching and quilting are added.  I am happy to be getting so close to the addition of thread and texture as that is what I enjoy the most.  Today, I must decorate the Christmas  tree and set out a few more decorations before I head up to The Loft Studio.  More later…