Five years ago

It is just a few days over five years ago that I started my blog. There are many reasons why I started writing. Perhaps one of the main reasons is that I am writing for my children. I don’t do the best job of keeping baby books. Although every once in a while I do get a few photos printed and my husband fills in the blanks better than I do.

boy and his fishing rod

Amongst the millions of people in the world, we all are connected to a larger chain. It is a chain that includes our forefathers from hundreds of years ago and the generations from a bit closer, our grandparents and our parents and finally our own children that will continue from where we left off. Not that I’m planning on leaving off any time soon. My dream has always been to live until very old. Perhaps I will be spry. I’m not sure if I would have a sharp tongue as it does not come so naturally to me. Some might think that I’m not firm enough with my children. But I have my ways, they usually do what I want them to do. But I have learned to become more direct and say what I mean and want. For this I can thank my husband. He has taught me that skill. We really do balance each other out. Afterall, the world is not full of mindreaders and really the worst that can happen when one goes asking is that someone says, No. And people rarely bite. Fish might though.

wilderness fishing

With all of the children home I have been trying to think of a variety of snacks that are  delicious, healthy and easy to make. We’ve even had some lovely warm weather even if  there have been cooler days tucked in between.

cherry berry nondairy popsicle


Cherry berry popsicle (dairy-free)

400 g/14 oz fresh strawberries of which 1/3 are set aside and sliced
250 g/9 oz fresh cherries of which 1/3 are set aside and sliced
small fistful of fresh mint (minced) of which 1/3 is set aside
400 g/14 oz coconut milk
1 tsp mint extract (optional)

Place all of the ingredients into a blender, except for the berries and mint that had been set aside. Blend until smooth. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and spoon into molds and freeze.

cherry berry

Not only do I write for my children, for them to someday look back at and find moments from their childhoods but also glimpses into the lives of their grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents, I also write for you my dear friends. I have met so many lovely people all the way from the other side of  the globe. Perhaps someday I will make my way to Australia and meet some of you. And really I also write for my family that live so far away across the Atlantic. Perhaps now you might get a glimpse and see the expressions in the faces of the children, see how they skip with joy and the posture of their back and the twinkle in their eye.

Below is a list of all-time most popular blog posts.

The number one most popular post that get searched time and time again is my Grampa’s Almond Braid recipe. Pulla is a traditional Finnish sweet bread that is enjoyed with coffee. Thank you Grampa for sharing ❤


Hundreds of Dewdrops greets the dawn but only one mother the wide world over

A blog post about Mother’s day and the delicious recipe for popovers.


In My Kitchen in the bleak midwinter. Photos of winter in the nordic, a glimpse into family history and a recipe for whole-grain bread with cherries and walnuts. Perfect for toasting on a cozy morning.


Following Elma’s footsteps. One in the many blog posts that follow the footsteps of a very colorful Aunt Elma living her life in the 1930s and making sourdough with starters from two very different parts of the globe. One starter is from Celia, the writer of Fig jam Lime cordial and the other is from my Dad.


Expat weekend has the recipe for a simple home-made slowcooker apple cider. Perfect recipe if you happen to have apple trees in your yard and an abundance of apple every fall.

Granola bar for solitary moments is blog post from my very early blogging days and has a luscious recipe for homemade granola bars. Perhaps I might just have to make them again from the kids on summer vacation. They would be perfect beach fare.


And last but not least, Jamie Oliver’s recipe for a simple sponge has been popular and it has been made over and over again at our house as it is so very versatile. Hope you enjoy!

In My Kitchen, March Sweetness


Happy Midsummer’s my dear friends from the land of the midnight sun!

anemone sylvestris



    1. Thank you Chez ❤ The last photo is taken sometime between 10-11pm in the evening, right as the sun is about to dip beneath the horizon leaving the sky an ethereal white color almost through the night. Sometime between 1-2am it does get a bit darker since we are in southern Finland and not in the very north were is doesn't set at all.

  1. I love your aspirations for writing your blog, and hope your children will read it one day. I very much enjoy learning about the life you lead in a very different land so far away. Looking forward to all those future posts as you lead your very long life ❤️

    1. Hello Ardys, so glad you stopped by! And I too love learning about your life and connecting on Instagram. I know that the internet and virtual world occasionally gets a bad repuation for taking up too much time and pulling people away from “real life” and while that is a true concern I can’t tell you how much I enjoy the virtual world. It makes the world so much smaller. Hugs!

  2. Happy blogiversary! Oh, and thanks for the popsicle recipe. It’s so hot here right now I think this is just the right thing for us to make for afternoon snacks.

    1. Hi, lovely for you to stop by! Hope you had a chance to try it out. The recipe can be changed up in so many ways. Depending on what you might have in your fridge or freezer. 🙂

  3. I’ve checked on you occasionally to make sure everything’s going well! I miss your beautiful photos. And I don’t think your children are going to remember that you weren’t firm enough with them!

    1. You are so nice Mimi! And I am so happy to have connected on Instagram. I have even had a chance to visit and read a few blogs…something that I have missed in addition to writing. Thank you so much for stopping by ❤

    1. Yes, five years so full of life. Thanks for being our cheerleaders. The knowledge that you are there for us has carried more often than you will every know ❤

    1. Thank you so much Sophie. Can’t tell you how much I love your writing and way of telling about the simplest details. You’re an inspiration. You’re lastest post is now open on a separate page and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll read it while I’m uploading a photo as that often takes a few minutes. Perfect way to pass the time.

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