Just finished Margrete den første. Pretty good drama on political intrigue in fifteenth century Scandinavia. 🍿

Making gløgg today:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/3 cup aquavit
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • orange zest
  • 1 handful of raisins
  • 1 handful chopped almonds

Combine everything except zest and honey. Heat through on a stove, but don’t boil, for fifteen minutes. Add remaining ingredients and serve.

Merry Christmas.

The Icelanders are on to something. ☕️


We’re just a few days away from Christmas, and while there’s a lot I love about this time of year – the people, the cold weather, snow (although, not this year…), extra time at home with the kids – food often takes center stage. We spend much of December baking and cooking things that are only made during this time of year, both for our household and for others. For at least ten years now, my beloved and I bake sweets and candies as Christmas gifts to our family and close friends.

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At the start of the pandemic, I started following this series of one man building a log cabin in Sweden using mostly traditional hand tools. I’m in awe of what he’s accomplished.

Currently reading: The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe by Matthew Gabriele and David M. Perry 📚

Currently reading: Thinking about History by Sarah Maza 📚

Today is for making lefse.


I live and work on lands represented by Native Nations whose sovereignty, governance, and treaty lands existed long before the state of Nebraska and Virginia. These Nations include the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Umoⁿhoⁿ, and Manahoac Nations.