A Fairy Tale (eventyr) Birthday

March 31, 2016   This Saturday marks the 211th birthday of celebrated Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).  Widely considered the most famous Dane, his accomplishments in children’s literature have left a lasting legacy that still reverberates immensely today.   Whether you are conscious of it or not, H.C. Andersen’s short stories and eventyr (fairytales). have inspired much…

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Gaekkebrev and Chokoladeæg and Påskefrokost, Oh My!

March 23, 2016   If you are anything like me, the anticipation for warmer weather has become agonizing!  Having a mild winter was wonderful, but now I have to keep reminding myself that spring just started 3 days ago. Despite the signs all around, from the vintergækker (snowdrop) and påskelilje (daffodils) blooming and birds (and snowbirds…

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Women’s History Month

March 9, 2016   Yesterday was the 115th celebration of International Women’s Day, described on www.internationalwomensday.org as a ‘global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women [and] marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.’ Additionally, the month of March is Women’s History month in the US, originally organized in…

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Nordic Brunch Recipes

March 2, 2016   In the past few weeks, I have been inspired to delve even deeper into the exploration of authentic Scandinavian recipes and tradition.  Not that it should come as a surprise that I would welcome such a task. My obsession with Nordic culture (albeit a healthy one) is pretty apparent, and warranted,…

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An Amazing Bridge

February 25, 2016   Cousin Annelise was recently telling me about her trip from Copenhagen to Malmö, Sweden, and although I was very interested to hear all about her adventures, I just could not get over her description of the Øresundsbroen or Öresundsbron (Oresund Bridge, depending on which side you’re on).  This broen/bron (bridge) spanning…

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Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2016   When I was younger, Valentine’s Day was a day I anticipated with joy and elation.  After all, who doesn’t like to give and receive treats and gifts of love?  Even now as an adult I still love to decorate, make handcrafted cards and bake cookies for loved ones.  Additionally, passing along…

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Sibling Rivalry

As any parent will tell you, sibling rivalry is just a part of life.  I was reminded of this recently when I visited Mormor one Sunday afternoon at The Danish Home of Chicago.   I always love hearing her talk about her childhood growing up in Denmark with her brothers.   As the only girl she…

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