Sunday, February 20, 2011

30 days of Ostara; Day 2

In Sweden there is a tradition of decorating twigs with colorful feathers. In Finland we used to decorated twigs with tissue paper tassels. There are usually no spring flowers out yet this high up North, practically the only Ostara flower we have is willow kittens.The twigs are brought home a couple of weeks before Ostara, so that the small leaves burst out, adding a lovely spot of spring green.

Ostara is the Spring Equinox. It is also called the Lady Day. There are several Lady Day's celebrated at this time of the year, like Purim and "The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary". (In Sweden Annunciation is called "Vår Fru Dag", The Day of Our Lady, and it sounds the same as Våffeldag, it's a tradition to eat waffles.

Ostara can be celebrated on either Spring Equinox (20.3. - which is what I do), or the nearest full moon (19.3.) This year the full moon is on Saturday and Spring Equinox on Sunday, so there's no problems :-D

Dalecarlian egg waffles

3 eggs
1 1/2 dl sugar
3 dl flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
150 g melt butter
pinch of vanilla to flavor

Whip eggs and sugar well. Fold in flour, baking powder and vanilla (if you use dry vanilla. Vanilla extract is blend with eggs.) and finally melt butter.
Brush the waffle iron with butter only for the first waffle, the rest won't stick because there's so much butter in the batter.
You need about two tablespoons of batter for each waffle.

Eat with kinuski (Finnish fudge sauce)

Nigella's kinuski sauce (fudge sauce)

These thread spool ornaments are the cutest! They are also not very difficult to make. :-)

Daily picture - my printer isn't working... :-(
But it's my husband and our baby in the dog yard. It's really cold here.
This is the layout for 20.2. I can't finish it, because I have no photos. Fun. NOT!

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