Holiday Treats

syLast week was a busy week indeed. I’ve baked some Christmas treats and celebrated our independence day. The week was great with perfect weather and tasty food, but not so great considering my weight loss. Nevertheless here I have recipes for somethings I made or baked. Like I’ve said before, Christmas is only once in a year.

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Earl Grey Truffles, about 25 pieces  Earl Grey truffles

You’ll need

  • 1,25 dl / 0,5 cups cream
  • 1 tbs loose Earl Grey
  • 150 g / 5,3 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 25 g / 0,9 oz butter
  • cocoa powder (for decoration)

You do

  1. Mix chilled cream and loose Earl Grey together in a small pot. Cover with a lid and leave it in the fridge over night.
  2. Heat the mixture to the boiling point. Sieve the cream and measure it. You’ll need 0.9 dl cream. Add chopped chocolate and honey together with the cream and mix until chocolate has melted. Add butter to the mix.
  3. Cover the mix and let it set in the fridge over night
  4. Make ball shaped thingies from the mix. Turn the balls over cocoa powder.
  5. Preserve truffles in a fridge.

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Christmas Loaf  Joululimppu

You’ll need

  • 7,5 dl / 3,2 cups sour cream
  • 50 g / 1,8 oz yeast
  • 1 dl / 0,42 cups syrup
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1,5 ts fennel
  • 1,5 ts anise
  • 0,5 ts seville orange peel
  • about 8 dl / 3,4 cups rye flour
  • about 8 dl /3,4 cups wheat flour

And to brush loafs

  • about  0.25 dl / 0,1 cups syrup
  • about 0.25 dl / 0,1 cups water

You do

  1. Warm up the sour cream until it’s hand tempature. Dissolve yeast in the warm sour cream.
  2. Add syrup and seasonings to the sour cream (First crush the fennel and anis in the mortar).
  3. Put the flours in little by little. Put in a warm place, until dough have risen to double its size.
  4. Make 3 loafs. Let them rise well (about 30 to 40 min). Poke holes lightly through the loafs (I used knitting needle).
  5. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Bake about 30 min on lowest level in the oven.
  6. Brush the loafs with syrup-water mix at the end of the baking (about 10 min before they’re done) and right away after they are off the oven.

This bread/loaf is so good. You can eat the loaf for example with blue cheese or gravlax (raw salmon with salt, white pepper and let it stay in fridge 1-2 days). Also cranberry cheese is good with this too.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Internet is full with recipes for these cookies and you can also buy a dough from grocery store. I would say these cookies are made nearly every household in Finland and my family isn’t exception. With these dough you can also make ginger bread house. Someones like to decorate cookies with frosting/icing but I don’t like to do that now.

You’ll need  joulupiparit

  • 250 g / 8,8 oz margarine or butter
  • 2 dl / 1 cup sugar
  • 1,5 dl / 0,6 cups syrup
  • 1,5 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1,5 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp clove powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp seville orange peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • about 9 dl / 3,8 cups wheat flour

You do

  1. Put margarine/butter, sugar, syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger and seville orange peel in a big pot. Heat it up to the boiling point.
  2. Put the pot in the kitchen sink and cool down the mix. There should be cold water in the sink, so it would cool down faster. Stir it up now and then while the mix is cooling. It should be just little bit colder than lukewarm.
  3. Whisk eggs one by one with a whisk to the mix.
  4. Mix salt, baking soda and flour together.
  5. Mix flour mix together with cool mix. Add flour mix carefully, little by little.
  6. Put the dough in the fridge and let set over night. I usually put the dough in a plastic container, ‘cos it’s fits better to the my fridge.
  7. Next day make cookies with cookie cutters. Or make up shapes, your imagination is the limit.
  8. Pre-heat  the oven 200°C / 392°F and bake cookies about 8 to 10 min.

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Have a absolutely fantastic time while waiting Christmas! At least I will! Feel free to copy these recipes (only recipes, not pictures ‘cos those are mine) and let me know if you going to do one of this treats or if you already done. It would be fun to know your thoughts after you made these.

With Love SonyaBlue       XOX

Jingle Bell Rock

It’s already second of December. Christmas is almost here. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. Usually I drive my family crazy, ‘cos I could start planning Christmas things after Midsummer Day. Yes, I know it’s a bit early, but I love planning things. And Christmas is just ONCE a year and New Year Parties is every year =).

To my mom it’s tradition to watch from tv or attend church service at first advent (which is today), ‘cos Hosanna, Son Of David is been sang always. The song Hosanna, Son Of David (Hoosianna in Finnish) has been sung ever since 19th century at First Advent service. So I watched it too. I’m not really religious, but I attend church about couple of times on a year (wedding, funeral, christening). Not so much because of God. On my religious beliefs I’m Lutheran. Our national church is The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The church professes the Lutheran branch of Christianity, and is a member of the Porvoo Communion.

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After church service I started to listen Christmas song in Finnish and English. And because I also love lists, I decided to list one of my favorites Christmas songs. They aren’t any order, cos I can’t choose which one is better. And order will change every other day depending on my mood. Today I just listed songs that are in English. If I would been considering Finnish songs too, I wouldn’t never finish. Here is TOP 12 of Christmas Songs I like. And which I could recall today. It’s TOP 12 ‘cos I can’t take anything of there. These songs I have to listen every year.

Best Christmas Song (in English) – TOP 12


1. Do They Know It’s Christmas
2. Last Christmas
3. Mary’s Boy Child or Marian Poika in Finnish
4. Jingle Bells or Kulkuset in Finnish. Although I prefer English version . Maybe because this is the song I’ve been hearing since I can remember, so English version is little bit different ‘cos it’s in English. Do you get my point?
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing or Kuului Laulu Enkelten in Finnish
6. If It Does Not Snow On Christmas or Jollei Jouluna Ole Lunta in Finnish
7. Happy Christmas (War Is Over). There’s Finnish version of this song too (there’re Finnish versions of almost every song if it’s a hit)  Joulun Rauhaa. Hardly ever I listen to Finnish version. Original is better, way better!
8. Sleigh Ride or Rekiretki in Finnish
9. Deck the Halls                           
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer or Petteri Punakuono In Finnish
11. Jingle Bell Rock
12. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

If there’s Finnish song, it’s probably the song I’ve been listening, ‘ cos I’ve been listening those songs since I was a kid. Nowadays some songs are better in English than Finnish. I really don’t know why. Maybe I’m just fed up with those Finnish lyrics or something, ‘cos song is still the same. But of course some songs are way better in Finnish. Usually those ones are connected with some kind of memory.

If you have Spotify just click the song you want to listen. Enjoy Christmas music and feel free to comment. Let me know your favorite Christmas song. Maybe I get new ideas for my playlist. Which Christmas song you listening year after year?

Anxious waiting for Christmas, With Love SonyaBlue                         

Almost Winter Wonderland

It’s been snowing all day. I love snow. I love winter as long as there’s snow on the ground. And now there’s nothing but snow, so I’m stoked about it!

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Snow makes everything so bright. Winter is so dark time here in Finland though I live in South-West. In Lapland sun even won’t rise at this time of the year. But in Lapland there’s always snow. Here in South-West of Finland snow isn’t certain anymore. I remember when I was a kid, there was snow everywhere at winter time. And we had so much fun playing on the snow: sliding down on a sled hill, building snow men and having snowball fights. Nowadays it’s always a ponder whether there’ll be snow or not.  Now I just hope this snow wouldn’t melt until spring. So we can have a WHITE CHRISTMAS. It would be awesome! I love Christmas, but I’ll write about that some other day.

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I went about hour walk today.  It was about -5 °C (23 °F), but felt colder because of the wind. I couldn’t be there longer, ‘cos wind was so chilly that my face froze. It was good exercise, ‘cos snow was up to my knees. It was quite tough walk in heavy snow. But it was great in spite of the freezing wind. Luckily wind was behind most of the time.

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With Love SonyaBlue

PS. Photos aren’t the best ones’ cos there was snowing and it was too dark for my camera. I really need new equipment, but my camera will do until I have money to buy new great one.