I want to start today off with a big thank you for all your wonderful comments on my project. I am so glad you like it so much and that so many of you are going to make it. Today's designer in the hop is the wonderful Sandy Gervais from Pieces From My Heart. She is sharing a free pattern for a table mat and knowing her, you are going to love it. She is probably one of the most creative people I know, creativity just "oooozes" out of her. I would love to hang out with her for a while and see if some of it would spill over into me!! Make sure you go visit and comment on her project. Some of you had questions about the commenting so I just want to clarify: To be eligible for the grand prize you need to comment on each designers project post. You don't have to do it on the exact day that it is posted, just make sure you comment on all the blogs before the hop ends. So if you missed commenting on my project yesterday, just scroll down and post your comment now.
I was very fortunate to be a part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks from Today's Top Designers, issue that will be on newsstands November 17. Quiltmaker is doing a Blog tour Nov. 9.-13. with all the designers that have a block in the issue and have tons of prizes and stuff going on. To follow the blog tour go to www.quiltmaker.com/quiltypleasures for inspiration, ideas and giveaways galore! My block is called Northern Flair and I used the Glow fabric line to make it. I love how it turned out using the large scale print in the large triangles to tie all the other colors together. If you comment on this post, you have a chance to win a copy of the issue hot off the press, tell me what you think of the block and you can win!
Our theme of the day in the Cross Country Blog hop is special food or cookie made for the holiday and a recipe. Since I didn't get to tell you a holiday memory yesterday, I am combining the two!
In Iceland we start celebrating christmas on Christmas Eve. At 6pm on December 24th, we always eat a delicious meal and after all the cleanup was done, open presents. On Christmas Day we would always go to my Grandma & Grandpa's house for lunch and spend most of the day there with our relatives. My dad has 7 brothers and sisters so there was always a packed house.
I have lots of cousins and out of the grandkids I was the first girl born after 6 boys. (The cutie in the pink shirt is my dad's youngest brother, which is a few months younger than the oldest grandkid!) Yes, all the boys had long hair, don't you love all the matching outfits. I think it was easier to figure out whose kids they were;-) Afther this picture was taken, even 2 more boys were born before another girl came along. As you can see, the boys took real good care of me (I am in my purple dress).....most of the time. These family gatherings were so much fun. We were such a large group of people that we had to eat in rounds. 1s't round of people would fill the dining room and then when they were done, the next round was called.
After the big meal, we would all have sweets that my grandma had made and then my grandpa would give each of us our own bottle of soda.....Spur Cola to be exact. Now this was a big deal back then. We never got our own bottle of soda back then. Maybe a small cup at a birthday party. The Spur Cola was stored in the basement so it wasn't very cold, which made the soda fizz extra extreme. Now....what happens when you have 8 boys...and a girl, fizzing soda bottles, a very competitive bunch of kids and games to come up with? Burping contests!!! The funniest one was who could recite most of the alphabet while burping! Let's just say that we had a very talented group of kids and I totally held my own running with all the boys....and let's leave it at that:-) One of the kids in the picture above even made it to the Olympics a couple of times.....not for burping though!!
One of the sweets that my grandma made were these Coconut Balls "Kókoskúlur". They were these chocolaty, sweet things, covered in shredded coconut that you could just pop in your mouth. MMMMM delish!! (By the way, the cola went nuts in your mouth if you had one of those balls in your mouth and took a sip!! Volcano!!!) We still make these balls every christmas and I love them. So here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy:
Icelandic Coconut Balls
1 stick Butter, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
1-1/2 cup Fine Oats
2 tbsp Cocoa (Use good cocoa)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Coffee, cold OR milk if you don't want the coffee flavor.
1 cup Coconut (finely shredded)
Mix everything except the coconut, together in a bowl. Mold into bitesize balls and roll in the coconut. (You will get messy) Chill for a couple of hours.....or as long as you can possibly hold out without popping one of these in your mouth!
Remember to comment here for a chance to win the 100 block magazine and then go visit Sandy!!