So aside from running outside to get this picture, I've been enjoying the sunshine from inside the house - very cosy! I finished up a third pair of little mittens.
These all look rather narrow in the hand, but the ribbing is nice and stretchy. The largest pair fits around my hand, though of course is too short for an adult.
Someone always has to get into the act.
Molly Bee asked where I got the Pepparkakor. I found them at Cost Plus/World Market at Greenway Station in Middleton. But Ms Bee, I know you are a cook, so here is the very good recipe, from an old and dear friend of my mother's.
ORKEY BUDD'S PEPPARKAKOR
1 c. butter or margarine (use butter!)
3/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. white sugar
1 1/2 T orange peel (or 1 1/2 tsp dried)
2 T dark corn syrup
1 T water
2 T molasses
3 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
Cream butter and sugars. Add egg and cream well. Add orange peel, syrup, water and molasses and mix well. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Chill the dough while your mixing arm rests (a couple of hours at least). On a lightly floured board, roll out dough 1/8" thick (no cheating, the thinner these are the better). Cut with cookie cutters (I like stars and hearts). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.