You Can Lead a Norse to Water…

…but you can’t make him drink (anything other than aquavit!)

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If you know me at all, you know that I have a borderline aggressive fondness for my heritage.  All four of my grandparents were 100% Scandinavian (3 Norwegian and 1 Danish, which means that all two of my parents are 100% Scandinavian and all one of me is, too!

Not many people in this great big America of States know much about Scandinavian culture (unless, perhaps, they live in one of the northernmost plain states) and I think this is somewhat tragic.

Thanks to my grandparents, who all seem to have hailed from the same 4 block radius of small town Scandinavia, and who passed down their traditions to their children who then passed them down to their children, I have grown quite the affinity for labskaus (read: beef stew), lefse (read: potato crepes) and hot sticky buns (read: of the dough variety).

In honor of this month’s selection…

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I made Swedish meatballs for book club!

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I’m going to have to be a HUGE tease and post the pictures and recipe tomorrow.  All apologies.

I can tell you that my apartment smelled like home last night.

F-E-NOMENAL recipe.  (Just go with it)

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And thanks to Jessica for the blog award!


The Rules:
1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
2. The second thing you have to do is, pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.
3. The third and final thing is, thank the person who gave you the award.

I’ve tried very hard in my 20 something years to live my life without regrets.  Mistakes happen, it’s how we deal with them that informs the kind of person that we become.  That said, I would have liked to have been more involved with charity work when I was in college.  At BC, volunteerism is huge and I never took part as much as I could have.  But I’m still young and there are still tons of worthy causes out there and there’s no reason that I can’t make up for lost time!

Here are some bloggers that I believe do great things in the world (or at least, in the virtual world!) and who deserve recognition!

Susan @ The Great Balancing Act

Sarah @ Peas And Thank You

Matt @ Health Blog Helper

Andrea @ Can You Stay For Dinner?

Amy @ Second City Randomness

Madeline @ Greens And Jeans

Thanks again, Jessica!
Check back tomorrow for the meatball extravaganza!  (ok, it might not be an extravaganza.  But you’ll probably want to make a batch of these ‘balls immediately.  Consider yourself warned.)

What’s your heritage?  Was it a big part of your life growing up?

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4 thoughts on “You Can Lead a Norse to Water…

  1. Thanks friend! I love the Swedes! I lived in Sweden for two years, have kept up with the Swedish, and even took a Scandinavian Literature class in college (love). I am VERY Irish. My mom’s parents actually came over from Ireland shortly before my mom was born. When I was in high school we took a huge family trip over to Ireland to see where “my people” came from!

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