Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas my family makes lefse. For anyone who doesn’t know what lefse is… I would describe it as similar to a tortilla, but made with potatoes and WAY yummier. That’s right, way yummier. I have been passed the lefse stick as some sort of odd culinary torch passing. Maybe it’s because no one else has the lefse flipping skills that I have (it’s all about the roll). Or maybe it’s because it takes so long to roll out and cook 20 lefse. I think I’ll go with the idea of being especially skilled.
Now, traditionally you eat these rolled up with butter and cinnamon. However, I personally like to roll them up with either turkey or ham and homemade cranberry sauce.
–makes 20 lefse
(original recipe by an old Norwegian woman that is somehow related to my family)
You will need:
A potato ricer (looks like a giant garlic press)
And hopefully a lefse stick… use a spatula if desperate, but a lefse stick really does make all the difference in the world… look online.
1 1/2 pounds of Russet Burbank potatoes
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened completely
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
Let’s Get Started!
Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Place into a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a simmer. Keep potatoes at a low simmer until a skewers lips in easily, about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes and allow to sit until cool enough to handle.
Put potatoes through a ricer. Beat in butter, cream, sugar, and salt. Refrigerate overnight, uncovered.
Add flour. Stir until well blended. Divide into 20 equal portions. Heat electric griddle to 400 degrees.
On a floured surface, roll out the balls of dough until very thin, making circles about 10-12″ in diameter. Using a lefse stick, transfer to the heated griddle and cook on each side. Stack between two terrycloth towels and cover with a plastic bag.
Don’t forget about our Holiday Postcard Exchange! You send me a postcard and I will send you a postcard. If you want me to organize a few other readers for you to exchange postcards with as well, let me know in your email. The details can be found here if you’re interested. I will be hosting this postcard exchange until the end of the year.
So far I have mailed out 25ish postcards! I actually had to purchase a second book of postcard stamps. You guys are awesome!
See what I received from Sue? So cute! I love it.
Every Friday, I will host a collection of my favorite handmade homestead items from various Etsy shops. This year when shopping for the holidays, shop handmade!
If you are not familiar with the website, Etsy is an online marketplace that features only handmade and vintage items from around the world. It is a great way to support artisans and craftsman and their home businesses and hobbies. “Shops” can be searched by category or even location, so if you rather support artisans from your state, you can! It is a wonderful concept in an age of growing commercialism and mass-production. Let’s support the artists of the world! If you are interested in perusing our own shop, go to: www.LittleFarmShop.Etsy.com
Handmade Gifts for the
Left: Super Fun Mason Jar Tumbler by UnuselessGoods; Right: Mason Jar Sleeve, Whiskey by TheStowe
Left: Kitchen Canisters by AmericanHomeCrafts; Right: Brewery in a Box / 1 Gallon Home Brewing Kit with 2 Grain Packets by UrbanBrewery
Left: Vintage Homestead Honey Jar Wall Hanging by Americandecay; Right: Oil Lamp with globe and firerglass wick by Hertzpottery
Left: 2 Quart Working Butter Churns by FreshwellPottery; Right: Green Glass Canister Jars by GreenwEnvyBoutique
Do you ever have those days where you think, “Two more seconds around this mess and I’m tossing everything I own into a dumpster somewhere far away.”….? That’s how I feel about our laundry room right now. It is an odd-ball room in the first place. It is not large enough for a bedroom, yet too small to utilize for sewing or storage while still expecting to do respectable laundry chores in there. Somehow, it has become our catch-all. You have one of those right? Where projects go to die? That is this room.
I have been thinking of getting started on holiday gifts this week (read: severely procrastinating). Now, don’t hang me just because I mention holiday gifts before Thanksgiving has officially come and gone. We don’t do any lights, or decorations, or tree until December 1st. That said, for the past few years I have taken on my grandmother’s tradition of making a “Christmas bear” for each young child in our family. I should say that I have a really, really, really big family. Luckily a few kids have outgrown stuffed animals so I am off the hook for three of the kids, but I still have seven to make. Seven teddy bears! Oh man. Needless to say, I need to get started early.
So luckily seven teddy bears will clean out that monster of a room a bit. While rummaging through piles of craft junk, I also found some real nice chocolate-colored leather scraps. Awhile back, my friend had me make moccasins for her and she let me keep the scraps. Most of it is small, but there are a few pieces big enough to do something with. I just can’t figure out what… If you have any ideas, let me know.
I couldn’t find my ruler in my odd-ball room so I put the Expo marker there for size reference. :/
Anyone else make/craft things as gifts for the holidays? Share and give the rest of us some ideas!
I am sitting at the table this evening thinking about all of the wonderful things we are doing this weekend. Today was spent chopping firewood and attempting a second batch of cold process soap. I took your advice and didn’t start mixing the lye and oils until they cooled to 110*F this time. Then I waited until I reached light trace to add in my honey. We’ll see in a day or so how that turned out. My first batch of honey soap is curing well and quickly being in the living room with our dry woodstove. Wood choppin’ was also successful, but a whole less fun.
I received my very first card from our holiday postcard swap today! Thank you Lotte! I love it! I mailed out postcards today to all of you who have joined the swap so far, so keep an eye out. I have already sent out over 20 postcards!!! Wow guys and gals, you are constantly surprising me. If you would like to join in on the holiday cheer, look at this post for the details. I am sending postcards to anyone and everyone who wants to participate just for fun. We will keep this going until the end of the year, so keep ‘em coming folks.
The three of us also ventured out into town to peruse the bookstore and found a book with a billion bread recipes. Score! There are so many recipes that two are for soft pretzels. I’m a sucker for cookbooks with soft pretzel recipes. Just flipping through it made me so hungry for bread that we had to have grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. I would have much rather snacked on the caramel rolls I saw somewhere in the middle of the book, but I guess that will have to wait until tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, it will be a sort of doomsday for the laying hens. Tomorrow the hens are getting the axe. Literally. The little pullets (Speckled Sussex, Australorps, and Black Sexlink) have just about outgrown their doghouse-coop and the older hens have just about stopped laying for the year. Two signs that the time has come for the new to take the place of the old. No one looks forward to butchering day, but we humans do look forward to have six fine roasters grace our freezer for the upcoming winter. These will be the very first chickens we have ever butchered so wish us luck! I can’t eat chicken skin so we are planning to just skin them instead of plucking them. Hopefully that saves a little time and effort on our part.
With our fire going this evening, all the animals fed, and a prosperous day of meat and soap tomorrow, I think we have a fine weekend goin’. What are you up to this weekend?
I have been sending and receiving postcards from around the world through a fabulous free website, Postcrossing, for nearly three years now and I love it! It’s a really great way to get happy mail. You know what I mean right?! You can walk to the mailbox and anticipate a jolly little postcard from someone you would have never otherwise conversed with instead of one of those dreaded bills. Happy mail.
This holiday season, I would love to send some postcards out to you blog readers. You can receive some Frühlingskabine happy mail in the form of a hand-stamped postcard and a little written note. That’s the best part… I love reading handwritten notes. I actually got fancy and hand-carved my own postcard stamp so what you will be receiving is one of a kind.
If you would like to participate, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your mailing address and I will email you mine. We will send one another a friendly postcard, store bought or handmade, and give each other a little holiday cheer this season. This is open to all countries!
Also let me know if you would like to swap postcards with one or two other blog readers when you send me your mailing address. Don’t forget that US post offices sell special (and cheaper) postcard stamps! If you do participate, I promise not to send you any mail other than the one postcard and I will not sell or otherwise share your address. I hope you will promise the same. Let’s do this thing!