It was recently semla day here in Sweden, so lets talk about semlas!

These are one of Phong’s favorite treats. Classically it’s just a bun, gutted, and filled with almond paste and cream. Over the last few years there have been a few twists made each year. Last year they made semla wraps and this year the bakeries tried a nutella semla and a vanilla semla.

We bought the classic, the vanilla, and the nutella to give them all a try. Phong still favors the classic.

I actually really liked the nutella one. I’d like a more chocolaty try next year, maybe with some kind of gooey chocolate inside.

The vanilla was nice too. I pretty much like every version of the semla more than the original. Sweden has Semla Day on the 13th of February. Other times of the year can be really hard to get semlas. Phong often wants them for his birthday in July and I have quite a time trying to find a bakery to make them in the summer.

These are a classic though, so if you’re around when they’re in season you should give the semla a try!

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The Not-So-Sick Day

I don’t get sick often but when I do it makes me think that sick days are wasted on actually being sick. So, once in a while, maybe once a year or every other year, we should really take a sick day while we’re perfectly healthy and able to enjoy it.

  1. Cancel everything. Call in sick. Refuse to leave your house for an entire day.
  2. Sleep in! If you have to get up to send someone else off to work or school, do so but then climb back into bed.
  3. Don’t put in your contact lenses or brush your hair. Pretty much ignore mirrors entirely.
  4. Wear your comfy clothes and drag your blanket and pillow to the couch with you.
  5. Watch shows you would never watch if anyone was looking. We’re talking daytime television here and when it gets boring, nap.
  6. Read books. Drink tea. Eat your comfort foods, diets be damned! And do it all from your comfy nest of blankets and cushions.
  7. Do absolutely nothing productive for a whole day.

Try it out! Because I’m pretty sure that being home sick would be pretty great if it wasn’t for the sick part.


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