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Thursday, March 27, 2014

My favorite Swedish proverbs and sayings


If you're a native English speaker, you might have heard some of these proverbs and sayings in slightly different versions. What is so enjoyable with proverbs and sayings is they say so much with just a few words. Here are some of my favorites:

När katten är borta dansar råttorna på bordet - When the cat is away the rats will dance on the table
(My parents often used this after they came home and saw something I had done ... hmmm wonder why lol).

Den som väntar på något gott väntar aldrig för länge - Someone who waits for something good never waits too long
(My mom made me wait - and I mean WAIT - for dessert or sweets. Or something else I was looking forward to. I guess she wanted to teach me patience. I have plenty of it - most of the time - so I guess mission accomplished).


Det är alltid mörkast före gryningen - It's always darkest before dawn.


Det är inte ens fel när två träter - It is not one's fault when two argues.


Ett gott skratt förlänger livet - A good laughter prolongs life
(Scientifically proven - if you're happy, you live longer).

Ett rent samvete är bästa huvudkudden - A clear conscience is the best pillow
(meaning you can sleep best if you have a clear conscience).


Genom sig själv känner man andra - Through your self you know others
(often used when someone is saying something judgmental about someone else - you know, everyone is your mirror type of thing).


Gå inte över ån efter vatten - Don't walk over the creek to fetch water.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunset difference


Two nights in a row there have been very beautiful sunsets here in Nashville. I had my camera handy and took some pictures. what I noticed was there was a significant difference between the two sunsets - on the second one the sun set further to the west. Conclusion: we are indeed moving towards brighter and longer days!

Sunset day one

Sunset day two

Monday, March 17, 2014

An American saying - a remake


Most of us - if not all - have heard or even said "The squeakiest wheel gets the grease" one time or another (meaning if you complain or shout the loudest to get attention you get your will and what you want). Today I looked at the saying in a little bit different way. A wheel can not be a wheel without anyone building it. It would not do its duty as a wheel if it wasn't attached securely to a wagon. If it wasn't for the other wheels and the axle and bearing, it would not roll. My angle is gratitude ... for the wagon we all share (earth), the parts that make things work and our fellow wheels.

"Even the squeakiest wheel can't do it alone"

Friday, March 14, 2014

For your weekend brunch - Kriz's CWWP


Sometimes one has this sudden urge to have pancakes, especially on weekends ... I do, don't you? I found a vegan pancake recipe online that I modified a little. Actually, I rarely use recipes as is, I always modify to my liking. To find the recipe I searched for "healthy pancakes"I didn't believe these pancakes would turn out well, but I had to try and much to my happy surprise they are yummy! I had mine with canned peaches and syrup.

Kriz's Cornmeal/Whole Wheat Pancakes

1/4 cup corn meal
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup non dairy milk (I used almond milk)

Combine all dry ingredients and stir in the milk just enough to make a batter.

Use about a 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook in hot pan (in any kind of vegetable oil if you don't have a non-stick pan)  until bubbles form on the top side, then flip and cook the other side till light brown.

Makes enough pancakes for two people. You can double or triple the recipe and so on to suit your party's needs ...

Enjoy!