Weekend Coffee Share – Semmeldagen, Meal Planning, Decorating The House With Photos

How are you doing? How is your week? I always look forward to the coffee share, both writing my own post and reading all of yours. I think it’s fun to experiment with, learn, and practice different types of writing. At work I am in the midst of writing educational plans for projects we are doing with the children. So even though I only post once or twice here on the blog each week, I feel like I write a lot. I enjoy it. 

On Tuesday it was a special day. Special holidays in Sweden usually have their own pastries, and this day, Fettisdagen, is no exception. The name of this particular pastry is semla. It’s a bun made out of the same type of dough you use for cinnamon rolls, but it doesn’t have cinnamon in it, it has an almond paste, and whipped cream. The kid version of the pastry have vanilla cream inside of it and whipped cream on top. I like having one semla, but it’s a good thing they are only around once a year. They are very rich. On that day, Fettisdagen, Swedes eat 6 million semlor. The population of Sweden is just over 10 million. Another name for Fettisdagen is Semmeldagen. Would you like to try one to go with your coffee?

My daughter is on a school break. In Sweden we have two spring breaks, each is a week long, one typically used for sports (this first one,) and later a break for Easter celebration. I worked Mon-Wed and was lucky to be able to take Thursday and Friday off to spend more time with my daughter.

We don’t have any snow, but the weather is cold and sunny. I believe yesterday was the coldest day this winter -15 C/5F. My daughter’s winter shoes broke on Monday, and we had to find her new ones in a hurry on Monday night when I got home from work. I’m grateful we found some good ones since it has been so cold.

We moved into our house this January, and I believe I wrote about how we made some enlargement of landscape photos we’ve taken during our adventures (Death Valley National Park, The Grand Canyon, Mojave National Preserve, Mt Charleston, and Red Rock Canyon,) and how we hung those on our walls? I wanted to try this printing company by ordering these landscape photos first, to see how well they turned out. I was very happy with the result, and ordered some family photos from that same place the other day. These are the photos I ordered, they are for my daughter’s room.

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I’m doing an experiment this month. Until now I’ve been getting groceries weekly, and then supplemented with fresh fruit when needed. We’ve taken a bus to a big super market once every weekend. This month I ordered food for the whole month online (from the same supermarket,) and had it delivered yesterday. We sat down together two nights this week planning our meals, prior to ordering the food. I am sure I will need to supplement with some things during the month, but for the most part we have everything we are going to need. If this works I think it would be a great system for us. Neither my daughter nor I enjoy shopping, and would rather spend our weekends doing something else. I’m curious to see how this will work. Do you cook most meals at home? Do you have a system for getting your groceries?

Thank you for having coffee with me today, feel free to take a refill before you leave 🙂 Have a great weekend!



Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

36 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Semmeldagen, Meal Planning, Decorating The House With Photos

    1. Ooo yes, my daughter used to walk Trigger (the horse in the photo) around the property and one day she took him inside, just walked him through the sliding doors in the living room. That gave me and my sister the idea of this photo. Technically it’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but it is the one I am the most proud of. This was the abused horse that hated people, and this photo kind of feels like a receipt of the thousands of hours I put into him, besides the general cuteness 😉

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  1. Good morning Maria! I am enjoying coffee with you and can’t wait to get my coffee share written with some exciting news!! I love the huge, decadent Semmeldagen, oh my looks super DELICIOUS!! What a wonderful holiday and so many eating that dessert. I will look back on your post with my computer to see if I have javascript, my phone doesn’t. I like writing here with my phone.
    My daughter is a foodie and trying to be vegetarian and meal planned last weekend. Buying and making ahead for the week. She is inspiring like you. I use to meal plan, but my schedule is so wonky it’s difficult working nights…. Maybe I’ll try and see how it goes. Thank you for the WONDERFUL coffee!! So good to hear from you! ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. It’s wonderful that your hanging photos from your time here, Maria! I’m so pleased that things are going so well for you both! I would love to try your native pastries! Be well. ❤️😎

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    1. Thank you John! I would love to have you over for a semla 🙂 It feels good to surround ourselves with good memories on the walls. I feel that it is very important for my daughter to remember her first years, even if it is with the help of photos. She loves when I tell her stories about adventure we’ve had and family members. I hope you are well my friend. I enjoy your photos!

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      1. Your welcome, Maria. I’m OK, just dealing with kidney stones! Other than that all is well back here i the valley. I recently purchased a new mirrorless Nikon, love it!

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  3. It is interesting to see how ‘Fat Tuesday’ is played out around the globe, mostly with edible treats, but also parades in Rio, Trinidad and New Orleans. It is quite the celebration before the fasting of Lent.
    I’m not a big fan of shopping and used to do ours about every three weeks, but since my husband has stopped working, he has taken it over (oh, yes!) and tends to do it when he is out running errands. It was an exercise in releasing control for me, but I must say, he is getting better at it! 😉
    Amazing that you’ve had so little snow. We’re having flurries today, but slowly it is all melting around the yard and woods. We had a deluge of rain a few nights ago, which made the waterfall a torrent and opened patches of ground. Spring is coming!

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    1. It is exciting to see different traditions for the same day. I asked the kids in my class if they knew why we ate semlor that day. No-one knew.
      I bet it felt weird to give up grocery shopping in the beginning. If I had a responsible partner I wouldn’t mind, but that’s not even an option here with only me and my daughter.
      This morning I woke up to snow! It’s below freezing and the ground is completely covered with snow. The sky is white and there’s more coming. March 1! I wonder if all the snow is going to come now? We are going to start seeds in the kitchen window today..Thank you for your company, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  4. Hi Maria,
    I would certainly sit down with you to enjoy a semla. You would tell me how rich they are and remind me why they are only produced once a year. I’d be glad to be chatting with you on that special day.
    Again, I’m loving your photos and you remind me of my own piece about Death Valley. That was a crazy trip. You might recall my title, “Staying Alive in Death Valley”. You saw it in October of last year. That place remains a very unique outdoors kind of experience, despite how sick I got while there.
    Thanks for the visit

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    1. I do remember your trip to Death Valley! It is a different universe out there. We have one photo from Zabriskie point in the kitchen, and my daughter often talk about it. It’s a good conversation starter. I hope you enjoyed your semla!


  5. “Semmeldagen” = Armageddon by semla? lol. In New England the kids have February break, a week off that many use for skiing, and Spring Break (aka April break), a week often used for going south to hit the beaches. I like the photos you chose for your daughter’s room. I hit the grocery store two or three times a week, but it is very close.

    I hope you had a good weekend and have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

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    1. Haha Armageddon by semla, I like it! I believe our school beaks are very similar then 🙂 Here many families go to Southern Europe to enjoy the beaches. My weekends is great, we got some snow! Have a fabulous new week!

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      1. I grew up in Ohio with only a Spring Break. We had an exchange student from Sweden and he talked about the winter break. I thought it sounded fantastic and had no idea that kids in New England did have the winter break.

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  6. Working and taking care of your child and house takes time. So ordering food and having it delivered would definitely be something I would have done when I was working. I’m retired now so I can go. Plus I enjoy cooking!

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  7. Hello, I’m a little behind this week. I love the photos their gorgeous, & do you think I could get a semla delivered here it looks soooo delicious. Delivery is great for a busy Mum such as yourself I hope it continues to work out for you. Its amazing how much money we save by meal planning. The only shopping I like is second hand shops, saddleries & hardware. Have a fantastic rest of the week.

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    1. Ooo yes, a good second hand store for amazing finds, or a saddlery..I do love that kind of shopping. Just touching and looking at beautiful saddles makes me excited, even now when I don’t have a horse. Meal planning is the key, if you choose to eat well but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Have a fabulous new week!

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  8. Hello Maria, I’m visiting from the Weekend coffee share link-up. I’d love to try a semla. i visited Stockholm a long time ago and would love to see more of Sweden. I live in Ontario, Canada. We have school break mid-March for elementary and secondary school students. University students usually have their winter break in February and it’s called “Reading week” so guess how relaxing it is for them 🙂 I usually do my big grocery shopping once a week and supplement milk or fresh fruit/ vegetables mid-week.

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    1. Hi Natalie, it’s great to have you over for a coffee and a semla 🙂 I live three hours north of Stockholm. Stockholm is a beautiful city, I especially love the old town with all the artsy houses. I hope you choose to visit soon again. Do you have a lot of snow in Ontario at the moment? It is usually a lot of snow here this time of the year, but we only have a little. There is actually a light snowfall as we speak. Have an amazing new week!


      1. Hi Maria, I love Stockholm Old Town, too. We don’t have snow in Toronto at the moment. This week the high temp is between 3C and 9C. In January we had one snow storm and in February another snow storm but most of the snow have melted. Have a wonderful week!

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  9. That semla looks and sounds fabulous! I need to get my grocery trips down to maybe twice a week, to replenish fruits and vegetables. Otherwise I’m there daily due to lack of planning.


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