LET’S HYGGE NOVEMBER 2022
[definition of hygge]
a quality of cosiness and comfortable living that engenders a feeling
of contentment and well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
Add a little hygge to each month
Hello! Firstly, I want to thank you for all your lovely messages and emails. It’s so rewarding to hear your feedback and it makes me really happy. Please feel free to share ‘let’s hygge’ if you know someone who would appreciate a monthly greeting.
Christmas is on the horizon and so this month I have selected a few things for you to create; either to give away or enjoy yourself.
My garden is exploding with fresh herbs which is why I am sharing my homemade salsa verde recipe.
Lately I have been stitching little Christmas doves in the evening – such a joyful project. I never got around to packing away the doves I made last year because I love their presence around the house. Occasionally I add a few drops of lavender oil onto them which brings a lovely calming scent into the room.
I am also sharing the ‘let’s hygge CHRISTMAS’ eBook with you. It is filled with things to bake, create and celebrate.
I wish you a wonderful November… filled with lots of lovely small projects that bring you joy and make your lucky recipients smile. Let’s hygge!
My garden is abundant with fresh herbs after all of the recent rain. I pick large bouquets and place them in vases in my kitchen so that I have them handy when I am cooking, creating a salad or flavouring our drinking water. I have blended big bunches of mint, French parsley, perennial basil and wild fennel leaves for a vitamin packed salsa verde. I keep it in small, sterilised bottles and jars, sealed with a little olive oil on the top. I use salsa verde in salads, mixed with cous cous, as a spread on bread, drizzled over potato pizza and in pasta with some added parmesan and pine nuts.
½ cup of French parsley
½ cup of basil
½ cup of mint
½ cup of wild fennel leaves
3 cloves of garlic
½-1 cup of olive oil
Place the leaves of the herbs, garlic and a drizzle of olive oil in a food processor or blender, then continue to add olive oil until the pesto is smooth and runny. Season with salt. You can use any herbs you may have.
This Christmas I will gift my small, hand stitched doves to friends and family. They are a good size for decorations to hang on branches or on your Christmas tree. I vary filling them with cotton or dried lavender flowers. With either variation, I like to give them a couple of extra drops of lavender oil before gifting them to enhance the feeling of a peace dove! I like to use a fine crochet cotton and blanket stitch to sew the two pieces of the birds together – it gives them a lovely finish. A simple running stitch can be used if you prefer. Press on any of the dove images to find the template I have created for you to use!
All you need is:
linen or old fabric that you adore
fine crochet cotton
cotton wool or dried lavender
Take a look in my Christmas book let’s hygge! It is filled with things to cook, bake and create. I have already begun preparing the advent calendar for my parents. The instruction for this project is on page 6 of the book! Press to view or download! And feel free to share it with friends and family.
A Fortunate Man is based on the Danish, classic novel LYKKEPER, which was written by Henrik Pontoppidan in 1898. It’s directed by the award-winning Danish film director Bille August. The main characters, Esben Smed and Katrine Greis Rosenthal are eminent in each of their roles. It’s a fantastic, touching movie and incredibly beautifully made. Press the image to watch the trailer on Netflix.
I love seeing how Elton John keeps reinventing himself, decade after decade. As I am getting older myself, I find this very inspiring. I love the energy of his new music, the strong links to his past music and the clever way he collaborates with colleagues much younger than himself. Click the photo and listen to his latest hits, ‘Hold Me Closer’ in collaboration with Britney Spears. Listen on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or YouTube.
Do you want to catch up on some of the previous months? Please head to my Journal here: https://lindbjerggraphic.com.au/journal/
Feel free to share “let’s hygge” with a friend…
I wish you a creative month of November with lovely projects and hygge!
I’ve compiled my family traditions into a digital flip book “let’s hygge CHRISTMAS” for you to peruse and take inspiration from.
Spring is here and I am excited to start gardening again and have ordered my seeds – I can’t wait to see them grow.
I’d like to share a family recipe with you for Danish Kokostoppe. They are a delicious treat and very easy to make.