beat the heat!

it’s been a bloody hot week and it is going to continue for a while longer. for those of you staying indoors to escape the blaring sun, here’s a simple recipe to do with the kids.

no bake treats! made these no bake cookies and it took me about 10 minutes- yippee! the cooling took longer due to the heat (i put mine in the fridge) and i didn’t try one, well, until the kids were tucked in bed snoring. i also had some ice cream to help cool the nerves of the day and my core temp!

they look a bit like poo, but taste like sugary heaven!

xo, mama lola


in our family dear hubby is the baker and i am the cook. he is much better at the meticulous measuring and the precision the finicky details need. one of dear hubby’s specialties are KORVAPUUSTIT. they’re a finnish version of the always tasty cinnamon bun.
my mom told dear hubby that my mummo would have been impressed with his korvapuusti, as his taste as good as hers did. i think he has a knack for making them because he follows the directions to a “T”, it says knead dough for 10 minutes and he does, throwing his upper body into the movement to really get the ingredients interacting. 

for father’s day dear hubby and the boys baked away for a few hours. bear suggested putting some apple in, which to our delight tasted amazing! these are delightful to make as you can choose the sizes of the individual puusti  and get the kids involved.

here’s the recipe from a cookbook of traditional finnish recipes by an american woman who married a finn. the recipe is quite good. let me know if you try them!

1 package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups scalded whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
11/2 tsp salt
6-7 cups flour
1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

* or get creative and use nuts, fruit, dried fruit, jams, spreads etc.

1 egg

– dissolve the yeast in the water and add the milk, sugar, salt, and half of the flour. mix vigorously for one minute. 
– stir in butter and enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
– knead until smooth, about 10 minutes
– place dough in greased bowl and let rise in a warm location until size has doubled. may take up to 2-3 hours depending on current temperature.
– pre-heat oven to 375 F
– roll out half the dough into a 12 by 18 inch rectangle.
– spread with butter (DH melts butter and brushes it on) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
– roll rectangle firmly into a log roll.
– cut roll diagonally to make triangular:ish pieces and press down on centre of each korvapuusti spreading out the cut ends.
– glaze each korvapuusti with egg.
– place rolls onto greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
– do the same with the other half of the dough.

xo, mama lola

pinaattiletut/ spinach crepes.

*pinaattiletut or spinach crepes finnish style*
this is where i get my recipe for pinaattiletut. the finns (like most of the world) use the metric system for measuring ingredients and luckily for me i have my mummo’s old measuring cup to help. i did all the conversions and translated the instructions! and, no worries if you don’t have the proper pan, just use any pan you usually would for crepes.

2 cups milk
1 cup flour 
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
just under an ounce of oil or butter
sprinkle of black pepper
1 cup frozen spinch ( i use fresh spinach and eyeball it)

cooking instructions:
1. mix together milk, flour, eggs, salt, sugar and pepper.
2. then add oil and thawed spinach and once mixed let dough stand for a little while.
3. use butter to fry the crepes.
4. suggested serving with lingonberry jam and/ or cottage cheese.

xo, mama lola
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