Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hyvää vappua! May Day Weekend Festivities and a new Giveaway!

As many of my readers know, I have a longtime love affair with Finland.

Here it is!

I don't know much about past lives, but whenever I see images of Finland - or Norway or Sweden - I feel a deep stirring, like my soul is remembering home. And for that reason, I borrow many Scandinavian traditions, especially on holidays like May Day and Midsummer, which really have no particular tradition here in the Southern US. This is okay to me, however, because the Finnish custom of making sima and munkki for May Day are wonderful and wonderfully easy to do...

...only I didn't get around to doing them this year. It's been a busy time, with work and freelancing and taking courses at University and of course, being the mom of an active boy! Our days are full with school, home life, lots of time exploring the woods and now, our large garden, which is fully planted for the summer growing season. So while sima and munkki sadly took a backseat, we did manage to celebrate May Day by gifting bouquets to others...


...enjoying doughnuts, the closest thing to munkki in these parts...


 ...dropping by our local spring festival...


...and lots of time exploring our beloved woods.



I have such a thing for mushrooms, I don't know why, but it's an interest shared by most of my Finnish friends, who harvest them wild and make all kinds of yummy things, including, odd as it sounds, a tea! This mushroom intrigued me so much, sticking up like a buried bone! But I digress...

...in short, our May Day weekend was wonderful and amazing, and I want to celebrate that with a giveaway! My 2014 giveaway was a great success and I'm hoping you'll enjoy participating in this one just as much! Stay tuned for details on the giveaway as well as updates from our 6 week vegan challenge! We're beginning week two now, and I've never felt more energetic!

Wishing you a happy start to your week!

~Amy

1 comment:

jean whatley said...

amy, i always enjoy your blogs and photos. thanks, jean whatley