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LEGGO MY ÄGGO!
Yea, verily, said the Lord, on the fifth and twentieth day of March it shall be lighter out in the evenings and the spring shall arriveth, and ye shall eat waffles. Fiat voluntas tua!

It's Waffle Day! Put your hands in the air and shake it like you just don't care! Say it with me: YAY WAFFLES!

Waffle Day is one of those bizarre Swedish traditions that you just learn about and shake your head in bemusement (NOT amusement, Sheryl!) over and then enjoy. It's technically the Feast of the Annunciation, but I'm not sure Maria and her pal the Angel Gabriel ever chowed down on heart-shaped waffles with raspberry jam and whipped cream. Their loss.

The reason why the Feast of the Annunication is celebrated as Waffle Day? It's like a bad game of Telephone run amok. It's Vårfrudagen in Swedish, which literally translates as The Day of Our Lady, and it's pronounced vore-fru-dog-en. "Waffles" in Swedish is våfflor, which is pronounced voh-floor. So, if you say Vårfrudagen really fast in Swedish it sounds like The Day of Waffles. And apparently it was such a good idea that it caught on, and now it's not only Swedish, it's actually OFFICIALLY International Waffle Day!*

We had our waffles this afternoon, with Anders' parents and his sister's family in Oxie, after having a big Easter buffet, where, before eating them, we thunked our hard-boiled eggs against each other in an attempt to crunch in theirs without our own being crunched. That sentence just did not work. I would try again but I doubt it's worth it. The moon was glowing round and full through the foggy haze as we drove home in the pale twilight, still pretty light out even at 7 p.m. A huge flock of seagulls wheeled overhead at one point, and later we saw swans sailing serenely on the ponds outside of Gårdstånga.

Anders brought home chicken-shaped marshmallow Easter candies from Italy for the kids and they taste like PEEPS! I'm in heaven!

Tomorrow: coloring eggs!

Really Great Writing Out There Right Now: Believe Street

Hippity Hoppity Bouncing Birthday Wishes to esmecat!

*Not to be confused with the American National Waffle Day which falls on August 24th and commemorates the first patented waffle iron.
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Damn, and here we had sweet and sour chicken instead, when it could have been waffles! maybe we'll celebrate a little late tomorrow. I'm thinking strawberries sliced onto waffles with whipped cream, mmmm.

mmmmm...fresh strawberries

Lighter out in the evenings. Ahh. You set the clocks ahead this weekend, don't you? I'm so jealous. That's my favorite day of the year. The older I get the less Christmas holds that spot and the more Daylight Savings Time beginning edges it out. We have to wait until next weekend, but at least our forecast for this weekend has brightened and G has both days off!

Whee! I forgot about Daylight Savings! Thanks for the reminder!

My guys are not fans of whipped cream so they had waffles with ice cream and jam. I am still not quite up to that so no waffles for me this year. *laugh*

I'm not a whipped cream fan either. :) Usually I'm a straight maple syrup girl, but it wasn't to be had, so raspberry jam it was!

My favorite waffle topping is caviar, chopped onion and sour cream. MUCH more delicious than the sweet toppings, I think.

I like savory toppings, too, actually, but I like them better rolled up in crepes!

Waffles, yum. I have maple syrup and apricot jam.. hhmm
Oh, and thanks for the link to "Believe Street." Are you getting out your four year old photo?

Hee! I might just have to :)

I can always count on you for things like a lesson in waffle history, thanks ;o)

Darn you! Now I'm going to have a Peeps craving all weekend... ::grin::

They were sOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! Actually, better than Peeps, since Peeps are so jaw-achingly sweet!

The moon was glowing round and full through the foggy haze as we drove home in the pale twilight, still pretty light out even at 7 p.m. A huge flock of seagulls wheeled overhead at one point, and later we saw swans sailing serenely on the ponds outside of Gårdstånga.

Wow! I wish I could have seen that. Sounds amazing.

I am so glad you had such a waffleful day!!!

<3

The boy and I shall be having waffles for breakfast in the morning tomorrow in honour of Swedish waffle day. :) We get to change our clocks this weekend, you guys too?

*BIG HUG* Have a wonderful Easter weekend! :)

yep! :) Happy Easter weekend to you, too! :)

(Anonymous)

Their loss indeed! :) I ADORE WAFFLES...so any holiday that celebrates them is okey-dokey in my book! I was feeling so jealous of everyone getting to experience Daylight Savings Time since we stay on Atlantic Standard Time year-round. But then I remembered...we get to be on Pacific Daylight Time starting next week! Sunny evenings, here I come! ~Marilyn

Is it just me, or do the Swedish "våfflor" don't feel like the old-fashioned Belgian-style waffles that you can find in the US?

nope, they are definitely different. :)

(Anonymous)

Well since Mom forgot to mail you your package (it included peeps) and you have found a better substitute, I will just have to keep them for ME!!!!! Will try to send it out on Mon as I have to pick up one more thing to add to it and then will airmail it. Sorry it is late but didn't notice she left it here until WAY after she went home! S

no no nononononono!!! never too many peeps! And these weren't PEEPS(tm) they were Italian easter candy! totally different! Not at all the same!

That is truly hysterical and bizarre about how waffle day eventuated! Nutters :)

This is fabulous; thanks for sharing.
Suddenly I'm craving waffles!

Thanks for that link to Believe Street. That was inspiring.

You're welcome :)

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