I happened to be watching a Rick Steves show on Denmark and in the show they were describing a way of living that they had. It was called hyggelig (hoo.gl.ee). This hyggelig meant you always have a drink, some food, and at the very least a candle between you and your company. It meant feeling cozy at the very base translation of the word but actually much more, it was your surroundings without anything that would make you feel ill at ease or emotionally overwhelmed. It was actually the pursuit of serenity, of comfy, of homey, of anything that brought that warm fuzzy to your soul.

My jaw dropped at this Danish discovery of self. That one single word summed up the pursuit of my entire life. Hyggelig!!! This blog is about just that, all the things that make me feel hyggelig. My only hope is that they inspire you to find your own hyggelig too. Imagine a world full of hyggelig, just imagine...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Love Of Cookbooks

I have a thing for cookbooks. I love them, want to collect them, read them, and enjoy them so much that I'm sure I have way too many for my own good, but yet they still keep coming in. So I've told myself that I could only add to my collection if I actually make the recipes in them and give a few away that I don't use anymore. So, two went to sisters and two are on their way from amazon. I have to say that they were super cheap since I got them used. Just a few dollars... Honey, Don't be mad. These are actually going to be VERY useful. They have all the homey kind of food I love but are all healthy versions that will keep my figure getting slimmer not bigger over the holidays. They also list all the nutritional info for all the recipes including the food exchanges. How did I find them? I checked them out from the library while looking for some cookbooks with slimmed down versions of my favorite foods.

Brownies from the 

New Dieter's Cookbook

Today I'm trying the brownie recipe. It's kinda great that it only makes 8 brownies since there are only two of us living in this little Enchanted Cottage. I'm waiting for them to cool as I type at this very moment. So far they smell delicious, just like regular brownies. Let's see if they taste as good.

Verdict: pretty good. About a 3 out of 5 which is pretty good for a diet brownie. I think if I frosted them with chocolate frosting instead of the suggested powder sugar they could be a 5. Theres also a chocolate frosting recipe in the book! I'll have to try that next time and let you know how it turns out.

My cookbook collection. This is the mudroom right off the kitchen at the backdoor. How do you like my twig door knobs?

We'll see what the Honey thinks of these brownies tonight when he is looking for an evening snack. Let us know what you think Honey!


  1. I love your blog! I miss you guyssssss...

  2. I'm so happy you love my blog! That is such a compliment coming from the ultra cool Iris. We miss you too! At some point we plan on visiting your area. The Honey's little sis and her family moved there a little while back.

  3. The brownies were good. They didn't have that diet flavor at all. Walnuts aren't cool though!!