Monday, October 15, 2007

from finland with love

During these past two weeks, my middle son took leave from his assignment in Iraq to join our daughter-in-law for some much-needed R & R in Finland.  Leaving the 100+-degrees temperatures in Baghdad, where he wears almost 60 additional pounds of battle gear, to cool off in the chillier northern climes of Lapland was a welcome relief. Taking the dry-heat Finnish saunas daily, sometimes twice a day, was another.  Finding his name on everything from coffee mugs to Christmas decorations was good for a little comic relief, since his very Finnish name doesn't register in our commercial market.  


From attending a Marimekko fashion show in Helsinki where his cousin Dana was modeling to enjoying total privacy at a spa retreat above the Arctic circle, they enjoyed their short time together.  And at one of the markets, they happened upon some adorable additions for my Little House, including Finnish staples like coffee, cheese and salami, a Helsinki newspaper in the mail, and a sample of a family favorite, Karjalanpiirakat.  These rye pastries wrapped around steamed rice and topped with egg butter or munavoi are delicious but time-consuming to make by hand. Naturally, we reserve them for special occasions.  


I am thinking this playful gift is his subtle suggestion of what he'd like to eat when he finally comes home next year: Finlandia cheese sliced thinly on pulla, a big glass of maitoa, and especially a big plate of Karjalanpiirakka with munavoi, probably even for breakfast.
(The pink mat in the background is scaled by the square inch.)

6 comments:

Anne said...

How cute they all are. And totally different to anything you'll find here in the States.
I want to see more pictures of your dollshouse. Pretty please....

Junie Moon said...

How wonderful they were able to have this time together and just enjoy the wonders in the world. And what fabulous littles--they are truly awesome.

suzi finer said...

such wonderful detail!
love.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How sweet that he took time to find things for you during his needed getaway. Aren't sons great to have?

Felicia said...

What wonderful treasures for a small house :)

Jeanette said...

Hope to see you tonight...w/coupon in hand. :)

And I blog-tagged you. :)