Monday, May 05, 2008

Cinco de Mayo Swedish style

Fast on the heels of Kentucky Derby Day (the previous two posts have lots of hats...and have been updated....)

Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I figured that since the Mexicans waved Mexican flags on St.Patrick's day, we would have Swedish pancakes to eat on Cinco de Mayo.

Makes sense, right?
Laura made them using the recipe in the Swedish cookbook she got over in Sweden.
Yes, they were absolutely delicious!

Before she left for Sweden she asked me if I wanted her to get me anything in particular while she was there.

I told her I would love place mats with pictures by the Swedish artist Carl Larsson .
I was thinking inexpensive plastic....she got me the corked back board mats instead.
You can see how big they are; one is under Laura's plate in the top picture.

I just love them. For years B. and I used to have Friday morning dates at a Scandinavian restaurant, and they always used Larsson place mats. Larson is famous for his gentle paintings that captured everyday family life in Sweden, back in the 1800's.

Larsson's home is still available for public tours; it is arguably the most famous artist home due to his many painting that captured daily life within it.

My personal favorite: The girl's hat, and the cute baby chasing a crawfish: Just so cute.
It is raining like crazy here today; flash flood warnings are up and the lighting and thunder has been pretty steady for the last six hours.
I like rain.
Let it pour!


Vicki said...

I love the artwork! There are so many adorable little details to see!

I've thoroughly enjoyed your Derby hats posts...those were fun. We met our close friends (for over 30 years) for dinner last night in Clearwater. They are attending the KY Derby next Spring and she is stressing over a hat already!

Miss Janey said...

Boy does Miss Janey want some of those pancakes.

Ladygrande (Texas Marie) said...

Lovely, lovely!

Anonymous said...

Awesome post. Hard to believe we used to spend the time at Dansk. So much of La Mesa is the same and soo much has changed. Thanks for the glimpse back into our home. love B.

Miss Janey said...

Miss Jill left teh following message for Miss Janey over at HAtastic: "May I put a link to you on my virtual KDD post?"

Miss J has no idea what that is, but please link to her in any way you wish!

Lovella said...

Shoot, I love storms. . wish could sit on your deck with the cats and the birds and of course you and witness some good old thunder.

Oh I do love those lovely corkbacked mats. The pictures really are lovely.

Oh, now I'm hungry for swedish pancakes. I'm heading for the barn .. I'll need some fresh eggs.

Judy said...

Thanks for introducung us to Carl Larsson...he has wonderful paintings! And of course the one with the girl's hat would be your favorite...but they are all special.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Just popped in to say thank you for your comment on my Sunday post. It gave me a little chuckle, but oh my! It must've gotten exciting. I guess I'd take WWJD over that any day; although, truth to tell, it's probably on par.

And, I find Carl Larrson being featured here. I have been looking all over my my book on him as I love his work. Just last night, I was searching images on the internet and now I've found the best ones gathered here. How providential!