The Icelandic Santa Claus Brothers Part Three

The Icelandic Santa clause consists of 13 brothers. Here is part three the last part of the rebels :-)

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one santa claus visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how that particular child has behaved on the preceding day. Each Santa has a specific idiosyncrasy and will therefore behave in a particular manner.

Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage Swiper)

Sausage Swiper hides in the rafters and pilfers pork links while they’re smoking.

Gluggagægir (Window Peeper)

This troll looks through your windows in search of things to steal. Pretty sure this is a felony.

Gáttaþefur (Doorway Sniffer)

Easily identified by his abnormally large nose, Doorway Sniffer uses his acute sense of smell to find Laufabrauo, a traditional Icelandic bread.

Ketkrókur (Meat Hook)

Meat Hook uses a hook to steal meat. Pretty self explanatory.

Kertasníkir (Candle Stealer)

This troll follows children so he can steal their candles and then eat them. Pretty sure this is also a felony.

Have a Very Happy Holiday and Be Good…

Or Gryla, the mother of all the Yule Lads, will abduct you!

Leppalúði the husband of Grýla, not that evil, but a lazy one.


This is real Icelandic lore and you can learn more about it here.


We can safely recommend this method brining a turkey

Brining a turkey the Martha way.

We have used this Martha Stewart method for 3 years now and it is safe to say it has brilliant results!

Ingredients

7 quarts (28 cups) water
1 1/2 cups coarse salt
6 bay leaves
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
1 fresh whole turkey (18 to 20 pounds), patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing
1 bottle dry Riesling
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bunch fresh thyme


  1. 1. Step 1

Bring 1 quart water, the salt, bay leaves, and spices to a simmer, stirring until salt has dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  1. 2. Step 2

Line a 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag. Place turkey in bag. Add salt mixture, remaining 6 quarts (24 cups) water, and the other ingredients. Tie bag; if turkey is not submerged, weight it with a plate. Refrigerate for 24 hours, flipping turkey once.

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Here is a video of a slightly different brining ingredients.

Snowflake Table Runner

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Add a frosty touch to your holiday table with this easy to create felt snowflake table runner. Click here... for tutorial




Recycling Tin Cans

This is a very clever way to recycle some tin cans. They can be used as candle holders or a beautiful center piece.

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Candy Cane Cookies

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Sugar Cookie Dough

2 cup(s) (4 sticks) butter, softened

1 1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
5 cup(s) flour
1 teaspoon(s) salt
1 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon(s) ground allspice


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Directions:
  1. Beat the butter, using a mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low and beat in the remaining ingredients. If tinting dough, add food coloring.
  2. For chocolate dough, reduce flour to 4 1/2 cups and add 2/3 cup cocoa. For hand-formed cookies, transfer to an airtight container. For rolled and cut cookies, divide dough in half, form into 1-inch-thick slabs, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. For sliced cookies, use parchment paper to roll dough into logs.
  3. Chill dough at least 2 hours. And chill formed cookies 20 minutes before baking at 350 degrees F on parchment-lined baking pans 10 to 15 minutes, depending on cookie size. For tinted-dough cookies, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake 12 to 18 minutes.
  4. Gently roll each color separately into ropes on a flat, lightly floured surface using the palm of your hand for best results. Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush before twisting the two colored ropes together. Chill 20 minutes before baking to help the cookies maintain their shape.


See more cookie recipe here...


White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries

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We came a cross these beautiful Christmas jars on the blog Ginger Snap Crafts.  This is very quick and easy  to make. You will need Mod Podge, salt and stencil. Here... is the tutorial.

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Nifty crafting for those who are in a hurry :)

The Icelandic Santa Claus Brothers Part Two

The Icelandic Santa clause consists of 13 brothers. Here is part two of the rebels :-)

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one santaclaus visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes, depending on how that particular child has behaved on the preceding day. Each Santa has a specific idiosyncrasy and will therefore behave in a particular manner.

Pottaskefill (Pot Licker)

Not to be confused with Spoon Licker, Pot Licker steals leftovers out of pots. Also not to be confused with Stubby, who steals PANS.

Askasleikir (Bowl Licker)

Not to be confused with Spoon Licker or Pot Licker, Bowl Licker hides under your bed until you put your bowl down. Then he steals it and then, presumably, licks it.

Hurðaskellir (Door Slammer)

He slams doors. Especially at night.

Skyrgámur (Skyr Gobbler)

Skyr is a traditional Icelandic dairy product similar to strained yogurt, and he steels your Skyr!

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