Saturday, 6 December 2014

Independence Day of Finland

Today (Dec. 6th) is Finland's Independence Day! It's amazing (or not) how quickly a year has passed by. I remember the previous Independence Day very clearly, maybe because I usually spend the day the same way every year. :)

This year I can't spend it the same way as before due to me being in Greece. I thought of still mentioning some things that I would normally do. First of all it's national holiday, so I wouldn't need to go to school, though this year it's a Saturday. I would spend a quite long time eating breakfast with my mom and maybe going on a walk or something. The house would be full of Christmas lights, only exception being the lights that belong to a Christmas tree. At some point we would bake Christmas cookies using the same recipe as every year while listening to Christmas songs.

In the evening we would light up two white & blue candles and watch the Presidential Independence Day reception on TV.

This day is usually very lovely and relaxing! :) Here's the recipe for the cookies. I know I shared it a year ago already, but maybe there's someone new, who hasn't seen it yet. Can't wait to bake them later this month!


- 100 g (=3/4 dl) syrup
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoons ginger
- 1.5 teaspoons clove-carnation
- 2 teaspoons cell of pomerans
- 250 g butter or margarine
- 200 g (=2.25 dl) sugar
- 1 egg
- 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
- 400 g (=6 dl) wheat flour

- Boil syrup with spices and cool down until it's still warm.
- Foam sugar and butter/margarine.
- Combine mixtures. Add egg. Mix together.
- Add flour and baking soda. Mix again.
Keep in the fridge at least over night. 
- Make cookies and bake in the oven for about 10 mins. About 200 °C. 
- Enjoy! :)