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About Melissa Bahen
Melissa is the author of the popular blog Lulu the Baker, where she focuses on fresh recipes and modern country life. She’s also the co-founder of The Hello Sessions, a conference for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest. She regularly writes for the Style Spotters blog for Better Homes & Gardens, and has had her work featured in numerous digital and print publications. She lives in the rolling hills of western Oregon with her husband, four children, seven chickens, three bunnies, and a handful of beehives. Her first book, Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast, is available September 27, 2016 from Sasquatch Books.
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Scandinavian Gatherings is your hygge handbook (pronounced HOO-guh) for turning your home into a cozy retreat! The creator of the popular Lulu the Baker blog shows you how to create simple pleasures throughout the year with 10 seasonal, family-friendly gatherings filled with the flavors and traditions of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland (a region regularly reported as the happiest place on earth!).
The book boasts 30 simple craft projects for entertaining and decorating, as well as 40 sweet and savory recipes that put a modern twist on well-loved, traditional Scandinavian treats. You’ll soon be warming your home with the comforting smells of Mom’s Maple Pecan Rings, Swedish Meat Pies, Lucia Buns, Hot Chocolate with Homemade Cardamom Marshmallows, and more.
With ideas for year-round gatherings such as Nordic Brunch, Woodland Tea Party, Afternoon Fika, Lucia Day, and Christmas Cookie Exchange, you’ll turn your home into a stress-free hygge oasis.
Serve up comfort classic recipes for casual weekends with family and friends.
Farmhouse Weekends is the cookbook for anyone who daydreams of country life. Prepare meals and experiences to enjoy in the easy companionship of family and friends—everything you need to create the perfect farmhouse weekend, no matter where you live, is found within these pages. Each chapter provides recipes inspired by author Melissa Bahen’s weekend jaunts in the country: apple cider donuts and white bean chili after a day of picking fresh apples in the fall; buttery cobbler full of ripe, summer berries after a trip to the farmers’ market; hot, flaky biscuits slathered with butter and homemade strawberry freezer jam to start out a spring day. You’ll find brunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for spring, summer, autumn, and winter: 65 recipes to entertain and enjoy good company all year round.