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  • Lena and Ole are coming to Eau Claire Aug. 6-7

    Hello from Wisconsin:

    We continue our travels in the midwest and our next stop with the Lena Ole “mobile” is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin August 6-7. We will be vendors at the Tre Lag Stevne at the Plaza Hotel and Suites at 1202 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.

    This annual gathering of descendants and friends of Trondelag, Gudbransdal, and Northern Hedmark in Norway includes seminars about Norwegian culture, a geneology lab, Nordic music, local tours, and this year — an antiques appraisal. It is open to the public but registration is required for the meals and seminars. For more information, check out their website at **www.nhohlag.org**

    The vendor room is # 1 in the Ball room area. We will be open to the public Thursday, August 6 from 8 am to 4 pm and Friday, August 7 from 8 am to 4 pm.

    It’s time for a Lena and Ole Joke: Ole got back home from a trip to Minneapolis and told Lena: “Funny ting about Minneapolis. After reading their paper, I found out everyvun dies in alphabetical order up dere.”

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    Join Lena and Ole at their summer festivals in Minnesota and Wisconsin

    Hello to our Midwestern friends,

    Our first stop in our “Lena and Ole mobile”, otherwise known as our RV, will be in St. Cloud MN. You are invited to stop in and see our booth and other Scandinavian vendors at the Vestlandslag/Valdres Samband Combined Stevne. That’s a special 3 day conference of Norwegians from 9 areas of Norway. It will be at the Kelly Inn at 100 4th Ave. South. Our booths will be open in the vendors room on Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19 from 8 am to 5 pm. You do not have to attend the actual stevne to visit the vendors. If you are interested in more information about any of the Norwegian groups (based on ancestry locations), visit www.fellesraad.com.

    New item for our summer shows: delicious Lingonberry Jam from Denmark. We used to carry this popular item at Lena and Ole’s Gifts in Woodville.

    The next event is Saturday, June 27 from 12 – 5 pm. — it’s the Midsommar festival sponsored by the Amery, Wisconsin Swedish Club. We attended last year and it was a beautiful event despite the rain. It didn’t stop the creation of a beautiful Swedish maypole or the fabulous smorgasbord of Swedish meatballs, new potatoes, salads, herring, bread, almond cake topped with fresh strawberries, coffee, & lemonade. There was Swedish dancing around the flower covered maypole. There’s also live music and games. There are indoor facilities but bring your lawn chair. The cost is $15.00 for presales and $18.00 at the park. Call 715-268-2901 for ticket information or go online to www.foreverswedish.net. The festival is located north west of Amery approximately 13 miles at D.D. Kennedy County park.

    We will be in La Crosse July 9-11 for another stevne, in Eau Claire August 6-8 and Wilmar MN Aug. 13-15 so watch your e-mails for more information on this and other appearances. As always, we have lots of great Scandinavian items, particularly Norwegian, for you as well as gifts for others — do your Christmas (Jul) shopping before it snows!

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    Scandinavian Almond Cake in the interesting shaped pan!

    Almond cake bottom design

    Almond cake bottom design

    One of the most popular items from Lena and Ole's Gifts is the Scandinavian almond cake pan.  This cake is very popular with my customers because it is easy to make, freezes well, and is very pretty when done.  There are two different recipes posted in our recipe section that work well in this unique pan.  When served on one of the beautiful trays, perhaps with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or your favorite toppings, your guests will be impressed and will love the prominent almond flavor of this outstanding moist cake.            

    The aluminum nonstick pan is available for $12.50 plus shipping from Lena and Ole’s Gifts. Call 414-745-4362 to order.

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    Buy Scandinavian flags and windsocks from Lena and Ole’s Gifts

    We carry the large traditional Norwegian “flag” that can be flown all the time — not just on traditional Norwegian flag days. Anyone traveling in Norway has seen this beautiful large triangle shaped flag flying over Norwegian homes all year round. We have the vimple available for $49.00 plus shipping — a traditional way that Norwegians fly their colors and let everyone know when they are at home during non-flag days. It is a great Christmas gift. One of our favorite items is a windsock — available with Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish flag designs as well as the US flag. We even have a German windsocks since Lane (also known as Ole) has German roots. We also carry Canadian, English, and Italian windsocks while supplies last! They are only $19.95 plus shipping and are high quality, stitched nylon pieces (not printed) and will hold up well outside.

    Call 414-745-4362 to have it sent to you or your gift recipient.

    Comments (0) 5:19 pm |


    Interested in merchandise described in the Log — just e-mail or call Lena at 414-745-4362. You can order by credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express).  We charge actual postage with no sales tax for out-of-Arizona (our residence) orders. 

    We have lots of merchandise (or can get it for you) that isn't on-line — just call or e-mail your questions. No extra charge for gift wrapping — we can mail the gift right to the receiver.

    Some merchandise may not be immediately available for shipping if we are on the road!

    Comments (0) 8:51 pm |

    Uncle Goose Nursery rhyme blocks perfect gift for new baby.

    Hickory, dickory, block. An update of a classic set, these fun and memorable blocks help children to learn their nursery rhymes. They are perfect for playing, reading, learning or as a nursery decoration, which makes it a great baby shower gift. Each block is embossed with two silhouette images from classic Mother Goose stories, and the text for nine nursery rhymes is printed on the other four sides.

    These 9 nursery block set made in Michigan of natural, kiln-dried Michigan Basswood are safe, heirloom quality gifts. The set is only $16.50 plus shipping. Call 414-745-4362 to order today.

    Nursery rhyme blocks

    Nursery rhyme blocks

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    Another Lena and Ole Joke Book!

    Ole and Lena:  Women are from Minot...Men are from Uranus

    Ole and Lena: Women are from Minot…Men are from Uranus


    Yes, it’s true — a flip flop book — read the jokes in one half “e.g. “women are from Minot” and then flip the book over and read je jokes about “men are from Uranus”. Bruce Danielsen and Ann Berg from Cambridge, Minnesota are well qualified to write about those classic Norwegians, Ole and Lena. This great paperback is filled with crazy pictures and jokes for only $6.95. A must have for any Scandinavian — almost cheaper than a get-well card and lots cheaper to laugh than to “take pills” to feel better. Call Lena at 414-745-4362 to order!

    Comments (0) 3:55 pm |

    Uncle Goose Language Blocks

    Classic ABC Blocks

    Classic ABC Blocks

    Lena and Ole searched far and wide to find high quality toys made in the United States and Scandinavia.  We are again stocking something parents, grandparents, and great grandparents will love for those special children in their lives.  These blocks (like the old-fashioned wood blocks some of us played with growing up) are high-quality Michigan basswood and made in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We have blocks in stock that can help your little ones start to learn a language (or more than one) at a time when it's easier to learn — when they are learning to speak.  The blocks have letters and pictures that correspond with the various languages including Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and, of course, English.  The blocks range in price from $36.50 for the English blocks and $39.50 for the other languages. There are 28 blocks in the Classic ABC English set, 27 blocks in the Danish set, and 30 in each of the Norwegian and Swedish sets. They are of the quality that will be handed down to the next generation. Call 414-745-4362 to order – shipping is extra. Order early to have them for Christmas gift giving.
    Norwegian Blocks

    Norwegian Blocks

    Swedish blocks

    Swedish blocks

    Danish blocks

    Danish blocks

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