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  • Swedish Dish Cloths are the #1 seller in Lena and Ole’s Booth

    If you haven’t started using the Swedish dish cloths, only $5.95 each in a huge array of designs, you are missing out. This dry sponge cloth was invented in 1949 in Sweden by engineer Curt Lindqvist. The cloth is printed with environmentally safe and water based colors and is washable in your dishwasher or clothes washer. The amazing cloth removes (due to a texture on the back) those pesky stains on granite and your metal kitchen appliances. It also can absorb 15 times its own weight but then dries in an incredibly short time, eliminating that nasty smell associated with regular washcloths. It is made of natural cellulose and cotton and is 100% biodegradable. If you order 3 or more (call 414-745-4362), shipping is free.

    It makes a great gift (cheaper than many greeting cards) and is useable, unique, and easily mailed.

    We will add new designs later.

    Comments (0) 6:58 pm |

    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.

    Comments (0) 3:13 am |

    Spritz Cookie Recipe

    SPRITZ (traditional molded Scandinavian cookies) — easy & pretty.

    1 1/4 cup (2 1/2 sticks) butter (room temperature)
    1 cup sugar
    2 egg yolks
    2 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
    3 cups flour
    1 2/ tsp. salt
    Cookie decorations/food coloring

    Cream butter and add sugar gradually. Beat in egg yolks and flavoring. Blend in flour and salt. You may divide recipe and add food coloring as desired. Put the design into your cookie press and then put a small amount of dough into the cylinder and check the release of the cookie — if the cookie shape doesn’t release well, your dough may be too stiff — add a small amount of milk or cream into a portion of your dough, mix well and test again.

    Hold your cookie press over an ungreased cookie sheet and press out your designs. Decorate as desired before baking.

    Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 7-9 minutes until very light brown. Cool slightly on the cookie sheet and then remove to wax paper or cookie rack to cool. Freezes well.

    More Great Scandinavian cookie recipes and cookie molds available from Lena and Ole’s Gifts website.

    Comments (0) 9:25 am |