Fran and Bowen and I met up for Starbucks fika again this week while Olivia was at a playdate. The seasonal drinks this time around were Honey & Almond Hot Chocolate, Gingerbread Latte, and Toffee Nut Latte, so I went with Toffee Nut (mmm). No Cranberry Bliss Bars, though, so I got a cranberry & white chocolate cookie and Bowen chose a lemon poppy seed muffin and played happily with his matchbox car and a straw.
And then I made a whole pan of Cranberry Bliss Bars this weekend.
Today I checked out the fancy coffee at Espresso House (which is like Sweden's Starbucks). Initially when Fran told me about their Tomte latte my brain was like, "Eww it tastes like troll?!" But I guess that's just their way of marketing a yuletide drink with cinnamon and cardamom, or else tomtes actually taste like Christmas.
They also have seasonal treats like pepparkaka (gingerbread) cheesecake topped with lingonberries, and these "Christmas spiced" julmuffins with candied orange.
I think I may survive the winter after all. Actually, in all fairness, the six weeks of gloom has ended and we have seen some blue sky most days this week. It makes such a difference in everyone's mood! I don't mind the short days as much as I thought I would, as long as I can see the sun at some point.
|Morning at Askimsbadet (from Kathy's house)|
|Sunset a few minutes later (ha ha) in central Gothenburg|