Finnish Pea Soup

Irish 🍀 eyes are smiling. In this case my peas are smiling at me. These dried peas are the beginning step of Finnish pea soup which was a childhood staple made by my great-Mummi is prefect on a cold winter day followed by my absolutely favourite Finnish pancakes.

When serving Finnish pea soup always remember mustard. I am especially fond of the Finnish one made by Turun Sinappi. Luckily I am able to find it without a trip to Finland and love all three strengths – Mieto (Mild) – Green Cap, Väkevä (Strong) – Red Cap and Tulinen (Fiery) – Black Cap. For pea soup, the sweet mild one is the perfect compliment.

Since I do not have our family recipe, my first homemade attempt was with a recipe from a small and beautifully photographed Finnish cookbook called A Tasty Trip to Finland given to me by family in Helsinki when I visited a few years ago. For anyone who would like to attempt this Finnish food tradition, there are many recipes to be found online and likely on WordPress too.

A fun Finnish pea soup fact: it’s traditionally eaten on Thursdays, with Finnish pancakes for dessert and you will find it on the menu in many restaurants in Finland.

Marimekko For Clinique Hudson’s Bay Gift With Purchase Arriving Soon

Finnish design meets beauty.

If you are looking for a new spring look, the Marimekko for Clinique gift with purchase arriving to Hudson’s Bay Stores on Wednesday March 14th. Visit your local Clinique counter at Hudson’s Bay to get yours.

Drops of Joy

Finn Friday. Accessorizing my casual Friday jeans, t-shirt and cardigan with my Aarikka Niitty necklace.

Finnish brand Aarikka established in 1954 brings together Finnish and Scandinavian design with elements of wood and nature into beautiful drops of joy handcrafted in Finland. The drops of joy are key to their jewellery and home accessories. My necklace was purchased at their Flagship store in Helsinki at Pohjoisesplanadi 27. They also sell in other retailers across Finland and internationally as well as via their website to across the world.

Like many Finnish brands, Aarikka believes design’s most important task is to bring joy to people’s lives. The simplicity and beauty of this necklace does exactly that for me. Happy Friday!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Hyvää Ystävänpäivä!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hyvää Ystävänpäivä!

In Finland: Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä which means Friend’s Day. The day has no romantic meaning. Instead it is a day that people send cards and gifts to their friends in celebration of their friendships. I love Finland’s idea of celebrating friends who bring so much joy, sunshine, laughter and love to our lives.

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day with those you love. Please always remember there are many experiencing a tough time whether they have lost a loved one, a job, someone they love has been diagnosed with cancer or another illness, or they are simply heartbroken and just feeling alone. Be kind and spread love and light today, tomorrow and always.

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Marimekko for Clinique Pop Up at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street

Looking for find your perfect Marimekko for Clinique lipgloss or lipstick shade? Drop by the pop up event at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street February 12 and 13th to find your perfect hue. Don’t forget to take a photo in the photo booth and post it to Instagram, tag Clinique Canada (@CliniqueCanada) with the #MARIMEKKOforClinique #CliniqueCanada hashtags for an opportunity to win $95 of Clinique products. If you can’t make it, a special Marimekko for Clinique gift with purchase is arriving at Hudson’s Bay on March 14th. Perfect for updating your look for spring.

Marimekko for Clinique

Excited to finally find the Marimekko for Clinique limited edition lip gloss and lipstick collection this evening at Hudson’s Bay. The collection is available in stores and on-line across the world and I hear a gift with purchase event may be coming soon to a Hudson’s Bay store near you. Love this collaboration of one of my favourite Finnish brands and my very first makeup and beauty brand. Lots of beautiful shades to pick from. I decided to be pretty in pink with Watermelon Pop. If you love Finnish design and makeup, definitely check out this special MarimekkoForClinique collection.