There will be a little Nordic cheer added to the holiday table this year.

In fact, there will be much covert experimental baking happening over the next few weeks, as I prepare myself to surprise my (Finnish) father-in-law with some holiday memories when he visits us for Christmas.

(No pressure…..!)

This will be the first time my father-in-law will meet baby Mélanger face to face.  This Christmas could not be a more perfect time to start some Finnish traditions for baby Melanger, with her ukki (grandfather) visiting, and her connection to Finland right here, sharing the holiday with us.

So here is hoping the Mélanger kitchen will be filled with pastries, cookies, cakes and breads that no Finnish Christmas table would be without.

But only 18 days until Christmas Eve, so I better get the oven on!