One of the things I love most about creating is inspiration. It can be found in SO many places….in nature, on buildings, on a grocery cart in Norway, while people-watching (one of my favorite hobbies when traveling).
And how often have you seen wrapping paper and art work that you wished were fabric?? Happens to me daily.
And it totally happened when I opened this book. Ahhh! The Scandinavian artwork on the inside cover is amazing, and inspiring. And this is a cook book! Well, it’s sort of a cookbook, meets craft book, meets DIY, and all things beautiful—it’s like all my favorite worlds colliding under one cover.
It’s called Scandinavian Gatherings by my friend Melissa Bahen (who you might know as LuLu the Baker)
I’ve always loved Scandinavian design. When I was in Oslo a few years ago, I felt like I was home. If you’ve ever experienced that, it’s a strange feeling (you can read more about that in my previous post here). Of course in lieu of that, I travel there via IKEA every chance I can get…no passport required and it’s cheaper. Usually!
But there is so much to love about the Scandinavian culture, food, and design. And this book totally captures that. It’s one of those books you just want to crawl into….and smell the beautiful flowers, help set the table, slice off a chunk of the fresh bread.
OK, maybe the bread first.
A few of the recipes I can’t wait to try:
• Cardamom Marshmallows
• Spiced Apple Coffee Cake
• Blueberry Custard Pie (highest on the priority list!)
• Ham, Havarti, and Chive Breakfast Casserole
• Mom’s Maple-Pecan Rings
The subtitle of the book is “From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations.” Which is so cool. I love learning more about other cultures and everyday customs….especially when it involves darling little mugs .
And Melissa shows you how to make them yourself. All the templates for the same flowers are in the back of the book—including a template for that amazing tray on the cover. YES.
She also shares how to make hand-crafted candles, coasters, banners and flower crowns. And there’s even a section on St. Lucia day, which you know I love.
Scandinavian Gatherings is one of those perfect gift books, that you want to give to everybody that you know.
And today I want to gift one, to one of you!
• Leave a comment! That’s it!
• Only one entry per person
• Open to U.S. residents only
• Winner will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10pm Central Time
Thanks Melissa, and congrats on the beautiful book!
I think the recipes sound wonderful!
The food! My grandmother is Swedish and used to make the best desserts.
I would LOVE to see the templates for the flowers! That is one of my favorite designs.
I love the idea of the inspirational& crafty stuff you’ve mentioned in the book3
Looks colorful and fun!
My husband’s ancestors are from Sweden and I would love to try some Scandinavian recipes. Also, his favorite treat from his childhood was Cardamom bread, so when I saw Cardamom mentioned above, I knew he would love this book.
The recipes sound amazing. I’m always looking for fun new recipes to try, and with Scandinavian roots, this is perfect!
Eeek! I would love this book. Like you, I feel “at home” with Scandinavian design and especially try to incorporate pieces of Scandi decorating into my Christmas and wintertime home decor. I enjoy winter so much more if our home feels cozy. Hygge is my favorite new word. I would love to try the crafts you mention such as the handcrafted candles, the banner and coasters. Hope I win!
I had a nephew spend two years in Norway, the pictures he sent home were amazing. I love the clean, just enough color and imaginative design–the trolls in Norway are wonderful! And the food sounds so very good, I think that is what I would try first.
What a beautiful book! I am looking forward to browsing its pages. Thanks!
I would love this book, not for me (although I would love it too) but to give to my sister. She never buys things for herself and is selfless when it comes to her family, ever devoted to each of them. This book IS her!!! I love your website and the simplicity of your videos, and I share “you” with everyone I know who sews or does crafts.
Beautiful book! I have some Swedish heritage.
I was looking for new sewing blogs since many of those I used to follow were so inactive, and then I ended up here on the day you are praising Scandinavia! Quite funny since I am Finish but living in Sweden! I can not participate in your giveaway, but still it is fun to notice someone being excited over things that are “normal” here. Good Luck whit the recipes and hope you will enjoy your fika!
What a lovely book! I could see my self forgetting chores to page through it.
What a beautiful book!
This looks absolutely lovely!!
What a beautiful looking book. Some of my ancestors came from Sweden and I have always loved that part of the world.
As a good Scandinavian girl, I love anything that teaches me more about the culture. This book looks so fun!
Gorgeous!! My swedish friend was JUST telling me about Fika! Love it
I’m kinda in love with Scandinavian design right now. This book would be perfect 🙂
What a beautifully, yummy looking book
I LOVE the looks of that book!!
I am Danish and Norwegian and I am always looking for ways to incorporate the culture into my life. This book is calling my name.
Beautiful book! The recipes sound delicious too!
Ooh, pretty pretty! I want to play Scandinavian!
Thank you for sharing this lovely book! Even with the social media craze, I still just adore a lovely book with beautiful pictures and ideas that I can’t wait to try. There is something about actually turning the pages that makes me so happy!
Oh the recipes sound so good!
Your blog is an inspiration to me! (thank you)!
I have Scandinavian roots as well and this books looks amazing.
Those do look like yummy rolls! And the art work looks super user friendly! I, too, love to find something inspirational and jump off from there!
If you are ever in Utah over Memorial Day weekend there is a small town in central Utah (Ephraim) that has a Scandinavian Festival.
LooK’s like a fun book!
Gorgeous book! Wonderful photography and subjects!
would love this book. I am full blooded norwegion so it would fit right in. Linda
The book looks so beautiful- I would love to make that tray on the cover. Scandinavian design is so lovely!
Wow, such beautiful photographs. I would love to see the entire book. Those stencil patterns are a must have. Thanks for the chance to win.
Wow! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a beautiful and inspiring book!
My mother in law is Danish. I think my sisters in law wouldn’t love this book! (Me too!).
Sounds like a wonderful book!
Books and blogs are so lovely. Thanks for inspiring us and for the giveaway!
Being almost exclusively housebound except when I get a ride having a book that has recipes AND crafts is like being in heaven!! I love to bake , crochet, and do crafts. Thank you for this wonderful chance for everyone to experience this!! Good luck everyone!!!!
oh how fun!
I really like the Scandinavian aesthetic! So clean! The recipes sound delicious as well. Certainly would love to be lucky enough to win this book!
This is the book that would inspire me and my kids for cooking and making craft in Scandinavian way.
The illustrations look amazing!
This looks like a beautiful book! I would love to read it, cook some recipes and make some craft projects.
Looks like a fantastic book!
Love Scandinavian design! Those recipes sound delicious!
I would enjoy reading this book and getting ideas! You are fun to follow!!
The color scheme alone had me! I would love to check this book out with a pad of sticky notes.
What a beautiful book! I’ll have to look into it!
OoOo I could flip through those pages for hours!
These are my people! I love it! Thanks!
I love that this is a crafting cookbook!!
This is just beautiful!
Love all things Scandinavian!! Swedish roots run deep!
I love the clean, minimal designs with just a pop of color! I keep going back to the recipes-we love to cook and eat in my house!!
Someday I would love to go to Norway. But for now, this book would make a wonderful substitute. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love this book!!!
This looks like a wonderfully fun book to add to our household.
Looks like a fun book with lots of great ideas.
This book looks amazing! I could get some great ideas for when we have smørrebrød for lunch… ????????
Recipes AND crafts! If I don’t win, this is on the top of the book wish list!
the recipes sound heavenly!
That book looks amazing! Baking and crafts in one book, YES!!
I’m convinced! If I don’t win this book, I’m buying it :). Those dishes sound amazing!
Would love to read & create!
This book looks gorgeous and would make such a nice gift to give to my Swedish mother for her Scandinavian library.
I’m half scandinavian and would love this book! (so would my mom and sisters!)
what a beautiful book!
That is a beautiful looking book. I would love to go and visit Scandinavia sometime. My great grandparents came Norway and my husband’s family is Swedish.
We have a crew of Scandinavian fans in this house. This book looks like it would be fun for us all.
I love beautiful books and your blog has given me so much inspiration and really helped my sewing grow. Thanks Dana
What a great book! This would be a great gift for so many of my family members. Thanks for sharing!
What a gorgeous book!
This looks soo fun!.. my best friend lives in denmark, so i libe vicaresly through her & her scandinavian culture, design & foood! Good golly who doesnt like the food!! This would amazing to have! Yay & goodluck to the winner! Ps. Love your tutorials for the many skirts! My 3 yro is skirt obsessssssed!!☺
I just saw this book featured in Molly Makes magazine!! How fun to see more inside pics from you.
Looks like a fabulous book!
Seems like a lot of fun!
My mom was scandavaian but never had any recipes! I would love to pass them down even though they skipped a generation????
Love it! Such whimsical beauty!
Oh my gosh, how do I loveeeeee Scandinavian design!! I can only hope to win!! Thank you Dana!
I just had my DNA done on Ancestry and found out for certain that I am 59% Scandinavian. I knew I was 50% from my mother, but did not know that the Scotch-Irish from my father counted for 9%. I also love all things Scandinavian. We are mostly Swedish and Danish. But I love all of it. This book looks lovely. I learned about Cardamom rolls from my Great-grandmother in Illinois.
Wow! Looks like an awesome book!
ah, i love everything scandi, and this book looks so fantastic! definitely going on my wish list.
As a person of Norwegian descent, I absolutely get that feeling of home when I see Scandinavian artwork, foods, and color palettes. This book would be a perfect addition to my home to further show off my Norwegian pride!
It looks like a lovely book!
I really enjoy Scandi-style…this book looks really interesting!
Fingers crossed that I win! have been waiting forever for this book to come out! I can’t wait to see how it stacks up to my Scandinavian recipes, and adds to my Scandinavian celebrations!
What an amazing book. It would be fun to have a mom’s night in and make those mugs!
I would love this book! Thank you for the chance????
My daughter just bought her first house and this would be amazing to start her collection off with. She is doing a lot of designing throughout her house that mimmicks the scandinavian culture. Wouldn’t mind having it myself. Love you work.
My son’s birthday is December 13th – Saint Lucia day. I have made Saint Lucia bread on his birthday many times. I love the simplicity of Scandinavian designers such as Lotta Jansdotter and the concept of hygge.
I would absolutely love to win this book. It would go great with the collection I have going in my sewing room! Thanks for the opportunity.
Would LOVE this!! Beautiful book!!
What a beautiful book! I would love to give it to my mom.
I would love this book!
What a beautiful book!!
The book looks beautiful! I love how bright the colors are.. Would love to pick out a few of these crafts for my home.
What a lovely book!! ❤????
This so reminds me of my dear Swedish friend Maj, my best gardening friend, who sadly passed away 10 years ago. I know I would love the book.
I also felt like I was HOME when we spent a week in Norway a few years ago. I’m half Norwegian with my grandparents born and raised there before coming to this country. I would love to have this book to give to my daughter who lives out in the Mts of Colorado and is in the process of remodeling their little cabin in the woods to look like it’s right from Norway! My Granpy always said, “You could always tell the difference between Norwegian meatballs and Swedish meatballs, the Norwegian were bigger!!” Also of course the ‘sEn instead of ‘sOn at the end of the names!
My husband’s grandmother was Swedish and I love bringing that into our home.
My husband’s family takes such pride in their Scandinavian roots. I would love to win this book!! ????????
Love Scandinavian style SOOO much! Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
Looks like a fun book!
I love everything about this! It sounds like a great book!
What a great book! My family is deeply Scandinavian, and this looks like such a great book!
Ah, this book looks relaxing. In this day and age (when I make myself step away from the screen), this looks like a welcome break/creative feast.
As a descendent of Swedish Ancestors, I LOVE this!!!! I totally understand the “coming home” feelings to somewhere you’ve never been!
Oooh,pick me!,, Thanks for the offer,Dana.
I lived in Stockholm as an exchange student a very long time ago….I saved a few hancradt magazines with stitching patterns. This book reminds me of them!
This book looks so lovely. Full of inspiration!
It would be a joy to read this book. Thanks!
What a lovely book! Thanks for the chance to win.
love this! so much inspiration in one place 🙂
Ooh, my Swedish grandmother would love this!!
Fun! I love Scandinavian design.
The patterns for the mugs and tray are great!
The waffle cookies and the straw wreath look amazing. Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book!
The book seems to be full of ways to learn about and enjoy Scandinavia.
I love the Cover of the Book… All the Recipes and Crafty Ideas are right up my alley.. Love How To books… and if there is Food there too all the Better.. ! ! 1
I love the pictures you showed! Would love to see it in person!
So beautiful! Need to make the breakfast casserole. I love havarti! And I’m Swedish!
I’m in a HUGE Danish culture phase right now- love it all!
I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.
My great parents came from Sweden and so did my husband’s. My great aunt taught me a few words in Swedish. and I love recipes with cardamom
This looks awesome! I’d love to have a copy on my bookshelf!
Looks like a wonderful book!
You have such great ideas
I could see that design appliqued on a dress.
Scandinavian here!!! I’d love to win!!
Oh this looks delightful!
Recipes, projects and color–perfect.
Thank you! Fingers crossed!(:
It is all about living simply, but with style, grace, and wonderful foods. The simplicity of furniture, decorations, food, is appealing to me and many others.
Such a delightful , charming book!
I would love that book! My paternal grandparents came from Sweden and Norway and I’m from Minnesota, so I absolutely love all things Scandinavian.
I would love this book. We are decorating following Scandinavian style currently.
I love the color combinations on the pictures.. This book sounds so fun!
This is perfect; I’m always looking for more ideas to incorporate Scandinavian touches into my home.
Those mugs are adorable. That’s book looks magical!
Wow. What an awesome book!
Before I finished reading your whole post, I had alreafy jumped out & onto my library’s website to see if I could reserve this book! Then I finished reading your post & realizd there’s a (small) chance I can actually win it!
Scandinavian everything, please!
What a pretty book!
Love those heart waffle cookies! So perfect for Valentine’s Day. What a gorgeous book!
I have really been wanting to see this book in person. It looks gorgeous online!
Thank you for sharing this book. It is not a book I would have gravitated to in a book store. Yet, what an awesome book I would be missing out on. It’s refreshing to see and experience new things I didn’t know I would like!
Because of you, I am now sewing matching skirts for my daughter and myself. I feel so happy and inspired. Thank you so much as I never thought I’d ever be able to make something so fun and beautiful. I would love your book. It looks elegant ♡
This book looks lovely!
This book looks awesome!
I would love love love to go to Scandinavia someday. France used to be my top spot if I ever go to Europe, but now Sweden has claimed that!
Ooh, I’m going to check this book out as soon as I get a chance!
This looks like a fabulous book! Hope I can win! Thank you for the giveaway!
This looks like a beautiful book! My grandpa’s family was from Sweden and I’ve been trying to incorporate more family heritage in our home and this would be perfect! PS I love your blog and craftiness. 🙂
Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance!
hope i win!
I love Scandinavian design!
I would love this book! I would go great with the rest of my Ikea home :).
The book looks like great fun!
what a beautiful book!! My Swedish family will love as a gift! thanks for introducing us to it!
The food! I want to make ALL the desserts you mentioned.
LOOKING AT THE BOOK IT APPEARS IT MIGHT GIVE YOU A MINI VACATION TO SCANDINAVIA.
So lovely! This looks like a perfect book for some mother daughter crafting and cooking. Thank you for the chance to win!
What a beautiful book! I want to make everything!
If I win this beautiful book, I will gift it to my daughter. Then we could use it together.
This looks like a book I need! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I have always loved Scandinavian art AND I just received the results of my DNA profile. Lots of Finland and Norway! Would love to get a copy of those book. As always, I look forward to your posts.
I love this! My teenage daughter would too; she always says that she should be Swedish, given her love for IKEA, Pippi Longstocking, and H&M. 🙂
How fun! Would love to win a copy!
I would LOVE a copy of this book! It makes me smile!
Yummy Yummy Yummy! Not just the food & recipes, but I love Scandanavian ANYthing! Thanks for the opportunity! Love you blog and visit it often!
I love this! I love the additional decor ideas – so it’s more than a cookbook. Genius!
I love Scandinavian design! This book looks beautiful.
Love this…will purchase one if I don’t win it! Thanks for sharing!
I would love to get a copy of this book!
I already love this book!!!! 🙂 Thank you!!
This looks like a LOVELY book! Thanks for the giveaway.
Yes to your comment about making that inside cover into fabric! Would love this book and may need to buy for gifts.
This book speaks to me and my Swedish heritage. I have mastered my grandmas Swedish pancakes but have never been able to make cardamon coffee cake that tastes as good as hers! I would love this book!
Oh my golly, this book is beautiful! I would love it, but it might get me into trouble (and over my head with an 8 week old!)
This book looks amazing! I’ve been wanting to include more traditional things from my ansestors. This would give me a great start!
Love Scandi designs!
Denne boken ser veldig pen ut og med masse spennende innhold. Virkelig en bok som inspirerer.
You had me at that gorgeous inside cover. LOVE!
Scandinavian cooking is so warm and homemade looking. Sure wish I had this cookbook!!
I need to add this book to my home just based on the few pages and ideas you’ve shown. It’s beautifully designed and I know it would be used often.
Just so pretty. wold Love this book. please pick me!!!
I, too, love all things Scandinavian!
Love it! Must visit!!
I love Scandinavian design too, beautiful book!!
Great giveaway! This book looks amazing!
I love Scandinavian design. Especially how clean the lines are and how uncluttered everything feels. This book looks great!
Love this! I love scandinavian rosemailing! thanks for the giveaway!
What a beautiful book! Would love to win!
I’ve been loving Scandinavian recipes lately as I just got a fika book for Christmas and am doing my best to wear it out! 🙂 Now I have a new book to add to my list and love the craft ideas it contains.
This book it just adorable, I want those mugs…will have to try making them asap! Thanks for the giveaway
Everything looks so sweet and lovely! 🙂
What a fun and interesting Book!
I love Scandinavian design too!! This book looks very inspiring.
Looks like some fun stuff!
Uff da, I want this!
That book looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
This is gorgeous!! The mugs! ????
This book looks so fun. Fun pictures and colors.
I see the waffle cookie recipe and remember eating these long time ago. So many different topics of interest to me. What an interesting and teaching book.
What a wonderful give away.
Ooooh!!! I really want this.
Ooohh! How darling!
Love this book! It’s soooo cute!
Love it! Scandinavia for ever!
Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book, it looks like a great read. Even better though were the pics of your girls from the sewing a journal post. They are adorable.
What a beautiful cookbook, I can hardly wait until Fr i day to see if I win the cookbook,craft book,diy book.
I love anything Danish! I make a Christmas wreath braid every Christmas, but I don’t think the dough is Danish! Somewhere in your southern heart, you should have the recipe for Cheese Braid (super easy and so-o-o-o good that my sister and I make for every occasion –important guests or not!
This book looks to be a perfect combination of color and craft and food and design! Amazing!
Oh my goodness, how beautiful. I have always wanted to visit the Scandinavian village in California. This cookbook looks awesome and I may need to buy it if I don’t win.
My whole heritage is from Denmark…this looks like a book to give me serious home sickness! Would love to win it. Thank you for the chance.
Looks like a fantastic book!
This book looks amazing and adorable <3
Looks like a beautiful book.
Looks like a delightful book!
I am very excited to add this book to my reading list.
I don’t do a lot of following blogs and such, but I like your taste in fabric and colors. You make it all fun, and at my age (64), I still like fun, too. I’ve been sewing all my life, but I still like to watch you make things. The book looks great.
Scandinavian design is my favorite! Simple & clean. I love IKEA during Christmas, beautiful wrapping paper & Christmas ornaments.
Kiitos rakastan olla suomalainen. (Half, anyway!)
Looks beautiful…fingers crossed!
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity Dana. And this book…. OH MY WORD!!!! I’ll be buying one!
Hi. I also love exploring cultures and incorporating their crafty ideas to make my home much more pleasant for my kids, hubby and I.
I find nordic countries fascinating. They have a way of making magic inside the houses during the unkind winters. The colors are great and I can’t wait to try one of those bread recipes. Thanks for sharing.
I would love to win this book! It would be perfect for someone I know with Scandinavian roots. It looks darling!
My family is Scandinavian. Many of the pictures in this book look very familiar. They remind me of my grandmother. I hope I win the book! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Your website and blog has been truly amazing! I have had so much fun trying out the sewing projects and getting inspired by your fabrics. Now I just need to try some of these delicious sounding recipes you offer! Oh, the places we can go and the experiences we can have (and share) right from the computer screen to the sewing machine to the oven without ever leaving the home!
My great grandparents are from Norway and Sweden and my husband’s great grandparents are also from Norway. So the Norse blood is strong in our house. His grandma even make fruit soup for Christmas breakfast which is a tradition passed down. This is a beautiful book and would help us carry on those Scandinavian traditions!
The book looks so fun!
What a beautiful book! I love the idea of it being a cookbook and a craft book! Sounds fun to try all the recipes and the crafts!
I’m going to order this book! I love the simpleness of scandanavian design. The food, artwork, everything… can’t wait to look through the book!
This looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
Looks like a gorgeous book! Would love to try some of those recipes!
This looks super cute! I would love to have this cute book on my little book shelf!
What a beautiful book! Please add me to the contest and wish me luck!
Love the idea of a book that combines cooking and crafts!
Beautiful and delicious. I would love to win this book, thanks Dana.
This book looks amazing! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks for the chance!!
Thanks for the chance! Looks like a fun book.
This looks like a great book! I love learning more about my Scandinavian history…especially through food and crafts!
I would LOVE this! My mom’s side of the family is Swedish and Norwegian and I adore all things Scandinavian.
I do love all things Scandinavian. What a lovely book!
I love all things Scandinavian. My ancestry is from Norway and Sweden. My parents have lots of vintage table linens, art and furniture in their home. I would love this book????????????
What a beautiful book! Looks super fun and inspirational…thanks for the giveaway!
Oh please, oh please!! This book looks so beautiful. I have always loved the Scandinavian aesthetics!
I’d love to receive this book! I saw someone on another blog talking about and using this book before Christmas and it seemed so magical!
Recipes AND crafts- double the fun!! I’m in!
I too love all thing so nordic and would love to dive into this gorgeous book, but really it’s the chapter on st. Lucia that I NEED! I have a daughter who just read about it in her Kirsten book and absolutely wants to celebrate it next year 🙂
Looks like a lovely book!
I love this book! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
This would be so fun to look through!
Ooooh! This looks amazing–crossing my fingers!
What a beautiful book!
Love this! I want want want! It just looks HAPPY!
I’m totally inspired from your sneak peak of this book!
I love Scandinavian style. This book looks beautiful!
I love books like this. Clean and simple are my favorite, too.
Love Scandinavia! I’m Finnish!
Oh man, this book like incredible!!! What a fun giveaway!
Wow wow wow!! This is such an awesome giveaway and the book looks fabulous!! I’m still using my old cookbooks from Sweden with some trial and error and this would be such a wonderful book to try the recipes from!
This book looks absolutely fabulous!!
What a beautiful book!
Ohhhhh how fun! I hope you do some of the crafts from the book and post them on your blog!
This book looks absolutely gorgeous!
Intrigued! I fall more in love with Scandinavian Christmas designs every year.
I love the simplicity and uniqueness of Scandinavian design…and a blueberry custard pie sounds amazing right now 🙂
Being of Scandinavian heritage this cookbook looks like a great find. I’d love to win it. Thanks for the chance.
The photos and layout are beautiful!
What a beauty of a book! I would love to read it!
Looks like a beautiful book!
Looks amazing! ????
I have family that are from Sweden. They are beautiful people inside and out with beautiful food and beautiful traditions!
I would truly enjoy this book. I am mostly Norwegian and could connect with many of the articles in this book!
Love the colors and designs in this book.
Looks absolutely lovely!
So much eyecandy! What a lovely book!
I lived in Norway four years as a child. My dad was stationed at the NATO base. When we had to come back stateside, we were so sad. I was 10 when we came back. 43 years later, I still remember everything! I love that beautiful piece of heaven on earth. I want my family to experience the beauty. Most people don’t think of this as a vacation hot spot, but it’s truly the place to be.
This entire blog is my go to on a daily basis. I love walking through the book on Scandinavia. Hopefully I can visit.