Go on, grab a coffee and some of my mascarpone-chocolate pie and let’s recap the week’s happenings while we’re at it.
On Saturday my goddaughter, Lily, came to stay over. I picked her up from her home and we drove to Helsinki to marvel at some of the Christmas decorations around the city.
We also had a look at Stockmann’s Christmas window. Lily enjoyed pointing out the little details.
We then went for a bout of shopping to buy a little present for the Christmas Tree Charity Campaign. A new hotel in Helsinki – F6 – had a Christmas Market in their courtyard which I wanted to visit and it just happened that they were taking part in the campaign. The presents go to children in need who might not get any presents otherwise. Such a lovely idea and just in case you are interested, the campaign is still on till the 20th December!
The hotel had gorgeous hand-made Karelian pies on sale. So whilst my goddaughter decorated gingerbread cookies, I just had to buy 20 of them to take home!
After our visit to the hotel, we had to quickly make our way to Espoo – to the Teatteri Hevosenkenkä (Horseshoe Theatre). We had tickets to see a Christmas puppet theatre called Urpon ja Turpon Joulu. It’s about two stuffed teddy bears who wonder what the fuss about Christmas is about. It was very heartwarming and just the thing to get you into the Christmas mood.
On Sunday we went out to the playground and watched two movies! One was a Tinkerbell movie and the other one was Cinderella. I loved the latter! We also visited the Children’s Town at the Helsinki City Museum. Lily took this photo of me and a light figurine gentleman. You might remember these fun figures from my post about Lux Helsinki.
Inside the museum you can find different kinds of rooms with hands-on activities. This room was made into an old classroom. I had one of those vintage desks at our summer cottage when I was little. The only difference was that it had been painted bright red!
As the museum is right next to the Senate Square, we could not resist the lure of the Christmas Market.
And the strongest lure was the carousel! Unfortunately the queue was very long but we waited it out and even I got on for a bit of fun.
Tuesday was a public holiday as it was Finland’s 99th Independence Day. Next year will be huge as it will be a full hundred! Anyway, we had a little get-together at our house for which I made a mushroom soup and some cocktail bites. In the background you can see Manchego cheese with fig jam on top. That’s reindeer rolls and small rye chips with blue-cheese filling in front.
I also made some sliders which were delicious. There were three different ones – chorizo, salmon and crayfish (with lots of cilantro and chili!).
What would Independence Day be without cake?
Wednesday was our son’s year’s Christmas party. The kids took a video for #mannequinchallenge and it got me thinking that we should do that at work!
On Thursday evening I met hubby in Helsinki. We went to have a look at the new restaurant “world” upstairs in the Kamppi shopping centre – Kortteli. There’s quite a few interesting restaurants there to try out! For example Beijing8 which serves dumplings. We went to Bastardo, the Italian restaurant. Unfortunately the pizzas did not convince me and I won’t be visiting the restaurant again.
How has your week been? Do take a moment to share in the comments below!