Maybe the best Christmas gifts are made instead of purchased at the store. A perfect example is found in that plastic bag I'm holding. Ladies and gentlemen, especially those of Scandinavian descent I present the quite, shy and delicious bag of goodness we call lefse.

According to Wikipedia;

Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. It is made with riced or instant potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It is cooked on a large, flat griddle.

This 'treat' showed up on our doorstep Monday night. I know Carol brought it for my wife, but since I am co-owner of the dwelling I took it upon myself to issue a quality grade on 'said lefse' and make sure it was good enough for the family to try.  It was!

I grew up in a household where my Mom would make a bunch of it with the church ladies around Christmas time. My Grandma Minnie could make a mean batch as well!  I forgot until today how much I enjoy the stuff. I went with the real butter and brown sugar route and rolled it up. I topped it off with a half glass of 1 percent and headed off to work after lunch on the right foot.

How about you? Do you have a favorite holiday treat that you like to share with neighbors? Share with me and I'll share with all right here!

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