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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

DIY Self Watering Planter Box

While my in laws are ardent and fantastic gardeners, my husband and I are not. Sure, we like having fresh basil and such growing just steps from our kitchen, but living in a condo, most of our vegetable gardening is done in containers on the patio.

And let me tell you, container gardens are needy. They need almost daily watering unlike a traditional in the ground vegetable garden. Which is sometimes is hard to do with all of our other summer activities happening all at once.

That's when I found a better - and lazier way - to make  my container garden water itself.






Self watering planters can be expensive, especially when you want to grow large vegetables like peppers or tomatoes. I build a self watering planter out of a plastic storage tub several years ago. The Mark 1 gave us bountiful harvests for years until the tub cracked and split during the winter.

I decided to make the self watering planter Mark 2 a little prettier and sturdier to withstand the outdoor elements. Pop on over to my DIY blog Condo Blues to read the tutorial:

How to Make a Self Watering Planter Box


Your plants will be glad you did!


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