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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-25-2017 05:32 PM 743 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-25-2017 05:33 PM

Back at you, Mike!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-25-2017 05:41 PM

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 12-25-2017 05:43 PM

Good Morning and Merry Christmas Mike , have a wonderful day. Your new look is very Norwegian it works LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 12-25-2017 06:08 PM

Hmm…you look different.. have you added some color in the beard?


God jul & gott nytt år!

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#5 posted 12-25-2017 06:39 PM

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you as well!!

Looking at you, perhaps you are living on the ragged edge??... (-:

No comments about the horns, of course… (-:

Hosting dinner here today. I am in charge of the turkey and the ham. Overkill, but the leftovers will make cooking easy for a while…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 12-25-2017 06:56 PM

Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays Mike.
Quite unique bit of head gear. :)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 12-25-2017 06:56 PM

Merry Christmas from Oklahoma, USA, Mike!
I, too, think the new look fits!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 12-25-2017 07:18 PM

Mike you like a Viking with a hard-off. Those horns are supposed to point up. Otherwise good.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 12-25-2017 07:34 PM

Jim Tomorrow we will have ‘Ribbe’ prepared by our sous chef (me). Its pork side rib. The crunchies on the top are the most important element, that is if the pork also tastes wonderful (which it will). I always use the recipe of a famous Norwegian Michelin starred chef.

Madts Of course they point down, it’s Swedish. This is actually a photo of my son who lives in the cold north of Sweden. He says it keeps him warm while he is clearing snow. Completely normal behavior in Sweden (apparently). DISCLAIMER No one of Swedish descent was harmed with this comment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 12-25-2017 09:44 PM

Nice Greetings blog Mike thank you and the same back at you.
Nice picture of your son, he would scare any kid home alone thats for sure!
Now most importantly the Ribbe, my wife saw it and is in love with you so as a guesture may she have a recpie on the method of preparing the crackling to get those results.

Her attempts to produce great crackling have disapointed her a few times (personally I have no problems with her cooking) but she wants to try and strive for perfection. look like you have it down pat

Just out of interest and being a bit of general stidky beak what made you decide to move from the USA to Norway?

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 12-25-2017 09:55 PM

Is it Mike or Odin in Norway; either way it’s great to see you back on LJ’s having fun with woodworking friends..

Keep warm in the cold north as we keep very warm in the Great Southern Land.

I’ll wish you a Blessed Christmas even though our day is finished and Boxing Day has arrived.
Great time with family sharing the Joy, Hope, Peace and Love of Christmas.
Enjoy your Christmas Birthday Celebrations.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#12 posted 12-25-2017 11:01 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Mike!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 12-25-2017 11:33 PM

Cheers Mike!
The same in return.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 12-25-2017 11:44 PM

Rob I sent you the recipe on a PM. I was born and partly raised in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I met my Norwegian wife in California where we were married. Remembering the snow and 4 seasons from the mid-west I thought it would be nice to live in Norway with its beautiful nature and underpopulated expanses, so we moved here and I loved it so we stayed, except for a brief 5 years back in the States to help my father wind up his business. We have been here 41 years altogether with no regrets. That said I am still an American citizen and patriot and I haven’t found that this conflicts at all with my living here in this decent and democratic country.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 12-26-2017 02:12 AM


I got and Thank you I will hand it to Aurora and she will set to work she loves pork, being a filipino, and has never been really satisfied with her crackling results.

So we will see if she can get better results. ... I will keep you posted.

Yor resons for moving could not have been better explained I guess thats why Aurora lives in Australia.

-- Regards Rob

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