Bet most of you have NO clue what Dalahästar are! Here's the Wikipedia description:
A Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse (Swedish: Dalahäst) is a traditional carved and painted wooden statuette of a horse originating in the Swedish province of Dalarna. In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna as well as Sweden in general. Several different types of Dala horses are made, with distinguishing features common to the locality of the site where they are produced. One particular style has, however, become much more common and widespread than others. It is stoutly carved and painted bright red with details and a harness in white, green, yellow and blue.
(If you want to see what they look like, HERE is a picture of the world's largest Dalahäst)
A few weeks ago, we had a Mom's night in at a friend's house. Eight Swedish women chatting it up for a few hours. Tons of fun. It turns out almost all pf us are going home in July/Aug to visit family. Most of them to Stockholm area, and a few of us to the southern parts. Anyways, I wanted to
impress surprise them with some home made cookies. For Ann, the hostess, I made some tulip cookies. I made them into pops, the fake way. I.e. taped the stick to the plastic bag instead of sticking the stick into the actual cookie. Used disco dust for the edges of the flowers. That dust is some messy stuff! I was glittery all night!
Tulips, in all their glitteryness:
And, the horses:
Ann posted a picture of the horse cookies on Facebook, and another Swedish lady, who wasn't at the party asked where Ann had bought these. I guess they look nice enough to pay for ;)