• Remembering on Father’s Day
    by Arden Jackson on June 16, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Slow time. Stop time. Remembering on Father’s Day. Remember when you were so deeply occupied in play that it became your whole world? Remember when you slowed time and breathed in the smell of your Dad when he tickled your ear? Remember when you gave that gift and watched his face as he unwrapped it, [...] The post Remembering on Father’s Day appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Iceland’s Pride, Sword and Sheild is a man named Jón
    by Arden Jackson on June 11, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    It’s Jón Sigurðsson Birthday on June 17, Iceland National Day. And it’s the 75th Anniversary of Þjóðhátiðardagurinn will be celebrated by Icelanders everywhere. Jón Sigurðsson was the pioneer of the independence movement in the nineteenth century and the Republic of Iceland was established in 1944, on his birthday. It is a perfect time to express [...] The post Iceland’s Pride, Sword and Sheild is a man named Jón […]

  • Vinarterta is Seven!
    by Arden Jackson on June 6, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Vinarterta is Seven! Did you know that our Vinarterta venture was launched on June 6, 2012? To expand in love and pioneer spirit through sharing the cultural and culinary experience of Vinarterta The Delicious Striped Icelandic Cake™ To keep the cake really good. (And perhaps to retire as the Vinarterta plum fairy.) I had objectives, [...] The post Vinarterta is Seven! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Dear Dad,
    by Arden Jackson on June 6, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Dear Dad, I found myself thinking about you today both magnanimously and with thankfulness, how I remember you best. You are legendary, mythological and awe-inspiring, well known and loved just like Vínarterta. And like that notorious cake, renowned for your role as a descendant of Pioneers. You are tidy, technical and tenacious and appreciated for [...] The post Dear Dad, appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.
    by Arden Jackson on May 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother.  – Icelandic Proverb Mother is best. We are all born of them. We are privileged to live during this hard-won, and yet dynamic time for women. It’s an exceptional time perhaps in the history of the world where opportunities exist (in most places) unlike any other. [...] The post Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother. appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer!
    by Arden Jackson on April 25, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    It’s Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer! In the old Norse Calendar there is Summer and Winter. That’s it! Marking the rotation of the sun and moon as shared by only two seasons makes sense. Did you know that human time on earth used to be counted in winters rather than years? In Canada [...] The post Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Winter in Iceland: Light sun with a bit of frost and a lot of rain
    by Arden Jackson on February 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Here is a saga about my recent winter trip to Iceland with Krummi Travel and a fabulous group of 22 people. “Foggy condensation filled the windshield on the inside of the bus while on the outside cold sheets of rain hammered the glass. Undaunted and wiper-less in Reykjavík on a dark, stormy and wildly windy [...] The post Winter in Iceland: Light sun with a bit of frost and a lot of rain appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Vinarterta! One of ‘The best gifts of the year, as chosen by experts’
    by Arden Jackson on December 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Vinarterta! One of ‘The best gifts of the year, as chosen by experts.’ at CBC.ca LIFE We are honoured to be featured! https:// The post Vinarterta! One of ‘The best gifts of the year, as chosen by experts’ appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake
    by Arden Jackson on December 1, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake. People of Icelandic heritage in North America all know it, and identify with it so strongly you would think it was a living person. Families guard their own variations in number of layers and flavouring so intently that emotions rise when ever the recipe is discussed. Every version is wrong [...] The post Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Bring Joy! (And Vinarterta!)
    by Arden Jackson on November 25, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Bring Joy! (And Vinarterta)! Holidays and Christmas Celebrations are here! Sharing a laugh with your 90 year old Amma could be a a highlight for you? Or playing with children and grandchildren? Sharing a beautiful dinner, coffee time, cocktails and family traditions with a new love, long loved partners, multitudinous relatives and dear friends could [...] The post Bring Joy! (And Vinarterta!) appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]