• Letter to Einar 1918
    by Arden Jackson on November 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    In Remembrance: Letter to Einar 1918 is to Einar Jóhannsson Stadfeld from his brother Hallgrímur Jóhannsson (Grímur) Stadfeld. It was in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 22, 1918 during WW1 that these young men prepared for war, trained, competed in sports (those boys from the Riverton area were fast runners), dreamt and thought about home….. […] The post Letter to Einar 1918 appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Home is not where you live.
    by Arden Jackson on November 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    If home is not where you live. Where is it? There is a big difference between feeling at home and being home. The heart and mind bind together what we know as people and family, place and belonging, shelter and protection, objects and connection. Our emotions and the experience of our senses attach meaning to […] The post Home is not where you live. appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Seven Different Kinds of Weather
    by Arden Jackson on November 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    ‘There are seven different kinds of weather on one autumn night.’ Says an Icelandic Saying. I’m feeling the cold rain under the grey sky and longing to stay in for a warm gathering of friends and coffee. I’m even game for celebrating with another Thanksgiving feast. Do you feel that way? I’m imagining you visiting […] The post Seven Different Kinds of Weather appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly!
    by Arden Jackson on October 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Icelandic Folktales can be Ghostly! The Well-Known Icelandic Ghost Story ‘The Deacon of Dark River – Djákninn á Myrká is a one of the scariest Icelandic Folktales. ‘A deacon at Dark River had a relationship with a servant girl at a nearby farm. After one of his visits to her, he told her he would […] The post Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Let us Eat!
    by Arden Jackson on October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    ‘Let Us Eat!’ Says everyone as the table is set with favourite Holiday Fare. As the cool weather sets in, we have a natural tendency to harvest and prepare for winter. With our identities wrapped around food culture, we fall into a conversation around plans for holiday gatherings. With the first frost particular cultural cravings […] The post Let us Eat! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting!
    by Arden Jackson on July 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    This handmade Vinarterta looks ready, but now, we pack it to chill and cure for a couple of days. (What will you be doing while waiting?) The shortbread layers become infused and softened by the plum, cardamom and vanilla jam. The almond and vanilla buttercream icing becomes a soft dense fudge melded to the cake. […] The post Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta?
    by Arden Jackson on July 25, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Here’s how to Keep and Cut Your Vinarterta! Here are our detailed Vinarterta directions. Learn how to keep it fresh, and more, how to cut it for serving! Using a technical approach (with a ruler) is guaranteed to produce excellent results. It is well worth the extra few minutes. Your cake will look gorgeous and […] The post Do you know how to keep and cut your Vinarterta? appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga
    by Arden Jackson on June 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    “There is more in the heart of man than money can buy.” Happy Father’s Day with a saying from Grettir’s Saga! We have been making and shipping Vinarterta across Canada and the United States for fathers everywhere!  We honour all of our vinarterta eating fathers and ancestors with this Icelandic Saying from Grettir’s Saga. It’s […] The post Happy Father’s Day from Grettir’s Saga appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • These things are thought the best:
    by Arden Jackson on March 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Mock not the traveler met on the road, Nor maliciously laugh at the guest: Scoff not at guests nor to the gate chase them, But relieve the lonely and the wretched. Never laugh at the old when they offer counsel, Often their words are wise: From shriveled skin, from scraggy things That hang among the […] The post These things are thought the best: appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]

  • Feed your Vikings!
    by Arden Jackson on March 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Is this what happens when you feed YOUR Vikings? Does it seem to you that the people of this generation could be championed more as mythological Norse giants from Jötunheim rather than humans of Midgard? Do you think it could be that the true measure of success of the Icelandic Pioneers in North America is […] The post Feed your Vikings! appeared first on Arden Jackson. […]