Hot Chocolate, Sweaters, Hygge!

Hot Chocolate, Sweaters. Add food, friends, and warmth and you’ve got Hygge!

Hygge!  Hygge….what?  And Don’t Forget the Food! 

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhɡə/ HOO-gə), according to Wikipedia,  or according to Sons of Norway , (pronounced HIG-geh).

Hygge is a word becoming more and more well known.  It’s a Scandinavian word from long, long ago.   While it’s origin is said by some to be from the Old Norse word hyggja  (which might be the beginning our modern term, hug),  hygge today is thought of as meaning cozy, content, comfortable, a form of everyday well being and togetherness.

 A Sons of Norway website post describes it as, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

Relax With A Book And A Hot Drink

Hygge is a calming, peaceful time, sometimes spent with friends and family, sometimes simply taking the time to relax and unwind with a good book and a hot, soothing drink.

Hygge.  Cozy in Watford City!  And Don’t Forget The Food!

For the third year in a row, the Long X Trading Center and Visitor Center/Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County in Watford City is hosting Hygge!  February 23, 2019 will be  an evening of welcome and relaxation for family, friends, and all visitors.   There, you’ll experience Hygge!  

Long X Visitor Center

Long X Trading Post and Visitor Center is home to the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County in Watford City, North Dakota.

Relax, Get Cozy. Hygge!

Relax, Get Cozy. Hygge! Thanks to the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center, you can. That’s in Watford City, North Dakota. February 23, 2019

Hygge!  Good Reads!  And Don’t Forget The Food!

Hygge at the Long X in Watford City will be more than just friends, and food, and fun.   There will be conversation, too.  

Jan Dodge, one of the hostesses of the event, wrote:  I will also be leading a conversation about the book Called to the Prairie and discussing the loneliness of ND winters and the hospitality the preacher may have experienced. Seems the event has been well received and Sandy creates a lovely and comfortable and relaxing evening away from electronics and the stresses of everyday. Done in the Hygge fashion and traditions of good food and good friends.

Image result for Called to the Prairie Richard Jahn

Jan is one of the editors of the book, ‘Called to the Prairie’.  It’s the journal of Reverend Richard Jahn who penned his experiences as a bachelor homesteader in McKenzie County in 1915-1916.  

The blog of the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County features the book here: Called to the Prairie.  

You’ll find fascinating information about the book on this Prairie Public Television website page: Winter in McKenzie County.

Hygge!  The Arts!  And Don’t Forget The Food! 

Part of the evening Hygge at the Long X Visitor Center will revolve around images of the badlands and grasslands of western North Dakota.  

February 23 will be opening night of an exhibit, which runs through the month of March, of our own photographic works, ‘Beauty From the Heart of the Badlands’.  

Mike Kopp will speak about the stories and the feelings behind the photographs, about how to discover meaning in vistas of western North Dakota and eastern Montana.  Don’t just drive by.  Get into the Beauty! 

 More information about the Beautiful Badlands ND presentation can be found on the Facebook page for the event here:   Beauty From the Heart of the Badlands

Beauty from the Heart of the Badlands, A Photographic Exhibit

Beauty from the Heart of the Badlands, A Photographic Exhibit, from the heart. February 23 through March 30, 2019 Long X Trading Post and Visitor Center, Watford City, North Dakota

Hot Chocolate!

Hot Chocolate! What is a cozy winter evening gathering with friends without Hot Chocolate. It’s a Hygge mainstay. Check out the ‘Fireside Coffee’ recipe in ‘A Taste of History’ cookbook.

Hygge! Badlands Food and Friendship on a Cold Winter Night!

Winter can get mighty cold in the badlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana.  Very cold.  Frigid!  (think -45 degrees, below zero!)   Winter can seem mighty long!   When the season seems to drag on, oh so slowly, cabin fever can set in, even if a person doesn’t live in a cabin.  

Getting together with friends surely eases the monotony and lessens the dreeriness.   And, where there are Scandinavian people gathered together, there is food and drink! 

Hygge! What Is It?

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. (

Mandelkaker (Almond Cookies)

Mandelkaker (Almond Cookies) Almond is a classic flavoring in Scandinavian baking. This recipe, from Watford City’s ‘A Taste of History’ Cookbook, is classic, too!

Almond Cookies!

Almond Cookies! Can there be anything more traditional on a cold winter night Hygge? Find a recipe in     ‘A Taste Of History’ cookbook.

Hygge!  Food! 

A wide array of food, some might call it Comfort Food, will be presented at the Watford City event.  You’ll notice the Scandinavian flare!  Swedish Meatballs, Romegrot, Almond Cookies, Almond Cake, Swedish Kringle…..and more!    

If you can’t make it to the Hygge event, Sandy, Val, and Jan (those friendly and knowledgable and fun ladies who staff the Long X Trading Post Visitor Center and Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County) shared some of their favorite recipes.  Some are from one of our favorite cookbooks, ‘A Taste of History’.  Some are from favorite websites.  When you’ve tried these recipes, let us know how you liked them!   

Kringle. A Classic Scandinavian Pastry. Check out the recipe for this Kingle here:

Kringle. A Classic Scandinavian Pastry. Check out the recipe for this Kingle here:

Swedish Kringle -- Hygge Food!

Swedish Kringle — Hygge Food! Here’s a recipe handed down for generations, a Scandinavian classic!

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs From Day by Day in Our World

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs From Day by Day in Our World. Check out their website for many more good recipes.

Swedish Meatballs (Norwegians eat them, too!)

Swedish meatballs are traditionally cooked in a rich, roux-based gravy made with beef or bone broth and sour cream. Here’s a basic recipe from ‘A Taste of Home’ recipe book from Watford City.

Rommegrot. Traditional Norwegian Cream Pudding. Find the recipe for this Rommegrot here:

Rommegrot. Traditional Norwegian Cream Pudding Find the recipe for this Rommegrot here:

Romegrot (Rommegrot)

Rømmegrøt, also known as rømmegraut, is a Norwegian porridge made with sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, and salt. Rømme is a Norwegian word meaning a heavy sour cream made from cream or blend of whole milk and cream which is acidified; ‘grøt’ translates as porridge. This recipe is from Watford City Centennial cookbook, ‘A Taste of History’.

For specific information about the 2019 Hygge in Watford City, go here:  All Are Welcome, Let’s Get Cozy!

What’s winter like out in the badlands?   On top of one of the highest buttes in North Dakota, it’s like this:   -35 Degrees Below Zero and We Climbed To The Top!

What can you do on a frigid day in western North Dakota?   Take this drive, and discover!   Who Knew You Could Experience This Much On A Frigid Winter Day….Almost Free!

There’s no sight quite like it, the bison of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the white world of winter.  Check out this short video:  Majestic Badlands Beasts Love Winter!

Please join us, and give us a ‘Like’ on Facebook to share our exploits!   Click here:  Let’s Go Explore The Badlands!

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