Uff da! A Minnesota-North Dakota Thanksgiving

Travel. Family. Turkey. Lefse. Ya’ You betcha!


Aaah, lefse, my favorite, the traditional Norwegian flatbread made from potatoes. It’s a staple in Scandinavian homes during the holidays. In our family there is always lefse on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Norewegian lefse

In general, lefse is made from potatoes, butter, cream, salt, sugar, and flour. However, there are several recipe variations out there. I have never made it and to my knowledge, no one in my family has ever attempted to make it. The ingredients seem simple, but I have heard the preparation is an art. If it is not done right the results are less than desirable. Our family decides to leave it to the professionals and purchase our lefse locally.

lefse preperation

When we arrived, Corky was busy preparing the lefse. This particular brand was some she purchased from Carl’s Lefse from Hawley, MN. Another favorite in the area is Freddy’s Lefse out of West Fargo, ND.


Butter, sugar, cut in quarters, and roll. Lefse can be eaten several ways, but we prefer butter and sugar. Some just prefer butter, some cinnamon, and some just like it plain. One of my favorites is to roll-up the Thanksgiving left overs to make a turkey wrap. Some turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, some green olives, and a bit of cranberry. Yummy! A great way to enjoy those leftovers.

cooked turkey

The Bird.


Thanksgiving table with a nice La Granja Tempranillo and a Scharzhofberger Riesling.

thanksgiving dinner

My plate.

serving pumpkin pie

Pumpkin, pecan, berry, or apple?


Layla. The newest canine addition to the family. She is a mix of Lhasa Apso, Australian Shepard, and a bit of Pekingese for good measure. Cute!

tundra and trumpeter swans on the lake

We were lucky enough to arrive when the Trumpeter and Tundra Swans were making their yearly stop at Pelican Lake on their migration south.

swans on lake

Lovebirds? Perhaps. Swans tend to mate for life.

lake sunset

lake sunset

minnesota sunset swans flying lake

swans on the lake

Close up of the Trumpeter Swans.


Katelyn in her fancy shoes.


Kaylie eating lefse with chopsticks. She is becoming very proficient with them.

Preston, Kaylie, Kiera, and Allison.

Kaylie and Kiera playing with Uncle Chad.

pelican lake sunset

Sunset Thanksgiving Eve on the lake.

dusk on pelican lake minnesota

A great view to end a great Thanksgiving weekend. Uff da!

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