Oh fika. I love you.
For those of you who don't know, fika is a Swedish word that translates more or less to "coffee break". When I studied in Sweden, my afternoon class would halt mid-way through and we would all go to the cafeteria to partake in a cup of coffee and special baked treat for about 15-30 minutes. Then, we would go back to class. Best tradition ever.
There's just something about making an active effort to take 15 minutes in your day just to relax, regroup, and enjoy life. The Swedes know whats up.
My favorite fika of the week is shown above. Toffee cookie bars (from Betty Crocker's 1963 Cooky Book) accompanied by some French pressed coffee. Mmmmmm.
Chocolate chips sprinkled when the bars come out of the oven...then they start to melt and you spread them over the bars. Add a few sprinklings of chopped nuts (I used pecans). And there you have it, happiness in a 9 x 13 pan.
I would love to hear how you all enjoyed fika this week! At home? Out at a cafe? Alone? With friends?
My fika rundown:
What: French pressed coffee with homemade toffee bars
Where: My kitchen table
With: Me, myself, and I
Best part: Sunshine on the patio and folk music playing in the background