Friday, 1 March 2013

The Scandinavian snack squirrel

squirrel bowl by Ylva Olsson
What can I say?  It's Swedish, quirky, there was 40% off, and the squirrel was always going to be coming home with me.
Now you're possibly thinking, sure that's lovely but what's the big deal? And it is the kind of thing that could easily have ended up at the back of a cupboard. But I had plans for this little ceramic dish, and as strange as it may sound it's actually become a pretty important daily feature around here.

Squirrel now sits in the middle of the kitchen table, and before the kids get back from school I fill it with some kind of snacky treat. The original idea was for the snack to be healthy and wholesome, but in truth it seems to be on a sliding scale of healthiness, depending on what I can find in the cupboard, and how long it's been since the last shop..

All three love it, and charge up from the bus, with the youngest usually shouting, 'WHAT'S IN SQUIIIRELLLL!'
Sometimes I have to charge ahead, due to a slight snack oversight, grabbing a bag of raisins on my way to the table.
And squirrel seems to possess some kind of magical power, because my fussy eater is munching through dried fruit he wouldn't have even glanced at before.

They do have the usual bread or biscuits too because they're always ravenous, but squirrel has made this hectic part of the day a little more fun.

Healthy squirrel

Nutty squirrel (with a hot kick)

Fruity squirrel

Bad squirrel


10 comments:

  1. Wow I love this - and I bet your kids love it as well. Great idea and nice to see it being used so well - this is the sort of thing I would buy with all good intentions of being used and then forget about it. Very cute and quirky :)

    Loving the blog by the way and now following on GFC

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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    1. that's so lovely of you! Thanks Laura :)
      Really glad we've found a popular use for squirrel, would have been a shame to tuck it away! x

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  2. I am addicted to most Scandinavian stuff, pottery, furniture, cakes, you name it! I think Squirrel is pretty fabulous! Love the tradition that's growing along with it too! :)

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    1. I'm quite sure your collection of Skandi stuff would make me green with envy! There's something so appealing about the simple, bold design. Just love it (and still planning my Copenhagen trip!)
      Thanks Emma :)

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  3. Oh Lordy, I love it. I've just been googling it. I mustn't buy one. I've got enought snacky dishy things. Help! xx

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    1. :-) you make me laugh Loo! So sorry to cause a snack dish dilemma! x

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  4. I want one of these! How fab is that? I just love Skandi stuff. Including Ikea meatballs (even with horse)

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    1. sure a trip to Ikea just wouldn't be the same without meatballs! Really glad you like squirrel - £6 well spent I think x

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  5. Love the squirrel - and your good idea of using it! Have you been to Hus and Hem in Ledbury? http://www.husandhem.co.uk/ You'd love it! x

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    1. no I haven't! will have to sort out a trip!
      Thanks so much for the tip x

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