by: Jonathan House, For the cooks , including Mary Jane Olson, the Lefse celebration at Hearthstone of Beaverton was a chance to share a beloved family recipe with friends as well as a little holiday cheer.

Elsie Givens and her sisters shared a Norwegian holiday tradition with Hearthstone of Beaverton residents last week as they fried up a lefse feast for party guests to enjoy.

Lefse is a Norwegian potato pastry that is very popular around the holidays among traditional Scandinavian families.

The thin, soft, round, brown-speckled pastry is best hot off the grill and can be enjoyed plain or topped with 'butter, cinnamon sugar or jelly.

This is the fifth year that the assisted living community has hosted its annual lefse celebration.

'The residents just seem to love it,' said Givens, Hearthstone's food service director who began the annual celebration when she joined the staff. 'We have so many Scandinavian residents here, and the lefsa reminds them of home and their own Christmas traditions that they shared with their families.'

As Givens, her sisters Ione and Anna, and sister-in-law Mary Jane Olson demonstrated the art of preparing the pastry delights using a special lefse griddle and stick, members of the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation treated guests to traditional Christmas music and stories.

Young Ellie Hughes was all smiles as her grandmother Ann Grangaard tied a bow in her hair to match her traditional Scandinavian outfit.

Guests could hardly wait to get their hands on the potato pastries as they were taken off the grill and served with festive 'Uff da!' napkins.

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