Oct
25

Hiking Party

My daughter is a thrill seeker. No tree too high. No water too rapid. No story too dramatic.  We threw A Hiking Party for her 7th birthday on the level of a “Grand Traverse.” Our […]

Sep
29

Maple Apple Sauce

It is simply magical living in an area where a “Special Forecast” means pretty leaves and not dangerous weather. I lived on under a darker umbrella for a time. Trust me, this special forecast from our ABC affiliate WDIO is […]

Sep
10

A Perfect S’More

This summer we have gone bananas for S’Mores. It took a move to Northern Minnesota and an amazing fire ring in our backyard to hone this childhood classic. This summer we consulted campers, cookbooks, friends and […]

Apr
6

Maple Sugaring

Spring is taking it’s time reaching the Northland this year. As the snow drifts wander into April, it is at last, Maple Sugaring Time. And, we’re the keepers of the Sap Map! One of the […]

Feb
13

Fully Loaded Banana Muffins

Fresh baked muffins are a favorite treat in our home in Northern Minnesota. We are coming off a streak of 23 consecutive days of subzero weather, in what has already become one of the coldest […]

Jan
11

Prom Dress 2014

I loved prom season. I remember sitting in Physics with my friend Jackie drawing tiny dress designs in the margins of our notes. For me Prom had little to do with the romance, the dinner […]

Dec
31

The Best of 2013

My 2013 New Year’s Resolution was to start a blog.  I did it with a great deal of help from my talented friends. For better or worse here’s The Best of 2013 and my first […]

Dec
19

Cookie Exchange

I just enjoyed a relaxing cookie exchange with The Carafe Club. I did not host, which is just as well. I have in the past and it did not go well, but I’ll get to […]

Nov
15

Button Rings

The inaugural meeting of the Carafe Club was a success. There was wine, dessert, crafts and old high school photos. The idea for a Carafe Club came from a weekend road trip with my running […]

Nov
3

Halloween Candy

A reporter stopped me the day before Halloween to ask how I moderated my children’s Halloween Candy. I blundered through the interview with an incomplete answer.  The interview ended. My first thought was, ‘why didn’t I […]