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 […]

Oct
30

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Halloween pranksters smashed the pumpkins our 6-year-old daughter Ava planned to use in a Fresh Pumpkin Pie. (Our pumpkin saga unfolds here.) There is a silver lining to the story. We chose a fibrous jack-o-lantern pumpkin […]

Oct
25

Sea Salt and Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds

We took our family on a Pumpkin Train Ride to celebrate our daughter Ava’s 6th birthday and a beautiful northern autumn. The  train travels along the North Shore of Lake Superior to a secret pumpkin patch. […]

Jul
25

Minnesota Welcome Cake

My husband and I recently relocated our family from Southwest Florida to Northern Minnesota. We traded life along the Gulf Coast for life along The North Shore. We took our time road tripping across the […]

Jul
22

Minnesota Potato Salad

July is a pretty time of year in Northern Minnesota. One of the beautiful aspects of a northern summer is the abundance of flowers in bloom. They nestle in pots, spill out of hanging baskets, […]