First Egg!

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First Egg - 1We had pleasant surprise in the henhouse this afternoon.  Our first egg!

Our hens, which we got as chicks late August, are starting to finally mature into productive laying hens.  

We look forward to the return of fresh eggs from the coop - and the quirky, mini pullet eggs and extra-ordinary double yolkers that will surely be produced in the initial weeks of the hens' laying cycles. 

 

 


Blueberry Scones with a Maple Glaze

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In our freezer we have been whittling away through a couple of gallon of frozen, wild blueberries that we picked over the summer.  

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This is the perfect combination for blueberry pancakes, and, as we discovered this morning:

Blueberry Scones with a Maple Glaze

If you are so lucky to have these ingredients on hand, try out my recipe:

 

Recipe:  Blueberry Scones with a Maple Glaze

Ingredients:

Scones:

2 cups all-purpose flour

⅓  cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter - cut into small pieces

1 large egg

¾ cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup frozen (un-thawed) blueberries

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Maple Glaze:

2 tablespoons butter

1¼ cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoon water

Directions:

1.  Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly butter a baking sheet.

2.  Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Whisk together.  Add chilled butter pieces, incorporating them into the flour mixture with your your fingers, a pastry blender, or a stand mixer until well combined.

3.  Place the egg, milk and vanilla in a small bowl and whisk together.  

4.  Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula gently, just until the ingredients are barely combined.  Gently fold in fruit.

5.  Using a ½ measuring cup scoop 6 heaping cupfuls of the scone mixture onto the lined baking sheet, gently reshaping into a tight, round dome if necessary.

6.   Bake the scones until they just start to turn golden brown - approximately 15 minutes.

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For the glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir until smooth. Add water if needed to thin out the glaze. 

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7.  Spoon the glaze over the top of the scones and cool the scones on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!  

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Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - January

The January issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.
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My School Days Column this month is titled "Back to Health" where I share my recent efforts and journey with physical fitness and exercise.  You'll see a fun picture of my friend Heather and I as we are just about to cross the finish line at a half-marathon we completed together this past fall.

Read the full issue by clicking HERE.

Find the online link to my article HERE.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!


Holiday Snapshots


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Oh what fun.....

Our Christmas was a little here and there as we shared a gift of an experience with our children this year.  After a morning hike and ski we took to the road and spent the night in a hotel in Duluth.  We were able to experience Bentleyville and some time jumping around at Planet 3 Trampoline Park.   After that and a couple of meals out, we did some shopping and restocking and are now back home ready to enjoy some unstructured time at home for the rest of our Christmas break, which will likely involve time indoors as we are waking up to sub-zero temps.

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weekending

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It is looking like December again in the Northwoods.  This weekend I found opportunity for a nice hike on Saturday morning and for a ski Sunday afternoon.  As we are approaching the solstice, our daylight hours are diminishing, so getting out on weekends and seeing the sun, is something to be savored.

inside:

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When I was not tending to the responsibilities of home, I made time for some baking, reading, knitting and soap crafting.  

I have a busy week ahead, but I am working with intention to stay grounded as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches.

I am happy that I was able to get a good dose of creativity, sunshine and fresh air this weekend.  I am grateful for these blessings.  

May your week ahead be grounded in purpose, balance, connection and joy!


When there is no snow....

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Ice Ski - 18We took to the lake earlier this week for, quite possibly, a once in a lifetime experience of perfect skating on a frozen lake.

We rangled up enough skates to give all the kids a go (sharing a pair back and forth between the oldest two) and taking turns on our kick sled.

What an experience!

The snow storm that had potential to dump 8+ inches of snow on us last night never came to be.  We just have a dusting of snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds.   The nordic ski meet that was scheduled for the weekend is canceled as well.   We're all hoping, and ready for snow so we can get back on our skis.

Until then, ice it will be.

 


Morning Magic

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The past two days the weather has been delightful.  We have been graced with warm temperatures and sunshine - neither typical for Northern Minnesota Decembers.

This weekend, I took advantage of opportunity for two quiet, secluded morning hikes on one of my favorite nearby trails.  Getting out like this is a meditation of sorts one that quiets my mind and recharges my soul.

I hope you had opportunity to do something grounding today, and I hope these images I share bring you a sense of serenity and peace similar to what I experienced on the trail this morning.

Have a great week!


Minnesota Parent Magazine - School Days - December

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The December issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.  

My School Days Column this month is titled "How to Thrive This Winter," where I share suggestions and recommendations on how you can spend time outdoors with your children during cold Minnesota winters.  Check out the online article for more fun pics of my kiddos in action on the snowy trails.

Megan Devine - Minnesota ParentI also found opportunity to collaborate with Deanna Cook to feature a recipe in this issue for Coconut Macaroons from her most recent book Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake.

Check out the feature for a chance to win the book.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!


Wreath making

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Wreathmaking - 9 Wreathmaking - 10I carved out an hour of my Sunday afternoon for a little bit of woodland crafting.  Last year I took a class at our local folk school where I learned how to make an evergreen wreath and I went home with some additional supplies so I could make some this year as well.   This afternoon I had a helpful companion who helped me gather some pine and cedar boughs and who helped me to assemble a couple of wreaths.   This along with a nice long hike, some knitting and reading, made for a perfect afternoon.  

Now, to get ready for the week ahead....

Have a great week!