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We had an extended break from school with the holiday weekend, which allowed for some extra time for some outdoor adventures.  

I enjoyed a long, solo hike on a familiar trail as well as a couple of ski outings with the kids.  Today we enjoyed getting out on the 10+ inches of new snow that we received on Sunday on our local cross-country ski trails.

We topped the weekend off with a hot chocolate date and some much needed down time at home.

I hope you had a chance to do some outdoor exploring this past weekend.  

Cheers to the week ahead!

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I have been busy with little learners.  This week is going to be a busy one, with lots of excitement.  Tuesday I will be celebrating the 100th day of school with my students with much learning focused on the theme of 100, Wednesday is Valentine's Day, and Thursday I am facilitating a production with my kindergarten students of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" on stage and in costume.  We will be having lots of fun!  

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We are wrapping up our 7th graders season of Nordic skiing.  Yesterday was her last meet.  We are so proud of her, what she has accomplished in her trainings and competition and also how she has balanced her athletics with her academics.   The boys are waiting their turn for competition and have been supportive and patient, following along, cheering and finding their own fun outdoors at their big sisters meets this year.  Next up: Track and Field.

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I have been trying to be intentional with self-care.  Balancing all of my responsibilities at work and at home can be exhausting.   I am working to follow my own advice practicing "Healthy Mama Habits," that I wrote about in the most recent issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine.

I have been trying to get enough sleep, exercise, eat healthy, make time for connection.   I was also recently gifted by a dear friend a treatment at our local spa.  What a treat!  

Tending to my own needs, while getting everything else done that I want, or need to do is an on going challenge.  But I am working at it!

Have a great week!


Minnesota Parent - School Days Column - February

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

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My School Days Column this month is titled "Healthy Mama Habits" 

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Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my article ---> HERE.


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

As always - thanks for reading!

Gratitude Snapshots


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::a coffee date with my favorite red head::

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::coming across the current issue of Taproot at the Whole Foods in Duluth, 

more my contribution to this issue HERE ::


::birthday love - 38!- from my students, family and friends
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Yes, taking the time to pause, even in the fullness of busy family is important.  I am hoping to get back in the habit of more consistent blogging, which, is so much a gratitude practice for me.

Until then, this is what I have.  Thanks for following along!

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

Blueberry Scones with Maple Glaze - 1This morning I put together a combination that I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks.

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

Blueberry Scones with Maple Glaze - 1 (1)We also still have a couple of pints of maple syrup that we made last spring.

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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



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


Maple Glaze:

2 tablespoons butter

1¼ cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoon water


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.


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. 


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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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.


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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!