As part of our weekend getaway to the North Shore we took part in several events at the Family & Intergenerational Learning Weekend at the North House Folk School. Friday evening we participated in the Contra Dance, Saturday my daughter and I took an afternoon knitting class (where she learned the craft and I worked out all of my bad habits) and Saturday evening we joined in a wood-fired pizza bake with other families that participated in classes and offerings over the weekend. We had a lot of fun connecting as a family, meeting some new people and participating in these fun events at the North House Folk School.
We just returned from a long-weekend getaway to Grand Marais. We loaded up the old deer-shack camper and hauled it to the shore for a fall weekend camping trip. We had lovely weather and we all spent a lot of time outdoors exploring this unique little harbor town and some of the surrounding woodland areas. There were lots of activities and events that were geared to vacationing families during this weekend's "Moose Madness" family festival. We took part in a lot of the fun including: swimming at the YMCA (that has a waterslide!), a city-wide medallion hunt and the Family & Intergenerational Weekend at the North House Folk School (stay tuned for a post about the folk school activities.)
Lots of fun!
Here are a few snapshots from short, busy and fun week in kindergarten.
In the lesson plans were: pumpkin investigations!
Monday: Pumpkin seeds (My garden was generous this year I grew 16 pie pumpkins - and I had a couple donations - so each student was able to investigate their own pumpkin. I brought home one 5 gallon bucket of pumpkin "guts" for the chickens - and two 5 gallon buckets of cut and seeded pumpkins.
Monday night: The kindergarten teacher (and husband) roasted pumpkin seeds, the kindergarten teacher also bandaged the blisters that she got from slicing and cutting the tops off of 18 pumpkins.
Tuesday: Roasting pumpkins. In class we roasted a crockpot full of sliced and seeded pumpkins throughout the day, sharing with the kiddos one way pumpkins can be cooked.
Tuesday night: Roasting pumpkins - I had two crock pots going at home roasting pumpkins overnight and during the daytime to make the most of our harvest.
Wednesday: Pumpkin puree and pumpkin smoothies. In class I showed the kids what part of the pumpkin that we make into pumpkin puree and we celebrated our efforts by making (and enjoying) pumpkin smoothies.
Wednesday night: Before we went out and celebrated our anniversary, I finished up making pumpkin puree from all of the baked pumpkins. I was able to put up over 26 cups of fresh pumpkin. (I freeze it in 2 cup servings in quart freezer bags.)
Another successful year of pumpkining at home and school - done!
Now I just need to make it through a Halloween on a Monday night.
If you are looking for some pumpkin inspired ideas, check out my recent post on mothering.com:
Around here, we are making the most of this beautiful October. With happenings both outside and in, short travels, hikes, adventures and projects - our life is rich and full!
We had our first dusting of snow yesterday in our north-woods. Starting in the early morning, the flurries lasted just long enough for the kids to throw their first snowballs of the season while waiting for the bus. The snow is not here to stay....yet.
Apple season is coming to an end. I made the most of our local fruit tree harvest....
::in kindergarten - visiting some apple trees near our schoolyard and sharing the experience of making apple sauce in a crock pot during the school day.
::at home - making dehydrated apple rings, canned apple sauce, and (not pictured, but devoured) caramel apple cheesecake.
What a weekend!
We now have a seven year-old in the house! We celebrated his special day with lots of fun. This year we had a party where we helped (15) kids make marshmallow shooters. After they were all assembled, the kids had a blast running around the yard playing. Afterwards the chickens -and German Shepherd- feasted on marshmallowy treats.
We were gifted a wish lantern and our 7-year old had a magical finale to his birthday, sending a wish up into the night sky.
We spent some time out on local lakes. I went paddle boarding with the birthday boy and the others went fishing with the daddy. Four out of the six of us went for our final swim of the season - jumping into the cold waters.
I was also able to carve a little time to myself. I made another batch of soap, this time calendula with a vanilla undertone. I also was able to enjoy some time solo out in the woods on my favorite hike.
We sure made the most of these two weekend days!
We have used some pockets of time over the last few weeks to do some making, both for use in our home and for holiday giving.
New this year: bath bombs! We made one experimental batch, which was fun and easy - and another for gifting.
I have also been doing a little more experimenting with my soap making. I have made four batches this year: peppermint , calendula, lemongrass and oatmeal & honey. I have been trying out some layering techniques and experimenting with colorants, exfoliants and textures. I am pretty happy with the results.
We also made a large batch of homemade fire starters for our own wood-stove fires and more to give (a very practical gift in our north woods).
We have had fun so far - and I do have a couple more projects on my list for the upcoming weekend - stay tuned!
We have twenty-eight more days of approaching darkness before the turn of the season from fall to winter, and with that the gradual return of the light.
Right now on this twenty-fourth day of November the lakes are starting to make ice around the shorelines and the snow is starting to cover the ground.
I am getting out whenever I can to appreciate the beauty of late fall.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving from my beautiful corner of the world.