Fall Feed

North House Folk School

IMG_4765

IMG_4814

IMG_4816

IMG_4817



IMG_4861

IMG_4864

IMG_4868

IMG_4869

IMG_4871

IMG_4879

IMG_4880

IMG_4881

IMG_4885

IMG_4886

IMG_4887

IMG_4889

IMG_4892

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.


A trip to the shore

IMG_4849

IMG_4766

IMG_4768

IMG_4769

IMG_4770

 

IMG_4774

IMG_4778

IMG_4786

IMG_4789

IMG_4792

IMG_4802

IMG_4803

IMG_4807

IMG_4846

IMG_4859

IMG_4853

IMG_2257 (1)

IMG_2258

IMG_2259 (1)

IMG_2264

IMG_4827

IMG_4818

IMG_4771

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!

 


pumpkining in kindergarten

IMG_0618

6a01053643b439970b01b8d07f6590970c-800wi

6a01053643b439970b01bb088362a2970d-800wi

IMG_0619

IMG_0620

IMG_0621

IMG_0632

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!

FullSizeRender 2

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:

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 7.07.39 AM


First Snow!

IMG_2211

IMG_2210

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. 

IMG_0504

 


::apples!

IMG_0294

Screen Shot 2016-10-02 at 3.34.36 PM

IMG_0299

IMG_0300

IMG_0458

IMG_0365

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.  

 

Yum!