Fall Feed

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We are taking advantage of the sunshine and seasonable weather to get out of doors.  We live in such a beautiful area - and we make the most of it, taking to the woods and exploring nearby lakes.  Fall is such a great time to get out in our nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness because summer crowds are gone and we can truly experience the solitude and beauty of the wilderness.  
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We have been taking part in fall pumpkin traditions: carving pumpkins, making pumpkin puree, making pumpkin baked goods and roasting pumpkin seeds.   I enjoy sharing these experiences with my family, with my students at school and with others with my writing.
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We have not only been feeding our family from our bountiful garden harvest, but also from our game harvests from the lakes and woods.   Just recently Otto harvested his first deer on a youth hunt accompanied by James, and the boys had luck fishing the other day and brought back a good meal of fish.
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The cross country running season is coming to a close.    Zoe had a great season and I did too in my role as an assistant coach.  This weekend our boys team will be competing at the state level as they advanced, as a team, to the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet.Around Here - 1 (3)
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It is time to say farewell to fall.   Soon our lakes will be freezing and rocky portages and trails will be covered with ice and snow.   The shift is in the air with cooler temperatures and already a few dustings of snow.   Winter weather will be here soon!


This act of sharing photographs and ramblings of our daily life is a practice in gratitude that brings me joy.

I encourage you to reflect on the good in your life.

What are you grateful for today?


First Snow!

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This is what our neck of the woods looks like these days.   We have had cooler temperatures and snow on the ground for over a week!   A combination of fall and winter, bright and colorful leaves in the contrast of white snow is something of beauty.   

We are anticipating warmer temperatures later in the week, so I expect this first snow to melt.   I don't think anyone around here will complain and would enjoy some more fall weather before the onset of winter.  Time will tell!


Apples to Applesauce

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Earlier in the week I took a walking field trip to an apple tree a couple blocks away from the school.  Each of my kindergarten students got to pick a couple of apples from the tree and we brought them back to the school to make applesauce right in our classroom during the school day.   

Click on the image below to read a post where I share the simple instructions to do this at home or in your classroom.   


As I mention in the post, I am not sharing this because it is new concept or even a unique, creative recipe.  I am sharing this today just as a reminder how easy this is!

Every child should share in the experience making applesauce in the fall!

Let me know how yours turns out if you find opportunity to make some yourself.

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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.

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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!


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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!

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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:

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