December 23, 2010


Being the good Scandinavian girl I am, I decided to make Krumkake this year.  My Grandma Huesmann usually makes this but I decided to give a try for myself.  It is easy but time consuming.

As you can see, it is a very high tech and modern machine we use :)


We borrowed this iron from my mom’s friend Patty.  I might have to scour thrift stores and garage sales this year to find one of my own to use for next year.


3 eggs beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp vanilla

Combine beaten eggs and sugar; beat well.  Add melted butter, flour, and extract.  Cook as directed with krumkake iron.  (Basically it is like making a very thin, mini pancake.  Then you roll it up around the rolling cone-or in my case a turkey baster.)

Here is the finished product.  To eat fill with whipped cream and topped with a cherry or strawberry.  DELICIOUS!!!


Tanner thought the whipped cream was mmm mmm good :)


December 22, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Yesterday we got more snow (surprise surprise).  This has been a snowy winter so far, which doesn’t bother me since all I really have to do is hang out at home and watch it fall.  Yesterday was so warm (20-25..warm by MN winter standards), so we took Tanner outside to play.  He loved it!!! 

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December 20, 2010

White Trash Christmas

I am not one for sending out “typical” Christmas cards. (smiling family, everyone’s status/accomplishments, etc)  It’s just not my style.  Sooooo, here is our card from this year!!  Hope it makes you laugh :)

2010 X mas card

PS…Just to show how committed I am to being funny, those cigarette butts were making me gag with the awful smell, but I powered through and got the shot.  Now I know how those America’s next top model girls feel…haha.

Merry Christmas from the Northwoods-


December 19, 2010

More Christmas goodies Recipes

Here are some more x-mas cookie recipes.  I have to admit I started getting bored with just making cookies that I had never made before so I mixed it up this week with some x-mas snack making too.  Don’t worry since I make the rules for the 12 days of Christmas cookies, it is now 12 days of Christmas COOKING…Tricky huh???  Here’s what I made yesterday:

Peppermint Shortbread Bites:

1C butter (softened)

1/2/cup powdered sugar

2 c Flour

1 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp sugar

3 oz almond bark

1/3 cup crushed candy canes/peppermint candies

1)beat butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.  Beat in flour and peppermint extract.

2) On ungreased cookie sheet (or parchment paper covered sheet), pat dough into 6-8inch square that is 3/4 inches thick.  Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

3) Preheat oven to 325.   Cut square into 64 pieces and spread out on cookie sheet.

4) Bake 28-35 minutes until golden brown edges.

5) mix sugar and candy.  Pipe cookies with melted almond bark (using a baggie with the corner cut off) then sprinkle with sugar/candy mix.


Ease: 10  so easy

Taste: 1o Christmasy pepperminting gooodness

Appearance: 10 very cute

Overall: 10 I am actually going to make more of these tomorrow.  I can see them becoming a quick favorite.


Salted Nut Roll Bars

1 1/2 (16 oz.) jars dry roasted peanuts
1 (12 oz.) pkg. peanut butter chips
1 (10 1/2 oz.) pkg. mini marshmallows
3 tbsp. butter
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


Melt butter and chips. Add sweetened condensed milk. Cook for 2 minutes. Put in 1/2 of marshmallows. Let them melt, then add other half. Grease pan, cover bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with half of the peanuts. Add cooked mixture; spread. Then add rest of peanuts.

Ease: 10

Taste: 9

Appearance: 6

Overall: 8

Messy but DELICIOUS!!!!!


Ranch Oyster Cracker Snack Mix

  • 1 (1 ounce) package Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 5 cups oyster crackers
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dressing mix, dill weed, vegetable oil, lemon pepper, and garlic powder. Add oyster crackers, and toss to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gently after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving.

These are some of my favorite snacks and SOOOOOO easy to make!!!  Kids love them too :)  I suggest bringing them to your next get together.


Original Chex Mix

3 cups Corn Chex® cereal

3 cups Rice Chex® cereal

3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal

1 cup mixed nuts ( i used peanuts)

1 cup bite-size pretzels (I like pretzels so I add about 2 cups per batch)

1 cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces  (I skipped these)

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1) Mix Together cereal, nuts, pretzels, etc.  In a separate bowl melt butter and mix in remaining ingredients.

2)Pour butter and spices over cereal and stir well until all is coated.

3) Bake on 250 for 1 hour stirring occasionally

Who doesn’t LOVE chex mix???


Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 2 (10 ounce) cans Chicken
  • 2 (8 ounce) packets cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's buffalo sauce)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 2 cups mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 loaves baguette
  • celery

In a sauce pan mix chicken and hot sauce until heated through.

mix in cream cheese until melted

Add ranch dressing and one cup of cheddar cheese

Pour into crockpot, sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Keep on warm.

serve with sliced baguettes and cut up celery.  (also good with Tortilla chips)

This is a favorite of mine.  My friend Malinda makes it and I just had to make it for my family x mas today :)


There- your recipe fix for the day!!!  I made ALL of this yesterday!!!!!  Can you believe it??  I hardly can myself.  Well, enjoy your Christmas cooking.  I’m off to get beautiful before leaving the house.  I don’t think my current attire of a ratty nightgown and robe will be appropriate for Paul’s family Christmas.

From the Northland-


December 17, 2010

9 month Check up

I swear I am still alive....even if barely at times :) The crazy/wonderful life here in the Northland continues. Tanner had a NASTY bug that lasted almost a week (fever, aches, coughing, runny nose, etc) He is doing just fine now and getting over his after sickness whining.  However, he has passed his lovely germs/illness to me so I am suffering through now. He had his 9 month check yesterday in Duluth. His new pediatrician seems very nice. I am glad because she will be the baby's pediatrician too. Here are Tanner's stats- (He has really "thinned out" in the last couple months)

Height: 28 1/2 Inches 64%
Weight: 20 lbs 13 oz 59%
Head Cir: 18 1/2 in 92% (room for lots of brains)

Tanner is really asserting his independence.  He likes what he likes and lets you know it.  He likes standing against anything he can and thinks he is so cool when he does.  He is not quite crawling yet but is army crawling around like crazy.  He has two bottom teeth and more that seem to be ready to pop through anytime.  He LOVES to wrestle with Daddy and get into anything that he is not supposed to be in (cords, important papers, phones, etc).  If you leave it out, he WILL get into it.  It is really fun to play with him and see how he is growing everyday.  His favorite trick is "so big" and het gets a big smile and expects applause after he does it.  He sleeps through the night (9:30-7:30) only waking up occasionally.  Most of the time he is able to talk himself back to sleep.  It is cute to hear him babbling and playing at 2 in the morning.  Overall, he remains a very happy and loving baby who loves to play, laugh, and give kisses.  I love spending everyday with him so I can experience all his stages with him.  I am excited to have Deuce and give Tanner a playmate and best friend.

Speaking of baby #2 (Deuce), he/she has been giving me a little bit of a hard time.  Just when I think I am feeling better I will get a random wave of sickness that sends me running to the nearest sink or toilet.  It is still better than I felt with Tanner though.  With him I was sick all day/everyday until I hit 15 weeks or so.  I am  13 weeks today so hope/expect to start feeling better anytime now. ( I have been saying that for the last month and a half so it better happen soon)  Also, I have been EXTREMELY tired.  I am sure this nasty cold is not helping but I really struggle to get through the day with out passing out of exhaustion.  Even with the sickness I wouldn't trade being pregnant for anything.  I really enjoy it and seem to be "popping" out already with this little nugget.  I didn't start showing with Tanner until about 16-20 weeks.  I have busted out my maternity clothes already.  Hope it slows down or I will be as big as a house by month 7 :)

Today's agenda is to bake, and prep for Paul's family Christmas this weekend and ORGANIZE.  My lack of energy has left the house in ruins and in complete disarray.  Paul is VERY helpful with Tanner but doesn't quite possess the Martha Stewart style organization skills I prefer.  I still have cookie recipes to post too.  I have not forgotten so do not worry folks...

I hope all your holiday planning and prepping is coming along swimmingly....1 week till Christmas Eve...YIKES!!!!!!   1 WEEK...I am just realizing this...Better get to it

From the Northland-


December 10, 2010

Mocha Crinkles

So when I started this 12 days of cookies I had the best of intentions of doing a type of cookies each day.  However, like usual life makes other plans.  Morning sickness, holiday visiting and a sick baby boy have upset my best laid plans.  Good thing I started on the 1st of December though because at the rate I am sure to finish 12 types of different and new Christmas cookies.  Today’s cookie recipe is:



1 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup low-fat sour cream (I used regular)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp instant coffee

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1- Beat brown sugar and oil in medium bowl.  Mix in Sour Cream, egg and vanilla.  Set aside.

2-Mix flour, cocoa, coffee, baking soda, salt and pepper in another medium bowl.

3-Add flour mixture to brown sugar mixture; mix well. Refrigerate dough until firm (3-4 hours)

4-Preheat oven to 350.  Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Set aside.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll balls in powdered sugar.

5-Bake on ungreased cookies sheets 10-12 minutes or until tops of cookies are firm to touch. (Do not over bake)


Ease: 9

Taste: 9 They taste like coffee brownies…mmmm

Appearance: 9 very cute

Overall: 9 I would definitely make these again.

December 6, 2010

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies, Cookies

Today I had some catching up to do, since I took the weekend off from cookies.  Here are today’s days 3 and 4 of Christmas Cookies.   Days 5 and 6 will be posted later :)

Sour Cream Cookies (recipe from my mother-in-law)

2/3 cup butter (softened)

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

3 cups flour


Cream butter and sugar together.  Add sour cream and eggs then add dry goods and mix well.  Drop by tsp onto lightly greased or parchment paper covered pans.  Sprinkle with favorite decorations.  Bake @ 350 13-15 minutes.  **Note: Favorite nuts or chocolate chips can be added to the recipe if desired.**

Makes about 4 dozen



Ease: 10 Drop cookies are soooo simple

Taste: 7 simple but good

Appearance: 7 nothing special but the sprinkles make it Christmassy

Overall: 8 Nothing too special but yummy and a nice addition to the Christmas cookie plate



Pumpkin White Chocolate Drops

2 cups butter (softened)

2 cups sugar

1 can (16 oz) pumpkin

2 eggs

4 cups flour

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 bag (12 oz) white chocolate chips

1 container (16 oz) ready to spread cream cheese frosting

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375.  Grease cookie sheets (or use parchment paper).  Beat Butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add pumpkin and eggs; beat until smooth.  Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and baking powder, beat until just well blended.  Stir in chips.

2. Drop cookies by tsp-fulls about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.  Bake about 16 minutes or until set and bottoms are brown.  Cool 1 minute on sheets.  Remove from cookie sheets to frost then cool.

3. combine frosting and brown sugar in a small bowl.  Spread on warm cookies.

Makes 6 dozen (I got 7 1/2 from a single batch)



Ease: 7 –The frosting adds an extra step.

Taste: 7- I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin bars but these taste very similar so good for pumpkin lovers.

Appearance: 7 –They are a little sloppy looking for my Martha Stewart wannabe taste.

Overall: Judging from the above scores…..7

December 4, 2010

Big News...HUGE actually

Days 3, 4 and 5 of cookie posts will be available Sunday. I've been a little too busy to get them baked much less posted....BECAUSE....Baby #2 ("Deuce" as Paul has dubbed it) had his/her first prenatal check up yesterday!!!! Yep, family of 4 coming your way in June 2011. We spent the whole day in Duluth having the first check up (Blood work, questions and and that jazz) The doctor also picked up a heartbeat of 150, same as Tanner's always was. We couldn't be happier!!

Today, I also found something better to do than baking...I am going to visit my new 1 week old nephew and take his newborn pictures for him. I am excited to hold and meet the little man!!!

So, we'll see you on Sunday for Sour Cream Cookies, Raspberry Treasures, and Peppermint Shortbread bites.

December 2, 2010

2nd Day of Christmas my True love gave to me…..



1 cup (2 sticks) butter (softened)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 large egg

2 cups flour

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats (uncooked)

1 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 3/4 cup mini M&M’s (I used regular and only 2 cups for a double batch since that is all I had)

1 cup Rice Crispies

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.  In large bowl cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy; beat in egg.  In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; blend flour mixture into creamed mixture.  Stir in M&M’s, cereal, coconut, and pecans.  Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely and store in tightly covered container.

**Heidi’s tip- ALWAYS use parchment paper to line your cookie sheets.  Just cool the cookies slightly on the pan after baking then slide whole sheet of paper onto the counter for complete cooling.  It is soooo easy and makes clean-up a breeze too.



EASE: 9 Mix everything together then spoon onto pan…can’t beat it.

TASTE: 9 MMM GOOD.  Between the chocolate, coconut, rice crispies, and pecans, there is something for everybody!  Not to mention the butter….LOTS of butter.

APPEARANCE: 7 Nothing special but a the candies make a colorful addition.  If you are really in the holiday spirit try the red and green M&M’s :)

OVERALL: 9 Easy and tasty…a perfect cookie for a busy mom or dad to whip up on a moments notice.

December 1, 2010

Day 1-Let the Reindeer Games Begin *


*NOTE: I know this is NOT a reindeer but it IS a cute little Whitetail scrounging for food at the bird-feeders right out the living room window today.*

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. (insert melody with lyrics)…

Christmas tree is up, presents are wrapped…OK OK I confess I have not yet begun my holiday shopping but since we are scaling Christmas WAY back this year and focusing just on the kids (after all it’s all about them anyways), I feel like I can get the majority done this Friday while I am in Duluth. 

Today kicks off my 12 days of Christmas cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from a cookbook my mom got at one of my little cousin’s school fundraisers.  I decided that I had to develop a system to rate the recipe.  I decided that I would rate on a scale of 1-10 (1 being NO ONE SHOULD ATTEMPT this on any level- 10 being Martha Stewart should feature this recipe).  I will rate it’s ease, taste, appearance and overall rating.  Here we go…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies- but I have renamed them Chocolate Reese’s Smush cookies (Not Jersey Shore “Smushin” for all you Guido fans but smush as in- “smush the reese’s cup into the hot cookie”)




1 C semi sweet choc chips

2 Squares (1 oz each) unsweetened baking chocolate

1 C sugar

1/2 C Butter flavored CRISCO

2 Eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C plus 2 Tbsp Flour

1/2/tsp baking soda

3/4 C finely chopped peanuts

36 Reese’s mini peanut butter cups


1 cup peanut butter chips OR I used 1/2 C semi sweet choc chips and 1/2 c peanut butter

1.Heat Oven to 350 degrees, and lay out paper bags, foil or parchment paper for cooling cookies

2.For cookies, combine chocolate chips and chocolate squares in a microwave safe measuring cup/bowl and melt (stir frequently and do NOT over heat or you will have a stinky chocolate mess) Set aside to allow slight cooling

3. Combine sugar and CRISCO in a large bowl.  Beat on Medium until blended and crumbly.  Beat in eggs-one at a time, then salt, and vanilla.  Reduce mixer speed and add chocolate slowly.  Mix until well blended.  Stir in flour and baking soda with a spoon until well blended.  Cool dough slightly then Shape into 1 1/4 inch balls.  Roll in chopped peanuts.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

4. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  DO NOT OVER BAKE Remove from oven and press Reese’s cup into the center of each cookies.  Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to foil or paper cooling area.  Cool completely.

5.  For drizzle melt peanut butter chips or chocolate chip/peanut butter combo and put in a plastic bag.  Cut tiny tip off corner of the bag.  Squeeze out and drizzle over cookies.

Makes 3 dozen cookies (Note: I made EXACTLY 3 dozen which NEVER happens with a recipe)



EASE- 6   (if you want to make it easier just skip the drizzle.  I sampled a cookie before the drizzle and it was still chocolaty, peanut buttery goodness)

TASTE: 9 These were a soft gooey cookie of guilty pleasure goodness.  I am a firm believer that Chocolate and Jelly are in an epic battle to become Peanut Butter’s BFF… After this recipe-I think chocolate might be winning.

APPEARANCE: 10  I surprised myself with this one and how cute and fancy these little cookies look and uniformly sized to boot!!!!

OVERALL: 8  I would definitely make these tasty little treats again.  Or at least make a double batch! (My errand boy only picked up one bag of Reese’s…Next time I’ll be more specific..hehe)

See you tomorrow for: Crispy Oat Drops

November 30, 2010

Tanner’s new best friend

On Sat, my sister in law, Jenny, gave birth to a beautiful little boy named Caiden Lee Cross.  He was 8lbs 8 oz and 22 inches long.  Being an already well-behave little fella, he came right on his due date.  Jenny did a great job during delivery and according to reports, the whole family is doing great and came home from the hospital yesterday.  I sadly have only gotten my information second hand since I have not gotten a chance to meet the little nugget yet.  Saturday I will be visiting and taking some newborn photos of the little man.  I am sooooo excited for my brother, Jenny and their new little family and very excited that the cousins will be so close.  I hope they have as much fun together as I did (do) with my cousins.  Here are some pictures of the little guy just minutes and hours old.

I like this first one because we always tease my brother about his '”paw hands”.  They look GINORMOUS next to a newborn baby.

Caiden 1

Such a sweet little boy.  I can’t wait to hold him.Caiden 2


AND…..just because it has been WAY too long since posting pictures of my favorite 8 month old.  I thought I’d throw some in for your viewing pleasure.  He is just getting basics of crawling under his belt.  He will get up on all four and rock back and forth, BUT no crawling yet.  He sticks to rolling and scooting to get what he wants.  He is happy, funny, sweet, and such a joy to watch grow and change everyday!!!

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November 24, 2010

Winter Rush...

First off let me start by saying that I don't LOVE driving in the snow but I definitely don't mind it. I can see why all these crazy Minnesotans are afraid of it...It's these darn weather men. They get a hard-on for the impending snow and it's all they can talk about for days on end--changing the amounts, the areas of the heaviest snowfall, when it is going to arrive, etc. Yes, it is going to snow and yes it is STILL Thanksgiving. Take your time getting to your holiday destinations and you will be just fine people :) I'm not saying it's completely stress-free traveling in the snow but don't we have years and years of practice at this sort of thing, and MILLIONS of dollars worth of state equipment to clear our roads???? Relax, take your time, and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery that mother-nature provides. Most of all have a very happy Thanksgiving spent with people who fill your hearts and homes with lots and lots of love.
From the Northwoods-

November 20, 2010

COMING IN DEC....12 Day of Christmas Cookies

What is this about you ask?? Well, I have been thinking about things to blog about and decided to take on a a Christmas project and blog about it. Every year, I usually host a cookie bake at my house, but since I am prepping my house to go on the market and don't technically live there right now, is seems logistically impossible to host a bake this year. Instead I will be doing my cookie baking and blogging about it. Starting Dec 1st is my 12 days of Christmas Cookies. These aren't going to be your Grandma's chocolate chips either. I am abandoning all that is comfortable and known to me in the world of baking (Classic peanut butter kiss, sugar cut-outs, and spritz) and making 12 days of cookies that I have never attempted to make before. Here's where you come in. I am taking suggestions for fabulous, fun, possibly daunting and time consuming cookies. Paul has already been scanning the cook books and giving me suggestions. (After I explained to him that brownies were NOT cookies, he grudgingly took the 3 types of brownies off the list) Please e-mail me @ with any recipes you may want to see but never had the ambition or time to tackle yourself :) I will be making roughly 6 dozen of each cookie.

I will post the recipes and pictures of my final projects as they are produced. I will also be honest about the time and ease of the recipe so I can either encourage or warn other Christmas cookie bakers about it. Side note to family and friends- like what you see or not, you may just be getting a gift basket of these cookie creations. There is no way I am going to spend my Dec eating 72 dozen cookies :)

November 18, 2010

Up North Fun

So far I have been up north for 1 week.  We are still getting organized but, surprisingly, feel like we have enough space for the 3 of us.  Like I said in an earlier post, it isn’t easy going from a 3 bedroom house of you own to shacking up with your parents.  But like I also keep saying, it will be the best for us in the long run and is proving to be rather nice staying up here in Barnum.  It is also REALLY nice to have my mom around to help with Tanner.  If he wasn’t spoiled before with all the constant attention he got from Paul and me, he sure will be now with Nana and Grandpa La La (as dubbed by Jada and Niya).  Also the flood visiting deer hunters is pretty nice too. 

Anyone who enjoys deer hunting knows that it is not just for the possibility of getting that big deer that draws you out.  It’s all the fun that you have at deer camp.   Here’s some pictures of some of the fun we had last weekend.

Here are the guys sitting by our nice cozy, little campfire.  I am pretty sure that Josh (far right) and Barron (far left) are complaining about the heat scorching their backsides in this.  Paul and my brother Nolan don’t look too phased.  Maybe their CCL (Cold Coors Light) is helping. DSC_0193

It’s a little dark but here is a picture of al of us girls.  Back row: Ashley (cousin), Makayla (niece) and Lindsey (cousin)  Front Row: Saniya (niece), Me, Jada (niece) DSC_0200

Saniya playing in the snow.DSC_0181

Jada standing on the start of our GIANT snowman.DSC_0183


Good work guys and gals!!  (just to give a frame of reference- My brother-2nd to left- stands about 6 feet 3 inches)  DSC_0205

The finished product complete with arms and beer can eyes.  Not as wholesome as Frosty but you get the idea. DSC_0215

Of course the next NATURAL thing to do in a snow storm is ride dirtbike… oh wait…it’s not???

Here’s Josh (family friend and master mullet man)


Barron- “Hey Heidi, If I ride this around will you take some pictures of me??”
Looking good Barron! (cousin)


Hope you all had as much fun in the snow as we did!!!  There was also a giant snow fight that broke out but that was my cue to take my expensive camera and take cover in the house!!

Till next time from the North Woods-


November 9, 2010

Quick update

I had a successful deer hunting opener and I shot my first deer, a small buck. Got the first deer of the year out of our group too. I shot it on evening of opening day. I didn't know if I would have to guts to actually go through with it but I did and had an EXCELLENT shot, might I add. Right through the heart and lungs so I was very proud of myself. It is nice to get the first one out of the way now so I can sit and wait for the BIG buck that I will get next time :)

Other than being a successful hunter this weekend, I have now caught Tanner's cold and am suffering through that. All while trying to pack up our house and deal with all that too. This week's project is to move Tanner's crib, clothes, and other necessities because we will be staying up north as of next week and coming back down to Danube in short trips to continue packing and finish some projects to get the house ready to put on the market. Tanner will be able to stay with my mom as we make the 3.5 hour trip back and forth. You know just a normal, crazy busy, day in the life :)

Gotta just keep on keepin on!!!

November 5, 2010

Weekend Plans- Deer Hunting Opener Up North

Yes, I hunt. I am a hippie who likes to go deer hunting- I am a very complex girl. Actually my whole family goes deer hunting including: my mom, dad, brother, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins and husband. Every year my mom and dad host opener up at there place in Barnum. It is lots of fun family time, filled with spirited competition about who will get the first and biggest deer. I actually just went hunting myself for the first time last year, until then I had always just gone out and sat with my grandpa in his comfy shack where he sits in warm luxury while the other hunters freeze their hinnies off sitting 12 feet up in a tree. Now I am one of those stooges who are decked out in blaze orange with a frozen bum.

I have been prepping all week (by prepping I mean mainly sitting on my couch/playing with Tanner thinking about how much stuff I have to pack/cook). This morning, the van is ready to get packed (Paul's job since I do EVERYTHING else) and we are ready to hit the road with all the rest of the MN hunters. Wish me luck!! I hope I have good news to report on Monday when I get back!

November 2, 2010

What's for Supper?? Clean out my cupboard Mexican Chicken Hot-Dish

I am not really one to cook with recipes. More often than not I will throw something together that I roughly remember by heart or, like tonight, just simply throw something together with stuff I have in my cupboard. Since we are moving soon, I am on a mission to clean out my cupboards and start using the food I have stored in them. I just hate moving food and the less I have to move/toss out the better. I decided that I would blog about my "Cleaning out my cupboards" recipes...good and bad you'll get them all with my honest review of how it tastes.

Tonight: Clean out my cupboard Mexican Chicken Hotdish


3 chicken breasts
1 package Spanish Rice side dish
1 2/3 cup water
1 can black beans
1 can green enchilada sauce
1 can corn (I used corn from my freezer I froze this summer)
some shredded cheese
dash of cumin, coriander, garlic powder, salt and black pepper

Cube and cook chicken

Add rice and cook following directions on packet

In casserole dish mix- Chicken and rice, black beans ,3/4 can enchilada sauce, corn, and a hand full of shredded cheese.

Over the top of the mixture pour rest of enchilada sauce and then sprinkle another handful or two of cheese over the top.

Bake on 350 until cheese starts turning a bubbly golden brown.

Serve topped with sour cream or salsa if you happen to have some :)


Review: Both Paul and I thought it was DELICIOUS!!!!! So, 4 thumbs up!! I'll definately have to throw this together again in the future :)


It’s official- Paul, Tanner and I are packing up and moving.  Where you ask???  Roughly 200 miles N-NE of Danube-To Moose Lake/Barnum/Duluth area.  It is something we have been tossing around for a while and earlier this month decided to make the leap and just go for it.  We talked about if we could live anywhere else in the state where would we choose, and we both said Duluth.  We will be staying with my mom and dad until we sell our house in Danube and find a property of our own to buy.   Paul has been scoping out job prospects in the electrical field and is excited to be using his schooling and his full potential.  I am tossing around the idea of going back to school to get my teaching license so I will be certified to teach grades 5-12.  We are very excited about the changes we are making.

I am not going to sugar coat or lie about the reasons for our big move.  The main reason was that things were not working out in Danube.  We have made some great friends but were not being treated with love and respect from Paul’s father, who Paul has been farming with.  It is just too hard to thrive in a situation with so much negativity and is not an environment we want to have our children be around. We also want to be closer to a supportive network of family.  They say it takes a village and we are firm believers in this.  Right now the closest support we have is from Paul’s mom and Stepdad who are great but still an hour away.   My brother and sister and their families are 2.5 hours away and my parents at the moment are 3.5 hours away.  We are excited to be extremely close to family and are sure that the cabin and my parents new house in Barnum will be flooded with family visitors year round- enough to fill our family fix.

Along with the excitement also comes fear of the unknown, and an overwhelming amount of work it is going to take to pack up a house and move with a 7month old baby.  I must note that we are doing this all within the next month, so overwhelming may be an understatement to describe my feelings at the moment.  There is also the fact that we are going from having our own house and plenty of space for our family of 3 to living with my parents.  It will be an adjustment for sure.  I am just very fortunate to have parents who are so supportive and willing to help us out.  (I personally think my mom is looking forward to having the company and getting to spend so much time with Tanner)

  I don’t think it is an easy decision we have made, but in the long run will be a decision that is best for our family.  Paul and I have the view that we are good people and hard workers so things will just end up working out for us. We (ok MAINLY ME) are trying to maintain our normally laid back attitudes through this whole change and keep thinking about the positives. 

On to our next big adventure…

October 27, 2010

Tanner’s New Tricks

Everyday Tanner does something new that baffles me. 

Here are some pictures of the news stuff Tanner can do.

He can drink from a cup.  (Or at least he is learning)  WIC now endorses drinking out of a normal child's cup rather than a sippy cup to promote healthy speech and brain development.  I still have sippy cups for on the go, but with every meal he gets his cup of water and LOVES it!!

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He eats baby snacks like they are going out of style.  He wasn’t too keen on feeding himself until recently.  Now he eats them and loves them.  His favorite are Baby Mum Mums.

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He wakes up and plays in his crib.  He used to just lay there and wait for someone to come get him.  Now, he flips over and starts playing with his toys.  I often find him laughing and playing with his Tigger after he wakes up from nap time.



He is just becoming such a big boy and more and more independent.  It is so fun to watch him grow.

October 26, 2010

Fabulous 50!!

She's been celebrating all year folks but today, Candy turns the big 5-0!! Happy birthday Mom!!

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October 25, 2010


This weekend hit me…..HARD.  Not only did I attempt to keep up/entertain my nieces but I also got broad-sided by a very icky stomach bug.  I will spare you all of the entirely gross details but lets just say i am slowly recovering and Gatorade is my best friend.  Thankfully the sickness really didn’t kick in until Sat night, AFTER my sister had arrived.  She was able to take over as mom of the house and even did my dishes for me :)  (Everyone knows how much I HATE dishes so doing my dishes for me is nicer than buying me a Tiffany and Co necklace…OK maybe that is a BIT of an exaggeration, but I do HATE doing dishes) 

Sadie and the girls left yesterday and Paul took over as Mr. Mom and had a full day of taking care of Tanner while i slept and tried to recharge my super powers.  Today I am back among the living (barely).  Here are some pics of the fun filled weekend we had.  We played, went to Nelson Farm in Litchfield, and carved all of our SPOOKY pumpkins.  My cousin Lindsey came to visit and help with this which was good since the girls were afraid of touching the pumpkin goo.  It was a great weekend full of fall fun!!