Monday, April 23, 2018

Hanging Out

I'm not quite sure what he (or she) was interested in, but this barred owl spent a couple of hours just hanging out in our backyard yesterday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Friends

A few weeks ago we adopted a few new friends.
OK, seven new friends...

Seven adorable little fluff balls who are currently living
in the house until it warms up a bit.

Allen isn't thrilled with the idea of having a crate full of chicks in the house, but the kids and I are loving every minute of it. They're just so stinkin' cute!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018



At least once a summer we have to stop;

 stop for burgers, onions rings and milk shakes.
Mmmmmmmmmmm,  milk shakes.

And a bit of silliness. Because, with a 13 year-old in the
car, we get lots of silliness.

If you're passing through St. Ignace (between spring and the end of deer season)  and you happen to be hungry, drive in to Clyde's. It's delicious.

Opening day is tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spicy Ginger Cookies

These ginger cookies are sooooooo good. They have a strong gingery bite to them due to the addition of crystallized ginger. They're delicious, especially because they are nice and chewy...

3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar (+ a bit more for chopping ginger)
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
A handful of crystallized ginger pieces - finely chopped

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Chop ginger pieces. You can do this by hand, but it is much easier to use your food processor, chopper, etc. Just be sure to add a little sugar as you go. The insides of the ginger is very sticky - adding the sugar helps the pieces not stick together in a big gloppy mess. Set these aside.

Mix softened butter, sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well.

Stir dry ingredients together into a bowl. Mix well and then slowly add to the wet mixture. Last, but not least, add the ginger pieces. I must admit that I never do this. I throw the spices into the wet mixture and then add in the flour and they always turn out just fine.

Chill the dough for about an hour to make it easier to work with. (Trust me - otherwise it is way too soft.) Scoop out one inch balls and then roll  them in sugar - turbinado sugar is wonderful, but white sugar works fine, too. Place on cookie sheet about two inches apart and bake about 10 minutes if you like a chewy cookie, but a couple of minutes longer if you prefer a bit of crunch. Make sure you try one while it's still warm!

Monday, March 26, 2018


Star Line has had the Huron back up and running for a few weeks now, and it's been wonderful. Except today. This morning they weren't able to get out of the harbor due to a buildup of ice. Hopefully they'll be able to get out tomorrow - the kids both have doctors appointments on the mainland on Wednesday.

Every time I look at that boat it looks wrong to me. It's been two winters now and I have yet to get use to that blue stripe. Probably because the boat looked like this for most of my time on Mackinac:

It wasn't a big change, it is the same boat after all. All Star Line did was change that one stripe. Maybe one of these years I'll get use to it. I suppose it really doesn't matter - I'm just thankful we have  boats...

Monday, March 19, 2018

Mystery Visitor

I'm not exactly sure who stopped by the school this
weekend, but he (or she) made quite a mess.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

I came into school today and found this lovely little surprise waiting for me in the Teacher's Lounge. I hope your day is off to as nice of a start as mine.

Happy Valentine's Day!