Happy Halloween!

My pumpkin (left), Nic’s (right) and the “pimpkin” in the middle!

I hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween! The City of Marquette did their business trick-or-treating last weekend, so it seems like most events are during that time. They also do residential trick-or-treating today, but it is only from 4-7 and not many kids go out. I think it is because most of the town is all college kids and they never hand out candy. I remember trick-or-treating in the DARK. What ever happened to that? Safety concerns? It’s not as fun anymore ­čśŽ I opted to hand out play dough tonight instead of candy this year. I think sugar is the last thing most kids need. Continue reading

A day in Ottawa National Forest

Nic and I made a short overnight trip to Ottawa National Forest this past weekend. It has been raining for weeks in the U.P. and we wanted to take advantage of a few dry days and our days off. We met a friend at Sturgeon River Campground, which is about an hour drive from Marquette. We arrived after dark and we saw hundreds┬áof deer along the way. I was driving while Nic was scanning the side of the road for deer. This campground was really cool. We set our tent up 20 feet from the river. It is free to camp there and is pretty rustic. It did have a pit bathroom and the boys said it was very clean. We were the only ones there, so the dogs ran around free and loved it. It was a chilly night and I didn’t get much sleep. I woke up from being cold, or the dogs woke me up because they were cold and needed to be covered up. I am not sure if they were cold because they don’t have much fur, or if they were just spoiled and wanted to be under the blankets… Continue reading

Autumn Updates

Well, we have snow! A little… I actually had to use my scraper this morning on my windshield and I am not happy about it. The house is all decorated for Halloween but we will wait a week or so to carve pumpkins. My freezer is packed full of soups, blanched veggies and fruit. The house smells like pumpkin pie and apples. Hooray for Fall! Continue reading

‘Fried’ Green Tomatoes

My friend came over with her kids (ages 2 and 7) last night and I had them pick all of my tomatoes for me. They loved it. So did I, because there were a lot of tomatoes! I think tomato season is done up here in the Upper Peninsula. We have been getting highs of 50-60 each day and lows of 35-45 each night. The tomatoes are just not getting ripe on the vine. I have a ton of green tomatoes now. I will try and ripen them under a blanket in the basement and see what happens. I was also told to add some apples in with them because they help the tomatoes ripen and keep them from rotting. I chopped all of my basil last night too and made pesto. Basil is another plant that needs heat to flourish.

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