Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Back in 2009 I posted a photo of Farber's, the old-fashioned barber shop over by Pewaukee Lake. Just recently it closed and it looks like a new independent insurance agency has taken over. I wish them the best of luck, since it's a tough climate for small businesses these days.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sugar Buns," or as we call them here in Wisconsin, "Morning Buns" ...bundles of cinnamon-sugary goodness! The featured image above shows them rising in my grandmother's vintage muffin tins. Below are a few photos of the process, followed by the final product. I must say, they turned out pretty scrumptious. :-)
I even had a a little dough left over to make a mini "Monkey Bread" - a pull-apart loaf that's fun to eat. I'll freeze the little pan below and bake it up some cold Sunday morning in the future.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Just like the Disney movie of the same name, much of Lake Superior is 'Frozen.' As of Tuesday, Feb. 11th, it was 87.1% frozen and experts say that due to the brutal winter, it may freeze almost completely over for the first time this century. A few weeks back, our good friend, Dana, drove up to Ashland, Wisconsin, to visit his daughter, Laura. She's a student at Northland College, which features a curriculum focused on the environment and sustainability.
They carefully hiked along the shore and spent most of the day exploring the ice caves that are formed by water, wind, and frigid weather. It's been years since winter ice has been thick and secure enough for visitors to walk out to the islands that dot the area. The dramatic wall of ice below is ever-growing and shifting. As more water filters down through the rocks, segments are constantly being created and broken off.
I also love Laura's cozy warm "Spirit Hood"-style hat, which is perfect for Wisconsin's below-zero windchill!
Photo credits for this post: Dana L. French (c) 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
back in 2010, it's a "Candy Cane" variety. About a month too late for Christmas, but that's because we keep our house pretty chilly. (The key word around here is 'layers'!)
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I just came across these photos from one of our visits to La Crosse back in November. The bluffs that line both the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides of the Mississippi River are home to a growing population of bald eagles. It's always a thrill to see them soar over the wetlands and parks that surround La Crosse. This pair was taking a break high up in a tree in Pettibone Park.
Below is a close-up of the fellow on the left. I sure wouldn't want to be the prey in his line of sight!
Friday, January 3, 2014
This little re-purposed silo is a small chapel that's accessible 24/7 at the nearby Fox River UCC. I think I've posted it before, a long time ago - but it seemed so lovely against the stark, snowy gray day that I had to take another look.
The outside stained glass window is new. Inside it's a bit chilly, but homey. A little stone bench gives one a place to sit and contemplate or pray. There is a mini-alter that even has a velvet padded kneeler for comfort. And of course, the simple wooden cross to remind us of the chapel's purpose. There is a small, red eternal flame lantern that is suspended below a tiny stained glass window in the corner as well. The scene shows a dove carrying an olive branch, the symbol of peace.