The Big 6-0!

The Big 6-0!
January 6, 2011

My mom and I were talking on the phone about 3 weeks ago and she mentioned that I was turning 60, I almost dropped the phone in shock. Oh my gosh and YIKES, I was! Where had the time gone? I was suddenly NOT looking forward to this next birthday.

Michigan’s U.P. Polish Beet Soup

Michigan’s U.P. Polish Beet Soup
December 23, 2010

When my husband told me he ALWAYS has Beet soup on Christmas Eve, I said you mean Borscht.  He said, No!, not Borscht, Beet soup, a traditional Eastern European Soup. Jon’s Polish relatives lived in Iron County in the Upper Peninsula …Read the Rest

My Centenarian Grandmother

My Centenarian Grandmother
December 21, 2010

Happy 118th birthday, Grandma Orr. My grandma spent a lot of her youth living with  grandparents while her mother did laundry in the lumber camps around Honor in the NW Lower Peninsula of Michigan. She attended a one room country …Read the Rest

Candy Shops and St. Nicholas: NE Wisconsin’s Favorite Christmas Traditions

Candy Shops and St. Nicholas: NE Wisconsin’s Favorite Christmas Traditions
December 19, 2010

St. Nicholas Day. Did you miss this Christmas tradition on December 6th? NE Wisconsin’s population is heavy with families that can trace their heritage back to Northern Europe to the countries of Holland, Germany, Poland, and Denmark. St. Nicholas makes …Read the Rest

Midwest Winter Nights

Midwest Winter Nights
December 15, 2010

I must say there are few similarities to walking here in town in Wisconsin and walking out in the country in Michigan. Each has their own unique aspects. Fast Eddy, my furry four legged friend  loves snow and forces me out every night into the cold …Read the Rest

Visions from “Hansel and Gretel”

Visions from “Hansel and Gretel”
December 12, 2010

CANDY, CANDY, EVERYWHERE!! That is all I noticed during my trip into the local grocery store the other day. Yummy sweet delights  tempting me on the end of every aisle. I clung to my ability to have tunnel vision and tried to …Read the Rest

1950’s Christmas-Northern Michigan Style

1950’s Christmas-Northern Michigan Style
December 6, 2010

Christmas at our  Thorn Hill  farm, meant a very fat Scotch pine in the corner of our living room. The tree had a string of lights with large, colored bulbs and tin reflectors behind them. I remember that they got …Read the Rest

Dog, Kids, & Snow

Dog, Kids, & Snow
December 2, 2010

Yesterday morning I knew Fast Eddy would be delighted to see the snow that had fallen overnight. It wasn’t much, but I knew he could find fun in it. Since his double knee surgery last Spring, he is back to doing his famous 180 …Read the Rest

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