Showing posts from February, 2011

Snowshoeing at Emmons Creek

Two weekends ago we had to resort to winter hiking due to a heat wave that melted much of our snow. Luckily, another blizzard blew through the area so this past weekend we were able to snowshoe again. We ventured out to Emmons Creek Fishery Area near Waupaca, Wisconsin. The 1500 acres host a nice hiking loop that includes a section of the Ice Age Trail. The path travels over Emmons Creek and through the hardwood forest. Visiting the area in winter is especially rewarding because you can really see the rolling hills through the bare trees.

What's On Our Menu This Week

Over the weekend I made up a little menu board that I hung on the side of our kitchen cupboard. I shouldn't even say that I "made it" because it's just a picture frame that I wrote on with dry erase markers. Easy! I've been writing out our weekly menu on paper for some time now but the paper blows away or gets dirty so I thought the menu board would be a little more fun. 

I enjoyed watching Christian's face as he read through the menu after I hung it up. He's always a little leery of the strange ingredients but he's such a good sport about eating everything that I make. I think I'm a tougher critic on myself than he is. I tend to try a few new recipes every week. The green writing tells me what magazine or cookbook the recipe is in. This week we're having all vegetarian meals. Thursday - Saturday are new recipes. I can't wait to see how they turn out!

Monday: The spaghetti turned into tortellini with roasted red peppers, chickpeas,…

Knit For Good Project

I'm really not into giving gifts when they're expected. I would much rather spread random happiness when I feel like it - not when society says there's a holiday and gifts must follow. With that said, when I came across Snickerdoodle's blog and her idea for a Knit For Good Knit-A-Long, I jumped right on board. The idea is quite simple: knit or crochet a baby hat then mail it to Caps for Good. That's it! 

Nearly 4 million babies die each year in their first month of life - half within their first 24 hours -mostly from preventable or treatable causes. But by giving mothers and caregivers a package of simple tools, including guidance on healthy newborn care practices, the majority of these deaths could be prevented. Items crucial to saving more babies’ lives include:

• antibiotics to treat infection
• immunizations against tetanus
• skilled birth attendants at every birth
• counseling on breastfeeding
• information on basic newborn care such as keeping the cord clean a…

A January Outdoors

Christian and I managed to get out quite a few times in January to enjoy the outdoors. The snow was packed hard after a warm spell early in the month so we went out for a winter hike instead of snowshoeing. Skunk and Foster Lakes State Natural Area near Amherst, Wisconsin was stunning in winter. We helped build the section of the Ice Age Trail that runs through this area during the summer months but this was our first time visiting the lakes in winter.

Finally, some fresh snow blew in so we strapped on our snowshoes and checked out a local trail along the Little Wolf River.

The end of the month brought more fresh snow so we took Buster out for his first snowshoeing trip at my family's land near Waupaca. The dried flowers and tree branches glittered in the early morning hours.

This weekend will bring two more snowshoe outings - one on Friday to tire out the dogs, and then a trip back to Skunk Lake on Saturday, this time with our snowshoes.