Minnesota–Land of 10,000 Lakes

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

The word, Minnesota, comes from an Indian word meaning “sky-tinted water“…

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

And our license plates boast (without exaggeration): “Land of 10,000 Lakes”.

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

This is Lily Lake one of the many gorgeous lakes in Stillwater.

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

It is reminiscent of a Monet painting…

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

If I were a painter, I just don’t know where I’d begin…

Lily Lake, Stillwater, Minnesota

May your Saturday jaunts be filled with painterly visions!

Lori

Why We Live in Minnesota

Snapping turtle

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of complaining about Minnesota’s weather (and I am not alone in this–it’s become our state’s Official Conversation).

However, living here does have its compensations…

In the last few days, we’ve had the pleasure to host a small zoo’s worth of creatures great and small.

First, this snapping turtle came ambling up our driveway…(probably to lay eggs in our neighborhood pond).

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

It is fierce-looking–and we gave it a wide berth…

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

Next, this Tom turkey came strutting through the yard…

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

I believe he was “showing off” for his…

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

Rafter of girlfriends

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

Later, a dozen deer came to feed off our apple tree…

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

Turkey, turtles, deer, three baby raccoons…and more birds than I can name (including a really cool pileated woodpecker–)

Snapping Turtle, Minnesota

All provide us with constant entertainment…(and Ruby and Roxie with constant agitation!)

Strawberry Hand Pies

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

With all of our six children home this past week, we’ve been doing a lot more cooking and baking.

Strawberry Hand Pies

We found this recipe for Strawberry Hand Pies in the King Arthur Flour June catalog. (Request the catalog HERE)

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

We didn’t have ClearJel —so we used 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed with a splash of water instead.

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

The results were amazing!  Absolutely a new family favorite!

While Faye did a great job baking them….

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

WE ALL did a great job eating them!

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

Hand pies and milk for breakfast–yum!

Strawberry Hand Pies, King Arthur Flour

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