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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Garage Included

During our "pilgrimage" to MN to see the older relatives, we stay in motels in most places.  Having Miss Persia traveling with us has complicated things.  At one location we had to change from our usual stop over because they jacked up the pet rate to $35 per pet!  

In my search, I found this motel.  Didn't quite understand the "garage included" but the pet rate was great so I booked it.

Once we got there we found that "garage included" was just that.  Each unit had its own room (LONG) garage that you entered your room thru.  

At check in you were given your room key AND a garage door opener.

Pretty cool!

Actually... pretty WARM!  It was so nice to be able to load and unload out of the windy 30-odd degree weather.

The room itself was nice too.  Lots of space plus a fridge and microwave.

We will definitely be back next year!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christkindl Market

We went back to the Christkindl Market at one of our local Lutheran churches.

In English that means The Christ Child Market... or Christmas Market.  Until I finally get to see one in Germany, this is our go-to stop.

Speaking of 'stop'... I made a stop to get a tasty German 'donut' (they called it a Kuchle but that doesn't come up in a Google search. ??)

Not our American traditional but it was very good.

Himself bought each of us a hot mulled apple cider.  There were all sorts of tasty looking baked goods here.

The church building area was set up for vendors.  

He's always there.  I love his nice wooden items... top quality stuff.

Loved these boot bracelets.

How about this?  Walking sticks made from tobacco sticks.  Hmmmm...

There was a tent for vendors too.  There were considerable less than other years... maybe it was because we were came on the 1st day Friday opening or maybe because it is just too darn cold in there.  

And a few hardy souls had their own tents.

Second week of December... I just don't get the tent thing...

THIS is what put me in Happy Land...

Wisconsin maple syrup.  A soldier from WI has moved here and his family does maple products.  So he brings them down to sell.  Real deal maple syrup... cheaper and better than Sam's!

OK, if you've never had maple cream you have missed a wonder of life.  It is maple syrup cooked down then beaten for upwards of an hour.  It is smooth creamy goodness for your toast or bagel.

What a fun day!

(Yes, a jar of maple cream did come home with me.  Merry Christmas Teri!!)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Keep Calm and Bake Scones

I love a warm orange scone from Panera.  What I don't love is the $2.69 price tag.  So when the Extension Homemakers offered a class on baking scones, Himself and I jumped on it.

First we were shown how to make them... seemed easy enough.

The dough of one batch.

Then it was the participants turn to get their hands in the flour!

Himself grating COLD butter for the recipe.

(Have I mentioned that I don't like to bake but Himself loves to?)

He made pumpkin scones.

Separating the dough into workable sections.

Twenty four pumpkin spice scones ready for the oven.  And it cost less than 2 purchased scones!

Himself and two of my club members working on their scones.

Chocolate Chip Scones

Cranberry Orange Scones

Cinnamon Spice Scones

And here are the recipes:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Free Libraries

Have you heard of the Little Free Libraries?

It's an organization that its 'members' have a little kiosk sort of thing in their yard, near their workplace or school, etc filled with books to give away - on the 'take one, leave one' philosophy.

When we pulled into the Hastings, MN Airbnb our friends were staying at, I saw this at the end of the driveway.

A Little Free Library!!

This one had only a few books.  But I thought it was rather cute, don't you?

I hadn't planned a book swap but I had a couple books I'd just finished... including one written by a FB friend of mine.  I think that Vicki would like that her book was passed on.

And these are the two books that I took for my swap.

OK, so now I was excited.  I got on the web site and found they have a map of where every Little Free Library is located.

This one is in Ottawa, MN.  

When we made it down to Austin, MN I made a run to the ReStore there.  They have great books for only .25c each.  I bought a bunch so I was ready...

Austin, MN #1

Is that not the cutest little house/church?

Austin, MN #2

Floyd, IO.  Two levels!

That one took some serious picking thru.

Elkhart, IO.  
Got to talk to the owner of this one.

Hanna City, IL

This big one is outside of an elementary school.

Found a few books for the kids here.

LeRoy, IL...
My final Little Free Library of the trip.

I am completely addicted.  I've discovered several in the area here at home and have a bag of nice books that stay in the car so I can swap when I find the opportunity.