We had a real nice belated Christmas family get together.

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We were kind of worried that the weather would turn bad, with snow and ice. But, instead, we had a very nice day. I'd fixed a nice ham, garlic mashed potatoes, candied carrots, rolls,...

Happy New Year to all of you

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I'm sure we'll also have a happy new year but yesterday didn't start off so great. Will was plowing our mile and a half drive after hard winds had drifted some spots quite badly,...

I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas

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Here in northern Minnesota, we had just gotten over a week of sub-zero high temperatures and high wind. So just having a bit warmer day seemed like a true gift. As our family get-together...

We’re preparing for another big snowstorm

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This time, they're forecasting power outages to be widespread, as the heavy, wet snow has frozen on the evergreen boughs, making them both extremely heavy and brittle. Of course, living off grid, that doesn't...

To reduce the Christmas stress, I’m starting early baking

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Fortunately, the weather has been subzero and still snowing, so we spend more time indoors lately. My son, Bill, and his family have been without power for nearly four days, while he's been sick...