Friday, July 3, 2015

Strawberry Time

I'm back.... with a whole bunch of new ideas for blogging posts.  My grandson was so upset with me when I said I hadn't blogged since October.  I promised I would continue to blog and change it up a little.  Not only are you going to hear about the happenings of life here in the northwoods, but you are going to hear about my family tree and some of the heirlooms that were passed on to me.  More about those things in future blogs..... I promise!!!
Today a couple of us gals went strawberry picking.  This was a brand new adventure for me!!  We arrived at Merry's Berrys early this morning.  People were already in the fields!!
We picked for 20 minutes and I know I picked more berries than I need.
The berries are some of the sweetest I've ever eaten.    I promptly came home and made a Strawberry
Cheesecake Lush

Now I'm off to deliver some of those delicious strawberries and a piece of desert to some of my neighbors.
I know you'll want the recipe:

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

1 package Golden Oreos (36 cookies)

6 tablespoons butter, melted

8 ounces softened cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 (16-ounce) container Cool Whip, divided

2 packages (3.4 ounce each) instant cheesecake pudding mix

3 cups milk

3½ cups sliced strawberries

Crush the entire package of Oreos. A food processor would work great for this - I don't have one, so I just placed my cookies in a gallon sized Ziplock bag and crushed them with a rolling pin. When the cookies are fine crumbs, transfer them to a large bowl and mix in 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Press the cookie mixture into a 9x13 pan and refrigerate while you prepare the remaining layers.

 Next, beat together 1 cup of powdered sugar, the cream cheese, and 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over your cookie layer.

 For the next layer, mix together the pudding mix, milk, and another 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

 Layer the sliced strawberries on top, and spread the remaining Cool Whip on top.

 Keep refrigerated until ready to serve

 And that's the way it is................


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Swamp Cedar

I promised myself I'd blog on a more regular basis, and as I look at the date of my last blog, a month has passed.  I just don't know where the time goes!!

Many years ago, one of the old timers whom we bought our property from, called the Tamarack 'Swamp Cedar," and that term stuck with me.    
The Tamarack are evergreen type trees, whose needles turn golden and fall off.   

Yesterday was a perfect day to take the steady steed to the dam and capture the beauty of the 'Swamp Cedar.'  And I am sure glad I did, because today is rainy and damp.

A few more days of rain and some wind and their beauty will also disappear in anticipation of old man winter.

This is probably my last trip of the season to the dam.  It is so peaceful there, no matter what season it is. 

 I love the sound of the water rushing over the wall of the dam.

It is evident that  winter is close at hand. 

And that's the way it is............................

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Color My World

Today the hubby and I took a day trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!!  
Our fall colors are just starting, but in the U.P. they are near peak, 
and just beautiful.   

See for yourself!!!

And that's the way it is.......................

Monday, September 15, 2014

Its Pumpkin Time

Today, I drove to the butcher shop, and on the way home, I found a place that was selling pumpkins.
Driving down the long driveway, I found a house and along the fence line were the pumpkins for sale.  No one was home, therefore I was on the 'honor' system.

And to keep the honest people honest; this sign was right above the money box.

They had quite an assortment of pumpkins and prices.

Some gourds and a few squash were also for sale.

I chose three pumpkins, one for each step of the porch that leads to our door.

Just wait until you see how I decorate those pumpkins... but that's for another day.  Because I did say I went to the butcher shop and now I have meat to repackage and put away!!!

Driving out of the driveway, this sign made me chuckle!!!

And that's the way it is.........(in Northern Wisconsin)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Goofing Around

When my granddaughters were here last summer, they had so much fun pressing their faces against the glass window.

As I took each one's picture, they had to immediately see what they looked like.  

Boy oh boy, did we have a good 'belly' laugh.  

I hope their smushy faces bring a smile to your face too!!!

And that's the way it is...................

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"F" is for Football

We went to our grandson's (#87) sixth grade football game.  This team has some real tradition for me.  When the Raiders began they were called the Hollandtown Raiders, coached by Bob Wurdinger.  Back then the boys had make-shift uniforms;  
I know that for a fact because my brother played 'Raider Ball'.  
When my son started 'Raider Ball', he was in seventh grade and played for two years.

Oh, my gosh, last night, I witnessed the third generation of Raider's.  I am getting old!!!

The uniforms have really spruced up since those beginning days; the boys start younger, and the name has changed to Kaukauna Raiders sporting the orange and black colors of the Kaukauna High school team.  

Those sixth grade boys played their heart out.  I enjoyed watching them develop their personal skills and learning to be a team member.  

They'd get in the huddle to discuss the next play, then on to the field to  "get 'er done!"

And "get 'er done" they did....  
They won 22 to 0 over the Menasha team.

And that's the way it is......................

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The First Day of School

All my grands started their new school year today. 

 Grand #1 is a Junior in high school, #2 is in sixth grade, #3 is in third, #4 in second and #5 is in first.  

I thought about them last night, going to bed with anticipation of the new school year;  wondering where they will sit, who will be sitting next to them, if their teacher would be nice and all those other unknowns that make one anxious.

I remember those first days of school when I was young.  I went to the local parochial school, there were only 13 kids in our class.  We didn't have kindergarten; so when we were six, we hit the ground running.  

When we were in first grade, we shared a teacher and class room with the second graders.  They taught us the ropes!!!  So every other year we were with a different grade, either the grade ahead of us or the grade below us.  

I remember those smells of a fresh class room in an old building, the hardwood floors were all waxed and shiny.  The chalkboards had been re-lined and oiled.  Every thing had been cleaned and polished in anticipating of the upcoming year.  

My brother and I walked up the hill to school, and ran home for lunch every day. We ate quickly and hurried back as not to miss one precious second of play time.  

  Some of the kids who lived farther out brought their lunch and ate at their desk.  

Don't we look excited to head back to school?
We did survive those memory filled eight years, only to board the bus to be transported to the area high school, where we were merged with a class of 350+ students. 

Here's to the class of '66!!!  
(Who by the way are all turning 66 this year!!)

And that's the way it is...............................