Getaway!

View toward ‘Yurt Village’ Afton State Park

We decided it was time to take a break from all the insanity and Afton State Park Minnesota was a perfect respite. Fall is definitely in the air!

The park is gorgeous with plenty of places to hike and birdwatch- also spend a night or two in a cabin, tent or yurt.

If apple desserts or just plain good eating crosses your mind, a quick trip down the road will suffice. Whistling Well Farm Minnesota is a perfect place to pick apples or purchase them bagged.

Whistling Well Farm

The dessert pictured above is Apple Crumble Slab Pie from King Arthur Flour recipes.

Baking!

Baking is such fun! Thanksgiving was an opportunity to make Amish Dinner Rolls from the King Arthur Flour website.  Today I made Light Spice Holiday Cookies (also from King Arthur Flour recipes) and hunted down the Christmas cookie cutters…and a few other shapes 🙂

plate

In a recent conversation with my niece I shared some ideas for gifts for my great-nephews. She mentioned that the youngest is all about plush toys and that their oldest is really drawn to “spooky” stuff these days. The cookie cutter choices reflect this- as does the free form football for another great-nephew: a New England Patriots fan. (Have I mentioned how hard it is to live so far apart?!) I am not sure what cookie shapes my little great-niece prefers so I dedicate all the fancy trees, mittens and bears to her ♥♥.