A warm hello from a cold place.

That place is Minnesota.

When I look out my window on a winter’s day, I can hardly believe that in a few months green will replace the white and warmth will replace the cold.

But for now it’s as winter as winter gets.

winter window

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I love looking through cookbooks printed by community or church groups.

The older the better.

These softcover, low budget books that are spiral-bound or held together with staples, even yarn, contain tried and true recipes that women were proud to share.

From a typewriter to an office mimeograph machine or a local print shop, they were usually sold for fundraising needs such as a library addition or missions work.

Here’s a gem I found in a Duluth thrift store.

Twig MN cookbook

Smorgasbords in Minnesota’a Northwoods, by the Ladies Aid of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Twig, Minnesota.

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The little birdhouse that came from my childhood home now sits in our backyard.

A few birds poked their beaks in this summer, but none settled in.

It looked so lonely and birdless especially on a foggy morning, that I felt I needed to do something for this old house.

So on a perfect sunny day, I enjoyed sitting at the picnic table while I worked on the makeover.

Here is the BEFORE….

birdhouse

And, here is the AFTER!

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