Sometimes You Just Want A Cookie

Sometimes you just want a cookie.  A cookie that doesn’t taste like sawdust or take you 15 minutes to chew one bite.  You want a cookie that says you are making good choices and here is a little something tasty for you.  A cookie that tastes like something you shouldn’t be eating.

That’s what I was wanting the other day.  So I jumped on google and was searching  for a cookie that looked like something I shouldn’t eat but that was  compliant with my  Paleo lifestyle.

That’s when I came across allergyfreealaska.com.  I am so thankful for other bloggers. Allergyfreealaska.com’s  Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delish!  They truly taste like I shouldn’t be eating them and yet I can!  I love them.  I make them and put them in the freezer in 2 packs to have on hand for those days when I just need a cookie.  A good cookie.  Mine never come out looking like hers do but they always taste amazing. IMG_4912

So, if on your  journey you are having a day where you just need a really tasty cookie, try these!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

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Mynorthland Garden-Update

A quick update on our gardens! I am so thankful our friends agreed to let us garden with them.  Thankful they let us have some of the produce even though our follow through on the whole weeding thing hasn’t been the best.  The big gardens are starting to give us produce and our raised garden is going crazy.  The tomato plants are almost as tall as my hubby.  I am loving the gardening thing!  You can’t beat fresh veggies!

Exploring Michigan – Porcupine Mts

In June we went on a short little trip to explore a different side of Lake Superior. We drove to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan near the town of Ontonogan.  The drive to Michigan was absolutely beautiful.  We drove through parts of Wisconsin we had never been to before.  There will definitely be at least a day trip to Ashland, WI and I see some fishing in our future on the Brule.

We were completely surrounded by such beautiful and thick foliage that as we approached the park I don’t think we even realized we were gaining in altitude.  I can’t wait to go back in the fall.  I imagine that the fall colors must be unbelievably beautiful there.

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is huge.  It has 59,000 + acres.  There are two more modern campgrounds and multiple camping sites and cabins that you can backpack into.  There are rivers, waterfalls and lakes to hike to and explore and amazing access to Lake Superior.

We were there for about half a day total and I don’t think we even scratched the surface of what this park has to offer.  What we did see was beautiful and very different from the north shore of Lake Superior where we live.  The beaches were much more sandy and it didn’t have the rugged bluff look that the North Shore does.  I love exploring new places in this great northland!

 

 

 

A is for August and Art! It’s giveaway time!

I love art!  I love paintings! I love the idea that I could paint and create, but honestly I struggle with stick people!  My friend Nissa is an amazing artist.  I featured her in A is for Art.  I’m so excited about this month’s giveaway! It’s this beautiful print from  @Nissa’sart! Just find @mynorthlandlife on Facebook, like, share and leave a comment on the giveaway post and you are entered to win!  Winner will be announced August 31st!

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Raspberry Picking @ Farm LoLa

I have a really fond childhood memory of going berry picking and it’s something I have always wanted to do with  my family!  This year I missed the pick your own strawberry season.  I also missed buying a large box of already picked strawberries from the guy who sells them on the side of the road.  Thankfully I have some left over strawberry jam from last year.

I was not going to miss pick your own raspberries season! I love raspberries and so does my family.  When I bring them home from the store they are gone almost before they are out of the bag. We are serious about our raspberries. But I  had no idea where to go. Thanks to a couple of my awesome coworkers I was introduced to Farm LoLa.  A great place, run by an amazing group of people.  I was so excited to take my husband and son there!

The atmosphere is lovely.  We could not have asked for a better night.  The temperature was perfect and the bugs were minimal.  The raspberry field is surrounded by forest.  We were greeted by the super friendly staff and one of their many chickens! The field of raspberries was beautiful.  My kid loved it and when he was done picking there was plenty of room in our row for him to run and play while he waited for us to finish.  They probably should have weighed him before we went in because I think he may have snacked on a few while he was picking.  The berries were perfect and so tasty.  I was thinking how wonderful it was going to be to have jam in the middle of February and my husband couldn’t wait to get home and have a scoop or two over a dish of ice cream.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Farm LoLa and came home with a box full of raspberries and a dozen eggs!  We will definitely be visiting Farm LoLa again!  Check them out on Facebook for picking times!

A Little Minnesota Exploring

Jay Cooke State Park – Peaceful, beautiful, and full of adventures just waiting to be had.

We only had about an hour or so to explore other day.  But it was a great hour.  My husband and son really wanted to put their lines in the water.   After a little hiking and exploring we found a place that would work.  I love river fishing but due to my lack of a Minnesota license I had to sit this one out.

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My kid caught a small mouth bass on his second cast.  We will definitely be going back for more fishing and exploring.

Here are a few more pictures from Jay Cooke.  We met some people vacationing from Texas.  Our boys found some crayfish together while we chatted about the fishing around the park.  I know there will be a much longer and in depth post about this park in the future when we have had more time to explore it.  I can’t wait to share more about this beautiful place with you soon!