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Yet another recipie from the OHG Yahoo group. This one I really must try to bake. It sounds yummy.

Cranberry Nut Bread

4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional 3/4 cup sour cream or yogurt, full-fat or low fat-preferred 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 cup King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup walnuts coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, optional, for topping

Preheat the oven to 425°F for muffins, or 350°F for a loaf.

Lightly grease a standard muffin tin. Or line with 12 paper muffin cups, and grease the cups with non-stick vegetable oil spray; this will ensure that they peel off the muffins nicely. If you’re baking a loaf, lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the butter, vegetable oil, and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs, beating to combine. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, the vanilla and almond extracts, and the yogurt or sour cream. Place the flours in a food processor with the dried cranberries. Process until the berries are coarsely chopped. Add the nuts (if they’re not chopped), and process briefly, just until the nuts are chopped up a bit. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing just until everything is thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter among the wells of the muffin tin, filling each one about 3/4 full.

Or scoop the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle muffins or loaf with coarse white sparkling sugar or Demerara sugar, if desired.

Bake the muffins for 14 to 15 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into one of the center muffins comes out clean.

Bake the loaf for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove the muffins or bread from the oven. Tilt the muffins in the pan to cool a bit, then transfer them to a rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack to cool completely. For best results, don’t slice until completely cool. Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Store muffins or bread well wrapped, at room temperature, for 2 to 3 days; freeze for longer storage.

Yield: 12 muffins or 1 loaf.

Merry Christmas

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MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL, FUN FILLED AND SAFE HOLIDAY.

A History Project

So here recently I have started on a project that involves history, namely the Great Northern Railroad and it’s history. I forget how it got started, but something was said about Willmar, MN and I looked at it on Google maps. Well I found a sizeable yard. Then from there I followed the tracts east to Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN then followed the tracks west as far as Fargo, ND.

Well I have begun collecting photos of a place called Breckenridge, MN which is west of Willmar. I have cound a couple of USGS maps for Willmar, MN and I have for a senority list for the Willmar Division from the ’20’s if memory serves me correctly. I have asked a lot of people for information and so far the responce is great, and thats how I was giev a few photos. But as one gentleman said it, “you need to settle one one place, find out what you can, then move on” so thats what I am going to do. I have settled on Willmar, MN and I plan on finding out what I can about the railroad and the town and collect as much data before I move on to the next segment.

So, if anyone wishes to jump aboard and help out, I am open to anyone who wishes to do this as a personal project, not for some book or monetary gain to help out. You can email me at mountainrain897@yahoo.com and we can talk about this. Otherwise, its just gonna be a fun long term hobby project that I will work on.

Happy Trails,

Charles

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This is a re edit of the above photo

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All of these are Instagram edits. Just thought I’d post them for your enjoyment.

Halloween 2012

Here are a couple of pics of the kids before they went out Trick or Treating.

Tara

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Colt

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Dallas

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Alex

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Kenzie

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First Day Back

Well as promised I will let you know how my first day back went. There was a lot of information to take in on the first day, which ws to be expected. Still getting the hang of the site layout, but for the most part I can find my way around. My first assignment was posting my autobiography, which I had typed up the night before. So after that, I just began posting on the discussion forums so that my participation could be tracked. Not to eventful, other than watching short introduction videos and discussing those with the instructor and other students. So there you have it, short, swet and to the point..lol. I will continue to post about my experience of going back to college.

Stay tuned.

Burned

The title says it all. This is me 2 days after being home from the lake.

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Now this is my back. Forwhatever reason the middle part did not burn even though my whole back was exposed. Needless to say is as painful to view it as it is in real life. Though the stiffness and soreness has set in so as I write this, I’m in a lot of pain.

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All in all we had a great time at the lake. Though crowded, we still managed to get the kids out and even got them across the lake and back. Did this all day, so its no wonder I am sore….lol

Monday at the Lake

Well its a lil late, but here’s my post about our day at Lost Lake.

This past Monday, the family, our good friend and myself loaded up in the car and took off for the lake. After the kids got out of school first of course…lol. We had plenty of goodies and food to last the rest of the day. Though we forgot the radio. So no music. 😦  Anyways we arrived there at just after 2:30 and found that there were only a few others around. Which is good, cause its not that big of a lake. So we found a picnik table, switched into our pool shoes (to protect out feet from the rocks) put on sun screen and off into the water we went. Let me tell you, the water was quite cold, but after getting used to it, it was not that bad. The air temp was 102, but the water felt good. We splased around, tried to teach the kids how to swim, though they were just happy to be out and playing, so teaching anything fell on deaf ears. After awhile the kids wanted to play by themselves, and there was a shallow area, like a cove, that was no deeper than 14″. But we hung around just in case. But our friend and myself swam across the lake a few times which we could really feel the burn as we had not worked those muscles in a long time.

Well after a while the kids started to get hungry, so out of the water we went, and up to the table. We all ate sandwiches with ham, turkey, tomato, lettus, cucumber and spicy mustard. Chips for all and pudding for the kids. So after we all finished, we just sat around and talked to give our food time to settle. As we sat there, I took out my sketch pad and charcoal sticks and wanted to draw something that I saw out there. Now keep in mind I suck at drawing…lol. And its been forever since I drew anything with charcoal. But I managed to get something on paper which kinda resembles the landscape…lol. But for being visually impaired, and lack of drawing experience, I thought, as did the wife, our friend and our oldest daughter, did damn good on what I had done.

Well before I finished my drawing, everyone had went back down to the lake. I followed just a very short time later. So, as I proceed to get back into the water, I noticed that it was colder than before. Took longer to adjust and get used to it, but we never fully adjusted to it. So it was back to playing with the kids for a bit, splashing around and whatnot. After a while, the kids went off into the cove area to play just as we decided it was time to swim to the other side of the lake. Well this time my wife joined in as she wanted to say she was able to do it. Lets just say it looked like 3 fish outta the water trying to swim across…lol. After we had managed to get across, we talked for a bit on the other side, keeping a eye on the kids, which they were excellt in listening to us, plus they had their big sissy to help watch over them. Well after a few, we headed back over to the kids to play with them some more. Though towards the end, our oldest son got grumpy and sat out until it was time to leave.

Well we stayed until the sun set behind the mountains and figured it was time to leave, so we could get back home, clean the kids up and get them ready for school. All in all, everyone had a great time, and we are planning to go to the lake at least once a week. As its great exercise and it gets the kids out to release their pent up energy. So stay tuned for our next adventure.

Till next time,

Our Day Out

Well as promised heres about our day out on Friday.

Our good friend Big Mike came over to take us out to a lil known spot up in Cajon Pass in San Bernardino. It had a nice little free flowing stream coming down out of the mountains. It was a very scenic spot if you ask me. Just the right mixture of desert, greenery, mountains and nature. So we pulled off to the side of the road and we let the kids play in the stream, which we found at its deepest was less than 18″.

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Well I happened to hear a familiar sound. The whining of diesel locomotives. So I walked just up the short hill to catch a glimpse of it.

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So after I could not see much of the trains, I turned my attention back to nature, and the kids…lol

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We found this but not sure if its a shell of some kind or rock. But it was neat looking and took it home with us.

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This was our son Colt playing with his big sissy Kenzie. He wanted to wrestle…lol

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So this was our day. Letting the kids play in the stream, hiking up the stream a bit and just relaxing and enjoying the sun, water and nature. We are already planning to take the other two boys up there as they were in school during the time we were out. We are wanting to spend all day out there and have a picnik. But next time bring suntan lotion…lol

Also me and Big Mike are planning a day hiking trek there and further up the stream as well as do some exploring. Hoping to find other spots to take the bunch to. So stay tuned for further updates on our future adventues.

Coming up in the next month or so, we are planning a camping trip to the nearby lake where we were so also stay tuned for updates on that as well.

All in all we had a fantastic day. For me it felt good to get out of the house and experience the outdoors again without having to go to a doctors appointment. And it helped with my depression and it helped my soul. So I am eager to get back out again.

Till next time,