Okee Dokee Brothers - Winterland - Giveaway!!

Winterland

Winterland

We are big fans of the Okee Dokee Brothers at our house - and we are thrilled to share in the excitement of the release of their brand new album that releases TOMORROW 10/19/18!!:

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A little bit about the album:

Winterland, by the GRAMMY┬« Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers is an exuberant yet introspective collection of 16 original songs exploring the wonders and beauty of winter. A voyage from autumn to spring, Winterland presents secular winter music the entire family can enjoy while cozying up around the fire.

In a world where people are all too often pursuing their own individual journeys, Winterland humbly reminds us that we are all human beings living within the uncontrollable motions of Mother Nature. Embracing the cycles of loss and new life, darkness and light, bitter cold and warmth, Winterland reflects that winter is not only a season, but a feeling we carry within. As we weather the storm by looking inward, we can redefine our seasonal perspectives. In fact, with just the right outlook, winter can become our own sense of paradise, even through the warm months.

Winterland Track ListClick HERE to see a music video of "Howl" one of the tracks of the album.

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I am excited to have the opportunity to GIVEAWAY a copy of Winterland to one lucky Kids and Eggs reader!

Earn entries by:

*posting a comment on this post

*commenting, or tagging a friend on my instagram post about this giveaway @megtdevine with the album cover

*sending me an email: kidsandeggs@gmail.com - with the subject heading: Winterland

I will pick a lucky winner by Monday, October 22nd.

*this giveaway is restricted to those with U.S. mailing addresses

Good Luck!


First Snow!

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This is what our neck of the woods looks like these days.   We have had cooler temperatures and snow on the ground for over a week!   A combination of fall and winter, bright and colorful leaves in the contrast of white snow is something of beauty.   

We are anticipating warmer temperatures later in the week, so I expect this first snow to melt.   I don't think anyone around here will complain and would enjoy some more fall weather before the onset of winter.  Time will tell!

 


Minnesota Parent Column - October

MNP 1018_CoverRGBThe October issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

My ramblings in my School Days Column in this month's education issue, are all about ways to enrich learning at home:

Minnesota Parent - October - Megan Devine

Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!


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We have been soaking up the bounty of the early fall harvest.  We had our first hard frost this past weekend, which concluded the tomato harvest and altered the landscape of my garden.  Early Sunday  morning my kids helped me harvest our garden pumpkins and completed the job of pulling the wilted vines and leaves out of the garden.  

I will be bringing several of these pumpkins into school to share with my kindergarten students and using the rest at home with my own kids.   Likely using the pumpkins for some of these recipes in the upcoming weeks that I highlighted in a post on mothering.com

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The fall colors are starting to appear!  I enjoyed a beautiful trail run with my canine companion Sunday afternoon.  Speaking of running - I am proud to share that I completed a local half marathon this past weekend.  I have been working hard, in my efforts to run back into health, and I met and exceeded a personal goal on this race.  I am continuing to keep self-care and fitness a priority in my life and it is making a positive difference in my overall well-being.

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My husband James has been making amazing progress on our sauna building!  The kids have been helping too and are learning a lot in the progress of helping out.   This building is going to be a fun and purposeful addition to our homestead.   We are hoping to have the sauna portion functional by wintertime!


Apples to Applesauce

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Earlier in the week I took a walking field trip to an apple tree a couple blocks away from the school.  Each of my kindergarten students got to pick a couple of apples from the tree and we brought them back to the school to make applesauce right in our classroom during the school day.   

Click on the image below to read a post where I share the simple instructions to do this at home or in your classroom.   

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As I mention in the post, I am not sharing this because it is new concept or even a unique, creative recipe.  I am sharing this today just as a reminder how easy this is!

Every child should share in the experience making applesauce in the fall!

Let me know how yours turns out if you find opportunity to make some yourself.


Meat Birds & Tomatoes


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These days we are up to our ears in chickens and tomatoes!

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A couple of weeks ago we added 28 cornish rocks to our homestead.  These are our "meat birds" that we will butcher at the end of October.   Every year a group of friends and neighbors go in together on a large order of birds, we raise them on our own, then get together for a joint effort experience "turning the chickens to meat" butchering day work party.   These are meat birds, that will live a good, healthy, but short life on our homestead.

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Our garden tomatoes have been extremely bountiful this year.   The past couple weekends I have been busy picking and peeling.   Last weekend I made salsa.  (7 pints)  This weekend I had so many tomatoes I made pasta sauce.   This was a first for me.   I was in the kitchen for a good part of the day, but it was gloomy anyway and I started a good audio book.

I used this recipe and was able to use tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley from my garden.   I was very happy with the results.   I ended up with 13 pints!!!

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We are definitely putting a little more work on the front end of things, but the products of our efforts are pretty darn good.  


Around Here....

 

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We celebrated the last weekend of summer vacation at the lake.  Although it was cooler, the kids had no problem jumping in the water, for what may be their last lake swim of the season (although time will tell).  We participated in several special activities that were part of the weekend festivities, including an arrowhead hunt, a 5K and an ice cream social.   In the race I had a hard time keeping up with this 11 year old, who pounded out 3 miles in 22 minutes plus change!  It is a privilege to be raising young athletes - and this mama is doing what she can to stay fit to enjoy activities like this with them.

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I was able to enjoy these beautiful views on a 7 mile trail run this morning.   I have a half-marathon race coming up in a couple of weeks and I am favoring the trails to the pavement on longer runs, especially with the opportunity to spend some time with my canine companion out on beautiful local trails.   Around here - 2 (1)
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We celebrated the last day of summer vacation with a feast of walleye cakes. We also spent some time paging through our photo books from the memories that we created on our trip out west and our weeklong camping trip in Voyager's National Park. We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to make these memories together, plus all of the others we have made this past summer.    Around here - 6
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It's time!  5 out of the 6 of us are transitioning back into the routines of school - tomorrow!   We are all excited and a little bit nervous.   If you or your children are in the same situation, I wish you the best!  Cheers to a new school year!  May it be one that encompasses purpose, balance, connection and joy!







Minnesota Parent - School Days - September

The September  issue of Minnesota Parent Magazine is available throughout Minnesota and online now.

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My ramblings in my School Days Column this month, centered around my experiences and observations in the differences parenting three boys and a girl.

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This month I also wrote a recipe feature, highlighting a wonderful recipe from the cookbook Magnolia Table written by Joanna Gaines for the "In the Kitchen" column.  Be sure to check it out!

Magnolia Tale Recipe Feature

Pick up a print copy, or read the full issue by clicking --> HERE.

Find the online link to my column---> HERE.

Find the online link to the Magnolia Table recipe feature----> HERE.

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If you like what you see, social media 'shares' are appreciated!

As always - thanks for reading!


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The seasons are starting to shift.   The landscape of my lush green summer trail runs is changing to where I am seeing yellows, browns and even an occasional red leaf making its appearance.  Although we are in summer mode subtle changes are hinting of the onset of fall.   

The rhythms of our activities are changing as well as we are gradually gearing up for the start of the new school year.   I have been in school, getting my classroom ready for my new students.  This year will mark my 18th year of teaching!

The cross-country running season has also started.   Our eighth grader is training hard, gearing up for the first meet next week.  I am helping with the team as an assistant coach, as I have been doing the past couple of years.  We have both been running and doing some other cross training all summer long.  I am working through a running injury (plantar fasciitis), but still on track to complete a half-marathon in late September.   My daughter and I have been inspired by the newly published book:  Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky.  There are lots of great recipes, tips and training advise including the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (pictured above) that my daughter has been making from the "Power Snacks" section of the book.  

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I have been keeping up with our bountiful garden and lining my pantry shelves with canned goods.  Lately, I have been busy pickling cucumbers and beans.   We are having a great year for tomatoes as well!   We're eating a lot of garden suppers (BLT's, salads, and quick pasta dishes celebrating and savoring the gifts of the garden.

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I am still working on new and different avenues of publication.   I recently received the exciting news (and payment!) from Highlights for Children that two of my submissions will be published in upcoming issues of Highlights High Five. 

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We are making progress with our sauna building!  James is working hard and the rest of us are pitching in when we can. We have the slab poured and we just started framing up the walls.   We will be slowing down just a bit as we wait for our trusses order.   We are so excited about this new addition to our homestead. 


Lake Harvest

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We are home from a weekend a bit farther north, at my parent's island home.   This past weekend we were able to claim a healthy lake harvest of Minnesota walleye and crappies that we have in our freezer for a future fish fry and also shared a meal with friends when we were visiting.   We are enjoying these last few weeks of summer, before we will be back in school.  

Hot and humid summer days are best spent on the lake!  We are grateful to have the opportunity to share these special times, making these memories with our children and with my parents at their home and on the beautiful lakes in and bordering Voyager's National Park.