The lake is good for skating right now, no snow and fairly smooth ice. The Thanksgiving guests had a great time.
The weather was nice and the food was delicious!
Kolaches are a big part of my family tradition and every family get together. They are a sweet bread dough filled
with apricots and prunes cooked down to a paste with sugar and cinnamin. They are very tricky to make and they take
a good part of a whole day to make. I am lucky enough to have a warming drawer so that speeds up the raising time for
me. My mother makes hers more bready, but I adjust mine to a softer dough as I like the kolaches very soft and not over
baked. I also have one secret ingredient I add to my dough which makes them to die for! I usually make 8 dozen
at a time and serve them to family & guests. It really surprises me how many of my guests know about them and love
them. When I put a pastry display on the table for my guests there are never any kolaches left in the basket.
Clearing the ski trails
I have been issued a permit to groom & maintain the ski trails. A group of us went out on Sunday and cleared
down trees while I mowed the entire area. We cleaned up 2 trails that we didn't ski much last year because of the
thick brush with lots of snow. I'm hoping I get thru with the groomer now, that will make a big difference.
Before it was non-motorized we could never get through there with the groomer. It really helped having those extra hands,
Helens brusher and lots of clippers. We spent 3 hours out there on Sunday & I have already spent many hours out
there before & after Sunday. The trails are looking pretty good and I'm very excited for the snow to come so
we can try it out.