The Weekend Update from the Frozen Tundra


I’m sad that my two week vacation is coming to an end but rather pleased that Mother Nature helped extend it one more day. You may have heard that Minnesota is in the midst of a deep freeze right now. Today is the worst of it and there are many shutdowns in order to keep people safe from the elements, I’m happy to report that I’m one of those people. It’s funny how the magic of a “snow day” never diminishes, in fact it almost seems more magical as an adult because they are far rarer for us.

The weekend was a productive one. The knitting and assembly of the green sweater has been completed with the help of my friends:

I hope to finish the collar today and find some buttons in my stash.

A delicious new Breakfast Quesadilla was concocted in the Griddler:

breakfast quesadilla
Sun-dried tomato tortilla, scrambled egg, pepperjack cheese and black beans, topped with salsa – all I needed to make this perfect was a little avocado

My first attempt at dressmaking has been completed and I gave it a test-run on Sunday:

new dress

The Best-Good Friend and I had an AMAZING breakfast at Spoonriver. It was cold, cold, COLD outside but the sun was shining so bright, it was a beautiful day. I had sandwich envy over her Fried Egg & Avocado Sandwich:

Fried Egg & Avocado Sandwich
Fried Egg & Avocado Sandwich with Feta: Basil Sauce, Multi-Grain Bun, Fresh Fruit, Kimchee

But was so happy with my vegetarian version of the Singapore Noodle Scramble with tofu:

tofu breakfast scramble
Singapore Noodle Scramble: Rice Noodles, Scambled Eggs, Vegetables, Garlic Sambal Seasoning (vegetarian)

We shared a scone afterwards. I can’t wait to go back, it was a phenomenal breakfast that I can’t stop thinking about.

We bundled up and headed next door to The Guthrie for “Born Yesterday.” It was far too cold to take in any views, but check these out from my last visit. I think I’ve been to the theater more in the past few months than the past few years and I rather like it. This show was really fun:

born yesterday

By the time I got home, the polar plunge was beginning to get serious but we still had wildlife in our yard. This little woodpecker is out there all the time. He let me come within 6 feet before chastising me and flying up into the tree:


I’m impressed by the electric birdbath that The Mother gave me for Christmas. According to the view from my upstairs window, it is still not frozen at -20F:


They don’t seem fazed by the cold but I sure am. Time to go celebrate the magic of the snow day!

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Heidi Van Heel

Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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