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Cookies, Cookies and more Cookies

We’d like to share one of our family’s holiday tradition with you. Every year since 1945 our family has gotten together to make Swedish Christmas cookies. This year there were 30 of us making all the cookies. At the end of the day we always have a contest to see who can guess how many were made. Our niece Sierra was the lucky one to count all the cookies this year and Aunt Sandy was the lucky winner….she guessed the exact amount…..2010! Not only was this the first time someone guessed the exact amount, but then the amount was the same as the year! WOW! The lodge large kitchen comes in handy to make all the cookies. With Christmas music playing, kids decorating cookies and learning to roll out Pepparkaker (Swedish Spice Cookies) fun was had by all!

Cousins decorating the Spritz.

Rolling out the Pepparkaker. It needs to be thin to be good!

A pile of Pepparkaker.

We fill the dining room table with cookies.

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Boulder Junction Christmas Walk

Tonight Boulder Junction had their annual Christmas Walk. All the shops are open with free cider, hot chocolate and cookies. There are sleigh rides, roasting marshmallows, Christmas Karaoke, pictures with Santa after he arrives with Mrs Claus on the fire truck, kids making ornaments and the lighting of the town tree. It was a beautiful night with the snow lightly falling and people walking along the streets. John was in charge of the details for the night and needed carolers to sing during the lighting of the Christmas tree, so he recruited the family to help him out. 16 of us donned elf hats and sang several songs. It was agreat start to the Christmas season.

The main street of Boulder Junction

Sierra was our director for the night.

Enjoying a sleigh ride after caroling. The caroling continued while on the sleigh.

Boulder Junction Christmas Walk 2010-11-26T22:50:41+00:00

Happy Thanksgiving

All of us at White Birch Village wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. It looks more like Christmas with the snow that fell overnight. It’s a beautiful day today. As I’m writing this post the 4 family dogs (a great dane, a lab and 2 boxers) are romping in the snow. The kids have alreadty been outside sledding as the adults have been busy preparing all the fixings for the 30 of us who are here. We hope you are able to spend the day with your loved ones.

Our turkey stands guard at the door to welcome all visitors.

Happy Thanksgiving 2010-11-25T13:34:55+00:00

Lake Freezes Over

With the cold temperatures that have arrived in the Northwoods the lake has begun to freeze. Hopefully the cold temperatures forecasted this weekend we will get a good hard freeze of the lake before more snow falls.

Lake Freezes Over 2010-11-24T13:09:56+00:00

Winter Getaways

Come join us this year for a winter wonderland experience. You can snowshoe, cross-country ski, snowmobile, or just enjoy the Northwoods all dressed in white. John and Sue will have a snowshoe trail blazed around White Birch Lake for your enjoyments and snowshoes will be available at the lodge for you to use. Maps are available for all the nearby snowshoe, cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails. The suites are available January 3rd—February 24th. Below are the special packages we are offering this winter. All rates are based on 2 people. We hope you can come visit us this winter.

Ice Fishing with John Package

John will take you out on the ice and drill the holes for you and help you to get all set  for catching some fish. Limited tackle is available to use along with the bait.

3 Day—January 20-23 $585

Lodging, Bait and limited tackle

Chili lunch served on the ice

Friday night Fish Fry, with your catch

Dinner Saturday Night at Guides Inn

2 Day—January 21-23 $390

Lodging, Bait and limited tackle

Chili lunch served on the ice

Dinner Saturday Night at Guides Inn

 

Progressive Dinner Package

January 28-30 $360

Saturday Breakfast at White Birch Village

Saturday Dinner: Appetizer and drink at McGann’s Wine Bar,  Dinner at Outdoorsman, Dessert at Guides Inn

 

Valentine’s Day Package

February 11-13 $360

Saturday Breakfast at White Birch Village

Saturday Dinner at Outdoorsman

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First snowfall

Yesterday morning we awoke to the first snowfall of the season. It’s hard to tell how much came down as it was melting throughout the day. Even so, it’s so pretty with the first snowfall and everything is white. We have our snowshoes ready and hopefully we’ll blaze in a trail around White Birch Lake to use this winter. Keep your eye posted on the blog as later this week we will have our winter packages listed for January and February.

Looking out the front door of the lodge.

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Beautiful Swans

Sorry it’s been so long since I had a post on the blog. John’s dad died on November 1st and we haven’t been in town much. On our way to Green Bay for the first visitation we saw these swans down the road on Little Star Lake. Had to stop and get a photo.

When we stopped the car they were all looking in our direction, but they didn't like our intrusion and started swimming away.

Beautiful Swans 2010-11-14T14:14:05+00:00

Hello there

John has his stealth camera out once again looking for sign of deer. Looks like he found it!

Hello there!

Hello there 2010-11-02T22:24:27+00:00