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First Pine Hideout Winter Fun

Annalise woke up at 6:00 AM. That is my first memory of this First Snowfall Day on Pine. This was a very early winter day, prior to Christmas decorating pressure and I ran outside promising the Little One that I really would be right back…but she followed me to the door just to be sure as I clicked this picture.

Little Leasers Watching

Little Leasers Watching

The first snow often feels like a new beginning. Much like the snow covers the chipped paint on the stairs, we’ve yet to dread winter’s bitterness.

One of my favorite winter crafts is decorating with evergreen boughs and scraps. I’m familiar with circling Home Depot’s Christmas Tree Cast Off bin and registering for $34 Park District programs to learn how to make the “perfect” warm holiday arrangement. Now on Pine my Christmas Craft has met its match. Our new house is flanked by two large pine trees in front and the entire side lot is filled with various conifers. So up we bundled and started what may very well be a new tradition: hunting for pine cones. We filled up two baskets and even loaned some to my sister for her own projects. Now the only question was, would I have time to dig around on Pinterest to figure out what to do with these puppies? A quick search taught me something new: if you want to successfully work with pine cones you have to ensure they aren’t sticky and the best way to do that is fill up your oven with woody pine cones. I lined four cookie sheets and stuck them in a 250 degree oven for about an hour –two times!

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Baking Pine cones

Baking Pine cones

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