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On our way to the Lakeland vs. DC Everest basketball game in Wausau last night, I quickly pulled over so Troy could grab my Iphone and snap these pictures of an icefisherman at sunset on Lower Kaubashine.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Earlier in the day I did not have the camera or my Iphone when driving past and there was a turkey out on the lake pecking around.  Strange sight!

Ohh and did I mention both JV and Varsity won.  DC Everest is ranked 10th in the state of Wisconsin and WE WON!!!  It was quite a night for Basketball fans in Minocqua and well worth the drive to Wausau on a Tuesday night

We have snow and ice and sights like this is why to head up north this winter.  Can’t get this view at home.  I may just have to take up icefishing….  nope think I will stick to ice skating.  The skating should still be awesome this next week

Now on to Troy’s favorite Christmas cookie.  Russian Tea Cakes.  I have to keep these on hand at all times or it just does not feel like Christmas.  He recommends them with a glass of milk.  I prefer a more chocolate but these are pretty darn good for a non chocolate cookie

We double the recipe so here is the doubled version

2 cups butter (don’t you dare use margarine, it is 4 sticks of the good stuff)

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup nuts

More powdered sugar to roll them in

Soften the butter, I usually put 2 sticks at a time in the microwave for 30 seconds and then do the 2nd sticks separate.  Mix BUTTER, powdered sugar and vanilla together.  Once they are combined and creamy put aside.  In separate bowl mix flour, salt and nuts.  Add this bowl to the BUTTER mixture and mix together.  Dough should now be ready to make into balls.  There are no eggs in this recipe so feel guilt free to eat some dough at this point, not quite the same as chocolate chip cookie dough but fills the same need.  Roll cookies into balls.  These cookies do not rise so make them the size you want and you can fill a cookie sheet up with quite a few of them.  Bake until set but NOT BROWN.  I usually lift them a little off the pan and see if the bottoms are slightly brown and I call them done.  They are supposed to cook for 10 – 12 minutes at 400 if you feel like following the directions

After they cool slightly roll them in powdered sugar.  When you get done rolling start with the first cookie and reroll them again.  This is a great job for kids! and the reason I have 3 of them

Enjoy and be Merry! and for goodness sake throw out that icky margarine please for a New Years resolution.

Keeping with the cookie theme and the Black Family obsession with all things that have to do with bodily functions and septics tomorrow’s cookie is the infamous Black Family Turd Cookies another staple of our Christmas traditions.  Troy would like it pointed out that he is a Gibson and his family and his mother have a much more polite name for this cookie rather than Turd Cookie, but I like that name to much since that is what my mom called them.  What will out boys call them?

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Cody and his Uncle Jimmy showing off their big catch a 31 inch Northern this weekend.  Cody’s smile was worth it all.  I think it was his lucky hat that gave him the edge this weekend

More nice crappies were biting.  This one still shows its white colors.  After a hour on the ice it will be back to its regular color.  Way to go Cody!

Hey those guys sitting on buckets are back.

Ice fishermen dress in all sorts of garb.  I asked what was with the bright colors and he said it was so his wife could spot him out on the lake

Sun peaking through.  The snow total for later today and tomorrow has been adjusted to 5 inches.  Come on Mother Nature if we are going to have winter hang on you can do better than that!  Later in the week they have more snow projected as well

In the meantime it is perfect for icefishing!  Cody has it right with the chair

With the bite to the wind he had the right hat on for the day.  His “Up Nort” hat

Fritz looked frozen to his bucket with his ear flaps up protecting his ears from the wind.

After being out on the snapping crackling lake for a few minutes, Mack decided his fight or flight instincts were in full gear and retreated to a much safer dock.

When I called his name this was his response.  Turn his head away and sit down.  Memories of trying to get him out on the lake in December were returning

Just as I was about to leave Kip pulled out this nice fat Perch


Apparently on the way back, Mack made a decision that as long as the ice was snow covered it was safe in his book


Mack headed out on the lake to investigate how the Cikowski crew was doing ice fishing.  What is with these guys sitting on the lake?

Running into our first icefishing hole.  Mack was definitely interested in what it was all about

Nice crappie and bluegill found. The crappie came up white and had turned back to its natural colors as it sat on the ice.

It was a nice one about 13 inches.  They also caught some small Northerns that they threw back

Checking out what Fritz was up to and getting a good scratch

The best part of icefishing in Mack’s mind.  Finding old stinky cubs around the icefishing holes.  We had to restrain him from carrying this one off to either eat it or roll in it enjoying getting the fishy odor all over himself before retreating to sitting by the fireplace and polluting the house with his smell

It got up to 50 on Thursday and the snow was in retreat on the stairways

But we had a secret weapon to have the snow and winter come back…

We took the plow off the truck.  I guarantee that this action will cause a storm to come.


Ice going out on the edges, lake turning gray… who would possibly want to go out on the lake?  Answer, a certain breed of ice fishermen that love icefishing so much that they take their life in their hands, put on a life vest, spikes on their feet to negotiate the ice and find the one spot on the lake that they can get on.  On Lower Kaubashine the spot to get on is where the snowmobile trail enters the lake.  The snow was compacted there and the ice is thicker at the edges


Open water and who could that be out on the ice?


Hmm I think I recognize those brown Carharts…


Grandpa Gibson’s idea of a perfect Spring Break sitting on the ice and fishing.  He says there are 16 inches of ice in the middle yet.  The 16 inches in the middle are not what worry me it is the 1 inch next to the shoreline that is scary.  This afternoon’s fishing adventure was limited by how far they could get out on the ice.  The top of the ice was very slippery and Grandpa forgot his grippers that go on the bottom of his shoes to negotiate the slippery surface.  He is headed off to Walmart today for a pair of crampons.  The only thing biting in this spot where minnows.  Today he has plans of making it over to his favorite crappie hole in between watching the Highschool Basket Ball and NCAA games.  Right now Troy and Grant are in the lead in our NCAA picks


I stopped out to the Cikowski Fishing Jamboree


I had to deliver a pizza on ice.  Apparently Jimmy’s dad ate his Hilltop pizza last fall and Jimmy was distraught with months ahead with no pizza from Hilltop.  Al feeling guilty of is pilfering of Jimmy’s pizza had this special pizza delivered by Mary Ellen and I brought it out on the ice for Jimmy


Fishing was already picking up.  This was the 2nd Northern of the morning.  They released the smaller one.


No wigglers anymore these were caught on minnows.  Not a bad catch for a beginning of an ice fishing trip


Fritz enjoying the sunshine and lake.  It was a perfect warm morning for icefishing on Lower Kaubashine


The secret for catching fish


They had a first time ice fisherman along.  Great day to be skipping a few days of school to spend time with dad and his uncles.  Tip up flag up and ready to be checked


Pulling up the big catch


Better luck next time.  Perfect time to learn how to ice fish

To all Poe fans out there.  He has completely recovered and is on a strict dog food only diet


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Ruby has to be one of my favorite dogs to photograph.  She has personality coming out of her ears.  Her owners Ben and Deb think that her ears might be the trick to pick up the wireless internet into Muskie Inn.  Their friend Mike is convinced that when Ruby sits in his lap and is closer to the computer he is able to pick up the wireless signal better at Muskie’s kitchen table


Ruby doing her favorite activity, chasing the frisbee (better known as the F word in Muskie).  If you mention the F word in a sentence and she hears it with her bat ears you had better be prepared to go outside for 10 minutes with the purple disk (which is what I called it instead of the F word)


Loving the life of a dog.  I wish life was this simple and joyful for everyone


Ruby’s owner, Ben, getting some much needed therapy on ice.  Nothing is better for Ben’s soul than a few hours spent like this on Lower Kauabashine.


Sun trying to break through the clouds on the last day of February.  Tomorrow tune back in for Cliff’s return to the ice for Ice Out 2010


Amanda Hixson arrived at the resort with her boyfriend Chris for a weekend of snowmobiling with friends.  I am not sure we converted her over to loving a Northwoods winter as much as she enjoys sitting by the lake in the summer, but everyone had a good time.  For the record nobody slept in Tom and Murry’s bed…. really!


Fishing started out with this whopper and progressed quickly to….


Nice fat Northern caught on a minnow


Caught and released back into the lake to spend the next few months eating all the crappie before Tom and Rich try to catch them in June


After a big day of icefishing time to head down the trail for a little snowmobiling


They reported the trails in great shape for Hazelhurst to Eagle River.  They followed 3 groomers and had nice smooth trails the entire way with fresh snow coming down


Quick stop in Eagle River at the Ice Palace


The vacation ended with an infamous dinner at The Moose Jaw Lodge.  See ya in June


This has got to be the funniest icefishing shack I have seen in awhile.  It is parked on Lake Minocqua in front of SaveMore this week


I am wondering if they also have a potty as an amenity in the shack.  This guy sure looks like he is looking for one.  Who was the guy who got swallowed by a whale and lived to tell the tale?  I would love the picture of them moving the whale around the lake


Icefishing?  One of the toys I always see icefishermen have.  When the fish are not biting take a ride for fun around the lake.  This works as long as the snow is not too thick on the lake or it is nicely packed down from snowmobiles


Sunset on Lower Kaubashine