The Search for Fraser’s Ridge

Saturday was my Mother’s 70th birthday. That morning after breakfast, while still in our pajamas, we decided to put some boots on and traipse around in the woods. I have only visited during Christmas and therefore had never had a chance to see the woods in their summertime glory in the eight years since my sister moved there. Four of us grabbed our boots and water bottles and meandered our way down the path to the woods. My SIL, Tracy, led the way to beat down the path, while my sister helped Mother and I took up the rear.
We quickly found the creek and the cabin in which the kids often have sleepovers. I told my sister I was going to move in there and become the Crazy Lady who lives in the woods. #lifegoals

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As we followed the overgrown path, I could not help but think about Claire and Jamie when they were scouting out a location for Fraser’s Ridge. Thankfully, everyone in our “expedition” party is a fan of Outlander so any talk about C and J is easily received. The conversation turned to what kind of location to pick, what should be its proximity to the creek and how long it would take to clear the timber with “primitive” tools. “Can you imagine how long it would take to do all of this with just an axe and a hand saw? They didn’t have chain saws back in that time!”
We walked down the path until we found the little waterfall and a site they had used for camping. It was wonderful to sit and look up at the sun shining through the canopy, making the leaves glow a magnificent green, and listen to the birds go about their day. The babbling water added the perfect accompaniment to this forest symphony.

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We gingerly walked back through the creek while the dogs crashed back and forth from the woods to the creek, having a blast.

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I stopped a few times on the way back to watch my family and BE in the moment. It was a perfect morning for this walk and I was glad to experience it with my family. These are the moments that I will treasure and I know it strengthened us just a wee bit more and gave my Mother a memorable birthday.

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Is this what heaven tastes like?

I am a BIG fan of shortbread and so is my Mother.  She remembers being a little girl standing next to her Aunt Lottie in the kitchen while Lottie made shortbread from a recipe that originated with our family from Scotland.  She loved the heavenly smell as it wafted through the house and made her mouth water. When she got older and moved away thoughts of homemade shortbread fell into memory as childhood things do.

When I came on to the scene and grew into my “OMG THIS OUTLANDER BOOK IS AWESOME” phase [(which has been going strong since 1991)(and doesn’t look like it is going to end any time soon)] I wanted to learn more about my Scottish heritage and the culture. In that “Scottish Awakening” we came across Walker’s Shortbread. Of course, Mom had to try it to see if it resembled anything like what her Aunt Lottie had made. My Mom is a tough ol’ bird and occasionally has an opinion on things. One of those things is shortbread… That first bite of Walker’s Shortbread transported her right back to that kitchen in Michigan and that buttery goodness. YUMMO!! We have been fans ever since.

The opportunity to receive the OUTLANDER inspired box and it did not take me long to say YES, PLEASE!! It also did not take me long to rip that box open and dive inside when it arrived!

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I took the container out of the box, opened the plastic, and that buttery smell made me run to the kitchen for a glass of milk. Does “store in a cool dry place” mean MAH BELLAH?

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The box says that the serving size is “2 pieces.”  …um, per day?? Or hour??? I don’t think that I have ever opened a box of Walker’s Shortbread and only had 2 pieces.  I just don’t posses that strong a will power.

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My Mother did teach me to share, though.

If you haven’t grabbed a box, I highly recommend it.  Your taste-buds will rejoice!  I’m going to eat mine now will a nice glass of milk as an afternoon snack.  If you have a few after dinner, I’ve been known to pour a wee dram to go with them.

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You can find a wide variety of items on their website: walkersshortbread.com  There are even gluten free options that are just as good!

Amazon UK announces Outlander Season 2 Launch Date

(Text from Amazon UK press release)

Outlander season two launches on Amazon Prime Video

11th February 2016, LONDON Amazon has today announced the UK launch date for season two of Golden Globe nominated Outlander as April 10th. Amazon Prime members in the UK will have exclusive access to the new episodes as they are released weekly, a day after they air in the US on Starz.

The eagerly awaited second installment will be thirteen episodes long and will once again star Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as Claire Randell and Jamie Fraser. Based upon the second of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, entitledDragonfly in Amber, the new series is again executively produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation).

The new season begins as Claire and Jamie arrive in France determined to infiltrate the Jacobite rebellion and stop the Battle of Culloden. Instead of swords and guns, they’re armed with political savvy and the finest 1700s Parisian fashion as they embark on their new mission – infiltrating the French aristocracy and rewriting history.

Thrown into the lavish world of French society, political gains prove tricky as Claire and Jamie endeavour to alter the course of history, amid challenges weighing on the fabric of their relationship. With the help of his cousin Jared, a local wine merchant, Jamie and Claire are thrown into the lavish world of French society, and armed with the knowledge of what lies ahead, Claire and Jamie must race to prevent a doomed Highland uprising and the extinction of Scottish life as they know it.

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Sophie Skelton (Doctors, Waterloo Road, Casualty) joins the cast and returning actors include Tobias Menzies (Casino Royale), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit, Creed, Rambo), Gary Lewis (Gangs of New York, Filth), Duncan Lacroix(Vikings, Game of Thrones) and Rosie Day(The Seasoning House).

Ronald D. Moore, Jim Kohlberg, Andy Harries, Maril Davis, Ira Steven Behr, Toni Graphia and Anne Kenney serve as executive producers of “Outlander,” which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book series has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and all eight books in the series have graced the New York Times best-sellers list.

New episodes of Outlander will launch weekly exclusively in the UK on Amazon Prime Video from 10th April 2016

How far would you travel to a Con?

Curiosity has us asking: How far would you travel to a Con to see Diana, Ron, Sam, Caitriona, or any other member of the Outlander cast/crew?

I personally have traveled to both sides of the continental United States and across the Atlantic pond to attend an Outlander related event.  Could I afford it? Weeeeellll….. 😉  Was it worth it? OH, HECK YES!  Out of the four events I attended, there was only one where I got to shake Sam’s hand.  (Yes, eventually…I DID indeed have to wash the hand) And to my GREAT SURPRISE, the UK Gathering Admins worked their tales off and were able to get Ron, Terry, Maril, Ira, Ronnie, Liz…etc, etc, etc to attend the Gathering in Crieff, Scotland this past May.  The best part of traveling to these different places was being able to meet with my fellow Admins and put many Heughligan faces to Heughligan names!

Through all the trial and tribulations you Heughligans have really made it lots of fun to be a part of this group. Thank you all for being a part of it and helping support all of our charities! ❤

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