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Postcard Geography Album: Wisconsin, "The Badger State” and a Cheese Tasting

Cranberry Harvesting
This week's postcard is very special to us because it comes from their paternal grandparents from their recent vacation.

"Learned all about cranberries this morning, then drove through Amish country and round barns. Tomorrow we go back to Minnesota and visit a Cidery before the tour ends. We have kept busy and are ready to go home. Love, Grandpa and Grandma B." 


Since Wisconsin is known for their cheeses, we decided to have a cheese tasting.
{A cheese tasting was also on our Summer Bucket list.}
The cheeses for our tasting were:
Colby & Monterrey Jack blend
Farmer's Cheese
Creamy Havarti
Sharp Provolone
Dubliner
All of the cheeses were from Wisconsin except the Dubliner, which was from Ireland.

Since the postcard featured cranberry harvesting, I decided to also make a Wisconsin Cheddar-Cranberry Spread for us to try.

Wisconsin Cheddar Cranberry Spread
(adapted from All Recipes)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
In a mixer bowl, cream together the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and milk until well blended. Season with mustard powder and cayenne pepper, then mix in dried cranberries. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

James colored in a map of Wisconsin to add to our scrapbook page.
He is still working on the scrapbook page. When he is finished, I will add a photo of the completed page to this post.
The results of the cheese tasting were:
The Cheddar-Cranberry Spread won first place with 4 likes and 3 favorites.
The Farmer's Cheese won second place (4 people liked it and 2 favorites)
The Creamy Havarti won third place (3 likes and 1 favorite)
The Sharp Provolone was voted the cheese with the worst smell.
The cheese tasting was voted by everyone as a great school activity!
"From its leaders in fine arts and architecture (Georgia O'Keefe and Frank Lloyd Wright) to its pioneers in nature conservation (John Muir and Aldo Leopold), Wisconsin has been an influence on major movements in education, industry, and use of natural resources."  

The site of the cabin Laura describes in Little House in the Big Woods is about seven miles north of the little town of Pepin, Wisconsin.

We have "visited" 21 states (42%) and Washington DC with our postcard-geography album.
Create your own visited map of The United States
If you would like to help us with our postcard-geography album, these are the states we need: Mississippi, New Jersey, Vermont, Wyoming.

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