Sticking straight up in the snow.
At first I thought it was a huge toadstool (and how did this grow up through packed snow?), whose head had somehow been turned to face me.
I picked up the Anubian Ambassador so she would not be tempted to gobble up the Mystery.
On closer inspection, it was clear what we were seeing: a bagel.
Pennies from heaven? I haven't been able to figure out how it got there. There were no footprints (or paw prints) around it. The back yard is fenced off and it's a tall fence.
My guess is that a bird dropped it. We have a Bruggers maybe a half mile from home to the north, and a Cub Foods about a half mile to the south.
But it could have been the Nexialist casting Bread Torus.
Bread Torus (Evocation, Cost, Per Scene): During the Nexialist Revolt, this formula sustained the besieged defenders of Nexialist Institutes. It became one of the 12 essential proofs of the "Miraculous Materialism" that undergirds the Nexialist tradition.
Bread Torus manifests as one or more dense white rings of a breadlike substance. One bread torus can sustain a person for a day. Sometimes also called a "carbohydrate brick", bread tori putrefy remarkably slowly compared to other bread substances. If left at room temperature for several days, however, a torus may become a knife-breaker or tooth-chipper.
The caster rolls WIS +2 to manifest Bread Torus. The number appearing is equal to the effort rolled.