Nov/Dec
2012

Sweet (but small) Endings

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Written by Margo Stich

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Sometimes less really is more, like when family and friends gather ‘round the holiday table and the event turns into a feast. Finishing off all that food with a heavy cake or pie seems too much…yet the thought of a little something sweet beckons. Perhaps then, one (or two) decadent nibbles might be the “less” that is more.

This holiday season try one of the following recipes for “bitty bites” to round out your repast. Replete with dark chocolate and cream cheese, warmly spiced pecans, cashews and almonds, the zing of cherries balanced with a hint of coffee or the tangy-sweetness of cranberry and orange blended with rich hazelnuts, these miniature desserts may be just what your sweet tooth desires.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

How to: Spinach Soufflé

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Written by Margo Stich

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INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup each margarine and all-purpose flour
3/4 cup 2% milk
1/16 tsp. black pepper
Dash of salt
1/2 lb. American cheese slices
1 (10–oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed* and well
drained
6 crisply cooked bacon slices, crumbled
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
4 eggs, separated, saving whites and yolks**
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Seasons of the Vine: Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Margo Stich

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Midwest award winning wines
The Fourth Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition, a collaboration of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, was held in St. Paul this past August.

Four Daughters, Spring Valley, Minn., took top honors for its 2011 La Crescent, receiving the coveted Minnesota Governor’s Cup, which recognizes the “Best of Show” (i.e., the top prize of all Minnesota gold-winning wines). This year’s competition included more than 325 wines from participating commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada. For more information and a complete list of winners, see http://mngrapegrowers.com/past-award-winners.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Light up the Night

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Written by Penny Marshall

light-up-the-nightWhether your outdoor holiday decorating includes an illumination of your entire residence, a simple swag or an inflatable Santa and 12 tiny reindeer, a bit of exterior festive décor not only welcomes your guests but charms those passing by as well.

With a full-scale outdoor lighting company and many wonderful florists in town, you can do all the decorating yourself or hire out part or all of it, giving you many options for brightening up those long November and December nights.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Touring Rochester's Holiday Floral Open Houses

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Written by Penny Marshall

Grab a friend and leisurely shop for gifts, sip cider and nosh on holiday treats as you revel in new ideas for decking the halls.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Creating Holiday Interest

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Written by Jessica Pearson

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Whether it’s simply adding a wreath to the door or going all out by decorating the front of your house, fresh Christmas greens, alone or adorned, go a long way in making your house festive for the holiday season.

Front door
Just by itself on a velvet hook over your door, the lavish blue-green of an elegant conifer wreath makes an inviting entryway.

If you wish to dress it up a bit, use florist’s wire (found at craft stores) to add a festive bow, a few well-placed Christmas ornaments—maybe an old favorite that retired from the tree long ago—glittery tinsel or a few picks of silk or artificial berries.

Be sure to wire the additions to the framing on the back of the wreath so it stays secure, and you will have a custom-made wreath in no time.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Remodelers Corner: Nov/Dec 2012

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Written by Linda Lia

remodelers-corner-novdec2012Before Nick and Connie Maragos met Dave Reynolds of Reynolds Design and Construction, they had two separate basements divided by an unusable crawl space. They couldn’t go from one side of their basement to the other without going outside. Other contractors had told them that digging out the crawl space was not feasible, but as they visited with Dave—who thought it could be done—his contagious vision inspired them to believe in the possibilities.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

In the Moment

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Written by Marlene Petersen

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Don’t worry; be happy. Live, love, laugh. Every day society offers well-meaning idioms about reducing stress. But as days shrink and “things to do” lists grow, they may not be particularly effective.

Two programs in Rochester—Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (“MBSR”) and Stress Management And Resiliency Training (“SMART”)—offer more useful advice to help a reactive, stressful mind become a focused, joyful one.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Clear the Drive and the Calories

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Written by Jessica Peterson

clear-the-drive-and-caloriesAs the first snow blankets the ground this winter, it may be daunting to think of lugging on boots, gloves and a coat and clearing your driveway of that white, fluffy nuisance. This season, park the snow blower, grab a good shovel and envision that mundane chore as an invigorating, yet surprisingly effective, workout.

Health benefits
Like speed walking or an active game of tennis, shoveling is a moderate to vigorous aerobic activity. Its benefits include increased heart rate and oxygen uptake, elevated blood pressure, effective calorie burning, a clean driveway and no commute to the gym.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Old Fashioned Christmas in Wabasha

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Written by Kristina Larson

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If you’re looking for an affordable way to create lasting family memories this holiday season, follow the winding Mississippi to the charming river town of Wabasha where, on December 1, it hosts its sixth annual Old Fashioned Christmas.

Reminiscent of a Normal Rockwell painting, this free event enchants holiday-lovers of all ages with everything from window gazing to carolers spreading cheery classics through the crisp air.

 

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