From the Editor - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Ellington Miller

0036A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for.
Sail out to sea and do new things. --Grace Hopper

When I started my first job after college, my dad told me, “You’ll never be this poor again.” He meant, of course, that I would likely work my way up the financial ladder as my career grew.



Pet Q & A - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Sara Reusche


Q My adolescent Labrador gets plenty of exercise every day, but she never seems satisfied. What can I do to keep her calm?

A Physical exercise is important for dogs, and most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise (exercise that makes them pant) a day. However, mental exercise is also very important to keep dogs happy and healthy. Mental exercise is anything that encourages your dog to think and problem solve. Consider how tired you would be after doing half an hour of calculus compared to half an hour of walking: thinking is hard work!



Devoted Hearts Conference 2012: Knowing God

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Written by Amy Brase

0029What’s one thing that you should absolutely do with your mom, sisters or girlfriends at least once? Attend a women’s conference! Chances are, you’ll be hooked and want to do it every year. It’s just that fun.

    A team of women from various backgrounds and walks of life is hosting the ever-popular Devoted Hearts Conference in Rochester. Five other churches—Christ Community Church, Calvary Evangelical, Hope Summit, Rochester Covenant and Celebration Church in Byron—have joined with Autumn Ridge to offer an amazing local conference for Southeast Minnesota women.


0041“Women’s Shelter, Melissa speaking. How can I help you?”

    Calls to Women’s Shelter, Inc.’s crisis line conform to no predictable measure. They come day or night, in every season, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

    A call might be from a woman whispering, “Please help me,” just seconds before the phone is disconnected because the abuser has ripped her cell phone from her hand or torn the cord from the wall. St. Marys Hospital may be on the line looking for shelter for a frightened, wounded woman being treated in the ER. A call could be from someone who desperately needs an empathetic ear to listen and to understand.


0040Sometimes “too many cooks in the kitchen” proves to be a good thing.

    When Keri Halberg, member of the Rochester Area Builders (RAB) and Remodelers Council Executive Committe, learned that the Rochester Women’s Shelter Transition House could use a kitchen remodel, she suggested the project to the board.

    The rest is history as contractor Mike Hortop of Aspen Enterprises, Jessica Curry from Tile Superstore & More, Dave Reynolds of Reynolds Design and Construction and a team of more than 25 members of RAB volunteered time and materials to give the Transition House a much needed, total kitchen re-do.



Remodelers Corner - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Penny Marshall

0030Little did Kathy and Mark Blohm know in 1988 when they built their “starter home,” that “it may just turn out to be our retirement home as well,” says Kathy. With a complete kitchen and bath remodel via Kathy’s business, Top Shop of Rochester, the Blohms are in no hurry to leave their split-level home.

    Kathy and Mark love to cook and entertain, so the kitchen needed a more open floor plan. Removing a pantry and peninsula that occluded space between the kitchen and dining area made room for a sizeable, free-standing island housing a microwave, storage and stool seating, and built-in cupboards for dishes and drawers for storage.


0031Perhaps it is the anticipation of Rochester’s annual World Festival April 13–14, or recent visits to area grocers that has had me contemplating different healthy dishes laden with vibrant spices.   



Recipe: Pad Thai

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Written by Margo Stitch

0034Courtesy of the Asian Food Store (Rochester)

    5 oz. rice stick noodle
        (soak in warm water for 15-20 minutes)
    Oil as needed
    1 Tbsp. each minced shallot and chopped garlic
    2-3 Tbsp. fish sauce
    2-3 Tbsp. sugar
    2 Tbsp. tamarind juice or vinegar
    1/4 lb. shrimp or chicken
    2 eggs
    1 cup fresh bean sprouts
    2 green onions, chopped 1/3 inch long
    1 tsp. red chili powder, or to taste
    1/2 cup roasted peanuts
    Fresh lime



Recipe: Indian Lamb Meatballs

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Written by Margo Stitch

0033    1 pound lean ground lamb
    1/3 cup quick oats
    1/4 cup minced onion
    1-1/4 tsp. Indian masala blend* (MDH brand recommended)
    Scant 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
    1-1/2 Tbsp. oil, divided
    1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup chopped yellow pepper
    1-1/3 cup water
    1-1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
    1/4 cup dried currants
    2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
    Cooked basmati rice



Recipe: Black Bean-Orzo Salad

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Written by Margo Stitch

0032    1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
    1/3 cup chopped yellow pepper
    1/4 cup green onions, chopped
    2 Tbsp. each olive oil and fresh lime juice
    1 tsp. ground cumin,
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    1/8 tsp. salt
    3 cups cooked orzo
    1 cup packed fresh spinach (julienne cut)


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