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.

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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.

 

Nov/Dec
2012

Furry Friend Fanatic

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Written by Amy Brase

furry-friend-fanaticThere's a room in our house I don't want you to know about.

It started out as a smallish dilemma. Then it became a slippery slope sort of problem. By the time the holidays are over, I expect it to be a full-blown issue. We may need an intervention.

There's an enthusiast in the family, and she's in denial. She's five, and she's a hoarder.

"Oh, that's so normal for little ones!" you all say as you settle onto your couch without having to remove seventeen furry friends first.

"It's sweet!" you add as you reminisce about your one, two or three special childhood lovies.

 

Sep/Oct
2012

From the Editor: Sept/Oct 2012

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Written by Marlene Petersen

from-editor-septoct2012Throughout her 14-year encounter with cancer, my mother used to say, “I am not dying of cancer; I am living with cancer.”

She was not delusional about her condition; she knew that it could take her life, which in fact it did last September, but she chose to live…through every bought of chemo and every doctor’s appointment filled with bad news. She refused to let life pass her by one moment before her time.

 

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