0014If you’ve only gotten to know Lori Nierman within the last couple of years or so, there’s something that you might not know about her.

    Nierman, 49, survived a heart attack in 2006. As the spokesperson for February’s American Heart Association (AHA) Go Red event in Rochester, Nierman is ready to tell her story.

    It starts on Easter Sunday in 2006. After returning home from a family event, Nierman noticed “a weird feeling behind my shoulder blades, kind of like a burning.” No stranger to recurring back pain, Nierman dismissed it.


0012Ever wonder what foods fall into the grains food group? Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, bulgur, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product.

    Grains are in two subgroups: whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains retain the entire grain kernel–the bran, germ and endosperm. Refined grains have been milled. This gives grains a finer texture and longer shelf life but removes the bran and germ, which offer dietary fiber, iron and many B vitamins.



Recipe: Christmas Granola

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0009This is great anytime. Recipe courtesy of The Quaker Oats Company.

4 cups Quaker® Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 cup each shredded coconut, chopped pecans and honey
1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds (optional)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
One pkg. (6-oz.) dried cranberries (about 1-1/3 cups)



Recipe: Wild Rice Carrot Muffins

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0010Recipe compliments of the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council - www.mnwildrice.org

3/4 cup each all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. each salt and nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups well-cooked wild rice
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup grated carrots



Recipe: Mushroom Barley Soup

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0011Delicious on a cold winter day. Serve with a hearty bread or muffin and a green salad for a complete meal.

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
16 oz. mushrooms, chopped
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 (14-oz.) cans vegetable or chicken broth
2 cup water
1/2 cup pearl barley*
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup cream or dry sherry, optional
    (in my files, sherry is a must! Try Wisdom & Warter Extra
    Amontillado Sherry)



Recipe: Spinach Cheese Bread

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00081. Spinach was purchased from Thorson Farms; whole wheat flour and cheese from Prairie Hollow Farm; sugar, salt and white flour from the Good Food Store; eggs from Dawn’s own lovely chickens.

2. Bunch fresh spinach leaves together press on cutting board and chop through with a sharp knife.

3. Mix ingredients well in a bowl until thoroughly blended and dough appears to hold together.


0025In addition to granite countertops and mahogany hardwood floors, there’s another trend in the building industry: women as leaders. Two local women are leading the Rochester Area Builders, Southeastern Minnesota’s professional organization for the building industry.


0007Dairy farmers Anne and Don Borgschatz were not surprised when their modernized farmhouse in Plainview won the 2011 Rochester Area Builder’s Fall Showcase of Homes People’s Choice award.

    “I knew that we liked the house, and that other people who had come through the house liked it,” Anne said. “I think it won because of the layout. We are farmers so our business is not just a business; it is a lifestyle, so we have to have things in a certain order to make sense. The comment that I heard most often was that it is a very practical house.”



Remodelers Corner - Jan/Feb 2012

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0001Karen and Joel Eikenhorst’s 1980’s master bathroom was outdated. “It was dark, the sink was low, we had a whirlpool we didn’t use and we wanted a more contemporary look to blend with the rest of the house,” said Karen Eikenhorst.

    It was an easy decision to contact Karen Blissenbach, ASID, owner of Design Studio B. Blissenbach was familiar with the Eikenhorst’s taste since she’d worked with them on remodeling projects in the past. “There are so many wonderful touches that come from working with a designer,” said Karen Eikenhorst.


Although the mirror in your living room is unlikely to tell you who is the fairest of them all, the type of mirror you choose may still say something about you. From a demure antique bench in a mudroom to a brilliant, modern vase in a foyer, room décor not only enhances the home, it is an opportunity for self-expression.


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