0007The “Land Down Under” has risen to the top in dream destinations. Australian tourism has seen an incredible boost due to a variety of factors, including competitive airfare, social networking, and Oprah Winfrey’s highly publicized visit.

    While romantic images of the Sydney Opera House, koala bears and kangaroos have long been associated with Australia, savvy travelers know that the smallest continent is also one of the most intriguing places on earth. From the red desert sands to the lush tropical rainforests, from the sun-drenched beaches to the spectacular skyscrapers, Australia is a wonderland of diversity.

 

0002On July 19, Taran Schneider will receive the National Military Family Association’s 2011 Volunteer Corps Service Award in recognition of her service with military families in her community.

    “Her leadership and passion help her community to not just recognize the service and sacrifice of military families but also help support and meet the needs of military families,” said Christina Jumper, volunteer services director for the National Military Family Association.    

 

Jan/Feb
2011

From the Editor - Jul/Aug 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

0005Three years ago, Joel and I were the happy owners of four Springer Spaniels when we got a phone call that changed our life.

    A stray Springer had been turned into the local shelter, but the shelter was full. A volunteer for a Springer rescue group (springerrescue.org) asked if we would foster him for until he could be adopted. Cooper was a cuddly, smart, energetic, ball-chasing dog whose new family still sends us updates and gratitude. Since then, we have helped rescue and foster 19 more Springers and I have volunteered to transport dozens of dogs from other states to Minnesota rescue groups.

 

Jan/Feb
2011

Carla's Cooking Lessons

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Written by Lynn Behnke

LynnandCarlacopyIt's not like I had never wandered into a kitchen before marrying Carla, but cooking together became a teaching opportunity for her, a learning opportunity for me. We took them. Here is a tasting menu of what she taught me about cooking.

Be nice: share

Carla and I shared kitchen duties from the beginning of our marriage. She prepared most of our family meals. I helped her set the table, clear it and do dishes.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Recipe: Tiramisu (Life-Me-Up Cake)

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Written by Scott Brue

112copyCarla first tasted tiramisu in Rome 30 years ago. Ever after she ordered tiramisu whenever it appeared on a menu and made versions of it at home. This recipe was cobbled together by my two daughters, Deborah and Alison, and me. It represents our memories of Carla’s tiramisu and our interpretation of notes we found in several of her cookbooks. It is modeled after a recipe in Favorite Brand Name Country Italian, 2001.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Recipe: Beef Tenderloin with Port Wine Reduction

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118copyBeef tenderloin has become a Christmas tradition in the Piepho home. Serve this with a simple green vegetable or blended harvest mix.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Recipe: Grandma Rundle's Graham Cracker Pudding

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Written by Scott Brue

106copyCarolyn’s “special touch” is to add a bit of apple brandy to the sauce.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Recipe: Joyce Rundle's Crunchy Cheesy Potatoes

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Written by Scott Brue

118copyFamily holiday meals always find Joyce’s potato dish on the menu.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

Recipe: Joyce's Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Written by Scott Brue

101Try low-fat dairy products to keep the calorie
count down.

 

Nov/Dec
2011

The last time I saw Vegas

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Written by C.J. Fosdick

My husband and I don’t travel well together. Besides our tendency to get lost, it’s a given that one of us will get sick on vacation. Our last vacation to Las Vegas went with the odds.

    Our daughter agreed to care for our dog and six horses during our annual trip to visit Sin City friends. With no direct flight to Vegas from Rochester, we booked a flight out of Minneapolis, deciding to drive up to St. Paul a day early, take in the annual Horse Expo, get a hotel room near the airport and leave our car
at the hotel. It was going to be so simple.

 

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