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A little of this, a little of that


By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pout about this outing have adjusted but are still puzzled about why. I thought my explanation was self-explanatory. However, my analytical husband immediately asked me to define “fun”. Then he wanted to know the “price tag for fun”.

I stalled by answering that the definition of “fun” varies from person to person. He then pinned me down by asking, specifically, what female members in my family do to have “fun”. Well that was an easy question. We talk, shop, eat, drink adult beverages, and then we talk, shop, eat, and drink adult beverages. Sometimes we vary this routine by going to a concert, a play, an amusement park or take a trolley or walking tour to learn more about the history of the area. A hot tub or swimming pool greatly enhances our “fun”!

Since our group now spans the ages from 66-21 and must be within a budget, the planning is tricky. How to keep everyone happy? Each year a different sister or niece plans the itinerary and the budget and the menus. We rent vacation homes so we can cook our own food so a dishwasher is appreciated but not necessary. Then we look for 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms. We travel in a sister’s seven passenger van to save on gas and so that we can talk non-stop, and do a wild grocery shopping spree before we reach our destination which is kept secret by the master planner. Not all sisters handle the suspense well! My sister, Julie, who as a child would search for all the Christmas presents, unwrap them, rewrap them and then feign surprise on Christmas Eve has a particularly difficult time with this concept.

This year we rented a lovely home outside of Prescott, Wis., so we could enjoy Stillwater, Minn. It had multiple level decks, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms and an in ground swimming pool! We could sit on the deck under an umbrella and watch the river view. We also had use of a canoe and a motorboat. This was the best rental, yet.

We ate like queens: lasagna, bacon asparagus quiche, Mediterranean quiche with sausage, black olives, and feta; blueberry French toast, wedge salads, a shrimp and crab boil plus snacks. I know you are thinking :CALORIES. I am sure we worked them all off shopping .....
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Prairie Strips Offer Glimmer of Hope

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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Water pollution from agriculture is all over the news these days. A half million people had their water turned off in Toledo, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie due to toxic water from algae blooms, largely caused by nutrients from fertilizers and man ..... 
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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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Mint Julep

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard. My hu ..... 
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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(p ..... 
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Grand View Grows From Land

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his we ..... 
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days an ..... 
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