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By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
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Spring has Sprung!! The week before Easter we weren’t so sure about that… In fact, we thought we might have to wear stocking hats instead of Easter bonnets. But now the bloodroots are blooming and the woods will soon be a carpet of white flowers with the bluebells and marsh marigolds adding their color. And what is better than the lilac blooming, filling the whole yard with its scent.

Another sign of spring is the return of the hummingbird. If you don’t have your feeder out, now is the time to do that. Their long flight from the Gulf of Mexico, which is around May 1 and not many flowers are available yet, so they will be looking for that familiar feeder.

A few fun facts about the hummingbird:

•They are the smallest bird in North America and are fearless and ready to fight.

•They are able to hover, fly up and down and backward.

•Male hummingbirds have a courting “pendulum” flight.

•Their wings create a humming noise, flapping 50-60 times per second.

•A hummingbird’s heart beats 1,260 beats per minute.

•Hummingbirds weigh 2-3 grams.

•They construct their nests with plant material and spider webs, gluing pieces of lichen on the outside for camouflage.

•Hummingbirds are attracted to tubular red flowers, humming bird feeders and eat small insects.

Hummingbird juice is easy to make but, the sugar bill more than doubles! We often get up to 24 humming birds. There is no need to use red food coloring in the juice, as the red feeder will draw them. I prefer not to cook the sugar and water together, as it’s too easy to go off and forget it on the stove and then you have a real mess...been there done that!! What I usually do is measure one cup of sugar into a 4 cup glass measuring cup and just heat the water on the stove. Then pour 2 cups of hot water into the measuring cup to dissolve the sugar. Add 2 cups of cold water and fill the feeder. After three days, especially in hot weather, check the feeder and change it, if necessary. Always clean the feeders before adding new juice. Orioles like this too.

Humming Bird Juice Recipe: 1 cup Sugar, 4 cups Water

But what says “Spring is Here” more than actually sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee, eating a fresh Rhubarb Streusel Muffin, watching the humming birds with the scent of lilacs in the air!!


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A View from the Woods: Earth Day changed my life

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
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I was 17 in 1970, a junior at Osseo High School lying on the outskirts of the Minneapolis suburbs. Our former small town school was bursting at the seams, with over 2,000 students coming from the massive developments of ramblers that had overtaken po ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Longer Days Require Quick Cooking

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
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The days are growing longer, and I am having no trouble at all filling up those extra daylight hours. Yard work, spring cleaning, part time jobs, taking walks, meetings, appointments, clubs and more! Gone are the endless and empty days of winter, and ..... 
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The Working Mom: The never-ending winter

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
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Oh Mother Nature…Give us Minnesotans a break, please! We have shoveled, plowed, and scraped long enough and it is time to let spring take center stage---we are tired of Old Man Winter hogging the spotlight. Have any of you put your winter boots a ..... 
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Cheesy Mushroom Casserole

By Kathy Little

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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“Never say never” is a saying I should always remember. When I forget this saying, I look like a liar or a fool. For instance, as a teen-ager I hated the message “kissing don’t last; cooking do” that was immortalized on a plaque in my gra ..... 
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Crustless Asparagus Quiche

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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When I started to write this, it was a beautiful day at the end of February…one of the few above zero with no wind or snow!! I decided to dust off my X-country skis and try out the snowmobile trail in the ditch, made especially for me. As I’m ..... 
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Let’s call it spring

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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As the Winter That Drove us Nuts began to wind down, I found myself ecstatic at the first March day to attain 40 degrees. I put on my gardening overalls and a sweatshirt, with no jacket or hat, just to get in the mood. I was about to uncover a bi ..... 
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Bubble and Squeak

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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“St. Patrick’s Day”. It’s the day one and all claim to have a touch of the IRISH so they can celebrate with the shamrocks and the music of the harps, parades, dances, parties, singing the Irish ditties, stories and, of course, the “drinkin ..... 
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The grand exodus

By Sue Ommen

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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It is winter in Minnesota and the grand exodus has begun. Temperatures have been frigid, freezing our spirits and tempers. We should be used to our northern clime by now, but after balmy summer breezes and breathless fall landscapes, we fool ourselv ..... 
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