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The Working Mom - Boys Will Be Boys


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Columnists

When I first started writing this column five years ago, I referred to my husband a few times in my own style of wife humor. However, while I was busting a gut laughing, he found my stories less than humorous and also found out very quickly how many people read this column. With that knowledge, he asked me to not write about him anymore. What?! That is some of my best stuff! Between him asking me not to include him in my articles and my son growing up and able to read and also asking me to not write about him, my best story material has been silenced. So, I decided I could “generalize” comments about men and women without being too specific and still have a great column (I hope).

Despite the fact that men and women can be talking about the same thing but start at a different angle and end up with different take on a conversation, there is one conversation lately that we all understood. My in-laws recently invited family members for a grill out one evening. It was one of the first warm nights in May with no breeze and gave a glimpse of the summer to come. My retired father-in-law was grilling burgers and the rest of us were enjoying talking, catching up, and watching my great-niece Bryndle---it was a nice time. What surprised us and brought great emotion was a gift my father-in-law to my husband. It was a gun that he held dear for over 40 years and decided to gift to his son. At this time in his life, my father-in-law also has plans to give heirloom gifts to his other children as well.

The feeling of that moment was felt by all of us there and just goes to show that men and women CAN come together with a common understanding, despite the fact that a well-known book claims we are from different planets. But the real question is…will I ever write about my husband again? Sure I will, but let’s keep that between me and you. ssshhhh.



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Cream Cheese Filling

8-ounce package cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese

1/4 cup granulated sugar

a few drops of almond extract (optional)

Muffins---makes 1 dozen

2 ¼ cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Kay Scarpetta are my detective heroes. Since I love to read mystery novels, I start to think of these characters as real people who are exceptionally bright and who have family, friends and even hobbies! ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

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 ..... 
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A View from the Woods: Earth Day changed my life

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

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
Posted in All Columnists

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
Posted in All Columnists

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
Posted in All Columnists

“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
Posted in All Columnists

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
Posted in All Columnists

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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