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It’s a love-hate relationship


By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
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Do you have many Love-Hate relationships in your life? I have a few and seem to find more everyday. I will preface this article by saying that I am truly grateful for everything and everyone in my life but am just acknowledging those “augh!” moments. My philosophy has been to embrace those people or things that are challenging and add some giving comic relief to those Love-Hate relationships before they drive you crazy.

LOVE Food. Oh my Lord, do I ever love food. Born in the land of bread, butter, and potatoes, I have paid tribute to those delicious foods for my entire life. What I have finally realized is that they have not done me any favors in the weight department. Additionally, my lack of willpower and good nutritional sense has caused me to hate my bathroom scale. This year I am working on that relationship and hope to be smiling at my scale by early May.

LOVE My Husband. Yes, I do, but does he always have to be right? We have had an antagonistic relationship from Day 1 since both of us tend to be right all of the time. He asks a lot of questions because he knows that I have to be reminded to do some errands, which drives me nuts, BUT if he did not remind me, then I would forget. Yes, the more I say this out loud it is clear that this is definitely my problem. Scratch that...sorry honey (smile).

LOVE My Intelligent Son. But alas, the smarter the child, the better the response. The answers you used to give to your child at ages 5, 6, and 7 were easy and taken at face value and all was good. Now, I have a teenager who can hold a great debate on the simplest topic of time management and getting chores done and, with incredible logic. I am going to have to take Debate 101 next semester just to improve on my game.

LOVE Minnesota. Born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes and 5,000 days of cold weather, I cannot imagine living somewhere else and missing the first snow of the year and all of the hype that goes along with it. But, I do not like North Pole temperatures, toes that never warm up, scratchy wool clothing, and frozen dirt and salt on my car, shoes, floors, and clothing. It is so cold that our little chihuahua takes a bathroom break in three seconds flat---any longer and he would be a yard statue…with one leg up of course.

By the time you read this, we will be in the middle of a Minnesota heat wave with balmy temps of 25-30 degrees. Time to wash the car Minnesotans! If .....
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Editor’s Everyday Etiquette

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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Greetings readers, welcome to 2014... a new year filled with those difficult resolutions and so many opportunities to better yourself, right? One year to get in that daily work out that always makes it to the bottom of the to-do list, 52 weeks to cu ..... 
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Creamed Chicken

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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The Christmas tree is down, the Viking’s season is over (thank goodness) and New Year’s resolutions have been made and probably broken. Did you know that the month of January usually sees an increase in decaffeinated coffee sales due to New Year ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will never hurt me.” That old adage is only partially true. Sticks and stones might very well break your bones, but words really can emotionally wound you! Words are magical! Now I don’t mean ..... 
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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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It’s a good day to sit back and have that second cup of coffee with a raspberry sweet roll (recipe in Tasty Temptations) and plan my favorite part of the Christmas menu...dessert. Even though temps have been just a “little” chilly, the scene ..... 
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A tale of two musical evenings

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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On a sunny and cold Thursday afternoon, I hear my husband’s car crunching up the driveway, home from work at the unusual hour of four in the afternoon. Moments later, our friends appear, and we tumble into their car for our annual trek to Decorah, ..... 
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Ultimate Sugar Cookie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I am a proud new great-grandmother of three new members of the family. Two, a little girl Sydney and boy Branden both living near Dayton, so I have only made their acquaintances through pictures and Facebook correspondence and I’m not to adept at ..... 
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Summer Savory, AKA the Bean Herb

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Summer savory is a lesser known but useful herb traditionally used in bean dishes and meat dressings. It has the distinction of being the only herb (aside from dill) that was grown in my Grandma Raway’s garden. The holiday turkey dressing would no ..... 
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Thank You

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During this season of being thankful and reading all of the thankful statements on Facebook, I thought it would be good to recognize happy moments and give gratitude. Granted, this will be an abbreviated list because I only get so much space in thi ..... 
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