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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 away and then unwillingly had to put them back on? Did you wash your gloves, hats, and scarves during the past heat wave only to get them out of the closet the next day? I think that here in the land of snow drifts, we have such hope for the new season to begin that we make all attempts to enjoy any moments of warm weather.

It is encouraging to see little neighborhood kids playing basketball as soon as the snow melts away from the hoop and it is just as exciting to see dusty bicycles pulled out of the garage for an afternoon of enjoyment. And for us grown-ups, the BBQ grill gets fired up, the garage doors open for a day, or we try on our flip-flops from last year so we are ready for 50 degree weather (heck, many of us wear them during balmy 40 degree weather!). Other signs that spring is coming is the toys of spring resurfacing in the lawn once the snow piles get smaller----so, that’s where that football went!

With only a few months of warmth and sunshine, we Minnesotans have found the best way to enjoy the winter months….take a vacation! I have seen many Facebook posts of friends in warm weather climates with big smiles and even bigger sunburns. We even ventured out this winter for a first time trip to Mexico with friends and enjoyed sandy beaches, fantastic weather, and a little adventure. Who would have thought this old mom would have zip-lined through the forest and gone swimming in underwater caves? I sure didn’t! However, it really taught me to step out of my comfort zone… and, how to close my eyes and hang on tight!

If you have a taste for adventure and want to step out of your appetizer comfort zone, try this easy egg roll recipe. It has just a few ingredients but a new one I have tried and recommend---Korean BBQ Sauce.



Easy Egg Rolls

1 package large egg roll

1 roll ground pork sausage w/bacon

1 package shredded cabbage

5-6 T Korean BBQ Sauce

1 small onion minced

1 tsp. garlic minced

¼ tsp. Chinese Five Spice powder—a small bottle of this will last you a l-o-n-g time

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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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Waiting for Something to Happen

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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This is the time of year in which we are all waiting for something to happen. That ‘something’ is of course, spring. We’re all eagerly awaiting signs that the arctic landscape has not become a permanent fixture in our lives. Here is what I ..... 
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Bacon Rice Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells.....right up there with b ..... 
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Heath Bar Brownie Trifle

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of special days to celebrate. Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl started the month out on February 2 ... both worthy of celebrating ... at least right up until ..... 
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