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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 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

Brown the pork and add onions and garlic at toward the end of browning time so they cook but do not burn. Turn heat to low and add shredded cabbage. Cook this mixture for about five minutes until the cabbage starts to soften. Remove from heat and put in a large bowl. To this mixture add the Korean BBQ sauce and Five Spice powder. If you want your mixture a little creamier, just add ½ package of cream cheese. Follow the directions on the wonton wrapper package for wrapping your egg rolls. If you choose to bake your egg rolls instead of frying them, make sure to use vegetable oil spray on the bottom of the pan as well as spraying it directly on the egg rolls---or use parchment paper to cook them on. Enjoy!

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