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Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies


by Jill Borash Another classic cookie recipe. A favorite of kids everywhere because it combines two things they love: peanut butter and chocolate. My daughter prefers ... Read more

Farm Babies are Back!


March 21 - April 13 2008 (Special Events Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The sounds of spring are all around us. The squeal of piglets... Read more

Turn Leftovers into a Feast


Whether you cook foods yourself, buy them ready-to-heat or ready-to-eat, it seems there are inevitably leftovers. The amounts might be substantial or miniscule, but there... Read more

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Newsletter: April 2008

Spectacular Sights and Hip Hangouts: The Minneapolis Riverfront District


By Megan Torrini

Whether you are just stopping by for a visit or you are a longtime resident, the Minneapolis Riverfront District has lots to offer- from beautiful historical sites to trendy, hip hangouts. Known as the birthplace of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis River District boasts a collection of historic buildings and landmarks, scenic park and trail areas, cultural venues, and a variety of eclectic shopping, dining and lodging areas.

St. Anthony Falls and the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail
The only waterfall on the Mississippi, the Dakota Indians originally called St. Antho ... Continue reading Spectacular Sights and Hip Hangouts: The Minneapolis Riverfront District.

Skin Care for Every Season


by Barbara Benjamin, MD

Minnesota's seasons allow for a variety of fun outdoor activities. But the extremes can be extremely harmful to your skin. Changing temperatures, wide fluctuations in humidity and periods of intense sun can all cause skin problems for some people. Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your skin healthy.

Pale is the new tan
One of those harmful effects to your skin is skin cancer, which is on the rise for a number of reasons, says Barbara Benjamin, MD, Primary Care Skin Services, Park Nicollet Clinic--Bloomington.

"Tanning beds are bein ... Continue reading Skin Care for Every Season.

Sunny French Toast


If you plan to have Mother's Day breakfast at home, this French toast is easy and delicious enough for the whole family to make together.

French toast has always been a favorite Saturday or Sunday morning brunch around our house. It is tasty, easy to make, and makes a good hearty breakfast. It is always fun to add some variety to this old favorite with new flavors and techniques. Here is a recipes that adds a bit of a twist. I like the orange juice in this recipe.

2 eggs
2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk... Continue reading Sunny French Toast.

Set the Mood: Turn Your Bedroom Into a Retreat


Our lives are so hectic, we long for a place where we can get away from it all-- to read a book or simply to relax. This easy makeover will transform a tired bedroom into a retreat. You'll create a welcoming and calming space with a new headboard plus window treatments, and layer with light to show off the new look.

This space needs flexible lighting that can change from functional to romantic. Bedside lamps are key for both nighttime reading and for when you need to find your way out of bed in the dark. If you prefer clutter-free nightstands, try ceiling-mounted hanging fixtures, which can also provide close-up reading li ... Continue reading Set the Mood: Turn Your Bedroom Into a Retreat.

Wake Up Your Wardrobe with New Accessories


Each season brings about the latest in fashion trends and styles. Most women want to update their look without wasting money, or worse, looking like they are borrowing from their daughters' closets.

Finola Hughes, award-winning actress and host of The Style Network's "How Do I Look?" says adding key accessories to your wardrobe can have a dramatic effect. And, she says, it starts with your eyes -- a hip pair of eyeglasses can add polish and style. It's a true case of fashion meets function. Nothing says fashion faux pas like an outdated pair of eyeglasses - especially a bifocal. A sure way to kill any stylish ... Continue reading Wake Up Your Wardrobe with New Accessories.

It's Spring: Re-energizing your Family's Health and Fitness


Spring and summer are great seasons to make sure your family is healthy and fit. Arguably, these months are the easiest time to establish healthy eating and exercise habits since we Minnesotans have no excuse not to come out of our winter-long hibernation. Having said that, sometimes the "plan" to make some healthier choices for our family does not turn into a reality: everyone gets busy and summer slips by, then it's back to school in the fall and when winter arrives all we want to do is go back to hibernation!

But wait, it's time to stop the cycle. Here are some activities that your family can incorpor ... Continue reading It's Spring: Re-energizing your Family's Health and Fitness.

Cranberries: The Little Fruit With a Great Big Punch


Do you know anyone who's a Type-A personality? A multi-tasking, go-getter? Well, if fruit could take personality tests, the cranberry would turn out to be Type-A. There's a lot of good stuff in these little red gems. But the antioxidants deserve some special attention.

Often identified in food by their deep-colored pigment - such as the deep red color of cranberries - antioxidants are important components in plants that are showing potential to protect the body from harmful oxidants known as free radicals, which may weaken the immune system, among other things.1

There are differ ... Continue reading Cranberries: The Little Fruit With a Great Big Punch.