• 4th Of July
  • Sea Scallops and Bacon

    Sauteed Kale and Garlic with Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

  • Heirloom Tomatoes

    Heirloom Tomatoes Farmers' Markets Twin Cities

  • Yellow Crook Neck Squash and Cipolini Onions

    Roasted Stuffed Yellow Pepper & Yellow Cherry Tomatoes with Yellow Crook Neck Squash and Cipollini Onion

  • Twin Cities Farmers Market
  • Lunch in the Garden:

    Garden Planting Calendar CLICK

  • Blueberry Pies
  • Arugala Spinach Salad

    Arugual Spinach Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with Salsa Verde Dressing

  • Strawberry Tart

    Spring-into-Spring: Strawberry Tart

  • Marshall’s Farm Fresh Food Green Beans

    Local Minnesota Grown Green Beans 

    Where to find them

     

  • Minnesota Fishing Season 2013

    Minnesota Fishing Season 2016, click here

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

Blueberry Star Pie, what sugar to use?

Blueberry Star Pie, it's all about the sugar, right? Nutritionally blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber and they're packed with Vitamin C, zero sugar and miniscule fat content. But, no one makes a blueberry pie without sugar. Sugar is no where to be found on the USDA's MyPlate guidelines for daily nutrional requirements. But, you will find sugar in their Guidelines for added sugars, very helpful for home bakers. So, what are the best sugars to use? Read More..

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Remarkable Women...

 

Terri Bonoff Challenges Erik Paulsen

Terri Bonoff, a Minnesota Representative in the 3rd District since 2005, will run against Erik Paulsen (R) who has served in Congress since 2009. The third district is considered moderate, purple, but has only been served by less than moderate Republicans, this is particularly true of Erik Paulsen. Bonoff ran against Ashwin Madia for Paulsen's seat and lost the nomination to Madia in 2008.

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Minnesota Communities...

 

Steve Cwodzinski 4 MN Senate

Candidate Steve Cwodzinski (D), better known as Cwod by thousands of students at Eden Prairie High School, is running for the Minnesota Senate against incumbent Sen David Hann (R) in MND48. Recently retired after more than 30 years as a teacher in Eden Prairie, Steve's dedication to education and his belief in the importance of civic responsibility are at the heart of his decision to run for the Minnesota State Legislature. Find out more about Steve..

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Home and Garden...

 

Scents: cones, burners, sticks, cabins

Scent is an integral part of the way humans sense the world, boosting our immune system and sensing pleasure or fear. Scents conjure both pleasant and unhappy memories, can relieve anxiety and reduce stress. Every herb, flower and many plants have their own particular scent which can relax you or increase your energy. Scent in the home can create an atmosphere of a summer garden or a wooded landscape. There are also health benefits to essential oils, herbs and spices if used sparingly.

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Places to Go...

 

Gold Mine Antiques Closing

Gold Mine Antiques in Wayzata, Minnesota lost their lease and will close August 10, 2016. One of Minnesota's oldest antique houses, the house will most likely be torn down for new construction. The 1880 Queen Anne clap board with a front porch, belonging originally to the Braden Family, was No.2 of the 26 historically significant sites in Wayzata. Items will be marked down 50% before the shop closes.

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

Letters to the Editor

Starting with the culmination of the election endorsement/nomination season, prairieHOMEliving will feature Letters to the Editor at Minnesota Happenings. The Letters to the Editor section will only feature support for Progressive candidates from both local DFL48 and CD3, and letters of endorsement for non-partisan city, county and judge positions until November 2016, free of charge. Letters can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, city, candidate in subject line. 

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Things to Do...

 

Elections: Register to Vote

Every election is important, but 2016 may be one of the most important elections our country has ever had. Most people agree that issues related to the environment, women's rights, immigration, health care, education, criminal justice, privacy and data security, religion and social issues are critical to the health of our nation. You can find a compendium of all these and where the Presidential candidates stand on them at FiveThirtyEight.  

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Minnesota Grown...

 

Find your Local Farmer here

Locally Grown Farms dot the Twin Cities area. MN Grown has an interactive map with the latest close to home growers, more than ever before. Locally grown food is less expensive, seasonal, right out of the ground and garden fresh. No road trips, no shelf-life, customers are literally eating products that were just harvested. Check out the growers near you.

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  Transportation...

 

Green Line May 2016 Update

According to a Twin Cities.com article in April, the Southwest Line has been bogged down by political and legal fights involving municipalities along the route, which would stretch from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. The final environmental impact statement, FEIS, was just releasedThe FEIS was completed with input from 1,200 comments submitted by the public and government agencies, as well as comments received at public hearings and through email and letters.

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Making a President 

 

 

Inventing the Presidency: how some things changed. TEDEd

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History and More...

 

 

The oddities of the very first American election. TEDEd

 

 

Happening 2016...  

 

 

Does your vote count? TEDEd Lessons worth sharing...