• Goldmine China
  • Roasted Red Pepper Soup

    Red Pepper Soup with Phyllo Red Pepper Jack, Mozarella, Goat Cheese Crisps 

  • Mushroom Leek Soup

    Winter Soups: Mushroom Leek Soup

  • New Year's Soup 2016

    New Year's Soup: Lima Beans, Prosciutto with Italian Parsley and Parmesan accompanied by a Crusty Chicken Parsley Loaf

  • Ice Castles
  • Plaid Suede Throws

    Cozy Plaid Soft Micro-fiber Suede and Faux Shearling Throws: Winter 2014 #SHOP #PHL

  • Baked Apples with nuts and dates

    Baked Apples Stuffed with Dates & Roasted Salted Almonds Served with Ice Cream

  • Pea Soup with Cayenne
  • Sea Scallops and Bacon

    Sauteed Kale and Garlic with Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

  • Faux Fur Banks

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

 Lucky Bean

Google lucky New Year’s foods and you’re likely to come upon a list of recipes for pea soup, or black-eyed pea soup. Actually, peas are beans or legumes, including alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, peanuts and tamarind. The association with beans and good luck on a particular day of the year is curious. Evidently, it’s because beans were a symbol for money in ancient times, because they resembled coins.  

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Remarkable Women...

 

Prop: Janet Palmer  

Janet Palmer was recently named Executive Director for People Reaching Out to People (PROP). She's been with the organization since 2008 after a career change from the private sector. "At that time, I decided that I wanted a change and do something that felt more meaningful to me and closer to my community," she recalled. PROP is a local food shelf and emergency service organization that serves Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. "I'm excited and honored to be taking over this role," she said.

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Minnesota Communities...

 

PROP: People Helping People

Bring joy to children and seniors in our community this holiday season through PROP’s Holiday Gift Program. Prop invites you to sponsor a child or senior citizen and choose a special gift from his or her wish list. You can make a difference for 900 children and senior citizens in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. Holiday giving at Prop is a wonderful way to give back to the community you live in.

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Home and Garden...

 

Winter Cleaning 2016

It’s not exactly an activity we’d choose over the Holiday break, a week-end cleaning indoors? Most of us would much rather spend more time out-doors. Great winter sports, like skiing and sledding are preferable to mopping and dusting. Some of us tend to put off cleaning until spring, but it's probably not the best option because dirt and dust do continue to accumulate and that means?  A toxic build-up inside your house brought in from outside: a mix of chemicals that we actually bring in on clothes and shoes. 

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Places to Go...

 

Ice Castles: Eden Prairie

Ice Castles in Eden Prairie will reopen on January 23rd at Miller Park. This is their second year featuring spectacular interactive ice sculptures and an evening light show and music. Get ready for tunnels, ice slides, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne. And of course water proof insulated clothing is preferable and don't forget to wear winter boots. The ice extravaganza will be local for two months if the weather cooperates. Find out all the particulars: like what to wear, when to go and all the ice castle trivia you've been wondering about at their FAQS page.

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

Minnesota Winter: it's here...

You may have seen some snow on the ground this week, but officially winter is still around a month away. The winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. (Less daylight.) Here's a  winter count-down clock and calendar that tells you how long until winter, Black Friday, Christmas, New Years's Eve, etc. Another common misconception is that the earth is farthest from the sun in winter. The Earth is actually closest to the sun in December...not farther away. Temperatures are already dropping, a sign winter is approaching.

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Things to Do...

 

#New Year's Resolutions

Try these all out, from Babylonian resolutions 4,000 years ago to today's psychologically paralyzing list makers, but keep in mind that the celebration of a new year began as an association with the Gods.  As it has always been, making New Year’s Resolutions really depends on where you live and your beliefs. So, try them all out and see what fits...

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Minnesota Grown...

 

Fall Harvest: Marshall's Farm Fresh Food

Prairie fare: the spud is referred to "as the apple of the earth" by the French, "pomme de terre." Spainards carried them in the hold of their ships, the perfect food to store in the darkness of a ship's innards. Marshall's Farm Fresh Foods, on Pioneer and Eden Prairie Road, displays a variety of spuds, from bakers to reds. Still a mainstay, the popular potato is now taking over the state's northern forests.

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  Transportation...

 

SWLRT Town Center Guidelines

A new transit-centered Town Center neighborhood will be developed to include affordable housing and new economic opportunties for people living there. The Eden Prairie Major Center Area Study includes a walkable mainstreet, affordable housing for seniors, families and the increased need for multi-generational housing. The PDF attached includes images and more details on the new Town Center neighborhood.

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Home & Garden...

 

 

Twin Cities Restuarants: the inside and out of eating at the best restaurants of 2015 from MSPMAG.

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Out and About...

 

 

The Land We Defend: seven military veterans connect in the land we call home.

 

 

Happening Now...  

 

 

How to make Boozy Hot Chocolate on cold wintry days from Country Living Magazine.