• Cranberry Apple Phyllo Pizza

    Breakfast Pizza: Cranberry Apple Phyllo Pizza with Parmesan Shavings

  • Pea Soup with Cayenne
  • Don't Forget the Soup

    Don't forget the soup: broccoli with roasted red peppers

  • Broccoli Veg Ornaments
  • Mushroom Leek Soup

    Winter Soups: Mushroom Leek Soup

  • Sailer's Red Ornaments

    Sailer's Red Ornaments, Eden Prairie 

  • Tis the Season

    Tis the Season: Spruce Wreaths at Sailer's, Shakopee, MN

  • Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

    Chicken Matzo Ball Soup

  • Winter Keeping True Roots
  • Rice Park St Paul, MN

    Rice Park, St Paul, Minnesota 

  • Sailer's Greenhouse Winter Decor

    Sailer's Greenhouse Winter Decor

  • Faux Fur Banks



Minnesota Food...


 True to your Roots

Not every root vegetable is called a true root, but the Carrot, Beet, Rutabaga,Turnip, Parsnip are for two reasons. One, they grow underground. Two, they actually do what their name implies and channel sustenance and water from the earth to the plant. Root vegetables are packed with essential nutrients, and are easily stored for long periods of time. The root cellar, or less known "spring house" were precursors to the refrigerator, keeping winter/summer vegetables fresh underground or inside the cool bubbling water of a house built over a spring, before electricity and Freon coolants.  



Remarkable Women...


Terri Bonoff Challenges Erik Paulsen

Update: Terri Bonoff, a Minnesota Representative in the 3rd District since 2005, lost to Erik Paulsen (R) who has served in Congress since 2009. The third district is considered moderate, purple, voted for Obama in 08 and 2012 and for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Paulsen's non-stop attack ads against Bonoff were often factually incorrect and misleading according to Minnepost and local area media.



Minnesota Communities...


Steve Cwodzinski 4 MN Senate

Update: Congratulations to Steve Cwodzinski (D), better known as Cwod by thousands of students at Eden Prairie High School, who won against Minnesota Senate 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..



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.



Places to Go...


The Vieux Carre: The French Quarter

Reading about it, seeing it on YouTube or on television doesn’t give the French Quarter its due. You have to be there and walk it, because it is the largest, most walkable and best-preserved district of 19th century architecture in an American city. And walkability is what the country is trying to get back to. After visiting this summer the French Quarter warrants high ratings for walkability, friendliness, superb customer service, great food and an amazing vibe. Remarkable for its architiectual preservation, The French Quarter is a mix of Creole, French, Spanish, Entresol Houses and American style townhouses. 



Minnesota Happenings...


Debbie Goettel: Hennepin Commissioner

Update: Congrats to Debbie Goettel, current Mayor of Richfield, who won her bid to be Hennepin County Commissioner for District 5. Debbie's backgound includes work as a civil engineer and a businesswoman, so she's a great fit for the responsibilities she will have to tackle such as affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, education and job training. Follow Debbie on Facebook and join the converation.



Things to Do...


Laurie Pryor for MN House

Update: Congrats to Laurie Pryor who beat out her Republican opponent to retain Yvonne's Selcer's Minnesota State House seat in District 48A, serving Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. First and foremost Laurie wants to bring a Mom perspective back into the legislative process. Laurie says, "I think we need more moms on the case – getting the job done without looking for attention, building consensus not gridlock, solving problems, not creating them." Now that's an approach that's not only refreshing, it's exactly the kind of governance we all dream about.




Minnesota Grown...


Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery

Morgan Creek Vineyard and Winery, the first farm winery in New Ulm, Brown County in Southern Minnesota, was established in 1993 by George and Paula Marti. The winery follows a family heritage of immigrant entrepreneurs who were co-founders of New Ulm, Minnesota and business partners in the construction and operation of the Schell Brewing Company founded in 1860. Visit for wine tasting, craft beer and wood fired cuisine.




SWLRT: $19M Cost Delay

Inaction of the State Leads to $19 Million in Cost Delays for SWLRT. Despite strong support from the business community and local elected officials, the Metropolitan Council announced Monday that the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) project has incurred $19 million in cost delays, due to inaction by House leadership to provide the remaining state share of funding. Those costs will continue to increase each week the final local funding is not secured.



 National Parks in Winter



Through ice and snow the first national park gives the public its rarest view of winter's natural phenomena. 





Boeing's Approach to Mars



Boeing's phased approach to the journey to Mars



The Snow Leopard



The Silent Roar of the Snow Leopard