Holiday Balance - Good times and Grandma's recipes

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Written by Margo Stitch

105copyEating healthy during the holiday season doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy the holiday season and have good food along with good times.

    Good health is more than just physical health. It has been show that intergenerational gatherings support the physical and mental health of elders while at the same time offering youth and children a sense of connection with family and others. Working in the kitchen together can be an educational experience as children learn measuring, reading directions and patience.


Bethany outdoors exterior copyWhen asked to share their top three wishes in a nursing home, most folks quickly reply that they hope to never find out. Given a chance to really think about it, perhaps most people would wish for preservation of dignity, a friendly community and a comfortable place that feels like home.



Remodelers Corner - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Carolyn Baker Meyer

RWMhome 4627copyFor years, Dave Handley had been dreaming about adding more space to the breakfast nook in the kitchen. Dave and his wife, Chris, attended many area home shows to look at the work of area builders and remodelers before they settled on Tom Gommels and Master Builders, Inc.

    “When we met with Tom, he was so personable and easy to talk to, and he had some ideas that we really liked,” said Chris.


MHP-2038copyAs the “streets of London” buzz at the Mayowood Stone Barn for “The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol,” produced by Words Players Theatre, Kelly Rae Kirkpatrick, Kathy Kuhlmann, Rebecca Ohnstad and Ava Sunnarborg will be four of the behind-the-scene characters. Their supporting roles are different, but what they share is an undisputed enthusiasm for the theatre.


scarves2copyMy former coworker Vera was the first to show me that scarves weren’t just a utilitarian neck warmer on a snowy day. They were fashion. An older woman with a youthful figure and bright coral lips, she embodied ‘80s fashion chic. She was always in style, pairing exotically patterned shawl scarves with sweater dresses, and narrow band scarves with square-shouldered suit jackets.



From the Editor - Nov/Dec 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

11nov-editorDuring the holidays, we are all involved in productions in one way or another. It might be acting in a heartwarming holiday play, singing the Hallelujah Chorus, helping kids learn their lines for school or church programs or driving young dancers to Nutcracker performances. Even our kitchens become stages for baking, cooking and hosting; we seem to be in production in every area of life. My holiday performing is mostly musical. In November and December, I have 17 scheduled rehearsals or concerts. It seems everyone wants live music, and I have a history of saying yes to everything. I will be playing my horn for church services, Yulefest, Festival of Trees, quintet concerts and maybe even the Civic Theatre’s production of White Christmas. What can I say … the spirit of giving makes me do it. That same spirit has inspired a relatively new theatre company, Words Players, to undertake a production of gigantic proportions: “The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol.” More of an experience than a play, this holiday performance includes a Dickens market, trolley rides to and from the Mayowood Stone Barn venue after dinner at The Restaurant, the “streets of London” and more than 70 cast members. Behind the scenes, a group of talented women are managing the budget, costumes, market and technical details, all so Tiny Tim can take center stage and recite his famous line, “God bless us, every one.”


0002From “Fine Wine in Food” by Patricia Ballard, published by the Wine Appreciation Guild,, 800-231-9463


0004Shrimp is an ideal entrée for the grill (broil during Minnesota winter months). It marinades in just 30 minutes; cooks in under five minutes.


0011This outstanding dish was created by Tony Pester, chef at Pescara.
It serves 2 as an appetizer.


0003Reprinted with permission from “Winemaker Cooks.” See review p. 58.


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