Little Mountain Range on the Prairie

I spent my college years living in a small, rural town in western Minnesota. Not only did this city girl learn the hard realities of life on the prairie where blowing wind could snow the town in for weeks at a time, but I also found Minnesota’s very own mountain range.

panoramic landscape of glacial lakes state park

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A Brief History of Minnehaha Creek

Minnehaha Creek and its accompanying thoroughfare Minnehaha Parkway have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have a very vivid memory of my first exhausting bike ride to Minnehaha Falls for a picnic. Trailing behind The Mother on the path beside the creek, I wished my short, chubby legs could make the trip more effortlessly. That bike ride became more spirited as a teenager as I raced down the path; I knew every hole, bump and shortcut along the way. And I remember graduating to a car, still following the creek but on Minnehaha Parkway. Driving up and down for hours because I had nowhere else to go.

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Orzo Pasta Salad

Simple flavor combinations always taste the best to me and this recipe is the perfect example.

Orzo Pasta Salad has been a staple in our house for years. The combination of fresh dill, scallions, feta and lemon juice add a lightness that make it perfect for warm summer days. We take this on camping trips, on picnics, and have used it when entertaining. I’ve never met a person that didn’t like this salad though this picture does not do it justice:orzo pasta salad

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Lake Superior’s Gooseberry Falls

Three girls recently sought refuge from the chaos of city life on the shores of the Gitchi-Gami (also known as Lake Superior). They spent a beautiful April day hiking the  trails of Gooseberry Falls State Park, considered the gateway to Minnesota’s North Shore.
sun shining on gooseberry falls

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Simple and Satisfying Mexican Casserole

This simple recipe is full of possibility. Starting with basic ingredients, this meal can be customized to meet the tastes of every household. It makes a satisfying dinner and only improves as leftovers. So pull up a fork and get ready for some Mexican Casserole!

mexican casserole

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