Question: What’s the best way to beat this sweltering heat? Answer: ROAD TRIP!! Last week Greg and I were celebrating the end of his second semester of his MBA program and the end of summer with a road trip to Mount Rushmore and the Badlands. Earlier this year we bumped into another traveler in the gift shop at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone, MN. He asked about my National Park Passport and if I was a member of the National Park Traveler’s Club. It’s an online group of 6600+ seasoned travelers who truck around the United States in search of these: These are passport stampsRead More →

5 years ago today… …the weather was 96° and steamy. …Michael Phelps was going nutso at the Beijing Olympics. …we lived on the U of M Minneapolis campus. …our family and friends got together. … I married my best friend.     5 years later… …the weather is 80° and comfortable. …Michael Phelps still might try one more Olympics. …there’s a house on the other side of the river. And jobs. And a garden plot. …we still have the best family and friends. …I’m still the luckiest girl in the world.  Read More →

This recipe for Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches is the fourth post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  For years I’ve followed the DIY blog Young House Love and watched the writers over there transform room after room. What I seemed to miss in among the gorgeous before and afterRead More →

Well, how do you like the new look? If you dropped by Minnesota Locavore anytime in this week you were hit with the ugly “Maintenance Mode” screen. Oye. Sorry ’bout that. Hope this was worth the wait. I’ve planned a make-over of the blog since December 2011 when I first noticed things were a little behind the blogging times. Then last month I ran into some serious server issues due to the outdated WordPress theme powering the blog. Picture 30 days of me shouting a variety of four letter words at the computer in raging – “What is #&$!ing wrong with you!” – moments. Moral ofRead More →

Whole Grain Sorghum

What has July brought for us so far? Hot weather. Fireworks. A new car. Plenty of local fruits and veggies. So many fruits and veggies, the blog has taken a back seat this month. Call it a “mini-summer vacation” while the kitchen partner and I soak up some sunshine and I work on some other projects. He’s working on an MBA, I’m 12,000 words into a novel. That equals an overabundance of time in front of computer screens. In the meantime…stop on over to Simple Good and Tasty where I’ve got a new installment of Great Grains. This time it’s all about sorghum, a gluten-freeRead More →

  Somedays the technology world just plain stinks. For most of the month of June I’ve been navigating a steady river of “This email is notify you, your site has been down for 19h 26m.” Worse yet, the trigger for the outages happened every time I’d click to save a draft of my posts. I watched my newly written content vaporize, not once. Not twice. But 4 times before I figured out this was the problem. By the middle of last week things were so bad, the site was down more than it was up. I take a huge amount of pride in being aRead More →

Before we get this holiday weekend started, I have a few confessions to make. No sense in putting these off any longer… Confession #1: When I got home from work today I had a major freak out on the kitchen partner because we had little ants running in circles on the kitchen floor. Not my finest moment of raging anger, but in my defense a few things led up to my “FIX THIS OR ELSE!” moment. Earlier in the day I had a call from a co-worker with the most feared words among all child development professionals: Check for lice. That leads me to confession #2. ConfessionRead More →

Yesterday afternoon, 12 baby chicks arrived in a cardboard box in our kitchen. They’re en route from Eggplant Urban Farm Supply in St. Paul to my parents’ chicken coop in Wisconsin. With a two night stop over at our place. We’re baby chick sitters. Today I have the day off to keep an eye on water and the heat lamp. I’m also supposed to be working on laundry, homework and cleaning the house for a Cinco de Mayo get together tonight. None of that is happening with the tiny ‘chirp-chirps’ coming from that box. Every time I turn around I’ve wandered back over to seeRead More →

Have you enjoyed the first signs of spring as much as I have? There’s nothing like a few 50° days in a row to get you thinking about planting. With frost still in the ground and snow covering much of Minnesota, it’s going to take some extra patience not to bust out the trowels and rakes. However, there is one tool we all can use this time of year to help jumpstart our gardening – a tablet or smartphone. In the past few years, several useful (and free) gardening apps emerged on both the iPad and Android app markets. Below I’ve jotted down a few thatRead More →