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    Give a Local Gift Guides

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin t-minus 7 days to finish your holiday shopping. Whether it’s hostess gifts, the stocking stuffers for the bowling team or that perfect surprise for your special someone, nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like a Minnesota-made gift. I bet you’ve heard this before, but MN2020, an organization dedicated to economic development in Minnesota reports “When you spend $1 at a local independent business, an average of 68 cents is re-circulated into the local economy.  In contrast, when you spend $1 at a national chain, only about 43 cents stays at home.” Locally made gifts say “I didn’t wander around the mall for hours.” or “I just threw…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    Preparations

    We’re full swing into the holiday season right now. Love Actually plays on constant repeat on the TV. There’s twinkle lights in every room. Hopefully you’re like us and chanced the cold weather for a locally grown Christmas tree and baked a few batches of cookies. Today I posted a quick YouTube video that captures some of the preparations we’re making for the end of the month. Just remember to step back and enjoy the Christmas preparations. Sometimes they’re the best memories of the season.

  • Cooking

    Cheesy Chicken Wild Rice Hotdish with Kale

    The evolution of a recipe name: START: Cheese, Chicken, Carrots, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheese, Chicken, Carrots, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheese, Chicken, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheesy Chicken Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Kale END: Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Hot Dish with Kale How about we just call this dish…”what I had in the refrigerator covered in the creamiest cheese sauce ever,” sound okay? This afternoon I checked out the weather forecast for next week and saw the words ‘wind chill’ in the mix. That can only mean one thing in Minnesota: it’s hot dish time. I put…

  • Other Writings

    Happy Halloween

    From our front porch to yours, wishing you a very safe and Happy Halloween! P.S. There’s chocolate for trick or treat at this locavore’s house this year…Shh!! Don’t tell!

  • Other Writings

    Confessions

    It’s about time we have some more confessions around here… There’s another man hanging around my kitchen these days. He likes surfing, long walks on the beach and making banana pancakes. Like most of the rest of twenty-something American women, I’ve got a huge crush on Jack Johnson. Last week Greg took me to see his show for my 5th anniversary gift. The three hours of sold out glory at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis was somewhere between surreal and extraordinarily cool. A friend of mine said seeing him live bordered on life-changing. I had my doubts, but a week later I’m still telling everyone about (including now all…

  • Cooking

    Pumpkin Maple Cake

    Wait…is it Friday already? The weeks continue to whiz by here. We’re enjoying this gorgeous fall weather and some of our favorite foods (baked squash, applesauce, pumpkin pie) while running in between this and that. This weekend is jammed with one of our big volunteer events of the year: From 9 p.m. to Midnight tonight Greg and I will be setting up for the Minnesota Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America. This is our 4th year participating in the walk. Together he and I have raised nearly $1000 for autism research and advocacy through this event. Then tomorrow morning we’ll be back at the Mall by 6 a.m.…

  • Cooking

    Barley & Squash Minestrone

    Here it comes world… I think I’m a hypochondriac. Right now I’m sitting on the couch icing my back after an unfortunate run in with a Wii Remote at work today. I’m doing my best not to research “broken ribs” or “ruptured kidney” on WebMD while writing this post, even though I probably will just end up with a bruise. It’s not a new thing. Anytime I see or hear of someone getting sick, I immediately start the “what if’s” Greg starts coughing and I can feel my neck muscles contract. I get a text from a client’s parent alerting me to a kid with a fever and I spend…

  • Cooking

    Fall Harvest Bread

    I’ve told everyone for months that September 2013 was going to be the most stressful month on record at the Sippl household. More than our wedding. More than buying our house. More than waiting for the last Harry Potter movie on DVD. Today is the last day of September and all I can say is…we survived! Yesterday I finally started to feel the refrigerator-sized pressure lift. What a relief it is to know from here on out things are slowing down for us. We’re heading into October with this behind us: Greg’s hardest class in his MBA program completed Guests 3 out of the 5 weekends in the month Trips…

  • Locavore on the Road,  Other Writings

    Locavore on the Road: South Dakota Recap

    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 stamps available at all the units…