It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Saint Paul Hotel & a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at The Saint Paul Hotel, all opinions are my own. {image courtesy of The Saint Paul Hotel} The number of days until school starts is dwindling in Minnesota. I realize many students across the country have been hitting the books for a while, but in Minnesota we savor our summers, not starting school until after Labor Day. But once school starts here, the last few months of 2016 slip by very quickly. Football season, autumn weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are here before we know it. This … [Read more...]

Candy Coated Peanut Butter Fudge

I'm not necessarily a big fan of fudge. The except to that thought is this peanut butter fudge. It's rich, decadent, delicious and like any fudge best indulged in small doses. The surprising ingredient in this recipe is marshmallow creme. It does add a bit of lightness, at least in density. Though it's quite obvious that with with the marshmallow addition this recipe is sugar overdose. Be prepared for an official state of sugar coma.  Technically there is no need for the candy covering on this fudge. It's perfectly yummy without any type of topping. But in order to add a little … [Read more...]

Exploring Minnesota: A Visit to Historic Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is one of Minnesota's most iconic historic sites and a visit makes for a great way to spend an afternoon with kids.  This fort {located where the Minnesota & Mississippi Rivers merge} has been a sacred area for Native Americans for centuries and the MN Historical Society does a great job showcasing the vast array of stories from the fortress and the location. At our recent visit we learned about the complicated Native American association with the fort, the unfair and sad history of Dred Scott and other slaves that lived within it's walls, and gained understanding … [Read more...]

Easy & Healthy Avocado Toast

In my continuing obsession with all things avocado I thought I'd share my favorite avocado toast recipe. Yes, it's really more of a guacamole toast recipe. I just prefer my avocado with a few ingredients that make it more guacamole-like. That being said, one can not eat chips all the time and that's how I switched this into avocado toast. I imagine at some point I might tire of this recipe and start pairing the my avocado with something else. Stay tuned:)  … [Read more...]

Watermelon Dessert Pizza

I don't know where this recipe has been hiding from me for all these years. Recently as I was flipping through a copy of a grocery store recipe/coupon book I discovered this creation. A quick Google search and I encountered countless similar recipes on the interweb. That being said, I took my own stab at originality with this recipe by adding a tablespoon of lemon curd to the mixture. Delish!  You'll notice below the recipe uses Cool Whip. If you are really focused on keeping all natural ingredients this product could easily be substituted with homemade whipping cream. As you can … [Read more...]

A Glimpse at the US Bank Stadium

We braved the pouring rain this past Saturday to catch an early glimpse of the new US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. We are not likely to attend a Vikings game anytime soon, so this visit seemed like the best way to see the inside. The day was supposed to be a celebration of sorts, but the storms removed any degree of festivity that was going to take place outside. Instead when we arrived we were ushered right in as there was concern about lightening. I appreciated the degree of caution they exhibited with regards to people's safety.  The complex is....well.... huge. That is … [Read more...]

Best Places to Eat in Duluth

Duluth is full of amazing sites and fabulous restaurants with delicious foods. We make the trek to Duluth several times throughout the three most hospitable seasons.  During those visits we've honed in on our favorites restaurants, which is not to say that we've visited all the eateries in Duluth. Regardless I've explained in simple detail here why I've classified these restaurants as our favorite in Duluth, Minnesota.  This list isn’t in any particular order. And I’m sure as I investigate and try new places in Duluth I could no doubt add to this list. That is if I could steal … [Read more...]

Chocolate Malt-O-Meal Muffins with Chia Seeds

This recipe stemmed from leftovers. Malt-O-Meal leftovers to be exact. I have fond memories of eating warm chocolate Mal-O-Meal on cold North Dakota winter mornings. I purchased a box of this classic cereal for my three little guys to try. I envisioned them reliving part of my comforting childhood tradition. Of course, they didn't like it. And while I enjoyed a warming bowl of Malt-O-Meal as a kid, I can't say I like it the same way now, so ultimately I had an almost full box of cereal. And from that almost full box this recipe was born.  A quick search delivered the brand recipe … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Visit the Mill City Museum

On a super warm February this past winter we decided to checkout the Mill City museum. As MN Historical Society members we have visited the MN History Museum on a number of occasions, but this was our first stop at this particular site. I didn’t have any previous knowledge of the history of this area and I was amazed at the stories from the past hugging the banks of St. Anthony’s Falls. It was so unusual to have such a spectacular day in the midst of February. Looking at these pictures {minus the few glimpses of snow} you’d probably think that we visited this summer. While the bulk … [Read more...]

5 Best Places to Camp in Minnesota

Let me preference this post by disclosing that my family has an affinity for state parks. I know there are privately owned camping facilities across the state, but we’ve never tried them. I’ve had friends rave about the activities available at these locations. Perhaps at some point we will give it a try, but we definitely prefer the slow pace of life that comes with a state park visit. If you take a quick glance at the list below you’ll notice that almost all the parks are located along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I’m definitely biased, but all other locations in the state merely pale … [Read more...]

Own Your Future & Enter to Win $10,000

This post is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own. As a mom of three little fellas I understand the importance of owning your future. An entire life looms before my guys with endless possibilities. Like most parents I can't fulfill all the wants of my children, nor would I want to. But I can help them map out their dreams into actionable items. And I can instill in them a strong foundation so that they can own their own futures.  COUNTRY Financial is inspiring people this summer to take charge of their future with the Own Your Future … [Read more...]

Beat the Heat at the MN Children’s Museum at the MOA

This post is in partnership with the MN Children's Museum, all opinions are my own.  At a recent visit to the Mall of America we stopped by to checkout the latest attraction at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. This microsite is a great way to beat the heat this summer. The latest attraction is a special Clifford exhibit {on display until September 11th}. My kids are a little too old to adore Clifford the Big Red Dog still, though they are very familiar with the characters. Small child that enjoy these books and accompanying TV show will no doubt be delighted by the actual big red … [Read more...]

Kailua Beach: Best Beach on Oahu

While visiting Oahu we were blessed to be able to stay with family in Kailua. Staying in a home in a residential part of the island made our Hawaii experience so much more authentic and relaxed. We did visit the bustle of Waikiki Beach {I’ll highlight that part of the trip in a different post}, but I don’t recommend staying in that area. Not surprisingly Waikiki Beach is the tourist part of Hawaii. Instead everyday we were able to visit the much more local Kailua Beach with a short ten-minute walk. Prior to my trip to Hawaii I had been swimming in the ocean once in San Diego. I … [Read more...]

FlyOver America at the Mall of America & a MN Giveaway

I received tickets to experience this attraction, all opinions are my own.  Hiding within the walls of the Mall of America is a new attraction, FlyOver America. This flight simulator is unlike any other activity in the area, offering an aerial tour of the U.S. with wind, mist and even scents. My boys love simulator rides. They are not daredevils by nature when it comes to roller coasters and other amusement park rides. When we recently visited Florida their favorite rides were all simulator based, so I knew this local version was going to be a hit.  The concept is … [Read more...]

Likeke Falls Hike with Young Kids

I had grand visions of sharing in succession all of the sights from our Hawaii trip in April 2015. I started out strong with this Favorite Moments post and even showcased the beautiful Byodo-In Temple.  And then that's where my posts ended. Nevertheless, I'm back this week to continue sharing the sights of Oahu. Our first day on the island included the amazing visit to Byodo-In Temple and continued with an easy hike along the Old Pali Road to Likeke Falls. With my brother-in-law as our guide he started to educate us on part of the local history related to our hike. The Old Pali Road … [Read more...]