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For St. Patty’s Day, an Irish Pasty Recipe
I like to make different foods to keep the dinner table interesting for my family. This is a great meat and potato recipe and in time for a St. Patricks Day celebration! You could serve this up with b...
3/11/14 at 3:45 PM Italian Sandwich Rolls 2/24/14 at 11:35 AM
Luck O’ the Irish Activity 2/17/14 at 3:28 PM
Recipe: Cream Cheese and Raspberry Coffeecake
The "real" name for this recipe, "real" meaning what I call it, is a Christ-Child Coffee Cake, because it looks like a swaddled baby. But, since some people might find the concept dreadful, or they'...
3/11/14 at 1:21 PM Lilac Festival 3/10/14 at 5:52 PM
Recipe: Hot Chocolate -- the Real Thing, not the Powder 3/4/14 at 1:50 PM
(Almost)Guiltless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars!
It's been a few years since I posted my black bean brownie recipe, so I thought I would finally get around to testing out another idea I had. What if I used pinto or white beans to make a delicious ba...
3/8/14 at 9:22 PM Pizza Potato Skins 3/1/14 at 4:30 PM
Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with Diavolo Sauce 2/14/14 at 4:44 PM
Annual Statistical Supplement, 2013, now available
The Social Security Annual Statistical Supplement, 2013 is now available. The Supplement includes more than 240 statistical tables providing comprehensive data on programs administered by the Social...
3/4/14 at 1:00 PM Disabled Adult Child benefits 2/26/14 at 11:37 AM
Surviving disabled widow(er) benefits 2/24/14 at 2:07 PM
4 Tips to Plan your Summer Vacation on a Budget
If you are anything like me, you are ready for this winter to be OVER! But we have a few months to go, and believe or notthat is a good thing. Why? Because it gives you time to sock away some major fu...
2/27/14 at 12:00 PM 4 Tips for a Successful 'Staycation' 3/28/13 at 9:22 AM
7 Cheap or Free Family Fun Activities 3/20/13 at 12:26 PM
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a debate discussing legalizing same gender marriage. Former Fargo Mayor and retired economics professor Jon Lindgren discussed the topic with Ryan T Anderson,...
2/12/14 at 8:23 AM Hearts & Roses 2/9/14 at 12:39 PM
You got class 1/25/14 at 11:13 PM
More offerings of bridal gowns
My story about the abrupt closure of Princess Bride of Duluth and follow-up reports about people coming forward with offerings of wedding dresses for brides-to-be left in a bind has generated more gen...
2/11/14 at 6:49 PM Gowns offered to brides in bind 2/10/14 at 5:27 PM
Putting a dent in family travel 8/30/12 at 12:40 PM
Marcus Theatres starts up its Kids Dream film series this weekend with discounted family-friendly flicks at Lakes Cinema in Hermantown. Movies start at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with discounted ti...
1/29/14 at 12:00 AM Give Nana the camera 1/22/14 at 12:00 AM
Light up the night in Duluth 12/10/13 at 12:00 AM
Look around and take a look at what you are saving in your home. Are you saving your kids school papers? Are you saving their toys, baby clothes or books? Or perhaps you are holding onto gra...
1/17/14 at 9:25 AM Be More 9/27/13 at 10:09 AM
Time To Create Your Stop Doing List 6/21/13 at 7:51 AM
Book Release Party Photos
Over the weekend, I hosted two book release events in Bemidji and Minneapolis. My book, Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China, is about the experiences I had and insights gained when li...
1/9/14 at 3:38 PM Learning About--and From--the Elders in Our Lives 7/15/13 at 9:24 AM
meaningful mondays: from my family to yours
This weekend, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and in this, had a chance to reflect on the importance of family. What an under-appreciated group, the family, and ...
12/30/13 at 1:01 AM mama mondays: pirates, polar bears and prehistory 7/23/12 at 11:20 PM
mama mondays: pirates, polar bears and prehistory 7/23/12 at 11:13 PM
"This doesn't taste like Raspberry!" A Year in Review
One conference. 2 theatrical productions. The creation of a new business that included my participation in 6 bellydance workshops (and countless more performances!) . Journeys with my family through c...
12/27/13 at 4:59 PM The Nanny McPhee Effect 10/8/13 at 11:14 AM
New Year, Old Habits 1/6/13 at 1:51 PM
Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season
By Denise Hellekson, Clinical Associate, The Village Business Institute Well, Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, and the beginning of the holiday season is upon us. I love the holi...
12/4/13 at 12:25 PM Work Happy Now 11/25/13 at 3:52 AM
Building Trust in the Workplace 9/24/13 at 9:43 PM
G-U-A-R, just like in GUARD...
I used to give spelling tests all day. Every Friday, I'd give five spelling tests to five groups of thirty eighth graders. Then we would grade them in class, after I passed out red pens to everyone. M...
11/22/13 at 12:18 PM Something tells me a sugar pill wouldn't help. 7/20/13 at 10:08 AM
Back-to-Summer 5/30/13 at 7:23 PM
Vegetable Tortellini Soup
This is by far my favorite soup recipe. It's quick and easy to make and is delicious as leftovers! Vegetable Tortellini Soup Serves 6 (1 cup each) All you need: 3 medium carrots, chopped 1 large ...
11/6/13 at 3:41 PM Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You'll Actually Keep 12/27/12 at 10:06 AM