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Southern Minnesota’s Leading Women’s Magazine


girlfriends Inside: } The holidays through

the eyes of a child


HOLIDAY IT GIFTS Need help finding that perfect gift?

} SCOTCH it’s not

just for men


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Lauran Rott

FROM THE PUBLISHER — Lauran Rott is the pubisher of Girlfriends magazine.

It’s the mooooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeeear! Because you can’t write about the holidays without Andy Williams, right? When I was growing up, we had three traditions: Going to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve with all of our aunts, uncles and cousins, trekking out a la Family Griswold to pick out our tree at the old Frank’s Nursery, and not being able to open any presents until Christmas morning. The last one was pretty difficult for a nineyear-old – heck it’s still difficult. But the build-up was so incredible with squeals of joy as I unwrapped my favorite present of all time – a brown teddy bear with a cream sweater and plaid bow-tie. I named him Ted E. Bear. Haha! Get it? Sometimes, I’m so clever… With this, I give you our 2013 Holiday issue. Now, if you are a Girlfriends aficionado, you will also know that this is our five-year anniversary issue as well! (Insert wild clapping and cheering here. If you like, you can even throw in some noisemakers for good measure.) Five years. Wow. Five years of friendship. Five years of learning and growing. We owe it to our readers and our advertisers because you are the ones that have helped make this happen. You’ve opened up your homes, your businesses, your friendships, your stories to us, and we are grateful. Do I always find it necessary to end my columns on a sappy note? No. The sap just happens. What can I say? It’s a gift.

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Nothing says “happy holidays” like the joy of a child!

Looking for a new tradition?

HOLIDAY “IT” Gifts | 10 Need help find the perfect gift?

Discover a new hobby to carry you into the new year.


Health check | 32

What’s new? | 30

Where did this scrumptious holiday drink come from?

SCOTCH | 16 Warm your winter with a dram of scotch whisky. It’s not just for men.

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The Joy of the Season! 1. 2.


Amy Bartelt Fessel – Love the snow & love the dress!!

Julie Bruegger – Looks like a Christmas wish being made.

Sue Ebbers – Gotta love that beautiful smile!


5. Winner


Trish Winter Gieseke – They are all wonderful, but I would have to say I’d vote for number 4!

Kelly Lee Velander – #5, captured the soft and magical moments of the season the best!

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite cover and you responded.

Tara Tripp Langevin – #5, because it reminds me of the lights with snow on them which is a beautiful site.

Shannon Austin Knapp – #6 - can sure see why it was so hard - they all represent different aspects of the magic of the season!!

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Stacey L. – shows the magic without defining it! Well done!

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Story By Brenda K.M. Ward


alking into a warm house filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies, snuggling under blankets with your siblings to watch “A Christmas Story,” adorning branches of the pine-scented tree with silvery tinsel – whether age 5 or 55, we all hold near to the heart warm recollections of the holiday season.


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Ryan and Matthew Bell, Northfield Pounds of delectable candies, gingerbread by the foot and bowls of sticky frosting are the ingredients needed to bring holiday memories alive for Ryan (age 11) and Matthew (age 9) Bell. The delicious undertaking of building a gingerbread house is a family tradition that began long before the boys were born, to the time when their mom, Kristin, and Aunt Laura were about their age. Back then, the boys’ grandpa, Luther Peterson, helped his two daughters create a yummy gingerbread house, and as their families grew to include Laura’s sons, Jake and Connor, and eventually Kristin’s sons, Ryan and Matthew, the boys, too, began taking part. In 2006 Luther passed away, but the anticipated tradition lives on in the spirit of their grandpa. After Christmas has ended and New Year’s Day arrives, friends and neighbors of all ages gather at the Bell house to “harvest” the candy – a lively scene as everyone rushes forth

to pry a favorite candy from the hardened frosting!

Tverberg Family, Owatonna Preparing for the arrival of Jesus during the season of Advent carries warm memories for the Tverberg girls of Owatonna: Marta, age 17, Elaina, age 15, Kari, age 13, and Ingrid, age 10. For this family, the holiday season begins on Black Friday. But rather than rushing off at midnight to find a bargain at the nearest department store, the Tverbergs use the day to decorate Christmas trees – four of them, including two “no touching” trees bedecked with keepsake ornaments, and two “touching” trees trimmed with homemade ornaments. Nearer to the heart, the family

PREVIOUS PAGE: Connor Nelson is wearing clothes from The Children’s Place Outlet located at the Medford Outlet Center. TOP RIGHT: Ryan and Matthew Bell of Northfield along with Kristen, Laura, Jake and Conner with their gingerbread house. TOP LEFT: The Tverberg girls Marta, Elaina, Kari and Ingrid. BOTTOM LEFT: The Tverberg girls at candlelight service at Grandma Sampson’s church in 2005.

spends Advent evenings celebrating the season by lighting Advent candles and reading from Advent adventure stories like “Jotham’s Journey” or “Bartholomew’s Passage.” A “singing” Advent calendar keeps the family in tune as together they focus on the meaning of Christmas. The enthusiasm of the Tverberg girls shows just how well it works!

Sasse Family, Le Sueur Brad and Mary Sasse and their children Katie (husband Ron), Libby (husband Jay and children Etta and James), Joe (wife Amanda and child Lily) and Mitch (wife Molly) have for 30 years made finding the “perfect” Christmas tree at Brewery Creek Tree Farm in Le Sueur a favorite family tradition. It is a family event that the Sasses hope never to change, the arguments, alliances and tears throughout the years all

part of the wonderful memories, (especially in retrospect!). Just what is the “perfect” tree? Here’s what the Sasses have to say: “The perfect Christmas tree is the tree that comes home with us, because it stands for all the mayhem that defines our family: A crazy mixture of laughter, poking fun and not taking things too seriously. That perfect tree will fall down, decorations and all, at least once; a dog will throw up next to it and bulbs and lights will be pulled off by little hands. The perfect tree will lose its needles, be too big and leave a nature trail through the house. It is perfect because it is there when we gather all in the same room for that one day, to laugh and appreciate each other.”

Zachariah “Zack” Huot, Northfield For most children of parents who have divorced, holidays are celebrated separately – once with Mom and once with Dad. But Zack Huot’s parents, though apart since Zack was 3 years old, come together every Christmas Eve to celebrate the special season together with their son, now age 14. “Most people when divorced rarely talk to each other, but my dad gets to come over for Christmas Eve,” said Zack. “It’s just like two families coming together: my mom and dad’s side, and Mitch’s side.” Like a traditional gathering, Zack, Ted, Maureen and Mitch (Zack’s stepuuu

TOP: The Sasse family kick of the holidays by getting the Christmas tree. LEFT: Zack Huot of Northfield all dressed up for christmas. HOLIDAY 2013 |




RIGHT: Caroline Nelson

dad) share dinner, gift opening and ongoing holiday memories that will carry Zack through his childhood. Though not the usual for divorced families, to Zack it is simply “normal” – a cherished holiday tradition.

Nelson Family, Owatonna For Caroline Nelson, age 13, the celebration of the birth of Christ begins with Christmas Eve Midnight Mass where the church has been transformed from Advent’s purple-

blue to the gold and white colors of Christmas. The late hour following Mass doesn’t deter Caroline and her family from staying up even later to wrap gifts and compose a last-minute letter to Santa, signed by the entire family: Mom (Peggy), Dad (Steve) and seven children of which Caroline is the youngest. Come Christmas morning, oneby-one the kids tiptoe into their parents’ bedroom and surround Mom and Dad to sing carols that begins the day. After their parents slip away to brew the coffee, the kids share holi-

day memories and wait in anticipation to what surprises await them downstairs – the best part of the day. Then, by tradition, at their parents’ signal, the Nelson children line up in the hallway by age, youngest to oldest, and head downstairs, always surprised by the bounteous gifts and overflowing stockings. Christmas has arrived!

THE GIFT OF GIVING Volunteering with your children is a beautiful way to share the spirit of compassion and giving – a gift that is bound to last much longer than a trendy sweater. Whether wee little ones or teenagers, it is never too late to begin. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota’s BBB Wise Giving Alliance reminds donors that giving can be done in several ways, no matter what your budget. • Give items – Make sure all items are of good condition and are accepted by the charity. • Give when you shop – Check if the store promotion identifies the amount of the purchase price that the charity will receive or which charity receives donations added to the purchase price. • Give online – Before entering credit card information, give the organization’s website a thorough review for privacy policy and security measures. • Give through text messaging – After texting the number provided, the donated amount is added to your cell phone bill. Know that money can take 60-90 days to reach the charity. • Give your time – Volunteer locally to support a worthy cause, and help raise awareness on your Facebook page or blog.


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Waseca Area Neighborhood Service Center holiday programs


AREA GIVING Lend a gift or hand to this organization that heads up Santa Anonymous, a program that provides gifts for children whose family is in need, and Holiday Food Baskets. Information: 507-833-4119.

Shop with Santa Steele County 4-H hosts the longrunning “Shop with Santa” fundraiser that allows for children in sixth grade and below to shop on their own in a safe location – without having to spend a lot of money. Thousands of handmade gifts are available, all priced at $5 or below. Come ready to shop from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at St. John Lutheran Church in Owatonna.

LIVE UNITED Angel Giving Tree Program Become a LIVE UNITED angel by choosing a card off of a United Way “giving tree” and donate the requested gift, or volunteer as an “elf” to deliver those gifts to families in need. Information: Bev at 507-334-0660 or

Toys for Tots Donate a toy at a local toy drop location, host a Toys for Tots event in your home or office, or volunteer at a local warehouse. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is a nationwide program found in your very own community. Information:

Christmas Sharing This Northfield Community Action Center event provides nearly 1,000 children gifts along with handmade blankets and pajamas. Donate to any one of several donation boxes around town, or volunteer to organize, wrap and help parents find just the right gifts for their children. Information: 507-664-3550 or bickel.judy@communityactioncenter. org.

Holiday Sharing Tree Help provide a total of approximately 3,500 gifts for people of all ages including children, the handicapped and elderly shut-ins in Nicollet and Blue Earth counties. Information: Liz Brown at 507-382-5073.

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Costas has been making handrolled candies for over 90 years. Every piece of quality chocolate and candy is hand-dipped, rolled, and wrapped. Costas boxed chocolates make excellent gifts for the holidays. Call or stop by today to pick up a box of Costas’ decadent chocolates for your family and friends to enjoy! Costas Candies and Restaurant, 112 N Cedar Ave. Owatonna, coastas-candies. com, 507-451-9050 Like us on Facebook!


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The Buddha Board Box is a simple way to remember to slow down, reflect, and enjoy the moment. This relaxation kit includes a small Buddha Board [approx 5” X 4”], a lovely book by Kim Meisner called “The Art of Letting Go,” 2 meditation bells, 1 bamboo brush, a space for water, and a mount for the Buddha Board to rest within. The Sketchy Artist, 300 Division St, S, Northfield. thesketchyartist. com. $12.00

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Dec 6th Canadian Pacific Holiday Lighted Train Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM- ALL ABOARD! Dec 7th ‘Christmas in our City’ Santa Comes to Town-East Annex 1-3 p.m. Dec 7th & 8th Christmas Time’s A Comin’ - Event Country-Gospel & Holiday Musical Performance


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Origins of Eggnog E ggnog. The drink that stirs up memories for most people, either you love it or hate it. Either way you feel, you must admit it has become embedded in our holiday traditions. If you have tried it and found it to be distasteful maybe you just haven’t had GOOD eggnog.

The Name: The word itself does not have much appeal, the guttural sound and the thought of drinking egg doesn’t sound very appetizing to most. There are differing opinions as to the origin of the name for this famous drink. One version says that nog derives from an Old English word for strong beer, hence “noggin.” Another version attributes the name to Colonial America where colonists referred to thick drinks as “grog” and eggnog as “egg-and-grog.” Either way, we know it today as eggnog.

Europe: It is believed that the eggnog tradition began in Europe as an adaptation of the various milk and wine punches often served at social gatherings. In the 17th century, eggnog was used as a toast to one’s health and was consumed by

the well-to-do of society as milk and eggs were scarce commodities in Europe.

The New World:

When the brew was brought to the “New World,” colonists added a new twist, rum. The rum Americans could get from the Caribbean was considerably less expensive than the other liquors shipped from England. And so, along with the readily available supply of milk and eggs in the colonies, the rum version quickly became a popular drink for people of all classes.

Variations: As a rich, spicy and (oh yes) alcoholic drink, eggnog soon became a familiar item during the holiday season across the growing nation. Each region would adapt the drink to their personal tastes. Even George Washington devised his own version of the brew which only the most courageous would partake using rye whiskey, rum and sherry. In the south, southern taste replaced rum with bourbon. And when the brew reached Latin America even more adaptations were made: in Puerto Rico coconut juice or milk was added, in Mexico eggnog became a harder liqueur to be sipped with the addition of Mexican cinnamon

and rum or grain alcohol, and in Peru it was made with the Peruvian pomace brandy called pisco.

‘Noggin Now: The basic recipe for eggnog has not changed over the years (eggs beaten with sugar, milk, cream and some kind of spirit) and remains a favorite for holiday parties. Whatever the variation of the popular holiday drink, it is sure to be a winner with most of your holiday guests. However, for those who wish to go “nogless,” there are other warm spirited drinks that are sure to be a hit as well and lift everyone’s holiday spirits.


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Warm youR winter with a dram of Scotch whiskey. It’s not just for men.

Scotch “Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say I’m thirsty, not dirty.” – Joe E. Lewis, American comedian


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“Always carry a large flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake.” – W.C. Fields, American comedian and actor

By Brenda K.M. Ward


What is it? Created at distilleries primarily in Scotland, Scotch is one of three types of whiskey – Scotch, bourbon and rye – made from malted grains that include barley, wheat or rye. Scotch is made specifically from barley, and specifically in Scotland, according to strict laws. Distillers create their designer recipe using a barley mash, then allow the liquid to mature in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, but up to 10, 20 or more years. Water is used to cool and dilute the fermented barley, the source of water quite significant as it varies in quality and purity depending on the region of Scotland from which it is sourced. Caramel coloring may be added to provide the amber tones.

What’s the difference? First, it’s important to know that Scotch comes under the umbrella of whiskey. Whiskey is available in three types: Scotch (made from barley), rye (made from rye) and bourbon (made from corn). While all Scotch is whiskey, not all whiskey is Scotch. Next, Scotch comes in a variety of styles: - Single malt - Single grain - Blended malt - Blended grain - Blended Single malt is produced at a single distill-

How to drink it? Neat? On the rocks? Drinking Scotch is all about personal preference. Some will say that drinking the Scotch neat (a straight pour, nothing added), is the only way to go. Others would argue that a splash of water should be added in order to bring down the alcohol content and to subtly “open” the flavor of the Scotch. Ideally, the water should be room temperature and purified. And then there are those who add ice – a single cube to unfold the flavor slowly, the clinking sound of the cube in the glass a part of the overall experience. As for the glass, a brandy snifter is ideal. This tulip-shaped glass, similar to a wine glass, allows the Scotch to evaporate in the wider bottom surface area while the narrow top concentrates the aroma of the Scotch at your nose. A whiskey tumbler will also do the job and is more typically used when drinking Scotch on the rocks.


here’s a luscious amber liquid known as Scotch that brings warmth to your insides while providing a gratifying taste experience. To some Scotch aficionados, drinking this Scottish form of whiskey is about refined pleasure, but for most it is a spirit to be enjoyed with your partner or friends. Learning what you like is part of the experience. Before you have yourself a dram of Scotch – or whiskey – here’s a primer on what it is and how to drink it.

ery – thus, the name – and is made from only malted barley and water. More difficult to find is single-grain Scotch, made from malted barley and water at a single distillery, but blended with other grains like corn or wheat. Blended Scotch varieties make up about 90 percent of the whiskey made in Scotland and are more commonly found. Blended malt Scotch contains malt whiskey from more than one distillery, and has a blend of two or more single malt Scotch whiskeys. Blended grain Scotch has a blend of two or more single grain Scotch whiskies from different distilleries. The simply named blended Scotch has a blend of at least one single malt with at least one single grain Scotch whiskey. Confused? Perhaps it is time for a drink...

DID YOU KNOW? Here in America, we use the Irish spelling of “whiskey,” whereas “whisky” is the spelling used in Scotland (as well as Canada and most other countries). The American Bourbon industry allows for barrels to be used just once in the process of aging whiskey. Many of those used barrels are then shipped off to Scotch distilleries, helping contribute to the distinct flavors of Scotch. The only whiskey that can be made in Scotland is scotch whiskey – no bourbon or rye whiskey allowed!

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Cathy Flicek Body builder and fitness trainer By Brenda K.M. Ward Fitness isn’t simply important to Cathy Flicek – it’s a way of life. Cathy owns a fitness studio in her Northfield home where she instructs clients one-on-one using the latest in technology. She’s also been featured in three work-out DVDs. But this 51-year-old has taken her career to a level that few others do, participating in body-building competitions where her hard work is on display for the critical eye of judges who appear to like what they see. Photo provided by Eva Simon.

GF: When did you first discover an interest in health and fitness? Were there any particular life experiences or mentors that led you in this direction? CF: I began exercising to home videos in the early 1980s and started teaching classes in 1986. I had just delivered my second child, and I wanted to be in good physical condition to participate in their active lives. I became a personal trainer in 2004 to help others on a more personal level in their fitness quests and have been a part of three DVDs that are sold worldwide: Jump Force, Cardio Force and Fierce Force by Anni’s Force Fitness.

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GF: How often do you work out and what types of workouts most appeal to you? CF: I work out six days a week and favor strength training – whether using the 3G AVT (Accelerated Vibration Training) machine, traditional weightlifting, TRX suspension trainers or kettlebells. For cardio I prefer high/low intensity, while Pilates balances it out for flexibility and a strong core. GF: How did your interest in fitness develop into body building? CF: I accompanied my friend Ann Mairs Farrah to a meeting in Miami to learn about a bikini competition, with no intentions of competing myself. Upon meeting the other competitors, I realized that my physique was almost at the competition level, just by doing what I loved to do. GF: What type of competitions have you been in and what successes have you had? CF: In May I competed in the “Mr. and Ms. Natural Competition” in Bloomington. I placed second in the age 50-plus category and second in beginners which was comprised of all ages. In June I competed at Fitness Universe in Miami and placed sixth in the age 45-plus category – one point out of fifth and only 12 points out of first place. GF: What most motivates you to do what you do? CF: The way I feel – confident, strong and healthy. It is powerful when a stranger “wants my arms.” Being a role model also motivates me, inspiring my clients to keep exercising. Anyone willing to eat clean and exercise consistently can achieve the body image and fitness that he/she desires. GF: What have been some of the challenges and joys you’ve experienced along the way? CF: It was a challenge to help people understand why I wanted to compete; the support was not always there for me. Competing was a goal that gave purpose to my exercise and eating well. One of my best experiences was a photo shoot in Miami with a top fitness photographer, Eva Simon. It took me out of my comfort zone because I have always thought of myself as non-photogenic. I felt like a “real” model. It also put in print forever the results that I had obtained through bodybuilding.

’Tis the Season ... The holidays are all about friends and family, and so are we! Northfield Retirement Community is a vibrant place full of laughter, energy and activity … especially this time of year! From the giggle of visiting grandchildren to the holiday songs we all know, NRC is filled with the sounds of joy. We invite you to come visit our NRC family and see if this is a community that might be right for you or a loved one. Find an attractive setting, gorgeous spaces, and access to premier care and services – right in your backyard. For more information, visit or call 507-664-3466.

GF: Tell us about your business, Balanced Fitness 4 Life. CF: My home studio in Northfield offers a comfortable atmosphere for classes and individual trainings utilizing kettlebells, TRX and 3G AVT trainers. I have a website that provides more information: www. GF: What is Accelerated Vibration Training (AVT) and how can it be incorporated into a workout? CF: It is a training method that utilizes a vibrating plate to create instability that stimulates muscles to near peak capacity. Muscles fatigue more rapidly and thus strengthen without putting undue stress on ligaments and joints. It can replace strength and/or cardio workouts. Resident Joyce Schrader with staff member Erica Minnehan’s daugher, Zaria.

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PEASANT BREAD Recipe contributed by Jim Hacker Ingredients: 3 cups lukewarm water 1 1/2 tablespoons salt 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast 1/2 cup rye flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 5 cups unbleached all-purpose or bread flour Directions: In a 5-6 quart bowl with a non-airtight lid add the water, salt and yeast. Mix together the remaining ingredients and add to the water mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon just until all the flour is incorporated. Place the lid on the bowl and allow the dough to sit at room temperature until the dough doubles in size, about 2 hours. The dough can be used immediately but is better tasting and easier to work with if refrigerated overnight, or up to 5 days. The slow fermentation process that happens in the refrigerator develops flavor. When you want to bake a loaf, dust the top with a little flour and cut off a 1 pound piece, about the size of a grapefruit. Shape the loaf into a ball or oval (I prefer football shaped) by stretching the surface around to the back. (Wet hands can make this easier.) This process should only take about 30 seconds or a minute at most. Allow the shaped loaf to rise for 30 minutes on a parchment paper covered pizza peel or anything that will allow you to slide it into the oven. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees (the high heat develops the crust), and place a broiler tray on the bottom shelf of the oven and a baking stone on the middle rack. After the bread rises, dust the top liberally 24

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About Jim: Warm bread from the oven slathered with melting butter can soothe the most troubled soul, and Jim Hacker’s no-knead, crusty European variety will certainly do the trick. “Baking bread is so miraculous,” said Jim. Starting with a simple pile of flour and ending with what Jim calls “complete contentment,” anyone can bake a loaf, filling the kitchen with aromatic warmth and comfort. And with no kneading involved, this recipe has even greater appeal. From Berkeley, Calif., to various locations in Minnesota, Jim has shared his gift of culinary creations with thousands of diners while chef and owner of delis and restaurants. Now retired, Jim teaches the art of baking bread through classes at Faribault Community Education and creates hand-crafted Chef Jimmy’s Kitchen gourmet caramels for retail sale at Faribault’s Upper East Side and soon at other locations in the region.

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By Tresa Erickson Gift giving is a time-honored tradition, but how do you keep it affordable to buy for a great number of people? If you have a rather large family and buying gifts for each and every person is out of the question, what can you do? You can have a gift exchange, and there are various ways you can go about it. Here are a few of the more common ones.

Be a Secret Santa

Secret Santa exchanges take place over a series of days. Participants draw names, purchase several small gifts for the person whose name they draw and arrange for a gift to be delivered daily in secret. Gifts may be themed, and the identities of the Secret Santas are revealed on the last day of the exchange.

Draw Names

Name drawings are fairly straightforward. You set up a time for the drawing to take place, throw the names of everyone participating into a hat and have each person draw a name and tuck it away. This is the person for whom they must purchase a gift. Parents of young kids are responsible for purchasing a gift for the names drawn by the kids. The actual gift exchange takes place later at the date, time and place designated.

Give Back

Charity exchanges work well for individuals who don’t need anything and would rather give back something to their community. Participants write down the name of their favorite charity and insert it into a hat. They then draw a name of a charity from the hat and pledge to support it with either a monetary donation or volunteer work.


Go the White Elephant Way

White elephant gifts are generally inexpensive, sometimes funny, sometimes used gifts. For your white elephant gift exchange, you may select a theme and price limit, such as gag gifts for under $5 or odd items from home. Participants must then wrap a gift that meets those specifications and bring it to the exchange. The person first in line selects a gift, unwraps it and holds it up high for everyone to see. The next person selects a gift, unwraps it and either keeps the gift or swaps it for the other person’s gift. The fun continues until everyone has a gift. Exchanges may be limited to a certain number, and participants may be given one final opportunity to swap gifts if they so desire.

Regift Regift exchanges usually take place after the holidays and require participants to bring something they received but do not want or need. Participants then get to swap what they don’t want for something that they do. Any gifts not selected may be donated to charity. None of these ideas appeal to you? No problem. Design your own gift exchange and theme it anyway you want. Themes can run the gamut from board games to cooking gadgets to pet supplies. It’s your choice, and with only one gift required instead of several, participants are sure to have fun whatever is involved.

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and music, not to mention five hockey rinks. And if you don’t have your own skates, it’s as easy as renting from the Warsinski Chalet where you can also thaw out in the warming house and enjoy food concessions. For an extra touch of nostalgia, each Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m. a bonfire is lit for all to gather around. Once weather permits, Morehouse Park is typically open for skating during the afternoon hours until 9:30 p.m. To get the most current

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Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota State University Mankato, St. Olaf College and Carleton College, take advantage of public offerings to meet renowned academics and hear about the latest advances in the arts and sciences. Modern quilting – Be a quilting rebel and create avant garde works of art that are both modern, yet rooted in tradition. Lose yourself in the rich patterns and colors of fabric and see what your inner Mondrian creates.

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What’s new? With autumn coming to a close and the coziness of winter upon us, now is a perfect time to step into untrodden territory and try your hand, foot or mind at something new. Consider one of the many unique ideas provided by Girlfriends magazine, or look to your local community education, college or art center for an abundance of other options.

Expand your mind Cello lessons – From serene


notes to bursts of passion, the expressive sound of the cello carries you through a range of emotion. Start a lifelong devotion to learning to play this beautiful string instrument. Stained glass art – Pottery, painting, and calligraphy are all delightful means of expression, but how about trying something different? Create your own

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stained glass art using a palette of exquisitely colored glass with which to design your own masterpiece. American Sign Language – Learning ASL not only expands the mind, but is

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Get your game on Pickleball – The sport is not a new one, but a recent resurgence of interest has people lobbing balls over a net in this tennislike game that also combines elements of badminton and table tennis. Kyudo and Gumdo – Begin your path to mastering a martial art. The Japanese sport of Kyudo combines marksmanship skill with meditation in the beauty



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of longbow archery, while the Korean Gumdo substitutes a bow for a sword. Techno kickboxing – For a modern take on an intense cardio workout, kick, punch, squat and jump to the beat of electronic dance music. You’ll not only shape up, but also leave stress in your wake. Football – You don’t have to play it, but how about watch it? Sit down to Sunday afternoon football on the television with a plate of nachos in hand while experiencing the excitement of the sport that football fans have been privy to for years.



Team (PETT) carries their passion for animals by driving pets to and from veterinarian appointments, to the store for pet-related needs and more. Volunteer your time with this Prairie’s Edge Humane Society organization. Meals on Wheels – This vital community organization requires simply spending an occasional lunch hour delivering prepared meals to housebound folks within your own community. Community theater – You don’t have to be a rising star to perform in community theater. No experience is required, but plenty of fun is guaranteed as

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t’s easy for women to get wrapped up in caring for others – but you can’t effectively care for others if your own body isn’t in good health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office on Women’s Health recommends women ages 18 and older have regular check ups with their health care provider and discuss any health concerns like tobacco, drug or alcohol use, depression or weight issues. In addition, ask about screenings to detect potential health issues. The following screenings are recommended by the Office on Women’s Health. For more information or to address any health concerns, talk with your health care specialist or visit p BLOOD

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p BREAST CANCER Age 18-39: No recommendations. Ages 40-49: Discuss with your doctor. Ages 50-64: Starting at age 50, get screened every two years. Ages 65 and older: Get screened every two years through age 74. After that ask your doctor whether testing is necessary. p CERVICAL CANCER Ages 18-39: Get a Pap test every three years if age 21 and older. If age 30 or older, have a Pap test and HPV test together every five years. Ages 40-49: Get a Pap test and HPV test together every five years. Ages 50-64: Get a Pap test and HPV test together every five years. Ages 65 and older: Ask your doctor whether a Pap test is necessary. p CHOLESTEROL *Risk factors include certain conditions, habits or family history. Ages 18-39: Starting at age 20, get a cholesterol test regularly if at increased risk for heart disease. Ask your doctor how often you should have the test repeated. Ages 40-49: Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Ages 50-64: Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. Ages 65 and older: Get a cholesterol test regularly if you are at increased risk for heart disease. p COLORECTAL CANCER Ages 18-39: No recommendations. Ages 40-49: No recommendations.

Ages 50-64: Starting at age 50, get screened for colorectal cancer. Talk to your doctor about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it. Ages 65 and older: Get screened through age 75. Talk to your doctor about which screening test is best for you and how often you need it. p DIABETES – All ages Get screened if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medicine for high blood pressure. p HIV *Some risk factors include unprotected sex with more than one partner or with a partner who is at risk for HIV/AIDS; have injected drugs; or had a blood transfusion between 1978 and 1985. Ages 18-39: Get tested at least once. Discuss your risk with your doctor to see whether you need more frequent tests. All pregnant women need to be tested. Ages 40-49: Get tested at least once. Discuss your risk with your doctor to see whether you need more frequent tests. All pregnant women need to be tested. Ages 50-64: Get tested at least once. Discuss your risk with your doctor to see whether you need more frequent tests. Ages 65 and older: Get tested at least once if you are age 65 and have never been tested. Get tested if you are at increased risk. Discuss your risk with your doctor.



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What are two things we can’t live without? Food and drink, right? Some people might add money to that list, but you can live without money. Some people might also say love. But what if your love life isn’t all you want it to be? Believe it or not, the first two things mentioned – food and drink can possibly help enhance intimacy. At its core, intimacy is a form of exercise. To get the most out of any exercise, you need energy. Assuming you’re in reasonably good health, the best way to get energy is through a sensible diet. To ensure a sensible diet, stay away from fatty foods, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, get your share of lean protein and enjoy some dairy and whole


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Bananas have something called bufotenine, which is said to improve mood, self-confidence and sex drive. Bananas are also teeming with B vitamins, which help in the development of sex hormones.


Chicken is loaded with zinc and B6, which help produce testosterone.


Most people like chicken and bananas, but you’d have to search far and wide to find anybody who doesn’t like chocolate. The phytochemicals in chocolate enhance the flow of blood to

all parts of the body. Chocolate also contains theobromine, similar to caffeine, which can help get your motor running, and antioxidants, which help boost your immune system.


The spice to spicy foods comes from capsaicin, which releases endorphins. High levels of endorphins elevate sensation.


Salmon and oysters are also winners for potentially improving your love life. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids to make your nervous system function better, and oysters are loaded with zinc, which helps produce testosterone.


Soy is said to fight the symptoms of menopause. Women with a history of breast cancer should not eat large amounts of soy, however, as doing so can risk recurrence.


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Not your mother’s Turkey I can remember fondly the holiday traditions of my family: The aroma of the turkey as it roasts in the oven, mom with her apron on mashing potatoes, Jell-o salad with carrots. And who doesn’t love a good green bean casserole complete with cream of mushroom soup and crunchy onion rings on top, baked to a golden brown? It’s those memories that we hold dear and want to recreate with our own families. We often are afraid to mess with traditions, and some traditions, well, you just don’t want to change. That’s OK! Grandma’s pumpkin pie, Aunt Suzie’s famous bread pudding – the list could go on. But some of those old family favorites could, admittedly, use a bit of sprucing up. At Just Food, we are theming our holi-

day displays around spicing up traditional, but tired, recipes and making the old new again. While mom might typically know best, she might not in this case! From chutneys and pestos to spreads and tapenades, truffle sauces to specialty pastas, brining bags and bitter lemon tonic – we are going to ensure that this isn’t your mother’s Thanksgiving Dinner when you are done, but it will seem very familiar! It will have all of the elements you love, just kicked up a notch or two. Be the talk of the holidays and impress your family and friends by taking some of your traditional recipe favorites and putting a new savvy spin on them. We would be glad to help you make the old, new again!

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Building gentleness and strength Kari Berit

Unexpected CaregiveR Kari Berit ( is a radio show host and author of The Unexpected Caregiver: How Boomers Can Keep Mom & Dad Active, Safe and Independent (2007: Attainment Company). She delivers high-energy, informative and humorous keynotes around caregiving and aging.

I can’t envision myself having to use a walker or a cane. Who does? But stuff happens to us and assistive devices enable us to get around safely. When our parents need such assistive devices, they provide yet another opportunity to both support them and question how we’re taking care of ourselves. Years ago I had an older adult friend approach me, frustrated that her doctor ordered her a cane. She was attending a program I was leading and after listening to her, I asked her, “Is the cane allowing you to participate?” She could not have attended had it not been for the cane. It wasn’t a permanent thing, but a temporary tool that made it possible for her to travel. Assistive devices aren’t bad in and of themselves; they enable us to get around and heal. When it comes time to relying on both other people and devices, we need to be gentle with ourselves. In caring for our parents, we need to listen to their fears, their frustrations, their anger about having to use “this darn walker,” and we need to love them. We need to remind them that the device or the assistance from another person is a good thing, even though it may feel like a weakness. While there is no guarantee of ever needing an assistive device, as we experience the aging of our parents it reminds us that we, too, are aging. I recently interviewed a fitness expert who specializes in women age 50 and older. He gave such valuable insights. (You can listen to our radio interview on my website at under “Fitness for Caregivers.”) Aging is inevitable, but you also have a lot of control over how you take care of yourself. As we age, we don’t move as freely and easily and we tend to lose muscle mass. The less muscle mass we have, the more weight we gain. Look at adding these best exercises into your daily routine:

Best exercises to do Core and breathing pattern training p Calms down central nervous system p Aligns the ribcage over the pelvis and facilitates better biomechanics at all the joints p Diaphragmatic breathing: learn how to at, under “health information” and “diseases and conditions.” Functional strength training p Old model of training individual muscle groups is outdated and doesn’t have the best carryover to the tasks of daily life or sports.


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p Seven basic patterns: Squat, hip hinge, lunge, single leg stance, rotation, push and pull p Get a huge bang for the buck • High metabolic demand • Challenge mobility, stability and motor control • Teaches how to control your own body in motion – top priority and very portable • Learn to exercise correctly by using a fitness coach or Google exercises

How to make time when your schedule is full p Do short workouts • 20-30 minutes is fine, 45-60 minutes is better p Do what you can and do it as consistently as you can • Set time aside for yourself on a calendar and protect it. • If you can’t get consistent, don’t beat yourself up about it – do the best you can. • If you’re used to being very physically active and now you don’t have time, recognize that it doesn’t take much effort to maintain exercise. And, doing something is a lot better than doing nothing at all. Building strength will help alleviate the need for assistive devices, but if you get to a place of needing, be as gentle on yourself as you are with your loved ones.

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Health & Wellness

Brad L. Running CLU®

Curves of faribault

Financial Advisor. A unique and disciplined approach. Today, it’s natural to have questions about your retirement, even if you’ve saved and planned for it. With our proprietary Confident Retirement® approach, we’ll find answers and take the first step toward creating a road map to the future you want. We’ll talk through the four basic principles of retirement: (1) covering essential expenses, (2) assuring your lifestyle, (3) preparing for the unexpected and (4) leaving a legacy. And I’ll help you make adjustments as needed so you can retire on your terms. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., 1850 Austin Road, Suite 104, Owatonna, MN 55060, 507-455-4070,

We offer a total weight loss solution making burning fat as easy as 1-2-3. 1.EXERCISE~30 min circuit with cardio exercise & strength training to build muscle/ burn fat. Programmable equipment that works like a personal trainer to help you track your progress, reach your goals & stay fired up. 2.MEAL PLAN~Customizable meal plan that shows you how to cook in/eat out. 3.COACHING~Coach reviews your success & helps plan for more. Stop in/call today for a free fitness assessment to help you set/ reach your personal goals. 1620 Hwy 60 W., Faribault 507-332-6801. Mention ad & get 1st visit discount. Silver sneakers accepted.

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Conveniently located in downtown Faribault, Sandy Wenker, CPA, provides tax planning & preparation, payroll services, accounting & bookkeeping, QuickBooks assistance & training, and new business consulting. Call or stop in at 14 3rd Street NE, Faribault. 507-333-3973

Our Curves Complete program, offers women a complete weight loss solution— exercise, meal plans, and coaching—all in one location. New this fall, Curves Protein Bars (Meal & Snack size) and Spot Toning classes. All Curves staff are certified by the Cleveland Clinic in Exercise, Nutrition and Behavior Coaching. Curves -1828 S. Cedar Ave, Owatonna 507-455-4060.

Castle Rock Bank

Fit for Life

Sandy Wenker, CPA

The Castle Rock Bank has been serving the women in this community for 96 years. To answer the question, “What do women want in banking?” We believe the answer is, “To be heard, understood, respected and valued.” 27925 Danville Ave Castle Rock, 507-6457751

Food & Entertainment Legacy Golf & The Grill at The Legacy The Legacy is a championship 18-hole facility offering value-added golf and a warm friendly environment for golf outings & casual dining. It provides a unique setting for meetings, reunions, groom’s dinners, banquets and bridal showers. The indoor Grill can accommodate 30-50 people & the open-air Pavilion can accommodate up to 170. 1515 Shumway Ave, Faribault, 507-332-7177

Fit for Life is a 24-hour Fitness Center located just off Hwy 21 N. We specialize in individual and group personal training as well as weight management and group fitness classes. State of the Art Cybex Equipment is on site for those who prefer to do it alone. 1400 Cannon Circle, Suite 6, Faribault, 507-333-5430

Holland Family Dental Holland Family Dental is located in the Professional Building on Hillcrest Ave. in Owatonna. We have been in Owatonna since 1996 and concentrate on dentistry for the entire family. We offer services in preventive, cosmetic and comprehensive care which includes implants and up-to-date dental technology. Please visit us at 605 Hillcrest Ave. Owatonna MN. 507-451-7250

Millstream Commons Assisted Living Millstream Commons Assisted Living is located in downtown Northfield. 44 Assisted Living apartments (studio, 1 and 2 BR) featuring three meals a day, supportive nursing care, respite care, & life enrichment activities. Pets allowed. Licensed Housing with Services provider. Part of the Three Links Community. Member of Aging Services of Minnesota. 210 8th St W, Northfield, 507-650-9627,

Northfield Urgent Care Tired of waiting to see your doctor for simple problems like sore throats and earaches? We provide walk-in medical care for all ages, from infants to adults. We are open 7 days per week and no appointment is needed! Quick, easy and efficient! 2014 Jefferson Rd Suite C, Northfield, MN 55057, 507-664-9999,

REPOSE Massage Therapy REPOSE Massage relaxes clients in Owatonna at Dow Chiropractic, 152 East Pearl; Owatonna SeniorPlace, 500 Dunnell Drive AND, beginning this December -- on weekends -- at SISTERS SALON & DAYSPA (new location: 1293 21st Ave NW). To make an appointment with Elizabeth Wright, CMT, phone 507-323-5031. Visit www. for more treatment descriptions and pricing.

The Northfield Area Family YMCA The Northfield Area Family YMCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for all individuals, families, and the community to achieve their fullest potential. From summer camps, to youth sports, to preschool activities and adult wellness, we have something for everyone. Become a member of the YMCA! 519 Division Street, Northfield 507-645-0088, Scholarships are available to ensure everyone can participate.

JERILYN WIEDERHOLT, MS, MS, LP, ATR-BC Licensed Psychologist, Registered Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Educator K-12. Providing mental health services (assessment, therapy, consultation, training) to adults, adolescents and children. Use of psychological techniques to improve mental and physical health. Integrative, holistic, wellness oriented. Northfield, MN. 507-321-2002. HOLIDAY 2013 |




Girlfriends Guide Northfield Retirement Community Situated on a 30-acre, beautifully landscaped campus, NRC was established in 1969 to provide housing and services specifically designed to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of older adults. Housing options include apartments with a minimal level of services, as well as other home settings that make increasing levels of service readily available. Options include rental and owner-occupied living spaces. Units are available for both income-sensitive and market-rate income levels. NRC also provides a fully-staffed care center for those who desire a more traditional nursing home setting. 900 Cannon Valley Drive, Northfield, 507-645-9511,

Home & Garden Judys Floral Design Whether Your Wedding is black tie/ ballroom or barefoot on the beach or somewhere in between! Beautiful, quality flowers and great ideas start with Judy Smith. “Specializing in fresh creative and affordable blooms for all the flower moments of your life” 507645-0008, 300 Railway St. North, Dundas,

Owatonna Mortgage Financing, or refinancing a home doesn’t have to be a complicated procedure if you have the right professional to guide you through the process. With Owatonna Mortgage you are guaranteed to receive supreme client care and trustworthy advice throughout the entire process. We know how valuable and precious your time is. Ryan Jirele, Mortgage Loan Originator, NMLS #320358, NMLS #503704. 507-676-2708, 111 W. Vine St, Owatonna,


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American Family Insurance Bart Jackson Agency American Family Insurance offers home, automobile, atv, motorcycle, boat, commercial business, farm and life insurance. We are available to meet with you personally to review your situation and provide recommendations as to the proper coverage’s for your needs. Bart Jackson Insurance Agency, 408 Central Ave N, Suite D, Faribault, MN 55021. 507-332-6812.

American Family Insurance Therese Whitesong Agency We’re a J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency. We’re among a select group that demonstrated the ability to consistently deliver “An Outstanding Customer Experience.” Whether you need insurance for your auto, home, life, health, or business, we listen to you to determine the right insurance that fits your needs. Therese Whitesong Agency, American Family Insurance. Telephone: 507-645-5010, 510 Washington St South, Northfield, www.

Shopping A touch of charm A Touch of Charm is a quaint florist and gift shop in downtown Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Leanne Hanson, owner, has been providing home accents, decorating ideas, gift and full service floral for the area since 1988. We specialize in a mixture of traditional, cottage and countrypolitan accents for your home and a unique array of gifts that you can’t wait to give. 507-583-7637,

The Paper Petalum in the historic Archer House (212 Division St.) offers friendly customer service and unique gifts for all occasions. Locally owned and operated since 1987 we specialize in Scandinavian gifts, Minnesota products, decorative napkins, Polish Pottery, Rothschild foods, and much, much more. Stop in and visit us. 507-6630565.

Transportation Community Co-op The Community Co-op is located in beautiful and historic downtown Faribault, MN. We were organized in 1925 and have been a cornerstone of this community ever since. We specialize in fuels, lubricants, tires, and vehicle service, all for an affordable price. Women live busy lives, our staff understands how important service and convenience are. That is why we are the Company where our customers send their friends. 9 Central Ave, Faribault 507-334-2056, www.coopoilfblt. com

Northfield Lines, Inc. Have your group arrive in style when you pull up in one of our luxurious motor or mini coaches. Single or multi-day sightseeing trips, shopping, girlfriend getaways, dining, concerts, weddings, receptions, casino visits – you name the event and we will get your group there safely and on time. 32611 Northfield Blvd, Northfield, 800-944-2190,

Simon Bros Cement Co. Simon Bros Cement Co. has been serving the Northfield area since 1969. We specialize in quality concrete and masonry including foundations, driveways, epoxy garage floors. Call for a free estimate. We will look at your project and use 40+ years of experience to share ideas and advice. Call Ray 612-328-4591


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Keeping your Health Care Close to Home

The Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, P.A., provides quality orthopaedic care to southern Minnesota through three main offices and several out-reach clinics. All of our physicians are certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and treat patients with sports injuries, pediatric and adult fractures, arthritis and related conditions, and low back and neck pain. Commonly performed surgeries: ACL reconstruction, joint replacement, knee and shoulder arthroscopies, fracture repair, and carpal tunnel. At the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic our primary focus is the health and well being of our patients. Our clinical staff is comprised of surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists. We work in an integrated and newly designed environment including Rehab One and the Back Care Center.

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Faribault 35 State Ave 507-334-1601

Northfield 1381 Jefferson Road 507-646-8900

Mankato 1431 Premier Drive 507-386-6600

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