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Features 10 inStyle: Q&A with Keila McCracken

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Learn how Keila, owner of Bare Cloth, started creating clothing and about her inspiration to do so.

Fun with Fun Time Field Trips

Take a look into Leah Corcoran’s world, scheduling custom bus trips around Minnesota and beyond.

A kitchen remodel creating form + function

Cabinet Corner reveals a kitchen makeover designed specifically for Bemidji residents Randy and Norma Frisk.

Crocheting for a cure

DIY crocheter, Wanda Roff, shows us her intricate creations and the heartwarming story behind it all.

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06 Halloween mason jars 08 Heat up with hot yoga Makeup remover 13 DIY: face wipes Importance 14 inHealth: of sleep

24 Larisa Cooks: Fall pies 30 What is it?

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Halloween Mason Jars DIY:

by Jillian

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Candy Corn S t ep 1:

Apply tape to the middle of the jar to separate the different colors for the candy corn effect.

S t ep 2:

Paint yellow on the bottom.

S t ep 3:

Paint white on the top.

S t ep 4:

Remove tape to separate sections.

S t ep 5:

Paint orange in the middle section that was taped off.

S t ep 6:

Let dry and then insert a tealight candle.


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Dripping Darkness S t ep 1:

Paint the top of the jar with black paint.

S t ep 2:

Take the brush and wipe a healthy amount of paint on the lip of the jar, if it doesn’t run, add water to the paint a little at a time.

S t ep 3:

Keep wiping healthy amounts of paint around the lip of the jar to create a staggered drip effect.

S t ep 4:

Let dry and add candy corn for decoration.

Eye Monster S t ep 1:

Either use hot glue to adhere the googly eyes to the jar or Mod Podge.

S t ep 2:

If using Mod Podge, paint little sections at a time and cover with the googly eyes promptly before the Mod Podge dries.

S t ep 3:

Cover the whole jar with googly eyes.

S t ep 4:

Top the lid with Mod Podge and adhere bandage for a nice fi nishing touch.

S t ep 5:

Let dry and then insert a tealight candle.

Skeleton Pumpkin S t ep 1:

Paint entire jar orange. May need another coat after the fi rst coat dries depending on paint.

S t ep 2:

Find a pattern for your skeleton face.

S t ep 3:

Paint face on with a smaller brush for better accuracy.

S t ep 4:

Let dry and then insert a tealight candle.

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Use sponge brush to paint on Mod Podge.

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“I feel like the heat is kind of therapeutic, especially up here in northern Minnesota. Just to be able to have a place to get that good, clean hot sweat is great, I love it.” Shayna Connell

The tail end of a Minnesota summer can leave people searching for ways to escape the late-season heat. But while the thought of 100-degree temperatures and 40 percent humidity makes most flee to air conditioning, the students at Lily Pad Yoga actively seek just such a muggy environment year round. The hot yoga studio opened five months ago, and has attracted a core group of students, according to Lily Pad owner Natalie Welle. Much like at a regular studio, participants attend classes, during which an instructor guides them through different poses. But at Lily Pad, this is all done in a room engineered to be as hot and humid as the tropics — something Welle says provides added benefits. “Heating the muscles helps with flexibility,

to make it more enjoyable,” Welle said. “Once you get up into the higher temperatures it also intensifies. I find it brings the mental aspects of yoga to the forefront.” To create the heat, Welle had an engineer design the heating system, then hired a local company to install the system. The airflow passes by an ultraviolet light in order to sanitize it and the water used to create the high level of humidity is fi ltered. Another company installed the studio’s heated floors. Welle then went searching for teachers. Currently, the studio has two other teachers: Shayna Connell and Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoff. Each teacher has a different style, Welle said. “I spoke with Shayna about yoga and I liked the way...she spoke about it, and then

Gabrielle’s classes were awesome,” Welle said. “I really trust them.” Aside from bringing hot yoga to the Bemidji area, the three teachers have another goal: create a yoga community within the city. “People who go to one studio know each other, people who go to one teacher’s class know each other, but there’s not a real community where all the teachers are involved and all the students are involved,” Congrave Baggenstoff said. “I see this as the beginning of a real yoga community where teachers support teachers, students support students, where there’s more crossover.” Hot yoga appealed to the second teacher, Shayna Connell, in part because of Minnesota’s cold winters.

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“I feel like the heat is kind of therapeutic, especially up here in northern Minnesota,” Connell said. “Just to be able to have a place to get that good, clean hot sweat is great, I love it.” Those interested in trying hot yoga are able to sign up for a free week of unlimited classes at The studio offers a variety of different packages and gives 10 percent discounts to college students, Native Americans, people with military IDs and people ages 62 and older. For those intimidated by the 100-degree heat, Lily Pad also offers beginners’ classes at 85 degrees. “I would say you can always come up with an excuse not to try something,” Congrave Baggenstoff said. “You never know, you might have tried 10 different kinds of yoga and hated them all, and this might be the one you like.”

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“Heating the muscles helps with flexibility, to make it more enjoyable. Once you get up into the higher temperatures it also intensifies. I find it brings the mental aspects of yoga to the forefront.” Natalie Welle

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inStyle Q & A with Keila McCracken Sustainable fashion designer and owner of Bare Cloth

We sat down with Keila McCracken in her Turtle River studio to talk about her own style and also how she creates clothing for herself and others. Keila’s space is bright and feels magical. The grass is overgrown and the sun twinkles perfectly through the trees and into her windows. A giant loom, which she has had shipped over from England, is the first thing you notice in her studio. We talked with Keila for over an hour about her loom and her creative process. To read the full conversation, visit

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in: What are you wearing today? K M: When I moved out I was 18 and I decided I would wear

whatever was closest and cleanest to the bed. Up until recently I have decided that instead of putting together outfits, I ask myself, “What are my favorite shoes? What are my favorite pants? What is my favorite shirt?” and that’s what I did today. I’m wearing my favorite shirt that I’ve made, it’s called the woodswoman shirt. I made them first for myself. It’s been a process of five years to edit down the pattern so that it fit, so this is the most recent one that I love. These jeans, everyone knows these jeans, they are mended over 50 times now and I got them when I was a sophomore in high school. They are my favorite jeans. I don’t have to wear a belt with them. I don’t have to adjust them. They fit me perfectly. They’re really unique and they look really grungy.

in: How often do you design clothes for other people? K M: It’s something I do around once a month where I am

designing a garment for someone. It’s something I am very cautious about because it is so personal. It is a very long process. For example, the project that I just finished and the one I am working on right now are two weddings, and one is my family and the other is basically like family. It is really interesting to be a part of a really big life event and it is really intimidating to be part of a bride’s day. It’s very fun to be a part of their wedding that way and it is a way I can contribute. Eventually it will be more than one custom order a month but I have realized it is a slower progression that has evolved from two orders a year.

in: When did you start mending and creating your own clothes? K M: I started making my own clothes in middle school, but

in: How time consuming is the process? K M: It depends on the garment. The wedding dress that I made

in: When you do create clothes, where do you seek inspiration? K M: I’m very functional. I used to design completely opposite

in: What is your process when working with a customer? K M: Depending on the client, the process is whatever they

mending didn’t start until I was in my sophomore or junior year of college. Because I was just broke and I had like 13 pairs of jeans and I hated all of them and the only two pairs that I did like had holes in the crotch. So I was just like, “I’m not going out, I’m not going shopping, I’m just gonna rip up this old pair and mend them and see what happens.” Ever since then I have been mending nonstop so I don’t have to buy. I don’t like shopping. I’m like the most ironic person to talk about fashion because I don’t like shopping or spending time getting dressed.

of how I design now. Before I would sit down and think what do I want this style to be, how do I want this person to look, what kind of lines do I want for the fit and style of it and color scheme. Now it is completely opposite. Now I design for, solely, what is the main function. I often re-cut the arm-sides, which is the sleeve, because I used to drive a stick-shift car and now I work on the loom all the time and I move a lot when I talk. So that’s usually my number one thing and inspiration is the physical movement. If I’m in the woods climbing a tree, and I rip my pants, well, then I need different pants that work for this. If I’m thinking of a client, I think of if they walk a specific way or I know they would be more confident if they had a different cut of shirt. That is the inspiration, the literal person that will be wearing it.

took the most time, which was around 40 hours. A client brought in her grandmother’s wedding dress that had seven layers of tulle and lace and had a ten-foot-long train. She wanted a short kneelength dress, she said she wanted to “spin-it!” Which, that is a little different from what I normally make, like a tailored shirt which takes around 12 hours to sew. For making the cloth it usually takes a little less, around six minutes to make a yard and if I need about 4 or 5 yards for a shirt then it easily is done in an hour. If I have the fabric necessary for the shirt, then I take it off the loom, wash it up, cut it out and make it.

really want it to be. From beginning to end, I make it on the loom here, and then I finish the fabric which is called fulling. Then it comes off the loom smelling like oil and sheep and you can see the individual threads. But then after the finishing process, it’s like actual fabric. My goal is to use local wool. Right now I still have to order wool from England to use for the warp. If the client is wanting a pattern that I already have, then I just cut it out, sew it up and then I do one or two fittings. But if they want a custom garment and a custom pattern made, then that takes a little longer. I usually need three or four fittings from the first fitting to draft the specific pattern for whatever they are wanting and then test it out. It is more of the logistical process of it but it is really personal. Jan.-April

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10 items or less

In general everyone has different ways to reduce their wardrobe or finding a good amount of clothing. I use the rule of 10. So when I first decided to minimize my wardrobe I would just own 10 jeans, 10 sweaters, 10 coats, etc. That’s how I started, now I only have 3 pairs of jeans, 3 pairs of dress pants, 3 pairs of shorts. My approach to the rule of 10 has consisted of 72 items or less in my wardrobe for two years now and that includes pajamas and winter gear. I have a list of all my clothes that I own. I did this because I got bored one day taking the ferry from Staten Island, where I lived, to Manhattan. I wrote down all the clothes that I had from memory and when I got back to my house, I realized I only remembered half my wardrobe. So I just got rid of half of the clothes that I didn’t write down because obviously they aren’t that memorable so why would I wear them? Remember what you own from memory, because then you know what you like and what is important to you. To read more on how to minimize your closet from Keila McCracken, visit



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Makeup Remover

face wipes By Larisa Severson inMagazine team member

My children, Tasha, 10, and Alex, 14, have been using these wipes for about a year now and we’ve seen results! Both use them at least once or twice a day and have been acne free since. The wipes are much cheaper to make than any you can buy from a store and sometimes this recipe makes a little extra.

step 1 what you need: step 2 1 quart wide mouth jar 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2 squirts of tear-free baby shampoo 2 cups of distilled water 1-2 packages of cotton pads Optional: 2-4 drops of Essential Oils Tea tree essential oil (Helps with acne but NOT to be used on the eyes) Lavender or lemongrass oil can also be used in addition to the tea tree oil.

step 3 step 4

Add the following to a glass measuring cup: 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 squirts baby shampoo and 2 cups distilled water. Microwave for 10-20 second increments until coconut oil is melted and well blended. Then add any essential oils and stir until blended.

Place about 50 cotton pads into your quart jar.

Pour the liquid mixture over the pads in the jar and press down to help the pads soak up the liquid. Keep adding pads and liquid to fi ll the jar and pressing down to make sure all extra liquid gets absorbed into the pads. When the jar is full there should not be any extra liquid in the jar. It all should be soaked up into the pads. (You may end up with extra liquid. Store in another quart jar until ready to make another batch.)

Secure lid tight and store in a dry cool place.

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The Importance of


for Health By Jessica Carter, a registered and licensed dietitian and the founder and president of Core Health & Nutrition, LLC. Jessica earned a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Eastern Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bemidji State University.

“…there will be enough sleeping in the grave...”

–Benjamin Franklin


he world we live in is fast paced, full of coffee and sleep deprived. We celebrate those who can work on little to no sleep and caffeinate all the others. In business we push to get more done in a days time and we value and admire those who say they work all night. Even old Ben seemed to feel sleep was a waste of time. In addition to famous quotes on the subject we also coin our own cute little phrases like “You can sleep when you’re dead.” These serve to encourage us to believe that this lack of sleep is worth something, that there’s a bigger payoff in the end. But is there? One thing that we don’t see popping up in conversation is how a human can go without food longer than they can go without sleep. Or that lack of sleep can cause heart problems, weight gain and memory loss, to name a few. These are the byproducts of less sleep and like most negative and depressing side effects, we conveniently brush them to the side. Sleep is one of the few consistent pillars of wellness and unlike some of the other areas of health, the need for sleep has never changed. There are no sleep “diets” or sleep shortcuts. There is only one way to fill the need, and that is to sleep. In our world of fast fixes and life hacks, this makes sleep less exciting to work on. But truly

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sleep can have the strongest impact on health, and if taken seriously, be the difference between good health and poor. Sleep is the time when our body hits the refresh button. This is when we physically repair ourselves and when we mentally clean house. We sleep in 90-minute cycles and have approximately five cycles a night. There are different stages of sleep in each cycle. The two most important stages are deep sleep and REM sleep. Deep sleep is the physical restoration stage and is what makes us feel the most rested the next day.

What happens in deep sleep:

• Blood pressure drops • Heart rate drops • Tissues are repaired • Energy is restored • Hormones released • Regulation of appetite • Growth occurs in children REM sleep is dream time. This is also when our brain does a sweep through and tidies things up.

What is going on in this stage:

• Short term memory is changed to long term memory • Energy is provided to the brain and body for the next day • Brain is as active now as when awake but the body is paralyzed Like with the other pillars of health, efforts must be made in order to reap the benefits of sleep and to get a good night’s rest. There are many resources and professionals that can help with specific sleep disorders or just general sleep concerns.

Tips for better sleep 1. Eliminate blue light in the bedroom. (Think electronic devices.) Th is blue light inhibits melatonin production, which is the sleep hormone that helps with sleep cycles.

2. Hide the clock.

Looking at a bright red digital time piece only adds anxiety and increases sleeplessness. Cover the clock on the T.V, get a non-light up alarm or turn your clock the other way.

3. Sleep in darkness.

Th is is especially important if you work at night and sleep during the day. Darkness is what helps our body produce melatonin. If you have a bright room you can buy blackout curtains, use a sleep mask or cover your windows.

4. Wake up at the same time. Th is is more important even than going

to bed at the same time. To figure out your best bedtime determine your desired wakeup time and count back 7.5 hours. Th is is when you want to be falling asleep.

5. Plan your bedtime routine.

Whatever you do at night try to give yourself 20-30 minutes of down time before you fall asleep. Th is needs to not excite your mind. That means no social media or the latest thriller, maybe try deep breathing, prayer or some stretching.

6. Keep it cool.

60-67 degrees is the best temperature to have your room set at for optimal sleep. Use a fan on those hot summer nights and ditch the extra blankets on those cool fall evenings.

down on your way to work. If sunlight is not possible consider getting a light box. Place it on your desk or set it in the bathroom and turn it on for 15 minutes. Or even consider special light bulbs for your bathroom. See the article in the next edition for where to find these. With that I will say Good Night and watch for part two in December’s edition of inMagazine to find out what the signs of sleep deprivation are and how to pay back your sleep debt.

7. Get some sunshine!

If possible get 15 minutes of direct sunlight in the morning. Stand outside with your coffee, or roll the window

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Leah Corcoran wears many metaphorical hats in life and one literal pillbox hat. She’s the owner and operator of Fun Time Field Trips, which means her job is to facilitate fun for others. “I do a lot of things,” Leah said. “I’m a nurse. I wait tables. I’ve worked in hospitality since I was 13 years old so I have this really unique skill set.” All of that evolved into Leah planning, organizing and creating experiences for others. She plans day trips, overnight adventures, themed events and also custom trips. (And who wouldn’t want their fun arranged for them?!) She plans about six months out and has been doing Fun Time Field Trips for about a year now. “I try to get a broad outline of what I intend to do and start filling the details as things get closer,” Leah said. “I’m shooting for one to

two events a month.” She has a handful of supportive, wellconnected people in her life that will help come up with ideas of locations to visit and stops to make along the way. She also receives a lot of suggestions. “When people hear about what I do they just come to life with ideas,” Leah said. “I’m always trying to balance how far do we want to go because if we do a day trip, we have to be realistic about how far we can go.” A typical day trip goes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Leah greets customers on the bus, wearing her signature pillbox hat, and brings them on a thoroughly planned adventure that is guaranteed to be easygoing and include surprises. “I have had people tell me you make it so easy to have fun and that’s what they enjoy about it,” Leah said. “They don’t have to do any of the worry or the planning or the stress.”

PURCHASE TICKETS Guests purchased tickets in advance online via the website, then received an email a few days prior to the trip with a weather forecast and reminders of what to bring, when to be at the bus, etc.


8 a.m. at Cenex South: Guests board a cheerfully decorated bus with upbeat music playing in the background, receive a warm welcome from Leah, dressed in her signature pillbox hat. Once everyone is aboard, I introduce my assistant and driver, and with a little cheer of excitement, we’re off to our fi rst stop.

FIRST STOP Sevendays Design! A shop on the outskirts of town specializing in unique home goods, new and repurposed furniture and more. Mandy and Matt Fiedler, the owners, open the store for an exclusive shopping experience, where guests have fi rst pick at their newest merchandise. While there, guests enjoy fresh, hot Dunn Bros. coffee (with Bailey’s, if they like!), and fresh maple glazed cinnamon rolls from Raphael’s Bakery, all of which was brought to the shop prior to our arrival.

GOODIE BAGS After loading up their treasures, guests get back on the bus, where they have goodie bags waiting for them on their seats. We head back on the road, everyone happily chatting and anticipating our next stop. Leah raffles off door prizes, which consist mostly of gifts or gift cards from the stores in Nisswa that she’s obtained in the weeks prior to the trip. After a short 45 minute ride, we arrive at…

I have had people tell me you make it so easy to have fun and that’s what they enjoy about it. They don’t have to do any of the worry or the planning or the stress.

Leah recently hosted a “daycation” to Nisswa and if you’re considering going on one of these, here’s the itinerary from their trip. It will fill you in on what you can expect with everything from meals and tiny details to shopping and surprises.

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Kelly’s Cottage Garden, a charming greenhouse outside of Park Rapids that is bursting with springtime flowers and plants. Kelly Sanquist, the owner is waiting with a well-organized and thoughtful craft project consisting of painted pots and gorgeous succulents. Guests work on their springtime creations, while snacking on the cheese, crackers, olives and wine that Leah’s provided for them. The mood is cheerful, and everyone is smiling and relaxed, leaving with their own individual creations to take home.

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SHOPPING Shop owners in Nisswa had been contacted by Leah in advance of the trip, and were anticipating our arrival with warm welcomes and special deals just for our group. Guests spent the afternoon browsing Nisswa's charming shops with their friends and family, stopping in for a coffee or ice cream, and finding treasures to bring home with them.

SUPRISE FINAL STOP At the designated time, guests boarded the bus with a bottle of cold water and snack waiting for them, and spent the next half hour visiting and relaxing as we made our way to our last, surprise stop… the newly opened, Portage Brewery in Walker! As our bus unloaded and guests walked up to the brewery, we were greeted by cheering, waving and smiling patrons outside on the Portage deck. They were thrilled to have a sneak peak and pint at this brand-spanking new brewery. A beer or two and many happy conversations later, we’re back on the bus headed home to Bemidji. Everyone is totally relaxed and happy, having spent a carefree, stress-free day in the company of people they care about, and having made a few friends along the way as well.


Next we’re off to Sherwood Forest Restaurant, where we’re seated in a bright and beautiful dining room with one long table set for us. Each guest has a placecard listing their name and meal they’ve pre-selected when they registered. The restaurant provided us with three delicious, unique entrees to choose from, and lunch is included in guests’ ticket price. After a leisurely laughter-fi lled lunch, our group of 30-some happy people pause for a group photo, then hop back on the bus for the short trip to Nisswa!

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By Jessie Gutknecht of Cabinet Corner For two retirees, an outdated, inefficient kitchen in their country home outside of Bemidji had become a drag. Randy and Norma Frisk contacted Kitchen and Bath Designer Jessie Gutknecht of Cabinet Corner to overhaul their large, but unorganized kitchen. The Frisks had a wish list that included relocation of appliances, storage for better workflow, more prep area, an island that would serve as a buffet for entertaining and a day-to-day breakfast bar. “We develop designs specifically and individually to each of our clients’ lifestyles, to work and function for them and how they live,” Jessie said. With Jessie's CAD 3D renderings, Randy and Norma could envision the possibilities of their 30-year-old kitchen. “After 20-plus years things just need to be updated and that was the main focus of this project,” Jessie said. First, they relocated the refrigerator and knocked out the wall separating the kitchen from the living room to clear space for the new island. The cabinetry is fashioned from dark Rustic Hickory wood to match the newly laid Harbor Oak Luxury Vinyl floors. The island is topped by a gentle gray quartz with specks of blue and white. On the perimeter cabinets, subtle whites and light grays weave about the surface of this Cambria quartz adding a wealth of marble-like elegance. Lightly crackled and aged brick backsplash tile incorporates Norma's farmhouse style in the transitional kitchen remodel. “Mixing styles like this makes a room feel warm and special,” Jessie said. “It was wonderful working with Randy and Norma and to see their dream kitchen come to life,” she said. “By designing friendly, unassuming interiors, we created a beautiful kitchen with a meaningful purpose.” Fall 2017

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“After 20-plus years things just need to be updated and that was the main focus of this project” -Jessie Gutknecht

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pie Our favorite

recipes by Larisa

Severson inMagazine photography by Jillian Gandsey

Autumn is in the air and the scent of freshly baked pies will soon fill your home. Here are four of my favorite pie recipes for fall that are enjoyed in our house as the temperatures begin to drop. Pick one (or a few) to serve for your Thanksgiving dessert or to slice up for a Sunday brunch. I’ve included some delicious traditional recipes and also an easy no-bake pumpkin pie. Enjoy!

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pumkin pie Ingredients: 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk, divided 1 tablespoon sugar 1 15 ounce can pumpkin 1 8 ounce tub Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed 2 3.4 ounce packages instant vanilla pudding 1 ready to use or homemade graham cracker crust 1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


In a medium bowl beat softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and sugar until well blended. Stir in half of the container of Cool Whip and spoon into the bottom of the crust. In a large bowl whisk pumpkin, 1 cup milk, both packages of instant vanilla pudding (dry, do not make into pudding fi rst) and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk until well blended. Mixture will be thick and spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until fi rm. Before serving spread remaining cool whip on top of pumpkin layer. Note: For homemade graham cracker crust just follow the directions on the side of the box of graham cracker crumbs.

peach pie with streusel topping Ingredients: ⅔ cup sugar ⅓ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon 5-6 medium fresh peaches, sliced 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 refrigerated pie crust (or frozen or homemade crusts) Streusel Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup packed brown sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ cup cold butter cut into tablespoon size pieces


Fit crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir in peaches and vanilla and spoon into crust. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the Streusel topping and using a pastry cutter or 2 knives cut butter into mixture until it has the consistency of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the pie but not covering the edges of the pie crust. Place pie pan on a foiled lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 45-55 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the juice is thick and bubbly. Note: You can also top with another crust if you prefer that over streusel.

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Blueberry Ingredients: 5 cups fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 refrigerated pie crust (or frozen or homemade crusts) 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon sugar


Fit one crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix blueberries and lemon juice. In a medium bowl combine 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir all dry ingredients into blueberries and spoon into crust. Dot top of blueberries with butter and top with second crust. Crimp edges and cut slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush top crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Place pie pan on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the juice is thick and bubbly.

dutch apple Ingredients: 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored 1 20 ounce can apple pie fi lling 1 16 ounce jar apple butter ½ cup sugar ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 1 refrigerated pie crust (or frozen or homemade crusts) Streusel Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup packed brown sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ cup melted butter 4 packages Maple & Brown sugar flavor instant oatmeal


Fit crust into a 9-inch deep dish pie pan according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon. Stir in apples, apple butter, apple pie fi lling and spoon into crust. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients for the Streusel topping, stir in melted butter and mix well. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the pie but not covering the edges of the pie crust. Place pie pan on a foiled lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 45-55 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the juice is thick and bubbly. 26 |

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Cure for a

By Bethany Wesley

“I remember my son must have been 2 or 3 years old. I just remember putting him to bed. … I put him to bed and I gave him a kiss good night. It was one of those nights when you’re by yourself and you just think too much.” Wanda Roff Fall 2017

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In the DIY world, it’s often said that each item is handmade with love. For Wanda Roff, her creations are crafted not only with the greatest of care – but also hope. Wanda, herself a cancer survivor, crochets remarkably intricate products to raise money for the Beltrami County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. “Sometimes, I’ll pay for some of the supplies, like the yarn and the stuffing and all of that, but yeah, 100 percent, all of it, goes to Relay,” she said. She started crocheting at age 4, under the tutelage of her mother. Her older sister also took to it and with each passing year they’d learn increasingly detailed designs. Today, the three of them — Wanda, her sister Pam May of Crosby, and their mother Cheryl Kraabel of Bemidji – work cooperatively to fi ll orders and sell products through their online presence, WeCrochet4Cancer, a venture that touts itself as “hooked” on finding a cure for cancer. “Every year my goal is to raise $2,500,” Wanda said. “… Last year, we made over $5,000. It was pretty awesome. We made a lot of stuff, whether it was washcloths, scrubbies. But I also made a lot of bigger projects.” Perhaps most memorable was the elaborate elephant rug, a design that had an elephant’s face and trunk in the middle, bookended on either side with ornate, large ears. There also was a matching throw pillow. “I get excited about doing new things but I get tired of doing the same thing over and over and over,” Wanda said. Recently, she finished a thick, maroon blanket boasting raised letters that read, “Christ, the center of our home,” a gift for a pastor who recently married. The blanket, featuring ornate borders as well, also marked her fi rst entry in the Beltrami County Fair. “I made it and I’m like, “I will never make another one these again,’” she laughed. “It’s absolutely gorgeous, but it is so much work. Not in the summertime. It’s way too hot for the summertime.” Lately, she’s become perhaps best known for her amigurumi, which refers to the art of making crocheted stuffed animals. Some of her creations have included monkeys, mice and bears. But she’s also done characters, such as Elsa, the Ninja Turtles, and Yoshi, along with popular super heroes like Batman, Captain American and Spiderman. For her son, 11, she made a Chewbacca. “I look for ideas online. I enjoy it. I love to go on Pinterest,” she said. “But if I know that someone’s looking for a particular thing, I’ll search around and go, ‘What do you think of this?’” More often, though, she said someone will see an eye-catching design online and post it on her Facebook page as an idea. Not for themselves, but just as a possibility. “But then other people will see it and be like, ‘Hey Wanda, can you make me this? How much is it?’” she said.

Twelve years ago, Wanda was a fi rst-time mother-to-be, when her doctor fi rst felt a lump on her cervix but thought it too fastgrowing to be cancer. A month later, her son, Kasey, was born, and six weeks after that, she had a biopsy. The diagnosis was cervical cancer. She underwent surgery when her son was 7 weeks old and then endured both radiation and chemotherapy. “It was not in the lymph nodes. It was contained. It was not in any of my other organs,” she said. “I got really lucky. It was the size of a lemon, so it was very fast-growing.” But while the treatments fought off the cancer, they took a heavy toll. She’s been hospitalized numerous times, for everything from bowel obstructions to lymphedema to cellulitis. “I’m here. I’m with my son, I’m with my husband, and I’m happy about that,” said Wanda, 41, who recently celebrated her 18th wedding anniversary with her husband, Ken. “But I do need those reminders sometimes.” That’s what led her to the Beltrami County Relay for Life team. “I remember my son must have been 2 or 3 years old. I just remember putting him to bed. … I put him to bed and I gave him a kiss good night. It was one of those nights when you’re by yourself and you just think too much,” she recalled. “I realized, ‘Yeah, I was one of those cancer patients. I am a survivor.’ It just kind of hit you, ‘Th is is real.’” She searched that night for contact information for the local Relay team. She attended the next meeting and began to get involved. “It reminds me that I’m not the only one out there, and it also helps me because I know that because of my experiences I can help others and they can also help me,” she said. Wanda served as the Survivorship and Caregiver lead, has given numerous speeches, and established the Survive-oars dragon boat team in 2011. “We’ve lost three of our team members to cancer,” she said, somberly, “and we had two of them that were very sick this year that we dedicated the flowers to, which was really emotional.” In 2014, Wanda was named a Hero of Hope, having been recognized as an individual who exemplifies a passion for Relay For Life and the mission of the American Cancer Society. That same year, she served as the ambassador for cancer survivors in the Relay for Life at the Sanford Center. “We have such an amazing group of people in Relay for Life in Beltrami County,” she said. “… We raise $100,000 or more every year for Relay. A good chunk of that goes to our county. … You’ve got the ride shares, helping them get rides for treatment, the Look Good Feel Better program. There’s so many different programs out there, for wigs, bras, little things you don’t think about until you’re connected with it.”

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