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PUBLISHER Flying Pan Productions EDITOR Elizabeth Child COPY EDITORS Jodi Ohlsen Read Linda Day Dunlap CONTRIBUTORS Elizabeth Child Nichole Day Diggins Christine Reed ART DIRECTOR / DESIGN Nichole Day Diggins SALES Dori Haugen Linda Day Dunlap REDOUX HOME • PO BOX 148, Northfield, MN 55057 p: 507.301.9710 e: All rights reserved. Copyright 2013. Copies of this publication or its contents may not be made for promotional purposes. For article reprints, contact REDOUX HOME at to advertise: 507.301.9710

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Distributed in the Mississippi, St. Croix and Cannon River Valleys: Northfield • Cannon Falls • Red Wing • Lake City • Hastings • Hudson • Stillwater • Stockholm • Pepin • Maiden Rock • Bay City

editor’s note

Find the Road Not Taken “You have to have stories to tell in the locker room,” said one of the adventurous, precocious girls I admired in my high school. These locker room stories were not the stereotypical stories that circulated in the boys’ locker room, or so I’m told. This spirited girl was talking about taking risks – making conquests that add richness to the content of your life. And she was wise beyond her years. As we reach the final inning of summer, it’s story time. Time to have an adventure you can tell at the coffee shop, if not the locker room. Like when the bear charged our campfire when camping in the Boundary Waters. Or when we used to take the sailboat out on the lake in storms as teens. Or the first time I saw pelicans in Minnesota, and was so excited I got a TV show to come film them.

Happy trails, Elizabeth Child, editor The story “Midwives Deliver Options” in the June/July issue incorrectly stated that you need a master’s degree to become a midwife. A master’s degree is required to become a “nurse” midwife working in a hospital setting. Midwives who attend births at home must be certified according to state standards. The main certifying body is the North American Registry of Midwives. Visit for certification information.



We all have stories – but most of them are from our younger years. So, shed responsibility and go out into nature to “just see what happens.” Life unfolds differently in nature. We don’t know what’s around the next corner or what the weather will do. In this issue we offer up ways to enjoy one of the many rivers that run through our lives. Put that out-of-office message on your email even if it’s just for one day. And write your own story.


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lake pepin is a sailor’s delight

The lake in the Mississippi offers miles of adventure.


take me to the river

A canoe trip down the St. Croix lets cares fall away.


what’s old is new again The art of antiquing.


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editor’s note Find the road not taken.



A listing of family-friendly events you won’t want to miss.


on the table

From farm to table.



Reader’s health and wellness questions answered.


HGTV host and Minnesota native David Bromstad gives advice on how to revive a room on a budget.

100 SALES IN THE PAST 24 MONTHS The Reiland Team Paul Reiland Erik Severson



Pinnacle Performing Arts prepares kids for – and on – the adventure.

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Lake Pepin is a Sailor’s Delight The lake in the Mississippi offers miles of adventure. BY ELIZABETH CHILD




When David Sheridan saw the sailboat masts reaching up to the stars in Bayfield, Wisconsin when he was a college student he was hooked on sailing. Once he actually sailed a sailboat he was sunk. Having taught sailing in the Great Lakes, Florida Keys, Bahamas and Virgin Islands, he appreciates that you can get a “big lake, big boat” feel at Lake Pepin in the Mississippi River within a couple of hours of the Twin Cities, Rochester and Winona. And he’s made a life that allows him to get that feel nearly every day of the summer and fall. Sheridan earned his chops racing sailboats. Today, armed with a captain’s license, he gives daylight and starlight cruises on his 31-foot Hunter, which seats 10 in comfort. He also teaches people to sail and offers team-building sailing workshops for companies like Cargill and 3M, or groups of at-risk youths. ONE LAKE, TWO SHORES Lake Pepin is 26-miles long and far less crowded than other popular sailing spots near the cities, and perhaps more beautiful with its breathtaking cliffs, steamy fall sunrises, eagles and pelicans. Even if you’re a landlubber, there’s plenty to do in the area. Just watching the white sails on the blue water transports you. Lake City on the lake’s Minnesota side is a draw for its pretty marina, several golf courses, upscale Nosh restaurant and other eateries and shops. The Wisconsin side is most known for the elegant and eclectic Harbor View Café and a community of artists who ensure you can always find a gallery show or festival with art, music or film.

Sheridan recently added to the options, opening the Breakwater Wine Bar this year featuring good wines, craft beers and small plates along with live music in Pepin. But his first passion is sailing. BE A PASSENGER OR LEARN TO SAIL On a sailboat, you can be a passenger and watch the world go by, or learn to trim the sails, sail close to the wind and even race against your friends or co-workers. Teaching corporate groups to sail is a specialty for Sheridan, who is also a business coach. The metaphors to business are startling: “Wind is the marketplace that drives everything, but you can’t control it,” Sheridan says. “Everyone on a team is a leader at some point and has to step up.” He cross-trains people to all positions on the boat. Roles include driving the boat, setting the sails and navigating the course. He says he can teach the basics of sailing a big boat in two hours. Sheridan relishes his multifaceted life, but there’s still nothing like watching the stars with a mast in view: “Away from the light shadow of the Twin Cities the night sky is magic.”

Sunny Afternoons Elegant Evenings Dreamy Starlit Nights

Sailboat Rides Instruction Teambuilding



Sail Lake Pepin

On Pepin’s charming waterfront


Next to the Harbor View Café



Take Me to the River BY ELIZABETH CHILD


umans are the bridge between heaven and earth, said the ancient sages. With arms tired but triumphant after considerable J-stroking to point the canoe down the gracious St. Croix River, I look at the heavenly scenery one last time while my earthly limbs rest. Four of us in two canoes have ventured from St. Croix Falls to Osceola in Wisconsin and now we linger, not too anxiously, waiting for our ride back to civilization. Heaven is looking down the sparsely populated river lined with sandy beaches and ripe foliage. Heaven is hearing hardly a sound beyond the lapping of the paddle and the rustling of the trees. Even a few miles off the beaten track you can find yourself in nature – that’s what makes the Upper Midwest such a joy. By most measures ours is a pampered trip that takes about four hours at a leisurely pace with breaks. Eric’s Canoe and Kayak Rental in St. Croix Falls launches us in canoes equipped with saddle seats that mold nicely to our hindquarters. We are given a friendly send-off from the buoyant staffer who does most of the heavy lifting, even offering to carry my lunch pack, and makes sure we board our crafts safely. The St. Croix is one of my favorite rivers. Lining Minnesota and Wisconsin, its iron-laced, spring-fed waters are dubbed some of the cleanest in the area. Tall sandstone and limestone cliffs appear around gentle bends. This day, sadly, rescue teams are searching for a young man by the largest cliff. The call of the wild can be too great, the cliffs too enticing. I pray he was simply lying on someone’s couch after a bender.

After a good hour of paddling we rest on the Minnesota shore. Having not picked a shady spot, the water calls like Sirens. I wade so as not to soak my clothes. The river sand squishes through my toes in a way a first- grader would totally appreciate. There is a lot here for a child to love. A few more bends and we stop to picnic on the Wisconsin side. Gaining smarts, we park the canoes under a shade tree but then are sucked into muck as we hop out. Tan mud is well disguised as sand. We spot clams making tracks at water’s edge and quickly are enchanted with our choice of landing. Seated on firm sand (the kind that doesn’t blow into our food), Kristina introduces us to apricot cheese from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and I offer up an eggplant tomato dip I made from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest – an oldie but goodie. Our REDOUX ad rep Dori has brought her 18-year-old daughter Emma who amazes and charms us by gabbing freely about everything from linguistics to t’ai chi and the political novel she is writing. The wonders of home-schooling never cease. Back on the river, I learn a Sanskrit chant in call and response from Kristina, my yoga teacher friend. Sometimes we allow ourselves to paddle in silence and let the wind cool us. Sometimes we struggle against that wind. Canoeing takes good upper body strength, so kayaking might be more forgiving if you didn’t spend your youth at canoe camp like I did. Eric’s offers both kayaks and canoes.

“You look like a teenager,” Dori shouts. Years fall from my face as I beam in delight swimming in my T-shirt and shorts. That’s what a day in the outdoors will do to you. Beautiful in monochromatic summer, the river no doubt transmits a different beauty in late September or October with green pines setting off the blaze of deciduous trees. All our rivers are a treasure – the St. Croix, the powerful Mississippi even the much smaller Cannon that winds through Faribault and Northfield.

Bay City Hardware and Marine – Rentals: Kayak, Stand up paddleboards (SUP), and 1 canoe. N1231 Wabash St. Bay City, WI 715.594.3118 •


Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental – Bicycle, canoe, kayak, and raft rentals. Two blocks from the Cannon Valley Bike Trail. - 615 N 5th St. Cannon Falls, MN 507.407.4111 •


Great River Boat Rental – Pontoon, runabout, and fishing boat rentals on the St. Croix or Mississippi rivers. 1 King’s Cove, Hastings, MN 651.438.9999 •


Afton - Hudson Cruise Lines - Public and private cruises on the St. Croix River. Board at Afton House Inn in Afton, MN or 500 1st St. in Hudson, WI 651.436.8883 •


GEM Sailing – Sailboat cruises on Lake Pepin. Lake City, MN 507.261.7473 • Pearl of the Lake – Public and private paddlewheel boat cruises on Lake Pepin. 100 Central Point Rd, Lake City, MN 651.345.5188 • Sailboats Inc. – Sailboat charters on Lake Pepin. Lake City, MN 612.237.4112 •


The Gear ReSource Outfitters – Canoe and kayak rentals and guided trips on the Cannon River. – 200 Division St. N, Northfield, MN 507.407.4327 •


Sail Pepin - Sailboat rides, sailing instruction and team building. – 400 First St. Pepin, WI 715.442.2250 • Great Adventures – Kayaks, canoes, inner tube rentals and shuttle service along the Chippewa River. – 210 Lake St #3 Pepin, WI 715.402.0104 •


Rusty’s River Rides – Public and private cruises on the Mississippi River. East Ave & Levee Rd. Red Wing, MN 612.859.6655 •


Gondola Romantica – Gondola rides along the St. Croix River bluffs of downtown Stillwater. Stillwater, MN 651.439.1783 • St. Croix Boat and Packet - Public and private cruises on the St. Croix River. 525 South Main St. Stillwater, MN 866.516.7918 •


So, take yourself to the river and let your cares fall away.



Spying the Osceola bridge, we call for pick up and then glide another 20 minutes through fallen logs in the shallows to the boat launch under the bridge. Hot but refreshed by a good workout and mind-clearing sights and smells, we waste no time getting directly into the drink. I dive in fully clothed now. Kristina had been demonstrating that she can do the breast stroke and stay in one place because of the current. Sometimes you have to get over yourself and jump in.

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No matter the time of year, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do in our area. Here are some events you won’t want to miss. Square Lake Film & Music Festival – August 10 • Stillwater 2pm - midnight Celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Square Lake Film & Music Festival. In addition to films being screened by emerging filmmakers, the Festival boasts a stellar lineup of Minnesota musicians led by Retribution Gospel Choir. River Life – August 10 & 11 • Hudson A full schedule of events, demos and specials in Hudson. Pre-registration encouraged.



Lakeville Festival of the Arts – September 21-22 • Lakeville 10-6 Sat; 10-5 Sun Over 70 juried artists, artists’ demonstrations, literary and community art on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center.


October 4, 5, 6, 2013 10am – 5pm

Defeat of Jesse James Days – September 5-8 • Northfield Voted “Best Re-Enactment of the West” by True West Magazine, this event pays tribute to Northfield townspeople who defeated the infamous James-Younger Gang when it attempted to rob the town’s First National Bank on September 7, 1876. Witness the re-enactment of the bank raid and see an informative show that includes live horses, gunshots and brave townspeople standing up against the gang. There’s also a rodeo, old-time tractor pull, midway, parade, arts festival, music, arts and crafts shows and more. Washington County Bluegrass Festival – September 7 • Stillwater Scenic Lake Elmo Park Reserve welcomes the 12th annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival. This year’s festival will feature four local bluegrass bands. Located within the 2,200acre Lake Elmo Park Reserve, the venue provides a naturally peaceful outdoor setting perfect for large groups and families. Free with valid vehicle permit ($5/day or $25 annual). Come for the weekend and enjoy Stillwater! Laura Ingalls Wilder Days – September 14-15 • Pepin Pepin, Wisconsin celebrates it’s distinction as the birthplace of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder with an annual festival of traditional music & crafts.


For more information contact the Red Wing Arts Association at 651.388.7569. •


Join us in Red Wing, October 12 & 13, 2013, for the 47th annual Fall Festival of the Arts. More than 90 artists exhibit a variety of media, including: clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, photography, 2D, 3D and literature. The festival is held on the downtown streets of historic Red Wing during the height of the fall leaf season and attracts more than 10,000 visitors. Although the artists are the main attraction—some of whom will demonstrate their work—the festival also includes a variety of foods, music and an array of children’s activities, as well as local and community entertainment. The festival is free and open to the public—the hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 10-4:30 on Sunday.

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Lake Pepin Food, Wine & Cider Festival – September 21 • Maiden Rock Enjoy a five-course meal and Brazilian jazz while sampling the ciders of Wisconsin. Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery.

Women’s work from around the world W3560 State Hwy 35, Maiden Rock, WI


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September 21-29 Two weekends of art and celebration along the scenic St. Croix River powered by ArtReach St. Croix

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Jon Francis Half Marathon & 8K and 1K Family Run – September 21 • Stillwater 9am until finish 13.1 mile beautiful marathon course and an 8K USTA Certified course. The Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) is partnering with Lakeview Health, PowerUp and other community leaders to provide health, fitness, educational and family focused events. Take Me to the River – Sept 21-22 and 28-29 • various locations Two weekends of art and celebration along the scenic St. Croix River. Discover extraordinary arts, festivals, concerts, theatre, storytelling, fine dining, funky fare... all against the backdrops of autumn foliage. A dozen river towns will host over 50 arts events. Enjoy the events up and down the river! Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival – September 28 & 29 • Hudson 80+ juried artists, acoustic music, living statues, hands on activities such as pottery throwing on a wheel and hula hooping. Lakefront Park on the St. Croix River in Hudson. Fresh Art Fall Studio Tour – October 4, 5 & 6 • Lake Pepin and the Chippewa River Valley 10-5 each day A self-guided tour of artists’ studios and eclectic galleries near beautiful Lake Pepin and the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin. Fall Festival of the Arts – October 12-13 • Red Wing 9-5 Sat;10-4:30 Sun 46th Annual art fair in downtown Red Wing. The juried artwork of 90 exhibitors in many mediums, music, childrens’ activities and the fall leaf season await. Flyway Film Festival – October 17-20 • Pepin / Stockholm The 6th annual Film Festival in Pepin & Stockholm, Wisconsin at the Widespot Performing Arts Center.

Don’t just visit, have an adventure!

Photo courtesy Tim Alms

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What’s OLD is NEW again...

the art of antiquing



LEFT: Emily Blomquist tried the vintage fashions at Abigail Page Antiques, Hudson WI BELOW: Staples Mill Antiques, Stillwater MN

BY CHRISTINE REED The technical definition of an antique is anything over 100 years old but when you go to an antique store you will find an eclectic display of things from current day to your grandparents’ era and beyond. Antique shops all around the Mississippi river valley are turning a trip to their stores into an adventure for the crafty collector. If you go, you’ll experience a confluence of antiques and art that is creating a revival for both antique dealers and artists alike. Artists are drawn to antique stores as they look for new ways to express their creative sides and in return the stores are allocating shop space for them to sell their creations. The unexpected come together in unique creations at Riverwalk Art & Antiques in River Falls, Wisconsin, where rubber bouncy balls in a mason jar become a lamp base and a portrait of a soulful Jesus hangs next to the screen goddess, Marilyn Monroe. Bar stools made of tractor seats sit atop metal milk cans. Metal doorknob plates are turned into wall clock faces. Pieces of barn wood become the headboard of a bed while the original bed headboards become garden benches. At The Jordan Junker in Jordan, Minnesota, car parts add texture to the same gardens that have china cups hanging from tree limbs as bird feeders. Riverwalk Art & Antiques, River Falls WI

This “Blue Dog” from the Midtown Antique Mall in Stillwater, Minnesota, is a wonderfully creative mix of parts that pairs a canister vacuum cleaner with a candlestick holder.

The very way stores are displaying their wares now is enticing customers to try these arrangements on their own. Their displays show us that it is not only okay to mix and match styles, periods and plaids with florals, but also embrace a sense of humor in our décor. Why not have a 50s yellow plastic chair in the corner with a headless mannequin torso from the Staples Mill Antiques in Stillwater or a funny old doll from The Emporium in Hastings? What a great conversation starter! Others have taken spaces less grand and brought beautifully colorful light. Let There Be Light Antiques in Stillwater dresses up its space with colorful light fixtures. You will find yourself staring at the ceiling wishing you could take home every amazing chandelier. These stores are not only rich in character, history and creativity, but also tell amazing stories of former lives as button factories, mortuaries, auto part shops and more. Just ask any of the shop employees and they will happily tell you about the giant original pulley elevator at the Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co. in Lake City, Minnesota.

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Featured Artist, Emily Gray Koehler

beer & wine art demonstrations community art projects juried & emerging artwork

Saturday, September 21, 2013–10am to 6pm Sunday, September 22, 2013–10am to 5pm 952.985.4640


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TOP LEFT: Antiques on Main, Hastings MN FAR LEFT and LEFT: Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co., Lake City, MN ABOVE: Let There Be Light Antiques, Stillwater, MN

The Mississippi Mercantile in Lake City entices people with nicely arranged front window displays and fun reminders of yesteryear spilling out onto the sidewalks. Abigail Page Antiques in Hudson, Wisconsin, has–among other wonderful things–a fun collection of vintage clothing that is finding renewed popularity among younger generations. These changes in antique stores are wonderful as they attempt to restore the balance between the past and the present; the young and the old. They are reminders that each has much to offer the other. While new technology is flashy and cool and fast, there is something wonderful gained from the slower process of letter writing and making your own paper and wax seals. There is excitement in setting up a darkroom in your own basement and developing the pinhole camera film yourself. So grab your friends and family and visit one (or more) of these wonderful stores and let your imagination soar. Christine Reed is a freelance writer who loves the arts, remodeling and the mix of old and new.

a sampling of the many antique stores in our area LAKE CITY, MN •

Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co. 226 S Washington St, Lake City, MN • 651.345.2100

Mississippi Mercantile 106 E Center St, Lake City, MN • 651.345.4800


Antiques on Main 205 E 2nd St, Hastings, MN • 651.480.8129

Second Street Antique Mall MN • 651.480.0513

The Emporium 213 E Second St, Hastings, MN • 651.438.5444 •

204 E 2nd St, Hastings,


Abigail Page Antiques 503 2nd St, Hudson, WI 715.381.1505 •

RIVER FALLS, WI • Riverwalk Art and Antiques 127 N Main St, River Falls, WI • 715.425.0149 • STILLWATER, MN •

Staples Mill Antiques 410 N Main St, Stillwater, MN • 651.430.1816 •

Let There Be Light Antiques 210 N Main St, Stillwater, MN • 651.351.7580 •

St Croix Antiquarian Booksellers 232 South Main St, Stillwater, MN • 651.430.0732 • stcroixbooks

Midtown Antique Mall 301 S Main St, Stillwater, MN 651.430.0808 •

Country Charm Antiques 122 S Main St, Stillwater, MN 651-439-8202 •

American Gothic Antiques 236 S Main St, Stillwater, MN • 651.439.7709


Al’s Antique Mall 651.388.0572

3rd Floor Antiques 2000 Old West Main St, Red Wing, MN 651.388.3087

512 Plum St, Red Wing, MN

Experience Hudson with independent shops galore paired with award-winning restaurants. Escape across the river and into Historic Hudson for an unforgettable experience.

Abigail Page Antiques Afton House Inn & Afton Hudson Cruise Lines Art Doyle’s Spokes & Pedals Barker’s Bar and Grill Casanova Liquors CocoBello Dilly-Dally Gift Shoppe Élan Et Cetera Grapevine Interiors “At Home” Hello the House

Knoke’s Chocolates La Rue Marché Lakefront Framing Lavender Thymes Marnie Marie Photography The Nova Pangea Pier 500 Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast San Pedro Café Seasons on St. Croix Gallery The Ugly Sisters Boutique

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From Farm to Table




rowers find simple is best to savor the flavors of homegrown foods. As you prepare veggies from your farmer’s market, CSA or garden, try these straightforward ways to enjoy them from farmers at Swedeburg Farmer’s Market in Stockholm, Wisconsin. The market is open Fridays from 4 to 7pm and is located on Highway 35 behind The Palate.


• All Natural • Locally Made in Red Wing, MN

Apple Crisp Mix Marinated Green Bean Salad

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1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed 2 cloves garlic, sliced 2 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 mint leaves for garnish

Boil beans in water until tender, approximately four minutes. Drain and set aside. Place ice cubes on top of beans to stop the cooking. Smash garlic, mint and salt with fork or

mortar and pestle. Add olive oil. Pour vinegar and half the olive oil mixture over beans and toss. Transfer beans to a

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Gluten-Free Garden Pizza

This crust works equally as well on the grill as in the oven. Note: you need to bake the crust before you top it.


1 ½ cups brown rice flour

Place ingredients into a stand mixer in order. Mix on low until combined. Then turn speed up to high and mix for 3 minutes.

1 cup tapioca flour

½ cup potato starch or arrowroot

Heat oven to 425 degrees Pre-bake crust for 12 minutes (5 minutes for grilling)

1 tablespoon xanthan gum ¼ teaspoon salt

2¼ teaspoons yeast 1 cup warm water

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon vinegar

1 large egg at room temperature

Top the pizza with whatever is in season. In the spring, try spinach pesto with morel mushrooms. In the early summer, green onions and garlic scapes (the curling tops of garlic plants) with sausage. In mid-to-late summer, basil pesto, tomatoes, onions and peppers. Top it all off with your favorite local cheese. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes at 425 degrees or 10 minutes on the grill.

Recipe from Mary Maier-Abel of Blooming Hill Farm in Plum City, Wisconsin.

Fresh Vegetable Relish 2 tomatoes peeled and chopped 1 cucumber peeled and chopped 1 green or yellow pepper, seeded and chopped ¼ cup green onions or red onion, chopped ¼ cup light tasting vegetable oil 2 tablespoon wine vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 small clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon salt Dash of pepper Layer the vegetables in order listed in a quart jar or glass bowl with cover. Combine the oil, vinegar, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over the veggies. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Turn the jar several times so veggies marinate evenly.

Recipe from Andrea Myklebust of Black Cat Farmstead near Stockholm, Wisconsin.

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Q&A: ask the health coach Fitness is Eating Well The good news is, if you’re trying to reduce your waistline, you don’t have to reduce calories, you simply need to eat nutritious whole foods – foods that come from nature: vegetables, fruit, meat or other proteins like quinoa and beans, and whole grains instead of white or even wheat bread.


READER QUESTION: When preparing meals for my family how can I create meals that meet my needs for lower calories while serving foods that meet the high calorie needs of my three growing boys?



As a health coach, I have to congratulate you. Preparing family meals is one of the top ways to make your family healthy and happy. Sadly, it’s almost a thing of the past as sports and other activities (as good as they are!) have usurped mealtime. The most important reason to cook for your family is that sharing meals brings families together, says Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. When you eat together, you cultivate “primary food” – the emotional stuff of our lives that creates connections. When else do you have your boys captive and can ask about school, sports and friends? Good relationships make us happy, not eating kale and garbanzo beans. Tip – Give the boys a reason to want to join you at the table by getting them to laugh – even if it is at your expense, Mom. That said, you aspire to eat healthier by eating fewer calories. Recent studies show that eating fewer calories may not make you healthier – or thinner. Certain populations are obese even though they barely eat enough to survive. It’s what they eat not how many calories that makes them fat. Simple carbs from refined flour and sugar are the major reason experts believe we have an obesity epidemic, so if you’re trying to lose weight, dial down the refined, processed foods. If you want more info on this, email me at

So what will the kids do if you only serve whole foods? They will eat what you eat, if you haven’t allowed them to snack wildly before meals. You do them a favor by helping them develop a diverse palate. Introduce them to lots of different foods – roasted root vegetables. Pear salad with Gorgonzola cheese. Burritos with black beans. See if you can add flavors so delicious that you can trick them into devouring foods they thought they’d never eat, like whole grain rice instead of white rice that’s had all the fiber stripped from it. I keep trying this on my husband. I’m on round three. If I make Chinese brown fried rice he’s going to love it. Crowding out As for quantity, your boys will need to eat more than you do and they’re going to eat more starches and meats than you do since you’ve stopped growing upwards. To keep from growing outward, “crowd out” the foods you’re trying to avoid by filling up on those nutritious foods you’re trying to eat more of. You can eat limitless veggies without gaining an ounce, depending on what sauces you put on them. Try mincing garlic and ginger in soy sauce. Lemon and pepper. Or a flavored olive oil. Let’s say you’ve made up a stir-fry. You can fry the meat separately in a little spicy sesame oil for Asian flavor. Now you have the option to load up on veggies. The boys can take a larger portion of the meat. Or you can marinate some tofu for yourself, grill it, and let them have a taste. Make tasting new foods a new table game. They’ll love it. It takes kids 15 times of trying something new to actually like it, I’ve heard, unless it’s a new flavor of ice cream. Never say Never A word about dieting… I am a “never-say-never” person and a firm believer that diets don’t work long term. If you deprive yourself of something you really want, over time you’re going to get frustrated and binge. Changing to a healthier way of eating you can sustain is all about finding new nummy foods that are better for you and replacing the old with the new. Believe me, your body will love the new ones so much you’ll actually start to crave them more than sweets and bowls of chips. Now I can’t wait to eat my new quinoa cereal in the morning. And I love a bowl of edamame, which boils in five minutes--great with a glass of wine. And I’m wild about dahl soup – lentils with tomatoes and Indian spices. So simple!

Indulge! Don’t stifle cravings, indulge in the best. If you’re going to croak if you can’t eat chocolate -- eat the best quality chocolate you can. Don’t grab a cheap Hershey bar, seek out something really special. Like chocolate from the Rain Forest. Or a caramel-filled dark chocolate with sea salt in the shape of a starfish. Savor it. It will cost so much you won’t be able to afford to binge on it. Do you have a question for the health coach? Write to Elizabeth Child is a health coach located in Northfield and editor of REDOUX.

MAKE FAVORITE FOODS HEALTHIER Enchiladas or burritos with roasted veggies and beans Pasta with added veggies like carrots, red peppers and peas Soups with lots of veggies and lentils Sautéed brown rice for a nutty taste Beans, lentils, legumes to add vegetable-based protein in one-pot dishes like chili Scrambled eggs with salsa and spinach Smoothies with fruit and kale (get your greens!) Homemade granola to control the sugar content Wraps instead of bread to cut down on bread in sandwiches, or try lettuce wraps DESSERT OPTIONS Fruit desserts such as cobblers taste great with little or no sugar Dark chocolate has antioxidants – the higher the cocoa content the better Sprinkle in nuts to add protein in baked goods Applesauce cuts down the sugar in baked goods (often found in vegan recipes)

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Revive a Room … on a Budget Minnesota native David Bromstad was the original winner of HGTV Design Star, which led to his gig as host and designer on his first hit series for HGTV, Color Splash. Bromstad has completed more than 100 makeovers for Color Splash around the country including San Francisco, New York and Miami. He has also appeared on several HGTV programs as well as the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Bromstad’s design advice has been featured in USA Today, People magazine and Better Homes & Gardens. Bromstad’s installations are a focal point at many of the world’s top amusement parks and seen by millions of visitors every year. He produced his first exhibition of art and custom furniture for Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2011, which is the country’s top visual arts event. REDOUX asked him for tips to refresh indoor spaces for fall.

What are three simple things anyone can do on a budget to refresh a room for fall, as we start to move indoors? This is super easy and inexpensive to do. You can do this for each season to keep your home and space updated and fresh. Replace or change your throw pillows with a new color and/or pattern, Add a gorgeous throw to your couch or sofa and add some new and vibrant accessories to your space. A simple change can make a huge impact. What are rules of thumb for arranging a living room or family room for comfort and conversation? This all depends on what look you are trying to achieve. Do you want a living room that’s formal with couches facing each other with a spectacular coffee table in-between or do you want a cozy atmosphere with a sectional and some occasional chairs for impact. I personally love a casual room, but also love a formal room that you can lounge and watch movies in. I love the idea of oversized gorgeous couches that you and the family can lay on and watch your favorite movie on. Dress them up with accent pillows that have some color and patterns. Lighting is the finishing touch in your space. Adding floor lamps, table lamps and up lighting really add to the design. For some drama, add a chandelier or three! The space changes at night and you will be amazed what lighting can do. Just remember, the best way to lay out your living room is to have a space plan. Before you buy your sofa or couch, make sure you measure the space, furniture and tables you plan to use. I do this for every design. A little preparation ensures a successful design.

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It’s back to school. What are some new ways to give your child a workspace within his or her bedroom to encourage focus on schoolwork and hobbies? Don’t just buy a desk and a chair. I think the best way to encourage your child to utilize the space is to ask them what they like. What colors do they like, who is their favorite character or teen star? A cluster of posters with fabulous frames becomes a piece of art. Make the room fun and inviting. Create a sitting area. A framed cork board or chalk board is also a fun way to create a unique look. Whether you have carpet, wood or tile, add a fun area rug. And don’t be afraid to add a television to your child’s room. Flat panel TVs come in all sizes and are very inexpensive now. You can have computers or laptops hooked up to the television to create a mega computer screen. Make it feel like their space to encourage them to utilize it. What can we do to reduce clutter and stay organized as the coats and extra footwear come out? There are so many different options to reduce clutter these days. Adding open cubes stacked on top of each other can become storage boxes for footwear. If you’re handy, you can build the boxes yourself and top them with cushions and use as a sitting area when you have to put your shoes on. Storage bins in kitchens, laundry rooms and mudrooms are not plastic anymore. They are now decorative and become part of a design. Your local hardware stores and craft shops are filled with unique storage ideas to reduce clutter. How can people use color to tie their space together? I think people are starting to finally listen to me without fear. Color is such a simple and unique way to add drama to your space. I have said this so many times, but adding an accent or feature wall with a pop of color is super easy and super inexpensive. A can of paint is so affordable. When you do a feature or accent wall, it’s not such a commitment. Take the color that you painted on your wall and find some great pillows with a pattern that have that color and add them to your seating areas. Adding the same color or tones in your accessories brings the space together in delicious uniformity and fabulousness.

What advice do you have for the color-phobic? Be inspired by color, not afraid. Color has many valuable properties including homeopathic and healing properties. Afraid of color..... Come on! Live and love it! What’s the biggest color mistake people make? The biggest mistake people make when choosing color is that they choose their wall color first. Huge mistake! When designing a room you always choose the most expensive items first. Sofas, chairs, beds, side tables, rugs, curtains, coffee tables, etc. There are thousands of choices for paint. So it’s so much easier to find your expensive pieces first, then find a coordinating wall color to tie it all together. Think of it as the bow on top of a present. What color/s are you currently obsessed with? I love color and it’s difficult for me to say which are my favorite, but I always love black, white and red. Pink is also an absolute favorite, and this year, in my designs, I am loving the Pantone color of the year, Emerald. I am so inspired! When it’s done correctly, I am obsessed! Any advice for repurposing? One of my favorite things to do is find a couch, chair or any piece of furniture and have it painted and recovered. Change the fabric and bring the old into the new. Talk about drama, you will be amazed at what paint and fabric can do to something old and outdated.

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Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist Anatole France famously said, “to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” The proclivity to dream is certainly linked to success in the performing arts, along with determination, hard work and talent. It’s the winning combination of ambition, tenacity, self esteem and talent that the directors of Northfield’s Pinnacle Performing Arts Center work to foster in their students. Choreographer and dance instructor Jana Hirsch, along with musician and vocalist Alisa Leonard, say their mission at Pinnacle is to help kids find – and pursue – their dreams. “Kids dream big and so do we,” says Hirsch. “The sky is the limit for our students. Our goal is to make sure that each and every kid feels valued, challenged and prepared – for whatever the performing arts, or life, has to throw at them.” All the instructors at Pinnacle have extensive performing arts experience and have worked (or continue to work) as recording artists, directors, casting agents, choreographers, private school teachers, talent agents, video performers, public speakers, judges and coaches. “We know our stuff, we’ve all had our turns on-stage, and now we really get much more enjoyment in seeing our students shine. Nothing makes us happier than hearing a ten-year-old belt out a song she composed on the piano or watching a dancer finally master a double pirouette. Our students have worked professionally on stage, radio, TV and print and that means much more to me than any of my own experiences,” says Hirsch. Pinnacle is housed at 1001 Division Street in the sanctuary of the big, yellow former church at the corner of Woodley and Division in Northfield. Pinnacle offers classes for ages three through 18 in all areas: dance, music, theater and combo classes.

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Pinnacle’s operating philosophy is that process and product are equally important. Classes are technically progressive, non-competitive and, as the students will tell you, just plain fun. You won’t find any ‘Dance Mom’ types here. The desire to nurture not only well-rounded performers, but well-rounded people is one of the center’s goals. Students learn more than just music, dance and drama – they also learn leadership skills, self discipline, stage etiquette and interpersonal skills. “We have had kids and parents come to us asking to help their kid with specific goals and we really aim to do that,” says Hirsch. ‘For example, this year we had a girl who had always wanted to attend a studio dance competition. She never had, and it wasn’t something we planned to do, but we set it up, she went - and she took home overall grand champion in her division. Her first time out! All of our students have goals and aspirations - but they are different for each kid. Some students want to get a part in community theater or the school musical, some want to float across the floor like a ballerina, land a back handspring, sing a solo in front of a hundred people, learn to write their own music, be in a TV commercial - and all of those things happened for our students this year - NOT because of us, but because these kids dared to dream and they had parents and teachers who were willing and able to nurture and encourage those dreams, to make sure the kids were connected, confident and prepared for the adventure.”

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to contribute to this world, and we can’t WAIT to find out what it is.” For more information and to see the 2013-2014 class offerings, visit SAVE THE DATE! Saturday October 26th is Pinnacle’s Triple Threat Intensive. Times and prices for this absolutely fabulous class will be forthcoming once we have contracts from all of our teachers, but we have a fantastic line-up so far: A member of the Broadway touring cast of WICKED, who will lead a three-hour triple-threat workshop, ending with an “everything you ever wanted to know about Broadway” Q&A session; A Hollywood actor/ acting coach who will lead students through advanced stage combat; and another Broadway dancer who will teach a master class in musical theater dance. Space will be limited. The class is open to performers aged 12 and up.











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