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FEB/MAR ’21 “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” —Maya A ngelou

in every issue EDITOR’S LETTER 4 NOTEWORTHY 7 ON THE TOWN 26 TASTEMAKERS 28 LAST GLANCE 32

departments 1 0 DWELL

How to Hygge A Danish lifestyle concept perfect for Midwest winters.

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Audrey’s Canvas Parties PAGE 10

Enjoy an at-home creative outlet.

1 6 FRESH AIR

Frozen

Enjoy the uniquely northern sport of ice fishing.

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Making It!

PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT

Flex your DIY muscles with these fun projects.

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his time of year, I like to keep the comfort foods coming. But, like you, I can get stuck in a rut when it comes to what to make for dinner. Fear not! We’ve got some culinary inspiration in this issue with a mouth-watering feature about a local food blogger. Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen shares her story of relocating to the St. Croix Valley and leaving her corporate gig behind to spend more time in the kitchen cooking and encouraging conversations around food. An added benefit is that she shares some spectacular recipes. Don’t care to cook but still have some creative muscles that need flexing? We’ve got an editorial collaboration of DIY creative craft ideas for you to try at home. From an ambitious project to more modest endeavors, we’re sharing ways for you to enjoy working with your hands and training your brain while learning some fun craft skills. We also want to inspire you to get outdoors. Winter in the St. Croix Valley can be one of the most beautiful and breathtaking times of the year. Seasonal activities include snowshoeing and skiing, but have you tried ice fishing or winter camping? Proper preparation and a few basic supplies are all that stand between you and an outstanding seasonal experience. Just keep turning pages in this issue to learn more. And, pssst … if after you read our stories about outdoor winter adventures, you still decide to stay hunkered down indoors, we’ve got some inspo for that too. It’s called hygge and it’s all about how to embrace seasonal niceties like candlelight, books and blankets by the fire. In all, we’ve got you covered when it comes to enjoying what remains of winter. See you in the spring!

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s e n i o r L i v i n g D u r i n g CoviD As COVID-19 makes its way across the globe, individuals, families, communities and organizations have been forced to adjust their practices and behaviors in a number of unexpected ways. No one could have known when this year started that we would be social distancing, quarantining, wearing face masks and taking extra safety precautions to limit the spread of this unknown virus to our friends and family. While it’s been a challenge to limit visitors and maintain safe distance between families and their loved ones living in senior communities, care facilities like Saint Therese are working hard to ensure the health and safety of our residents, and we’re doing everything we can to ensure our residents feel loved and cared for. Here are just a few benefits to living in a senior community during COVID-19: • Safety and Security • Scheduled activities • Regular cleaning and disinfecting • Safer socialization • Trained medical professionals on site

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Outdoor Adventure Winter camping could provide the peaceful paradise you crave.

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inter camping may be just the vacation adventure you need to reconnect with nature. Serene scenes of fresh snow and a crackling fire are the stuff of peaceful dreams. If you dress for the weather and plan accordingly, you can enjoy a unique travel experience without traveling far. Afton State Park in Minn. and Willow River State Park in Wis. are open yearround for camping and other seasonal activities. Afton State Park has rustic backpack campsites, camper cabins with heat and electricity and two 7-person yurts with firewood, indoor wood stoves, skylights, bunkbeds, tables and chairs.

Willow River State Park has 30 unplowed walkin campsites; 12 have electrical hookups. A few winter camping tips from the Sierra Club: • Dress in layers • Stay dry • Bring a cold weather rated sleeping bag and pad • Steep coffee grounds in boiled water, then tap the pot to settle grounds • Pack extra containers for late night bladder relief (gross, but useful) —Angela Johnson

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LIFESTYLE

BEES ARE ALL THE BUZZ Naturally inspired trends from our honeycomb friends.

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BEAUTY

What’s Under Your Hat? Relocated salon can help your winter hat hair. After 16 years of doing business in downtown Stillwater, Monde Salon has moved to a new location in Oak Park Heights near Kowalski’s Market. The team of six stylists is excited to be in this newly remodeled space that salon owner Cyndy Hagle says is more modern than their previous space which is being torn down to make way for apartments. “We were unsure about moving out of downtown at first, but we love it,” says Hagle. Plus, clients love avoiding downtown traffic, especially in winter. Speaking of winter, Hagle suggests everyone consider a leave-in conditioner in order to have your hair looks its

best this time of year, and always use a primer before you blow-dry. Want more beauty tips or need a new style, check out Monde Salon. (Note: extra precautions are in place to protect clients during covid-19.) —Angela Johnson

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Trends for 2021 will feature naturally inspired products. Part of that means bees will be all the buzz this year. Honeycomb shaped tiles look great on a kitchen backsplash. Keep baking pans and sheets looking good as new by buffing beeswax onto the surfaces. Cook with the pans as normal. Over time, your pans will develop a permanent layer of wax, meaning you don’t have to oil or grease them every time you use them. For stuck zippers, rub a small piece of beeswax along the zipper’s teeth to create an easy slide. You can rub a bit of beeswax onto chapped winter lips. Some versions provide a natural SPF. Waterproof shoes with beeswax. Simply clean to remove dirt and then rub beeswax directly on shoes with a cloth and use a blow-dryer to melt the wax before rubbing away any excess wax with a towel. You can find natural and local (Kinnickinnic Bees) beeswax bars at Smith + Trade Mercantile in Stillwater, Minn. —Contributed by Kelli Kaufer, interior designer/ owner of Kelli Kaufer Designs; kellikaufer.com


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Get comfy with blankets and wrap sweaters from Barefoot Dreams or this red cross blanket by in2green. Mitten options and booties for the little ones will keep those tiny fingers and toes warm too!

Cozy up with a unique pottery mug and a container of hot chocolate. The 715 in Hudson also offers furniture, like this log table, and cozy lighting accessories like this rock lamp and Lafco candles.

How to Hygge

This Danish lifestyle concept is perfect for Midwest winters.

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in January when Upper Midwesterners experience only eight hours of daylight, half of what we get to enjoy in the summer months. We’ve been daily gaining precious minutes of sunshine since December, but these darker, colder midwinter weeks set the perfect stage for living a more hyggelig (hygge-like) life. Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish lifestyle concept that became an international movement a few years ago. Its Scandinavian origins and our northern climate make the hygge model especially appealing. We’re on board. Here’s how you can be too. According to Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience that promote intimacy and coziness. The basic elements integral to creating a hyggelig space include things like candlelight; a comfortable corner or nook to cozy up; relaxed, casual clothing; blankets, pillows along with vintage style décor; steamy and delectable comfort foods and warm sips of tea, coffee or mulled wine; books; nature; and most importantly, togetherness. PHOTO BY CHRIS EMEOTT

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Candles are central to much of hygge because their soft glow instantly create a sense of intimacy and calm. Electric lights can emit a similar effect if chosen specifically to provide lower temperature pools of light rather than a harsh overhead glare. Scandinavian lamp designs by Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobson and Verner Panton are particularly popular with hygge enthusiasts. Or consider installing dimmer switches so you can lower your lights for those special hygge moments.

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The 715 offers plenty of decor in the Hygge spirit like wintery vases and greenery, large wall hangings and even this contemporary metal dear head. And don't forget table settings! Stock up on coasters, mugs and candles with a cozy vibe.

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LOCAL HYGGE ITEMS WE LOVE

Cozy up your house with these items from The 715 in Hudson. Just across from the Dunn Brothers in Hudson is a cozy little shop that offers plenty of products to add a little hygge to your home. Private and virtual shopping appointmenst can be scheduled in advance. All COVID related precautions are in place to help protect shoppers. The 715 524 2nd St, Hudson, Wis. the715hudson.com // 715.381.8175 @the715hudson

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SNUGGLING:

Fireplaces are a popular hygge element. You could extend this to an outdoor firepit or fireplace, a steaming hot tub or strategically placed patio heaters for those brave souls who enjoy congregating outdoors all year round. For indoor types, be sure you stock your gathering spaces with plenty of lap blankets, soft pillows and interesting books. Also, a basket of cozy wool socks is an incredible treat for guests who’ve removed their shoes.

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Casual is key to the hyggelig life, something many work-from-home folks have lately become accustomed to. But that doesn’t mean you need sacrifice style. Just keep it minimalist with an emphasis on layers. Add in a variety of cardigans, scarves, wraps and warm socks and you’re set. Because you cannot hygge when you’re cold.

EATING:

Cooking hygge meals is about slow … taking your time to create a dish or a simmering pot. Consider the creation of a hygge meal as a type of mindfulness. Turn off the TV, light some candles, put on some music and savor the process. Happy Hygge! 1100 Bergslien Street ♦ Baldwin, WI 54002 ♦ 715-684-1111 503 Cherry Lane ♦ Roberts, WI 54023 ♦ 715-760-3311

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Audrey’s Canvas Parties Enjoy an at-home creative outlet.

AUDREY MARTIN HAS BEEN TEACHING PAINTING classes for 10

years at venues like Urban Olive & Vine and Pitchfork Brewing in Hudson, Wis., as well as for parties and team building events. Martin says, “I find it hugely rewarding to see people with little or no painting experience walk out of one of my classes thrilled with what they’ve learned and the beautiful painting that they can look at and say, ‘I did that.’ I remember that feeling as a child taking my first painting classes and I’m very pleased to pass it on.” Martin has a home studio for small gatherings but has mostly operated as a local pop-up artist. “I would show up, set up and go,” Martin says. But, when COVID-19 prevented Martin from hosting her usual 6-10 painting classes per week, she pivoted to offering kit classes to the community. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” says Martin, “but I was unable to get started because I was too busy. Then, for the first few weeks [of the pandemic] I wasn’t doing much of anything and a lightbulb went off to try to do the kits since I had the time.” Martin did a lot of research into all the proper materials to include in the kits, the correct shipping boxes necessary and the logistics involved. She’s since perfected a process that works well. At first, Martin experimented with both live and recorded painting lessons. “I’m a hands-on artist and people are used to getting my help during a step-by-step instruction method,” says Martin. But, Zoom classes proved to be too complex and chaotic. Participants would get interrupted

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by phone calls or children and miss portions of the instruction. So, Martin opted to pursue recorded video classes that participants can access at their leisure. Martin devises lessons for three new paintings for each of her bi-weekly sessions. She describes the style of the art she teaches as loose abstract realism and she advertises her classes through an email list of previous clients as well as through her Facebook page. To be part of a class, participants go online to sign up and make their painting kit selection. Martin’s virtual painting classes include delivery or porch pick-up of the kits, each of which include all the necessary supplies along with exclusive links to pre-recorded step-bystep instructions that viewers can pause, rewind, fast forward or even re-watch as many times as they want to learn and create their painting at their own pace. Martin says the experience has been eye-opening for families that were previously too busy to consider doing these types of things together. Recent circumstances have caused many people to slow down and experience activities together in a new and special way. For those looking for an at-home creative outlet or even an opportunity to host your own virtual painting party at home with your small group of family or friends, be sure to check out Audrey’s Canvas Parties.

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Frozen

Enjoy the uniquely northern sport of ice fishing.

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WHAT TO CATCH It’s probably no surprise that the favorite fish to catch in Minnesota, the most beloved, is—you guessed it—the walleye. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the official state fish and, well, just think of the best plate of grilled walleye you’ve ever eaten—with that subtle sweetness and delicate, flaky texture—and you’ll understand why many folks adore this fish species, which is part of the perch family and is named for its distinguishable pearlescent eyes.

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Did you know bluegill, named for its large “gills,” is the most commonly caught fish in Minnesota? There are over 160 fish species in Wisconsin and winter fishing makes up to ¼ of the annual catch in Wisconsin.

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When you’re hankering to catch a big fish, one of those fish you can tell your grandkids about, Northern Pike may just be the one. He’ll give you a run for your money, as they’re known to put up a fight as you bring them in. The Minnesota state record is 45 pounds, 11 ounces, so you’ve got your work cut out for you.


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• Ice fishing rod: typically, 24”36,” which is smaller than your warm weather fishing rod, as you need the leverage because of the confined space. • Ice fishing reel: more compact than a typical reel. • Ice fishing line: this line is created to withstand frigid temperatures and jagged ice.

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• Lures, bait and a tackle box. • Ice auger or drill: a must; no hole = no fish. A hand crank, gas or electric all work well, but the type that attaches to your cordless drill is pretty handy.

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• A spot to sit—on a 5-gallon bucket or inside an icehouse (with backup propane!). • A fish finder for those who are “hooked” on the sport.

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• Warm clothing: make sure to dress in layers. Women should skip the “cute” boots in favor of a warmer version.

lights and make hot cocoa. It’s an awesome experience where you can relax and enjoy without the pressure of thinking ‘it’s freezing,’ or ‘where are the fish?’ If the fish don’t bite, you’re still warm and comfortable and had a great experience.” When ice fishing for the first time, Anderson recommends going with someone who knows how to use the equipment and can show you the ropes. Or, head to a local state park where there may be equipment rentals. Professional fish guides like St. Croix River Valley Guides and Outfitters are also known to show folks how to have a good time out on the ice without you having to invest in all your own equipment until you’re ready.

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MAKING IT! Flex your DIY muscles with these fun projects.

We’re hanging out at home a lot more these days, so why not put that extra time to good use! There are likely lots of projects you’ve been wanting to do, lots of Pinterest board ideas and Instagram posts you’ve been meaning to try but have always just been too darn busy. Well, now’s your chance. Our editorial staff has compiled a list of four delightful projects you can create—a chunky knit throw, bookmarks, door décor and faux pottery— to help get your wheels a-spinnin’ and your creativity a-flowin’. Happy making!

DIY BOOKMARKS I am typically not a “crafty” person, but I am an avid reader and these DIY bookmarks seem like a wonderful way to repurpose old books. And, it looks easy! That’s an important project component to non-crafters like me.

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That is, if I can get past the idea of deconstructing something as venerable a book. You may have old books on your shelves to use. If not, check thrift stores, garage and estate sales. —contributed by Angela Johnson; inspired by familyhandyman.com MATERIALS:

• Old hardcover books • Razor knife • Grommet maker, hole punch or drill • Assorted ribbon or leather strips

METHOD:

Simply use a razor knife to slice the covers from old books and cut out the spines. Then, drill a hole in the top or punch with a grommet maker. Thread a strip of leather or ribbon through the hole to accent these unique bookmarks that could make fun gift items for the bookworms in your life.

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BLANKET BLISS We all love cozy blankets and throws to help keep the chill away during these cold winter days. And when you make said cozy blankets and throws with your own two hands, well, they just feel a whole lot snugglier. So, grab some yarn, find a flat surface on which to work (preferably a table or kitchen island), and let’s get handknitting—no knitting needles required! —contributed by Nancy Eike MATERIALS:

• 4-6 skeins of 7 mm yarn (I used Yarn Bee’s Eternal Bliss in ivory) • Tape measure

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Create a 4-inch loop using a slip knot. Leave approximately 12 inches at the end (this is called the “tail”; the rest of the skein is called the “working yarn.”) Reach your hand through the loop, grab the yarn and pull it through to make another 4-inch loop. Continue creating the loops until you’ve made 20, which will resemble a chain stitch. (This will make a throw of approximately 50 inches by 60 inches.) Turn the 20th loop up (this becomes your first stitch of the new row) and put your finger underneath the top “hill” of each loop thereafter and pull the yarn through to create another loop. Continue going back and forth until you’ve reached your desired length. To finish the blanket, put the first two loops in the last row together, reach your hand through both loops, grab the yarn and pull it through to create a new loop. Use the new loop and next loop in the row until you get to the end of the row. Cut the yarn leaving a 12-inch tail and tie a knot in the last loop. Weave remaining tail through the blanket to hide.

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T R A S H T O T E R R A C O T TA Let’s face it. Everyone has old glass vases and jars that get kept around, stored in old boxes or the back of shelves. Instead of collecting dust, upcycle old glass and ceramic pieces with house or acrylic paint and baking soda to make faux pottery. —contributed by Hailey Almsted MATERIALS:

• Glass or ceramic vessels, vases, jars, etc. • House, acrylic or chalk paint (just about any paint will do!) or liquid terracotta • Baking powder • A small container • Spoon or small stick • Large bristle paint brush

METHOD:

Put ¼ part baking powder and ¾ part paint in a small container and mix using a spoon until a thick, textured paint is formed. (Add in additional baking powder, 1 tsp. at a time, for a more textured look.) Laying out newspaper and using a clean paint brush, began to paint the mixture onto the vessel in large, sweeping strokes. To create a pottery-like feel, paint in horizontal strokes around the pieces instead. Let fully dry, and paint 1–2 more coats, depending on coverage. Textured or colored vessels may need more coats.

H AT ’ S O F F With some greenery rescued from December and January’s wreaths, outdoor pots or home arrangements, a little floral foam, seasonal fillers and—an adorable winter hat—we have ourselves a cozy, cute door hanging. —contributed by Renee Stewart-Hester; inspired by craftsbyamanda.com MATERIALS: • • • • • •

A sturdy knit winter hat with ties Container, to fit into the hat Floral foam Hot glue gun and clear glue sticks Greenery, dried or faux Seasonal fillers, ideas include mini bird houses or faux pine trees, pinecones, pompoms, seasonal ornaments, etc. (Switch these up to highlight Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, etc.) • Decorative picks (or bamboo skewers covered in floral tape) • Large safety pin and sturdy elastic band

METHOD:

Cover bamboo sticks with floral tape, and glue decorative, theme-appropriate items to one end. Using hot glue, secure the floral foam in the base of the container. Add larger greenery elements to the container, making sure both sides are balanced. Fill in the arrangement with remaining items. Carefully, place the container into the hat with the ties facing forward and backward. Secure the hat ties with the safety pin, looping in the elastic band to be used to hang the arrangement on the door.

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ON THE TOWN T H I N G S T O S E E A N D D O I N T H E VA L L E Y

Bringing Fun to 2021 E

ven though many events had to be canceled or postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, the Hudson Hot Air Affair (HHAA) committee decided to proceed with year’s event, but with some changes in order to protect the health and safety of the community. This year’s theme for the annual hot air balloon rally and winter festival is “Bringing Fun to 2021.” With a legacy of 32 years, the Hudson Hot Air Affair is a family tradition for many participants, sponsors and the community. “People have had a really challenging year and we feel it’s important to bring some fun to families and the Hudson community,” says Michelle Webb, HHAA president. The 2021 event will be a hybrid including added virtual programing with balloons in the air, an evening drive through balloon glow and candlestick event. The committee expects about half of the typical 30-35 hot air balloon teams to participate with pop-up launches around Hudson, weather permitting. While there won’t be any public launch field access, live video coverage of the pop-up launches will be an addition to this year’s event. The committee asks that visitors please be sure to mask-up, physical distance and enjoy the Hudson Hot Air Affair responsibly.

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LOCAL EVENTS

2, 4, 9 ,11, 16, 18, 23, 25 Youth Aerial Silks Classes

Designed for youth ages 6–14, this 45-minute class will incorporate aerial tricks on aerial silks with movements in a physical fitness class setting. All levels class; no experience needed. Ages 6–14. $29.95 per class. 5:30–6:15 p.m.; The Pole Barn, 122 Water St. S., Stillwater; 651.439.0090

4, 11, 18, 25 Farm Tours at Eagle Eye Farm

Have you ever taken a picture with a llama? On Eagle Eye farm, there are alpacas, llamas, Valais Blacknose sheep, Kune Kune pigs, miniature Highland cattle and numerous varieties of chickens. Every Thursday through Sunday. All ages. $10/person, children under 2 are free. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Eagle Eye Farm, N7802 County Road F., River Falls; 715-441-0374; eagleeyefarms.net

6 Bags, Bingo and Beer 2021!

Come on down to Brian’s Restaurant for the fifth annual Bags, Bingo and Beer, a popular winter event in downtown Stillwater! Spectators are welcome to come and hang out. Ages 21 and up. Team of 2/$40 or single registration of $20. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Brain’s Restaurant, 219 S. Main St., Stillwater; 651.439.7559; stscroixsplash.org

7, 21 Tim Sigler Sunday’s at Ziggy’s

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25 Barn Quilt Painting Kit-Stillwater School

Put together your own paint night! The 16”x 16” wood barn quilt patterns are perfect for all skill levels! Each piece has the design etched into the wood, so all you need to do is paint within the lines. All ages. $45. 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Stillwater Community Education, 1875 Greeley St. S., Stillwater; stillwater.ce.eleyo.com

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4, 5, 6 Sounds of Spring

It may be cold, but spring is soon to be in the air. Welcome the season with the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sounds of Spring. Listen to Delius, Debussy and Mendelssohn and be swept into the spirit of warmer days and budding life. All ages. Ticket prices vary. Thurs. at 11 a.m., Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicolett Mall, Mpls.; 612.371.5600; minnesotaorchestra.org

27 Full Moon Snowshoe & Bonfire Picnic

Get ready for a night under the stars with the Oakdale Nature Preserve and Discovery Center. Enjoy the trails at night with the moon and starts overhead. One trail lit with ice luminaries followed by warm bonfires for stories, hot chocolate, s’mores and more! All ages, $25/ person. 6 –8:30 p.m. Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4444 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale; 651.747.3860; ci.oakdale.mn.us

#SundayFundays with Tim Sigler at Ziggy’s in downtown Stillwater. Eat fantastic street food from the indoor food truck and great selection of craft beer. All ages. Free. 3–6 p.m. Ziggy’s on Main, 132 Main S., Stillwater; 651.342.0011; ZiggysOnMain.com

19 Starlight Snowshoe at Saint Croix Vineyards

Enjoy a starlight ice luminary lit snowshoe trail throughout the Saint Croix Vineyards. Warm up around multiple bonfires or in the winery with a cup of wine and tasty treats. Ages 21 and up $45. 6–9 p.m. Saint Croix Vineyards, 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater; 651.430.3310; scvwines.com

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Food for the Soul

HUDSON TRANSPLANT GOES FROM BIG PHARMA TO FOOD BLOGGING. BY HAILEY ALMSTED

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PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT


CHILI PHOTO BY AMANDA PAA

CHEF TALE S

From breakfast and sourdough to dinners and desserts, food and lifestyle blogger Amanda Paa sure knows her way around the kitchen—and the farmers markets, too. Although Paa’s blog began as a passion project, Heartbeet Kitchen has morphed into a fulltime job for the Hudson, Wis. transplant. Paa grew up in New Ulm, Minn., a German town, where most meals consisted of heavy meat and potatoes. After moving to the Twin Cities in her 20s to start her career in pharmaceutical sales, Paa often found herself attracted to the colorful and dazzling displays at local farmers markets. “I was so drawn to the conversations that I was having with the people growing the food to nourish my body,” she says. “It inspired me to start cooking more.” In 2011, when Paa found herself dissatisfied with her career, she decided to start Heartbeet Kitchen. Within a few months, Paa decided to leave pharmaceuticals behind to feed her passion at Swirl, a food and wine bar in Afton, where she spent a year as an event planner and communications director. Wanting more experience, she moved to Target headquarters for added digital experience. Just two years after beginning Heartbeet Kitchen, Paa partnered with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) to publish Smitten with Squash, a 75-recipe cookbook surrounding seasonal squash. “[Working with MNHS] got me more connections and solidified a lot of things for me,” she says. “People now had something to remember me by.” Paa took a leap of faith in 2015 and began blogging fulltime for Heartbeet Kitchen. “I really started to connect with my followers and grow that base of people by having quality and intriguing recipes,” she says. “I’m a real person like them. I’m not a trained chef, I just like to cook and share food with people.” Content creation at Heartbeet Kitchen has changed much over the past few years. Paa typically starts with a base idea oftentimes inspired from other recipes or dishes, and begins to

EASY GREEN CHILI CHICKEN SOUP Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 lb. chicken thighs 3/4 tsp. Watkins Fine Himalayan Pink Salt 1 white onion, diced 1 tsp. Watkins Organic Smoked Paprika 2 tsp. Watkins Organic Chili Powder 2 tsp. Watkins Organic Cumin 1 tsp. Watkins Organic Dried Oregano

4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (12 -14 ounce) jar salsa verde 1 (4 ounce) can mild green chiles 3 cups low sodium chicken broth 3 Watkins organic dried bay leaves 1 (14.5 ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed juice of one lime GARNISHES: shredded cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, green onions

Sprinkle salt over chicken thighs. Heat 1 tablespoon olive over medium high heat in a heavy stock pot, and add chicken thighs in individual layer. Sear on both sides 4-5 minutes to get a golden brown crust. Remove chicken thighs and set aside. Turn heat down to medium and add diced onion + pinch of salt to chicken drippings in pot, and saute until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, and oregano leaves. Stir and coat onion, and you will start to smell the spices become fragrant, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add a tablespoon more olive oil, and stir in garlic, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken back to pot, along with salsa verde, diced green chiles, chicken broth, and bay leaves. Stir, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to a light simmer, and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove chicken thighs and shred using forks. Add back to pot, along with white beans, cook for 10 more minutes. Stir in fresh lime juice. Remove bay leaves, and serve with shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, and minced green onions. Serves 4 For tips on this dish and more recipes, visit: heartbeetkitchen.com/recipe-index

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SOURDOUGH STARTER

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build and test the recipe. Each recipe is tested four to five times, Paa may or may not adjust the recipe each time, depending on the turnout. After finalizing a recipe, she prepares the dish once again to photograph and write a blog post—all in all, each recipe can take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours. “Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be really nourishing,” Paa says. Many of her recipes use basic ingredients bought from local grocery stores. The recipes are great for beginners, especially her popular sourdough recipe. Since COVID-19 hit, Paa has noticed the high amount of people getting back into the kitchen, and has since started to sell her sourdough starter. She says it’s fun to see people make the bread. “It’s what is so satisfying for me,” she

says. “When people make my recipes, and I know their family is sitting down at night eating something that, creatively, comes from my kitchen.” Paa also shares her life outside the kitchen. She and her husband Paul serve as a foster family for the Bitty Kitty Brigade, a cat rescue focused on orphaned neonatal kittens. She says her followers enjoy hearing about the kittens. She also shares about everyday life: health, DIY projects, home renovations and more. On the side, Paa does contract work as a food stylist and photographer. Content creation for websites, billboards and social media is part of that, but she explains that photography and food styling is an art within itself. “There’s so much that goes into color

POTATOS PHOTO BY AMANDA PAA

Baking bread at home became popular again in 2020 and Heartbeet Kitchen offers at-home cooks a place to start.


scheme and presentation,” she says. “On a job, I might be the photographer and the food stylist, and I’ll have an assistant food stylist.” However, at Heartbeet Kitchen, Paa says it’s a one woman show. “It’s all me. It’s exhausting,” she says. “I work way more now than I did in a corporate job. But when you’re an entrepreneur, you must do it. There’s no one else to do it for you.” Although Paa never dreamed she’d be her own CEO, she says Heartbeet Kitchen is the dream. “I wake up every day and love what I do,” she says. “It’s never the same, so it doesn’t feel like work. I’m grateful for discovering my creative side, because I didn’t know I had it, and it’s amazing to love what you do.”

MEAL PLANNING

There’s no need to scramble and rush to finish a meal day-of. Prepare side dishes and appetizers two or three days ahead of time, particularly dishes that are easily served fresh out of the fridge. Paa says potatoes are easy to prep ahead of time, as well as a grain salad, which serves better after setting. Skewer and kabobs also make for great make-ahead appetizers. Bone-In Turkey Breast Try Paa’s delicious spice rub (cumin, paprika, black pepper and garlic) and serve with Mojo sauce, a creamy, green sauce inspired by Brasa Rotisserie, instead of typical gravy. See the full recipe at heartbeetkitchen.com. Accommodations It’s important to be aware of food allergies or intolerances, as well as any special diets, such as gluten-free,

vegetarian or vegan diets when cooking for others. Although not all the food has to be prepared differently, particular recipes can be—with little noticeable difference. For example, Paa is gluten-free, so she serves gluten-free sourdough versus a typical sourdough.

PAA’S PANTRY MUST-HAVES

In addition to the typical bread, milk and eggs, here are some items that are staples in Paa’s pantry. • Kwing Arthur organic bread flour • California Olive Branch extra virgin olive oil • Siggy’s yogurt • Garbanzo beans • Dried chickpeas • Organic rice • Simple Mills almond flour crackers

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LAST GLANCE

Moon Glow

We’re beaming over this Lens on St. Croix Valley award-winning photo.

FIRST PLACE Activities & Events

PHOTO BY ANDREW JERRY

WE REGULARLY FEATURE PHOTO SUBMISSIONS from our

Lens on St. Croix Valley photo contest in the pages of St. Croix Valley Magazine and online. This month, we asked Andrew Jerry to tell us about his photograph titled Hot Air Affair. WHERE WAS THE PHOTO TAKEN?

At Hudson’s annual Hot Air Affair balloon festival. They do a night event called Moon Glow where all the participating balloons line up on the grounds lighting up the sky with fire. This shot was from that event. WHAT INSPIRED THE SHOT?

The event is called Moon Glow and I liked how

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the moonlight was reflected off this particular balloon. Seemed fitting for the title of the event. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS IMAGE?

I really love the colors of that balloon with the surrounding night. Light from the moon and fire from other baskets helped illuminate it just right. WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DID YOU USE?

This was actually the first event using a new camera, a Nikon D7500. See more of Jerry’s photos on Instagram @ajsborderland_photos


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