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arch is the month when we think shamrocks, leprechauns and all things green! This is also a great month to be eco-friendly when organizing your home. Here are some great ways to put things in their place while keeping the environment top of mind. Shopping bags can be a nuisance. Try hanging tiered magazine racks in your garage to hold paper and plastic bags from the grocery store. Even better, use a bicycle hook and hang recyclable grocery bags in a spot where you won’t miss them on your way to reuse them at the store. At your desk, reduce the amount of paper you toss in the trash, and add a recycle bin for your paperwork. If you get a lot of junk mail, place a bin in your office, and label it “need to unsubscribe.”
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Take in the sweet smell of spring. This is a time of renewal with plants emerging from the ground and shrubs and trees forming buds with the promise of a new season. What comes after that, is my favorite thing about spring—the sweet-smelling fragrances of early blooms. There is nothing better than heading out into the garden or going for walks and absorbing all the scents spring has to offer. Wouldn’t it be great to bring those lovely fragrances into your home? A fresh cut flower bouquet could easily be at your fingertips. Add these spring blooming plants to your garden, and enjoy their sweet fragrance. Lilacs are well-known spring blooming shrubs that offer an array of bloom colors and scents. They are very hardy in Minnesota and excel with our changing weather. My favorite spring fragrances include: Honeysuckle offers a sweet honey smell mixed with ripe citrus. Peonies bring a subtle clean sent that doesn’t overwhelm a room. The mock orange smells just like fresh oranges, hence the name. Others fragrant flowers include: magnolias, flowering crabapples, irises, viburnums, azaleas and roses. Contributed by Christina Timm,
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SINCE FEBRUARY 2019, Tausha Patterson has been advocating for the education of mothers and medical professionals about new ways to care for babies during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. The Maple Grove resident is the Count the Kicks Ambassador for Minnesota. Patterson was introduced to the program after the loss of a daughter, Amelia, who was stillborn in 2019. At the time, Patterson and her husband, Luke, were parents to three children. During her four pregnancies, she recalls being asked,
“’Is the baby moving?’ and that was it,” Patterson says. “I wasn’t shown how and how important it was to track the baby’s movements or what it could indicate if baby’s movement changed.” During her pregnancy after Amelia, Patterson was determined to learn the practice of “counting the kicks,” a way of tracking a baby’s movement in utero. After discovering the program through a perinatal loss therapist, Patterson incorporated it into her daily activities. Each morning at 8:30 a.m., she would use the foot button on the Count the Kicks app to
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here’s tent camping. Then there’s camper camping. How about a friend’s couch camping? Or is that surfing? Regardless, have you heard of rooftop camping? Me neither—that is until photographer and avid traveler Kate Becker of Corcoran started posting some rooftop camping exploits on Instagram. Becker’s photos offer stunning views, all from an elevated vista, that provide a fresh take on some of nature’s best work.
MGM: What is rooftop camping? KB: Rooftop camping is definitely a trend that we are seeing more and more as we [her husband, Tony] travel to more national parks across the U.S. We love visiting national parks, and it’s not uncommon these days to see several other people driving around with rooftop campers—a tent that is mounted on top of your vehicle, that (literally) elevates the car camping experience. Our idea for purchasing a rooftop camper stemmed from wanting to buy a camper van for when we travel. Camper vans can be expensive when they are built out to accommodate the needs of a typical RV … we looked into other options, which brought us to rooftop campers ... It frees up space in our vehicle since we aren’t packing a traditional tent, and the setup is much faster than a traditional ground tent. With being elevated off the ground, we also have better views when we camp, and it’s overall a more comfortable experience being off the ground.
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When did you start? We started rooftop camping in May of 2019. Our first trip with our iKamper was to Colorado and Utah to visit seven national parks in seven days. We had so much fun with this experience. We’ve also taken it to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Gooseberry Falls and a few other
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Let’s talk space … When opened up, it has the same measurements as a king-sized bed, so [it’s] much bigger than a traditional two-person tent would be. My husband and I sleep up there comfortably with both of our English Setter dogs.
… and what about wind? We have a wind deflector on the front of our Jeep that helps cut the wind when we are driving. When the tent is all set up, it’s actually a lot more stable than a traditional tent since one side is the hard exterior shell.
Does your car need special equipment? You do need a roof rack to attach the camper to the vehicle. The roof rack has to be approved to hold the weight of the camper since it’s quite heavy ... We purchased our roof rack right off Amazon and installed it to our Jeep Wrangler ourselves. Some vehicles come with roof racks on them, so when looking for a rooftop camper, be sure that you know the specs of your own vehicle’s roof rack to see if it can hold the weight.
What else should readers know? ... when installing it to your vehicle, you will want to have a couple people helping out or a pulley system in your garage to lift it for you … Another note is that the rooftop camper is something that you likely won’t keep on your vehicle at all times. We do take it off after big trips if we don’t have another trip coming up soon, and we do take it off during the winter, as well.
Are they worth the cost? It is definitely an investment compared to a traditional ground set up because of its hard shell exterior and its ability to wear the wind and weather while driving. But when compared to a camper van or RV, it’s much more cost effective. There are so many benefits to the rooftop camper that we are happy we made the investment. MG
“Our camper, [Skycamp by iKamper], is complete with a couple of windows and a sky-light window, so we can see the stars on a clear night. It came with a 2.5-inch foam mattress, and when we are on long trips, we will also bring our camping sleeping pads with us for extra comfort. We also bought an ‘annex room’ attachment for ours that extends the tent area to the ground for a picnic table set up. This is great for Minnesota summers to keep you safe from the mosquitos. We don’t use the annex room all the time, but it’s nice to have for trips where you’re staying in the same spot for longer than one night.” —Kate Becker, Maple Grove Magazine advisory board member and owner of Kate Becker Photography
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in Minnetonka, says the shelter witnessed an uptick in interest for pet adoptions and fostering. “Our large dog coordinator had a 75 percent increase in the number of lives saved over the summer,” Mairose says. “Over the summer and into fall, we rarely have dogs stay [available for adoption] on the website more than a couple hours.”
“[Pet adoptions] is the silver lining of this whole pandemic for us,” Mairose says. “The amount of lives not only Secondhand Hounds has been able to save, but every rescue across the country, is amazing.” With so many first-time pet owners bringing animals into their homes and exploring the sociallydistanced outdoors, it brings to ques-
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ith many Minnesotans sticking closer to home during the pandemic, folks have been looking for inspired ways to use their newfound time and engage in socially-distanced endeavors. For some, that meant welcoming pets into their homes. Rachel Mairose, executive director of Secondhand Hounds
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tion thoughts about how to properly care for the animals. Spending time outdoors is healthy for owners and their pets, so where are good areas to take pets for a walk? At home, is there anything owners can do to make sure landscaping elements are pet friendly? We turned to some experts for answers. There are plenty dog parks dotted
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throughout the Metro, but did you know that there’s one nestled in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum? The Arboretum Dog Commons is “a place where members [dog-added membership required] and their leashed dogs can enjoy the beauty of the arboretum together,” says Jean Larson, PhD, manager of the arboretum’s Nature-Based Therapeutic
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Services and assistant professor at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. When you’re out and about, Larson says that it’s essential to let dogs follow their instincts while staying on marked paths. While humans are used to moving at their own speed, it’s important to allow
who? W h o ’s w a l k i n g dogs to have a say in the pace. “When you are on a walk with your dog, let your dog sniff.” Larson says. “Sniffing on a walk is extremely important for a dog’s wellbeing, and it allows us humans to slow down and enjoy the walk, too.” Heading out for exercise and socialization is important for pets, but, let’s face it, they spend a vast majority of their time in their own backyard. Larson gives pet owners a few tips for pet-safe yard care at home. “Invest in a quality fence for your yard,” Larson says. “Physical fencing allows your dog to roam freely and stay safe.” She also says that careful supervision and recognizing your dog’s habits can be a great way to create a space he/she will enjoy. Is he a digger? Provide a sandpit for digging. Is she a sniffer? Feature areas of heavier cover where your dog can happily nose around. Does your dog like to sunbathe? Find a sunny spot where your dog can warm his belly. Larson recommends using dog-safe materials for home landscaping and warns against cocoa bean mulch and commercial weed killers. Kristi Flynn, DVM, assistant professor, Primary Care, University of Minnesota College of
Best in (fl ower) show Veterinary Medicine, says that often, fertilizers with bone meal can be dangerous, proving irresistible for some dogs and can make them sick if they eat too much of it. Homeowners should be mindful about what’s in their gardens. Yews, castor bean, holly and lilies are plants that can quickly become dangerous to pets if ingested. “The best prevention for keeping your dog healthy is to research plants that work in your zone and are safe for your dogs,” Larson says. She suggests books like Dog Friendly Gardens by Cheryl Smith. Pet owners Visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ online library of poisonous plants.
While owners can’t always know if a dog has ingested a dangerous plant, there are a few signs that are important to note. “Some plants can cause drooling or mild [gastrointestinal] signs right away, while others can have more serious adverse effects delayed after ingestion,” Flynn says. If you are worried that your pet has eaten something he/she shouldn’t, Flynn recommends contacting a veterinarian or a pet poison center, including the Pet Poison Helpline at 855.764.7661. MG If you have questions about your pet’s health, don’t risk it. Contact your veterinarian.
BORN TO RUN In addition to local parkland (Find out cities’ regulations regarding on- and off-leash pet areas, including permits.), here’s a shortlist of some area dog parks. 4 Paws Dog Park at Plymouth Playfield, 9755 36th Ave. N, Plymouth Brookdale Park, 7650 June Ave. N., Brooklyn Park Environmental Nature Area, 10201 West River Road, Brooklyn Park Cedar Knoll Park, 2541 Nevada Ave., S., St. Louis Park Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, 12595 Park Drive, Hanover Dakota Park, 2643 Dakota Ave. S., St. Louis Park
Elm Creek Reserve Dog Park, 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove Fish Lake Regional Park Dog Park, 14900 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove Happy Tails Dog Park at Oakwood Playfield in the hockey rink, 1700 County Road 101, Plymouth
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This rainbow bandana will be a part of the spring release for Loon & Beau’s Pride line. (A portion of proceeds will be going towards a local LGBTQ organization.)
DOG DAY AFTERNOON Loon and Beau hosts special event. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER
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e’re not the only ones who could use a springtime fashion glow up. Loon and Beau, an online Maple Grove-based pet accessories business, which specializes in bespoke bowties, bandanas and more, is hosting a silent auction, benefitting Minnesota Pitbull Rescue, and its spring/summer product launch, including pride and formal neckwear. The event is set for 1-4 p.m. April 17 at Fox Run, 12241 Elm Creek Blvd. N. (The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes). Fox Run features intentionally-culled items from a community of Minnesota artisans. (Visit maplegrovemag.com to read more about this innovative business.) The auction will feature one-of-akind dog accessories. “I will be teaming up with local artists of all varieties, [including] tattoo artists, fine art makers, graphic designers and repurposers for the products to be auctioned off, so we will have a really fun mix of styles for people,” says Danica Reitzner, owner of Loon and Beau. Given the fluidity of public events due to the pandemic, check loonandbeau.com for final event information.
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LO CAL EVEN TS
National Caregiver Appreciation
2 Broadway Pizza Bingo! 12 games, $14 packets and bingo on the HOTBALL. Win an extra $200 to your prize pot! Staff will be wearing masks, and players will be asked to wear masks, as well. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. Broadway Pizza, 7951 Elm Creek Blvd. N.; 763.416.4446; broadwaypizza.com
This year, more than ever, our caregivers deserve special recognition, and March 3 is set aside to thankfully honor them. Consider stopping by a local florist, gift shop or restaurant to pick up a token of appreciation. Dropping a thank you note in the mail is always a lovely gesture.
6 Bunny Meet & Greet Come meet fluffy, adorable adoptable bunnies of Rabbit Rescue of MN! Talk with knowledgeable volunteers about proper bunny care and ownership. Due to COVID-19, masks will need to be worn at this event. All ages. Free. Noon–2 p.m. Chuck & Dons Pet Food Outlet, 8115 Wedgwood Lane N. Ste 1; rabbitrescueofmn.com
13 The End is
Gnar Rail Jam
Throw down your best and biggest tricks, and compete for prizes. Divisions are open ski, women’s, open snowboard and snowboard (16 years and younger). Daily lift ticket not included. Completed and signed waivers required. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Parkway; 763.559.6700
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Wednesday Date Night
Surprise a special someone to a delicious night out. For just $35, enjoy a six-beer flight or a select bottle of wine, large salad to share and any large pizza. Ages 21 and up. $35. 6– 10 p.m. Day Block Brewing Company, 1105 S. Washington Ave., Mpls.; 612.617.7793; dayblockbrewing.com
5 This Is Minnesota Orchestra: Television, Radio + Streaming
The Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall’s stage this spring with a re-imagined concert season designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. All ages. Free. 8–9:30 p.m.; minnesotaorchestra.org
6 Polar Plunge The Polar Plunge is a series of events hosted to support Special Olympics Minnesota! This year offers two options: in-person or virtual. All ages. Minimum $50/$75. Noon. Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake; 763.270.7119; plungemn.org
9 Virtual Ballet Tuesdays Landmark Center hosts virtual lunchhour ballet performances and demonstrations, in partnership with Ballet Co. Laboratory. Enjoy this season’s videos featuring a short performance, demonstrations and lessons. All age. Free. Noon–1 p.m. 651.292.3225; visitsaintpaul.com
14 Pocket Pet Monthly Nail Trim Clinic Thanks to the MN Pocket Pet Rescue, patient volunteers will provide nail trims for ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, hamsters, hedgehogs, mice rabbits, rats and sugar gliders. All ages. $10 suggested donation/$5 brushing. 10 a.m.–Noon. Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies, 2114 Ford Parkway, St. Paul; 651.699.5225; chuckanddons.com
27–28 E-Bike Challenge At the E-bike Challenge you can test and buy an e-bike and get advice from professionals. New his year is the Travel section: Hike & Bike Xperience, where you can discover a wide selection of hiking and/or biking destinations and routes. All ages. Ticket prices vary. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.335.6000; minneapolis.org
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Pie Squared SWEET AND SAVORY RECIPES TAKE ON A NEW SHAPE. BY RENÉE STEWART-HESTER PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT
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Pie–she’s often the underappreciated sister in the dessert family. Cake gets all the glory—candlelit entrances at birthdays and tiered seating at weddings, and all eyes are on her first slice at a host of gender reveal parties. But, have you ever heard of a savory cake? I think not! Pie can flex her ingredient muscles into sweet and savory recipes. More bakers and cooks are appreciating the nuances of pie by elevating traditional slab pie recipes. Made in (mostly) a 9x13-inch rimmed pan or a larger jelly roll pan, these lovelies are great for serving a crowd or adding to a buffet lineup. Diners can cut the entrée or dessert any way they like, including into squares, or they can just grab a serving spoon and dig right in. For a delicious take on sweet and savory slab pies, we turned to Taylor Ellingson of greens & chocolate—“where” the website notes, “healthy cooking meets sinful indulgence.” MAPLE GROVE MAGAZINE: ON WHAT OCCASION DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO SERVE SLAB PIE?
Taylor Ellingson: I think slab pies are perfect for serving to a larger crowd. While a pie will serve around eight people, a slab pie makes around 16 servings. For savory slab pies, such as my ham and cheese slab pie, I love making it for a family brunch or dinner at home and having leftovers.
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Slab pies are, generally, not as thick/deep as circular pies, which will affect cooking time. The thinner filling will require less baking time than a deeper circular pie. To adjust to the decreased baking time due to the shorter height of filling, when you are baking a slab pie with a liquid or custard filling, you will have best results
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* Taylor Ellingson’s Go-To Pie Crust Recipe Makes two pie crusts (enough for one slab pie) 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ tsp. salt 1 ¾ cups unsalted butter, cold and cubed ¾ cup ice water In a food processor, add the flour and salt, and pulse to combine. Add the butter, pulsing until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle in the cold water, 2 tablespoons at a time, pulsing the food processor as you go. It should form a big clump as you add the last 1-2 tablespoons. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface, and fold the dough into itself until the flour is fully incorporated into the dough. Form the dough into a ball, divide in half, and flatten each half into a thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for two hours, up to three days.
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Ham, Egg and Cheese Slab Pie Serves: 12 2 refrigerated pie crusts or one batch of Taylor Ellingson’s go-to homemade pie crust * 8 eggs 1 ½ cups milk 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. salt 2 cups diced ham ¼ cup diced green onions 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. Stack pie crusts on top of each other, and roll them out into a large rectangle, about 18x10 inches. Press the crust into greased jelly roll pan, pressing it up the sides of the pan to form edges. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard and salt until well combined. Once the pie crust has parbaked, sprinkle the diced ham, green onions and shredded cheese evenly over the crust. Pour the egg mixture over the ham and cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the egg is set and the top is golden brown. Cut into squares, and serve.
2 refrigerated pie crusts or one batch of Taylor Ellingson’s go-to homemade pie crust* 8 apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices (about 10 cups) Juice from ½ lemon ¾ cup granulated sugar 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg ¼ tsp. ground cloves Crumb topping: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced ½ tsp. salt Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan. Stack pie crusts on top of each other, and roll out into a large rectangle, about 18x10 inches. Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves, and stir well to combine. Spread out evenly on top of the pie crust. Make the crumb topping by combining all the topping ingredients in a large food processor, and pulse until it comes together into a coarse crumb. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, until golden brown.
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if you par-bake the crust prior to adding the filling. Since slab pies are traditionally baked in a jelly roll pan [check your recipes for pan size], … approximately double the amount of pie is needed to accommodate the large size. TIPS?
… If you’ve never made a homemade pie crust, there’s no shame in using storebought. I have used store-bought refrigerated pie crust many times and find it yields great results. If you have a favorite go-to pie crust recipe, I would double the recipe for a slab pie. For the filling, avoid the temptation to overfill the pie crust to avoid spilling on the transfer to the oven and while baking. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PERFECT CRUST-TO-FILLING RATIO.
The perfect crust-to-filling ratio is all personal preference. Slab pies have a high crust-to-filling ratio, meaning the filling is much thinner, and, for people who love crust, that is definitely a good thing. For people who love filling, I would suggest making a slab pie recipe with a fruit or no-bake filling, which can be piled a little bit higher than custard fillings. WHAT ABOUT GO-TO INGREDIENT BRANDS?
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ON THE FENCE, placed first in
the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Rod Smoliak took the photo on a baseball field at Cedar Island Elementary. “I had been going to this area quite frequently as there was an osprey nest that had recently hatched three little ones,” he says. “... they spend most of the summer there before migrating in late summer. As I was taking pictures of the new family, I heard a little chirp behind me. I turned
around and saw this bird sitting on the fence.” The photo of the American goldfinch, which are common in Minnesota, was captured with a Sony a7r4 camera. “Photographing small birds takes a lot of patience, since [they] normally don’t stay in one spot long,” Smoliak says. “Usually, by the time you locate them with the camera and then focus, they take off. In this case, it apparently was quite comfortable there and stayed for a minute.” MG
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