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MARCH 2021 This March, we celebrate the place where most of our time is spent: home. The place we cook, gather and breathe easy— and that’s what our spring home edition is all about.

in every issue “I’m really interested in helping people, especially those who are wrongfully arrested.” PAG E 1 6

Editor’s Letter 6 Noteworthy 9 On the Town 41 Tastemakers 4 4 Last Glance 4 8

departments TASTE 1 4

Happy Home Cooking

Switch up your favorite recipes. FACES 1 6

Scholar Student

E-Stem Middle School seventh grader becomes a Scholastic kid reporter. DOIN G GOOD 1 8

Journey to Justice

New nonprofit aims to learn and educate others about systemic inequalities.

features

Shake, Stir, Rattle and Roll

Bar carts give a nod to Old Hollywood glamour.

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Luxurious Living

Woodbury welcomes a wave of high-end living spaces.

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A Lake Elmo home remodel that creates an inviting and airy space.

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his March, why not celebrate being at home—a place where most of us have spent a considerable amount of time over the past year. In the early days of the pandemic, I settled into my home office, eager to work from home for, what I thought would be, a few weeks. Like many of you, I began to reorganize, redecorate and acclimate into my “new” spaces within just a few weeks. What were once bare and empty walls in my office, became filled with pictures, motivational words, shelves and plants— many different cacti, succulents and houseplants (currently 30 and counting). Day after day of working in the same space left me feeling unmotivated; I was procrastinating more than ever before. A home refresh was much needed. As timing would have it, a few months later, I moved into a new space—a fresh space. I felt as though my mind was clear—I could work again, feeling motivated and ready to take on the world. It goes without saying that I continued to take on home projects. From creating pieces of art to buying new furniture, I found every way to switch up my living space—and we hear you have, too. This month, we talked with Lake Elmo homeowners who also needed a refresh in their space. Steve and Lisa P. worked with J&D Builders and Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions to brighten and lighten up their spaces, which Lisa says, “came at a great time, since we are spending so much more time at home.” Beautiful wainscoting, welcoming patterns and fresh colors that are straight out of my own Pinterest board. Read more about their home remodel on page 32. Enjoy this March “home” issue and maybe gather some inspiration for your next home project—and thanks for inviting us into your beautiful homes, readers, we couldn’t do it without you! Happy spring, Woodbury! I’ll see you next month!

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FROM THE EDITOR

Scholar Student

Seventh grader becomes a Scholastic kid reporter

Welcome Home An inviting and airy Lake Elmo remodel

Journey to

JUSTICE New nonprofit aims to learn and educate others about systemic inequalities

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With many unanticipated changes, it’s hard to not lose hope in tough times. That’s why Stuck, a new novel from William A. Kriva, DC, is meant to give hope and lift the spirit. “Being stuck in some aspect of life is a normal occurrence,” Kriva says. “How we react to being stuck can be damaging not only to us but those around us if we react the way most people do.” The novel discusses how everyone gets stuck at some point in their life. It can be challenging, especially when we are living in unprecedented times, Kriva says, “People react to being stuck in a predictable way that is called the ‘wide path.’” His book provides detailed guidance on how to “clearly see it,” he says, and believes there is a better way. “The goal of this book is to provide hope to those who are stuck in some aspect of their life … It is designed to help shed light on what can be very dark circumstances and provide a guide to finding the way out,” he says. Kriva is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a master of business administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Kriva is the award-winning author of Let Your Innate Sing; The Key to Finding the Life of Your Dreams and co-author of Life Pearls. Stuck is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and can also be ordered at outskirtpress.com/book store. —Samantha De Leon

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Plants for All Get out—or discover—your green-thumb. Have you been interested in adding more greenery into your home? Or if you’re like me, you haven’t been very successful at helping your house plants thrive, so you’re looking for some quick tips on how to keep them alive? I have just the book to help you out. Plants for All by Danae Horst helps you decide which plants would be a good fit for you and your home. Horst talks about ideal environments for plants, basic plant care and problems you may encounter and how to combat them to help keep your plant alive. My favorite chapter, “Pets and

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Plants,” shared some good tips, and had a list of plants that would be safe and nontoxic for our furry friends. I own a cat and a dog, and if you belong to a cat like me, you know how they like to get into everything, so this book helped plenty— and will help all pet owners out there. Nancy S. Collett is a library services assistant for the Washington County Library system. She lives in Woodbury with her husband, and their dog, Packer and cat, Minerva. In her spare time she enjoys walks and trying new cross stitch patterns.

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A home serves as a great vehicle for building equity. Though you do not need to own your home to have a good home, establishing roots for your family and for your memory as you grow older is important. I look at so many old pictures belonging to our elder population in Woodbury and they tell stories of the times spent at home. I look at the table, the yard, imagine the aromas—where they made their home special with their own personal touches. The home was where they stood next to someone they loved who, for all we know, were trying their best not to fall apart; but instead to keep the family together. It is where they raised their children; where they persevered through pain, discouragement and suffering, while embracing the many joys and celebrations as well. Being together as an imperfect family, but a family with a sense of home. Perhaps as we better define home and family, we could admit that not everything in our current era has seen a pattern of continual improvement. Each generation has its struggles, and this struggle is ours: to make home a better place for the next generation, as it was for the past generations that had the wisdom and grit to create a sense of home. This is one thing we could surely learn from our elders as they struggle through the loneliness of isolation during these hopefully waning moments of COVID and quarantine. Margaret Wachholz is the campus marketing director at Woodbury Senior Living. In her column, she shares observations and wisdom about aging and senior living in our community; woodburyseniorliving.com

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Happy Home Cooking Switch up your favorite recipes. BY RACHAEL PERRON

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

Of course, for most of last year it seemed like there was no place but home. Like so many others, I eventually grew bored of life within the same four walls. I called my malaise “The New Homesickness.” To combat my illness, I reorganized closets, cabinets and drawers. I installed new faucets. At one point I even swapped the furniture in my dining room with the furniture in my living room (even moving a baby grand piano!) just to switch things up.

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I grew bored of my meal rotation, too. I’ve written thousands of recipes in the course of my career, but 2020 made me realize that when I’m home, I tend to make the same 20–30 dinners, or some variation of them, year-round. That was all the more noticeable when I was eating those same meals in the same room with the same people for months on end. At some point last fall, I had to switch up the menu, too. Some changes were smaller than others. I started using bucatini in my spaghetti recipe, topping it with a creamy dollop of

herbed ricotta instead of grated Parmesan. I added sautéed kale to my lemon chicken orzo. I made tostadas instead of tacos and strawberry swirl cake instead of chocolate. I traded my classic grilled pizza for deep dish and even attempted my first pulao (it was delicious). A few of these culinary exercises were hits with my home team. Others were tolerated as temporary trades. Somewhat surprisingly, a brand-new recipe for curried pork with salted cabbage earned a permanent place on our mealtime roster.


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Scholar Student E-Stem Middle School seventh grader becomes a Scholastic kid reporter. BY HAILEY ALMSTED

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD OLIVIA RODGERS has always dreamt of being an author, journalist or writer. But little did she know that day would be today, as she joins the Scholastic team as a “kid reporter.” The award-winning Scholastic Kids Press program invites students ages 10 to 14 to apply to be a kid reporter, who covers “news for kids, by kids,” ranging

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from breaking news and current events to entertainment and sports. “The [Kids Press] started with covering the presidential election in 2000,” says Scholastic Kids Press editor Suzanne McCabe. “We thought that young readers would be more engaged in the process if they saw kids their age describing what it’s like to be a candidate,


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how to be a candidate, what political rallies and debates are like … We wanted to bring what is a teachable moment alive for teachers.” Olivia, a seventh grader at Woodbury’s E-Stem Middle School, was participating in a summer reading bingo program, where she saw a box to apply to the Scholastic program; after researching the program more, she applied and submitted a 500-word essay on the unjust death of George Floyd. She received her acceptance at the end of August 2020. “I was jumping all around the house and I was so excited,” Olivia says. She was one of 300 international applicants; 45 of which were accepted into the program. McCabe says, “We hope they have fun … [But] they’re also learning about the craft of journalism … They’re developing confidence, which is crucial. They also develop critical thinking skills; the ability to think on their feet when they’re talking with someone and ask questions, follow-up questions and to be confident to approach an adult about something.” Though Olivia has hopes of becoming a writer, she’s also interested in the topics of social justice, racism and education, and has larger dreams of becoming a criminal defense lawyer. “I’m really interested in helping people, especially those who are wrongfully arrested,” she says. Olivia hopes to report on these topics and more; she’s looking to interview Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins, who attended Olivia's elementary school as a child, and Gov. Tim Walz about the COVID-19 pandemic and how to safely transition back to school. “I’m most excited to learn more about other people’s views,” Olivia says. “I know how I see things, but how do other people view things? Other opinions can help you learn, grow and have a more open mindset.” The kid reporter call for applications opens this March; for more information, go to scholastic.com/kidspress.

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Journey to Justice New nonprofit aims to learn and educate others about systemic inequalities. BY HAILEY ALMSTED PHOTO BY CHRIS EMEOTT

FOLLOWING THE HARROWING DEATH of George Floyd came a wave

of grief, devastation and heartache. For Woodbury resident Walter Dobgima, it was hard to sleep. “I thought it could have been me,” he says, leading him to create a new nonprofit: Woodbury for Justice and Equality. “As a Black man, I felt if there was ever a time to speak up and create awareness on racism, there wasn’t any better time than now,” Dobgima says. He wrote a message on the community app Nextdoor, calling for the Woodbury community to stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC); he received an overwhelming response of community members wanting to show support. After starting the virtual Nextdoor group in May, Dobgima realized the community wanted more than just a virtual space, but a group with actionable plans. “Members of this group organized the first ever march on social justice in the City of Woodbury,” he says. The Woodbury March and Vigil for George Floyd took place on June 4, 2020 and had over 300 community members march for justice, alongside a moment of silence, a community vigil and remarks from Woodbury mayor Anne Burt. The following month, Dobgima put together a leadership team to coordinate the group's activities. Social media coordinator Molly Blankenship says Woodbury for Justice and Equality is already taking off in the community, with over 300 members in the Nextdoor group as of December 2020. “Our mission is to learn about system

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“Change will not come if we wait on some other person to come address equity gaps in our community." WALTER DOBGIMA

inequalities and racial injustices,” she says. “[Also] to seek solutions and change the status quo.” Dobgima says, “We realize that not every community member is at the same learning curve when it comes to the issues of social justice. Therefore, our philosophy will be to utilize a welcoming approach as we educate members on equity gaps in our community.” The organization held a listening and discussion session in August 2020 to see where the group focus is most needed in the community; the group also took part in the Woodbury Community Foundation’s Back to School Rally and “Reverse” Parade. “With us being a newer group, it was a way to present ourselves to the community,” Blankenship says. Since last summer, Woodbury for Justice and Equality registered with the state of Minnesota as an official nonprofit and was awarded a grant from the Woodbury Community Foundation, which Blankenship says will be used toward hosting more community events and strengthening the organization. Dobgima says, “Possible projects [also] include a ‘neighborhood night out’ for Woodbury police and BIPOC community members to meet; organizing a Juneteenth event for 2021 … [and] organization diversity training for local businesses.” “Change will not come if we wait on some other person to come address equity gaps in our community,” Dobgima says. “We are the change that we seek and now is the time to act.”

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Shake, Stir, Rattle and Roll Bar carts give a nod to Old Hollywoodd glamour.

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ar carts, once a staple fixture in American homes, offices and restaurants, have been resurrected from the past and are making a trendy comeback. Whether inspired by nostalgia for simpler times or the need to mix your own drinks (when restaurants and bars were closed due to the pandemic), it’s clear: The bar cart is back. Used for entertaining, bar carts allow guests to participate in an approachable manner, instead of having their drink poured. And, bar carts bring a dash of glitz and glamour into a space. There’s truly no end to the number of roles a bar cart plays, holding equal parts style and function. Create your bar cart with these essentials.

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Score bar cart essentials from these local favorites.

ring a dash of B Minnesota love to your bar cart with the Minnesota Loon Pint Glass or the Paul and Babe Cheers Pint Glass ($11) from The Woods. 16 oz. size is great for a draft beer or any mixed cocktail.

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Create memorable, floral cocktails with the Patina flower cocktail elixirs ($29.95). Grab the botanist kit, complete with lemon verbena, jasmine, rose hip, juniper berry and prickly pear, or the vodka lovers kit with rose, hibiscus, lavender, rose hip and violet.

Bone up on the basics with the Essential Cocktail Book ($19.99) from Patina. An atlas of the best cocktail recipes of classic and modern drinks, ranging from fruity daiquiris to whiskey sours.


home re i m a g i n ed. COCKTAILS AND MIXERS A selection of versatile liquors is the key to pleasing every palate. Whether top shelf or the basics, every bar cart should have the following liquors: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey and scotch. Bonus points for orange liqueur, vermouth and Campari! Seeing that we can’t all be like Mark Twain or Ernest Hemingway and drink unescorted whiskey, juices, sodas, tonic water, simple syrups and bitters (even better if homemade!) should all be in attendance. Throw in edible flowers for an even more dazzling display.

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GADGETS AND GIZMOS The secret language of mixology may be a tricky one, but here are the cocktail gadgets to have on hand. • Boston shaker: Seen in most bars, a Boston shaker uses a large glass and metal tumbler to shake the ice among the cocktail ingredients, fully mixing the cocktail and deeply chilling the drink with the ice. (The standard shaker is one piece with a built-in strainer and is efficient enough for at-home bartenders.) • Jigger: Sometimes referred to as a measurer, a jigger is an essential part to mixed drinks. Whether measuring ounces or ml, this little metal piece measures perfectly and creates a tastier drink. • Muddler: Used with a shaker, a muddler (think: a pestle) is used to muddle or mash fruits, herbs in spices to release flavor. Cocktails that require a muddler include a mojito, mint julep and old fashioned. • Whiskey stone: Used to chill whiskey

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For glitz and glam, grab the glitter gold wine canteen ($39) from The Woods. This canteen fits a full bottle of your favorite wine while maintaining the perfect chilled temperate for over 24 hours. Another striking piece is this funky rock beverage dispenser ($148)—the perfect “wow!” factor for any bar cart. Pour your favorites from this unique dispenser.

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and other spirits, a whiskey stone—a natural, clean cut soapstone—chills a drink without diluting it. Whiskey stones are nonporous, odorless and tasteless, and retains a colder temperature longer than ice. Other gizmos to have on hand include a bottle opener (for obvious reasons), decanter, and an ice bucket and tongs to chill the wine.

BITS AND PIECES No bar cart would be complete without serveware. • Highball and Collins (slightly taller than a highball) glasses are good for gin and tonics, vodka and club soda, and tiki drinks. • Coupe glasses have replaced the better-known martini glass as the go-to for cocktails; less spillage and generally smaller, coupe glasses are more forgiving than the latter. • Single rocks glasses are best served for anything neat. Typically between eight and 10 ounces, a single rocks glass is large enough for the drink (whiskey, scotch, bourbon, brandy) and a whiskey stone. Editor tip: Toss drink cups into the freezer an hour before serving to serve up better chilled drinks.

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Woodbury welcomes a wave of high-end living spaces.

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Amenities abound, special activities and events, Woodbury households have a wide range of housopen pet policies—those are just some of the offer- ing needs and desires,” Batalden says. “The new ings luxury apartments are making now-a-days. rental stock has created additional options that And as recent graduates search for first-time hous- were not previously available within [Woodbury].” ing, seniors vie for community-styled living and For millennials and first-time home buyers, empty nesters look to downsize, luxury apartments luxury apartments connect the bridge between are seemingly the way to go. college living and purchasing a home. For empty “Woodbury has long promoted a diversity in its nesters and those who rent by choice, luxury housing stock to create a strong community,” says apartments provide a sense of community among the city of Woodbury’s other amenities. community developBatalden says many ment coordinator Karl of the rental commuBatalden. “The recent nity residents have “Woodbury has long and forthcoming rental lived in the Woodbury promoted a diversity communities help the community for a long city achieve that goal.” time but need a housing in its housing stock Woodbury is not the change. “An example of to create a strong only suburb (or larger this is how having highcommunity. The recent quality rental options in city, for that matter) that has been increasthe community allows and forthcoming rental ing the range of housseniors who are looking communities help the ing. According to Yardi to downsize to continue city achieve that goal." Matrix, an apartment to have high-quality market intelligence amenities and a flexible Karl Batalden company, the rate of lifestyle, while decreasurban, high-end rental ing the need to spend apartments in the U.S. time and money on has skyrocketed, from maintenance,” he says. 52 percent in 2012 to 87 percent in 2018—clasAlthough Woodbury features a galore of shopsifying every eight out of 10 apartments as “luxu- ping, dining, parks and recreational facilities, it rious”—featuring more communal amenities and lacked high-end living options for those who are top-of-the-line finishes. looking to rent. But for the city, an ever changing For the Twin Cities, that rate is slightly high- community which first saw a housing boom in the er—90 percent of multi-family properties with 1980s, the housing market is rapidly changing, 50 units or more are in the range of high-end and is now home to several “luxury” apartment apartment complexes. complexes, including Ascend at Woodbury and “As a city with more than 75,000 residents, Sundance Woodbury, with more on the way.

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SUNDANCE WOODBURY “Who says you need a mortgage to live like a homeowner?” That’s just one phrase used at Sundance Woodbury, where apartment-style living meets single-unit home living to create one-ofa-kind apartment homes. “There’s a trend shift … A lot of people used to love big apartment complexes,” says Calsey Smith, community manager. “Now, during this pandemic, residents don’t want shared spaces. Their privacy is huge.” And with private entrances and garages, residents at Sundance Woodbury are getting what they’re looking for. Each home-styled apartment features that sought-after privacy, as well as open floorplans and premium finishes. The first move-in at Sundance Woodbury happened just this past January, but Smith has been leasing out since August of 2020. “Residents couldn’t take an in-person tour,” Smith says. Prospective residents could only tour digital renderings, however, Smith says Sundance Woodbury began leasing quickly. “It truly has been so many different age groups, and people with different backgrounds, who are interested,” she says. At 23 buildings and 218 homes, the complex made sure to feature an array of amenities for its residents and their pets, including an outdoor pool, fitness center, dog park and wash station, and miles of private sidewalks. “It’s a very resort-style,” Smith says. She adds that once safe, Sundance Woodbury plans to offer resident events, such as a community garage sale. “I’m from a small town in Wisconsin and every year my mom would pull me out of school to come to the Woodbury Lions Garage Sales,” Smith says. “I lived for that in high school, so I thought it would be so cool to do a weekend garage sale.” “[Sundance Woodbury] is going to be big for folks thinking about home ownership,” Smith says. “But also, those who have just sold their house. We can be a good fit for every background.” SUNDANCE WOODBURY 355 Karen Lane 763.316.2199 sundancewoodbury.com Sundance Woodbury @sundancewoodbury

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Though Ascend at Woodbury first welcomed residents in 2018, the community, which was under construction until June of 2019, is one of the newest apartment complexes in Woodbury. Focusing on community, Ascend at Woodbury has an array of communal amenities, including a 24/7 coffee bar, movie theater, pool table and lounge area. There is also a clubhouse—available to rent and used for private resident events, like cocktail hours—and a fitness center, which houses a group fitness studio and other workout amenities. And that’s just on the inside. Outdoors, the complex features a pool, firepit, grilling patio and a hammock space—a hit among the residents. “The people of Woodbury were waiting for something like this [community],” says Alyssa Nimmo, community business manager. The 305-unit complex ranges from studios, one-bedroom and one-bedroom/ den floorplans to two- and threebedroom floorplans, all outfitted with upscale finishes and stainless-steel appliances. The units are housed in four residential buildings, all differing in size and finishes. From beautiful dark cherry cabinets with granite countertops to top floor, penthouse-style finishes, including a light/dark cabinet finish with quartz countertops, gas fireplaces and stoves, the units are suited to fit all types of residents. “We have had residents move over from luxury apartments in downtown Minneapolis … [Also] Woodbury residents, who were looking for housing like this, came to us,” Nimmo says, adding on that the centralized community is also a great location for 3M workers and people who are relocating. “Jerry’s Foods, Third Act Craft Brewery and all of our neighbors are so great …” Nimmo says. “We love our neighborhood here at Ascend at Woodbury.” ASCEND AT WOODBURY 4151 Benjamin Drive 612.444.9823 rentascend.com Ascend at Woodbury @rentascend

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A Lake Elmo home remodel that creates an inviting and airy space.

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hough Steve and Lisa P.’s beautiful Lake Elmo home was once home to their family of four, their two adult children are now on their own—leaving these empty-nesters with the time and energy to remodel parts of their home. “Our home is 12 years old and we still love it, but there were finishing touches

that were needed to freshen up, lighten up and update the spaces,” Lisa says. “[And] although we have a custom-built home, we needed the additional customfinishing details.” Walking into the newly remodeled home, guests are greeted by light and airy finishes. From the fresh white paint and the beautiful wainscoting in the foyer

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Steve and Lisa came to us wanting the home to be more welcoming. Their biggest concern was when they opened the front door and greeted their guests that it had felt like a cave … They wanted to be prouder of their home.

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to the cozy finishes, new furniture and custom built-ins in the living room, the home feels more open and welcoming than ever before. But before the remodel, Lisa says the home had an outdated style with tan walls, dark walnut trim, cream carpet and it also had lacked accent lighting and accessories. “We have a very open main floor; the entry-way, living room and kitchen [are open],” she says. However, even with an open floor plan the home had felt closed off, so the team at J&D Builders freshened up the foyer and living room by adding in the foyer’s white wainscoting and the living room builtins, including the floating shelves, TV cabinet and cabinets around the space. After the initial construction was finished, Lisa called in Amy Leferink with Interior Impressions for the décor aspect. “Steve and Lisa came to us want-

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Light, Bright and Airy We’ve all done our fair share of at-home DIY’s since the stay-at-home orders first began, but here’s a few updates to make your home more light, bright and airy that you might have to add to your list. “We get this a lot, where somebody has the honey oak trim and the dark walls and furniture … One of the first things to do is to paint,” Leferink says. She recommends painting the walls a lighter color, such as lighter grey and white tones. “If possible, paint the woodwork and trim white to really achieve that light, bright, airy look,” she says. Adding wainscoting and woodwork/builtins around the fireplace will also make the home feel more open. “A rule of thumb: Your room should be as big as your eye is going to wander,” Leferink says. Her tips? Add décor pieces to empty or dark corners; gather larger and taller pieces to draw the eye upwards in a space with tall ceilings; frame a photo and frame out windows with stationary panels.

ing the home to be more welcoming,” Leferink says. “Their biggest concern was when they opened the front door and greeted their guests that it had felt like a cave … They wanted to be prouder of their home.” Focusing again on the foyer and living room, Leferink and the Interior Impressions team brought in all-new furniture and décor centering around a neutral color palette. Because Steve and Lisa already had custom light blue drap-

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eries, Leferink made sure to add in blue tones to the palette. “The draperies are a soft aqua blue and so that was truly our jumping off point,” Leferink says. Soft blue pillows along the neutral-colored sofa as well as a classic-plaid swivel chair and footrest are a few of the additions. “The swivel chair is great … It can be a conversational piece by facing the rest of the furniture or turned to watch TV,” she says. “The owner Steve said, ‘This is my spot,’ so


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we put the footrest with the chair so he could be really cozy.” Since the initial remodel, the team has moved on to the master bedroom, bathroom and basement. “It’s not a huge remodel in those areas,” Leferink says. “It’s more like a refresh.” Lisa says the master bedroom and bathroom didn’t require extensive construction, so only crown molding was added. As for furniture, she says the Interior Impressions team helped out

once again, bringing in a bed, end tables, side lamps and an end-of-the-bed bench; the team also installed MirrorMate painted wood frames around the bathroom vanity mirrors, which added another luxurious touch. “We love the look of our remodel and design updates,” Lisa says. “It came at a great time, since we are spending so much more time at home because of COVID-19. We have a beautiful space to look at and enjoy.”



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READ ACROSS AMERICA Celebrate a nation of diverse readers on March 2nd. BY SAMANTHA DE LEON

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stablished in 1998, the National Education Association (NEA) celebrates Read Across America Day on March 2, designed to help motivate kids to read, promote the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make all children feel valued and welcome. The titles featured by NEA’s Read Across America Day include books that students can see themselves represented in as well as open the reader’s eyes to see a character or world different from their own. The NEA also features monthly book picks through Read Across America. For this month, books of the month are focused on cultivating compassion. Elementary, middle

grade and teen selections feature diverse themes and characters: •

Elementary: Tiara’s Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons

Middle Grade: Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya

Teen: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott

Visit the Read Across America website (readacrossamerica.org) to find featured picture books, middle grade and young adult titles; go to the R.H. Stafford Library for title rentals.

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tions. All ages. $25 regular rate/$15 member rate. 1–2:30 p.m. YogaFresh Studio, 10150 Hudson Road Suite 162; 651.436.5906; yoga-fresh.com

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Surprise a special someone (or anyone!) to a delicious night out in Downtown Minneapolis. For just $35, you get 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

This is Minnesota Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Halls stage this spring with a reimagined concert season titled “This is Minnesota Orchestra” and is designed for television, radio and streaming audiences. So, sit back and enjoy the classical entertainment of this week’s concert, Soaring Strings, from the comfort of your home. Free. 8–9:30 p.m. For ways to watch and listen visit minnesotaorchestra.org.

4 Northern Lights 47th Annual Juried Art International Online Exhibition White Bear Center for the Arts invites local, national and international artists to be a part of this year’s competition. The exhibition accepts a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, fiber, pottery, photography and sculpture. All ages. Free. 7 p.m. whitebeararts.org

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2 Storytime on Facebook Live Join the librarians from around Washington County who host Family Storytime on Tuesdays and Baby Storytime on Wednesdays. Storytime will be hosted on Facebook Live. All ages. Free. 10:30–11 a.m. washcolib.org

6 Conquer Ninja Warrior Looking to burn off some energy or put your skills to the test? Conquer

Ninja Gym is the place for you. Designed for ages 5 to 85 seeking the skills to conquer obstacles and receive adventure race training. All ages. Free. Stat time is TBD. Conquer Ninja Gyms, 707 Commerce Drive; 952.378.1285; conquermn.com

6 Yoga for Greater Bone Health

Learn a yoga sequence created by Loren M. Fisher, MD, at New York’s Columbia University who specializes in rehabilitative medicine. Bring a journal, water bottle and ques-

9 Virtual Ballet Tuesdays Landmark Centers hosts virtual lunchhour ballet performances, 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

To have your event considered: email woodburymag@tigeroak.com by the 10th of the month three months prior to publication. Due to the fluidity being experienced in the current environment, please note that some events/dates and even some business operations may have changed since these pages went to print. Please visit affiliated websites for updates.

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The Polar Plunge is a series of events where people go to the extreme to support Special Olympics Minnesota! This year you have two Plunge options: in-person or virtual. All ages. Minimum $50/$75. Noon. Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Ave., White Bear Lake; 763.270.7119; plungemn.org


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14 Pocket Pet Monthly Nail Trim Clinic Volunteers will provide nail trims for ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, 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

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15 Virtual Ninth Annual European Compliance and Ethics Institute Learn about challenges facing the global compliance and ethics community from the comfort of your desk; plus, discover the latest solutions to business compliance and ethics issues. All ages. Free. 9 a.m.–6 p.m. corporatecompliance.org

16,25 Virtual Breathwork for Essential Workers

For those working in a helping profession, it is essential that you care for your own self. Breathwork is a powerful self-care tool to release overwhelming and stagnant energy and emotions from the body. Ages 21 and up. $30. 8–9:15 p.m. loyjoyholistic.com

in digital format! Never miss an issue of Woodbury Magazine with free, anytime access to our digital editions. Full screen viewing on your digital device allows easy cover-to-cover reading. You can zoom in on text or images as well as share your favorite Woodbury Magazine stories with friends and family.

19–28 Virtual The Lady with All the Answers

Written by David Rambo, The Lady with All the Answers tells of a renowned advice columnist Ann Landers who has answered countless letters from others in need or advice until a twist of events in her own life. All ages. $18 for single show streaming pass. 7 p.m. lakeshoreplayer.org

27–28 E-Bike Challenge Test and buy an e-bike, plus get advice from professionals at the E-Bike Challenge. New this year: Hike & Bike Xperience, where you’ll discover a wide selection of hiking and/ or biking destinations. 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

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 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 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.” 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. HOW DO STANDARD PIE RECIPES NEED TO BE RETROFITTED?

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

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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 if you parbake 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 store-bought. 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-tofilling 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?

For butter, Land O’Lakes is my go-to butter for all baking. My pie crust recipe is an allbutter recipe, so the quality of butter definitely makes a difference.

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Ham, Egg and Cheese Slab Pie Serves: 12 2 refrigerated pie crusts or 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 with cooking spray. 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.

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Apple Slab Pie with Crumb Topping Serves: 12–16 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 with cooking spray. 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.

* Taylor Ellingson’s Go-To Pie Crust Recipe Makes 2 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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LAST GLANCE FIRST PLACE People & Families

Trick Shot First place photograph captures the playfulness of summer. BY SAMANTHA DE LEON

“I THINK THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY is memory

and emotion,” says Susan Jamison, who received first place for her submission titled Topsy Turvy Summer in the People & Families category for the 2020 Focus on Woodbury photo contest. “Finding my niche took some time; I wanted to do everything at first. I didn’t decide to narrow until I found what I enjoyed most,” she says. Jamison is a local family and high school senior photographer. Her business, Focus Photography, began 10 years ago and has been capturing memories ever since. After the stay-

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at-home order was lifted, Jamison was allowed to photograph and captured her winning photo from a family portrait shoot last June, which was captured with a Nikon D750. “When we had finished taking the typical kinds of portraits, I suggested that we have some fun capturing things that their kids enjoy,” she says. Jamison says the family has three great sons and the one photographed in Topsy Turvy Summer loves anything that involves a good physical challenge. “He’s always trying new trick shots and learning new flips on and off the trampoline. So, we captured that,” Jamison says.


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