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OCTOBER 2020

Lake Minnetonka Magazine

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CONTENTS

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“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins ... ”– Rainbow Rowell, Attachments For me, 2020 has served up a banquet of lessons—most of which I relish, others have been hard to swallow. The test has been and continues to be focusing on the positive, finding joy and embracing change. October is one of my favorite months of the year, and it’s wonderfully fitting that it arrives hand-in-hand with my first issue as editor of Lake Minnetonka Magazine, a post which has been a bright spot to the year! Previous editor Jennifer Pitterle, who has chosen to take extra time at home with her young children, has been gracious Follow us ! in assisting me with the transition. With Pitterle See what we’re doing behind the at the helm, she set the magazine on a course of scenes and around town! community bonding and celebration. lakeminnetonkamag.com My family and I live near the area, so I’m Lake Minnetonka Magazine keenly aware of the community’s deep sense of @lmtkmag @lakeminnetonkamag pride in each other, commitment to education and local businesses, appreciation of its history and dedication to preserving its outdoor recreation venues. I’m also friendly with your neighbors in Maple Grove and Plymouth as editor of their community lifestyle magazines, which are part of our publishing company. Let’s enjoy October and this issue together. In our pages you’ll find articles that celebrate people with visions for new business and organizations, ways to tend to various forms of wellness and even easy-to-prepare snacks and beverages to serve the adults on Halloween. Until next time,

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NOTEWORTHY W H AT ’ S G O I N G O N A R O U N D L A K E M I N N E T O N K A

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Caring for houseplants is easier than you think.

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urround yourself with nature, even when you’re indoors. Houseplants can have benefits beyond their beauty. Plants increase oxygen in the air, work as natural air purifiers and can also raise indoor humidity levels to help decrease incidences of dry skin and virus transmission. Plants can also be mood boosting! But many people fret over how best to care for houseplants. So, we curated some easy-to-follow plant-care advice. WATERING

Many people over water. Experts recommend letting plants dry out between watering. The best way to check that information is to stick your finger into the soil and see what’s happening beneath the surface. Is the soil cool and moist, or does the soil feel dry? Generally, when you feel the soil is dry, you want to give your plants a good soaking. LIGHTING

Keep plants in a bright area but out of direct sunlight. Most of the houseplants you see around here don’t need a hot sun. They don’t tolerate south-facing windows as well as they do when they’re backed out of it. Plants are like people. If you move into a house with too much room, you might become stressed rather than if you move into a place with the right amount of space. Most plants like to be comfortable in their pot. Let them get tight before moving. A GOOD GOLDEN RULE If a plant has yellow leaves, there’s typically a watering issue. If it has brown leaves, that tends to tell you there’s a light or heat issue.

Tip: Don’t be overly alarmed if the top of the plant goes into shock after it’s been repotted. It’s most likely redirecting resources for rebuilding a strong root system before turning its attention back to the leaves. —adapted from a story in St. Croix Valley Magazine by Madeline Kopiecki

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Unmask in a Different Way ing to be someone else. It’s a holiday my family has

now I’m 50, no longer parenting young kids. Many of my friends spent their 20s figuring out what

enjoyed celebrating together, even as my kids have

they wanted, doing what they desired and thinking of

become adults. It helps that I have a grandson, whom

only themselves. I’m playing the hole backward as they

we all rally around to make the most of how he experi-

say in golf. I didn’t have this experience of responsibil-

ences such holidays.

ity for only myself during my 20s or 30s. I’m having it

Leading up to the fall and Halloween, I’ve been doing

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the opposite of putting on a mask. I’ve been taking one

like exploring Greece for the first time without a map.

off. Instead of wearing the mask of parent, caregiver and

My kids or partner were always guiding my compass.

nurturer to my children, I’ve been getting to know who I

Now that compass points only at me.

am without that mask. Until recently, I’ve spent the entirety of my adult life

This is my first Halloween and fall truly solo. I might even hide out from the trick-or-treaters this year and

raising other people. After 30 years of parenting, I found

spend Halloween in a hot bath with a good book,

myself as an adult with one focus—myself. I can’t begin

because I can.

to explain how strange this has been, though strange in a good way. When your focus has always been on someone else, it feels unnatural to think of only your own needs. Yet, it’s necessary. I’ve been a mom since I was 19 years old, and

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KEEP THE LIGHTS ON WHILE YOU READ This time of year, many readers find themselves reaching for spooky reads or at least spookier than they’d normally seek. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James is a sophisticated ghost story, as well as a compelling story of two young women, two decades apart, seeking justice for those whose voices have

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been silenced. The danger the women encounter as they dig into old crimes and the relationships that form as a result keep the reader riveted until the very end. This page-turning novel is the perfect balance of spooky and thought-provoking and will stick with both those with a taste for suspense and those who consider themselves fainter of heart long past the final page. Just consider yourself forewarned: Keep the lights on while you read.

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They’re Heeeere—Spooky Streaming for your TV My podcast consumption remains at an

one season; Hulu

chilling and atmospheric—and sometimes

all-time low. Meanwhile, my TV intake is

Another family-friendly animation, this mini-

straight up terrifying—but so full of heart

on the rise! As with most things, I have a

series oozes fall feeling in its colors, themes

and details that it’s a gift for any fan of

predilection for all things spooky, so here’s

and soundtrack. It follows two brothers, who

ghost stories.

some recommended season viewing on

fall into a weird world where they’re on the

popular streaming services. (Show listings

run from a beast in the woods. Along the way,

Twilight Zone

are subject to change.)

they encounter weird, spooky and friendly

five seasons; Netflix/Hulu

characters that remind one to never make a

When all else fails, never question a

judgement based on first impressions.

horror classic! So many plot twists and

two seasons; Disney+/Hulu

TV tropes originate in episodes of The

If you want to enjoy some spooky fare

Haunting of Hill House

Twilight Zone—there’s a reason it’s been

with the kids, but they’re not quite ready

one season; Netflix

able to stand the test of time. Existential

for Stranger Things or Poltergeist, Gravity

As a fan of Shirley Jackson’s novel, I wasn’t

questions posed by Rod Sterling in the

Falls is a family-friendly option that mixes

optimistic about this Netflix-original

black and white vignettes still hold plenty

adventure and the unknown with bright

adaptation. Imagine my surprise when it

of relevance for those watching today.

colors and positive themes. It follows two

turned out to be one of my favorite series.

It’s a great way to stir up some spooky

siblings, who live with their uncle and

Definitely more adult drama/horror than

feelings and good conversation.

encounter all sorts of weird happenings in

family-friendly, the show follows one family’s

the Pacific Northwest.

struggle with each other and the more

Over the Garden Wall

supernatural elements in their lives. It’s

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Minnetonka High School alumna percolates a new business.

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WHILE MANY OF this year’s college-bound class of 2020 may have spent their summer months enjoying a bit of down time in hopes of leaving in the fall for their respective schools, Edina native and 2020 graduate of Minnetonka High School (MHS) Annika Van Nest had other plans. In May, Van Nest opened Prickly Pear Coffee Bar, her first business venture—a mobile coffee bar. She characterizes it’s beginning as something of a whirlwind, stemming from her dream of opening a brick and mortar coffee shop that serves more than just coffee––tripling as a yoga studio and ministry center. “It will have constant exercise classes, serve unique drinks and host Bible studies, kids’ camps and fundraisers,” Van Nest says.

The idea for the coffee bar was set in motion when Van Nest was trying to find a caterer for her graduation party. As she looked over her options, she realized there was a lack of coffee catering businesses. “My boyfriend casually mentioned that a mobile coffee bar … could be a stepping stone toward my dream. I took what he said farther than he expected … Before I knew it, all the equipment was showing up on my doorstep, and I was starting a business,” Van Nest says. While the idea was initially a whim, it was backed by Van Nests’ education in classes and clubs and job experience as a barista at the 318 Café in Excelsior. Van Nest credits the VANTAGE global business program at MHS as a main source of her business and economics aware-

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First, it’s back-to-school, followed by extracurricular activities and sports (such as they are this year), which back right up to Halloween and the launch of the holidays. Handling it all can get messy, so why wait until spring to tidy up your home? Start now, and make fall the new spring when it comes to deep cleaning. Storage space is key when it comes to organizing, so ensure that you have all the room you need by getting rid of unused or outgrown clothing, shoes and accessories. Don’t’ just concentrate on bedroom closets. Those front closets run the risk of being black holes when it comes to long-forgotten items. To maximize space—and save time!—only store inseason items in your closets. Store out-of-season goods in labeled bins until the next season rolls around. For sweaters, scarves, jackets and boots, focus on vertical

space to store these larger items. Cascading hangers, folding methods and drawer dividers are additional space savers. Before holiday entertaining and cooking shifts into high gear, sort through the pantry, cleaning supplies, food storage containers and more. Toss out all expired foods, including spices, baking goods and canned or boxed goods. Label containers of pasta, cereal, snack foods and canned goods. Sort through food storage containers, making sure all lids and containers are accounted for. Prepare for cold weather by neatly packing up patio furniture. Keep dry cushions in labeled bins and cover furniture frames. Clean the deck and weather-proof or add a fresh coat of stain before the snow flies. Clean out and organize the garage—after all, you’ll need space for all the labeled bins, outside furniture and your car(s) once winter arrives.

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It never hurts to get ahead of the holiday stress. Begin sorting through your holiday decorations, clearing out overused or broken décor and move decorations to an accessible spot to avoid scrambling when decorating day arrives. If guest rooms double as storage space, clear out any unnecessary items. Not only will this be a lifesaver the weekend before your guests arrive, but you’ll be able to focus on pressing matters, such as setting out fresh linens, dusting and vacuuming. After clearing the clutter, ensure that all light bulbs (and night lights!) are in working order, make sure bathroom supplies (i.e. toilet paper) are easy to find and in good supply.

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Change of Menu An expert explains how nutritional needs alter over time. NUTRITIONAL HEALTH ISN’T A ONE-STOP-SHOP PROPOSITION. While we alter diets for children and

teens for proper growth and development, how many of us understand the importance of adjusting food intake as we age? For advice, we turned to Toni Swanson, RDN, CSG, LD, registered dietitian/nutritionist at Plymouth's Trillium Woods, a senior living community.

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WHY DO NUTRITIONAL NEEDS CHANGE? TS: Our calorie needs decrease as people age due to a decrease in metabolism rate from a decrease in lean body mass. We experience a decrease in immune function, hearing function, stomach acid secretion and gastric emptying. This leads to a decrease in appetite and absorption of nutrients. Older adults also experience a decrease in pancreatic enzymes and liver function (the liver size actually decreases).

Furthermore, adults ages 55 and older often have a reduced number of taste cells from the salivary glands. This decrease, along with an accompanying increase in medications, can change flavor recognition and make foods unappetizing. Additionally, a person’s level of physical activity typically decreases with age, which affects weight management, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and even cognitive and emotional functioning. WHAT FOODS SHOULD BE LIMITED? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 20152020, everyone should limit intake of saturated and trans fats, added sugars and sodium. ARE FROZEN MEALS A GOOD OPTION? On one hand, they can be a good source of protein and

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If you’ve seen it once, you won’t see it twice. With an untraditional approach to floral arranging, owner of Rebel Girl Floral Sothea Keller, rebels against the ordinary. Vowing to never make the same arrangement twice, orders are custom made and created to give each flower a purpose. Sothea views herself as a garden florist, arranging “flowers for the wild at heart” and emphasizes the importance of creating a unique display while encapsulating the personality of each client. Her husband and business partner, James Keller, shares her approach. “I just want people to enjoy flowers and to experiment with just not having something typical,” he says. “I want them to be wowed.” The couple’s exposure to the floral industry does not fall short.

James’ mother and sister are professional florists, and Sothea has been in the business for almost 15 years. Working alongside her in-laws helped her learn the ropes. Primarily focusing her work on wedding arrangements, Sothea eventually began to branch out to other events and custom work. Recognizing that the wedding industry is filled with florists, Sothea took another route—one that celebrates other important moments in life. After she, unfortunately, attended several funerals, she noticed that a majority of the arrangements fell flat. Seeing the same stark variation of flowers, shapes and colors, Sothea knew that there was a void that needed to be filled in the industry. “I wanted them to be beautiful,” she says. “These events should be celebrating someone’s life rather

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than mourning someone’s death.” Emphasizing the importance of representing the individual, she wanted her creations to emulate the memories that the person shared with others. Regardless of the occasion, the team makes each arrangement to order, and James says that clients often bring in photos for inspiration in hopes of achieving a certain

look or essence. Though Rebel Girl Floral maintains the desired character or color story that the client wants, it ensures that the team will never recreate a direct replica of a prior arrangement. “[The process of creating] is not standardized,” James says. “It allows us more flexibility to truly make something that is special for an individual.” Developing new ways of captur-

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BEYOND THE VASE Pushing boundaries and taking an innovative approach, Rebel Girl Floral expands beyond the vase to wearable florals (think out-of-the-box boutonnieres, corsages and floral crowns) and illumafloral, which are LED light-infused flowers (primarily roses). With a background in technology, Sothea says that it was inevitable that James combined the two areas. Seeking innovation, James merged his two interests to develop Illumafloral. “Flowers are in a static place. The only innovative thing you can do with them is breeding new ones,� James says. His creation sheds new light, literally, on arrangements. Giving off a soft, candlelit glow, flowers are illuminated with LED lights. Accentuated by the light, every detail in the petals is exposed, creating a breathtaking focal point.

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SPORTS FANS ARE HUNGRY. MAYBE RAVENOUS IS A BETTER WORD FOR IT—HAVING SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THE YEAR WITHOUT WATCHING OR PLAYING THEIR FAVORITE SPORTS.

While it won’t premiere until 2022, sports lovers should be happy to know that there’ll be a new game in town. The National Rugby Football League (NRFL) is poised to move the sport into the U.S., and, according to league commissioner, Orono resident Michael Clements, “This isn’t your grandfather’s Oldsmobile.” Although many football fans spend August (pregames) through February engrossed by the triumphs and failures of their favorite college and professional teams, the summer months often seem to drag by, leaving contact-sport fans yearning for more content. “Over 50 percent of the American fan base is addicted to the tackle sport of football … So, during the offseason, rugby is nothing more than American football without the pads, as we call it—‘Steel with sex appeal,’” Clements says. League organizers are charging full steam ahead, aiming for a 2022 inaugural

season, which will extend from April to July. With the timeframe in mind, Clements and his team have their hands full, securing players and coordinating the many pieces of the puzzle, so the teams can be ready for the first drop kick of the season. Clearly, the players are one of the biggest moving parts. The NRFL plans to start at eight teams, with a roster of 40 players per team. Clements assures Minnesota fans that there will be one team in the Twin Cities. “What’s beautiful about our backyard here is not only do we have four major venues here from Target Field to U.S. Bank [Stadium] to TCF Bank [Stadium], as well as Allianz [Field], and the one thing all four have in common—they are dying for content,” he says. The league plans to bring in talent from rugby leagues around the world, while also attracting American talent.

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... RUGBY IS NOTHING MORE THAN AMERICAN FOOTBALL WITHOUT THE PADS, AS WE CALL IT— STEEL WITH SEX APPEAL.

As NFL teams choose their rosters, they often have to cut many good players—to the tune of 864 players, who will be cut from their roster spots on NFL teams before each season. A large portion of these players, who have trained hard during the off season and throughout the preseason, are likely a good match for rugby. “We’ve taken players and sent them off to England and South Africa, and, after a couple of months, they’re the Man of the Match, so we know we have enormous horsepower here,” Clements says. To guide the journey, the NRFL has partnered with the National Football League Alumni Association, which consists of former players and people who have helped run every facet of the league, from administration to coaching. Among those who have helped this emerging league is Jeff Diamond, who ran the Minnesota Vikings and has been named an NFL Executive of the Year. “We’re really happy to have those

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VOCABULARY THAT EVERY RUGBY FAN SHOULD KNOW TRY A touchdown in rugby is worth five points, and players must “touch the ball down” in the end zone to score. (Sound familiar? This is where the term “touchdown” in American football comes from.)

DROP KICK The drop kick is mandatory and used often in rugby. The ball must bounce on the field before being kicked. This type of kick is used for the

kickoff, restarts and to score a field or drop goal.

SCRUM Short for “scrummage,” this is the method of restarting play, which involves players packing closely together with their heads down and attempting to gain possession of the ball. It is utilized as a restart of play either after an accidental infringement or when the ball has gone out of play.

RUCK A ruck is formed when the ball is on the ground with at least one player in physical contact with a member of the opposition.

MAUL This occurs when at least three players from either side are in contact together, challenging the player with the ball and moving toward a goal line. Every player in the maul must have at least one arm bound to a teammate; otherwise

the referee will award a penalty to the opposing team.

KNOCK-ON Rugby is one of the few ballgames where the ball can only travel backward. It is a knock-on if a player accidentally knocks the ball forward with his hands or arm or through a fumble.

CONVERSION A place kick, worth two points, is awarded to the team that just scored a try.

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ctober hosts this year’s annual Fire Prevention Week, presenting a unique opportunity for families to rethink their fire safety at home. In the spirit of this week, three local fire departments will be opening their doors to raise awareness and educate the public, so head over to one of these events for some family-friendly fire safety fun. The Mound Fire Department will host its Fire Prevention Open House from 6–8 p.m. October 7 at the firehouse, 2415 Wilshire Blvd. Activities may include plenty of fun for kids, meet Sparky the Fire Dog, CPR and AED demonstrations, fire safety education and displays, fire truck rides and much more.

The Excelsior Fire District will replace its Fire Prevention Open House and Safety Fair with a Business Services Mini Event. The event, held from 3-6 p.m. on October 1 at Excelsior Fire Station #1, 24100 Smithtown Road, Shorewood, will educate and reinforce businesses regarding the Minnesota State Fire Code, methods for fire prevention and how to slow the spread of fires. The event intends to support Excelsior businesses with fire prevention education. The Long Lake Fire Department hosts its Fire Prevention Open House from 5:30–8 p.m. October 5 at Long Lake Fire Station #1, 340 Willow Drive

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Are you looking to be inspired by women within the greater Twin Cities community? This networking and panel discussion event seeks to connect creative women in the arts and entertainment industry. The event will be supplemented with complementary drinks and appetizers and feature three women-directed films for screening. OCTOBER 29 All ages. $40. 5:30-

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20 LGBT Career Fair

Connect with companies in the Twin Cities area that value all identities and celebrate a diverse workplace. The list of businesses and community organizers participating in this event will be released two weeks prior to the event. All ages. Free. 5–7 p.m. chris@chaleurcreative.com; chaleurcreative.com

24 Annual Bloom Event

Bloom caters toward this group, providing Twin Cities moms (new or expecting) with support and education and is presented by Twin Cities Mom Collective, Breck School, Park Nicollet, HealthPartners and City Mom Collective.

Moms of all ages. $24–100, see website for details. 10–11:30 a.m. amanda@ twincitiesmom.com; twincitiesmom.com

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4, 11, 18, 25 Happy Tails Rescue Adoption Events

Visit dogs and cats up for adoption, and bring a home walkthrough video in case you find the perfect addition to your family. All ages. Free. Noon–5 p.m. Happy Tails Rescue, 7940 University Ave. N.E., Fridley; 612.588.0188; dogs@ tailsrescue.org; tailsrescue.org

11 The Wedding Fair

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need to plan your wedding at this yearly Twin Cities event. All ages. $20. Noon–4 p.m. 1302 Second Ave. S., Mpls.; 763.529.1900; mnweddingguide.com

16-17 Bloody Mary Fest

Sip your way through the best of the bloody Mary’s the Twin Cities has to offer. Tickets include all participating bloody Mary’s, provisions from participating companies and one vote for The People’s Choice Award. Ages 21 and up. Prices and times vary. Union Depot. 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul; thebloodymaryfest.com

17 Witchcraft & Wizardry

Get together six friends and put on your cloaks to solve a spell-binding mystery. You’ll work as fast as you can to crack clues, solve puzzles and save the realm. It’s all the fun of an escape room, but outside! All ages. $48 per team (kids play free). Start anytime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Secret start location to be revealed; cluedupp.com

25 Swan Lake

The Russian Ballet Theatre returns with a production of Tchaikovsky’s classic, Swan Lake. With breathtaking, hand-painted sets and glittering, hand-sewn costumes, you’ll revel in the majesty of this aweinspiring performance from start to finish. Ages 5 and up. Ticket prices vary. 6:30 p.m. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; russianballettheatre.com

25 The Grand Tasting

Taste the best of whiskey at the Sixth Annual Whiskey on Ice celebration. Whiskey-lovers will enjoy 300 different whiskeys from around the world, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Ages 21 and up. General Ticket $100, Designated Driver

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Yoga + Cerveza = Calma October 7, 14, 21, 28 6:15-7:15 P.M. Join fellow beer and yoga enthusiasts for this fun, social way to unwind. Led by meditation guide and wellness coach Annie Hayes, this class is for any level of experience and will be held outdoors with COVID-19 safety practices. La Doña Cervecería, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Mpls. dameladona.com

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31 Minneapolis Halloween Half, 10K & 5K

Feel the Halloween spirit in this alllevels race. Throw on your most festive Halloween gear—costumes encouraged—and give it a speed test for later in the evening. Bonus, you’ll prepare your body for a sugar-filled evening. The course will offer striking views of the Mississippi River, Mill City and the Stone Arch Bridge. All ages. Ticket prices vary. 8:30–11:30 a.m. Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls, 500 Main St. S.E., Mpls.; minneapolishalloweenhalf.com

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TA S T E M A K E R S Zombtini

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House-to-House Hospitality

ENJOY HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN TREATS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BY EDITORIAL STAFF

If you’re feeling Halloween hospitality vibes, our goody-loving editorial team pulled together some sweet treats and beverages for you to offer your neighbors. Set up an outdoor food and beverage table, fire up a portable fire pit (safely, of course), and take a seat on your driveway or yard for a front row view of Halloween 2020.

Monster Cupcakes (Contributed by Beth Hill and adapted from

PHOTOS BY TATE CARLSON

into a medium bowl, and set aside. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Blend in pumpkin puree, buttermilk and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture, and blend until combined. Spoon the batter into liners. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Cool and assemble.

Ghoulish Goodies: Creature Feature Cupcakes,

Caramel Apple Bites

Monster Eyeballs, Bat Wings, Funny Bones,

(Kowalski’s Markets)

Witches’ Knuckles, and Much More! by Sharon

• Knudsen’s hand-wrapped caramels, sliced

Bowers)

into fourths • 2 apples, cored and cubed

Cupcakes:

Skewer several apple cubes with a piece of

• 1 1/2 cups flour

caramel on four-inch bamboo skewers or party

• 1 tsp. baking powder

picks. Serve immediately.

• ¼ tsp. salt • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Boo Cups

• ½ cup butter

(Contributed by Beth Hill)

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 3 ¼ cups cold milk

• ½ cup canned pumpkin puree

• 2 packages (4 serving size each) JELL-O

• ½ cup buttermilk

chocolate flavor instant pudding

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract

• 8 oz. Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed

Ingredients for assembly:

• 20 Oreo cookies, crushed and divided

• 1 container cream cheese frosting, colored

• 30 miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

and divided

with green paste food coloring • 18 large marshmallows

Pour milk into a large bowl, and add dry pud-

• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

ding mixes. Beat with a whisk for two minutes

• 18 pretzel sticks

or until well blended. Gently stir in half each

• chocolate sprinkles or other candy for faces

of the whipped topping and cookie crumbs. Spoon 1 Tbsp. of remaining cookie crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 18

into each of 15 (6 oz.) paper or plastic cups.

muffin pan cups with paper liners. Sift flour,

Cover evenly with layers of pudding mixture

baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice

and remaining cookie crumbs. Drop remaining

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Caramel Apple Bites

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Caramel • 12 oz. peanut butter chips • 2/3 cup corn syrup • 1 tsp. vanilla • ¼ cup butter Coating • peanuts, blanched and salted Mix center ingredients, and kneed well. Roll into balls or small logs, and place in the freezer. Melt the caramel ingredients together, and dip the frozen balls/logs into the caramel. Roll them in salted, blanched

Monster Cupcakes

peanuts. Place on waxed paper to set.

Salted Nut Roll Shot (Pinterest) For guests who’d rather have a sip than a whipped topping by spoonsful onto des-

bite, offer this easy-to-mix nod to a classic

serts to resemble ghosts. Add chocolate

Minnesota candy bar.

chips for eyes.

• 3/4 part RumChata liqueur

Serve immediately, or refrigerate until

• 1/4 part butterscotch schnapps

ready to serve.

• salt

Spooky Spiked Halloween Punch

Dip the top of a shot glass in salt, or sprin-

(Conservamome.com)

kle some in the glass. Add in the liqueur and

• 1 cup orange soda

schnapps.

• 1/3 cup pinot grigio • 1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream

Zombtini

• Combine the wine and ice cream

(Contributed by Cindy Erickson)

in a glass. Add orange soda,

• 1 oz. white rum

and stir together.

• 2 oz. melon liqueur

Salted Nut Rolls (Contributed by Renée Stewart-Hester)

• 1 oz. 100 percent pineapple juice • ½ oz. Sprite • grenadine • ice

Center

• plastic eyeball for garnish

• 2 lbs. powdered sugar

Salted Nut Roll Shot

• 2/3 cup corn syrup

Combine ice, rum, melon liqueur and juice in

• 2/3 cup butter, melted

a martini shaker, and shake well. Pour into a

• 2 tsp. salt

martini glass (2/3 full), and add Sprite. Drizzle

• 2 tsp. vanilla

grenadine over the top with a spoon. Add (but don’t eat!) the eyeball.

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LAST GLANCE

SECOND PLACE

Soccer Ready

Activities & Events

Spontaneity often reaps the best results. BY RENÉE STEWARTHESTER PHOTO BY ANN BEADLEREINITZ

THE LOOK OF DETERMINATION IS PRICELESS,

especially when it’s framed on the face of an eager athlete. Put me in coach, I’m ready! placed second in the Activities and Events category of our annual photo contest. With the aid of a Nikon D500, Nikon lens 50-300mm lens and natural light, Ann Beadle-Reinitz captured the photo of her niece Annabelle at the ballfields just below

Shirley Hills Primary School in Mound. “My favorite things to photograph are people and animals,” Beadle-Reinitz says. “I love the expressions, the faces and emotions you can capture, even when you are just having fun and goofing around people. If they don’t know you are taking pictures, you sometimes get the best results.”

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