December 2013

In the December issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, you'll learn about the history of Bring It! Studios, a Chanhassen fitness studio founded by three motivated moms. You'll find recipes galore in our feature about entertaining guests with small plates and appetizers, plus advice from local food and wine experts. A local author discovers it's never too late to fulfill your dreams, high-tech homes catch on in our communities and three local baristas share their coffee and tea stories. Pick up a copy today!

Local artists opened their studios and demonstrated their work for the annual Edge of the Big Woods Art Wander in Carver County on September 28 and 29. All photos by Jacqueline Hagyard.


The weather cooperated beautifully for The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools' annual 5K for EP Schools on September 21. All photos by Jackie Smith.


A love of nature sparks Victoria resident Deb Zeller’s creativity—and easy access to its full bounty is a bonus. The professional artist works in sculpture, oil painting, and glass fusion by trade, but counts photography as one of her many hobbies.


English actress and comedian Jo Brand once said, “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” And, we wholeheartedly agree. So, as an ode to all of the chocoholics out there, we’ve scoured the southwest metro in search of some of the best chocolate concoctions around.


Head out to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this holiday season, and you just might spot a big guy with a red suit, white beard, and love of sugar cookies.


You’ve picked a date, created a guest list and sent your invitations. Now it’s time to plan the menu for your holiday soiree. No need to make it complicated. Small-plate appetizers and desserts are often the best options for entertaining.


There aren’t many people who can say they published a book, let alone at the age of 77. But then again, not many people go back to earn their GED while raising four young children, graduate from Macalester College magna cum laude at 44, or obtain a law degree at age 52. Clearly, A.L.


As a kid, did you ever dream of living in a futuristic, space-age city? Like the Jetsons and their neighbors, your abode would have a robot for a housekeeper and a moving sidewalk. You’d communicate by screen instead of by phone, and you’d accomplish everyday tasks at the push of a button.


Nearly 90 percent of American adults consume caffeine on a daily basis.
And behind each cup of warm Joe or steeped tea is the face of someone who
worked hard to bring us the energizing boost we need. This month we go inside


The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel
Recommended by Marni Blomquist


New Year’s Eve at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is more than a night of noisemakers and bubbly. The evening begins with a three-course dinner and choice of  entertainment options, and the fun continues throughout the night.


Enjoy the company of family and friends on a cold winter night by gathering around a cozy fireplace with hot buttered rum. The key to this super-rich recipe is great ingredients. You can make the base mixture in advance for a party or just to have on hand.


When Sue Eichstadt asked for the recipe for a popcorn wreath at a company potluck 20 years ago, she never imagined that it would become her own signature dish.


John Veil has been sinking basketball shots for 12 years, and he doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.


Chaska resident Becca Richardson had no idea that her knack for crafts could turn into a business, but her handmade fabric wreaths are in high demand.