March 2018 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the March issue we check in with Twin Cities Live's Steve Patterson as he answers the important questions.

Artist Deb Zeller remembers the moment fondly. “It is just an endearing photo,” she says. “My cat was in her favorite chair, which happens to be my favorite chair. I left my magazine there the night before because I was too tired to read.

 

Over the last several years, breweries and distilleries have been making their beverage marks on the area. There’s another player in the mix—this time the beans are doing the talking.

 

Andy Mooney was born with a rolling pin in his hand. The pastry chef and owner of Red Bench Bakery in Chaska loves to tell people, “‘I’ve wanted to do this for the last 20 years.’ I’m only 34.”

 

Art connects us. Each brush stroke, color, shape. Every shadow in a photograph or line in a painting can offer us a look into places, people and cultures other than our own. And in those differences, maybe we come to realize we share more than we initially thought.

 

Betsy Gall is quick to point at a furry source of inspiration and levity in her sometimes-crazy existence. “Liberty. She’s the light of my life!” says Gall of the golden retriever. “She reminds me to just live life, and that it doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.”

 

Seconds after meeting him, one has a feeling Steve Patterson is right at home anywhere.

 

Sisters Eileen O’Kane and Coleen Malloy have been dancing their entire lives. Born to Irish immigrant parents,  they are the two youngest of seven children. O’Kane and Malloy remember dancing as a way of life. “All seven of us girls and boys danced,” O’Kane says.

 

As spring bursts back into our lives—on the wings of red-winged blackbirds and on the promise of warmer days—style begins to shift along with the season. It’s not always easy to keep up with these ever-changing trends but, lucky for us, we have help from some area experts.    

 

Lowell Campbell remembers driving around the “middle of nowhere” as a boy with his parents, looking for a bucolic spot for a cabin. After they bought some land in the 1950s, Campbell helped his parents build their northern Minnesota getaway. He’s been tinkering with it ever since.

 

Starting seeds indoors is fun and economical. Gardeners need seeds, cell trays, starting medium (some cells come filled), plant heating pads, a spray bottle and a grow light.  Start seeds in small, individual containers with a single seedling per container.

 

In this fast-paced world where cultural trends shift swiftly with time, it can be difficult for parents to relate with their children across their technological generation gap. Luke Igel recommends an app that invites parents into their children’s worlds.

 

There are certain books from our childhoods that continue to resonate well into adulthood.

 

Irish Flag
1 oz. Marie Brizard’s Green
Crème de Menthe
1 oz. Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
(cognac/orange liqueur)
 

 

There are few things in life that can beat the smell of freshly-baked bread—nothing that is, except for the taste of freshly-baked bread.

 

Luke Igel, an 18-year-old student at Providence Academy and the founder of the Advice for Your Device initiative, has always been the tech guy at his home. “My grandpa always comes over when there’s an issue with his iPad,” he says.