September 2017 Southwest Metro Magazine

In the September issue make way for zoodles; playing with your food just got a whole lot healthier.

While spring may be a top contender for her favorite season for photography, Christine Neff Kojetin says, “For frequency of shooting, nothing beats fall—the colors, the weather and the activities.  We are really active in the fall—apple picking, corn mazes, fall color hikes and pumpkin picking al


Don’t get us wrong pasta, we love you smothered in a rich Alfredo or zesty marinara sauces and most definitely paired with garlicky bread goodness, but, sometimes, we crave pasta without the carb overload that leaves us feeling a tad too lethargic.


Fifty-six years ago, a group of Waconia business people gathered to solve one problem—how to entice people to come to town in the fall. “They wanted an event whose name was unique and would create excitement,” says Carmen Gesinger, assistant to the president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.


When life hands out lemons, the best response is sometimes easier said than done. Two local women share how they took in stride major life changes, health issues and relationship fractures, gave them a squeeze, added some sugar and dreamed up new lives for themselves.


In her well-traveled 1995 Toyota Camry, Brianna Pezon, 26, navigated the Twin Cities doing what she enjoys most—serving as a mental health practitioner, providing in-home therapy for people living with such serious mental health issues as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


The scent of lemongrass, clean and crisp, softly welcomes visitors stepping into gather + grace in downtown Chaska.


Ann Bradsher was inspired at a mother-daughter book Club to write her first book. During the club’s discussion at the Eden Prairie Library, a librarian asked members to share a life-long dream.


Solveig Brown was in graduate school in 2008 when she started interviewing mothers about their experiences.


Infectious mono can hit students like a sledgehammer, knocking them out of classes for days, weeks or even a semester. Other times, it sneaks around an immune system, unbeknownst to its host.


Out of a devastating loss rose a song of hope and healing. No child should have to endure what Jenn Bostic went through as a 10-year-old girl—being in a fatal car accident that took her father’s life.


Benjamin Franklin once said, “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”  This is a good way to approach Brian Freeman’s new book, Marathon, the eighth in his award-winning Jonathan Stride series.


1½ oz. El Nivel Reposado tequila
1 oz. Simply Grapefruit fresh grapefruit juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
½ oz. Agave nectar


Visiting a health spa is not a new concept.


With a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet, the Pure Barre technique is a unique workout available at Pure Barre Studios to anyone who seeks novelty in an exercise routine.