December 2012

Brimming with Seasonal Spirit|New In Town

After living through so many Minnesota winters, we sometimes forget the beauty when the cold, harsh weather bites the nose and drives us out of town.

 

From a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree to holiday-themed seed sculptures, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum definitely doesn’t go dormant in the winter.

 

With Christmas right around the corner, tinsel, blinking light and contrasting red and green ornaments are a common sight at department stores, shopping malls and everywhere in between.

 

Life can be chaotic, filled with jam-packed calendars, to-do lists, meeting agendas, meal plans and after-school activities. Health, wellness and even relationships can be thrown out of whack without proper attention to stress management during the tumult of daily living.

 

Curt Strait has joined gyms and dabbled with the latest fitness trends, but he was never able to find a sustainable workout that fit his lifestyle and schedule—that is until he stumbled across a franchising opportunity for Koko Fit Club.

 

Wassail, an English hot beverage traditionally served on Christmas Eve, can be made from wine, cider, beer or a combination of the three. The beverage is made in bulk and simmered over a low heat with baked apples, orange peel, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, then thickened with eggs.

 

Ashley Wendel and Ryan Blum met working at a doggie daycare and have two dogs between them, so when it came to starting a life together, opening their own doggie daycare seemed like a natural fit.

 

When it comes to collectible Christmas décor, the Eden Prairie-based Department 56 is always on trend. The company is responsible for launching the Christmas village craze when it released its first set of six miniature ceramic buildings in 1976.

 

Visions of sugar plums may be dancing in the heads of children this holiday season, but the adults are undoubtedly dreaming of wine, chocolates and dinners out with friends.

 

Walking into Sheri Moore’s Olympic Hills home during the holidays is like walking into a Christmas boutique: it is filled with the reds, greens, Santa’s, elves, reindeer, snowmen, glitter and gold, and the aroma of cinnamon and evergreen fills the air.

 

Music has been a passion for Mary Beth Carlson for as long as she can remember. As a small child with legs not yet long enough to reach the piano pedals, Carlson once corrected her father while he played Silent Night.