November 2012

Shop Local|Home In Need

One winter morning when Deb Zeller, of Victoria, woke to find hoarfrost covering the world, so she grabbed her camera to capture the serene landscape composed of blankets of white snow and white tree branches contrasted by the pure blue sky.

 

In a world where power and technology propel us forward at a dizzying pace, many of us long for moments when we can indulge our nostalgia for a simpler, slower time.

But that doesn’t mean we want to be bored.

 

Every woman’s had that panicky feeling as they search their closet and realize they have nothing to wear.

 

Skip Black Friday and enjoy some post-Thanksgiving family time at the Minnesota History Center’s new family-friendly exhibit. “Then Now Wow,” the largest exhibit the St.

 

The End of Everything: A Novel

by Megan Abbott

recommended by Sarah Garbis

 

The musical version of Frank Capra’s classic movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, hits the local stage this month thanks to the Chaska Valley Family Theatre.

 

With more than 10,000 square feet of indoor trampolines and a 3,000 square feet laser tag facility, Chanhassen’s new Jump and Jam Activity Center offers plenty of space to work through cabin fever.

 

Don’t let the name fool you: Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store isn’t just for bird-lovers.

 

Feeding a crowd has never been easier.  Whether you desire a reservation for a night out on the town or are planning a party, there are plenty of restaurants in the Southwest metro that welcome large parties or have booming takeout businesses.

 

Three years ago, when I first came to America, I took a trip to the Eden Prairie Library. Little did I know this rendezvous would change my perception and existence as an immigrant.

 

Artisanal Finds

Yori Designs Leaf Necklace, $40; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Shop.

Handmade Goat Milk Soap: Peppermint Bergamot, Buttermilk Pumpkin or Buttermilk Oatmeal Lavendar, $6.95 each; Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

 

Worrying about home décor when it’s a struggle just to stay afloat might sound silly to some, but as any good interior designer knows, the space that surrounds you can have a huge impact on your entire life.