September 2013

In the August 2013 issue of Southwest Metro Magazine, you'll meet diet coach Kris Roach, whose experience with candida led her to educate others on alternative detox diets. You'll also learn about Wendel Strong's sandwich recipes and take a look inside the studios of three local artists.

Creativity of an artist is impacted by their surroundings. Some set up their easels next to a stream or a meadow. Some position subjects near a window streaming with light. Many arrange their creative space with access to necessary tools and supplies, a blend of creativity and functionality.

 

For Wendel Strong, it all started with a family recipe. And now, he and his son-in-law, Luke Johnson of Victoria, are baking and selling thousands of loaves of bread every week with their family business, Wendel’s Specialty Breads.

 

Seven years ago, Jason Lehman became a father.

 

You might think of dumplings as a comfort food or something from Grandma’s repertoire. Think again. Dumplings are cooked savory balls of dough that are boiled, fried or baked and appear on local menus in some interesting forms.

 

Carver Steamboat Days Run/WalkSeptember 7, CarverThe Carver Steamboat Days Run/Walk celebrates its 14th year during the annual Carver Steamboat Days (September 6–8). The run starts at 8 a.m. on September 7. Registration is $25; there is also a Kids Run for $10.

 

For 14-year-old Star Bandy, of Eden Prairie, the bullying was relentless, kids taunted her at school, wouldn’t sit with her at lunch and played mean jokes. The bullying didn’t stop there. The negative messages followed her home in the form of texts and phone calls.

 

Tick-tock is the sound many moms hear in the back of their minds when they look at their teenage daughter and see what appears to be their little girl turning into a young woman right before their eyes.

 

Kris Roach swears by the power of detox dieting. Fourteen years ago she suffered from Candida, a chronic gut-lining condition, and had forgotten what it felt like to be healthy.

 

When it comes to updating a home, sometimes it’s the “old” pieces you have on hand that provide the answer. “With art, the most important thing is it means something to you,” says Chantal Devane of Devane Design in Eden Prairie.

 

S’mores Martini For the cinnamon-vanilla vodka: 1 bottle (750 ml) vanilla-flavored vodka 9 cinnamon sticks For the martini: Marshmallow cream, for the glass Fine graham cracker crumbs, for the glassCocoa powder, for the glass1 ounce cinnamon-vanilla vodka 1 ounce Drambuie (honey-flavored scot

 

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a big difference—at least that’s what Eden Prairie resident Chuck Martz says he learned during a trip to India with fellow Rotarians.

 

Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographicaby James OwenRecommended by Heather PetersonA wonderful fantasy adventure to the Archipelago of Dreams. The story nicely ties together allusions to classic, well-known books, legends and myths to create a wonderful read.

 

The next guitar sensation or rocker extraordinaire could be jamming out at SoundCheck Music School in Chaska. Opened in August, SoundCheck is an after-school music program for children ages 8–18 of all different experience and skill levels.

 

Eden Prairie High School senior Kevin Bu takes his dad’s advice to “Work smart, not just hard” seriously. It’s helped him juggle multiple activities, including tennis, saxophone, chess club and Destination Imagination, while maintaining a high grade point average.

 

When five occasional shops came together in March to open a shared boutique in Chaska, the fun was just beginning. Since opening, Shop 501 has expanded from a monthly occasional sale to regular weekly hours and added special events and classes.