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Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread (which isn’t really Amish) is like chain mail for your oven. A starter mix of yeast ferments and grows on your counter over 10 days. At the end, you bake a loaf  and divide the extra uncooked mix into three bags to give away to friends. Or you break the chain and bake multiple loaves. Done.

December 31st, 2012|Food & Drink|Comments Off on Friendship Bread

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan

Nerd Alert! Today was a Saturday filled with fun and games. We watched The Hobbit in 3D, ate dinner at Big Bowl and played hours of strategy board games, including Settlers of Catan.

December 31st, 2012|General|Comments Off on Settlers of Catan

Providence Academy Holiday Concert

Providence Academy Holiday Concert

My cousin Mark and his friend Matthew performed at the Providence Academy high school holiday concert. It was an uplifting moment on a day of difficult news from the northeast. The music swelled to a finish with the band performing together with the concert choir, which was holding candles and encircling the audience. And we all sang along with full heart and voice–filled with the Christmas spirit of hope, peace and joy.

December 30th, 2012|People|Comments Off on Providence Academy Holiday Concert

Toy Shop

Macy's Minneapolis holiday display

Elves working in the toy shop at Macy’s.

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Toy Shop

Do Re Tree

Macy's Minneapolis Christmas display

Dayton’s, er Marshall Field’s, I mean Macy’s holiday display on the 8th floor of the Minneapolis store.

Macy's Christmas display, Minneapolis

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Do Re Tree



December 29th, 2012|Nature|1 Comment

Christmas Film Festival


One of my friends, Katie, (also a former coworker from my first job) hosts an annual tradition with her husband Mark: the Paulson Christmas Film Festival. The setup? Monday nights with dinner, drinks and a Christmas movie each week for a month. Tonight’s movie was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The menu? Tacos and stingers. So good to see Katie and Mark, friends Shandra (another PR agency alum) and Peter and meet new folks too. The result? Awesome fun.

December 29th, 2012|People|Comments Off on Christmas Film Festival

And it snowed & it snowed

Pine tree with snow

It snowed for practically 24 hours. On the plus side, my snow blower works.

December 29th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on And it snowed & it snowed


Pine and snow

With the weekend’s forecast, snow lovers in the Twin Cities will be pining for snow, no mo’.

December 28th, 2012|Nature|Comments Off on Pine



It wasn’t the first nor the second time, nor the fourth or fifth, but the eighth time I reckon that I’d seen the Holidazzle parade roll down Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. And it was every bit as much fun to watch (and as cold) as every year I can remember.


December 28th, 2012|Minneapolis|1 Comment