Saturday, January 24, 2015

Easy Egg Rolls Recipe

Who doesn't love Egg Rolls?

The filling is time consuming but is actually pretty healthy! (See below for a recipe hack.)

Here are the basic:
Mix fresh bean sprouts, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, and chopped green onions. Set aside.

Cooked lean ground pork and season it with a teaspoon of oyster sauce and teaspoon of minced ginger. And veggie mix and cook until almost tender. Remove from heat to cool.

Layout egg roll wrappers, make egg "sealer" from equal egg white and water.
Preheat 1/2-1 inch canola oil in pan.
 Then roll cooked mixture into wraps, seal with egg wash and pan fry just until golden.
For a true restaurant appetizer experience, pair with cream cheese wontons.

Recipe Hack: if you're looking to save time and cabbage and carrots, try buying coleslaw mix in a bag.
Want it more healthy? Brush rolls with olive oil and bake instead of frying.
Gluten free? :-)

White Bear Lake ‘BEAR’ly Open Golf Tourney and Dance

A golf tournament on ice and community dance!

White Bear Lake, Ramsey County beach
Friday, Feb 6 @ 8:00 am - Saturday, Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm

This event brings hundreds of local residents to Ramsey County beach on the frozen shores of White Bear Lake to enjoy an afternoon of ice on the lake.
 An 18-hole course, complete with real pine trees, a hospitality tent, food and entertainment make it a great way to have fun and raise money for a charity.

Form your own foursome, or sign up individually. The event is open to all ages. There are two 9-hole courses laid out on the ice. Tee times are set for noon and 1:00pm. Golfers play with tennis balls and use golf clubs, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, or anything else that can propel a tennis ball.

The dance is Friday night at the White Bear Country Inn, 8 p.m.

All net proceeds of the White Bear Lake ‘BEAR’ly Open Golf Tourney and Dance go to White Bear Lake Area Food Shelves – where the need has never been greater. To date the event has raised over $78,000 to the food shelves. Based on the purchasing power of the food shelf, this has resulted in over $700,000 in food product.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

St Paul Winter Carnival 2015 Events Schedule

St Paul Winter Carnival Events 2015
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Visit Saint Paul between January 22 and Feb 1st, 2015 for the Winter Carnival!

Primary Events Location: Rice Park, 109 4th Street W, Saint Paul, MN BUY A BUTTON

The St Paul Winter Carnival is an awesome winter event for all ages! The best part is, many of our events are low or no cost! The majority of the activities at Rice Park and the snow park are free. Landmark Center activities including Kids’ Day and Family Day, an ice palace replica and memorabilia display are free as well.

Highlights of the "Coolest Celebration on Earth" include:

  • Red Bull Crashed Ice, Thursday, Jan 22 - Saturday, Jan 24
  • The Royal Coronation, Friday, Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Vulcan Coming out, Saturday, Jan 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • King Boreas Grande Day Parade at 2 p.m. Jan. 24
  • Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade the final Saturday of the Winter Carnival at 5:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks Show!, Saturday, Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm - 7:45 pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Family Activities Calendar of events for Thursday, Jan 22 - Sunday, Feb 1

  • Ice Palace Display and Memorabilia Display (Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN)
  • Royal Courtyard (Thursday, Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm - Saturday, Jan 31 @ 9:30 pm)
  • Ice Carvings (Thursday, Jan 22 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm)
  • Winter Wonderland in Rice Park (Friday, Jan 23 - Sunday, Feb 1)
  • Music in Rice Park (Friday, Jan 23 - Saturday, Jan 31)
  • Autonomous Snow Plow Competition (Saturday, Jan 24 - Sunday, Jan 25)
  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate (Landmark Plaza, 5th Street & Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN)
  • Geo Caching - GET STARTED!
  • Checkpoint MN scavenger hunt (Jan 22-March 5)
  • Kids’ Day, Saturday, Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Landmark Center Cortile, 75 W 5th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
  • Pony Express Rides (Saturday, Jan 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Other Winter Carnival Related 2015 Events

Snow Park at the Fair (with Giant Snow Slide)
Sunday, Jan 25 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm at MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN
Including Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition
Friday, Jan 23 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm at MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN

January 24, 2015 || 3:30–7:30pm (Gates at 3pm) at The Mighty Midway at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, $50- Buy Tickets

Securian Winter Run
Saturday, Jan 24 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm at 6th Street & Jackson Street, Saint Paul, MN United States

Disc Festival at Como Park
Saturday, Jan 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Como Park, 1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55103

Saintly City Cat Show
Saturday, Jan 24 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm at Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cool Videos (Parodies) for Moms - Part 2

Hi moms!
More videos for you! Every once in a while we need to "relate" to something, right? When I find a cool video (usually a parody), I will add it to the top of this list (so the most recently added is always on top if you check back).
 Please message me if you know an awesome video you'd like to see added. :-)

Taylor Swift - "Blank Space" PARODY (Mom Version)

Meghan Trainor - My Lips Are Movin Parody

par·o·dy (păr′ə-dē)
n. pl. par·o·dies

  1. a. A literary or artistic work that uses imitation, as of the characteristic style of an author or a work, for comic effect or ridicule.  b. A genre, as in literature, comprising such works.
  2. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
  3. Music The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
tr.v. par·o·died, par·o·dy·ing, par·o·dies
To make a parody of.
Synonym: imitate.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Meatball Cabbage Soup

Meatball Cabbage Soup is my family's take on the cabbage soup diet recipe.
The addition of turkey meatballs adds protein and flavor to this familiar recipe. Fresh potatoes tomatoes instead of canned and green onions instead of white or are probably the two other biggest changes we've made.
This healthy, hearty soup made right at home can rival any Restaurant soup of the day. Enjoy!


½-1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped or diced
5 stocks green onion, diced
1 cup carrots, chopped or diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
6-10 Roma tomatoes, diced
15-20 Turkey Meatballs (smaller meatballs or meatballs are cut in half work better)
Olive oil

Optional Seasonings to Taste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots. Saute until slightly tender.
Stir in garlic.
Pour in chicken broth.
Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt (if using)
Stir in tomatoes and cabbage.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
Cook only until cabbage is tender.

Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed.
Serve and enjoy.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

When Your Kids Are Born, You Must Do This (Start Now if You Haven't Yet!)

The EASIEST way to scrapbook for your kids!

When your kids are born, reserve then an email address. Over the years send them photos, notes, kid-isms, stories, photocopies of their achievements, etc. 

On their 18th birthday give them the email password and let them scroll down memory lane!

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