I visited my dad at the cemetery today. It was a beautiful day, just like the one when we buried him 14 years ago this month. I told all about the pandemic and what a crazy ride it had been since he died. The cemetery is a beautiful place with markers laid in the ground rather than standing up at the head of the grave.
I don't know if it's just me or what, but my Minnesota Long Goodbye has gotten way longer in the last few months. What used to be just half an hour to an hour of repeated snack offerings, and recapping the 4 minute conversations that preceded the Minnesota Long Goodbye has turned into an all out assault on making sure the person I'm talking to
After at least 15 bazillion titles I have finally settled on Minnesota Nice as the title of my memoir. According to Wikipedia Minnesota Nice is: the stereotypical behavior of people born and raised in Minnesota, to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out,
As a lifelong Minnesotan (except for those years I lived in Washington, Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado) I am always amazed at how different we are from the rest of the country. Okay, we probably aren't that different, we just have different regional tastes and traditions. Still, as Minnesota has made it's way into the vernacular thanks most to movies like Grumpy Old Men, Fargo and
Last year Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl. Minnesota did not make it to the Super Bowl, which is no surprise. The Vikings did not make it this year either. That also is not a surprise. Odds are, your team did not make it to the Super Bowl, but you're probably still going to a Super Bowl party and you're going to need to bring something.
If you're wondering how to fit in when visiting the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl, I'll save you all kinds of time. You can't. Sure, you can dress warmly (though that is the first clue you aren't from here), and you can even adopt a quasi Fargo accent, you still won't fit in. Hell, I was born here and have lived here for most
Earlier I posted a recipe for Big Mac Hot Dish, but because I was concerned about my use of Tater Tots in the recipe I also a Big Mac Hot Dish with Noodles using elbow noodles instead of the tots. Initially I did not want to use noodles, it just seemed like a weird combination of flavors - pickles, cheese, tomatoes - to have with
There's a mouse in my car!!! WTF!?!?!? I haven't actually seen the mouse, but I can hear it and it's terrifying. A few months ago I was driving my daughter to school because the bus never came. As we were getting on the practice freeway (35E for those of you who aren't from the Twin Cities, but for those of you coming here for the
*Update - Since no one even guessed, and there is no way anyone could have guessed the outcome of the Saints vs Vikings game, we're gonna do it again.... Just for shits and giggles I'm doing a Vikings Playoff Giveaway. If you can predict, guess or speculate the score of next Sunday's game against the Eagles, you will win some cool Vikings memorabilia. I'm not
Here's another quick and easy recipe for your new pressure cooker - Instant Pot Pea Soup with Lentils in 9 minutes. Yep, 9 minutes to make a hearty, protein rich soup that would normally take an hour or so on the stove top. Nothing brings back warm memories than pea soup. Growing up we had this for dinner at least once a month during the