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Story Time for the Summer Time

by mimivanderhaven.com on 08/17/2012 - 01:35 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Cyndi Kellem
Now that school is out for the summer, I have been actively searching for some fun, yet educational things for my twin 6 year old girls to do. Recently, I stumbled on an activity that has been going on for awhile now, Buehler's on Rt 303 in Brunswick has the best- kept secret story times on Monday mornings!This past Monday, we attended one and I have to say how impressed all of us were.  The book, a favorite of ours, was "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle. After the reading with Ms. Cindy, the kids got to decorate a small bowl and planted a Marigold in it to take home. Then the kids created an edible flower from a rice cake, cream cheese, chocolate chips, cheese, a pretzel r ...

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Getting into the spirit!

by mimivanderhaven.com on 04/24/2012 - 02:12 pm
Category: Community

By  Cyndi Kellem
 
Every year, my family and I look forward to the opening of the full-sized Holiday board game at the Penitentiary Glen Reservation in the Lake Metroparks in Kirtland.  We know there is a bit of a car ride to get there, but it is well worth every minute of this free event (although they do have a donation basket up that we always give my kids a few dollars to put in).  
 
The first year we attended, the center was transformed into a life-sized winter “Candyland” board game, complete with Gumdrop Mountain. My girls were two at the time, and when I look back on the photos, you can see the looks of awe on their faces ...

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The End of the Season

by mimivanderhaven.com on 01/06/2012 - 02:00 pm
Category: Food

Last week was the end of Fresh Fork Market’s 2011 Summer season.  We got a great last basket, but I am so sad that it is over. 
Fresh Fork did not disappoint with the last bag.  I received pork chops, 1 quart of yogurt, 8 oz of Havarti cheese, 1 head of Napa cabbage, 1 quarter peck Jonagold apples, 1 bag of salad greens, and 2 butternut squashes.
I used a lot of my ingredients in pretty simple, straightforward ways, like roasting one of the butternut squashes as a side dish, making smoothies with the yogurt, and salad with the salad greens, but I did want to do something special with the pork chops.  A few years ago Nick made an amazing pork chop dish called &ldqu ...

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Nikki vs. Chicken: Round 2

by mimivanderhaven.com on 01/06/2012 - 03:18 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
9/30/11
Anybody who remembers my first blog of the Fresh Fork season knows I have a hard time cooking whole chickens.  In fact, I made my husband cook the first two chickens we received.  When I found out we were getting pasture-raised chickens again this week I decided it was time to step up to the plate and cook one for myself.
This week was a busy one for my husband, and I knew he wouldn’t be home for dinner Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, so here’s how I saw my week going:  Monday- I was going to make an amazing roast chicken dinner with a berry pie for dessert that would be so impressive that none of Nick’s dinners out could compare.
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Minkin's Music: Brent Kirby Carries t...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 12/05/2011 - 03:03 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

So Cleveland’s rock ‘n roll heroes are singer/songwriters who have performed their craft at local clubs and watering holes, creating great musical moments. Some have gone on to receive national critical acclaim while others have remained only part of our lakefront folklore. The torch seems to have been passed to Brent Kirby, who earlier this year released his latest record, Coming Back To Life, that is worthy of national exposure.
After losing a knife fight with an avocado that put his left hand in a cast for a month, Brent Kirby wrote 13 songs that reflected his perseverance and commitment to being a full-time musician. With the help of his backing band, The Lost ...

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Minkin's Music: Kasey Chambers an Aus...

by mimivanderhaven.com on 11/03/2011 - 02:45 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

So how far will I go to buy music? Well, I’ve ordered albums from a store called Rocking Horse Records in Brisbane, Australia more than once to obtain new releases from that country’s favorite daughter, Kasey Chambers, and her husband, Shane Nicholson.  Thankfully, one of Kasey’s two releases is available in the US and Little Bird just might be her finest recording effort to date.
Kasey Chambers mixes pop, country, outlaw and bluegrass with a very distinctive, sweet vocal that is her signature. She began her solo career in 1999 with singles “The Captain” and “Cry Like A Baby” reaching America via radio stations and television soundtracks like T ...

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Brunch and more

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/28/2011 - 04:02 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
10/28/11
I usually try to stretch my Fresh Fork out and make as many different meals as possible, but this week a lot of my bag went into producing a brunch spread for my sister-in-law, Mallory and her boyfriend, Shane.
We made loaded scrambled eggs with peppers, cheese, bacon, and the dozen eggs we got in our bag.  I also cooked up the breakfast sausage patties that were a blend of half bacon, half sausage.  Yum!  To round those menu items off I made pumpkin stuffed French toast drizzled with some of the maple syrup we got in an earlier bag.
Just to make things interesting, I challenged Mallory to make a brunch dish out of the beets that everybody would lik ...

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Trial with no errors

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/21/2011 - 02:07 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
10/21/11
Wow!  In the beginning of the season Trevor said that the bags would get heavy by the end of the year and he wasn’t kidding!  Even though I carry around my 25 lb. son all day, the bag from last week felt so heavy!
My Fresh Fork bag included 1 lb ground veal, 1 lb ground pork, 1 pint grape tomatoes, 1 extremely large head of cabbage, 1 bunch of collard greens, 1 head of cauliflower, 2 bell peppers, and an eggplant.
This week left our family feeling a little discombobulated.  We had a productive weekend that included dinner with friends, running some errands, and unpacking our Halloween decorations.  When Sunday evening rolled around we had ...

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The “Guys' Weekend” Tradition

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/20/2011 - 02:35 pm
Category: Community

By Nick Greco
10/20/11
I am a 31 year-old man, who has been married for four years, has an 18-month-old son, and two dachshunds.  I love my wife, son, and dogs and love spending time with them, but sometimes I need time with my friends. 
It used to be easy to get together with the guys when we were single, and it wasn’t too much harder as a few of us got married, but now we are all scattered around Northeast Ohio (and some out of state) all of us are married and half of us have children.  We find it harder and harder to find time to hang out.
The past six years we have planned a “Guys’ Weekend,” so that no matter what happens the rest of the year, a ...

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Love, Hate, and the Unknown

by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/14/2011 - 02:52 pm
Category: Food

By Nikki Greco
10/14/11
I was so excited about last week’s Fresh Fork bag because it had some of my favorite foods in it.  I love butternut squash; it is my favorite vegetable.  Apple cider is one of my favorite drinks.  Brie cheese is up there as far as favorite cheeses go.  I was so excited to cook with these ingredients.
On the other side of the spectrum the bag included pears.  I loathe pears.  I haven’t had a dish that has convinced me that pears can be tasty.  I couldn’t even search for potential recipes because all I could think was, “Yuck… pears!”
Right in the middle of the love and hate was kohlrabi.  I ...

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