Where You Can Watch Fireworks!

Many towns and communities have canceled fireworks this year due to Covid-19 however some towns and communities have decided to proceed while stressing social distancing. Some towns have closed roads or changed venue sites to assist with social distancing guidelines.   Flag and fireworks

Here are just a few:

Chanhassen’s fireworks display is still a go at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at Lake Ann Park. However, Lake Ann Park, Greenwood Shores Park and the trail between the two will be closed this year so spectators will have to find a different place to watch the show.

Chaska: Starting at dusk on July 4 at McKnight Park over Lake Jonathan.

Lakeville: At 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, fireworks will be launched at King Park. The display will be able to be seen throughout the city to allow for proper social distancing.

 

If  you are ‘Up North’, fireworks will be shot off over Gull Lake in Nisswa, courtesy of Cragun’s Resort and Madden’s Resort at 10:00 pm on July 4th. In Park Rapids at dusk on Saturday, July 4, fireworks will be shot from Heartland Park;  and in Walker fireworks will be shot off at dusk from the park area for the Fireworks on the Bay in Walker event.

 

Check out Cities websites as some will also be live streaming the fireworks display.

 

Happy BDay USA

May you have a safe and very blessed 4th of July. Happy Birthday USA!!

 

 

 

 

Firecracker Red, White and Blue Cake!

One week from today is the 4th of July. Do you believe it!! Many towns and cities have cancelled fireworks this year so why not create some fireworks of your own for your backyard get together. This Betty Crocker recipe offers an ‘Expert’ tip at the end but I had my own thought and I added that tip at the end as well.
Firecracker Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and whole eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ red gel food color
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ blue gel food color
  • 1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16-oz container)
  • 2 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ red, white and blue candy sprinkles, if desired

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and whole eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. In small bowl, place 1 cup of the batter; stir in 1 teaspoon of the red food color until blended. In another small bowl, place 1 cup of the batter; stir in 1 teaspoon of the blue food color until blended.
  • Pour red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter in pan. Carefully pour blue batter over white batter. (Blue batter does not need to cover white batter completely; it looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter.)
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven. Let stand 10 minutes, remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Place cake on cooling rack over waxed paper or cooking parchment paper. In small microwavable bowl, place 1/4 cup of the frosting. Microwave uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle warmed frosting back and forth over cake in striping pattern. Divide remaining frosting between 2 small microwavable bowls. To 1 bowl, stir in 1/4 teaspoon red food color until well blended. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 10 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over cake. Repeat with remaining bowl of frosting and 1/4 teaspoon blue food color. Sprinkle candy sprinkles on top. Let stand about 30 minutes or until frosting is set. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Expert Tip:

When you add batter to pan, do not mix with spoon. Just pour it in so colors don’t mix but rather, just rest on top of each other in pan.

Pop Rocks My Non-Expert Tip:

You know the candy that the recipe calls for you to sprinkle on top? Well, are you old enough to remember ‘Pop Rocks’ candy? I checked Amazon and you can buy it so hey, why not sprinkle that to the top of the cake for some added fireworks when you bite in the cake? How fun!! Not sure it will work but I am going to try it!

If you want to check out the nutritional value and any other information on the Betty Crocker site, here it is. Firecracker Cake.

 

 

 

Wood, Wood and More Wood. But Should They Match?

In the 80’s and 90’s the trend was for all woods to match. Your floors matched your trim, which matched your doors which matched your kitchen cabinets and even went as far as having all the wood pieces in your furniture being the same color.

 

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At that time Honey Oak or Golden Oak was the big deal and there really was a sea of oak when you walked into homes from that era. You still see a lot of these oak stains in cabinetry and trim but many people are tired of it and it is considered very dated.

What you want to see in a home now is contrast. So if you have two wood pieces next to each other one would be darker than another.

For example:

If you want a dark stained island, make sure your floors are lighter.

 

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If you want wood cabinets, make sure your floors are lighter or darker than your cabinets.

 

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It’s okay to mix in painted pieces as well. A white kitchen, gray island, and dark floors.

 

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The same rule applies to your furniture. If things don’t match they add character, interest and bring depth to a home. It makes it feel like it has been acquired over time rather than purchased all in the same section of a furniture store. Note the dining table above contrasts with the floor.

 

Below, the cabinets don’t match the island, which doesn’t match the floor, which doesn’t match the kitchen table, which doesn’t match the locker system way in the back and so on.

 

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It is difficult for some to get past the rule that all the woods should match. I get that. But start slow and practice. Perhaps it is as simple as adding an end table that is different in stain color or is painted. If a couple things match that’s okay. Just try to have the larger pieces show a contrast, each piece standing out instead of blending in.

 

Whether selling or dwelling, if you need assistance in making new wood selections call in a professional designer or home stager to walk  you through the process.