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Summer in Minnesota – So much to do, so little time!

Epic Minnesota Summer Getaways - Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Mpls St Paul Magazine

If you live in Minnesota, you know summer is swift and special, and there’s so much pressure to embrace the season! Each weekend is filled with community festivals, art fairs, movies and music in the park, and more! Our family tries to balance rest and simple play at home with fun outings for all. Is there anything more fun than popsicles and a sprinkler in the backyard? Even as an adult it’s one of my favorite past times! If you are looking to get out and explore the wonderful communities we have here in Minnesota, here are a few, fun activities this season:

Music & Movies in the Park - Visit Twin Cities

Visit Twin Cities

Music & Movies in the Park

Grab your picnic blanket, bug spray and PB&Js and spend the evening listening to music or watching films outside!

2023 Art Fair Homepage - 50th & France Business and Professional Association

Edina Art Fair

Art Fairs

Decorate your new home with beautiful, unique pieces from local artists.

Minnesota Zoo Treetop Trail sets opening date this summer

Pioneer Press

MN Zoo

Spend many days experiencing the new and improved activities at the Minnesota Zoo!

Wheel Fun Rentals Minnesota | Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheels of Fun

Water Play

It wouldn’t be a Minnesota summer without a swim in a lake!

Steamboat Days | Explore Minnesota

Explore Minnesota

Community Celebrations

Towns throughout the state celebrate their heritage and traditions with community festivals and celebrations. These often include parades, fireworks, concerts, art and more!

Sue Z.'s Picks: Wellness at the St. Paul Farmers Market | Minnesota Monthly

Minnesota Monthly

Farmer’s Markets

Throughout the summer months, support local farmers by doing your shopping at a local Farmer’s market. Our family loves to buy tomatillos, tomatoes, poblanos, cilantro and make homemade salsa! Our kiddos loves visiting the market to pick out fresh flowers and dance to the live music. Everyone has a blast!


Guest Blogger: Katya Larsen, Stager, A Home Revival

My Favorite Summer Dessert Recipe

 I cannot believe I am actually sharing my favorite summer dessert recipe! If you ever are a guest at my home you may be served this dessert. 

Ice CreamIt takes only a small amount of time to prepare and is very impressive when served! I have had this recipe for over 30 years so I am sad to say I cannot give credit to the original creator of the recipe.

 So, what goes better with summer than Ice Cream! There is never a bad time for ice cream, 3:00 AM when you cannot sleep is actually the perfect time.

 This favorite summer dessert can be used at any function or event and it makes a large pan so you may have left overs for yourself which is even better.

 Better than a trip to the local Ice Cream Shop: 

Banana Split Dessert

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (I tend to use more for a thicker crust)

2-3 sliced bananas

1/2 gallon Neapolitan Ice Cream

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup chocolate chips (again, I use more)

1/2 cup butter

2 cups powdered sugar

1 can evaporated milk

1 tsp Vanilla

1 pint Heavy Whipping Cream

Cover 11×20″ pan with crumbs, keeping 1 cup for topping. (I have used a 9×13 and it just makes the dessert thicker). Place sliced bananas over the crumbs. Soften the ice cream and spread over the bananas. Then sprinkle the nuts. Freeze.

Melt the chocolate chips and butter, add powdered sugar and milk. Cool until cold and thick then spread over the frozen hut layer. Whip the cream adding the vanilla and spread over the chocolate. Sprinkle with the remaining graham crack crumbs.

On each individual serving on the plate, be creative with the presentation. Add fresh raspberries and bananas on the side with a sprig of mint for color.




Okay, I have shared. Anyone else have a favorite summer recipe they would like to share?