Archive - November 4, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rice + 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family
Mischief Toy Store for Kids Young and Old Alike

Recipe Wednesday: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rice + 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family


Pairing Twin Cities Outings with Recipes at Home

Pumpkin-Rice-with-Fruit-1024x680[1]Sick of pumpkins yet? Ready to move on? Or perhaps you’ve stockpiled a stash of seeds from all those jack-o-lanterns you carved last week and are wondering what to do with them. Well, Dining With Alice has a great idea for you. Her pumpkin rice recipe could make a great alternative to Thanksgiving stuffing, or it could work well as a tasty fall side dish. Plus, after the recipe, since we’ve already got you in a giving thanks mood, we present 7 Ways to Give Back as a Family, part of FFTC’s We Can Give Back Month.

Pumpkin Rice (courtesy Alice Seuffert, Dining With Alice)


  • 3 cups rice of choice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 1 cup salted & roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup dried cherries


If you own a rice cooker, combine rice, chicken broth and water. Once cooked, add the sesame oil, pumpkin pie spice, parsley, thyme, pumpkin seeds, yellow raisins, currants and cherries. If you don’t have a rice cooker, cook the rice as you normally would, then add ingredients. Makes 10 cups.

The Great Give Back Challenge

I love Gianna’s 7 Ways To Give Back as a Family post because it can be difficult to figure out how to introduce and participate in volunteering when you’re factoring in small children. Here are her 7 highlights to give you some inspiration, then follow the link for the details!

  • Learn about a different culture (learn the stories of our neighbors & community members)
  • Give (food shelves, shelters, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, neighbors in crisis)
  • Foster (Animal Humane Society)
  • Serve (bring a meal to a busy family, pick up trash in the neighborhood)
  • Pray
  • Care (slow down and help teach kids to think of others’ needs, show empathy)
  • Buy responsibly (try locally & ethically)

Mischief Toy Store for Kids Young and Old Alike

Mischief Toys - the new store by the owners of Peapods

Image courtesy Mischief Toy Store

At the State Fair, I ran into Jeff Freeland Nelson (of our favorite toys YOXO–I think I’m going to call him Jeff YOXO from now on).  I mentioned that I was so disappointed that Dan Marshall and Millie Adelsheim had closed Peapods earlier in the summer.

Jeff looked me right in the eyes and said, “They are opening a new toy store!  I think they are going to call it Mystique or something like that.”

“What! Are you serious?”

I couldn’t believe it.  But it’s true.  All except the name of the store.

Introducing Mischief Toy Store!

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