Archive for November, 2011

A Cornucopia of Topics For You

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Thanksgiving time is once again upon us! Who can pick just one thing to write about for Thanksgiving? We decided to do a blog with some variety for you.  Scroll down to see the different sections, separated by the brown ribbons.

First, an important note: We’re thankful for each and every one of our well-loved guests at Belladerm and thank you for continuing to trust us with all your aesthetic needs! We love serving you! We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

With the biggest shopping of the year on the heels of Thanksgiving, it seems much of the focus is on where to shop and what deals will be out there! It seems to be a big controversy this year with stores opening at earlier than ever times–even on Thanksgiving.  There are complaints and petitions and people are saying that it isn’t fair to ask employees to come in on a holiday for retail store shopping.  Where do you land on this issue? We’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts.  Are you someone who will be working at a retail location on Thanksgiving night? How do you feel about it all? We welcome your comments!

For those of you hosting a big Thanksgiving meal, this section is for you.  Here is a highly-rated stuffing recipe:

Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing

If you’re looking for an alternative to bread stuffing, this recipe from the National Turkey Federation is a great option.


  • 4 Slices TURKEY BACON cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Cup onion chopped
  • 1 Cup celery chopped
  • 1/2 Pound mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Package (4 ounces) wild rice, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 Cups bread crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregeno
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325


  • In medium-size skillet, over medium heat, saute bacon until almost crisp.
  • Add onion, celery and mushrooms; continue cooking until vegetables are tender.
  • In large bowl combine bacon mixture, wild rice, bread crumbs, sausage, oregano and sage.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Spoon dressing into lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Bake, covered, at 325 degrees F. 35 to 40 minutes.
Now, maybe you’re looking for something fun for the grandkids to create with you! Or your own kids. Here is a very cute turkey project that is EDIBLE! Yum! See the photo below:

And, we’ll wrap up with a few fun trivia facts to get you thinking! 

Did you know that the most popular Thanksgiving dinner includes a menu of turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie? Then it’s only fitting that Americans raise over 256 million turkeys. The biggest producer of turkeys is Minnesota, followed by North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and California.

Did you know that there are at least three American towns named after Thanksgiving dinner’s main course? There’s Turkey, Texas, with 496 residents; Turkey Creek, Louisiana, with 357 residents, and Turkey, North Carolina, with 267 residents. There are also eight places and townships named Cranberry, and 20 places named Plymouth, after the location of the first Thanksgiving. Like our very own PLYMOUTH, MN!


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Shoe Therapy, Anyone?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

While you are packing away your flip flops and strappy sandals into the abyss of your storage closet for yet another cold winter in MN…you are undoubtedly thinking about the shoes that will take their place in the closet.  That is, unless you have one of those impressive shoe closets where they can all happily coexist year-round! Good for you, if you do! What woman doesn’t want that?

If you’re like many of us, you are pulling open the containers of winter boots and shoes and you’re maybe less than excited to wear those same boots from 2 years ago, for another winter. You sure would have a spring in your step if you could cover your toes with some new shoes! But shoes can be expensive, you tell yourself.  Especially the stylish ones.  Plus, you have no time for shopping and you’ve promised yourself never to take your kids along on your personal shoe shopping adventures ever again.  EVER!  But wait–how about a website that learns your style preferences and hand-picks shoes you’d like AND every pair is under $40 and shipping is FREE!?? This is not too good to be true–it is JUSTFABULOUS.  You receive 20% off your first order, too.  Sound like something you should try? Probably! And your toes will thank you! Here are a couple of shots from their site so you can whet your appetite for shoe fun!


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