Can It & Ferment It – Release and Book Launch Party

Although Can It & Ferment It released on July 18th, 2017, the pre-ordered books did not ship out until just a week ago due to the book selling out at release (WHAT?! That’s awesome!). The book is on the third print, and now (FINALLY) almost everyone that pre-ordered has the book in their hands. I cannot tell you how much fun it is to see the posts on social media that fellow Instagrammers and Facebookers are posting. Here are a few:

If you post pics of my book or recipes you’ve made from the book, please tag me (@minnesotafromscratch) and/or use the hashtag #CanItandFermentIt so I can easily find your picture.

Last Saturday I had a Book Release Party at GYST Fermentation Bar in Minneapolis. Here are some pics from the event!

I even got to meet one of my Instagram friends in person, how cool is that?!

I had a lot of great prizes to giveaway at the party including prizes from Le Parfait Wordwide – gorgeous jars sent all the way from France, GYST, Lakewinds Food Co-opFermentation Creation, as well as Stone Creek Trading and NWFerments!

The owner of Stone Creek Trading drove up from Chicago to celebrate with me too, and she generously gave away the awesome fermentation crock shown in the background of the pic of me and my Instagram buddy a few pics above (they are giving away another on Instagram in the next week or two, so be sure to follow my account!)

It was a fantastic event and I’ll post future book signings and demos that I will be scheduling in the next few weeks.

In other news since the release of Can It & Ferment It, New Jersey Monthly Magazine published an article about my book. Check it out here.

Also, REMINISCE Magazine featured Can It & Ferment It in their SPOTLIGHT in their August/September issue!

THANK YOU for all of the support! If you like my cookbook, please take a moment to leave a review on whichever website you purchased it from. 🙂 If you purchase the book directly from me, while supplies last, I will send a Can It & Ferment It bookmark, magnet AND sign your copy!



All professional photos of the event were by Joe Croissant of Photojo’s Photography,, 612-986-3528


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During a few google searches earlier this year, I came across an online shop called Stone Creek Trading, Ltd. I quickly fell in love with their old world traditional products that are imported from Poland. All of the products are made of natural materials (not BPA laden plastic, or lead in the paint!).

Emily and her husband own the business and reside in Illinois with their children. This family-run business offers great kitchenware items as well as decorative items but I’m most fond of their fermentation supplies. They offer a wonderful variety of shapes and sizes of fermentation crocks and they even manufacture their own all-glass crock weights in serveral different diameter options!

My absolute favorite product that they offer is their cabbage shredder <—- I have this BIG one. This product changed my sauerkraut-making game. Kraut is a staple in our home and it used to take me 45 mins to chop up 3 heads cabbage (maybe I’m slow? But it is time consuming nonetheless!). Now with the shredder, I shred up 3 cabbages in less than 10 mins! They offer a medium size and will soon be offering a small shredder as well!

I’m so excited to announce that Stone Creek Trading reached out to me to host a GIVEAWAY for all of my lovely social media followers.

To enter:

Head on over to Instagram and follow @stone_creek_trading and click back to my GIVEAWAY POST on my Instagram account and let me know which of the 3 prizes you’d like to win.


Prize #1: Luna Glass Crock Weights – non-porous glass weights to add to fermenting crocks to keep the produce under the brine.

Prize #2: Medium Size Wooden Cabbage Shredder, great for slaw and PERFECT for sauerkraut making.

Prize #3: A $25 shop credit to Stone Creek Trading to apply to any thing that you want.

No Instagram account? No problem. “LIKE” their Facebook page. You must let me know in the comments of this blog post that you “liked” their page in order to get an entry.

Want additional entries? Visit, scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your e-mail address to receive their newsletter! Once again, you must leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know you signed up to receive an entry.

Winner will be announced on my blog December 2nd, 2016 as well as on my Facebook page and on my Instagram account. Don’t forget to check back!

Good luck!

COMPLETE ALL 3 TASKS TO GAIN 3 ENTRIES INTO THE CONTEST! Contest will end 12/1/16 at 11:59pm Central Time Zone. This contest is open only to U.S. residents of the 48 contiguous states.


The Stone Creek Trading Giveaway had a great turn out and the owners are so happy with your excitement that they decided to give ALL 3 PRIZES away! The winners have been notified and have 72 hours to claim their prize – so check your e-mails! The winners are:

Judy – $25 Store Credit, Melissa S. – Luna Crock Weights and @wright.r for the highly sought after Cabbage Shredder.

Stone Creek Trading is also extending a special discount to all Minnesota from Scratch readers! Get $5 off any order over $50! One per customer, good through December 9, 2016. Discount code: MNScratch5

Congratulations winners! There will be more giveaways to come in 2017!

Thanks for reading!
-Stephanie Review and $75 Credit Giveaway!


Last month we took a vacation to Nassau, Bahamas. It was our first time there and it was quite a beautiful place. The ocean was SO clear and had the most amazing shades of blue and green that I’d ever seen. Flowers were blooming on many trees and bushes and would fall in our path as if they were intentionally placed there. We saw jelly fish, sharks, colorful fish, crabs, sea shells, iguanas and even fed sting rays! Despite all of the fun daily excursions we went on, the most fun we had may have been right on the beach where we were stayed. I snapped this picture with my cell phone one evening, on Cable beach, right outside of our resort.


I adore this photo because it was a candid moment. My daughter was playing on the shore, splashing in the waves, the ocean and sky shows multiple colors of blue and it was simply stunning, so I decided to capture this moment in time. I snapped a quick pic and didn’t even realize at the time, that I had a seagull in the upper right portion of the photo. I couldn’t have staged a better photo. I love this picture.

Once back home, I decided to print the photo on canvas. I chose to use for this task as they are great resource for prints & framed art. You can buy art of all kinds on the website and it’s very easy to search for what you are looking for, the site is broken up by, Rooms, Styles and Artists, or you can create your own art, which is what I did. It’s just three quick steps to create: 1. Upload photo, 2. Select the size you want and 3. Pick out a frame or canvas.

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There are multiple canvas sizes (10″x8″ all the way up to 42″x32″) and canvas options: print, museum wrap, gallery wrap or framed. Each option changes the price and the price is immediately updated so you can decide which best fits your budget.

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I decided to go with the 24″x18″, gallery wrapped canvas with 1.5″ bars.

Shipping was quick and the packaging was stellar. But the best part was my canvas! I took it out of the box and looked at it and I literally got chills. The vibrant colors of the ocean matched exactly to the way the ocean looked in the Bahamas. I was stunned. I couldn’t stop looking at it and was completely blown away. It totally exceeded all of my expectations. When I look at the print, it is as if I’m looking into a window of my exact view that day. It brings me and my family right back to our Bahamian vacation. I can’t say enough good things about my overall experience with and I will absolutely order from them again in the future.

Here’s my canvas, isn’t it great? I keep moving it around the house, trying to find the perfect location for it.


Now, as for my readers… I wanted to give you all the same mind-blowing experience that I had. I spoke to a Rep. over at and they have been generous enough to extend a $75 credit to their website for one lucky reader. You can use this credit towards creating your own art as I did, or you can buy one of their many pieces of beautiful art. They have styles to fit everyone’s taste, I’m tellin’ ya, it’s a great site. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook as well.


I’ll make this giveaway easy, all you have to do is visit and tell me in the comments section of my blog post, the name of the painting you’d buy with your credit, or which photo you’d turn into a canvas. NO repeat answers please. One entry per person.

Giveaway: ends 614/15 at 11:59pm Central Time Zone. United States Residents Only May Enter. Sorry International Readers – I’ll have another one for you soon.


BooksTo.Me: Instagram Photobook { Review and 75% off Promo Code + Giveaway! }



I began using Instagram just over a year ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite social media networks. It has proven to be a great way to meet other people around the world that have similar interests to me and it’s far more interactive than any of the other popular social media sites that I’m apart of. The only downside for me was that I had all these neat photos that I never did anything with. Of course I always had good intentions of making creative albums with my IG (Instagram) pics, but I never got around to it. So when I stumbled upon BooksTo.Me a few months ago, I got very excited because I knew it was exactly what I was looking for but didn’t know existed.


Here’s how it works…

BooksTo.Me automatically generates photo books using your Instagram pictures. If there is a photo you do not want included in your book, just simply write #noBTM on the photo in your IG account and it will be emitted from the book.

You subscribe to the service on either a monthly basis (one book per month) or a quarterly basis (one book every three months). Once you subscribe, you can cancel at anytime without any fees. There is no additional fee for shipping either! It’s very straight forward and so hands-free.

I have received books for the last three months now and I cannot tell you how much my daughter and I look forward to our delivery. We love showing off our books to family and friends that stop by, whom of most are not on Instagram and would not otherwise ever see the pictures.

The books are 8″x8″,  hardcover and in full color. BooksTo.Me adds a little highlights page on the front of the book with your most “liked” photos. Shipping is super quick too. It says on the website that shipping takes 7-10 days, but we have continually received our books two business days after my month’s end. Very impressive!

This is a family-run business out of Denver, Co. Unfortunately this is only a product available for residents of the USA at this time but it is something they hope to offer internationally very soon.

BooksTo.Me has been SO generous to host a GIVEAWAY and also an AWESOME PROMO CODE! One lucky winner will win two months free of the monthly plan! For everyone else, BooksTo.Me is offering 75% off of your first book! When signing up, enter: mfs75 to receive 75% off of your first order. The promo code will expire February 8th, 2015. Don’t wait to see if you won the giveaway… if you sign up and do happen to be my winner, you’ll be comp’d for the two following months! 🙂

TO SIGN UP FOR THE GIVEAWAY, please follow the Rafflecopter link below:

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Good luck!

Giveaway ends 1/18/15 at 11:59pm Central time/US residents only

Win a Handmade Fairy Door, Made by Yours Truly {Giveaway}

As my Christmas gift from my mother this year, she enrolled me into pottery class. It has been a very enjoyable creative outlet that I intend to continue for many years. THANK YOU, MOTHER. I’ve only made a few things on the wheel so far, including bowls, a mug, and a plate. The wheel is much more difficult than it looks I must admit. But I’ve made several items with slab clay and since my daughter is into fairies, I have made more fairy related items than I had ever foreseen making but it has become a very fun hobby.

Over on my Instagram account, I post several times a week and the few fairy related items that I have posted have been big hits. Therefore, I have decided to set up a giveaway over on IG. It’s very easy to enter and the winner will win the fairy door of their choice.

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The contest will end on Monday, May 26th and all entries must be through the Instagram contest rules located on my photo… direct link here.

Good luck to all!



Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate! at Target Center 2/27-3/2 + GIVEAWAY!

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Disney on Ice is bringing a brand new show to the Target Center in Minneapolis Feb. 27th–March 2, 2014. Make your child’s dreams come true at this magical event! There will be over 50 characters in this all-new, action packed show. You can expect to hear some of your favorite Disney songs, as well as a blend of contemporary music.

For the very first time in the Twin Cities, join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lio and Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villians and more in the celebration of the century!

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Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! will host eight performances at Target Center.

Show times

Thursday, Feb. 27th – 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28th —  7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 1st — 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 2nd — 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

We took our daughter, who was two at the time, to a Disney on Ice show in St. Paul last winter and it was entertaining not only for her but also for us, the adults. I found myself carried away and singing along to several songs, taken back to my childhood. The ice skating is very impressive and the props are fabulous as well — it really is magical.

The folks at Feld Entertainment have been SO generous to GIVEAWAY 2 FAMILY4-PACKS to the opening night show in Minneapolis on Feb. 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Follow the link below to get signed up! Please double check your calendar before entering! GOOD LUCK!


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To discover more about Disney on Ice, go to, or visit on Facebook and YouTube. Ticket prices vary from $16 to $70, with Opening Night tickets (Feb 27th, 7:00 p.m.) available for just $10 (not valid on front row VIP seating). Additional handling and service charges may apply. Tickets are available at Target Center’s Box Office, online at or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX (888-929-7849).

Vino Backyard Designs: Monogrammed Address Stamp {Review and Giveaway!}

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I continually tell my friends how I always end up falling in love with my review items and today is no exception. I am so excited to share one of my favorite Etsy stores with you called Vino Backyard Designs! Victoria is the owner and mastermind behind the shop and she creates beautiful custom monogrammed pieces that are perfect for a variety of occasions. Her shop includes leather hand-bound engraved journals, custom signs, wedding tags, ornaments and even scarves. But what I have to share with you today is my favorite custom product that she makes, which is the monogrammed return address stamp.

These stamps make perfect wedding gifts, they are wonderful for engaged couples (save the dates!), newlyweds (thank you cards), new parents and for the people who “have it all”.  I work for a Real Estate agent and I told him that this would be a great client gift for all of his new home owners! Wouldn’t you love to receive this? So thoughtful!

What I really like about this particular business is that Victoria is a nurse by day and about a year ago, with encouragement from her boyfriend, decided to make her dream a reality. She puts a lot of heart into each piece and she is completely flexible with your vision. Also, she is very prompt! The process of ordering my stamp to receiving it in the mail literally took a few days.

Here is my stamp… with address blurred out. It measures 2″x 2″.

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Here’s how it looks stamped:

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Aren’t they great? Victoria has been generous enough to extend a GIVEAWAY to ONE lucky MinnesotaFromScratch reader, so please follow the Rafflecopter link below and enter!

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Each entrant has a chance to gain up to 25 entries into the contest by completing various tasks listed on the Rafflecopter entry form.


The 5 Love Languages of Children: Book Review and Giveaway!


If you have kids and haven’t already read the book The 5 Love Languages of Children, I highly recommend you read it – now.  I was able to read the book cover to cover in just a few sittings and it has holistically changed the way I view children – and has already allowed me to make a positive difference in my relationship with my son.  In short, this book is golden!

Nobody needs to tell me that I love my little guy, or that he is the most important part of my life, or even that I do the absolute best that I can for him.  However, it wasn’t until I read this book that I had a complete understanding of how to properly approach all the disciplining and nurturing needed to offer him a fair chance at growing into the best person he can be.  And that’s a parent’s responsibility after all.

The five love languages are:

  1. Words of Affirmation – meaningful and specific
  2. Physical Touch – hugs, kisses, back rubs, and nighttime snuggles
  3. Gifts – thoughtful and without bribes
  4. Quality Time – put down your phone and look at them when they talk to you
  5. Acts of Service – be happy to help them rather than berate them

Probably the most significant take away for me was how to handle my son when he is being outwardly defiant.  Punishment never seemed to do anything but escalate the situation – now I know why.

I’m super excited to share this book with all parents, so much so that I’m GIVING AWAY ONE COPY TO one LUCKY reader!

Please follow the Rafflecopter link below to get entered:

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There are 24 entries available depending upon which tasks you complete within the Rafflecopter.

I am in no way being compensated for this review. I just truly feel passionate about what I have taken away from the book. I will personally buy the book for the winner an have it shipped to them.

Good luck!


Top 5 Favorite Gifts from Duluth Trading Co. + $50 Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

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Earlier today I published a blog post about my favorite new shirt/jacket which happens to be an item from Duluth Trading Co. We recently had our first Minnesota location open up in Bloomington, MN so I wanted to make you all aware of the awesomeness that this store encompasses.

Here is a list I have compiled of 5 great gift ideas for the hands-on, hard-working person in your life.

Men’s Shoreman’s Windblock Face Mask

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This would be perfect for all my die hard bicyclist friends that ride their bikes year-round in this frozen tundra! It says it’s a men’s mask but I don’t see why women can’t wear it as well. It looks warm and toasty, doesn’t it?

Flannel shirts for men or women

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I just wrote a blog post about how much I enjoy my shirt/jacket. I feel like this is a safe gift for pretty much any adult since they are so versatile.

Hoedag Tool

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This handmade gem would be a prized piece for any gardener. This pick is sure to get to the root of the toughest weeds. Also see the Hori Hori knife I featured in June.

N0-Crack Hand Cream

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Winter = Dry skin. We all need to moisturize! This cream is non-greasy, made in the USA and the reviews are phenomenal.


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A great vacuum-insulated, BPA-FREE travel mug. Keeps liquids hot or cold for six hours.

Which gift idea do you like best? Start thinking because Duluth Trading Co. has been SO generous to provide me with ONE $50 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky Minnesota From Scratch reader!

Click on the Rafflecopter link to enter:

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Good luck!

I was not compensated for this post and all of my opinions are my own.

Lunette Menstrual Cup: {A Very Personal} Review and Giveaway!


A few months ago, it dawned on me that my tampons may be harmful to my health. I immediately did some searching online and what I learned quickly frightened me. All the while that I have been eating organic food, making my own lotions, juicing and trying to take care of myself, I had completely overlooked tampons. How did it slip my mind for all of these years?! After some researching, I learned that most tampons are made of rayon and cotton. If the tampons are not made from organic cotton (which mine were not), then they are made from genetically modified, pesticide laden cotton! And Rayon! Yuck… The process of making rayon creates Dioxin and Dioxin is: Dioxin So between rayon and cotton, well…  there is nothing good to say and I don’t want my uterus to absorb this nonsense into my body any longer! I had never heard of menstrual cups before I researched alternatives to tampons. The only alternative I knew of were pads (not for me, thanks anyway!). After searching for alternatives, I found a menstrual cup with great reviews which was the Lunette cup. Lunette cups are made from medical-grade silicone (resistant to bacteria) and are flexible and reusable (eco-friendly). Because the cups only need to be replaced every few years, they are cost effective too! The cups do not absorb moisture, but catch it and can be worn up to 12 hours.  When I first tried the cup out I was actually a little hesitant, but I was pleasantly surprised with my experience! It was incredibly easy to insert, it just folds in half (the directions are very direct) and I felt very secure while wearing it. I don’t know how to quite explain it… but I was absolutely not concerned with leakage as I am sometimes with tampons. You women know what I’m talking about! Imagine yourself running, playing sports or laughing really hard… yeah… you know what I’m talking about! I could partake in a marathon in a Lunette cup and not worry one bit.

Something else that really surprised me is that I didn’t have cramps and I ALWAYS have cramps! Terrible cramps! With the cup, I didn’t have any cramps and I didn’t even know that was something that people report from using a cup until after I used it. It was also very comfortable to wear, it does not even feel like you are wearing anything whatsoever. I was a bit intimidated to try out the cup for the first time, but I will tell you that there is nothing to be intimidated by. It is very easy to use and so much better for your body and the overall environment.

Interesting tid-bit: There have been no reported cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) in connection with the use of menstrual cups!

There are two different sizes of cups you can choose from and a variety of colors. One cup is meant for women that have not had children and/or generally have a lighter period and cup two is for women that have had children and/or have a heavier period. I have had one child, yet I still use cup 1 because my periods are not incredibly heavy. Check out the size guide to see which is the best fit for you.

The folks over at Lunette Cup have been so generous to extend a GIVEAWAY of ONE clear Lunette Cup (size 1 or 2) AND a package of wipes to ONE lucky MinnesotaFromScratch reader!


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