Whether a visitor or resident of Minnesota you will be reminded of familiar spots that you love. Oh, Minnesota – with your land, lakes and loons! This Good Night Minnesota board book is a fun look at what it is to be a Minnesotan. 20 full-color board pages.

Totally Kids staff pick. A huge customer favorite.

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A Taste of Minnesota Too!

Minnesota Tater Tot Hot Dish

Ten thousand lakes and one famous hot dish. You do not have to go to a restaurant specializing in Minnesota to experience it. A recipe so simple, many a young Minnesota girl practiced cooking it at a young age.

Begin with:

1/2 bag tater tots
1 lb. hamburger
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cream of mushroom soup
1 cream of celery soup

Brown hamburger in pan. Drain off fat. Mix hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, salt, and pepper in a casserole dish. Place tater tots on top of mixture. You should have the entire top covered. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve hot. Makes a serving of 6.

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The Loon is the state bird even though some folks like to believe that it is the mosquito. Jello salad is considered by many a Minnesota state food. Sunshine  Jello Salad Mold  is another Minnesota classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 3-ounce packages lemon flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 1 9-ounce cans crushed pineapple with juice (cannot use fresh pineapple)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots

Method

1 Empty gelatin into a small mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cup of boiling water. Stir thoroughly until the gelatin has dissolved.

2 Stir in 1 cup ice water, one can of crushed pineapple with its juice, lemon juice (or vinegar), and a pinch of salt. (Make sure you use canned pineapple. Fresh pineapple has an enzyme that will prevent the gelatin from jelling.)

3 Chill in refrigerator until the gelatin starts to thicken. Then gently fold in the grated carrots until well mixed.

4 Add mixture to a jello mold. Set in the refrigerator until firm, several hours. To unmold, dip the bottom of the pan in hot water for about 5 seconds. Invert onto a serving platter, and shake firmly to release. Slice to serve.

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Devon’s Staff Picks:

My first pick for this holiday season is the Pets Eye View Camera. It is a small, lightweight digital camera that attaches to your pets collar. I cannot tell you how much fun it is to see what my dogs do when I am not at home! I was wondering which one of my dogs kept getting into the garbage, and low and behold it was the one I was SURE was innocent. Then the next day I attached it to my cat’s collar. It was hilarious to see the world through my cat’s eyes. I now understand why they run from my two 50lb dogs!

My next pick would be the Fun with Your Dog kit. It has a healthy cookie mixture to make treats for your dogs, with a dog bone shaped cookie cutter! It also has a ton of different experiments to do with your children. It is a really fun way to engage your children in science, without making it feel like “work”. (It’s also fun for the dogs too!)