Tim Horton’s WHAT??!!

Tim Horton’s is a name that everyone knows and loves! They have great coffee and delicious food. PLUS, they just opened up here in Forest Lake, MN and you can already tell it’s going to be a big hit.   Since this fabulous coffee shop is now in town I thought it would be fitting to tell you 11 things you might not have known about the famous Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop!

1. It Was Founded by a Canadian Hockey Player

Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton spent 24 years as a defenseman in the NHL, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres, and was widely regarded as the strongest man in the game. Before opening the doughnut chain, he also tried his hand at a hamburger restaurant and a Studebaker dealership.

2. That’s A Lot of Coffee!

That's A Lot of Coffee!

Thanks to Tims, Canadians drink more coffee than Italians, Americans, the French or pretty much any other nation. In fact, we drink more than 14 billion cups of coffee each year. Tim Hortons serves more than 2 billion cups alone.

 

3. It Was Once Owned by Wendy’s International

Being bought out by a huge fast food chain is actually nothing new for Tim Hortons. From 1992 until the company went public in 2006, Hortons was owned by Dave Thomas’s popular burger chain. Hortons CEO Ron Joyce (pictured) controlled more shares of Wendy’s than even Thomas did, though, until Joyce sold his stock — today worth about $1.2 billion — and retired.

4.  It Sells 76 Percent of all Canadian Baked Goods

Along with coffee and doughnuts, Tim Hortons also sells bagels, sandwiches, panini, and wraps, and when all is said and done they command a massive share of the baked goods market. If you’re eating a doughnut in Canada, it’s most likely from Tim’s.

 

5. The First U.S. Locations Closed

In 1981, the first U.S. locations opened in Deerfield and Pompano Beach, Fla. Sales were dismal, so they closed soon after. But they wouldn’t be gone for long…

6. Offers Its Own Credit Card

Offers Its Own Credit Card

In 2014, Tim Hortons launched its “Double Double” Visa cards, a high-tech credit card with different light-up buttons that allow the consumer to use it as a regular Visa card or redeem the points racked up at the nearest Tim Hortons location.  This could possibly end my healthy eating if I were to get one of these 😲!

7. ‘The Priestley’ Was Real!

'The Priestley' Was Real!

CBS sitcom ‘How I Met Your Mother’ regularly spoofed all things Canadian (thanks to B.C.-born star Cobie Smulders. In one episode, guest star Jason Priestley proudly announced that Tim Hortons had named a doughnut after him. Shortly after the episode aired, Tim Hortons apparently did it for real, tweeting a picture of a new creation dubbed “The Priestley” — a timbit stuffed inside a strawberry-vanilla doughnut.

8. It’s in the Dictionary!

It's in the Dictionary!

So ubiquitous is Tim Hortons in Canada that “Double Double” actually made it into the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, where it’s defined as “a coffee with double cream and double sugar added.”

9. Because of Timmies, Canada eats more donuts per capita than any other country.

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Even more than Americans!

10. They originally sold hamburgers

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Yep, hockey player Tim Horton, co-founder of the company, insisted their first stores sell char-grilled beef pucks. And the coffee? It cost just 10 cents.

11. They have a serious rivalry with Dunkin’ Donuts.

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When Tim Hortons switched from Coke to Pepsi in the States, Dunkin’ spitefully switched from Pepsi to Coke.

I would like thank www.thedailymeal.com and http://www.foodnetwork.ca for providing the facts and some of the pics!

The new Tim Hortons Coffee Shop in Forest lake is located 107 12th St SW, Forest Lake, MN 55025.  Go grab some great coffee and some delicious food.

 

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years | MyKCM

If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.

Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years | MyKCM

The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.

Fun Staycation ideas!!

Very soon Spring will be upon us and it couldn’t come fast enough!! One of the best things about Spring is going on Spring Break with your friends and family.  Sometimes, however, we just don’t have the funds to go to a nice warm beach, but that doesn’t mean you cant have a fantastic Spring Break at home.

More and more families are doing Staycations, what are Staycations? Staycation is to make it feel as much like a real family getaway as possible, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

let’s GET CREATIVE!

Chances are there are dozens of fun things to do in your own hometown that you either never have time for, or don’t even think about because they are so close by.  Here are 5 fun and creative ideas to get you started:

Try Geocaching:

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game that uses a GPS. Your family would use the GPS to navigate to a specific preset area and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden in that location.  How cool is that!!! This could be a blast with little kids, nothing like a good old treasure hunt to appease the appetites of kids and adults alike.  Related imageTo find more out about Geocaching and how to do it, go to https://www.geocaching.com/guide/.

Camp in Your Own Backyard:

Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard?  You can Set up a tent and sleeping bags, build a fire to cook some s’mores.  You can also download SkyView an app to identify stars, planets, and even satellites in the sky.  SkyView uses your phone’s screen and sensors to give you an augmented reality view of what’s up in the sky.

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Theme Restaurant or Dinner Theater:

Depending on where you live there may be theme restaurants, dinner theater, or even a murder-mystery dinner train!  There are some pretty fun Murder-Mystery restaurants in Minnesota, one that comes to mind is The Dinner Detective Murder-Mystery Dinner Show is America’s largest interactive Murder-Mystery Dinner Shows for info on this dinner show go to https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/minneapolis/.  You and your family will not be disappointed.

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Tackle a family project:

Spend your week together working on something to improve your home or build that tree house your kids have been bothering you about.  You’ll not only bond while painting and building together, but at the end of the week have something to show for your time!

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To find some fun family projects to do go to https://www.pinterest.com/lowes/family-projects/?lp=true

Put on your own film festival:

Chose a theme and let each family member pick a movie, then settle down for a day of movies.  Don’t forget the snacks, and take breaks to discuss and rate each film.

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go to http://www.partycurrent.com/movie-theme-party-ideas.html to find some fun movie theme’s!

Spring Break is a time to relax and just have fun, but who says you can’t do that at your own home and/or hometown.  Hopefully, the ideas above will not only be useful but helps you come up with even better things to do with your friends and family!

Thank you to www.livingwellspendingless.com for some of the ideas and info!

 

 

Winter Time Fun!!

With winter in full swing and Ground Hogs day just around to corner, which will probably tell us that we have another 6 weeks of winter left.  So, there is still a lot of time this winter to do some pretty fun things with your friends and family.  Below is a list of 4 fun events and activities to do with the family.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding.  

Sled Dogs

I don’t know about you but this is the first time I have ever heard of Skijoring….. AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A BLAST!! Skijoring is a form of dog sledding, but instead of riding in a sled, the person rides behind the dog on cross-country skis.  I have always wanted to try Dog Sledding and now there is a place right here in Minnesota to do it.   You can participate in Dog Sledding and Skijoring at Baker Park Reserve, the park has more than 2,700 acres of preserved area and is situated on the shores of Lake Independence.  passes are not required for those wishing to participate in the activities on the main trails.  For more information about Baker Park Reserve, you can go to www.threeriversparks.org.

Red Bull Crashed Ice 

To see how awesome this event is here is a link to a video: http://crashedice.redbull.com/en_INT/video/battle-finish

Ok….. This has got to be one of the coolest events during Minnesota winters!! This takes place on Feb. 24th and involves the toughest and best skaters in the world as they go down a 1600 foot track with a 12 foot drop right in front of the St. Paul Cathedral.  This is event is packed with over 120,000 fans, Crashed Ice is in it’s 5th year. If you can’t make it be sure to watch the action live on Red Bull TV!  This is definitely going to be on my list of activities to go to, it looks crazy! If you would like to get more info about this event and see some more awesome videos go to http://crashedice.redbull.com/en_INT/event/saint-paul-1.

The Winter Carnival

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The Winter Carnival is a huge event in Minnesota, and it runs from Jan. 27th through Feb. 10th.  It has so many activities and attractions to do and go to. Since 1886, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has brought family-friendly events and community pride to Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro area. Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minnesotans can!  Can you believe that? Minnesota has been doing this carnival for over 130 years that is a crazy amount of time, it just goes to show that it is a loved event here in Minnesota.  If you would like more info on the Winter Carnival you can go to www.wintercarnival.com.

Apostle Islands mainland sea caves 

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Mainland Sea Caves

Only in cold winters like the ones here in Minnesota, can visitors walk across frozen Lake Superior to explore the Apostle Islands mainland sea caves.  These amazing ice formations that decorate the cliffs of Lake Superior: waterfalls frozen in place, entire cliff faces encased in inches of ice. For more info on the Ice Caves check out  http://www.lakesuperior.com/travel/wisconsin/ice-caves-of-apostle-islands-national-lakeshore/

If Lake Superior is a little to far for some of you, don’t worry, Minnehaha Falls when frozen is absolutely beautiful and definitely lives up to the beauty that the ice caves up north has and is a must see.  (See picture below of Minnehaha Falls) go to http://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/minnehaha_regional_park/ For more info.

Minnesota winters can definitely be daunting and a little depressing at times BUT it doesn’t meant that there isn’t anything to do.  Winter brings its own flavor of fun and excitement and you need to do a little more searching to find them and I promise you wont be dissatisfied with the fun winter brings.

3749 121st Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN

3749 121st Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN

For Sale

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612-306-1666
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4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1775 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful home in GREAT LOCATION! Close to shopping, bike trails, and schools. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home has a BIG foyer and is in great condition! It also has a nice size yard that backs up to bike trails. Come take a look at this house it wont last long!

 

3749 121st Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN

3749 121st Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN

For Sale

Presented By:

Eric Wilson

Professional Realtor
Realty Group, Inc.
612-306-1666
Licensed In: Minnesota
License #: 40424206

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$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1775 SQUARE FEET

Beautiful home in GREAT LOCATION! Close to shopping, bike trails, and schools. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath home has a BIG foyer and is in great condition! It also has a nice size yard that backs up to bike trails. Come take a look at this house it wont last long!

 

20 CRAZY facts about Thanksgiving and the month of November.

November, in my opinion, is one of the best months of the year!! Why? Well, there are a few different reasons why November is great.  First, it is when everyone starts getting ready for CHRISTMAS!!! You really start to feel the holiday spirit in your community and everyone starts to put up Christmas lights and trees.  Most importantly Christmas music is acceptable to play and listen to…. For the most part haha.

Second, Thanksgiving…… Let’s be honest it’s one of the two only holidays where it is 100% ok to eat until you need to be rolled back home, and no one will say a thing! I love eating so this is a holiday that I really look forward to.  Plus, you get to eat and mingle with great friends and family.

The third and final reason, holiday shopping.  I think everyone can agree once November comes we all start salivating for DEALS…. Not just any deals, deals we are willing to trample and kill people to get…. We start thinking of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Luckily Cyber Monday is a safer way to shop in November but large amounts of people still prefer to stand for hours and days in front of buildings so we can feel good about beating a little old lady to the TV’s just to rub it in her face.  Any other day of the year that would be probably be frowned upon lol.  But Black Friday has a long history of giving people deals of a lifetime both good and bad.

This website gives a list of 20 weird and crazy facts about November, Thanksgiving and Black Friday that could possibly make November even better…. or it might just make you feel in AW on how crazy people get during the month of November hahaha, ENJOY!

https://www.wimp.com/20-weird-thanksgiving-facts/

Good Eats of Forest lake!!

I am an AVID food person, so much so that every time you see me I am munching on something…… I love food 😆 and when a new restaurant comes into town I have to make it a point to go give it a try. There are two restaurants that recently opened up here in Forest Lake that I really have to give a shout out too.  Their food is AMAZING and I recommend everyone to give them a try too.

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The first restaurant is called Ernies Eatery located at 143 Lake St. N Forest Lake, MN. This place was opened by a Forest Lake local and they serve healthy, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Take a look at this review from Brian M. about their prime-rib wrap (which was also my favorite)

Reviewed June 14, 2017

I had the prime-rib wrap: wow, it was phenomenal! Taste, texture, ingredients–the best I’ve ever had. I WILL be going back to Ernie’s.
Fun, olde-tyme pop flavors. Great chips. Excellent service. Decent prices.
Yeah, the ambience is quite basic. I look forward to Ernie’s next place!

Check out this other review from Purelyhis:

Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Food and friendly service was excellent. They have a very tasty pretzel offered with multiple kinds of seasoning on top. We shared the Italian Seasoning one and a Saracha seasoned one. The menu board warns Saracha is ” hot”. The Saracha is definitely not for the sensitive tongue. We also shared a turkey, bacon, cheese wrap that was served warm with lots of flavor. All was delicious! The setting is that of a Sub Shop. The service was good and friendly- they took care that you had a good experience. They mentioned that soon they will have a special cutter so to create sandwiches out of the pretzels. We will be back… there was much more we wanted to check out on the menu.

All I have to say is NUM NUM NUM!!!!! Their food is delicious,  this place is definitely on my top 5 places to eat.  If you want to get to know a little bit more about Earnies Eatery and its owner visit their website here: https://www.ernies-eatery.com/.

Pi Pizzeria Forest Lake, MN

The second place I would like to mention is Pi’s Pizzeria located at 25 North Lake St. Forest Lake, MN.  I am a sucker for pizza….. It is one of my all-time favorite things to eat.  So when a new pizza place opens up near me I am the first person there.

Pi’s Pizza has a variety of options on their menu, from the obvious which is pizza to soups, salad, breadsticks and spaghetti, they even have a gluten-free option as well.  My favorite is the Magnum PI 22 (which is equivalent to a meat lovers at Pizza Hut, but in my opinion a lot better).  Take a look at a couple reviews given from the public:

Reviewed May 17, 2017 by Heidi B

Very delicious tasting pizza. Love their sauce! Good selection to choose from or you can build your own pizza. We had the handtosed crust, but the deep-dish seemed very popular. It looked really yummy! Awesome staff, very polite and welcoming.

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Reviewed March 14, 2017 by tokanier

Went here on a weekday at dinner time. Were seated immediately. Were able to get a high top table next to window. Menu options are: appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, pizzas (hand tossed & deep dish) they offer soda, beer & wine. Ordered the special is the day, philly cheese steak pizza, hand tossed. The pizza was very good! I normally don’t eat pizza crust but this crust i loved. It is more a cracker crust crust vs a doughy crust. I will be back to try a 1/2 salad & the soup!

PI Pizza is fabulous and its a great place to enjoy lunch and dinner with a view of the lake.  I am deffinietly going to try that Philly Cheese Steak Pizza next time 😱 just the sound of it is making my mouth water!!  If you want some more info of PI Pizza click here: https://piforestlake.com/.

These 2 restaurants are just amazing and having them be locally owned by Forest Lakers is even better.  When you get the chance you have to try these out, you will NOT regret it.