I’m signing off from my liveblogging adventure, but the Expo continues until 3:30 p.m., with a wine-tasting event at 3 p.m. I’ve been told that the wine-tasting is super popular and great fun, so be sure to check it out!
There are lots of other seminars planned for this afternoon, and all the booths will still be here too. You can get a list of all the seminars and all the booths here, along with a $1 off admission price coupon.
Be sure to check out the Women’s Expo, open until 3:30 p.m. today at Minnesota West’s Worthington campus!
12:40 – 1:00 PM You DO Have Time for Exercise – Melissa Kreun, Sponsored by Sanford Worthington
1:10 – 1:45 PM Every Woman Has a Story – Kay Sauck, Womeninc, Sponsored by First State Bank Southwest
1:55 – 2:15 PM On-line Safety for Parents and Children – Captain Chris Dybevick & Officer Bob Fritz, Sponsored by Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics
2:25 – 2:45 PM Self Breast Examination: What Every Woman Should Know – Erika Freking & Lynn Dierks, Sponsored by Sanford Worthington
3:00 – 3:30 PM Wine Tasting: Wine Doesn’t Have to be Expensive to be Good!, Sponsored by Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics
3:30 PM Door Prize Drawings, Johnson Jewelry, HyVee, Slumberland Furniture
I haven’t talked a lot about the "home" portion of the Women’s Expo Health and Home Show, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t here today. As you can see, Luxury Bath Systems of Sioux Falls brought two whole bathtub/shower demonstration units with them to the show.
And there’s State Farm, for car and home insurance, just in case.
And some more gift ideas: you could buy the only thing you can never have too much of: Tupperware. It stacks easily, doesn’t take much space, can be frozen and microwaved and comes in every conceivable size and shape.
Or you could just go with the purses.
Though I don’t usually get to the seminars here at the Expo, I did manage to catch a few minutes of Sue Doeden‘s wonderful presentation.
I think they schedule these things just before noon just to drive us crazy. Food-mad! My stomach was definitely rumbling as she described how to make a simple tomato sauce. Since the recipe hasn’t been in the paper, I’m going to put it down here, in hopes this will encourage me to actually make it myself.
1 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
5 tablespoons of butter
1 medium-sized onion
1 to 2 bay leaves
A couple of whole cloves
Let the butter melt in a saucepan. Poke the point of the cloves into the bay leaves, and then poke the whole thing into the onion to hold the bay leaf on. That way, you don’t have to struggle to fish the bay leaves out of the sauce, Sue explained. Put the tomato in the butter; you can stuff it into a blender first if you prefer the texture better pureed. Let the whole mess simmer for half an hour.
Sue said you could freeze it and it will stay good for at least a couple months.
Now I didn’t hear what Sue was going to use the tomato sauce for, but I imagine it would be good as a bread dip, and probably tons of other things as well.
The Women’s Expo isn’t just about booths and free stuff. Throughout the day, there are also some really cool seminars on a wide variety of topics, from health to meth to cooking and online safety.
One of the popular ones today is "Every Woman Has a Story," by Kay Sauck, of Women inc. (Shown at left) There’ll be a repeat of it at 1:10 p.m., so if you missed it, you have another chance.
Also coming up any minute now is Sue Doeden, our Daily Globe food columnist, who is tremendously entertaining.
Two years ago she showed me how to easily peel an avocado. I still haven’t ever actually peeled an avocado, but now if someone put a gun to my head and said "Peel this avocado or die" I’d be able to do it.
So that’s a relief.
The line at the Sanford Health screening area seems to have gone down, so it’s probably a good time to go there, if you haven’t already.
Instead, everybody seems to be gathered at the Avalon area, where the girls are doing makeup for anyone who’s willing to wait for a free spot to open up.
A lot of people don’t know that Avalon School of Cosmetology performs cosmetology services, all at a very inexpensive rate, because it’s students (under teacher supervision) doing it. At their booth today they’re giving away $1 off services coupons too, so it’s even cheaper.
Avalon does hair, of course, but they also offer ear piercing, waxing, facials, makeup application, manicures, pedicures and even children’s parties (they can do hairstyles, makeup and manicures for groups of children).
Another place with a line is Deb’s Healing Massage, which is offering free massages.
Sadly, I’m a bit too busy writing to wait for a massage, but people sure look relaxed when they get done with their massages.
Just because it’s called the Women’s Expo doesn’t mean only women attend it, although of course most of the dudes here are booth workers of one sort or another.
That said, if any guy wants to pay $6 to get a rose and some other free stuff for his girlfriend, or check out some home furnishings, dishes and decor, now is a really good time to stop by the Expo at Minnesota West Worthington. I’m not sure how long all that swag is going to last. And don’t worry, there are lots of other dudes here already, and you won’t be the only one.
There are small dudes.
There are tech dudes.
There are dudes supporting Memorial Auditorium.
There are dudes taking lunch orders, and dudes ordering lunch.
There are law enforcement dudes.
And there are teeny, tiny dudes in footie pajamas.
Many of the people signing up for the Daily Globe’s drawing, whose prize incidentally is a free year-long subscription to the paper, have come up with an incredibly clever idea.
They brought a sheet of address labels with them, and so when they want to sign up for a prize drawing, they simply stick a label to the piece of paper, add a phone number and go.
It makes it a bit easier to sign up for the myriad drawings at the Expo; just about every booth has a drawing, and there are some big grand prize drawings to take place toward the end of the day too.
Health is a major component of the Women’s Expo this year, and Sanford Health has a huge pavilion area in the Minnesota West gym. Avera has a big booth in the annex area.
Sanford is offering free cholesterol screenings, blood pressure checks and oxygen saturation checks, and there’s a long line of people waiting to get it all done.
"I’m having my cholesterol checked, and my blood pressure," said Joyce Faragher of Worthington, one of the folks waiting in line. "I haven’t had it checked in 40 years, so maybe it’s time."
I wished her good luck and started wandering again; such is liveblogging! So many things to look at, things to do, and so little time!
People wandered by the Daily Globe booth with roses on the threshold of full bloom often enough so far that Beth Rickers, who is staffing the booth today, asked where they were coming from.
I was curious myself, until I wandered into the big gym and saw people from Johnson Builders handing them out!
I never buy myself roses, but it seems to me that the $6 admission to this event is just about worth it if the rose is the only thing you take from the Women’s Expo today. Probably not quite, but almost.
Of course, there’s so much other stuff you can get free today that it is definitely worth it.
The strangest thing I’ve seen at the booths are these little colanders imprinted with KM Graphics’ logo. I thinkthey’re free, although there were so many people waiting to get to them I didn’t have the heart to take up space and pester the booth workers.
You can see one of colanders (this one is blue, but they came in other colors) in the photo to the right.
Minnesota West’s law enforcement program is out in force today at the Women’s Expo, and I think they might be looking to recruit some women here today.
They have about half Minnesota West’s booth, and they’re selling these awesome law enforcement mugs for $2. I might get one, even though the closest I get to being a law enforcement official is watching lots of Law and Order on TV.
The other half of the Minnesota West booth is their Relay for Life team, at which they are selling luminaria. They have plenty of art supplies to allow people to decorate the luminaria right on the spot, which I thought was pretty considerate.