2015 Review: Olive Garden

Price Range
·         Kids Meals: $5 - $6
·         Lunch: $12 average
·         Dinner: $18 average
·         Deserts: $3 - $8
·         Non-Alcoholic Beverages: $3 - $5

In general I like Olive Garden. They are by no means the best Italian food restaurant out there, but they have good food at okay prices. Most important for me is the great job the do providing nutrition and food allergy information (http://www.olivegarden.com/nutrition#food-allergies). For this alone I would give them an A+.

To be specificI was at the Maplewood, MN Olive Garden for lunch…

The service on the day I was there was good. The food came out right away and was warm. The interior building was clean. The server was nice. Nothing struck me as being terrible or needing to be fixed. At the same time, nothing struck me as being amazing.


My trip to the Maplewood Olive Garden left me feeling satisfied and slightly over stuffed. Their breed sticks are a not so healthy, yet delicious comfort food. My final grade for this restaurant is a solid B.

The 2015 MN State Fair: Admissions

I have entered the fairs creative activities and now it’s time to plan for the 2015 fair. This year the fair runs from August 27ththrough Sept 7th. Don’t wait until August to start planning your trip. Now is the time to pick the day(s) you will be going and pre-order your tickets.

Pre-fair tickets are on sale for $10 at a lot of Cub Foods stores and through the MN State Fair website. Regular priced tickets are $13 for adults (13-64), $11 for seniors (65+), and $11 for kids (5-12), under age 5 is FREE. For our family, for one day at the fair we save $18 by pre-ordering our tickets.

There is a little exception to the pre-fair tickets. Check the dates you are going first. The fair has several discount ticket days. This year they are:
August 27th – kids are only $8
August 31st – kids and seniors are only $8
September 1st – Military appreciation $8 across the board for active military, retired military and veterans when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present valid documentation of military service.
September 2nd – kids and seniors are $8 Discount applies to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (One discount per card).
September 3rd – seniors $8
September 7th – kids are only $8

One thing to not as a change from years past. They no longer accept the pre-fair tickets for parking. You will now need to pay the full parking price if using a state fair lot.


I’ll be posting more State Fair Updates over the next few months come back to check them out.

Why I can't sleep in...


"Mommy, mommy, Robert is trying to roast marshmallows with a lighter and started the kitchen on fire."

Greatest Day...


So, I hear two voices, in two languages, none English, all from one person having a conversation with themselves in the kitchen. I wouldn't be doing my job as a mom if I didn't acquire more information. 
So I ask "Who's in the kitchen?"
It was William and it was at that moment he realized the conversation he thought he was having in his head was actually out loud. He started to giggle and get embarrassed. 
So I said "Welcome to the family, you're officially one of the odd ones."
It was at that moment that he realized others (unnamed) in the house do the same thing and he, at eight years old replied "ahh crap!" and walked away.