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Review: Rock Of Ages Blacklight Minigolf At The Mall Of America

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do at the Mall of America. Of course, there’s shopping, but there’s also lots of food and fun!

I’ve already reviewed Nickelodeon Universe and Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium so on a recent MOA trip I was looking for something new for my family to try when we wanted a break from shopping.

As luck would have it, there’s a new minigolf attraction now open on the 3rd floor of the Mall of America; Rock Of Ages Blacklight Minigolf.  It’s an 18 hole miniature golf course centered around the theme of rock music starting with the 50’s to current day.The artwork on the course was fun and vibrant and like a blast of my childhood.  There were boom boxes, cassette tapes, nods to video games and more.  The rock music playing throughout added to the party like atmosphere.

Going in I wondered if there would be a hole devoted to Minnesota Rock Icon Prince.  Sure enough, there was!

We arrived around Noon on a Sunday and got right in.  The course was fun to play!  A little challenging at times but not too difficult that it was frustrating…. although I will say hole 17 was my nemesis.My wife was the big winner in our foursome!  Who knew she was such a great mini golfer?  Both my daughters had a blast and look forward to going again.

It took us about an hour to complete the course which was the perfect break from our back-to-school shopping.  The music, black lights, artwork, and memories all made for one fun experience.  My family loved it and I’m guessing yours will too!

If you’re really a mini golf fan you should know there’s another MOA course you can play too;  Moose Mountain Adventure Golf.  We plan on trying that one out on our next trip to the Mall Of America.

Disclaimer: I was provided with free passes to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are mine.

Where’s your favorite place to play mini golf?

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Memory Monday – Dad In The Kitchen

Tonight my oldest daughter joined me as I grilled burgers for supper.  As we sat on the tailgate of my truck I asked her what I should write about for Memory Monday.

We talked about several different ideas but somehow the conversation turned to what I remember most about what my Dad, her Grandpa, cooked when he made meals for our family.

There were 3 things that jumped out most.  The first would be stir-fry.   I’d make Minute Rice while my Dad whipped up the eggs, meat, and veggies to go on it.  I’m not sure whether it was for his birthday or Christmas but one time we got him an electric wok.

As a kid I watched intently as he worked. While he cooked he’d tell my brother and I stories about the stir-fry like foods he ate while he was overseas in the Army.

The way I make (and have taught my kids to make) stir-fry is pretty much the same way my Dad did.

Another meal my Dad would make would be chow mein.  This one wasn’t homemade.  It was the kind that came in a can.  Two cans taped together, actually.  He’d heat it up and serve it over crunchy chow mein noodles.  I was a fan of this meal.  Maybe because I like salty things and always topped mine with soy sauce.

The other thing I remember my Dad making, especially when Mom was working, was pot pies.  You know, the cheap kind in the little metal tin.  He’d let me use a steak knife to carve a C or B in the top of each one… indicating whether it was chicken or beef.

I loved those pot pies but didn’t love the fact that they took 45 minutes to bake in the oven.  My Dad used to like to dump his out on a plate over the top of a slice of bread.  I ate mine systematically. First the top crust, then the filling, followed by the side and bottom crust.

I’ve made the canned chow mein for my girls before but they weren’t fans.  When I told my daughter this she didn’t remember it and said she’d be willing to give it another try.

She did remember the pot pies I made for them once and said she wasn’t a fan and didn’t want to try them again.  That’s not going to stop me, though.  Now I’m craving a pot pie.

What are 3 things you remember your Dad cooking for you?


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Weekly Verse – Rest

It’s been an extremely busy Summer for my family.  I was hoping that our schedule might slow down with the absence of school but I think it’s actually been the opposite.

We’ve gone from one event to another without much of a break. There’s been softball, dance rehearsals, a trip to Kansas City for dance nationals, a family reunion camping trip, and all those appointments that we didn’t have time to get scheduled during the school year.

Most of that stuff was fun but our constant “on the go” status is starting to take its toll.  I’m ready for a break… and I think the rest of my family is too.

Our calendar is still pretty full for the rest of the Summer but it does look like it’s lightening up a bit… and I will be able to recognize the Sabbath for the next several weeks.  I really looking forward to that.

Keeping in mind the importance of the Sabbath, this week’s Bible verse is Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV.

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;  for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

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