CategorySGM Archive

Thank you for visiting the Squeaky Green Machine Archive

Squeaky Green Machine: The Ramblings of a Self-Proclaimed Tree Hugger was born in 2013 as a way for me to capture my non-adventures in everyday life. That first post led to hundreds until my pen unexpectedly took me on a new writing journey. While my notebooks are still filled with ramblings from a self-proclaimed tree hugger, their content has gone in a very different direction. I hope you enjoy the archive of original SGM content as well as fresh scribblings directly from me in the future.

A Meeting Place: Tettegouche State Park


Located on the Minnesota shoreline of Lake Superior, Tettegouche State Park is home to High Falls, Shovel Point, historic campgrounds, and stunning vistas. We were there on a warm spring day and hiked along the Baptism River, across the old suspension bridge, and down to the bottom of High Falls – the second highest waterfall in Minnesota.  With the roar of the rapidly moving water and the sun on...

The Perfect Mother’s Day Dessert


Mother’s Day is Sunday and I couldn’t think of a better recipe to share than one from a mother!
Last summer, my dear friend shared a piece of his mom’s famous Strawberry Delight and I had to have the recipe. A dessert staple in his house growing up, this is the perfect treat to kick off spring and it’s simple enough to make for Mom this weekend.

The Return of the Dandelions


I remember as a kid being told that if my chin turned yellow when rubbed with a dandelion, that meant I liked butter. My chin was turned yellow more times than I care to admit before I realized that dandelions turned everything yellow. I can also remember blowing hard on dandelions gone to seed and making wishes, and I can remember counting the seeds to see how many boyfriends I would have one...

A Brief History of Minnehaha Creek


Minnehaha Creek and its accompanying thoroughfare Minnehaha Parkway have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have a very vivid memory of my first exhausting bike ride to Minnehaha Falls for a picnic. Trailing behind The Mother on the path beside the creek, I wished my short, chubby legs could make the trip more effortlessly. That bike ride became more spirited as a teenager as I...

Orzo Pasta Salad


Simple flavor combinations always taste the best to me and this recipe is the perfect example. Orzo Pasta Salad has been a staple in our house for years. The combination of fresh dill, scallions, feta and lemon juice add a lightness that make it perfect for warm summer days. We take this on camping trips, on picnics, and have used it when entertaining. I’ve never met a person that...

Heidi Van Heel

Heidi Van Heel

Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

View Full Profile →

Recent Posts

Subscribe to My Blog

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

Connect With Me

Copyright Heidi Van Heel. All rights reserved.