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In the Garden


SG527 Pam Hoepner of Pam’s Pepper Jam

In this week’s episode (SG527), I interview Pam Hoepner – the creative and driven woman behind Pam’s Pepper Jam. It’s an inspiring story for anyone who has ever dreamed of making a business out of their garden harvest.

In the Kitchen




SG554: Tools and Tactics to use Craigslist for your Garden

Over the years, I've found surprising, wonderful items for my garden by strategically using Craigslist. So, I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you - things you can do right now (in the off season - or in the peak time in your garden) - to score some great finds without breaking the bank. Plus, I'll walk you through the 25 search terms in my account right now that help me filter out the junk and find the perfect pieces for my garden.

The View From Up Here This Month
December 2016 | Capital M Many moons ago, twelve to be exact, we started this tradition of hosting an annual Christmas Celebration in our home. I can trace back the origin to two events. First, Philip and I were invited to a Soup and Sing.  We brought the soup; the host provided a guitarist. It was so peaceful as we sat around their living in a small circle and sang Christmas carols.  Around that time, I was still giving piano lessons. Incredulous to me, I was struck by how my students knew so few Christmas carols; after naming Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and Frosty - it was slim pickings. Our Christmas Celebration starts with the big locust tree in the front yard.  The night of the party, we fill the lower limbs with candlelit mason jars (real candles!) It's breathtaking. Mason Jars Christmas Celebration 6ftmama blog Singers from the local high school stand in the great room and great the guests as they arrive. The guests bring the food and we provide the beverages and the chocolate fountain for the kids. I make a garnish bowl with herbs from my garden. garnish bowl 6ftmama blog The kids make a sugar wafer tower for the chocolate fountain. cookie tower 6ftmama blog The guest list has changed a little through the years. Grandpa and Grandma are ready for any singing assignment. Christmas guests arrive 6ftmama blog Santa arrives at 7pm and is greeted by the strains of "You'd better watch out. You'd better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why..."Santa arrives 6ftmama blog Some years, Santa's glasses fog up when he comes in from the cold. Luckily, he's used to it - and, after all, it is Minnesota. Santa is here 6ftmama blog Young and old, nice and naughty - all get their time with Santa. Folks file through to get their picture taken with Santa by the tree. I have it on good authority that he may be part of a mannequin challenge this year. 12366444_10206331843747218_2903978844122026649_n 12360278_10206331825066751_8730220563317588747_n There are guest musicians playing the guitar in the basement. 1937166_10206331838987099_8546259116886857942_n All the kids know that extras of the best snacks are stashed upstairs in the kitchen. 10305170_10206331843667216_3678286901925240664_n-1 Speaking of elves, this crew has been in charge of decoration and celebration for over five years. Nothing slips by them - and if it does, they catch it and wrap it. 12360408_10206331822946698_4263689329561686639_n This elf, in particular, wants things just a certain way - and I couldn't agree more! 12373354_10206331839067101_5802728589719727919_n Before the caroling begins, Santa bids everyone a good night. Then it's time to dim the lights. (It turns out that people sing better when the lights are lowered - so if you decide to sing, dim the lights first!)12376029_10206331825826770_8013274026206025431_n We start with Auld Lang Syne and continue alphabetically through the set list until we end on We Wish You A Merry Christmas. That hour, with all of us singing together, is Christmas. to me. 12376176_10206331831746918_2073599105280388992_n It's nostalgic, of course, but also hilarious. There's a hundred foot jingle bell ribbon for everyone to shake during Jingle Bells. Everyone breaks into groups for the Twelve Days of Christmas. Last year, I added Sharon Jones, "Big Bulbs". This year, we will sing it again and wish her Merry Christmas in heaven. During our chat this past fall, author Anna Thomas asked, "What are we without our traditions?" The answer was in the question - we are without. Traditions bring honor and completeness. The countless little actions and tasks that are completed every December all lead up to that one hour of singing together. It is in that hour of singing that we attune to the entire point of our Christmas Celebration: togetherness. 12391316_10206331838467086_5788084805068070185_n Well, that's the View From Up Here for December 2016.  

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