Hi there!  It’s November 4th, 2013.  Here’s the View From Up Here this week…

Well, the past week has been a homecoming week for us.

Phil finally came home from Harvard (you can read that post here) after two months of intense focus on over 200 case studies. There’s an old quote, if you educate a woman you educate a family.  In this case our family is very much enjoying and benefitting from the stories and lessons Phil shares with us.  As we discussed last Saturday night on our date night, he will be able to provide many insights and observations to the kids thanks to the valuable, life-changing experience of his time in the AMP program.

Welcome Home wide shot  

It’s also been a week of focusing on our kids and their education. Will and Emma have already finished their first quarter of school. Last night, we spent some time reviewing their report cards, celebrating, and setting some goals for next quarter. This week on my blog, I’ll share how we goal set with the kids and why we think it’s so important to help them plan for success in school.  

Speaking of School, Will and I analyzed the poem Lucy Gray by William Wordsworth and he’ll share that at the end of the podcast today.
Additionally, last week the kids jazzed up their planners with duct tape – it’s the latest thing, I guess. I’ll share some photos from that little craft session – they all got into it. So heads up; duct tape – I’m talking about the colorful fun kinds they make these days – are on the list for stocking stuffers this year.

kids working on planners

In the Garden

I’m sharing my tips for Quick Garden Clean-up (hint: don’t put your lawn mower away just yet), Potting up Paper Whites, and my Outdoor Must-do’s before Winter – it’s the FINAL list.

Potting Up Paperwhites

In the Kitchen

This week I write about my passion for preparing all kinds of Squashenough to last me until March, I reveal my Mom’s Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup recipe,  I share my secret holiday helper: Trader Joe’s Pie Crust and I’ll show you my latest Cookbook Treasure.

Soup for Serving

At Everest Lane House

I’m bringing back the kids favorite table runner – Butcher Block Paper, I’ll also be revealing our Half-Wall Make-Over, and share how Caster Fever has improved the functionality of my ottomans, storage bins, and more.        

Entry way Half Wall Makeover  

Discovered Quotes

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.  It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. ” – Henry David Thoreau

Dull November brings the blast, Then the leaves are whirling fast.” – Sara Coleridge

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” – Emily Dickinson

Still Growing

This week’s podcast (SG515) is all about Straw Bale Gardening as I interview New York Times Best Selling Author Joel Karsten.  In an era of low maintenance gardens, this life-long entrepreneur leveraged his farming roots to create “the breakthrough method” for growing plants anywhere, earlier and with no weeding!  On top of all that, he’s a knowledgeable plantsmen, about as humble as Wilbur from Charlottes Web, and incredibly generous with his time and wealth of horticultural wisdom.  It’s my first three-part-show… get ready for fantastic time as we get to know and learn from Joel Karsten.

Aside from all that goodness, I’ve got two kiddos home with the flu. Wish me luck that I don’t catch it!

That’s the View from Up Here this week.

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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