Nutty Caramel Bars

December 4th is National Cookie Day. This is recipe #1 to kick-off our 2012 edition of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.   Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a 13×9 inch baking pan; set aside. In large mixer bowl, beat 1 cup (2 sticks) butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy; beat in…

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Nicolins Return Artifacts to the Mansion

As a charter member of the Jordan Area Historical Society, I presented some of the great artifacts that have found their way back to the mansion from our guests. And as secretary, I get to write articles on each member’s presentation, which often get picked up by the local newspaper. Here is the article I…

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Hoarfrost Highway

A Saturday afternoon, interrupted I thought, turns into an unexpected unforgettable moment. A drive from Jordan to Maple Lake. Actually 90 moments there. And 90 back. Same estimated time freeway or back way…so back way it is. And leaving Jordan we have no idea what we are in store for. So a couple stops, and…

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Cheers to Life in 2011!

Our family’s favorite toast: Cheers to Life! Inspired by a friend who takes a photo of her feet standing at a special place or event, we began to commemorate some special places and events with a toast. So here’s to 2011 ~ here’s to life! Thank you to all our guests for making 2011 our best…

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Holiday Open House

Food, Friends and Family! The best way to celebrate the holiday season. Together! Nicolin Mansion hosts several parties throughout the year for our guest’s events. This afternoon, Kevin and I hosted our own holiday party for our friends and family. Give us a call if you’d like to have a holiday memory created for your…

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The Jordan Junker Just Might Have Your Jewel

Jordan attracts the antique seeker, and the antique dealer. Our latest addition is The Jordan Junker, and it certainly will not disappoint the antique enthusiast. The shop is open as an occasional sale store, open posted days during the month with a constantly changing inventory. During my visit in December, a focus on holiday decor…

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Dining Experience: Perrons Sul Lago

Our guests tend to dine at restaurants in Jordan for their evening meals. And though some venture anywhere from Excelsior to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul, the majority dining outside of Jordan do so within 10 miles in the surrounding communities of Shakopee, Chaska, Belle Plaine, New Prague, and Prior Lake. So Kevin and I…

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Halloween at the Mansion

Happy Halloween from Nicolin Mansion

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Crofut Winery Grape Stomp

While watching Jordan’s local Heimatfest Parade Saturday morning from Nicolin Mansion’s front porch, I turn to our innsitter, Cindy Nevins, and make an offer: you clean the room that’s checking in this afternoon while I finish my computer work and we’ll go on a Nicolin Mansion Fieldtrip to Crofut Winery for the annual Grape Stomp. Deal! So we…

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