Courtyard Blossoms: May

A glorious early spring in April has the garden blooming so early this year. Some cold mid-month temperatures threatened to freeze tender buds, but all the garden weathered the dip. And luckily I didn’t fall prey to early planting enthusiasm and put my annuals out before the mid-May last frost date, though it was tempting….

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Courtyard Blossoms: April

Terri, Terri, quite contrary How does your garden grow? With bleeding hearts and origami, And tulip bulbs all in a row…

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Campaign to Fight Hunger

We’ve selected Minnesota Food Share for our Charity of the Month. Each March they hold the largest food and fund drive in the state of Minnesota, and during that month the donations stay in our local community. Our local church, Hope Lutheran, is supporting this campaign, and so we wanted to add our support. Here’s…

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Local Entreprenuer: Vickie Loftus, Sterling Silver Jewelry

As entrepreneurs, we love to support other entrepreneurs. Our previous neighbor has followed this dream, and started her own business as a Sterling Silver Jewelry Consultant. In fact, this isn’t the first time we’ve followed dreams together - as we sold our house in Prior Lake prior to coming to Jordan, our real estate agent moved…

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Bring Hope to Haiti

With the  devastation in the news about Haiti, it was only natural for us to choose Hope for Haiti Now for February’s charity of the month. Why Hope for Haiti Now? Years ago Kevin went on a mission trip to Haiti with his band Warriors. They spent a week and a half in Port-au-Prince and…

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Clean Water – Change a Life

We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to run a bed and breakfast. One of the greatest blessings is meeting the extraordinary guests who stay with us. Our guests come for so many reasons – some we meet for a moment – some become our friends – some impact and inspire us forever. One of…

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Inspired to Give!

I’ve been thinking about “adopting” a Charity of the Month for some time. This month I have been inspired to begin. We will be counting our room nights between now, November 22, and December 31, 2009 and we will donate $5 for each room towards purchasing the gift of an animal for Heifer International. We will…

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Introducing New Seasonal Rates

It seems everyone is talking and thinking about the economy these days. The days of spending on a whim and putting off thinking about it until tomorrow are a thing of the past, and probably for the best. Getting back to the basics of what really matters in life has become a priority to many…

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Vintage Cookie Recipe: Cocoanut Oatmeal Cookies

I love reading old cookbooks – the unique names, different spellings, recipes I couldn’t even imagine cooking, interesting directions (or lack there of). For some time now, I’ve been thinking of working my way through some of my vintage cookbooks and baking the cookie recipes for our guest kitchen cookie jar. Seeing “Julie & Julia”…

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3rd Place in Recycled Art Contest!

The summer has flown by – I’ve been remiss at keeping up with this blog, so I’ll be spending the next few days catching up on some of the summer’s highlights. During the Jordan Art Festival, the Recycled Art Contest III was sponsored by 225 Water Street and The Vinery Floral, and I submitted an…

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