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Summer Celebration – Art, Bikes, Kites and Pork

A small town in summer packed with fun! That was this Saturday in Jordan, Minnesota. The summer celebration featured not one, not two, but four great events – the Jordan Art Festival, the Jordan Valley Bike Tour, Minnesota Kite Society Fly, and Jaycee’s Pork in the Park. Plus Sunday after second day of the art…

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Innkeeper’s Travelogue: New Ulm

We love New Ulm. We go there alot. Our B&B mentor is from New Ulm. So last Sunday, we took a trip to Kevin’s favorite local brewery, Schell’s. We missed the tour (bummer, so no beer samples for us), but explored the fabulous grounds and reveled in the peacock majesty! A picture perfect pose! After…

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Geneva’s Daughter Occasional Sale

One of Jordan’s fabulous occasional sales is run by Geneva’s Daughter, Cindy Nevins. Located in the downtown Historic Hub of Jordan, once Frank Nicolin’s Opera House, the Hub is also home to Carasim Coffee Shop and Antiques, and Thrift Shop. Cindy is fantastic seamstress and master of Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse! And her sales offer you the chance to…

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Local Shopping: The Corner Peddler

The Occasional Sale seems to be more popular than ever. If you are new to the concept, these are stores open occasionally (once or twice a month for instance) for several days in a row. The dealers restock daily while they are open, so selections are always changing and new treasures await every time you…

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Matilda in the Mirror

Jordan is home to some incredible artistic talent. And Mara at 225 Water Street has got to be one of our greatest treasures. She is a photographer, graphic artist, and mosaic tile artist and author (and more…). I first sought her out when she moved to Jordan because of her graphic artist abilities – to turn my historic…

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Vegetable Gardening in the Shade

I missed the large terraced raised 13-bed garden Kevin built for me at our previous house. Last year I was so excited when Kevin built a new raised bed vegetable garden for me. We chose the sunniest place in our courtyard, and I hoped there would be enough sun during the course of the day….

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Scuttled to Cherished, the Steamboat Minnehaha

On Memorial Day we decided to play like tourists and visit one of the nearby attractions. We chose Excelsior, again, for the lake cruise on the Steamboat Minnehaha. Just 18 miles from the Nicolin Mansion, this boat is actually part of The Museum of Lake Minnetonka. And it has a fascinating history. Thomas Lowry’s Twin…

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Welcome to my Fairy Garden

The beautiful bird cage terrarium planter sitting on the front porch has been begging to showcase something outstanding – and now it has a Fairy Garden! A Fairies-Eye View The Wishing You Blessings Fairy, a WeeFolk creation from our local artist Maureen Carlson, looks like she is basking in her glorious new home. Her garden…

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Meringue Nests With Tropical Fruit Recipe

We made these airy meringues topped with creamy filling and fresh fruit for dessert at breakfast. A perfect winter dessert,  a hint of spring in a snowy shell. 1 cup superfine sugar 2 tablespoons superfine sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 eggs room temperature 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar pinch salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups whipping cream mango…

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