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Looking back at 2018

Posted by Robin Abel on

'Tis the season for lists and reflecting and all things looking back.  As we hit the final stretch of 2018, it's a good time to intentionally stop, slow down, and remember what this year held.   During the early part of the year, we were making final preparations to move the store.  Do you know how hard it is to pack when customers are still shopping?  I'm ashamed to share what a disaster my packing was and thank goodness for patient in-laws who came to pack and transport and paint and sit around doing nothing when the timeline collapsed.  We did...

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Be unique!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Leona's.  For some of you, that's all I had to say.  Now I've lost you to the smooth texture, the bright flavors, and the unique combination of tastes created in the Leona's kitchen.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you've got to try an ice cream sandwich from Leona's!   Leona's is a lactose free product but you'd never know it from the taste.  One of it's founders, Katie, has lactose intolerance and tried for years to find something she could love.  She received an ice cream maker for a wedding gift, started experimenting, and the rest is...

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Am I really that brilliant?

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Sometimes you discover things that change your world.  Sometimes you can't believe how brilliant you are and that you need to share this with everyone!  Then you wait 5 minutes and think "what an idiot am I!"  I'm not really that smart, this discovery doesn't change the world... but I'm still pretty excited about it.   Blue Goose Naturals is one of the first suppliers we found for Penn Pantry.  We were at our first craft fair trying to find local people and there was Amanda with her amazing products.  I'm not one of those people in love with lotions or candles or bath...

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Be intentional this season

Posted by Robin Abel on

We're entering into a very busy and sometimes overwhelming season.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, school concerts, and gift giving can drive anyone crazy.  Honestly, I struggle this time of year with all the money being spent and all the bustle that doesn't always equal my expectations of magical moments.   How do we make this season memorable and enjoyable without loosing our minds?  Before everything really gets crazy this year, stop for a few minutes and think about what's important and what do you intentionally want to add to the list this year.  Here are some things I've learned the...

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Cooking with kids needs a little...

Posted by Robin Abel on

When my girls were little, we pushed stools over to the kitchen island so they could help make cookies. We'd get out plastic bowls and put a bit of each ingredient into their bowls so they could see texture and taste differences in the ingredients.  This really took a lot of patience and became impossible when #3 came along but I thought it was important.  Now that the kids are becoming teenagers, I can see how critical those early years were and how important it is to Cook with your Kids! Cooking with kids needs a little... Patience - While...

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