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Jam brings us together!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We hosted a few new friends for dinner the other week.  We don't know each other very well so I wasn't sure exactly what to make for dinner.  Breakfast seems to be a pretty safe bet.  The refrigerator was filled with bacon, sausage and eggs and I made biscuits.  Maybe someone would make a breakfast sandwich, maybe eat them all separately, who knows.  But those basic elements gave people a starting point.   The biscuits went out and we started grabbing jams to slather on them. Turns out, I have a ridiculous amount of jams and jellies in the refrigerator!...

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Be encouraging this winter

Posted by Robin Abel on

A friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day how important encouragement is.  I sent her a quick text on how wonderful she is and how grateful I am for her friendship.  She responded with telling me how great I was too.  The little love fest when on for a bit and what struck me was the words she used to describe me were not ones I would have chosen.  Where as I see my failures and shortcomings, she sees my strengths, she watches what I accomplish in amazement and she is always encouraging.     Isn't it funny...

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Eating LOCAL all winter long

Posted by Robin Abel on

When you think of eating local, a farmers market comes to mind and all their fresh, colorful vegetables. With winters freezing temperatures and people in hibernation mode, it's easy to forget how many great items are available no matter what season we're experiencing.   Before super markets became a way of life, people had gardens.  They visited local store, such as the butcher, the baker, perhaps a candlestick maker (now you can't remember where comes from!) to gather staples for their homes.  They used the growing season to eat delicious, fresh food as well as can these items to eat all...

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Big goal for a new year!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We didn't start this business to build an empire.  I mean, who really wants millions from a wildly successful company?! ;) We started by asking"How can we be part of our community?" We started brainstorming what kind of business or store or organization was needed, was different, and might be a unique addition to the community. Supporting local people seemed to be the best fit so we went from there.   From a business perspective, how do you make business decisions and have solid business goals when you plan hinges on "connecting" people?  It's been a struggle for me to...

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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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