Who is Libby?

Who is Libby of Libby's Pumpkin? Source: Allrecipes.com Libby's story actually dates back even further than the company itself. So, to understand who Libby is, you first need to understand where the pumpkins come from. It All Started With a Seed The pumpkin used in Libby's canned pumpkin is called a Dickinson pumpkin. These pumpkins, which were [...]

On the Porch

Welcome This past summer and early fall, we remodeled our front porch.  It included new railings to replace the wooden ones, sanding down the mahogany porch boards and re-staining and sealing them, painting the steps and a re-arrange of furniture to accommodate sunrises, visitors and Molly 5. As I drove around the area doing some [...]

Finding First Gear

Finding First Gear We have a love affair with convenience. We want automatic everything so it’s faster and easier to do.  I certainly prize my washing machine over a washtub and scrubbing board, but the more we take our elves out of the creation process or tackling the actual work, the less we appreciate the [...]

Weeds and Puppy Poop

A couple of weeks ago, I had lunch with three of my closest friends from my undergraduate days at Penn State. While we’ve pursued different career paths and family situations, we’ve managed to reconnect for an annual summer lunch date. This year, Cindy and I drove to Trish’s house and then carpooled to Claudia’s house [...]

 Be a Thermostat, Not a Thermometer

June 2021 we bought a new commercial retail freezer for the farm store to feature products like Windy Knoll ice cream, our Grateful Pizzas, and other prepared foods. Any new equipment we purchase is a big deal since our budget usually is restricted to “used”. About a month ago, the ice cream started to feel [...]

Small Ball

In baseball, they call it “small ball.” Be it by walks, bunts, steals, or singles, the idea is that a series of more measured, incremental steps is a more successful path to home base than swinging for the fences. Of course, who doesn’t love seeing a home run or a grand slam? Like America’s pastime, [...]