Oh NO! Not again!

Change. It happens. We learn to adapt, ja?  After our butcher of 30 some years closed his doors just prior to the holidays, we set out to find a new source for fresh Ho-Ka turkeys ~ Illinois grown, never frozen, flavorful.  Amici Italian Deli, another Sidewalk House favorite family owned small market had the familiar Ho-Ka “order now” sign in […]

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“Where everybody knows your name”

    Butcher: “Hello, Mrs. Marks” Mrs. Marks: “Hello, Mr. Ed.” “Giggle, giggle, snort” and so it has been for 30 some years. “What can I do for you Mrs. Marks?” “No, we don’t carry andouille but I will see if I can get you some.” “8 pounds of chili grind? No problem.” “Mr. Marks […]

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“When the Frost is on the Punkins,”*

. . . . and on the rooftops ~ and the juncos have returned… for sure, it’s time to put the gardens to rest. When was the last time we went straight through to November without a killer frost here in our corner of the Heartland? I don’t remember.  A week ago ~ the first Sunday in November […]

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Lady Bella de la Bones’ Spider Gala

A few days ago Lady Bella de la Bones flew in to finalize the details for her grand Spider Gala ~ decorations, lighting, centerpieces, menus, serve ware, entertainment, and such ~ so many last minute details!We are honored that she chose the Ballroom at the Sidewalk House for this year’s event, but we fear she was quite demanding of our crews. It appears […]

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Go Jump in the Lake

 Just about half way between the Sidewalk House and Tracy and family’s home in Michigan is a charming lake resort known as Club Fred on Little Twin Lake. Perhaps you have been there? In July, after their return from 3 years in Germany, Tracy, Mark, and their 3 peeps ~ plus Charley, the golden retriever ~  joined Ken, Hannah, and me for a […]

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The Farmer’s Wife ~ simple pleasures

After many years of yes dear gardening, Captain Romance, n/k/a/ Farmer Ken, has pulled on a pair of overalls and taken over the task of vegetable gardening at the Sidewalk House. He works the back 40 of our property ~ the back 40 feet of a very small suburban yard.  It is awesome what can be harvested from a tiny […]

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