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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: July 30th, 2014

Pickle_Page_1My mom loved to grow cucumbers and can pickles, and I thought of that when I saw this book, at left.  And I have to remind everyone that Friday is National Girlfriends Day,  according to National Day Calendar. It credits www.sisterwoman.com with creating the day. Other sites claim no one knows the origin. 

It’s  a great day for gal pals to celebrate, or it’s a great day to spoil your girlfriend — I’m sure florists will like this idea! If you don’t want to celebrate any of those, get a cheesecake because today is National Cheesecake Day. And who cares who came up with that?   

Back to the pickles — an e-mail arrived in my inbox that said “from the author who brought you 101 Things to Do with Bacon in the best-selling 101 Series, comes the most dill-lightful thing since bread and butter with 101 Things to Do with a Pickle ($9.99 Spiral-Bound Paperback, 5 ¼ x 7 ¼, 128 Pages, 978-1-4236-3691-5). This fun and zesty cookbook is full of recipes for making pickles as well as using them in a dill-icious collection of pickle appetizers, sandwiches, salads, dinners, and even desserts.”

You can peek inside the book by clicking on it on Amazon’s website. Some of the recipes look pretty good, and what a clever pitch they had. A couple recipes feature Pickle and German Potato Salad, Bacon-Wrapped Pickle Poppers, Dill Pickle Soup, Roast Pickle Potatoes, and Sweet Pickle Pie. The author is Eliza Cross, an award-winning author of seven books.  She lives with her family in Centennial, Colorado.

The 101 series includes a variety of authors who share 101 things to do with zucchini, ramen noodles, popcorn, casseroles, apples, mac and cheese and cheese. Where have I been? Enjoy pickles, cheesecake and time with girlfriends. My daughter hates pickles, but she’ll be celebrating Girlfriends Day, I bet.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

 

 

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Posted: July 29th, 2014
Corked

My daughter and husband made this out of corks!

There isn’t a lot I don’t know about wine. And corks. And that picture at left shows what my daughter and husband did with corks. Here’s some really good news from the email files:

Women buy 80 percent of all wine sold in the U.S., and women overwhelming prefer cork stoppers.

30 million bottles of wine are sold in the U.S. annually.

Cork is one of nature’s most sustainable products. There is no shortage of cork, nor are the cork trees cut down to make cork stoppers. The more that cork is used, the greater the incentive to maintain and plant more cork oaks.

Want more info on cork? Visit www.100percentcork.org Here are a few Q & As from that website:

Q. What happens to the cork trees after the bark is removed?

A. Contrary to widely held misconceptions, the trees are not cut down or harmed in any way in the harvesting process. Like sheep, whose shorn wool grows back over time, the bark from a cork oak regenerates every nine years.

cork mat

I wish we could make this out of corks! Click on the picture for a how-to-make this mat from corks.

Q. Isn’t there a cork shortage?

A. No. Based upon current estimates, there is enough cork to seal all wine bottles produced in the world for the next 100 years. The cork forests are now being more sustainably managed than ever before, and new planting is always ongoing.

Q. Why is cork the preferred wine stopper?

A.  For centuries, cork stoppers have been the closure par excellence for wine, preferred by over 70% of producers worldwide and used in more than 12 billion bottles every year. 93% of wine consumers associate natural cork with higher quality wines. The reason is simple. Unlike alternative stoppers, only cork allows just the right amount of oxygen to interact with the wine so that it ages properly.

Thanks to Wendy Tanaka of Sitrick And Company in San Francisco, Calif.,  for the info.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 28th, 2014

minivan partsI get my weekly fix of cool house stuff from Houzz. And this week, the online magazine really has some incredible finds.The house at left is made from minivan parts. It’s 1,140 square feet with two bedrooms and one and a half baths. Two architects in California designed it and live in it. The interior is really impressive. Read all about it here.

This home office beats the desk I used in my sunporch or living room over the years. Click on the photo for dozens of unique office ideas from Houzz.

home office

Some are pretty innovative. Sounds like I need to ask folks about their home offices and write an article on it!

August is the first ever National Curb Appeal month. We will be focusing on enhancing curb appeal right here at home in Erie starting Saturday in House to Home.

I’ll be sharing things we did here at Chez Parker and much more.  If you have a story to share, message me here. We’ve got a month to celebrate!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 26th, 2014
lighthouse

Check out this great video and story by Erie Times-News staffers Dana Massing, Andy Colwell and Matt Mead.

If you have not read Loretta Brandon’s memories of growing up at the Presque Isle lighthouse, do it now. She is a delight. Here’s part 1 and here’s part 2.

When I visited the lighthouse yesterday and talked to her, she shared that her pets had been buried in some of the flower gardens, and  she told Jeff Kidder about the garage and former outhouse that had been on the property. I also climbed the 78 steps to to the top and got the view. You can visit it today during Discover Presque Isle.

Here’s my video interview with Jeff Kidder. He shares that a lot of work will take place at the lighthouse to return it to its original appearance.  The building is fascinating and a must-see, but only a few people at a time can be climbing those steps in that narrow stairwell.
Jeff Kidder

The reward is a view from the top. I got video up there.  lighhouse view

Back to school -- 4 schools are for sale

4 schools for sale in Erie area.

This week in House to Home, I shared the news that four local schools are for sale — kind of a rarity around here. Click on the photos below to read the stories.

Intersection garden a showstopper

Sue Scholz shares an award-winning garden.

Balm for bees

Find out how to keep the bees pollinating.

Decorating the dorm

It’s time to think about decorating the dorm room.

How to grow a terrarium

Learn how to grow a terrarium

Check out our Open House locator right hereAnd, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

 

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Posted: July 23rd, 2014

white flowering dogwoodI don’t know about you, but we are planning in planting some trees.

If you join the Arbor Day Foundation in August with a $10 donation, you will  receive 10 free white flowering trees — or other trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed, according to a news release from the foundation, and dogwood trees are popular choices. “Dogwood trees will add color and beauty to your yard throughout the year, with their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds in the winter,” said Matt Harris chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

To receive the free white flowering dogwood trees, send a $10 membership contribution to: Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by August 31, 2014, or join online at arborday.org/august.

Happy planting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 21st, 2014
sibs

From left: my sister, Patti George: my cousin Jim Greenfield; my hubby, Kim Parker; my SIL, Kate Strosser; my brother, Walt Strosser; and my cousin Jim’s wife, Connie Greenfield.

My cousins live in Greenville, Pa., where my parents grew up. We used to get together every year for a pig roast, but schedules got in the way. Then we found ourselves getting together for funerals. And that sucks.

So on Saturday, we had an impromptu “let’s meet and eat” at Timber Creek Tap and Table in Meadville. If you have never been there, go — it is great fun, and the food is terrific — even deep fried pickles!

Beef kabobs were my choice — fabulous.  So are the martinis — oh and so is the beer, but I really wanted a martini.

Howie and AMber

Howie and Amber

We’ve had a lot of visitors this month. For the Fourth of July, we had a Howie Eckert sighting. He came to town for the first time in two years (other than a 24-hour stint for a funeral). It was nice to see my firstborn with his girlfriend, Amber.

Kelly

Kelly and Nick

Kelly Eckert returns home frequently with her boyfriend, Nick. I think they have attended (and she has been) in more weddings than I can count in the past year.

Andrew Parker and his wife, Devin, will be moving home.  So he has been here for interviews, and they will be moving home soon.

We still have Matthew and Mo Parker and their girls, Mia and Macie, in town.  And Christopher Parker lives in Erie. And Ryan Eckert, who will be our fourth Gannon graduate in December, lives in Erie. Both Mo and Devin are also Gannon grads. So that makes six!

If you’re an empty nester, be prepared for the Bed and Breakfast owner role. It’s great to get them home — even if we can’t get them all here at the same time.   Summer is going to slip away, but I am planning some trips for September and October to catch up with our out-of-towners.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 20th, 2014

videoHappy National Ice Cream Day, announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. I know what we are having today. I just don’t know where. And now onto houses!

If you want a peek at a clever home design, visit 5402 Pebble Creek Court today from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s my video  — or just click on the picture at left. I am getting better at these, but I’m still learning.

Pebble Creek is a private subdivision off Heidler Road, which branches west off Sterrettania — right at Walnut Creek School. Frank’s Farm Market is on the corner, and I stopped there after I visited this home.

You need to know that Pebble Creek allows no For Sale signs. If you like the area, ask your Realtor what’s for sale up there because some of the ranches are also for sale, but a computer search is required to find them.

Privacy is part of the design in this home. On the first floor, an office and living room offer spaces away from the main living space — but not too far away. And outside, you’ll be amazed that the deck has a view of woods, but it still provides plenty of lawn, and it’s all in the middle of a neighborhood that’s close to everything.

If you missed House to Home yesterday, click here to read all the articles:
Welcome back monarch butterfliesWelcomeback monarch butterflies On the morning of July 11, I walked outside to get the paper, and I saw a monarch butterfly on my weeping cherry tree. I was positively amazed and I froze, so as not to frighten the butterfly away. As I stood there, it started to fly and then it fluttered around my milkweed plants. I got choked up, because it had been a really long time since a monarch butterfly has been in my yard. Emotion welled up in me as I thought, “Welcome back, welcome back, old friend.” It’s not every day you see a creature whose migratory pattern is endangered visit your garden.

'Star Wars' droid builders bring galaxy to Earth‘Star Wars’ droid builders bring galaxy to Earth Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.
Church garden cultivates communityChurch garden cultivates community Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he’d just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers – all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone. Walking through the airport this week, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Erie ApparelI’ve got a few great T-shirts to give away, thanks to some great Erie kids who make them. They’re not really kids — they’re men, but they are the same age as my kids.

Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub own Erie Apparel. Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

From left — that’s an Erie sunset T-shirt — see the Bicentennial tower in the I? Clever!

The T-shirt in front features four nautical flags, spelling E-R-I-E in large print.

The third one has snowflake dot over the I.

All shirts retail for $20 each on the Erie Apparel website, and it has a lot more other Erie clothing. And Pittsburgh. And Ohio.

You can win one of these shirts. Send me an email pam.parker@timesnews.com with which one of these three you want — by end of day today — Fashion Friday. And visit the Erie Apparel website to see the clever T-shirt they have that welcomes LeBron James back to Cleveland.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 15th, 2014

frozen drinkNational Daiquiri Day is Saturday — thanks to www.punchbowl.com for reminding me.

In case you’re wondering, Today is national gummi worm day — that reminds me of that dirt cake recipe. I love that!
July
Cal_15 National Gummi Worm Day
Cal_16 National Corn Fritters Day
Cal_17 Yellow Pig Day
Cal_18 National Caviar Day
Cal_19 National Daiquiri Day
Cal_20 National Ice Cream Day
Cal_21 National Junk Food Day
Cal_22 Hammock Day
Cal_23 National Hot Dog Day
Cal_24 Cousins Day

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 12th, 2014

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What a great neighborhood — and I never would have discovered it if Mike and Nancy Kalista weren’t selling their home. You’ll want to discover the hoVideomes in the Jane Lane area too — private, big lots, country scenery and it was maybe 15 minutes from downtown.


Check out my article here
 in House to Home. You can attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Watch the video here. I even managed to keep my feet out of this one and edited about six pieces of video together.

Great ideas to love in home and gardens this week.  Check out this week’s stories:

Garden Tour Erie grows with music – Sue Scholz shares all the info on tours this weekend. The third city garden tour is Sunday. Don’t miss this one!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses today and Sunday. Hit the Greek Fest and all the other summer fun in Erie.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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