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Unexpected Beauty

As we rush along through our busy days packed with soccer practice, ballet lessons, meetings with the tax people and putting dinner on the table for our household, it is easy to overlook all the little blessings whirling around us, if we but stop and take note. Here in the heartland, after a long, cold winter pocked with potholes and too many snow days, we are ready for spring to burst forth. A colorful pot of flowers brought me great happiness over the weekend and caused me to look for other signs of beauty along the way. This Saturday at Function Junction we will show you how to create beauty in the top of your latte! Using a [...]


Luck o’ the Irish – St. Patricks Day

Are you a lucky person? What does it mean to have good luck? Is it really luck or is it karma, or something even more divine? Sometimes I cross my fingers for good luck or toss a pinch of salt over my shoulder. In this season where we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks pop up as festive expressions of luck and rivers and fountains run temporarily green. At Function Junction we have our own ways of spreading luck and good cheer and we invite you to join in the fun! On Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day Eve, we will have sugar cookies just waiting for you to decorate them. To enhance your luck in [...]


Incredible Eggs

As I ponder what to write about eggs…the jingle from my childhood bounces around in my head, “The Incredible, Edible Egg”, which was an advertising slogan for the American Egg Board in the late 70’s. I remember when eating eggs was good for you, then I remember also how eating eggs raised your cholesterol and increased your risk for getting heart disease. Which is true?? It didn’t take me long to google health benefits of eggs, which explains, to my inquiring mind (another marketing blast from the 70’s) where eggs fall in the spectrum of overall health. My vote is …..yes, they are GOOD for you in moderation, as with most other things. My favorite [...]


Best Popcorn Poppers & Toppings for Movie Night

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around Sunday nights sharing a big ol’ bowl of popcorn with my Dad and brothers. Mom would always pop corn on the stove in the same beat up 2-quart saucepan that looked like it had survived a hail storm because of all the dimples hammered on the outside. I can still recall the sound of that pan scraping back and forth as she shook it over the burner. The smell would curl in tendrils throughout the house so no matter where you were or what you were doing, you knew it was time to gather when it reached your nose. Once popped, the corn was dumped into a [...]