Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Middle of the week catch -up

The weekend was amazing.. The weather was perfect for families to come to the City Park and enjoy all that was going on. So with this event behind us I am busy getting ready for Harvest Fest ... downtown.
As I paint to try and get a little ahead before I set off on my great adventure.
My daughter has booked us ( her, my 10 year old grandson and myself) on a wonderful train trip to Washington DC. I am so excited and my granson has our 3 days there all mapped out. Tour busses, George Washingtons House and his favorite .....The Library of Congress !!!!
I have always wanted to take a train trip to be able to sit back and enjoy the sights ( PS I dont drive ) and this will be fun to not only see these sights for myself but through his eyes.
As the paint dries I am busy looking for activities for the kids to do at Harvest Fest as well as some new crafters and vendors. Then I still need to find that prize winning apple recipe. At my house we take these contests seriously, I have won, two granddaughters have won, my daughter and grandson have all taken first , second or third in a contest. They are tough to beat !!! If you have a good apple recipe please leave it in a comment I could use the help or any harvest fest suggestions

Friday, August 15, 2008

Final Prep for Father Marquette Days

The park is a buzz with workers all volunteers getting ready for this weeks event. Here at Pattibears we were in charge of crafters for the event. Right up until the last minute we are accepting crafters, ( with such a big park, space is not a problem). Yesterfays appearance on Madison CW Channel 57"s Daily Buzz with Emmy Fink turned out so well and hopefully will let all of the Madison viewing area see just what Montello has to offer. Emmy and her crew came to Pattibears Place to start the day , but then also visited the historical society, city park, of course the waterfalls and did an amazing job. So for the rest of today I will be painting away to fill the walls for this weekends visitors. Not only can they come to the park and get some great food and see the crafters and BINGO, but they can stroll downtown and see what the local shops have to offer. So, I am off to paint hoping to get alot done while the weather is so perfect!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Tutorial

Creating Vacation Memories
By: Rachel Paxton

My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We were totally overwhelmed with all the things there were to do, and I had no idea how we would ever be able to remember it all.

We decided to put together a scrapbook of our Disney World memories. We wanted this to be as inexpensive as possible, while at the same time creative. Before we left on our trip my husband's mom gave us some scrapbook pages she got from our local craft store that already had Disney World characters and themes throughout them. So we knew we wanted to put together a scrapbook of some kind.

While visiting the Animal Kingdom in Disney World, we were browsing through one of many gift shops, gawking at the incredibly high prices. While looking through the photo albums I happened upon some discontinued scrapbooks that were marked down 50% to only $8! I couldn't believe our luck. It was spiral-bound with animal designs imprinted on every page. Perfect.

So we brought home the album, photos we had taken, and we already had scrapbooking pages to liven it up a bit, but it needed something else.

I had also saved whatever memorabilia I could think of, like plane tickets, the credit cards you get to open your hotel door, the meal vouchers we had received, our luggage tags, post cards, and our theme park passes. All of these items combined (with a little imagination and some glue!) make up a very inexpensive memory (less than $20 total) that will last a lifetime.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas, and more family memory-making activities, visit

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Monday, August 11, 2008

another apple recipe

I have bee trying new recipes in hopes of winning another ribbon at this years Harvesy Fest on September 13th. As I try them out I thought I would share them here.
Makes 12 muffins

Nutrition Information:
Protein: 4g; Fat: 3g; Carbohydrate: 21g; Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 134mg; Cholesterol: 18mg; Calories: 121.

Low in cholesterol and saturated fat, thee scrumptious homemade muffins are much healthier than the average store-bought variety.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oat bran
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and finely chopped Golden
Delicious apples


1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease twelve 3-inch muffin cups or line with paper liners. In large bowl, combine both flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl, beat buttermilk, oat bran, brown sugar, oil, and egg until blended. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Fold in apples.

2) Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Tv personality in the making

Well the family has started to settle down after Fridays visit from Madison's CW Emmy Fink and her crew. What a good time we all had talking with her and the kids are thrilled that they got to help with "you're buzzed into Madison" at the end of the shoot.
Maybe now we can start to prepare for Father Marquette Days and Harvest Fest. So much to do and right in the middle I will be taking a there time for this. Maybe not but what a treat. Washington DC with my daughter and grandson Mike, it is his idea he wants to see the Library of Congree. What a great kid!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Emmy Fink in Montello

Friday was an exciting day for all of us here at Pattibears. The grandkids were waiting to get a chance to talk again to Emmy form Madison's CW Channel 57. She not only visited with us at the shop she got to see some of Montello and discuss the upcoming Father Marquette Days with Bill Lind at the City Park, Cathy McQuin showed her around the Dr. Bass exhibit at the Historical Society and more! All of this will be on TV next Thursday morning at 6:50, 7:50 and 8:50 then in repeats on Friday morning. You can also see it on the Madison Cw channel 57 website later in the day on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wednesday and busy as a bee...

This photo is from EMMY'S visit in May with my grandson Mike
I just returned from Rendezvous where we have our New Montello meetings each week. We tried to get our fundraiser flyer ironed out, talked about Harvest Fest on September13th and pick our monthly winner of The Shop Local campaign. Bery excited that one of the winners was a new customer of mine. So, congrats to the Kraak Family. We also talked about our upcoming visit from Madison's CW , EMMY FINK. She called yesterday and moved her visit up to THIS Friday morning. I can't wait... it will be wonderful to get some t.v. coverage for Montello and hopefully get some more traffic thru town. So, today and tommorrow I will spend dusting and filling in around the shop so it, looks its best.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday again.....

Well after last nights storms today is grey and humid. A good day to stay in aget some work done at the shop. Although that also seems to be what the tourists and locals must be doing today since it is sooooo quiet.

I am using this time to try and get more items added to the website and to get some projects finished in the shop. Next Monday we are going to be visited by Emmy Fink from Madison's CW channel 57. What a thrill, she was so nice last time she came out we can't wait to visit with her again.

I have also been trying out some new apple recipes trying to get a GREAT on for our upcoming Apple cook-off on Sept. 16th. This is no time to diet as my whole family are judging each and every recipe I try LOL.