The Best Ice Cream in the Country….

27 05 2008

….is from right here in Michigan.  Moomer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Traverse City won an on-line poll conducted by ABC’s Good Morning America according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

Jon and Nancy Plummer, owners of the store on North Long Lake Road in Long Lake Township, received word from the ABC-TV’s morning news show’s producers Friday afternoon. Moomers bested three other ice cream stores from around the country in the on-line poll contest.

It’s time for a road trip!


Could the House Vote on the Smoking Ban Tonight?

27 05 2008

I’ve got House TV on in the background and at 7:45 PM, they’re still in session.   I’ve heard from friends in the media that phone calls to both caucuses and the Clerk have had some wierd answers.  The Democrats caucused for quite a while late this afternoon and as of this writing, the House “At Ease At The Call Of The Chair.”   I’ll keep the video feed up while I’m watching TV tonight to see if anything happens. 

8:07 PM – The House has been called back to order.

8:20 PM – I’ve been told by that same friend that the House has “a lot of business” to deal with and they are planning on staying late into the night.  Still wouldn’t answer whether HB 4163 would be called tonight or not.

8:29 PM – In another surprise move, the House in now voting on SB 776 which is the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, so it looks like they really are expecting a long night.

10:54 – They are STILL in session.  They just announced there will be no further voting tonight, but the House will be back in session tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 10 AM instead of their usual 1:30 PM start time.

Gardening “growing” in Popularity

27 05 2008

It used to be I got depressed watching the news because all they covered were car accidents and murders (hey, I grew up in Chicago’s DMA).  Now, I get depressed watching the news because it reminds me how I rising prices are effecting everything I do. News stories are now starting to focus on people’s changing habits when it comes to saving money.

Adam Lenz has worked at Wenke Greenhouses for the past three years, and says one section of the business has recently seen a major boost.

“We’ve noticed a rise in the last year or so in our vegetable sales,” said Lenz. “A lot of people are trying to see to grow their own to keep the cost down a bit.”

I don’t eat nearly enough vegetables to justify growing a garden.  Oh yeah, plus I live in an apartment complex.  I don’t think management would like that too much.  While it doesn’t make sense for me, it does make sense for some people.

Beudrie says the reason she’s starting her own garden is because she can’t afford to spend $200 on groceries every week for her family.

“It’s getting really expensive and the whole grocery budget is going through the roof,” she said.

To start up her garden, it will cost Beudrie less than a weeks worth of groceries, and over time, it will end up saving her much more.

Gardening is another one of those things that has kind of become a lost art in recent years.  Growing up, my grandma always had (and still does) a garden.  A lot of my friends parents did too.  My family  never did, but we didn’t eat a lot of vegetables either.  In some ways, these rising prices are a good thing.  It’ll bring families back to the table.  Their own table.  Not Applebees table.  We got lazy in the last decade or so when it comes to food.  Maybe this isn’t such a bad thing after all……

Stanley Cup Wager

27 05 2008

I love it when dignitaries make wagers like this.  It’s pretty much commonplace among Mayors….but who would want to wager with Kwame Kilpatrick….and usually the winner gets food from loser.

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today placed a friendly wager with Pennsylvania’s Governor Edward G. Rendell on the 2008 Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Adding a note of friendly competition to the Red Wings and Penguins Stanley Cup final series, Granholm and Rendell have agreed that the governor of the losing team must be photographed enjoying a meal from the winning state while wearing the winning team’s jersey.  A photo of the occasion must be publicly released.

The selected meal from Michigan that Governor Rendell would enjoy includes, Faygo Rock and Rye pop and Kowalski Kowality sausage, both companies are headquartered in Detroit. For a sweet treat, Michigan-grown cherries would also be provided to Rendell.  Hot dogs from The Original Hot Dog Shop, a Primanti Brothers sandwich, and Smiley Face cookies from Eat ‘n Park restaurant, all Pittsburgh establishments, have been selected for Governor Granholm.   

The Detroit Red Wings have won 10 Stanley Cup championships throughout history, more than any other franchise based in the United States.  Game one of the finals is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m. 

To make things even more interesting, Governor Rendell should get his Faygo sprayed on him by The Insane Clown Posse…..looks like it could happen by this weekend too…