Press Release – Grilling for Red Cross

3 09 2009

Sounds like a good reason to try BD’s Mongolian BBQ to me.  From a Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross press release….

Support the Mid-Michigan Chapter

of the American Red Cross by


Grilling for a Good Cause!


You can show your support in two ways;

1. Sign up to be a guest griller for the night.

2. Mention that you are there on behalf of the Red Cross and Bd’s will donate a $1 for every person that does so.


Local celebrity guest grillers

AJ Hilton & Chris Gervant from WSYM-Fox 47 news along with Jessica Wheeler from WLAJ-ABC 3 news

will be grilling it up for a cause in support of the

Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross


WHEN: September 17th, 6pm- 9pm


WHERE: Bd’s Mongolian Grill

2080 W. Grand River

Okemos, MI 48864

There will also be a Silent Auction during the event

**For More Information**

Call (517) 702-3327

visit us on Facebook at:


Maggie Moos Offering Spartan Special

2 09 2009

Here’s a cool idea.  Go State!  From Eastwood Towne Center’s Facebook page.

When the MSU football team wins, you receive a % discount on your total purchase at Maggie Moo’s on gameday!

The discount is equal to how many points MSU scored.

Ex: If MSU wins 27 – 7 You will get a 27% discount!

If there are any night games, discount will be honored on that Sunday.

Go Green! Go White! Go State!

Hard to Go Green

31 08 2009

I’m not usually a trendy person.  The whole idea of “going green” would have been laughable to me a few years ago.  I’m still not very good at it.  Convenience and cost are still more important to me.  I was laughing yesterday when J and I pulled our groceries out of her SUV.  We always bring reusable shopping bags to the store….so we’re good that way.  The funny thing about the whole scene was J was carrying the reusable shopping bags and I was carrying a case of bottled water.  They kind of cancelled each other out. 

A few days ago, I was reading Forest Street KitchenImagineAnnie has a long, detailed post about the struggles of trying to live green for someone who really wants to.  I, on the other hand, am selfish. 

Times are tough.  I haven’t had a full time job since moving to Michigan, but J and I still do pretty well for ourselves.  We’re smart shoppers and unfortunately, that means not buying local, organic food from farmer’s markets.  I feel bad about it, but I don’t feel bad about saving the money.

I would encourage you all to check out the post “It’s Not Easy, Being Green.”   It’s a very interesting, well thought out post about how hard it is to actually live a green lifestyle.

Learn To Can Your Own Salsa

31 08 2009

I’ve tried making my own salsa a few times and it’s never come out very good.  Not sure what I’m doing wrong, but this workshop being put on by The Garden Project sounds like a good idea.  From a Greater Lansing Food Bank press release…

Learn How to Can Your Own Salsa 

August 31, 2009—The Garden Project, a program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, welcomes you to learn how to make and can your own homemade salsa at our hands-on SalsaFest workshop. Topics covered include proper preparation and an overview of the canning process. Space is limited—call The Garden Project at (517) 887-4660 to sign up. SalsaFest 2009 is this Thursday, September 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Garden Project Resource Center. Call for more info.


Michigan’s Blueberry Crop May Be In Danger

31 08 2009

This sucks.  Michigan produces more blueberries than any other state by quite a large margin.  Story via

The bloom could be off Michigan’s $124 million per year blueberry industry after two destructive viruses infected bushes in three locations.


So far, there’s no sign of the diseases spread beyond those three spots, but the Michigan Department of Agriculture says the risk to the state’s 19,000 acres of blueberries remains.

Michigan is the nation’s No. 1 producer of blueberries, with 110 million pounds harvested last year. New Jersey was second at 42 million pounds. Nationwide, production totaled 407 million pounds.

Hopefully it didn’t spread.


Press Release – Free Events at Turkeyville

28 08 2009

From a Turkeyville USA press release….

Kids are back to school and the fun is at Turkeyville. With fall in the air, TUrkeyville is ready with free events and free parking. So it’s the perfect way to spend a day with the family.

Labor Day Weekend, September 5,6,7 is a three day Flea Market and Antique Show. Bargains and treasures are sure to be found at this holiday weekend. Saturday, Sunday, Monday with hours from 10 am to 5 pm.

Marshall hosts Historical Home Tours and at the same time Turkeyville is is celebrating the 43rd year of business with a Turkeyivlle history. Join us for a celebration with all kinds of stories, uniforms and memories from the beginnings of Turkeyville.

Coming up on September 19,20, the big Craft Show of the season. Over 150 crafters will be set up with lots of new crafts and traditional crafters with all of your favorites.

With the smell of Autumn in the air, you can walk the grounds and find great deals and enjoy all the colors of the season. So save the dates and stay up to date with us at

While at Turkeyville be sure to have a Turkey dinner and piece of homemade pie. Homemade ice cream is made fresh all the time and so is caramel corn. Fresh baked goods, and sweets are made daily in the bakery.

All events at Turkeyville will be from 10:00am to 5:00 pm from Saturday and Sunday. As always there is free parking, free admission. Please include this in any monthly listing of area happenings.

Press Release – Watch The Crosby Mint Farm Eviction

27 08 2009

So, this is  a pretty interesting press release from the Crosby Mint Farm.  There’s some important stuff in there about the business, but the very last paragraph invites you to the farm at 4:00 PM on Friday to watch the eviction.  Not sure what that means.


(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) August 27, 2009
Peppermint Jim Crosby, owner of the almost centennial, oldest operating mint farm in the United States received a writ of eviction, signed by Hon. Judge Tahvonen on Monday. The following day, Crosby received the notice of eviction to have all property and persons removed by Friday August 28th, at 5 pm, leaving four days for the entire farm evacuation. State and federal government offices have remained silent in supporting the preservation of a national landmark. A request for mediation between Greenstone Farm Credit Services and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), who backs the loans, has been sent by Crosby to Governor Granholm’s office, but no response is received thus far.
Friends and family are gathered at the farm, helping with the evacuation. Farm animals are displaced and homes are being sought for them. The Mint Store, extension of the Get Mint Trading Company is relocated and is fully operating; taking, processing and shipping orders as usual. Costumers can still order products online and through the 800 number. Jim Crosby has been offered a temporary home at an old vacant mint farm in the area.
There will be a foreclosure/eviction sale on Friday at the farm from 9:00AM – 4:00PM.

Right of Refusal
After the signing of the writ of eviction, a First Right of Refusal was issued to Peppermint Jim Crosby. This gives him 30 days to raise the value of $550.000 appraised by Greenstone Farm Credit Services this week. Crosby has faith that he will raise this amount and buy back his farm by the end of the 30 days.

Gathering Friday August 28 2009 4:00PM
Public and media are invited to come to the Crosby Mint Farm at 4:00 pm on Friday August 28th to witness the eviction at 5:00pm that afternoon.

End of an Era for Crosby Mint Farm

25 08 2009

It’s a sad day in St. John.  Via WLNS

A local farmer is forced to walk away from his property. Jim Crosby says and he and his family are packing whatever they can. A Clinton County judge signed formal paperwork which forces the Crosby family to leave their mint farm for good.

Want to Help Local Restaurants? Pay Cash

20 08 2009

I found this Free Press article from @joefoodie on Twitter.  This jist of the article is that some Detroit area restaurants are starting to offer “discounts” to patrons who pay cash instead of using a credit card.  Why would they do that you ask?  They make more money. 

Each swipe of a card costs him a flat 15 to 20 cents, he says, plus add-ons of 2% to 3% of the transaction amount.

“If you do a high volume of credit cards, at the end of the month it adds up. It’s the volume you do, so by turning around and giving back to the customers, it’s a win-win: You’re giving back to the customer, and in return you get people coming into your restaurant and keeping you afloat.

OK.  That makes sense from a business standpoint.  From a consumer stand point, he’s walking a fine line.  According to your terms of service with your credit cards, retailers can not charge you more to use your card than they can if you pay cash.  In Michigan, doing this is not illegal.  In 10 other states, there are laws against credit card surcharges.

I said earlier the article featured in the story was “walking a fine line.”  Technically, he’s not charging more to use a credit card.   He’s giving a “discount” to use cash.  It’s sort of a grey area that gas stations have been using for sereral years to give consumers an incentive to pay with cash so they can increase their profits.  As long as they don’t call it a payment card checkout fee, they’re probably going to get away with charge YOU more to use a credit card. 

Surchage.  Cash discount.  No matter what they call it, it’s accomplishing the same thing.  My family is very big on paying in cash.  I, on the other hand, almost always pay with credit.  I just don’t like carrying more than twenty buck or so.  If I have the cash, I will pay with it, but most times I don’t.

What’s the moral of the story?  Ultimately, how you pay is up to you.  If you frequent a local joint often, think about paying cash.  You’ll be helping the owners of the place by letting them pocket that extra 2-3%.  It’s a good thing to do, but if businesses are going to accept credit cards, they shouldn’t penalize you for using one.

Press Release – ‘Peppermint Jim Mojito’s’ to Benefit Crosby Mint Farm

12 08 2009

From a Crosby Mint Farm press release….

(MINT CITY, USA/St. Johns, MI) August 12, 2009 – Coach’s Pub and Grill in St. Johns is supporting the Crosby Mint Farm during the 2009 Mint festival. The management took the initiative to contact Peppermint Jim Crosby, owner of the Crosby Mint Farm in St. Johns, to ask for mint they will use for their weekend special “Peppermint Jim Mojitos”. The Crosby Mint Farm also provided two gift baskets with mint products to raffle during this weekend. Part of the proceeds will go directly to the Crosby Mint Farm which is facing foreclosure on the 14th, and is in the middle of a race against the clock to save the farm. The Crosbys are hosting Mint Jam 09 this weekend at the farm as a fundraiser.