Filming!

And here, we have arrived for my guest spot on Home & Family, hosted by Paige Davis and Mark Steines! Welcome to Universal City.

First, we start out with a little setup.

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Big City Scavenger Hunt

We’ve arrived in Los Angeles! Hollywood! Universal Studios! Sunset Boulevard! Melrose Avenue! Hey, wasn’t that Melrose Place, a nineties soap opera? Hang on a tic, look at that Ford. All I could think was, “What an awesome farm truck!”

And so began the farming scavenger hunt on the drive from the airport to the hotel. That yellow Chevrolet next to it was calling my name.

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My Night with Sean

You know you’re in L.A., specifically Universal City, when your hotel lobby is plastered in photos of movie stars. Swoon. That and tiny plates of food that look as though they were baked and served to leprechauns (or maybe fairies), traffic that boggles my mind, oh, and shopping, and celebrities.

That’s right. Celebrities.

Justin Bieber

sock-em-bop-em

We’ve been nut harvestin’ here at the farm this week. During the summer, edible English walnuts are covered with a green husk. In the fall, when the walnuts are ready for harvest, the husks crack and break apart. I purchased my English walnut saplings from Burnt Ridge Nursery, 360-985-2873, www.burntridgenursery.com, and I’ve been very pleased with how well they’ve grown and produced fruit. Below is my father’s walnut cracker invention …

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Beau Coop

Hold on to your egg shells, farm sisters, because you might just …

CRACK UP

when you hear this:

Neiman Marcus has unveiled its 86th annual Fantasy Gifts collection, and, MERCY!

The selection this year had me sucking air in through my teeth, then exhaling it in a whistle.

Got your Christmas gift list handy?

Well, then, take a gander at this lil’ beauty:

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he’s crackin’ nuts

After we gathered the walnuts from our 100-year-old black walnut trees.

We had to figure out how to get crackin’ (remove the hulls) so they can dry.

Best way to do that?

With a tractor, of course.

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behind the scenes behind the barn at the farm

From: Thane @ MaryJanesFarm
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 9:01 AM
To: MaryJane Butters
Cc: karina; louise; molly; carol; gabe; etcetera; nick; briano; brianw; kurtis; saralou; lucas; megan; ashley; kim; andy; kate; chelsea
Subject: P and R drive

On 10/11/2012 6:41 PM, Thane wrote:

I regret to inform you that one of our hard drives, which contained the R drive and the P drive, passed away yesterday. It will be sorely missed. Rather than bore you with the complexities of the situation, know that Gabe and I have set up a temporary backup. If all goes according to plan, you will never notice a difference. If you do notice anything, please let me or Gabe know. More important, anything saved on those drives today is probably gone. Please …

Home & Family Debut

Have you seen the Hallmark Channel’s new show that launched Oct. 1, Home & Family, hosted by Paige Davis and Mark Steines? It’s two full hours every day of home improvements, crafts, parenting tips, lifestyle, health & fitness, and oh, so much more. Can you say “dog pilates?”

You haven’t seen it yet?

Well, here’s the deal.

Prepare for it. Because …

Are you ready?

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Home & Family Debut

Have you seen the Hallmark Channel’s new show that launched Oct. 1, Home & Family, hosted by Paige Davis and Mark Steines? It’s two full hours every day of home improvements, crafts, parenting tips, lifestyle, health & fitness, and oh, so much more. Can you say “dog pilates?”

You haven’t seen it yet?

Well, here’s the deal.

Prepare for it. Because …

Are you ready?

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Little Chunky Monkey

Who wears a little pink halter here at the farm?

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