Monthly Archives: April 2013

Moonlight Gardening

Picture this,” invites night-beguiled blogger Moonfairy,

“It’s a warm summer night …

tree frogs and crickets are singing their night songs,

and the full moon is casting its glow on the landscape.

You wander through the moonlight until you come to a place

that seems to glow …

It is your very own moonlight garden,

and creating one is easier than you think.”


Cloud Study, Moonlight by Albert Bierstadt, c. 1860, via Wikimedia Commons

I’m entranced—how about you?

I wandered serendipitously into the magical world of moonlit gardens while wrapping up the latest issue of MaryJanesFarm, June/July 2013.

The theme of the magazine?

“Midnight Hour.”

So, I simply had to know …

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Earth Day

Earth Day falls every year on April 22nd and aims to celebrate an awareness of our beautiful planet. We have been officially celebrating this holiday since 1970. People often celebrate by planting flowers, herbs, gardens, and trees, or getting together with like-minded people to tackle major community clean-up endeavors.

My mom most certainly inherited her green thumb and love for the earth from her parents, who were dedicated followers of Robert Rodale’s Organic Gardening philosophy and life-long subscribers to his magazine. This photo was taken of my grandfather in their vast green garden well before Earth Day was officially a national holiday.

chicken corn

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Silly Farmgirls!!

We made Mom and NannyJane laugh pretty hard when we sent a portrait of ourselves to them while they were at work this past week!

stella and mia

Sisters are the best ever! We used the Aviary Sticker App for an IPhone. Doesn’t Mia look good in a sombrero??

Lend a Hand Merit Badge

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 4,945 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—6,765 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life

Intermediate Level

For this week’s Each Other/Land a Hand to Families Merit Badge, I traveled to Florida to see my Gramma Barbie. Well, I was going anyway, but an opportunity to earn another badge kind of presented itself. (What? I’m not addicted! I can stop anytime I want to. Is there a 12-Step Program for Badge Lovers?) Gramma broke her hip recently and could use a little help from her favorite granddaughter.

My gramma is a real get-up-and-go kinda girl, so I knew this weekend wasn’t going to be a walk in the park for either of us. She is more the serve-others type, not the sit-still-and-boss-your-granddaughter-around type, so I figured we both had our work cut out for us.

(Gramma could seriously use the Relaxation Merit Badge).

Still, knowing all this and surviving this were two very different things.

Gramma had already had her surgery when I arrived, had been released from the hospital, and was in a fine mood when I arrived. And by a fine mood, I mean she was stir crazy, going nuts, and fighting off a bad case of cabin fever. Just cleaning her house and plugging a movie in for her was not going to do it. I may have been over my head.

I started with making her some sweet tea. This I was prepared for. Most grammas like their sweet tea, and I was determined to change a few of her bad eating habits when I was there, so I had smuggled in some organic, loose-leaf Assam and a jar of my favorite local honey. Turns out, I was naïve. I had to wean her off her Lipton and a pound a sugar per glass, g r a d u a l l y. I started by diluting hers little by little with my homemade brew, until she was drinking half-and-half and none the wiser. I was feeling pretty sneaky, but since I was pretty sure I was saving her from a sugar coma, I smothered the guilty feeling with logic (and a cookie).

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Glamping Sites to Visit in 2013: Day 6 of 15

Now that you’ve read my book, Glamping with MaryJane, you need to find a fabulous place to get your glam campin’ on.

And so, we’re back for a 6th day of where to glamp in 2013. Colorado has long been an untouched wilderness teeming with elk and undisturbed Mammoth trees, and every season will please.

Dunton Hot Springs

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is an oasis of thick, fluffy snow in winter; hues of yellow and gold in fall; bright-blue, crystal-clear skies in spring; and warm, languid, heat during the summer.


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Hear Ye!

Welcome New Sisters! (click for current roster)

Merit Badge Awardees (click for latest awards)

My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Erin Rockafellow!

Erin Rockafellow (Erin Rock, #4131) has received a certificate of achievement in Garden Gate for earning a Beginner Level The Secret Life of Bees Merit Badge!

“This badge was great to earn I had been looking for a reason to read ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and this was it. The book was beautiful and I’m going to buy it for our family bookshelf. The vanishing bees movie was not something I knew existed but I did know about the horrible problem. The Easter bunny brought everything to the kids baskets this year to build a bee and butterfly garden and we have our plans drawn up. We just need to wait for our last frost date to plant everything. This was fun to do and I am excited about how the garden is going to turn out.”

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WINNER! Giveaway: Glamping Aprons

Thanks to all those who entered the Glamping Aprons Giveaway for a chance to win one of CJ’s amazing aprons!

Karina reaches into the pockets of each of the prize aprons to pick out our winners …

The first is … Julie Kram!


Julie Kram said:

My dream glamper would have an awning made out of your fabulous glamping fabric under which I could cook while wearing one of the awesome aprons. The outside of the camper would be painted white with a red stripe around the middle. It would be a vintage bread-box style. The inside of the glamper would be clean-up friendly, as I love to camp in the woods away from it all. I would have farm prints on the cushions and curtains and favorite handmade doo-dads on the walls. I’m dreaming!

And the second is …

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