Iowa Flood Chaos Brings Back Childhood Memory

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My home, Ames, Iowa, has just experienced the biggest flood in the city’s history. Bigger even than 1993 where the roads were closed and Des Moines didn’t have fresh water for more than a week. There was eleven inches of rain in central Iowa in three days last week.


Yes, I Broke It, Now What Gift Should I Send?

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We just got back from a family visit to Toledo, Ohio where my husband grew up. In a whirlwind three days we visited his sister and brother; we saw old friends and new babies. We stayed with cousin Mike who lives alone in a beautiful townhouse with a private guest suite. Mike keeps an immaculate home; he makes Felix of the Odd Couple look like a slob. Mike says he likes “everything perfect.” And it is.


Former Newsday Columnist Joins

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We would like to welcome Barbara Kerbel to our team at  Barbara was a former columnist of Newsday and will bring a level of quality to our Blog that I, most certainly, would never be able to achieve.  Without out further ado, Barbara Kerbel.


Our Hunt for the Best Gourmet Food at Trade Shows

Trade Show season is in full force and Trudy Abood took some of our team members to the Associated Buyers Annual Show and the Chicago Sweets & Snacks Expo. Trudy and our team had a great time at the shows and here is what they had to say about them.