A YEAR OF CHANGE

A year of change!  October 25th a year ago, I announced that I was making changes at Marketplace & Companies! We started with the name to Marketplace & Company making it easier to be sourced on social media plat forms.  We moved away from the coffee house because we were challenged with traffic flow.  We added the Italian Restaurant Pesto Fine Italian as an evening dinner only-

We created brands for each area of the market so all we needed is to produce specific products for the market.

Butter Bakery

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • scones
  • 4 specific cakes
  • New York Style Cheese cake
  • Tiramisu & filled Italian cookies

Marketplace Coffee Company

Offers small batch Wyoming made coffee from the Cheyenne Coffee Company  as well we still offer a few selections of coffee from I & L Coffee Roasters.  The kids went into their own location in July.   We also bought out a tea company that allows us to produce fresh organic tea blends-

Clove Sage Antiques & Gifts – My favorite place

I love Clove Sage it is a place that transcends my love of the things that make a home a home.  From one of kind antique pieces too the tea towels and gourmet jams, candies and pastas from Italy!  We recently started our renovation of the the old Market.   with dried floral arrangements, wreaths, candles warmers, coffee mugs, teas, coffee, hot cocoa’s winter tea blends, hand made soaps, lotions and decor pieces.  We are creating something very special.  Our gourmet cookies that are seasonal at the market are customer favorites.  Look for our special selection- Right now we have an array of Halloween cookies that will make anyone happy!

Up Coming Events 

November 15th we will host Christmas Open House Clove Sage Antiques & Gifts!

November 1st  Pie orders for Thanksgiving go on sale for pick-up no later then Wednesday November 27th – Apple Pumpkin or Pecan Pies are on sale for $ 14.95  home made whipping cream a pint bourbon vanilla & cinnamon $ 9.95

November 30th we will host Small Business Saturday with Sample Saturday & Free shipping Saturday of gift baskets from the market-  We are hoping we will be grand Opening our Wine Shop and will host Wine Tasting Evening at Pesto Fine Italian

Pesto Unlimited Dinner Card goes on Sale December 1st- Only 100 cards will be sold

Allows the card holder 1 year of dinning in house with 12 take out meals to be picked up- Cost of card is $ 100.00 you can reserve cards starting now-

Biggest Office Party Event Saturday December 7th at the Market Tickets go on sale Monday November 4th- Ticket includes appetizers, dessert & drinks  $ 25.00 Market will Open at 3 PM – 10 PM

Breakfast with Santa December 13th- Join us at 9 AM-12 PM for this special Event.

Breakfast available – Santa Pancake with sausage or bacon and eggs $ 9.95 

Book your Private Party at the Market thru out December  by contacting us at granolabox@yahoo.com or following us on Facebook at Marketplace & Company 62034631_2954445397906900_5814451425958166528_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding My Audiance

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As long as I can think back, I have had the desire to just create amazing food.  The love of great food is all about people.  I love when I cook for my family because it is an extension of my love for them.   I feel that the love of food & family has helped in my walk with Christ because I have grown in faith of who I am as well as how God is using me in my life.

I have had a real struggle with writing of this blog for several months over my personal life.  If you have followed me in the past you have seen me open Marketplace & Company that houses our granola company Granola Box,  a coffee house Marketplace Coffee Company and now it also has in house bakery Butter Bakery,  a Vintage shop Clove Sage Antiques & Gifts, Pesto our Italian Restaraunt as well as Hello Cookie Company

Why so many shops?  Because we are located in a community that has lost its downtown!  We are part of a downtown block that holds a plumbling store, the Marketplace & Company, and a hair salon.  Across the street there is a clock shop that does not see customers at its location.  A American Legion who just celebrated their 100th year with no fan fare and a bar & restaraunt named Reds

Rest of the buildings are since closed with no economic hope of renewal.  Yet this is where we decided to lease space for our granola company.  the building is nearly 100 years old with amazing orignal tin ceilings and a vibe back to the 60 with painted wood panenling.  the bathrooms were probably put in at that times as well.  Its orignal life was that of a state of the art pharmacy 100 years ago and would have had a soda fountain.

With a population of 1,300 people the community has not seen growth.  Highway 26 goes straight thru this community with not a lot of people getting off the highway to do business downtown.  Our orignal thoughts was to produce just granola there.  but being new we are stilling finding our Audiance.  We wholesale our product.  However the goal was to locate Marketplace owners for each section of the market.

As I struggled this first year I tried different things.  When we did our grand opening it was apparent that we needed to be vested,  I believe that you should be vested in the youth of any community.  So we selected the a group of kids that we donated a portion of our proceeds to raising 390.00 for over this past school year.  This did not grow a customer base. I was in hopes that we would see students come in after school to do homework and hang our in the coffee house. I feel that seperate shop owners should be my focus.  My goal is to lease each section of Marketplace to people who will promote and there skill.  So that is what we are doing now.  Seeking

I have found my food love with PESTO our Italian Restaraunt.  I have been cooking Italian for 35 plus years using heritage recipes that we create at Pesto.  The food is real with a growing following.  We operate only in the evening at this time making it a speacial place to come for a group.  If you do something great people will come.  This Audiance is growing.  with Wine and beer being added this summer I hope to see this take our average transaction up!  Business has changed so much and if I was not able to over come my original plan I would be gone by now.

Are we making my investment back?  At this time NO!  The business investment was my retirement plus half of my wage that I make.  In the past you could just go to a bank and they would set you up with line of credit and loan.  I choose to go the seed to ground aproach where we do the work and reap the harvest.  Not an easy approach! However it is a worth the journey-

 

 

 

 

The Giving In!

Do you ever notice sometimes when we think things are not going the way we want, we then will concede by accepting what ever the circumstance is?  I call this the moment “The Giving In” moments of life.  We do this to adjust to what we are not accomplishing!

An example would be life style change that removes specific things out of your diet.   You expect that you will just become this thin person over night.  You go the scale like it is new toy in the house that you want to play with!  Then there is the moment of defeat!  The Giving In!  The sloughing of the feet as they retreat from the scale who has put your hard work back into perspective!

Recently I have been feeling defeated.   Our defeats can tear us down and make us not want to try!  At times it becomes easier to accept defeat!  As I write this I am dealing with the emotional state of a new business and my expectations.  As well the on going life changes that I have had to make for my health.  We all have challenges and it is more of how we persevere the storms that we bring on ourselves as well as those that we did not see in a health concern.

The success we will have is in trusting God!  When I am in my storms I am not always seeking God.  Satin loves to use our events to keep us from our real need.  God!  As I have said and continue to say!  Satin is a deceiver!  When we are challenged we are to come to God with our needs.  Fasting and praying is something I have never done.  I have had profound answers to prayer in my life. Fasting is something I have never done.  If any of my readers here have, I would love to here from you.  As I write this I am reminded of how Noah must have felt!  He must of looked foolish as he was ridiculed over building this huge boat.  At times! Noah could have given in to the ridicules! Instead he stayed strong in obedience to God!

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, …

My Financial needs & God!

th9ZI8QCA3I am so thankful for the trials that God has been there for.  He has been there every time.  Even when I was trying to do it my way.  God never lets me down.  I have been the problem behind every one of my trials!   Brought on by my own need to control instead of trust.

I have been evaluating this behavior & where it stems from.  When my husband & I got married,  he told me he wanted to manage our finances.  So any error became my cross to bere.  Oh and there was a lot of errors.  As I have gotten older the errors have have lessoned.  However not understanding the finances is just an example of life errors that I have made.

Asking me to manage the family debt has been devastating for me at times.  I was raised with nothing.  I have tried to do good with what God has provided but I am ashamed of what I have not been able to produce for God’s glory. However I forget to see the grace of what God does for us.  I am reminded how foolish of decisions we have made with our money.  Sometimes as a desire to serve our family.  Forgetting God will provide for our children.  I am so thankful that God knows my heart and knows that I want to do right by others through service of employment.  in Matthew 6:31-32 it states the following

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat ‘ or ‘What will we drink ‘ or ‘What will we wear for clothing ‘ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

I cannot make the grass grow, I cannot make the wind move,  I cannot keep my children from their life choices nor can I control anything that God does not have planned for me.

I am thankful that God has provided me with gifts and talents that help produce good for his glory.  I am thankful that he has allowed me to learn from my failings.

“I have learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher than success!” 

-Jack Welch

All things have a season and if we truly walk by faith then it means trusting God’s will for our lives.  Our finances are important and God will continue to grow me in this area.

I may never have the finest things here on earth!  But what I have is better than all the wealth.  It is the joy of loving God and knowing that he has provided for me and never has forsaken me for a moment!  in Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

 

Here is wishing you blessings today of abundance from our Father who loves us!

 

 

 

What if……?

What if instead having people tearing down others, we built one another up?   What if instead of judging one another we worked to better our neighbors?   What if we cared enough to show honor to our leaders?  What if we picked up our Bibles and read it?  What if we set down at the table in the morning and ate together?  What if we spent time with one another at the end of the night as well?  What if we took time to pray and be in communion with God?

All these things are basics what if’s that missing from our communities.  We don’t do business with our local grocery store!  We don’t buy stamps at the post office we pick them up at Wal-Mart!  We don’t use the car dealership in the town we live, we go out-of-town and buy!  We don’t teach our children to show respect and they then grow up to be people who do not show respect!  What if we could change this scenarios?

I think that we can!  Remove people from your influence that are negative.  Make changes to protect your spirit by who you hang with.  Go out of your way to be a neighbor!  When you have an extra serving share!  Instead of tearing down our leaders remember we are called to pray for our leaders.  Take control and read the Bible, blog and stay connected to believers.  Wake up early enough to have breakfast with your family and make dinner time a part of celebrating the day. Thank JESUS for everything!

Jesus gave us the a life to observe as he not only showed us his moral light in what he taught the people he gave his life to give us opportunity to be more.  As I write this I am reminded that I fail daily at being a good neighbor.  I think it is because we need to see past our zip code and look around at what is happening in the small towns we drive through!  I could have more money in my bank account if I did not do business in the small towns that make up the rural landscape.  However I would be part of the problem of not doing business with my neighbors.  Caring enough to go vote on election day & then respecting the outcome.  praying for our businesses, praying for our leaders means I am called to be a good neigbor.

No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.

 

Being Stuck

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Have you ever been stuck!  The frustration of it all!  The mud!  Well in life we can become life stuck!   I think that we get here out of a lot of different reasons.  Recently I had an employee transfer out of our department.  I was so upset that he would not want to work with our team!   I took sometime and evaluated what was happening.  He was not being able to bring his strengths to our team.

He had told me he hated our department and the type of work.  However that is only part of the truth!  He was shown disrespect in return hurt his feelings.  People put people in funks!  Causing them to become disenchanted.  Having expectations has a lot to do with this as well.  We dropped down in staff and it meant that this employee was expected to step up and work in an area that he found over whelming.  He then took on more work in hopes that this would help him.  It did not.  He kept seeking a different role.  He actually took a job where he is part-time.  He is now unstuck!  Will this be the last time he gets stuck?  I suppose not!  Life is full of growth and opportunity that is truly up to one and their goals.  I believe that being stuck can be just because we get scarred to try new things.  We are afraid of the risks of failure.

I am experiencing a mud holding stuck issue myself.  I  am dealing with my health and not seeing any change in how I feel.  I feel bad and pull myself along to work like I am treading through mud!  The goals I have set are to stay focused on this diet along with all the supplements I need to take and to get rest.  I have allowed this illness to defeat me!

Realism of how long it will take to feel better has a huge impact on how I see today!  When I wake up to my feet aching the tone is set.  Defeat is right there.  I have to change my thinking!   I never give in!  If I am not running a fever I am going to work!

I have Asthma, lived thru a heart attack, I will not give up!  The depression is the worst!  Being chronically in pain does a number on your life.  It has stolen my smile!  It steals my energy for activities.  It makes me mad! All this is me being stuck!  knowledge is power!  What ever I can do I want to take back my life!  I want to dance with my husband, play tennis with my daughter, take long walks and get back to a full life!

The Bible reminds me that I can do all things through Jesus Christ. When we are stuck we need to be on our aching knees seeking him to battle our issues.  I am the one who fails to call on him.  If you are dealing being stuck, I hope that reading this will give you power to look at your situation and know that you are not alone.  We can win our battles if we remember we are the body of Christ!

Rabbits & Hat Tricks

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When I was a small child I loved when our school would bring in Magicians to amaze and astound us!  Oh how to be able to pull a rabbit out of a hat!  Or make things disappear.

As I grew and realized a lot of the magic I dreamed of as a small child was not magic at all.  It was just a trick.  Now that is not to say that there is not magical moments in my life!  This past 12 months of recreating my life and the magic all around me has been a true journey.  So much change.  a year ago I was living on the road and living on Mini Butterfinger Candy Bar’s  and Mc Donalds coffee!  I was tired all the time!  I was traveling about 150 miles a day running myself ragged.

As I look at where I am today,  honestly I am still recovering from 2017.  The key word is recovery.  The Magic I have in my life is from being able to hold my husband’s hand at the end of the day.  Drive to work in the morning knowing the road back is 25 miles.  Now that is comfort.  To shop with my 16-year-old for dresses for her Spring Concert!  This is magic!  To see her face light up over being able to get all three dresses!  Magic!

What I have learned is that you must have balance!  Balance is the key to having a good life for half the pain!  Money cannot make my family happy.  It cannot give me back lost time with my children nor my husband.

In the past year the financial loss has been over whelming.  I went from making three figure to a two figure income.  Result is living the good life for half.   I am here to tell you it has not been easy.  Nice meals in restaurants gone!  Wine membership gone!  New car traded off for older car!  Sold off things to make ends meet!  Started a small batch granola company really not easy!  Watched family members look at me like I lost my mind!  Why Granola?  Answer God!  All I know is that it made sense and as we grow I trust God!

Faith &  grace of God is always present.  I am so thankful for his love and never-ending love!  The Magic of life is the joy we get when we allow to let God be all the magic we need!

Three things I am doing now for balance

1.  Bible & prayer time!  I allow this to be removed due to time constraints.  I am scheduling into my day.  Afternoon time as I go home listening to Christian Radio

2.  Health changes cutting a lot of processed food out and eating a better natural diet

3.  Taking back my home from my daughter’s family!  I love my children but our middle daughters family had to be asked to go!  They have been here for three years.  I want the balance of coming into my home and feeling like I live here and that this is my refuge.  It was a tough decision because I love having our grandson right here.  Our faith and our morals do not match with a young couple and middle-aged parents who see the world completely different.  It has caused huge bouts of stress for all of us.

What is important to you will not always be important to others.  But being thankful to change is the only way I got thru the past 12 months.  My faith in God to give me a new perspective paved the path to a better life.  I gave up and gained so much back not in income but in life.  The income will get rebuilt.  I am thankful for what we do have.

 

 

Flowers Of Recovery Living Past A Bully Boss-

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I love tulips and today I feel the need to remind myself that we all need to have a memento that shows appreciation of ones being!  This bouquet is for me!  It is a day of celebration and thanks that even when we go thru trials there are victories of the other side.  It’s called Recovery!

Several years ago I was so emotionally distraught over a boss who was short of a Bully in the workplace.  He would call at 1: AM or 5 AM anytime he wanted to demand more of me.  He could never see what had been accomplished and he truly kept me so upset that it cost me so much more than a bad job experience.  I felt inadequate!  as well as like I did not know what I was doing in my role.  None of this was true!  I had stopped sleeping and stopped believing in myself.  He had me so emotionally distraught.  My recovery is onging even after several years.  Bullying in the workplace is truly not OK and yet just like me I was afraid of my bully!

This man was so busy talking all about himself and never willing to get to know he leaders that it was apparent that his story was more important than the business goals established.  I have learned that if you want to be successful then everyone has to want what you want as the boss!  This man did not understand this.  The poor conduct and crazy late night rants were his way Management Organizational Style.  He talked his way into his job with charismatic personality and then once in his role, expected instant success.  He fired most of his team and rehired replacements but just like me drove people to leave because of his conduct.

What a Bully does is tell you these following statements!  “Don’t ever talk to my boss!”  He would remind me that the buck stopped with him and that I was never to speak with his boss!

He told me if I cared about my job I would buy equipment to maintain the locations and that I should not expect  the company to reimburse.   Leaf blowers, floor care equipment!  If a light was out he would freak out wanting to know why the management team was too dense to get the lights replaced in locations where an electrician would have had to come in and be hired through the company portal.  He would demand for the Managers to go around this process and hire it locally and pay for it out of the register.  Yet putting their jobs are risk for deviating from Corporate Policy.

Bullies like to isolate and create rues to make others look poorly.  However looking back this man has only hurt his own success.  There were concerning signs that I did not want to admit until my husband had said enough!  I am fortunate that I survived.

Bullies always make sure to have a bully partner that they use as to back up their abuse.  My bully used two men to intimidate and to continue the terror.

Not everyone does!   Work place bullies are real!  Here are some scary statistics

Prevalence

37% of the U.S. workforce (an est. 54 million Americans) report being bullied at work; an additional 12% witness it. That is a total of 49% of workers. Conversely, 45% report neither experiencing nor witnessing bullying. Hence, a silent epidemic.

A Different Kind of Harassment

Bullying is 4 times more common than harassment (based on illegal discrimination). In only one out of five (20%) of bullying cases does discriminatory conduct play a role.

Bullying Damages Employees’ Health

The mythology surrounding bullying is that targets complain and mitigate frequently. However, 45% of targets experience stress-related health problems. WBI 2003 research found that targeted individuals suffer debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, clinical depression (39%), and even post-traumatic stress (PTSD, 30% of women; 21% of men).

In addition, once targeted, a person has a 64% chance of losing the job for no reason. Despite the health harm, 40% never report it. Only 3% sue and 4% complain to state or federal agencies.  Learn more about workplacebullyingInstutute.org

My bully I am still getting over!  The post-traumatic stress has changed me.  It took family support & personal dedication to learn more to keep this from ever happening again.

How you represent yourself is important.  How you treat others matters.  I have learned so much through education.  If you are being bullied there are agencies that can help.

Lets stop bullying in the workplace!  Be part of the change.

 

 

 

Mustard & Ketchup

My brother Scotty loves corn dogs!  When we go to town we always end up at Scotty’s Drive Inn and buy 2 corn dogs and always asked for Mustard & Ketchup.  When Scotty gets that bag it is on.  He has a plan!  He has the mustard packet ripped then he goes for the ketchup!  Let me just say here that this is not car food!    Scotty does not talk!  He just eats!

Just like Scotty I know what I like too!  As we all do!  When I was pregnant with both girls I craved french fries and chicken gravy from a specific restaurant.  I was reminded today of  the french fries in a conversation with my husband.  We at times in life accept things that become part of our habits.   I was raised in tough times and Dad could not afford to take us to the doctors.  So I am not good at taking care of myself.  In the past years I have become more lethargic and wiped out a lot.  I ignore it and keep pushing myself.

I have been home since Friday night sick with what I thought at first was a cold.  Each day I have gotten worse.  I went to see the doctor today and she read through some lab work that I had done 14 months earlier.  I was not fully aware of what those numbers meant.  I am now awaiting new lab results and a phone consultation tomorrow after the tests come back.  God has granted me more time here to know the true love of my husband, to be a mother, to be a daughter to parents who I really never did really know.

The people who I could have never imagined that would be part of my story! Blessings abound me!   I have no idea what is ahead of me.  I only know that God has been here through it all.

I am hoping I am headed toward recovery.  To see each of our children grow up and be the women I hope they will be.  I think my underlying health issues have a lot to do with my emotional state.  I want to get well and actually not be exhausted all the time.

It is easy for me to put others ahead of me.  This is good.  Even when I am being e-rational about taking care of me I have tried to be the best person I could be in service of others.

Awareness of what is given leaves me thankful what God has given me.  He knows my person!  He knows my behavior and he knows my hour.  I worry not about where I will go.  I know that even though I am not perfect.  Jesus is my savior.  He comforts me and he is with me.  76d5b5d28443951eeb055b7cbc162cd3

IF YOU BUILD THEY WILL COME!

If you build it they will come!  Will they really come?  This is the question!  I am working hard building a legacy for the future that will not just serve myself but will feed our children and provide for others as well.  Starting a new company is hard!  Dragging your children along for the ride!  Well sometimes I think it’s a bit like herding kittens!  What I think versus what they think is important can be a stressful go of it!

Just like that Field of Dreams comes the fear of what if this does not work?   What if I did this and no one wants what we are selling?  like the brother who is arguing with his sister and brother-in-law about how stupid it was to have bull dozed the corn out to build a baseball field!  He could not understand!  Yet Mighty Joe kept saying they will pay to see us play!  The naysayers cannot see what we are doing!

Building a business is risky.  Doing nothing gets you no where either!  So if I can going to live today I might as well try!  Trying cost nothing but the gain could be service to someone in need!  God has a way of giving us things in life that at times we might not fully see!  But he does!  Our granola company started just this way.  When my sister asked “why granola?”  I told her that it was from God.  God had directed me to this.

In just three months,  we have taken the company in a new direction that will allow us to not only sell to our customers but will now allow us to be wholesales into stores staring in Nebraska.  Our website is now taking orders with product shipping starting this week.

The commitment to building this has been over whelming with getting located into Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods in Scottsbluff, Nebraska as we start producing.  Last year we produced 1200 pounds and sold just through Farmers Markets.  We have three store locations now that will be selling our product.  So it is all about the hard work!  Out goal is to promote each store with us doing to foot work, advertising and promotion to share the Granola Box story.

I am learning to trust God!  “Depend on God & keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing,” Isiah 26:4  No matter what have faith in where directs you as well.