clusters of pumpkin scattered in the field

Season’s seem to change faster as I get older.  It seems like it was just the beginning of June and now we are the door step of November.  Another year almost behind us.

The reflection as I drove in with snow crisp in the Nebraska air.  I love fall and it comes and goes way to soon.  Appreciate each season!  The Bible speaks of the seasons

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  This reminds me to stop and be peaceful.  To appreciate and know that each season is part of the journey.







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 or following us on Facebook at Marketplace & Company 62034631_2954445397906900_5814451425958166528_n







Looking Back

It has been tough couple of weeks at the Petersen household.  I have been fighting a virus that started out with a stomach ache and then turned into an upper lung infection.  I have coughed so hard that my abdominal’s hurt as well as my back.  I run a fever and the exhaustion has been over whelming.  My poor husband has been down with this crud as well.

As I write this I am aware of how fortunate I am to be able to have modern medicine and knowledge of things that will help me get better. My parents were born in the Great Depression of the 1930’s and a lot of our area never did over come the depression.  Modern roads came thru and everyone seemed to go shop in the large discount stores.

Closing a lot of the store fronts and small towns across Nebraska.

Growing up on the farm we ate a lot like my father would have in the Great Depression.

Potatoes and hot dogs or canned milk with beans and dumpling soup.  On Sundays once a month we would have fried chicken and mashed potatoes.  My dad always insisted that a raw egg be blended into the potatoes.  I just learned that this was a depression way to help fill you up.  I had never had BBQ food growing up.

I think of the Great Depression and what was happening in this country when Dad was being raised.   There was no money.  people would take there children to churches and leave them because they could not feed them.  Times were tough.  Crops were for most part harvested by hand.  People would actually steal food out of garbage cans or come into your yard to steal food out of gardens.  Men had no way of supporting their families.

  1. I don’t think Dad realized that he raised us with depression behavior.  I think it was a way of life that marked his life.  As I look at my life I see what 9/11 did to us.

It was our Depression that no one called Depression.  We saw every prescribed medication advertised to help us deal with what happened.  It truly crippled us like the crash of 29.  Everything that day changed!  Cost of fuel,  food and we did not feel safe.

We watched our money become worth a lot less.  I was more aware of what we were spending and what it cost.  Yesterday marked 18 years and yet I feel a bit depressed today when I think of what happened.  it forever changed me.





My Vision- My Hope

preview (3)Starting a new company is never easy.  Unless you can be in a great location have a great product and money to finance a venture it is a lot of work!   What I envisioned had to change as product line staffing and location had to be considered.  We decided to go into a small town for our location because we were looking to manufacture our granola and operate a coffee house.  Within 3 months another coffee house opened in the same town in a better location.  This would hurt the coffee side of the store.  I needed to evaluate what we had to change to grow the businesses.   I made mistakes in hiring the wrong people.  My daughter was supposed to be involved in the business and this was not happening.

Pop Up Dinner Events

We started to doing foods around the world.  Pop Ups in the Evening,  This seemed to be helpful to in growing dollars.  However these events were very expensive and once costs were taken out this really was not logical.

What had been successful was our Italian Night.  I had hired a manger to run the store.  She saw my vision but did not like where I was trying to go.  Good lady just was not the correct fit for my company.  I then went without a manager and hired a barista that was good at what he did but he could not stop talking about his personal business.  As an owner I had a vision of what I wanted and yet I could not find the key people to hire that could understand my vision.

Trying to do everything sometimes is the worst thing you can do.  In business you need to seek out others who understand your industry.  I am always open to learn research and seek out better ways to better my business plan.   This past year has been turbulent with a ton of changes coming at me all at once.  As I evaluate what I like and what I do not like it is clear.  Marketplace & Company is growing!  By adding Pesto our evening only Italian scratch kitchen we found our market!  People started hearing about this Italian Food Experience and we have been growing!

Our addition of Clove Sage Antiques & Gifts adds a lot to the environment as well as add on sales from the bakery.

We simplified things to include gourmet Italian pastas, sauces, oils and other amazing things from Italy to sell in the gift shop with simple recipe cards from me the chef of Pesto at Marketplace.  These amazing baskets allows our customer to ship a gift basket or box to a family or friend anywhere in the US or our team can deliver.  This has been a really smart concept.  Best simple things make the best food experience.

Coming soon our wine shop that will add even more to offer our consumer.  I love food and I love that I could re-evaluate what I needed to do to grow my brand.

I asked you to follow and see where the Good Life For Half grows too.  If you would like to send one of these amazing food boxes or baskets you will be able to once our website goes live later this year.  Until then you can call 308-424-1055 to order and ship


Pistachio Pesto My Why? My Love OF Real Food!

I love Pesto and feel that what and how I cook this amazing simple part of my heritage says a lot about me.  I tend to really like authentic foods from the Sicily region.  In my restaurant named “Pesto” I celebrate Pesto made from pistachios.

We not only use them in our fresh made pesto.  We also use them on top roasted when serve in our vegetable based pesto.

Simple things make things the best.  ssd


June 15th 1984

June 15th is more to each year!  As I think of this day it is not a day that we celebrate with a lot of hoopla, going out or even taking a trip.  It is a day of remembrance that something very small happened that turned into something really big!

I married my husband on June 15th.   We had really nothing.  I had some old dishes that had been in a box that I treasured from working for people as a youth in Torrington, Wyoming. Some old photos our bibles and old furniture, old pickup and an old car started our life!

Bryan has been the one constant gift from God.  Bryan is been my best friend.  Even when we have struggled with our love and allowed others as well as ourselves to fall away at times.  June 15th 1984 is a special day when two people became one.    Those vows to love and honor has held us together.  In 35 years we have seen our young bodies become old, our hair gray, our children grow, our grandchildren have grandchildren.

We have seen our parents pass!  Good times and bad we have gotten thru it all.  As we had coffee this morning we spoke of thanks to God!  We have been blessed to live in the same home we bought 34 years ago.  We are blessed to have raised 3 daughters in this home.  We have been blessed to have safety that God has provided.  We are blessed to be able to wake in a bed and not in a box.  We are blessed to have one another as others may not.  We are blessed to be able to help others in need and we are blessed because a life that God sewed together stayed together.

A tribute to my best friend!  I love you Bryan and I love my Lord who gave us a love that has stood strong.  I know we will see more trials and with God in the center of our lives we will stand as one!  Happy Anniversary Bryan!

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, …