Her Times
By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: July 21st, 2014
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From left: my sister, Patti George: my cousin Jim Greenfield; my hubby, Kim Parker; my SIL, Kate Strosser; my brother, Walt Strosser; and my cousin Jim’s wife, Connie Greenfield.

My cousins live in Greenville, Pa., where my parents grew up. We used to get together every year for a pig roast, but schedules got in the way. Then we found ourselves getting together for funerals. And that sucks.

So on Saturday, we had an impromptu “let’s meet and eat” at Timber Creek Tap and Table in Meadville. If you have never been there, go — it is great fun, and the food is terrific — even deep fried pickles!

Beef kabobs were my choice — fabulous.  So are the martinis — oh and so is the beer, but I really wanted a martini.

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Howie and Amber

We’ve had a lot of visitors this month. For the Fourth of July, we had a Howie Eckert sighting. He came to town for the first time in two years (other than a 24-hour stint for a funeral). It was nice to see my firstborn with his girlfriend, Amber.

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Kelly and Nick

Kelly Eckert returns home frequently with her boyfriend, Nick. I think they have attended (and she has been) in more weddings than I can count in the past year.

Andrew Parker and his wife, Devin, will be moving home.  So he has been here for interviews, and they will be moving home soon.

We still have Matthew and Mo Parker and their girls, Mia and Macie, in town.  And Christopher Parker lives in Erie. And Ryan Eckert, who will be our fourth Gannon graduate in December, lives in Erie. Both Mo and Devin are also Gannon grads. So that makes six!

If you’re an empty nester, be prepared for the Bed and Breakfast owner role. It’s great to get them home — even if we can’t get them all here at the same time.   Summer is going to slip away, but I am planning some trips for September and October to catch up with our out-of-towners.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 20th, 2014

videoHappy National Ice Cream Day, announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984. I know what we are having today. I just don’t know where. And now onto houses!

If you want a peek at a clever home design, visit 5402 Pebble Creek Court today from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s my video  — or just click on the picture at left. I am getting better at these, but I’m still learning.

Pebble Creek is a private subdivision off Heidler Road, which branches west off Sterrettania — right at Walnut Creek School. Frank’s Farm Market is on the corner, and I stopped there after I visited this home.

You need to know that Pebble Creek allows no For Sale signs. If you like the area, ask your Realtor what’s for sale up there because some of the ranches are also for sale, but a computer search is required to find them.

Privacy is part of the design in this home. On the first floor, an office and living room offer spaces away from the main living space — but not too far away. And outside, you’ll be amazed that the deck has a view of woods, but it still provides plenty of lawn, and it’s all in the middle of a neighborhood that’s close to everything.

If you missed House to Home yesterday, click here to read all the articles:
Welcome back monarch butterfliesWelcomeback monarch butterflies On the morning of July 11, I walked outside to get the paper, and I saw a monarch butterfly on my weeping cherry tree. I was positively amazed and I froze, so as not to frighten the butterfly away. As I stood there, it started to fly and then it fluttered around my milkweed plants. I got choked up, because it had been a really long time since a monarch butterfly has been in my yard. Emotion welled up in me as I thought, “Welcome back, welcome back, old friend.” It’s not every day you see a creature whose migratory pattern is endangered visit your garden.

'Star Wars' droid builders bring galaxy to Earth‘Star Wars’ droid builders bring galaxy to Earth Most people just have cars, bikes and lawn mowers in their garage. George Westwater has a droid.
Church garden cultivates communityChurch garden cultivates community Patrick Powers held up three or four carrots he’d just pulled out of the soil. Before he started gardening, numerous people or things might have touched those carrots before they reached his mouth: farmers, farmworkers, pesticides, food handlers, grocers – all part of a system of efficient food-processing that he had some familiarity with working in the restaurant industry for 35 years.For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful

For Your Home: Look to Morocco for decor that is luxurious, powerful Morocco — simply saying the name inspires images of an exotic and exciting location. I don’t know of a single other place in the world that has that same effect for me. And I am not alone. Walking through the airport this week, I saw posters promoting the allure of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakech — can you get any more romantic? Many of us will never have the opportunity to travel to this intoxicating land, but we can bring Morocco to us.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 18th, 2014

Erie ApparelI’ve got a few great T-shirts to give away, thanks to some great Erie kids who make them. They’re not really kids — they’re men, but they are the same age as my kids.

Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub own Erie Apparel. Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

From left — that’s an Erie sunset T-shirt — see the Bicentennial tower in the I? Clever!

The T-shirt in front features four nautical flags, spelling E-R-I-E in large print.

The third one has snowflake dot over the I.

All shirts retail for $20 each on the Erie Apparel website, and it has a lot more other Erie clothing. And Pittsburgh. And Ohio.

You can win one of these shirts. Send me an email pam.parker@timesnews.com with which one of these three you want — by end of day today — Fashion Friday. And visit the Erie Apparel website to see the clever T-shirt they have that welcomes LeBron James back to Cleveland.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a GramPam to two of the cutest little girls on Earth!

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Posted: July 16th, 2014

new flavorYou’ve got to hand it Tootsie Roll and Tootsie Pop.

The iconic candy we baby boomers grew up with has taken Twitter by storm. Mr. Owl — you remember him — announced you can test the new flavor free by downloading a play and win game – you can do it here.

I follow Mr. Owl on Twitter. I am a real sucker for owls and candy — get it?

Th owl debuted in the “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”  commercial. Watch all the commercials here.

Where did Tootsie rolls and Tootsie Pops come from?  In New York City in 1896, Austrian immigrant Leo Hirshfield came up with the idea of the taffy-like Tootsie Roll as an alternative to chocolate that melted. He named it for his daughter whose nickname was Tootsie. She was 5 at the time.

The Tootsie Pop popped onto the scene in 1931 with its original chocolate flavor followed by cherry, orange, grape, raspberry and blueberry — introduced in 2012.

The company now also has strawberry, watermelon, blue raspberry, candy cane, caramel, banana and green apple. The Tropical Stormz variety swirls flavors together with orange/pineapple, lemon/lime, strawberry/banana, apple/blueberry, citrus/punch and berry/berry punch.

Today’s Tootsie Roll Industries now includes Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Pop, Charms Blow Pop, Mason Dots, Andes, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Dubble Bubble, Razzles, Caramel Apple Pop, Junior Mints, Cella’s Chocolate-Covered Cherries, and Nik-L-Nip.

All Tootsie Roll candies are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free and  gluten free.

Today, the  Chicago-based company makes  64 million Tootsie Rolls per day.

The website is pretty entertaining, and many folks have undertaken studies to determine  how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Visit the How Many Licks? page. Pretty fun stuff — and it all started with some taffy named for a little girl.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother

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Posted: July 15th, 2014

frozen drinkNational Daiquiri Day is Saturday — thanks to www.punchbowl.com for reminding me.

In case you’re wondering, Today is national gummi worm day — that reminds me of that dirt cake recipe. I love that!
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Cal_16 National Corn Fritters Day
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Cal_18 National Caviar Day
Cal_19 National Daiquiri Day
Cal_20 National Ice Cream Day
Cal_21 National Junk Food Day
Cal_22 Hammock Day
Cal_23 National Hot Dog Day
Cal_24 Cousins Day

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 14th, 2014

256px-Marchmontpenny2VW SUVHerbie — the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle was so cute, it got its own name in a Disney movie in 1968 with The Love Bug.  The Beetle dates back to 1938, according to Wikipedia, and my friend, Jean Monahan Ross, had plenty of them. Not the 1938 models — we are not that old. 

About an hour ago, Volkswagen announced the Winterkorn, a mid-sized SUV made in in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Passat will also be made in Tennessee in 2016, according to a news releases from VW.  Read the full release here

The company promises 2,000 more jobs in Tennessee and much more. VW is now associated with Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini.  The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

The announcement this morning made me think of Jean — and her Beetle and that movie with Herbie, of course. Cheers to Volkswagen. I see a little Beetle in that new Winterkorn. Maybe it’s  ancestry, genetics or wishful thinking on my part.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

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Posted: July 12th, 2014

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What a great neighborhood — and I never would have discovered it if Mike and Nancy Kalista weren’t selling their home. You’ll want to discover the hoVideomes in the Jane Lane area too — private, big lots, country scenery and it was maybe 15 minutes from downtown.


Check out my article here
 in House to Home. You can attend an open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.Watch the video here. I even managed to keep my feet out of this one and edited about six pieces of video together.

Great ideas to love in home and gardens this week.  Check out this week’s stories:

Garden Tour Erie grows with music – Sue Scholz shares all the info on tours this weekend. The third city garden tour is Sunday. Don’t miss this one!

Have a great weekend — check out the open houses today and Sunday. Hit the Greek Fest and all the other summer fun in Erie.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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Posted: July 11th, 2014

I bougCoachht a Coach purse – my first ever. It was on clearance for under $200 at the Grove City Coach outlet with an additional 70 percent off, and I was so deliriously happy to see the price that I almost bought two.

orange stripeI also hit the Banana Republic outlet and bought an orange striped shirt and a yellow glittery top — combined purchase under $20. I love the Banana Republic outlet. If you have never been there, you must go. I have bought a dress there every year — and they are so well made.

A quick walk through the Grove City outlets — and I mean one-hour quick — revealed a lot of great deals. Sidewalk sales with dresses, dresses, dresses. I have enough dresses for now, and I stayed away from shoe stores. But if you are looking for deals on summer stuff, it’s worth the trip.

I haven’t been to Grove City in a long time, and it was a terrific one-hour detour away from Interstate 79.

Here at home, it’s Greek Fest weekend, Roar on the Shore folks will be roaring into town, Frozen Safari is at the Erie Zoo and activities abound in our beautiful corner of the world. Have a great weekend. For me, it’s an anniversary weekend. Happy 11th anniversary to my wonderful husband, Kim Parker.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom to three and a stepgrandmother to two of the cutest little girls ever.

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Posted: July 10th, 2014

ChevronThe threat of rain usually sends me to stores, and it did again on Monday. So I admit I went a little nuts with the Chevron pattern. Clearly. I blame it on Erie Times-News reporter Sarah Stemen because she wears such cute little Chevron tops that look so fresh.

Well off I went to Peebles and here’s my haul: a sundress, a shirt and a spaghetti strap shirt. All Chevron. I bought a patterned dress too, but I didn’t want to make your eyes go buggy mixing it all together. I’ll save that one and some other goodies from Grove City outlet mall for Fashion Friday.

After the shopping extravaganza, I took a nap, made a real dinner for my hubby — he rarely gets that but never complains. We went for a walk at McDowell where a coach was teaching kids some cross-country skills.  It reminded me of the days when I shuttled my little girl (she was 14) to and from Brown’s Farm for cross country practice. It seems like yesterday, but it was a decade ago. Kids who run cross country are tough — mentally and physically.

My day-off evening ended like many others. We came home and sat on the front porch — something we try to do every evening — and I do it every morning. It’s so quiet here sometimes. In other moments, our bustling neighborhood of kids and parents and dogs is truly alive. But I savor these quiet moments. Summer is so short and so sweet. Don’t you want to drink in every minute of the greenery, the birds, the wildlife and the warm summer breezes?

Enjoy the summer — it seems to fly by.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.

 

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Posted: July 5th, 2014
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The entrance to 3828 Cobblestone Drive shows off some elegant doors and incredible design.

I visited Cobblestone Village earlier this year, but two more homes for sale brought be back.

The two luxury homes are gorgeous.  At 3828 Cobblestone Drive, the interior is spectacular and a backyard parklike setting with landscaped paths adds to the package..
The home includes six bedrooms, five full baths and 3,860 square feet of living space.  Paul Kubeja of Robert C. Kubeja Real Estate lists it at $674,900. For more information, call him at 450-7368.
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The sunroom at 320 Erica Drive looks out on the swimming pool and sport court.

Around the corner at 320 Erica Drive, Sean and Andrea Scully’s home sits on .93 acre of property, and it is a dream home with 6,078-square feet inside and outdoor living space that just keeps on going.  An in-ground pool borders the patio while an additional sport court offers plenty of space for a basketball court and tennis court. It includes  five bedrooms, five full baths, and two half baths.  Lisa Rubino, of Sue Sutto Realtors, lists this home at $599,900. For more information, call her at 572-2020. Check out our Open House locator right here. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!
Check out this week’s stories:
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, a stepmom and a stepgrandmother.
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