A Successful Meeting is One That is Well Planned

Feb 25 by in General, Meetings & Events tagged , , with no comments

The act of “planning” is a multi-billion dollar industry in America. Think about all the tools, the apps, the devices, and even the professionals that define a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished.

If you’ve ever coordinated a meeting, a special event, a wedding, anything, really… then you know that planning is an essential part of the process. Winston Churchill’s old saying, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail,” couldn’t be more accurate.

I’ve been in the planning business — planning meetings, specifically — for the past nine years. I enjoy helping individuals and companies work through the dozens of details and pull off successful, stress-free conferences.

I’ll share two tried-and-true tips with you in the hopes of making your next meeting planning process easy…

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From the Lied Lodge Kitchen: Hot Toffee Pudding Cake

Feb 18 by in Recipes tagged , , , with Comments Off


These long, cold winter days call for comfort food, and today I’m sharing a recipe for a spectacular warm dessert: hot toffee pudding cake. We served this rich dessert at Lied Lodge on Valentine’s weekend. It’s easily prepared in two parts, and the end result is decadence in every bite.

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Marriage Proposals: Keep it Simple

Feb 11 by in General, Meetings & Events, Weddings tagged , , , , with 1 comment


So Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Millions of people all over the world use February 14th to find a meaningful, heartfelt way to say “I Love You” to that special someone.

With all that love in the air, it’s no surprise that wedding proposals are particularly popular this time of year. Right now, countless people are feverishly putting the finishing touches on a perfected, rehearsed plan to propose this Valentine’s Day, with every last detail thought out and orchestrated. Maybe even a few women are breaking with tradition and proposing marriage to their beau. Good for you.

If popping the question is in your near future, maybe even this weekend, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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The Greenhouse Report: Hybrid Hazelnuts

Feb 04 by in General, Greenhouse tagged , with 4 comments


For many of us, the hazelnut is a delicious snack, or maybe a favorite flavoring for a morning latte. But here at the Arbor Day Foundation, hazelnuts represent a sustainable crop with the potential to change the world.

A number of years ago, the Arbor Day Foundation wanted to produce a sustainable crop that would not only be a bio-fuel and a food source, but also an economical, high-yielding, widely-adaptable species that required relatively low input. That’s a pretty tall order, but after years of research, testing, and collaboration with invaluable partners, the Arbor Day Foundation established a nine-acre hazelnut orchard at Arbor Day Farm. What has grown out of this original planting in 1996 is a fascinating example of how a small idea can become reality and how that reality will continue to evolve into a sustainable program.

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