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The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste

The Little Red House with Big Italian Taste

Iannarelli’s is a family owned Italian restaurant located in Howe, Indiana in LaGrange County. Terry and Joyce Iannarelli have owned the restaurant for 14 years. The restaurants home is a quaint historic home built in 1845 and decked out in red with white detail. It stands out in this little town clearly as something special. As their surname suggests the Iannarellis are in fact Italian with bloodline one generation to Italy. Always having an entrepreneurial spirit Terry and Joyce started out by owning an Ice Cream Parlor. As the economy changed, their business declined too, so they closed the Ice Cream Parlor and decided to go back to their roots of Italy.

When first opening the restaurant they knew they had to perfect the secret family red sauce recipe. A perfect red sauce is key to ...

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Berries for the Birds in Winter

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Gardener     The LaGrange County Master Gardener group may be small in numbers but we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our well seasoned members.  Gwen Rinker is a member of our group that has earned the Master Gardener Gold level, having been involved in the program since 2001.  …

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How to Convince Someone to go Shopping

With all of the holiday craft shows and marketplaces ahead (like the Shipshewana, Indiana Fall Market Series), you’re going to need a shopping buddy. Whether it’s a best friend, a mom, a daughter, or a hubby, going shopping is just better with someone at your side. But what happens if the person you want to go with …

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Preparing Garden Soil for Spring

        by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener   As I have been cleaning up my garden recently the thought came to me that I need to plant a cover crop before cold weather sets in.  It is important, that to have a healthy garden, you need to take good care of the …

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Cover Crops

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     If you would like to increase the amount of organic matter in your garden soil, planting a cover crop would be a good beginning.  A cover crop can be small grains, legumes or grasses and are usually planted in the fall and then tilled under in the …

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Fall Lawn Care

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Applying fertilizer is one of the most important procedures done as far as lawn care goes as it influences grass color, helps it deal with stress and prevents weed invasion and disease. Two important factors to consider when applying a fertilizer are when and how much.  Use …

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Fungi in Mulch

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     Each spring I like to spread a fresh layer of mulch on my flower beds.  As you may know mulch helps conserve moisture in the soil, keeps weeds at bay, keeps the soil temperatures lower in the summer and insulates the plant roots in the winter. …

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Fall Webworm, Bagworm and Tent Caterpillars

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       People have nothing on bugs when it comes to using bags and tents for protection while sleeping.  Some caterpillars have similar methods to protect them from the elements and from the voracious appetites of birds. The Eastern Tent Caterpillar appear early in the season, usually in …

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42 Signs You’re From Shipshewana, Indiana

1. You know how to pronounce “Shipshewana.” And it’s not “Shipshewan-ee” or “Sip-se-wana.” 2. You don’t have to pinch your nose at the smell of manure. To you, it’s just “good, fresh country air.” 3. Your driver’s education training included learning how to pass buggies and bicycles. 4. Rush hour is on Tuesdays & Wednesdays during …

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