New Chocolate Nibbles in Time for Valentine’s Day

Two of our favorite pastimes at Grumbles House are laughing and grazing.  And one of our favorite things to graze on besides a healthy meal is CHOCOLATE!  While at market recently I looked for a dark chocolate I could get excited about.  And I believe I’ve found it in Seattle Chocolate Company.  Besides their interesting and wonderful flavors of dark & milk chocolate, I like that they are a socially responsible company from the way they treat their employees, to the farming practices their farmers employ and the environmental protection they practice.   Read More
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Bees Wrap – New Alternative to Plastic Wrap

THE NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC WRAP FOR FOOD STORAGE — BECAUSE GOOD FOOD DESERVES GOOD CARE

Wrap cheese, half a lemon, a crusty loaf of bread, and fruits and vegetables. Cover a bowl, or pack a snack for your next adventure. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bee’s Wrap is washable, reusable and compostable. We’ve all seen the images — of cast-off plastic bags suspended in the oceans, of beaches strewn with plastic debris. Plastic waste is one of the most important environmental crises of our time. An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean each year — adding to the estimated 150 million metric tons already circulating there. Plastic already outweighs plankton in our seas, and if we don’t shift course, plastic could outweigh fish in the ocean in 30 years. It’s our duty to choose change — choosing to reuse, to conserve, to protect. We created the staggering problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. But we, too, can stem the plastic tide.  If we don’t act now, the waters that surround us may never recover.  So every time you go to reach for a baggie or some plastic wrap, think twice and reach instead for some Bees Wrap.
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Books to inspire, educate & empower!

We always have a few good books hanging around here.  From antique books to gardening books and my favorite, children’s books.  As often as we can feed good information into the sponge-like brains of little people,  the better chance we have of helping them become eager learners, good students and eventually kind, capable adults with the tools to make positive contributions to the world. These new books from Papersalt align with that goal.  They address different people and phases of life so they make good gifts for adolescents & teens, newleyweds, new parents and really anyone who wants to feed their brain & heart (Mr. Rogers) with good stuff.   Read More
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Music on the Porch

WHY? Having a musician in the family and loving live music in an intimate setting, led me to birth Music on the Porch in January 2018 to give local singers and songwriters a place in Dunnellon to perform where people sit and listen.  The artist isn’t back ground music nor so loud your ears ring for a day but the focus of between 85 to 110 minutes of their talent and heart sharing their own music as well as some favorite covers you may recognize and enjoy.  Storytelling is encouraged as we enjoy getting to know these folks and how their life has evolved. WHEN? This is your invitation to join us the 2nd Saturday or 4th Friday evening of each month to take in a little local color and enjoy yourself!  Like them a lot?   Invite them to do a house concert in your home or buy a CD or follow them on social media.    Sometime during the evening, we’ll “pass the hat” and hope the musician will go home with a nice show of appreciation in a monetary form for sharing their craft.  This is a donation based event.  Please come prepared to make a donation to the artist. Read More
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Caroles Candles

New to Grumbles House in September 2018 are the beautiful pillar candles that are “Caroles Candles”. Packed with scent and topped with a little glitter for a slight sparkle, we have them in 4 sizes.  Carole makes the candles for a cause.  Here’s her story. Carole’s Candles is more than just your typical candle company. We are a story of survival. Our company began in 1996, when our founder, Carole was diagnosed with breast cancer. Looking for a way to relax from the mental and physical effects of chemotherapy and radiation, Carole bought a slab of wax, a mold, and a small vile of scent, and created her first candle. The love she had for crafting her own candles soon ignited a passion which would help her along the journey from being a breast cancer patient to becoming a breast cancer survivor. Carole’s Candles is committed as a brand to help people overcome the effects cancer has on their daily life. Our philosophy, bring a smile to the face of cancer patient, and watch them foster their inner ability to heal by finding balance within, an inner sense of joy, relaxation, and knowing that they are cared for. That is why we are a proud sponsor of the American Cancer Society, and other cancer related charities that support the mission to Help Find the Cure. This was the commitment our founder made to herself, and the same commitment we make to others.  
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Miss Ellie’s NYC Jewelry

Handcrafted by this talented lady, Miss Ellie, of New York City, this unique & beautiful jewelry is something we are proud to offer at Cedar St. Boutique. Her mission is to make remarkably romantic jewels that weather the test of time – in NYC using USA made parts & raw materials: composed of brass filigree, baroque pearls, silver birds, vintage vines & etched lockets, all pre-tarnished and aged to perfection. Combining rare old stock with top quality materials allows Ellie to make unique limited editions. Dane & I enjoyed meeting Ellie and her mother.  They are a hoot!  Quite a team.  Proud moms are the best! Can you relate?
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Upcoming Fall 2018 Dates

Fall Happenings at Grumbles House   Sat. Sept. 1 – NO First Sat. Village Market but take an extra 10% off clearance rack at Cedar Street Boutique   Tues. Sept. 4 Composting Class with Lorenzo Mondouy, JR. of MyCommunityCompost.com 10:30 am $20   Sat. Sept. 8 – Open Music Jam on Sweetie’s Cafe side porch 10:30am-1pm   Sat. Sept. 15 Lettuce Grow Veggie Forum 9:30am – 4pm Classes all day   Tues. Sept. 18 Garden Groupies 10:30 a.m.   Fri. Sept. 28 Citrus Swing Band (15 pc.) -our Music on the Porch Artists 6:45 pm -8pm   Tues. Oct. 2 Composting class with Lorenzo of MyCommunityCompost.com 10:30 am $20

Sat. Oct. 6 First Saturday Village Market 9am-2pm   Sat. Oct. 6 Gardening 365 San Antonio, FL – Grumbles will have a booth at this fest 9am-3pm   Sun. Oct. 7 BIG influx of a variety of plants and concrete from a landscape show Dane attends   Sat. Oct. 13 Open Music Jam 10:30am-1pm, Composting Class 1:30 pm $20 & Grumbles will have a booth at the Sumter County Master Gardener’s Show at fairgrounds 9am-4pm Sat. and 10am-2pm Sunday.   Tues. Oct. 16 Garden Groupies 10:30 am Wed. Oct. 17 We visit Spruce Creek Garden Club for 3pm talk on WInterizing Your Garden Sat. Oct. 20 Grumbles has booth at Rootstock Festival at Bok Tower 8am-5pm Sat. Oct. 20 Jazz Up Dunnellon 3-9pm 10 stages throughout the route Tues. Oct. 23  Grumbles welcomes Spring Hill Garden Club Fri. Oct. 26 Music on the Porch with former Dunnellon Mayor Nathan Whitt 6:45 pm Sat. Oct. 27 Cedar St. Boutique provides fashions for Women of Sugarmill Woods Fashion Show Thurs. Nov. 1  Grumbles speaks at Citrus Garden Club 10am Grumbles welcomes Palm Cay Garden Club here 11 am Sat. Nov. 3 First Saturday Village Market – 1st Sat. specials at Grumbles & Cedar St. Boutique Tues. Nov. 6 Composting Class 10:30 am $20 Fri. Nov. 9  Cedar St. Boutique Fashion Show & Jewelry Party 6-8 pm Sat. Nov. 10 Open Music Jam 10:30 – 1pm Tues. Nov. 13 Garden Groupies 10:30 am Sat. Nov. 17 Rainbow Springs Art Festival at the Co-Op CLOSED THANKSGIVING Nov. 22 Fri. Nov. 23 Music on the Porch with Dane Myers 6:45-8:30 Sat. Nov. 24 Victorian Holiday Festival 2-8pm Tuse. Dec. 4 Garden Groupies 10:30 Mon. Dec. 10 Grumbles speaks at Citrus Garden Club Christmas Luncheon at Citrus Hills. Fri. Dec. 28 Music on the Porch with Bob Cubbage & Valerie Levy 6:45 pm-8:30pm  
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30A Comfy Beach Tees made from Recycled Plastic Water Bottles

At Cedar Street Boutique we sell colorful, comfy clothing and this line is no exception.  “30A” is the name of the company that make the clothing pictured here.  Named after highway 30A in the panhandle of Florida, the owners of this company believe in “reduce, reuse and recycle” so their “Dumpster Diver” shirts are made from recycled plastic bottles that could otherwise end up in our oceans.   Every shirt is made from eight 16-ounce plastic bottles collected from landfills. They’re blended with cotton so they’re unbelievably soft.  Their recycled yarn is made in the U.S.A. and they print the shirts in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.   Read More
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Boxes Handcrafted in Poland

I love color!  And wood.  And design detail.  Look at the photos to enjoy the intricate carving, splashes of color and superb craftsmanship.  These wood boxes have it all. They open & close smoothly, are smooth to the touch and look and feel like “quality”.  Made in Poland, they fit right into our “Always Something Different” slogan.  Come see all the sizes, shapes, colors and designs and decide if you need to give one or two of them a new home.
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Music On The Porch – Casey Brents

Here’s an article I found on line to introduce our February 2019 artist for Music on the Porch.  Casey was to be our August 2018 artist but double booked himself so we’ll see him in February and Dane Myers (our son) will put on the August show instead.  On any given week, Winter Park-based musician Casey Brents and his guitar can be found throughout Central Florida. by: Danielle Hendrix Black Tie Editor Growing up, Winter Park-based musician Casey Brents hadn’t considered a future breaking into the music scene. In fact, he didn’t have a guitar until his parents got one for him at age 16. Now, you can find him playing gigs around Central Florida at least twice a week. Sometimes, you’ll catch him and his guitar at restaurants in Winter Garden or Winter Park. Other times, he’ll get a call to play in Orlando, Lake Nona and even Daytona. “I never really even considered it as an option until years and years later, but I always had the personality of an entertainer,” Brents said. “It seems like everywhere I’ve been, there’s always been a huge music scene, and I’d just never been plugged into it.” Casey Brents Facebook  YouTube  Inspirations and Favorite Artists: The Beatles Billy Joel George Harrison Jimi Hendrix Journey Peter Gabriel Propagandhi Although he had had the thought of doing something with music performance stowed in the back of his mind, he mainly stuck to buying musical equipment and tinkering with it. But when the Great Recession hit at the end of 2007, the wheels came off. Brent went through bankruptcy and lost his house. Everything he had been trying to do failed. It was time for a change. “I went to a couple of open mics,” he said. “The first I ever went to was on May 7, 2009, and I played for 15 minutes, and I bombed it. It was horrible. “(But), it was super liberating just to be able to run with that crowd, so I kept going back,” he said. “Eventually, I didn’t bomb it, and someone from the Mellow Mushroom or something said, ‘You should come play at the restaurant for $100.’” While living with a friend after losing the house and learning to live on a tight budget, there wasn’t a great deal of pressure on him to produce music and collect gigs. However, whatever opportunities tossed his way were opportunities he took to heart. And it’s paid off. After the recession, Brents met his wife, and they now live just outside Winter Park. With more gigs comes more exposure, and he continues to put his talent out there to share with people whenever he gets a phone call. “My favorite gigs … to play are wherever people will let me,” he said. “I’m just so fortunate to even be able to do it. Just the idea that I would be able to sing for my supper is just unfathomable. It’s awesome. I would like to be able to own it more in terms of originality.” “My favorite gigs at the moment to play are wherever people will let me. I’m just so fortunate to even be able to do it.” – Casey Brents Brents gets much of his inspiration from artists such as Billy Joel, The Beatles and Propagandhi, among others. He enjoys covering songs from popular artists such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, but his ultimate dream is to be able to make his own music and have it impact others positively. “The goal is to get really good at writing songs and putting out original content and try to roll that in,” he said. “It’s tough, because I’m not sure exactly what it is that people want. I feel like I’ve always had a tendency toward a ‘thinking man’s’ music — pensive and thoughtful stuff. I like intellectual stuff, and I wonder whether or not there’s any market for that. “I think there’s real value in that — if you have a spontaneous idea or something seems cool, do it and don’t let yourself think of all the reasons it won’t work,” he said. “You can talk yourself out of all the best ideas you have. I do it because I love to do it, and I’d do it anyway — even if there wasn’t any money in it.
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