September 2015

Angels Among Us - a sign from the angel tree.

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Every once in a while I think God just leaves His people love signs and this is a story of one of them.  Joe Bergbower is a farmer and an artist.  Joe attends the St. Thomas Catholic church in Newton, Illinois.  There was a big tree in front of the church, and a while back a […]

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Cooking Class Comes Home II - Pasta feeling a little Italian coming on.

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Hip Hip Hooray for pasta!  I didn’t travel to Italy, just with my friend Janna Seiz  to Springfield Illinois and Lincoln Land Community College for the 2nd half of my cooking class to get my Italian fix.  The class was with Chef Denise Perry who taught us all about the Principles of Cooking.  As part […]

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The Mug Tree, a roadside attraction!

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The Mug Tree is a road side landmark outside of Yale, Illinois. The town of Yale according to the sign has a population of a whopping 100 residents.  Truly I think each and every one of them may have put a mug on the mug tree, it is filled with mugs of various shapes and […]

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One book - for one bull!

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Joe Bergbower had a plow day south of Newton, Illinois on September 26th.  I met up with Jane Elliott and headed east to cover the event for Farm World and found Joe had something I love, yard art! Joe makes foxes, geckos, coyotes, turtles, people and an amazing bull all out of materials he had […]

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Fall is a great time for visiting apple orchards, or if you are lucky like I am, you might even have an apple tree in your own backyard. The apple tree in my yard is a small one, the larger one we had for years has bit the dust and the two transparent apple trees […]

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I liken it to a cattle drive with the cowboys hollering out, “Load em up,” or  “Unload em” only in this scenario, we are not talking about cows or horses, but the iron version, antique tractors. Tractors that is of all sizes, makes and models. At the Half Century of Progress, they came in droves, like […]

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  Sometimes it is fun just to travel as far as the closest cooking class. That is what my friend Janna Seiz and I did last week, we took a class on stocks and sauces.  I learned terms I had never heard in three years of French class about the origins of some of the […]

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The 2015 Macoupin County Fall Festival featured military items and tractors galore!

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Carlinville, Illinois’s Macoupin County Historical Society hosted the annual fall festival which highlighted Oliver and Minneapolis Moline tractors for farm equipment. Vendors were set up all over the grounds surrounding the Anderson mansion and inside the beautiful home were military museums and military items scattered throughout the museum along with women’s clothing and antiques spread […]

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Event planning for the holidays - start now!

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Do you like to travel during the holidays, see theater shows, head to the city?  We do and to be honest if you want to make these events work, they require a bit of planning ahead, holiday event tickets, hotels and even trains fill up early. What do you want to do?  Make a list.  I […]

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Early morning the background is silhouetted against the sky. Whether at home or on the road I love to see the sunrise and sunset. This picture was taken getting ready for my early morning walk. With the farmer’s in the fields now the view is changing daily as the corn and soybeans are harvested. Everything […]

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