June 2016

Wheat cutting Farmall 450 style

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The day was hot and the sun was high in the sky during the last full week in June when Joe and Carol McGrath decided to cut their winter wheat.  They invited a few nearby neighbors and we had the pleasure of dining on some fine home cooking and seeing a beautiful 1956 Farmall 450 […]

The Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site - We Found It!

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This past week, my mom and I toured the amazing Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site.  Located in New Madrid, Missouri, home to the largest Earth Quakes in American history, the home is a lovely grand home built by William and Amanda Hunter.  The Hunters had a dry goods store they called “the Crystal Palace” as well […]

Midwest Charity Horse Show Comes to Springfield

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I admit, I am not a horse woman, but today when I visited the Illinois State Fair Grounds to cover the ribbon cutting celebrating 75 years for the Midwest Charity Horse Show, I was reminded all over again why the fair grounds and this event is a big deal.  Dignitaries galore were at the ribbon […]

A Farm Tour in Christian County

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A couple things, one did you know that a cool way to see the country side and learn what’s what in your area is to check out your local Farm Bureau and see what tours and events they have to offer?  I did not until my cousin Carrie Steinweg sent me a message asking how […]

Tips for Trips in Your Backyard!

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Every day we read about the benefits of local, shopping locally and dining at independent local establishments.  Being married to a farmer and having a son also that has joined us in the farming operation in the last few years, I know what it is like to run a small business.  I have always had […]

The "Den" Chili Parlor a place for food and story telling

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When I first got out of college I worked for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and many of the guys I worked with on a regular basis trekked to the Chili Den to try out the “firebrand chili” with hopes of adding their name to the famous wall.  Years later this was a place that […]

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Today on Fox News Billy Ray Cyrus whipped up Elvis favorite sandwich, a grilled peanut butter and banana and bacon sandwich.  Since I love peanut butter and bananas and was out of bacon I thought I’d try my own version. Sadly I didn’t have an Elvis song on he radio, but the background of my husband […]

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  For years I have stopped at Peases Candy Shoppes.  For years I stopped at the Laurel location in Springfield and would buy penny candy and put it in paper bags for the kids when they were young. Later I would buy candy apples for my husband Keith when he was in the fields. and […]

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Maldaner’s Restaurant has been the place to go for special occasions for generations.  Established in 1884, this is one of, if not Springfield’s oldest locally owned restaurants.  Located downtown, this is a place loved by locals and tourists alike.  It is a place I remember as a special date place, after marriage, a great anniversary […]

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American Harvest may not ring a bell, but Augie’s Front Burner certainly will.  American Harvest is on the west side of Springfield and is owned by the same family that has the famous downtown Augie’s restaurant.  While the menus and atmospheres are different, the same great quality and attention to detail are not.  I had […]