Arts & Culture

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 […]

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 […]