Arts & Culture

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 […]