Holiday travel

The Village Homestead, inspired by a country farmhouse

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It was the first weekend in October when we were traveling to the Spoon River Drive that I spotted The Village Homestead, a compilation of lovely farm buildings spread around a shaded lawn.  One octagon shed truly caught my attention.  The buildings are pristine and visitors can wonder from one to the other and peak […]

Happy Halloween wherever you may roam

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The leaves they are a skittering Falling like a dervish to the ground. The trees are sighing loudly It’s Hallowed Eve all around. My black cat is on his porch swing His yellow eyes aglow Little ones are donning their costumes Gathering candy to and fro. I gave my love a card now A silly […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Eight Tips For a Family Road Trip by Guest Blogger Carrie Steinweg


Carrie is a prolific writer, a foodie, travel writer and columnist who also is a mom blogger.  Carrie is the first in my series of upcoming guest blogs.  Here are her Eight Tips For a Family Road Trip!   Eight Tips For a Family Road Trip  Keep the car clear. Years ago I interviewed an […]