Springfield Illinois

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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  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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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 […]