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Changing Seasons

November is here. There is (sometimes) a chill in the air. People have been covering and bringing in plants in hopes of keeping them alive. Many leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground like yellow, green, brown, orange, and red confetti. We are in the midst of football and marching band weather. Above: … Continue reading Changing Seasons

Game Changer: Baked Rice

Game changer. Life changing. Food hack. Thing that makes life a bit easier. These all describe my feelings about learning that I could bake Rice. It can even be baked ahead in bulk and frozen or refrigerated for later use! That is a tremendous help for times that you want real food but don't have … Continue reading Game Changer: Baked Rice

Herbed Caccia e Pepe

This version of caccia e peppe, or cheese with pepper pasta, came about last spring when I had a lot of oregano that needed a trim. Above: oregano and lettuces growing in a repurposed box frame Below: freshly harvested oregano, mint, basil, and cilantro I also had a few tomatoes, Vidalia onions, and garlic. I … Continue reading Herbed Caccia e Pepe

A Summer Like No Other

As some may have noticed, my last post was at the beginning of summer, right before Memorial Day Weekend. It is now after Labor Day, and summer is gone... Fall is here (even if we can't always tell that it is by the weather.) On June 26, I fell in my bathroom, breaking a mirror … Continue reading A Summer Like No Other

It’s Back…the 30th Annual HerrinFesta Italiana Returns

HerrinFesta Italiana has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Southern Illinois since it started 1991. The event celebrates Herrin's Italian heritage. Festa, an alias of the festival, became one of millions of events cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern Illinois' festival that signals the unofficial beginning of summer has finally returned … Continue reading It’s Back…the 30th Annual HerrinFesta Italiana Returns

Kiki’s Salsa-Loaded Meatloaf

What do you fix for dinner when you have ground beef but can't decide if you want tacos or meatloaf? Mija recently solved that dilemma at our house by making a wonderful Salsa-Loaded Meat Loaf. Ingredients Meatloaf 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 pound ground beef ½ cup salsa … Continue reading Kiki’s Salsa-Loaded Meatloaf

Straight from the Patch

Strawberry season has arrived in Southern Illinois. Blueberries, lavender, and other fresh edible treats will soon follow. Peonies are blooming, and Zinnia and sunflower fields will likely be ready in the future months for gorgeous bouquets. Don't forget that there is even a gourmet mushroom farm. As a kid, my parents took us to pick … Continue reading Straight from the Patch

A Tradition of Serving Continues

Since approximatelty 2017, #ServeSoILL has been an annually anticipated event by Cornerstone Church of Southern Illinois. The church's Western Kentucky campus has now joined the fun. Of course 2020 was the exception due to COVID-19 precautions, but #ServeSoILL 2021 returned strong.   Hundreds of volunteers worked at sites throughout Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky on May … Continue reading A Tradition of Serving Continues

Fill Those Baskets

Spring has finally made its appearance, and Easter is fast-approaching. We've all heard that as one door closes, another opens. This also holds true for Carbondale Farmer's markets. There are TWO happening this Saturday. March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday is also the last Carbondale Community Farmer's Market of the winter/indoor market … Continue reading Fill Those Baskets

Please Give Your Input-Vote in the Reader’s Choice Awards

Good morning! It's time again for the Southern Illinoisan's Reader's Choice Awards. Please make sure to support your favorite local businesses, services, and entertainment. A Slice of Southern Illinois would also appreciate your vote for "Best Local Website" in the Entertainment category. (We would put the app in the Service category, but it isn't an … Continue reading Please Give Your Input-Vote in the Reader’s Choice Awards