Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some of our beloved Christmas traditions to be postponed until next year, others will continue, go virtual, or have been modified. Fortunately, it is possible to see many Christmas lights throughout Southern Illinois from the safety and comfort of our own cars. Other events have been social distanced. Route … Continue reading CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, SIGHTS, & SOUNDS
Im not sure if it is technically called a mini episode, introductory vlog post, or channel trailer, but it is now up on the A Slice of Southern Illinois YouTube channel! The first vlog post features the crunching sound of fall leaves and a bit of the beautiful autumn scenery in Southern Illinois. Crafting with … Continue reading Falling into This Vlog Thing…
No, I wasn't out chomping on landscape. Instead, I tried The Burning Bushes Shrub, one of the drinking vinegars, from Glacier's End. I purchased some earlier in the season from them at The Marion Farmer's Market. I had tried earlier in the year to get some at the Winter Farmer's Market (Carbondale Community Farmer's Market) … Continue reading Shrub Tasting
I didn't slide driving around this morning, but a poor, large bird almost flew into my vehicle crossing over Crab Orchard Lake... Please be safe driving around in Southern Illinois. The temperature is right on that line of freezing, and some folks are reporting a few slick spots. Big, fluffy snowflakes have been falling in the … Continue reading For the Birds?
These were some of the first videos posted on YouTube by A Slice of Southern Illinois on the Slices of Southern Illinois channel. It was a few summers ago, extremely hot, and as usual, the AC didn't work in the house we were renting. The oven may or may not have been working, but when … Continue reading Warm Thoughts…
I decided to take a short video as I made my first lap around the stands at the Carbondale Community Farmer's Market this morning. The video has been posted on YouTube. (If all goes well, it is also embedded in this post...) I was amazed at the quality and variety we have here even during … Continue reading A Walk Through the Winter Farmer’s Market
Since I had spent the past year kicking cancer's butt, I didn't grow as much fresh produce or herbs as I once did last summer. However, I did grow a few of my beloved San Marzano tomatoes (plants from the Carbondale Farmer's Market,) basil, a bit of oregano and rosemary-- and a lot of mint. … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?
The super-talented A Slice of Southern Illinois interns and I spent a nice evening in The Dale (for the non-locals, that's Carbondale.) Before we could do much else, we had to tend to a turn signal light that just had to quit working... Athough they claim to have never changed one before, the put their … Continue reading Adventures in Mall Ratting & More in the Dale
I have a confession to make. As a child I never understood why so many people hated fruitcake, or even why it was called "cake." You see, my Mom's fruitcake was more like candy. She got the recipe from a fancy restaurant somewhere, and it was pretty much pecans and candied fruit. Every year, growing … Continue reading My Mom’s Christmas Tray
Have you ever wanted to step into one of those made for tv Christmas movies? You know, the ones with perfect snow, charming little towns, and cheerful Christmas decor? Perhaps the hero or heroine has a scene or two driving through a small blizzard with the perfect, handpicked Christmas tree, tied to the top of … Continue reading Sparkling Lights, Comforting Food, and Lots of Joy: It’s Christmastime in Southern Illinois