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

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, SIGHTS, & SOUNDS

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

Falling into This Vlog Thing…

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…

Shrub Tasting

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

For the Birds?

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?

Warm Thoughts…

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…

A Walk Through the Winter Farmer’s Market

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

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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?

Adventures in Mall Ratting & More in the Dale

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

My Mom’s Christmas Tray

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