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…

Brown Bag It

When I was a kid, my parents would pop some popcorn in a big pan with a lid (think stockpot) on the stove and pour it into a heavy yellow bowl for nights that we would watch TV as a family. I remember many episodes of "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons" viewed … Continue reading Brown Bag It

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

A Community Tradition of Harvesting Memories

The Carterville Lion's Club Free Fair kicked off this Wednesday in Cannon Park with the Farmer's Market and runs through Saturday, September 8, 2018. This year's theme is 105 Years of Our Tradition: Harvest the Memories. The Free Fair is a family-friendly event where many gather each year for some good, clean fun. Friday evening … Continue reading A Community Tradition of Harvesting Memories

Impromptu Picnics

Some of my earliest family memories of road trips and adventures involve picnics. My parents were great at them. When my brother and I were really little, our parents had a Pacer.(For those who dont know the car, it's what Garth and Wayne drove in "Wayne's World.") This was before the days of expensive booster … Continue reading Impromptu Picnics

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…in Carterville

Beautiful lights and decorations, horse drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, and friendly folks can only mean one thing: It's time for Christmas in Carterville.

A Bit of the Fort de Chartres Rendevous

This past weekend, I took a short road trip with my brother to see the Fort de Chartres Rendevous at the Prairie du Rocher fort. Now, bear in mind that he actually has a degree in history while I just managed to pass the course. I tend to be as intrigued with the food and … Continue reading A Bit of the Fort de Chartres Rendevous