Watch “Christmas Eve Eve 2020: The One with the Last Minute Christmas Decor, Frugal and Dollar Tree DIY,…” on YouTube

https://youtu.be/hElOZxxJS9w So, my Christmas Eve Eve episode waited until Christmas Eve to actually post, but we still wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. This episode has a few frugal Christmas decor DIY's mingling in with a tour of a few regional Christmas Light display faves and unique shopping experiences. There are a few mouthwatering peeks … Continue reading Watch “Christmas Eve Eve 2020: The One with the Last Minute Christmas Decor, Frugal and Dollar Tree DIY,…” on YouTube

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

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

Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

During my trip to the Marion Farmer's Market this morning, I looked at all of the pretty succulents at The Potager Garden's booth. I noticed that some had some pink on them. Recently, there have been photos circulating on social media of gorgeous pink succulents. Friends and I have been trying to locate some. Searches … Continue reading Mystery Solved: Those Pretty Pink Succulents

Easter Celebrations in Southern Illinois

Easter is quickly approaching. There are many celebrations planned in Southern Illinois. These range from special worship services on Resurrection Day to specialty Easter Egg Hunts. One of the sure signs that Easter was coming as a little kid was that the candy isle in Tresslar's at Salem filled with beautiful Easter candies and baskets. … Continue reading Easter Celebrations in Southern Illinois

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

The Annual “Cemetery Run”

One day plus two restaurants plus three counties and six cemeteries equal my family's annual "cemetery run." That's the day on Memorial Day Weekend that we meet somewhere and travel as many of the cemeteries where are loved ones are buried as we can fit in to place flowers on gravestones. Actually, there are more … Continue reading The Annual “Cemetery Run”