Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

It's the year 2035, and you have been asked to write a chapter on the pandemic of 2020 in a history text book to discuss its impact on Southern Illinois. (By 2035, Southern Illinois is NOT referred to as "flyover country. " It becomes a highly sought after cultural, culinary, and natural destination... ) What … Continue reading Surviving 2020 in Southern Illinois

Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Did you know that a good way to stretch ingredients is to make them into a topping for something like smashed potatoes, baked potatoes, salad, pizza, or even nachos? If you haven't noticed, meat has been more scarce and pricey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. When all the shelter in place directives first came down, … Continue reading Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

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

A Beautiful Day–to Drive Thru the Farmer’s Market

A multitude of well-behaved, socially distanced, people in cars paraded through the Carbondale Farmer's Market this morning to shop local. Vendors sold out of some things early. There were gorgeous flowers, plants, spring veggies, meat, eggs, and fur baby treats to buy. You could even pick up coffee, tea, baked goods, or some delicious-looking hot … Continue reading A Beautiful Day–to Drive Thru the Farmer’s Market