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

12 Gifts of Christmas from Little Egypt

If you are a fan of Hallmark Christmas movies, you may have watched "The Twelve Dates of Christmas." Although it was reportedly filmed in Canada this past summer, the movie highlighted real and some fictional locations and experiences in Chicago. Guess what. Southern Illinois, a.k.a. Little Egypt, also has many wonderful experiences! Originally, I wanted … Continue reading 12 Gifts of Christmas from Little Egypt

Southern Illinois STRONG

Southern Illinois STRONG is the new name for the companion group to the Help Others Section of ASOSI/A Slice of Southern Illinois.  It will be a publicly listed group on Facebook. Currently, it is still showing as private, however that is expected to change soon. People are encouraged to share efforts in Southern Illinois to … Continue reading Southern Illinois STRONG

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?

How Do You Do Chicken & Rice?

Chicken and rice sounds like a specific meal request, right? In Southern Illinois, we are blessed with so many wonderful food choices that you may need to clarify your choice. Between brick and mortar sights and food trucks/carts, there are many ethnic variances on this classic dish. It seems pretty much every culture has some … Continue reading How Do You Do Chicken & Rice?

Corn & Salad Dressing

One of the go-to condiments in our house is a really quick corn dressing--mayo, Southern Illinois honey, and Sazón-- to spread on corn of the cob. Sometimes I also sprinkle either parmesan or a cheese like feta or cotija onto it once it is on the cob. When I couldn't decide what to put on … Continue reading Corn & Salad Dressing

Orange Bourbon Chocolate Brownies

These moist, indulgent brownies are the result of not being able to find my "good vanilla" and having to find suitable substitutions...INGREDIENTS:2 cups white sugar1 cup butter1/2 cup cocoa powder1 tablespoon bourbonThe juice of 1/2 of a small orange4 eggs1 1/2 cups all purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powderDIRECTIONS:Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a … Continue reading Orange Bourbon Chocolate Brownies

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

Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera

Contestant Robyn opened her cooler on this Sunday night's episode of "Worst Cooks in America" and found the following three ingredients: corn, ranch dressing, and giardiniera. These foods had been chosen to represent Illinois. (Technically, the dart she threw at the map to choose her state landed in Southern Illinois --more specifically, Southwestern Illinois... ) … Continue reading Corn, Ranch Dressing, and Giardiniera