Friday, July 20, 2018

One State, One Plate, One Story: Getting to Know your Illinois Farm Neighbors


Getting to Know your Illinois Farm Neighbors a dinner with Illinois Farm Families

**Disclosure: Illinois Farm Families invited my to enjoy a farm-to-table meal and meet local Illinois farmers. My meal was complimentary. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last week, I attended an incredible farm-to-table dinner hosted by Illinois Farm Families in conjunction with Momma Cuisine at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The evening provided an opportunity to learn about farming in Illinois, where our food comes from and how it is produced.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Taco Fest, Greek Fest, Hot Air Balloons and More}

Balloon glow at Waterford Balloonfest in Wisconsin

The weekend is almost here! Fortunately in the summer weekends often start early! There is plenty of fun to be had this weekend in the Chicago suburbs! Here are my picks:

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hiking and Skipping Stones in Matthiessen State Park in Illinois

Hiking and Skipping Stones in Matthiessen State Park in Illinois

Canyons, bluffs, waterfalls, ponds, a lake, a stream, caverns and more make Matthiessen State Park in Utica, Illinois a natural wonder. We were immediately enchanted during a recent hike at Matthiessen a couple of weeks ago. Take a peek:

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Relaxing at Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois

The Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois finds its home inside of the old Colonial Bread Bakery

On our recent visit to Alton, we were thrilled to discover Old Bakery Beer Company. I can tell you that had the microbrewery been in Alton when we lived there, we would have spent many an hour there. We stopped in for a lunch and immediately fell in love. I mean, any place where Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, Miles Davis, Robert Wadlow and the Piasa Bird settle at the bar has to be awesome!
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Exploring Nature and Reveling in Views at Pere Marquette State Park

Hiking Adventure at Pere Marquette State Park in Illinois

Pere Marquette State Park provides some of the best hiking trails in Illinois. Nature lovers know Pere Marquette as a spot where bald eagles nest in the winter. However, the preserve provides for a range of nature adventures year round.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Irish Fest, Fan Con, Trolls and More}

Looking for Trolls at The Morton Arboretum
Looking for Trolls at The Morton Arboretum

Family fun picks in the Chicago suburbs for this weekend:

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Discovering Grafton, Illinois Along the Great River Road

Discovering Grafton, Illinois Along the Great River Road

When my husband and I lived in Alton, Illinois, we relished weekend rides along the Great River Road. The drive along the Mississippi River has some of the most incredible views that I have seen. The spectacular views of the river and the bluffs instantly transport you away from your daily worries.

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