Make the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes a Night to Remember

Red Bow and Greenery on Staircase Banister

When remembering the Candlelight Tour of Homes from previous years, former attendees smile wistfully as they seem to peer into the past.  They share warm memories of time spent with family and friends as they were delighted by the sight of the lights and decorations, the smell of simmering cider and mulled wine, the taste…

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Tis the Season to Sing … Pumpkin Carols?

Panel from Peanuts Comic Strip Where Linus Asks Lucy to Go Out and Sing Pumpkin Carols

My mom served as the Troop Leader for my sister’s Girl Scout Troop, and being too small to be left alone for fear I’d try to make Jiffy Pop without adult supervision, she dragged me along to the weekly meetings.  Let me tell you, as a five-year-old boy, watching paint dry is instantaneous compared to…

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You Don’t Need a Hunting License for Pumpkin Season

A Slice of Toasted Pumpkin Bread with a Pat of Melted Butter

When autumn comes to mind, I suspect many visualize pumpkins before the gold, orange, and red of turning leaves.   Maybe these gourds have an unfair advantage with the attention they receive when Starbucks announces the return of its Pumpkin Spice Latte.   Manufacturers have also jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon by adding this…

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