My Amish Home: Lots of juggling to do — and watch

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, 'Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.'" Luke 2:14-15

Meg Makes: Pecan diamonds add sparkle to holiday spread

The parade of holiday treats continues, and my mom, Carol Thilmony, was happy to share this recipe with me.

She compared these to flat pecan pies, only with a sweeter crust.

She plans to make these for dessert for our family Christmas dinner.

Pecan Diamonds

For the cookie-dough crust:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

My Amish Home: Getting horse, buggy out of a bind

"And the angel said unto her, 'Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.'" Luke 1:30-31

"And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

Is South Neil the next North Prospect?

Editor's note: A portion of this story appeared exclusively online on Friday. This is the complete version, which appears in today's newspaper.

CHAMPAIGN — Cruising around the nearly full parking lots circling south Champaign's newest restaurants, it's easy to imagine there must be some powerful lunchtime hankering around here for burritos, burgers and wood-fired pizza.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Holiday performance

Today's Special: Papa Del's is rollin'

CHAMPAIGN — The location that will soon house Papa Del's remains a construction zone: Mounds of dirt, wooden planks and construction equipment surround the old Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building at 1201 S. Neil St.

Weekend planner: Allerton for the holidays

Before last year, the Allerton Mansion at Allerton Park and Retreat Center was primarily open for conferences, weddings and special events. Last year the University of Illinois-owned park near Monticello decided to throw open the stately mansion to the public over the holidays, and the response has been remarkable.

Entertainment listings, Dec. 10-17, 2015

A listing of events, provided by the venues. Here are 

My Amish Home: Recalling days of heating with wood

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Meg Makes: Pancakes, sauce a great seasonal breakfast

This recipe for Gingerbread Pancakes is perfect for a festive breakfast, and the lemon sauce accompanying it stole the show at my house.

It's from my favorite cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch, and is included in the "Christmas in the Country" cookbook.