My Amish Home: It's sunny, so I'll pretend it's also warm

"Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Today's Special: New tea shop owner blending old and new

CHAMPAIGN — As a 5-year-old taking cello lessons in downtown Champaign, Hilary Porter would pop into the Walnut Street Tea Co. twice a week with her mom.

"I would always get the Sioux City Sarsaparilla and a Panda Licorice bar," Porter said.

Entertainment listings, April 7-14, 2016

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Expanded hours, brunch on horizon for Sun Singer

CHAMPAIGN — With expanded seating, Sun Singer Wine & Spirits will likely soon be able to open for weekend brunch and, if it wants, allow customers to stay out until 2 a.m.

Mark Yarbrough, owner of the restaurant and store at 1115 W. Windsor Road in Champaign, petitioned the city for changes to the liquor restrictions for large neighborhood commercial districts.

My Amish Home: Battling wind while tending to garden

"Only by pride cometh contention, but with the well advised is wisdom. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, but he that gathereth by labor shall increase. Hope deferreth maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed, but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded." Proverbs 13:10-13

Meg Makes: Spicing up some store-bought soup

This weekend's weather was a good reminder that though the grass is green and daffodils are blooming, soup season isn't quite over.

It felt like a good opportunity to break out a favorite recipe. I created it when I wanted to spice up a can of Progresso lentil soup. You don't have to start with this store-bought ingredient, though.

Today's Special: Thumbs-up cookies a hit for Pekara

CHAMPAIGN — Three years ago, in an effort to connect to the visitors who descend upon downtown for Ebertfest, Pekara Bakery came up with the idea to make cookies featuring a lasting symbol of Roger Ebert, the late film critic and Urbana native.

When the film festival hits town April 12, sugar cookies in the shape of a thumbs-up — Ebert's go-to gesture — will be on the menu.

My Amish Home: Tending to chores while husband heals

"But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one, no, not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth.

Meg Makes: Franken-salad can sate monstrous hunger

To me, spring and summer mean salad. I recently put out a call for excellent salad recipes for a family gathering and was thrilled to get great responses.

I have trouble sticking to a recipe, though, so I ended up combining pieces of suggested recipes with some items I had on hand.

I ended up with a zesty, sweet, crunchy result.

Today's Special: Wait is almost over for opening day

SIDNEY — Sitting at his desk at a Champaign car dealership on Friday, Dennis Riggs dug into a big piece of chocolate cake.

Something, though, was missing.

"We were just saying 'Wouldn't it be nice to have some Dairy Barn ice cream to go with this chocolate cake?' " Riggs said.