My Amish Home: Everything's more pleasant in summer

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

Full lineup for 2017 Pygmalion Festival released

CHAMPAIGN — The lineup for Pygmalion, the annual indie-music festival set for Sept. 20-24 in Champaign-Urbana, has been revealed, with Animal Collective among the musical acts.

The festival also includes tech, literature, craft and food components. Festival passes go on sale at noon Friday.

Today's Special: A pie-in-the-sky idea for pizza

CHAMPAIGN — Pie's the Limit, where guests can create their own pizzas with unlimited toppings, opened Wednesday at 2510 Village Green Place.

"You get to choose your topping choices for pizza, pasta or salad," general manager and Paxton native Ryan Galey said. "There are unlimited choices. You get to pick out the experience you want and how you like it."

Entertainment listings, June 22-29, 2017



What: Grandstand entertainment includes Little Miss and Talent Show at 6 p.m. June 22, Truck and Tractor Pull at 6 p.m. June 23, Stadium Motocross at 7 p.m. June 24, Demo Derby at 4 p.m. June 25. Livestock shows, 4-H exhibits and shows, carnival, entertainment, food and more.

C-U wins magazine's reader poll on best food town in Midwest

People in Champaign-Urbana like to eat, and they like what they're eating, according to Midwest Living magazine. Take that, Madison cheeseheads!

Readers who participated in the magazine's monthlong poll named Champaign-Urbana "The Greatest Food Town in the Midwest."

My Amish Home: Summer's heat has arrived a bit early

"Let no man deceive you with vain words, for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.

Meg Makes: Raspberries handle a bit of pressure well

I'm a big fan of my electric pressure cooker, especially in the summer when I don't want to turn my oven on or simmer something on the stove.

So when I found and tweaked this recipe for raspberry curd using the pressure cooker, I knew I had to try it.

Giving them a fair shake

Between now and the return of school days, sun and junk food go together with concerts, rides and planned vehicular disasters at fairs all across East Central Illinois. Staff writer PAUL WOOD checked in with several of them.

Entertainment listings, June 15-22, 2017


This weekend


What: Live street-side performance series. Includes an eclectic mix of music and street performances including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock and blues, along with a cappella music, belly dancing and live painting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 16 through Aug. 25.

My Amish Home: Weather is beautiful despite the wind

"His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things: and blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen. And Amen." Psalm 72:17-19