My Amish Home: A good, if busy, start to October

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:14,15 ,16

Meg Makes: 2 great ways to warm up with oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts this time of year. I like to think it gives me a warm start to my day.

Baked oatmeal, then, is especially a treat, and something I like to make on Saturday mornings.

I've included two baked-oatmeal recipes, one from the Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Homemade Christmas," and a much healthier version from Urbana resident Patty Bash.

Meg Makes: German treat requires precision

My husband and I really enjoy old houses, and so have lately been volunteering to help salvage various spaces around town with the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County.

My Amish Home: Too much to do for these old bones

"These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." Proverbs 6:16,17 18,19

Rantoul micro food hub event set

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Farm Bureau will host a Meet the Buyers event at 2 p.m. today.

Weekend update: Movies, music and meat

Danville is showing off its downtown from noon to 11 p.m. today as part of the Taste of Downtown Danville. "It's a great event for the community, the last big kickoff before winter hits," said Jordan Cundiff, interim director of Downtown Danville Inc.

Wolfe: Featuring varieties you won't see every day

By the end of a half-hour at Wolfe Orchard, you're going to know a lot more about apples and you'll be taking home a bag of them that will make you popular in the family.

Hope Wolfe recommends mixing apples in the bag so your pies and fritters will have different tastes and textures.

Entertainment listings, Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014

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

Curtis: A corn maze, pumpkins and more. Oh my!

You had me at apple doughnuts.

The smell of apples, flour and cinnamon frying to a delightful brown is a great treat for an adult. They could sell this as air freshener and make millions. (And it turns out cinnamon is a natural insecticide.)

Meg Makes: Polish off that peck of apples with pie

This recipe for Apple Date Cake is a favorite way for me to use apples from the trees at my grandma's farm.

It's especially special because the recipe came from another grandma, the late Mary Stange.