My Amish Home: Clamoring to mow while my body protests

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Meg Makes: Possibly the best vegetable dessert I've had

Last weekend was great for baking. It wasn't too hot, and my mom is finally growing enough zucchini for me to start shredding and transforming it into delicious baked goods.

We made this cake together on Sunday, and I have to say, it might be the best vegetable dessert I've had.

Growth on tap for area breweries

Triptych Brewing Co. in Savoy is planning to expand.

Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign is about to start selling bottles of its beer.

Riggs Beer Co. in Urbana recently celebrated a year in business.

Monarch Brewing Co. recently opened in Monticello.

And J.T. Walker's Restaurant and Brewery is doing well in Mahomet.

Entertainment listings, July 27-Aug. 3, 2017


This weekend

What: July 27, 4H Day. Grandstand concert by Chris Young, with and Drew Baldridge and Kassi Ashton, July 28. Other highlights: Tractor pulls, July 29. Also, carnival, through July 29; 4-H, beer tent with live music, July 28;  morning livestock shows, July 27; and more.
When: Continues July 27-29.

Meg Makes: Re-creating a spicy-sweet vegetarian salad

A local Asian-fusion restaurant has a salad on its lunch buffet that I love — it's full of spice, crunchy cucumbers and sweet apples.

I convinced my husband to help me re-create it, and we came up with an approximation that we've enjoyed a few times.

Be warned: It's spicy. You can cut down the heat by skipping the chili oil and adding more sesame oil.

My Amish Home: Getting forgetful in the heat of summer

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

Caitlin Kownacki / Community Wellness: Farmers' markets support health, vitality


Farmers' markets have been growing in popularity over the past three decades. From 1994 to 2006, the USDA saw an increase from 1,755 to 4,385 markets nationwide. Today, there are more than 8,600 markets in the U.S.

Triptych Brewing looking to double production capacity

SAVOY — Four years after opening, Triptych Brewing Co. is planning to double its production capacity at a facility across the street.

The co-owner of the microbrewery that opened in February 2013 said it has outgrown its location at 1703 Woodfield Drive.

The Reluctant Townie: You can shop like a king at Aldi

A trip to the grocery store can really take a bite out of your budget. But it doesn't have to. What if I told you there was an enchanted land of low prices and strange customs? That place is Aldi, a lo-fi grocery store where you can shop like a king. But there are some things you need to know before you venture into this exotic land.

Entertainment listings, July 20-27, 2017


This weekend


What: Traditional fair events including queen pageant, demo derby, wild World of Animals, horse shows, livestock, Nick Lynch Band, 4-H, tractor pull and talent show.

When: July 20-24.

Where: Fairgrounds,1390 E. 2000 N. Road, Watseka.