This will be sweet

Lately, on my early morning dog walks through the neighborhood, I’ve become a bit of a snoop.

You know, like when you check out the neighbors’ remodeling job as you stroll by, only to realize they’re sitting on the porch watching you watch them. Oops.

Meg Makes: Pasta salad works well hot or cold

I can't think of a better summery supper than pasta salad, and this version is no different.

I think I liked it so much because it served as an actual dinner, not just a side. The chicken and cheese made it substantial, and the zucchini and tomatoes gave it that summer-veggie zing.

My Amish Home: No sense crying over flung watermelon

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

Today's Special: Daily Bread Soup Kitchen averaging 270 meals a day

CHAMPAIGN — A downtown Champaign soup kitchen is serving more meals than ever.

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at 116 N. First St. distributed 280 meals on June 23, treasurer Stevie Bennett said. That's a record for a Friday, she said.

Overall the soup kitchen is averaging 270 meals a day.

Entertainment listings, June 29-July 6, 2017



What: Horse show, queen pageant, livestock shows, petting and pony rides, carnival rides, face painting, tractor pulls, rodeo, entertainment including Easton Corbin with Walker McGuire concert, June 30, evening bands in beer tent, and evening dance with Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians on July 1.

Meg Makes: Peach-raspberry combo tastes like summer

My mom has a huge raspberry patch and she likes to invite me over to harvest them because I'm thorough. I hate to leave any ripe berries unpicked.

My reward is often a large bucket of berries to take home, but this weekend, my mom made this. She used peaches she harvested last year and froze.

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.