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Cold Weather Treats

When the temperatures drop, curl up by the fire with family and friends and enjoy these delicious snacks. Recipes include Espresso Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Hot Spiced Tea, Apple Gingerbread and Peppermint Fudge.


Wonderful Winter Recipes

Winter recipes from casseroles to soups invite home cooks to cozy up with a warm meal.

Snow Days Chicago is a Popular Winter Event

Hosted by the City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival.


Houseplant History

Determine the decade by plant fads.

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Homemade Food Gifts are a Treat to Give and Receive

From kneading the silky dough to watching it rise before your eyes, making yeast breads – like those at Hodgson Mill – can be a satisfying experience.

Rick Frels

Hillsdale Woodcarver Creates Intricate Art

Rick Frels found his calling in woodcarving.

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Retirement

No matter how far you are from retirement, it is important to start planning and saving now.

Wool Comes From Many Animal Breeds

Sheep are the most prevalent producers of wool, though it also comes from rabbits, goats and alpacas.

Natasha Lehrer, age 21, of Aurora, Illinois, uses a needle to stiffen and intertwine the fibers in a process known as felting to make a flower that will become a pin. She founded Esther's Place Fiber Arts Studio when she was 19-years-old with the help of her parents.

Weaving Farm Upbringing and Love of Fiber Arts at Esther’s Place

Natasha Lehrer, a 22-year-old from Big Rock, Illinois in Kane County is the owner of Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Studio, a business she started in a restored Victorian home when she was 18.

Debbie Jimenez leads her students through a lesson on nutrition at St. Albert the Great School in Burbank, IL. The kids work at identifying the different foods groups. They also make bookmarks and bracelets that serve as a visual reminder of the six food groups and how many servings of each they need daily. The class also has pictures from various pen pals throughout the country and their farms.

Illinois Teachers Use Agriculture to Teach Core Subjects

Half million students in Illinois benefit from Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) annually.

Understanding Seed Catalogs

Here are three quick tips to help make sense of seed catalogs

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Farm Products Found in Everyday Items

Farm animals and plants contribute to many things Americans rely on or come into contact with nearly every day.

Old Newspapers Go Digital at University of Illinois

The University of Illinois library is making history more accessible by digitizing its collection of farm newspapers from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries.