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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chestnut Street Inn

May 25

So last weekend a funny thing happened on the way to Chestnut Street Inn. Pretty much all of Bureau County and half of central Illinois got paid a visit by this Limoosine. It was quite a sight. I think it may have been the most exciting thing to happen in Sheffield in a while. Certainly […]

Monika The Energizer Bunny

May 12

I have often been called Monika the energizer bunny because I have a tendency to keep going and going and going. After my recent brief hiatus while recovering from surgery I realized what a difficult time I have staying put and doing nothing. Not that I’m an overachiever, I just get bored really easily. A […]

Loving and Loathing Food: The Reality of Eating Disorders

May 3

Everyone knows I love food. I love eating it, cooking it and sharing it with people. It’s my art and my zen. It’s my singular mission to bring the joy of eating and cooking to others and to educate them about healthy eating. What everyone doesn’t know is that it wasn’t always this way. In […]

Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate

Apr 22

For those of you who have been following the continuing escapades of our cooking classes at Hy-Vee, you have likely attended one of our Lucy and Ethel themed cooking classes. Last week we did another one titled “Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate.” This was the last of my classes at Hy-Vee and […]

If Jeff Won the Masters Championship What Would He Eat?

Apr 8

If Jeff won the Masters Championship what would he eat? That’s a big IF since he isn’t a professional golfer, although he LOVES golf. It is his favorite hobby and he lives for the big tournament weeks when the TV is glued to the Golf Channel for nonstop coverage. Today is the annual Champions dinner […]

Happy Birthday Celine Dion!

Mar 30

I’m going to start this blog by saying that since I am subjecting you all to an entire blog post about Celine Dion, there are a ton of recipes as an added bonus/consolation prize for your patience and readership. So without further ado, happy birthday Celine Dion! What does this have to do with the […]

Spring Has Sprung!!!

Mar 20

Happy first day of spring!!! While I cannot say that spring has sprung quite yet with the long winter we have been having, I sure am anticipating some of the first bounty of the spring. Some of my favorite vegetables come with this season. Here are a few of them and a few suggestions on […]

Snowy Days and Wednesdays Always Get Me Down

Mar 12

Snowy days and Wednesdays always get me down. And by get me down, I mean I like to get down. Me, my tunes, cooking up a storm. Why be blue when you can have fun in the kitchen. If this endless winter is getting you down, take a look. I promise it’ll cheer you up. […]

The Value of Membership

Mar 7

Many innkeepers ask me what the value of membership is to the state bed and breakfast association or other professional associations for that matter. While each bed and breakfast is entirely unique and has completely unique needs, there are some universally common values that every bed and breakfast can gain from these memberships. We just […]

Are Allergies the New Fad Diet?

Feb 28

Are allergies the new fad diet? This isn’t as easy an answer as it should be. In fact, I think the answer is both yes and no. In the 9 years that we have been innkeeping/running a restaurant, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of dietary restrictions that we get from future […]