Week #48 – Spotlight: Christmas Event at Walnut Grove Farm

Three and a half hours southwest of Chicago you will find yourself in the quaint town of Knoxville, Illinois. This is where Walnut Grove Farm is. This is my husband’s family’s farm, where he grew up. This is where we were married. This farm has become such a part of my life, and although I’ve been here before, I am going to share it with you anyway. 🙂

This weekend is Walnut Grove Farm’s annual Christmas Event, the perfect place to get you in the spirit of the season. At the event, you can find decorative items like wreaths and swags to make your home festive–courtesy of my mother-in-law Jan and her good friend Ruby–as well as more than 20 local artisans to buy unique and extraordinary goods from.

Here are just some of the offerings at this year’s event:

  • Artwork
  • Candy
  • Children’s books
  • Crocheted hats, headbands, and more
  • Jewelry
  • Ornaments and garland
  • Pottery
  • Photography
  • Vintage
  • Woodworking
  • Wreaths, swags, and centerpiece arrangements

Need more reason to come out? We’re running a food drive, as well as asking for donations for those affected by the tornado in Washington, Illinois.

If you live nearby, stop by and enjoy the work and stories of the artisans. Get a candy cane from St. Nick (Do you recognize him? It’s Rich!), go on a carriage ride, taste Laura’s delicious food (yesterday I had goulash–yum!), and get in the holiday mood.

PS: Remember, today is Small Business Saturday, so whether you’re able to make it to the barn or not, support your local community.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Saturday: 10-4 pm
Sunday: 11-3 pm

Walnut Grove Farm
Christmas Event
1455 Knox Station Road
Knoxville, IL

20131129-215410.jpgMeet Jan and Ruby, and check out some of their designs. See St. Nick too!

20131129-215416.jpgDon’t miss the Vintage Broad and her eye-catching displays (not to mention her cool finds and creations!).

20131129-215423.jpgSee the barn and some handmade crafts by Nate’s Grandmother and Aunt!

20131129-215429.jpgTaste Pam Madden’s candy, buy one of Vintage Chic Crochet’s hats, and take home one of Chris Dokolasa’s ceramic pottery pieces.

Week #47 – REVISIT: Little Goat

Well, I had a hunch Little Goat Diner would be our new go-to spot, and I think I may be right. (Check out my first visit last week here.)

When Nate suggested we go to Little Goat for brunch today, I was looking forward to tasting something delicious from their lunch menu. I opted for the taco salad, which our waitress later mentioned was Stephanie Izard’s favorite. Nate ordered a cup of the goat chili and the grilled cheese.

Friends: please try the goat chili! Whether you get a side of it or in the taco salad, it is so flavorful and delicious. The taco salad featured layers of goodness, starting with the goat chili on the bottom, followed by chips, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, and thinly sliced peppers, all lightly covered with a tangy French dressing (I omitted olives, but it comes with them, too). Yum!

Little Goat Diner
820 West Randolph
West Loop

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Week #46 – Little Goat

Well, maybe you thought my Restaurant Week was over, but I needed to go out with a bang. Hello, Little Goat.

For months, it was killing me that I had not yet been to the latest restaurant of one of my favorite chefs: Stephanie Izard. (More Top Chef love!) Girl & the Goat is one of the best restaurants in the city, not to mention both spots are THREE blocks from our place! So today was the day we finally went with our friends Brad and Sandra.

Nate and I walked in and there was a photo booth. Awesome. It was 9 a.m. and the wait was brief. Double awesome.

We sat down in a cozy booth in what truly is a hip diner. I loved the wallpaper, the retro lighting, that you could see the cooks in the kitchen…I loved it all.

Looking at the menu had me drooling (A whole section dedicated to potatoes? Yes, please!), and I opted for coffee, corned beef hash with poached eggs, and a cinnamon roll for the table. I’m still drooling thinking about it…

The hash was so cozy and filling, I could only make it through half. I tried some of Sandra’s apple pancakes, and they were so delicious with buttermilk butter and oatmeal crumble on top. And the boys ordered a French Toast dish with chicken and fresh strawberries on top of eggs. The perfect combo of sweet and savory. The cinnamon bun was the perfect end to my meal, leaving me so stuffed I had to take a nap after breakfast.

Will I go back? I want to go tomorrow!!! I need to now have lunch and dinner here, and then breakfast again. Oh, Nate, I think I just found our new go-to spot. Check it off the to do list!

Little Goat
820 West Randolph
West Loop

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