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Weekend Getaway Ideas

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  • Bloomington-Normal, Illinois: Restored 1800’s buildings, farm to table restaurants, shopping, and live music venues.
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: This resort town has many hotels, restaurants, and resorts right along the beautiful lake shore. This gorgeous spot doesn’t just attract visitors in the summer; visit in February for the annual Winterfest.
  • Rockford, Illinois: Home to a newly renovated downtown area, foodie scene, and gorgeous public gardens.
  • Galena, Illinois: Visitors are drawn to restaurants and shops housed in century old buildings. You can also hike, boat on the river, or ski the slopes.
  • Fox River Valley, Illinois: Many towns dot this river offering great places to eat, shop, and stay. Try visiting St. Charles and their historical Arcada Theater, or Geneva for their great shopping. Oswego has a cute downtown area with brick paved sidewalks and a family run winery.
  • Michigan’s Sunset Coast: New Buffalo, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor offer great food, beautiful beaches, and awesome views of Lake Michigan.
  • Woodstock, Illinois: Cute and cozy town, with unique stores and places to eat. Visit in early August for the Woodstock Mozart Festival.
  • Beloit, Wisconsin: Famous for their throwback supper clubs.
  • South Bend, Indiana: Visit the home of the Fighting Irish and enjoy water sports on the St. Joseph River and awesome dining and shopping.
  • Cedarburg, Wisconsin: This quaint town has a main street that is part of the National Register of Historic Places and features many boutiques, restaurants, and chocolate shops housed in limestone buildings.
  • Turkey Run Inn, Indiana
  • Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin: Enjoy swimming and other recreational activities on the lake or take in some races at the Road America race course. 
  • Red Arrow Country, Michigan: This makes for a great fall getaway; enjoy cottage style housing, apple picking, and winery tours.
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Back To School Tips For Parents

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  • Meet the new teacher: Take advantage of any back to school nights or meet and greet sessions with your child’s new teacher. If face to face contact is not available, try to find the teacher’s picture on the school website so that your child can place a face with a name. 
  • Take a tour: Take advantage of any opportunities to tour the school and to find your child’s classroom and desk. For older kids, have them take you on a tour of the school to refresh both of your memories.
  • Meet up with friends: See if any kids from last year’s class are in your child’s class this year and schedule a play date with them to refresh the friendship before the school year begins.
  • Supplies: Take your child on a special shopping for their school supplies and allow them to pick out a special pen, folder, or other supply that they can be excited about.
  • Get in the routine: Routines are very important to kids so to help them feel more comfortable making the transition into the school year and to avoid a chaotic morning on the first day of school, get in a routine ahead of time. A few days before school starts, set the alarm and go through the morning routine with your child so that they are comfortable. Have them get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the bus stop on time so that they know what to expect.
The school year can be a very busy time for parents as well so it’s good to have crock pot recipes on hand for days you don’t have a lot of time to spend making dinner.

Crockpot Orange Chicken 
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Ingredients
  • 4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • 3/4 cup Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Directions
  • Cook chicken in crockpot on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • After 3 hours, drain juices from crockpot
  • Mix together bbq sauce, orange marmalade, and soy sauce
  • Pour mixture over chicken and cook on high for 30 more minutes
  • Serve this chicken with some rice and enjoy!
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Fireworks Info And A Patriotic Treat

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Fireworks
  • Plainfield: July 3rd at Plainfield Central High School at dusk
  • Joliet: July 4th at Memorial Stadium at dusk
  • Channahon: July 4th, Community Park, at 9:15 pm
  • Lemont: July 3rd, Centennial Park, at dusk
  • Romeoville: July 3rd, Village Park, 9:15 pm
  • Ribfest: July 4th, Knoch Park, 9:30 pm 
  • Shorewood: July 4th, Cene’s Four Seasons Park, 9 pm
Patriotic Strawberries 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • graham cracker crumbs, optional
Directions
  1. Using a small melon baller, cut out the strawberry stem and slightly hollow out the inside of the berry. Cut off a small part of the pointy tip of the strawberry so that the berry can stand. Put them all on a large baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, with either a standing or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until fluffy. Place the mixture in a pastry bag (or large ziploc bag with a small corner snipped off) and pipe into each strawberry, adding a little extra filling on top. Place one blueberry on the top of each strawberry, nestling it gently into the filling.
  3. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Lastly, sprinkle each berry treat with graham cracker crumbs, if desired.
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Top 12 Family Vacation Spots

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A group of 2,000 participants from different regions in the U.S. were asked what their top family vacation destinations were. Out of over 400 places to choose from, these were the top 12, and one of them is right in our own backyard!

  1. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
  2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. The Strong, Rochester, New York
  5. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
  6. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC and TN
  7. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, NE
  8. Toledo Zoo, Toledo OH
  9. Yellowstone National Park, WY, MT, ID
  10. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, DC
  11. San Antonio, TX
  12. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL
What is your family’s favorite vacation spot? Have you visited any of these places this summer?
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Families of Faith Christian Daycare Grand Opening

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Families of Faith Christian Daycare http://www.fofca.com

Looking for a daycare option for your child? Families of Faith Christian Daycare is having their grand opening on March 1st, 2014 at 2 pm. For information contact Jen Becker at (815) 521-1381.

Families of Faith Christian Daycare
24466 W Eames Street
P O Box 277
Channahon, IL 60410

www.channahon-minooka.patch.com

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