Emerald Valley Almanac

Paleo pancakes: Simple and delicious

Full confession here, I love pancakes. Over the years I’ve visited many restaurants made famous by their amazing pancakes. One location that comes to mind is Walker Brother Pancakes near Chicago, famous for their “table size” pancakes. Could pancakes be the ultimate comfort food (other than waffles), you can decide[Read More…]

Stop bugging me!

This time of year it is common for swarms of various insects to attach themselves to your house – south facing walls in particular. They are attracted to the warmth, and looking for somewhere to over-winter.  Most commonly seen are ladybugs, box elder bugs and marmorated stink bugs. The latter[Read More…]

Shush! Noise and its impact

There is much noise in today’s world, drowning out sounds of nature. Natural sounds are usually soothing, and research shows that they are beneficial to our well-being. We all know cities are noisy – and the bigger the city, the noisier it is. But extraneous noise is not confined to[Read More…]

End-of-season care tips for your garden

Garden clean-up is an important, if tedious task. Proper end-of-season care will help minimize the spread of disease and can keep weeds down over the winter. It will also help your perennial plants survive the winter and make your yard look neater. It might help make things easier if you[Read More…]


“Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight.”  —  Stephen Chbosky Author of the frequently challenged “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” This is National Banned Book Week. It is a celebration of[Read More…]