Emerald Valley Almanac

Ready to party?

December is probably one of our most social months. People throw parties, families get together, friends drop in to wish you well. With a little forethought, purposeful shopping and some cooking and prepping when time is available, you can make entertaining easier on yourself and reduce the usual holiday-time stress.[Read More…]

It’s Chanukah time

This year from sundown, Dec. 18 – 26, Jews worldwide commemorate Chanukah, a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. This holiday also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day’s supply of oil allowed the menorah light in[Read More…]

It’s a wrap!

With the price of everything going up, we’re all looking for ways to save money. While not a huge savings, eschewing wrapping paper and purchased gift boxes can reduce holiday costs and give you a chance to show off your creative side as well. Instead of rolls of wrapping paper,[Read More…]

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…]



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