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Some Things Never Change

Restaurants pay a lot of attention to the consistency of their dishes — using the right ingredients is important. But to this local restaurant, consistency has more than one meaning. This was taped in 2012 and still holds true today for this restaurant mogul of Herrin dining.  

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15 Etiquette Rules For Dining At Fancy Restaurants

Some restaurant etiquette is just common sense: Don’t speak when your mouth is full, don’t tell rude jokes during the meal, and always cover your mouth when you cough. Others can be a bit more nuanced. Who pays after a business meal? Where do you put your napkin when you stand? And how exactly does…

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7 Clever Summer Fruit Recipes

Cara Eisenpress As summer gets fully underway, our cravings for the season’s fresh fruit know no bounds. But while biting into a juicy peach is its own pleasure, sometimes you just want to get a bit more creative with all of that sweet and succulent (not to mention affordable) bounty. Say, a blackberry tart with…

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Who Gets Invited to a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner?

By Jane Williams, eHow Contributor A wedding rehearsal dinner traditionally takes place on the evening before the wedding day. After the details of the wedding ceremony are discussed and it is rehearsed, the groom’s family hosts a dinner to celebrate the upcoming day and give toasts and well wishes to the happy couple. Aside from the…

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How to Plan A Romantic Getaway

by Sarah Stefanson Whether you’ve been a couple for ages and need a break to reconnect or it’s your first weekend away together, when you plan a romantic getaway you must remember that it requires some research, effort and enthusiasm. Arranging a trip for just you and your girl can be a relaxing respite from your…

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5 Tips for Planning a Surprise Party

Surprise parties are increasing in popularity. So much so that sometimes guests assume a party is a surprise even when it isn’t! This can often lead to confusion so whether you’re hosting a surprise birthday party or a surprise bridal shower, here are some tips to get you started so you make sure the surprise…

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Rehearsal Dinner Tips

Rehearsal Dinner Tips

A wedding is something you’ve planned since you were a child, whether you’ll admit it or not, but not everyone thinks about all the things leading up to the big day. The rehearsal dinner is one of the most important nights before the wedding; it allows both sides of the family to come together and…

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Valentine’s Day Ideas: Bed & Breakfast

There is no better excuse than Valentine’s Day to get away for the weekend and reconnect. However, with all of this unpredictable weather going far might not be an option, or the best idea. Luckily, here in Southern Illinois you don’t have to go far to get away. Book a weekend as Mary’s Bed &…

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Top 10: Things To Do On Valentine’s Day

For most women, Valentine’s Day is a big deal, so whatever you have planned for February 14th this year, be sure to make it memorable. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune or be especially elaborate, but making her feel special is essential. Here are some date ideas that are sure to please this Valentine’s Day. Reenact your First…

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10 Romance Novelists Tips for Valentine’s Day

“Think scavenger hunts are only for kids? Then think again! This Valentine’s Day surprise your loved one with a succession of sticky notes containing coded clues for a special gift or outing. My husband does this often, and not only do I love the anticipation of finding the “gift,” but the discovering is especially fun!”…

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