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15 Romantic Valentine’s Day Tips for Guys

Ahhh…The gift giving madness of Christmas is neatly tucked behind you, but look out because here comes Valentines Day ! And the pressure is on to pull off yet another gift giving extravaganza that will melt her heart, Right? Well, I have have a confession to make, and I know I am not alone; I…

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A Special 90th Birthday Celebration at Mary’s

A Special 90th Birthday Celebration at Mary's

Orwin Stotlar, and his wife Lorraine have been coming to Mary’s since Mary opened the doors over 30 years ago. On Saturday, December 28, 2013, the couple’s children and grandchildren brought them in to celebrate Orwin’s 90th birthday. The night was filled with reminiscences of times past, when they would sit down with friends and family for…

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Why You Should Eat Dessert First

When you were a child, did you look at your dessert longingly – and wish you could eat it before eating your broccoli and spinach? Of course, your mom was adamantly against eating dessert first. In this case, mom may have been wrong. According to an article published in Woman’s Day, there are some good…

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Relationship Drivers: Staycation Ideas

The concept of a staycation is fairly inclusive — it can be as elaborate as a normal vacation, or as simple as a few quiet days of rest and relaxation. The only constant is that you won’t be traveling too far. And really, that’s not a necessary element of a fun vacation anyway; the act…

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Making Mary’s a Tradition

Making Mary's a Tradition

Here at Mary’s Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast, we were visited recently by our longtime friends, Kelvin Joyce and Frances Schmechel.  Kelvin and Frances hail from New Zealand, and they are annual visitors to Mary’s Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast. They return to Southern Illinois every year to visit Frances’s father Frank, who lives in…

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Christmas in Southern Illinois

Christmas in Southern Illinois

Now is the Time to Book your Christmas Party at Mary’s! We all hate to see Christmas decorations going up in October in the retail stores, making it difficult for us to relax and enjoy the beautiful fall celebrations and weather; however, if you are planning a Christmas get-together with your office, your family, or just that traditional drinks and dinner with…

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How to Have a Restaurant Party

Throwing a party in a restaurant can be more expensive than hosting one at home, but there are several major advantages: You can gather a large group of friends together and serve them special food—and you don’t have to clean. •  Choose your spot. Go with a restaurant where you know the staff and food. Talk to…

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Tips on Going Out to Dinner With a Girlfriend’s Parents

    Impressing your girlfriend may have been easy, but doing the same with her parents is an entirely different story. When she invites you to go out to dinner with them, the thought may leave you feeling anxious about the experience. No matter if you are meeting them for the first time or dining…

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10 Tips for a Successful Business Dinner

You know you’ve made it when you finally get to host a business dinner. You also know you really don’t want to blow it. Here are 10 simple tips for a successful business dinner that are sure to “wow” your client. 1. Define the mood. Your choice of restaurant, and whom you invite, will definitely…

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Autumn at Mary’s

Summer is fading quickly, and our thoughts turn to football, bonfires, and cold weather fare for our dinner tables. At Mary’s, we will soon replace the front porch geraniums with chrysanthemums, and start planning our fall menus. Look forward to whipped, chipotle sweet potatoes, The Big Apple Cocktail, and our famous bread pudding, stuffed with Granny…

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