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Sugar Cookies

My children (and now grandchildren) enjoy cutting these out and decorating them. From the time they were little, we would take a day to make these special cookies. We would use everything from colored sugars and sprinkles to forming different decorations out of Starburst candies. – Valerie Cheatham, Assistant Editor, Illinois Country Living

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Clothespin Cookies

– Mary Zitek, Safety/Education Services Coordinator

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Fantasy Fudge

My Dad and I shared a love of chocolate. Every year at Christmas he would make several batches of fudge. A lot of it was given away to neighbors, friends and family as gifts, but the rest was fair game. I used to love watching Dad make it and hung around to make sure I got first dibs on licking ...Read More

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Kourabiethes

My Grandma Barb’s father emigrated from Greece in 1909, and she is half-Greek. As I grew up, one of my favorite foods at Christmas time, and something I still look forward to today, are Grandma’s Greek butter “Crescent Cookies.” – Chris Reynolds, Coordinator of Web Services/Graphic Designer

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Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies were the traditional Wood family (our dad’s mom’s) cookie, made with one pint of lard and rolled out and cut with a round cookie cutter. Our mother, Ruth, adapted the recipe to make it easier and healthier. She used half the nuts and raisins the original recipe called for and also used oleo or oil, but butter ...Read More

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Caramellows

These simple treats are what I always look forward to making with my mom and sister during the holidays. And, I sample many during the process! – Amy McDaniels, Administrative Assistant/Digital Communications Coordinator

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Cry Baby Cookies

My mother got this recipe from my Great Grandmother Foster and makes them at Christmas. I really look forward to having some each year. – Sandy Wolske, Advertising Coordinator/Graphic Designer

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Making beautiful music the co-op way

As the bright sun of a perfect late summer day fades to shades of deep pastel, it is show time at the Southern Illinois Opry in Herrin. Local band Skylyne Drive is on stage, and there is energy in the air that can only be fueled by the presence of live music. The focus of the band is two drop-dead ...Read More

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Green smart and efficient

Keeping energy costs low is fundamental for non-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives. It’s job one. That’s why co-ops believe in an all-of-the-above energy strategy, one that incorporates coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy. It also means co-ops have to be very innovative when it comes to development of renewable energy sources, smart grid efficiency technology and energy efficiency programs. The ...Read More

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Selling rural Illinois

The competition for new industries, businesses, offices and the jobs they bring to any area is quite intense. Every community, county and region hopes it can land new factories, distribution facilities and stores. Throughout the nation and all across Illinois, economic development is a key concern for business and governmental leaders.That’s why larger metropolitan areas -- cities like Rockford and ...Read More