With more than 200 consecutive episode of Creekside with Don and Jan under our belts and fast approaching our 4th year in podcasting, we are excited to announce that we’ll begin broadcasting our podcast from a new location, courtesy of an exciting and gracious invitation from Rick McPeak.
Originally we recorded our podcast each week at our Owl Creek Gazette brick and mortar office on South Second Street in Greenville -- but since taking the Owl Creek Gazette on the road back in June and moving the magazine’s office to our house, we've been recording from our home location since July 2016.
That brings us back to the news of our NEW broadcast location at 104 North Second Street in Greenville (the former barber shop located in the old Masonic building on the corner of Main and Second Streets, next to Joe’s Pizza and Pasta). For readers less familiar with Greenville, this location is on the downtown square and just a block up the street from our former office.
We’ll be recording Creekside with Don and Jan there on Sunday nights and our Members' Mid-Week at the Creek podcast on Wednesday evenings. In fact, we'll be recording our first podcast of the new year there -- so when you tune on Sunday, January 1, 2017 picture us podcasting from our new digs! Woot!
More details to follow in the January 2017 issue of the Owl Creek Gazette!
UPDATE: Click HERE to listen in Episode 205 of Creekside with Don and Jan -- the first episode recorded in our new digs!
We first shared this Bird Seed Cookie recipe on our Owl Creek Gazette Members Only website back in November -- and now in the spirit of the season, we thought we'd share the recipe here as well. We're using these as ornaments on our own Christmas tree (as we're going with homemade/handmade ornaments this year) and then after Christmas, we'll take them outside for our feathered friends to enjoy. Here's a photo of our "cookies" drying -- tomorrow we'll pop them out of the cookie cutters and Mason jar lids and hang them on our tree!
BIRD SEED COOKIES RECIPE Items You'll Need: Bird seed (any type) Cookie Cutters Water Flour Corn syrup Unflavored Gelatin String Skewer Non-Stick Cooking Spray Directions: Spray your cookie cutters with non-stick spray to make the cookies easier to pop out. In a large bowl, mix together: ¾ cup of flour, ½ cup of water, 3 tablespoons corn syrup, 2 ½ teaspoon gelatin, and 4 cups of desired bird seed. Stir until the bird seed is evenly distributed. On a tray or sheet of wax paper, lay out your desired cookie cutters (sprayed with cooking spray). Fill the cookie cutters with the mixture and press into shape firmly. Make a small hole in each cookie with the skewer for the string. Let the cookies dry overnight, turning them occasionally to dry both sides equally. When dry, carefully pop the cookies out of their molds and thread a string through the hole. Hang the ornaments from a tree, pole, or hook outside your windows and watch the birds devour them! (This recipe makes about 12 medium-sized ornaments)
Owl Creek Gazette Co-Editors, Don and Jan Stover, attended the Local and Regional Food & Farming Conference in Marion, IL on November 15th. They will be sharing news of the event in the December issue of the OCG with topics ranging from Farmers Markets, Farm Crawls, Marketing Local Food to Schools, Wine Making/Brewing/Fermenting in Illinois and more!
We were notified late Wednesday that the "Illinois Prepare to Survive" Expo scheduled to be held in Grayslake, IL this weekend (November 5th and 6th) has been cancelled! The organizers of the event had advertised the Expo in our October issue and we were registered to be a vendor at the event as part of our Owl Creek Gazette "On the Road" adventures. We were disappointed to learn of the event's cancellation and are passing the information along via our website in an attempt to inform our regular readers and as many other people as possible.