It wouldn’t be Fat Tuesday without a paczki (pronounced "poonch-key" or "punch-key"), the yeasty, sugar-dusted Polish doughnuts that are filled with sweet jelly, cream, custard, pudding or fruit. This year, Paczki Day is being celebrated on Tuesday, March 5, and good DeKalb County Online readers know that if you want...
National Margarita Day is observed annually on February 22nd. Friday is a special Margarita Day and it's an all-day party for America’s most common tequila-based cocktail. DeKalb County area bars and restaurants will be celebrating the spirited made-up holiday with discounted drinks. Some salt-rimmed specials are available frozen and others on the rocks. Known to...

Enjoying colors

Gracie and I took a short drive through the southern parts of DeKalb County. We were looking for fall colors. It was a bit early but the trip was enjoyable -- especially with those apple cider cinnamon donuts.
In a year of astronomical anomalies, we will experience another one tonight when the first day of Spring begins with an extra-bright full moon, or "supermoon." According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, this event only happens three times a century, on average. It will also be the third and final...
March 23rd is celebrated as National Puppy Day. This day celebrates the unconditional love and affection puppies bring into our lives. Puppies bring an exhilarating happiness that wipes any stress away from our everyday work lives. Their cuddles and wiggles make us smile, and without a doubt, there are...
The current air temperature is -25°F in DeKalb, IL, which is near the all-time record cold for the area. Since schools are all off, here a few fun science experiments you can do with your kids to take advantage of the rare extreme cold. (Thanks to NPR for these ideas!) 1....
National Hemp Day is celebrated on February 4th (unlike national marijuana day celebrated 04/20 - April 20). Hemp is the fiber and seed part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, opposed to the flower part of the plant which is legally considered marijuana. Hemp is a hearty plant and...
According to a recent study, Illinois was named the cheapest U.S. state to buy a 24-pack of beer in 2018. The study used the average cost for a 24-pack of Bud Light and Miller Lite in each state to organize the rankings. The study says it costs $15.20 for...

Do Dreams Die, Too?

Personal analogy... Talk about an impressionable little boy. The most vivid memories I have of my early childhood involve the Kennedys. When JFK gave his inauguration speech the nation, or at least Beards Elementary School in Beardstown, Illinois, came to a standstill. The speech was played through the school's intercom...

Cocktail for Fall

Pucker up Sucker Each month DCO will introduce a new cocktail for our readers to try. If you have a unique or favorite cocktail, please let us know and we may feature your favorite Cocktail (and a chance to win a prize). 1.5 oz Quality Brand Bourbon* Squeeze from half...
Chad Pepper is visiting from Georgia and shared these photographs he took this morning at NIU. Enjoy!
Does the New Year mean a new you — or another failed New Year's resolution? Probably the latter for many of us. Psychologists suggest it is very unrealistic to expect that the flip of a calendar is enough to motivate us to rid our minds and bodies of all our bad...