911 Turkey

Every year, many people face the dilemma of not having a clue how to cook a turkey! How long do I thaw it? How do I stuff it? How do I carve it? Well, ponder no more! There are several websites you can visit for help. The biggest and most known site is  Butterball Help…

Thanksgiving traditions…old and new…on the web

At our home, a few days before Thanksgiving, the worn copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook (Golden Press, 1969) comes off the bookshelf and out from the binder comes the well used recipe for Bread Stuffing that we’ve used for many, many years. It’s a basic recipe, nothing fancy. There have been a few small changes…

What’s Going on in October?

There’s always something new and exciting happening at Fountaindale Public Library and we invite you to join us for the fun. Here’s what’s coming for the month of October: Wednesday Night Mystery Book Club Bolingbrook Writer’s Workshop Coffee and Conversation Book club Horror Book Discussion Group Super Couponing X Meets Y Book Club Yoga Genealogy…

Why Do We Dress Up On October 31? And What Is With All The Pumpkins?

Halloween has its roots in the Christian holiday of All Saint’s Day and the Celtic festival of Samhaim. All Saint’s Day once called Old Hallows or Hallomass is celebrated on November 1.  As the name states, it is a day to commemorate all those who have achieved Sainthood in Heaven. Samhaim is a celebration of summer’s end.  The ancient Celts…

Program: Organizing for the Holidays!

At this time of year do you feel like running around in a  panic and wanting to shouting “Help  the holidays are coming!”? Does the thought of gift lists make your head hurt?  Or do you really want to get those cards mailed before the New Year? Well, we have the solution for you!!!   Beth Randall of…

Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is often confused with Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is actually a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s surprising win over French Forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. In Mexico the day is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla, but in the US…

Wearing of the Green

Every March 17th, we eat corn beef and cabbage, we dye  the Chicago River green, we even dye our beer green…for one day we are Irish. St. Patricks Day! We have all heard of St. Patrick and the legend of him driving the snakes out of Ireland, but who was he? St. Patrick (Patricus in Latin), 387-493,…

‘Twas Three Nights Before Christmas

‘Twas Three Nights Before Christmas and all through the house, a procrastinating baker kept questioning his spouse. Would Santa prefer this tasty cookie or that? Should he only bake some that excluded those pesky trans fats? The cookies from Gourmet, in the earlier link, were all very fine. But this baker wanted more choices …to…

Got cookies for Santa?

Well, it’s now less than 5 days to Christmas.  If you haven’t thought about what kinds of cookies you’re going to put out for Santa, this link to Gourmet’s Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008 may help you find just the right treat. Gourmet magazine is now just a memory. . .it ceased publication with the November 2009…

Holidays Around the World

Want to know how Christmas is celebrated in Japan? Or maybe you want to know more about Hanukkah?  I found a real neat website with everything you want to know about the way the Holidays are celebrated around the world brought to you by Chicago’s own Museum of Science and Industry. If you can’t go…