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By PAULINE POREMBA
Rantoul Press columnist
I give up. Illinois weather is insane!
I had a trip all prepared for last Friday, with passengers signed up to have a fun day.
We would go to the casino in East Peoria, then have a fabulous supper and afterward would board the bus and drive to the Festival of Lights in Peoria.
Then I got a call from the casino informing me the trip must be canceled due to the weather.
I am glad they are concerned about our welfare. So I thank them for caring.
I did get several calls reminding me that the world would end Dec. 21. That’s when I suddenly remembered something.
My mother said on Jan. 1, 1960, she had heard the end of the world would happen, so she sent me to the bakery on the corner (Alber’s Italian Pastries) and had me get a dozen mixed pastries.
“If the world ends, I’m going in style,” she said.
Jan. 4 was her birthday, and she still had a stomachache from eating all that rich, wonderful pastry.
Folks, live every day as if it were your last day on Earth, and stay away from the pastries.
Our trips to Peoria will resume start Friday, Jan. 11. You can call to reserve a seat at 892-4508.
Try this easy recipe as a side dish.
Tasty rice bake
One and a half cups uncooked rice.
One stick butter.
One 10-ounce can French onion soup.
One 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained.
Combine rice, butter, soup, water chestnuts and 1 1/4 cups of water.
Pour into a well-buttered 2-quart baking dish. Bake covered at 350 degrees for an hour.
This goes well with fish or chicken.
Pauline Poremba of Rantoul writes a weekly column for the Rantoul Press, focusing on social and community issues.