Author: Elaine Whitesides

Elaine is a former teacher who is interested in many things from cooking, gardening and sewing to the arts and education to auto racing and business. She feeds her curiosity through her writing company, Whitesides Words. A suburban Chicago transplant, she and her husband have appreciated the feel of quiet country living in Hendricks County since 2009. 

elaine@whitesideswords.com

If you think the winter boxes you in and relegates activities to only those you can enjoy hearthside, I have news for you. Grab those warm winter wraps and picture yourself atop a fine steed enjoying the brisk air and snow-laden forest – seeking a…

There was a lot of chatter and laughter, but that was in between moments of real concentration. Janis Brunner was leading a class all about “Yoga for the Mind” through an art technique called Zentangle at Finer Things in Brownsburg, Indiana. With…

For this Illinois flatland girl, going over the hill and through the dale to Sheep Street Fibers was a delightful excursion! That’s because to arrive at this new addition to the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail , you truly get to experience…

Give Sweets to your Sweeties for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:00 PM by Elaine Whitesides

Add a little something extra to your dessert tables this holiday, and no, I’m not talking about glitter or lights. I’m talking about a few delectable candies and confections. Those little bite-size sweets that melt in your mouth and make you say…

If you are on Facebook, you know the power of pet pictures. They make us laugh, they make us cry and they sometimes even put life back into the proper perspective. There are some pets that are just naturals – or hams (no, I don’t mean real bovines…

Brownsburg, Indiana, brings in the holiday season in a very special way. Since 2007, the town has held a special evening starting with a parade under the stars of the winter sky. It isn’t the usual ordinary start to the holiday season seen in most…