I'm very close to Peoria. We're in Bloomington. Welcome! I'm so glad that your mojo is coming back. I hate when that just seems to dry up. It makes me feel like a failure sometimes! I try to hit Scrapadoodle once every couple of months. We like to make a run to Peoria that often. There are a few good restaurants (I'm sure there's many good ones, but these we like) every so often.
Definitely try to get to Tremont. It's well worth the trip!
Jeanette: Hooray for getting your stamping stuff unpacked! What a job that is to move. I hope you really enjoy your new home.