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2015 Designers' Showhouse

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2015 Designers' Showhouse, 3130 SW Shadow Lane, Topeka, KS 66604

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Kansas City Connection: Char Bar, Sleater-Kinney, Zubaz and giant Lego sculptures
April 25, 2015
“Good Food,” reads a sign behind the bar at Westport’s Char Bar. Talk about an understatement.
Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Style Scout: Karena Mitchell
April 22, 2015
Tell us a secret: (sings) “Secrets, secrets are no fun unless they’re shared with everyone.” I have a birthmark that’s shaped like an anvil.
Style Scout: Max Archer
April 22, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? Chinchilla because I have a pet one named Kiki and he’s awesome.
Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace
April 22, 2015
For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.
Cooking from Scratch: Lemon posset a polite dessert
April 21, 2015
Often made with just three ingredients — heavy cream, sugar and citrus juice — a posset is lighter than pudding or custard but no less delicious.
Double Take: Bring back the lost practice of dating
April 21, 2015
Young people needn’t go back to formal courting, but they might actually try going somewhere and maybe have an adventure, or sit and look into each other’s eyes and care nothing about the rest of the world (read: smartphones), or hold hands in a theater. Or look at the stars.
KU dining halls work to be sustainable, reduce food waste
April 19, 2015
Dozens of Kansas University students line up in dining halls to have their plates piled with the foods of their choice. For some, this is the second or third plate. When they are done eating, the plates go on a conveyor belt and are whisked off to be cleaned, often with food still covering the plate. Few students ever think about what happens to the leftover pizza crust, uneaten vegetables or used napkins from there, but this waste is a big concern to those in charge of dining services. By McKenna Harford
Fix-It Chick: Control wasps in 4 easy steps
April 19, 2015
Contrary to common belief, wasps are actually beneficial insects. Mitigate potential wasp problems with these four easy steps.
Kansas City Connection: Sushi and Sufjan
April 18, 2015
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could feast on food from dozens of Kansas City’s finest restaurants while feeling like you’d actually done something good?
Critter Buzz: How to help your fat, furry friend shed some pounds
April 18, 2015
Giving those extra tasty morsels to your pet may seem like an act of kindness, but is it? Those extra pounds that seem to make your pet more snuggly may be more damaging to his or her health than you think
Garden Variety: Now’s the time to plant asparagus
April 18, 2015
The modern conveniences of grocery stores and worldwide shipping make it easy to get almost any kind of produce any time of year, but some fruits and veggies, including asparagus, just taste better when picked up fresh and local.
Style Scout: Charles Raiteri
April 15, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? Kitty cat because they’re so cool and independent.
Style Scout: Kristina Armstrong
April 15, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? My mom says my spirit animal ran away.
Consumer panel investigates whether cramped airline seats could be dangerous to passengers
April 15, 2015
The shrinking space on airplanes is surely uncomfortable, but it might also be dangerous for passengers’ health and safety.
Bite Sighs: Satisfy a sweet tooth with buttery almond sugar cookies
April 15, 2015
When my sweet tooth talks, I pay attention. A few days ago, the tooth in question asked for sugar cookies with almonds, and I was happy to comply.
Off the Beaten Plate: Duck carnitas at Merchants Pub and Plate
April 14, 2015
Carnitas, a mainstay of Mexican eateries pretty much everywhere, usually involves braising or simmering pork in oil or sometimes lard until the meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender.
Double Take: Looking for new teen co-author
April 14, 2015
This week we celebrate the tenth annual essay contest to find the 12th teen co-author of Double Take. If you’re keeping score, we’ve now had had six authors from Free State, four from LHS, and one from Bishop Seabury; nine girls and two boys.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right shovel for the job
April 12, 2015
When it comes to shovels, calling a spade a spade is not nearly as important as knowing which shovel will work best for each individual job. Follow these steps before you dig.
Kansas City Connection: Record Store Day, Malcolm Gladwell and Third Thursday
April 11, 2015
Vinyl fanatics will want to check out the area’s Record Store Day events this Saturday. What started out as a small event to boost the visibility of America’s remaining record stores has since become a big deal, with live music, giveaways, free food, drinks and hundreds of special record releases.

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