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Critter Buzz: Resolve to get your pet a yearly checkup
January 25, 2015
It is time of the year to make resolutions for the new year. Pet owners’ resolutions should be to make sure that their pet gets a checkup with a local veterinarian each and every year.
Kansas City Connection: Upgrades coming to downtown
January 24, 2015
With a new streetcar line currently being installed and dozens of new development projects in the works, the downtown development boom is already well underway.
Garden Variety: 5 essential garden tools
January 23, 2015
Whether you are gardening for the first time this season or a seasoned professional, having the right tool can make any garden chore easier.
Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe
January 22, 2015
We’ve never met a cheese we didn’t like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.
Style Scout: Iain Cooper
January 22, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? I’m not sure. Hopefully, someone cool.
Style Scout: Kendra Davis
January 22, 2015
Fashion trends you love and hate: I really love boots as with leggings but I really hate leggings as pants! I don’t think they’re real pants.
Double Take: In class, a team is not always a solution
January 20, 2015
While a good study or work group can make (or break) you, those are synergistic enterprises, not socially engineered gatherings. We all work better when we can choose how we work, and, in this regard, schools are behind the curve in expecting kids to get much out of group projects.
Fix-It Chick: Choose the right paint color in 9 steps
January 18, 2015
When considering a paint project, choosing the right color may be the most difficult part of the job. A few simple steps can make the process a little easier.
Kansas City Connection: A slice, a symphony and opera singing
January 17, 2015
Last week, this column previewed KC Restaurant Week, which began Friday and lasts through Jan. 25. Sometimes you just want to keep it simple, though, and just order a pizza. Also, mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Florez will headline the pinnacle event of the Harriman-Jewell series’ 50th season.
Garden Variety: Protect your home from winter bugs
January 17, 2015
Insects likely find your home as inviting as you do, and the various species of moths and beetles that enjoy plant materials may also make their way into your kitchen.
Style Scout: Kristin Morland and Zippers
January 15, 2015
Fashion trends you love: I love high-waisted jeggings. I own three pairs. I love the stretchiness!
Style Scout: Timothy Morland
January 15, 2015
Tell us a secret: Tax collectors really do care. They do have hearts.
Off the Beaten Plate: Mochi ice cream at Encore Cafe
January 15, 2015
This frozen treat is like two desserts in one — soft, gelatinous mochi (a Japanese pounded rice cake, for the uninitiated) on the outside and a scoop of ice cream on the inside.
Delicious/Nutritious: Brussels sprouts flex their muscles
January 14, 2015
They look like baby cabbages, but brussels sprouts aren’t little on flavor. They pair well with both astringent and savory tastes and go nicely with main dishes from fish to beef to tofu.
Cooking From Scratch: Popping up for movie night
January 14, 2015
Stovetop popcorn takes about the same amount of time of microwave popcorn and tastes much better. You don’t need any special equipment to make it either.
Getting organized can help teens avoid mayhem
January 13, 2015
Organization isn’t just for people with ADHD. The secret of happiness can be how you organize your life. We’d rather see happiness as something magnificent like meditating toward a higher state of consciousness or perhaps something trite yet unattainable, like, “look on the bright side,” “seek your true love.” But a catchy mantra, no matter how much you practice it, can’t create happiness unless your life is organized so you can gain its benefit.
U.S. farmers planted fewer acres of winter wheat for 2015 harvest
January 12, 2015
Growers in Kansas and across the nation have seeded far fewer acres of winter wheat for harvest this year.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a wood burning stove gasket
January 11, 2015
Wood-burning stoves require a tight seal around their door for optimal efficiency. Replacing a worn-out fiberglass gasket is an important part of stove maintenance.
Kansas City Connection: Start your drooling for Restaurant Week
January 10, 2015
A bit of advice: Don’t look at the website for Kansas City Restaurant Week on an empty stomach.
Garden Variety: Witch hazel adds color to your winter garden
12:00 a.m., January 10, 2015 Updated 09:53 p.m.
Gardeners often talk of season-long color and interest in their gardens, but many feel limited with ornamental grasses, colorful fruits, and decorative bark as the only options for sprucing up the landscape in winter.

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