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Garden Variety: Options to cover bare spots on your lawn
12:00 a.m., April 11, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Now that the garden is coming back to life, bare spots in the lawn and landscape are painfully obvious again. Here are some options for those difficult sites.
Style Scout: Gina Beebe
April 9, 2015
What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? I guess more weirdos and more colors. Less negativity.
Style Scout: Pete Williams
April 9, 2015
Describe your style: Affordable, urban, hipstery. Used to be grad-school chic, but I graduated.
Off the Beaten Plate: Love Burrito at Mi Ranchito
April 8, 2015
There’s a lot to love about Mi Ranchito’s “love burrito.” The chicken-stuffed bundle started out as a special at one of the restaurant’s Kansas City-area locations, but customers loved it so much that it eventually earned a permanent slot on the menu.
Delicious/Nutritious: Making room for mushrooms
April 8, 2015
Portobello mushrooms are the satisfying vegetable that can make even the meatiest of meat lovers happy. They’re big, juicy and filling. Plus, they add great texture to anything and can absorb flavors well, making them as versatile as they are delicious.
Cooking from Scratch: Spicy pork pasta a ghost of menus past
April 8, 2015
One fun thing about living in Lawrence? The restaurants are always changing. One not-so-fun thing about living in Lawrence? The restaurants are always changing.
Double Take: Be reasonable with teen car choice
April 7, 2015
Dr. Wes and Kyra Haas talk about the best choice of cars for a new teen driver.
Fix-It Chick: Extend the life of house paint in 10 steps
April 5, 2015
Painting the exterior of a home is a time-consuming and expensive endeavor. A simple top to bottom home maintenance schedule can extend the life of your current paint job and save you time and money in the long run.
Behind the Lens: Do photographs always tell the whole story?
April 4, 2015
Famous 20th century war photographer Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” The trouble is, it’s not always true.
Kansas City Connection: The return of the Royals, and showtime for Middle of the Map
April 4, 2015
The Kansas City Royals’ 2014 run was the stuff of legend, right up until the final heartbreaking out, and a special ceremony on Opening Day will pay tribute to that team’s extraordinary playoff run.
Garden Variety: Celebrating tulips
12:00 a.m., April 4, 2015 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Tulips are one of the surest signs of spring, emerging just after cheery yellow daffodils and just before the bulk of the landscape spreads its leaves.
Style Scout: Nadia Sharifi
April 1, 2015
Tell us a secret: I love whiskey!
Style Scout: Parker Buehler
April 1, 2015
Fashion trends you hate: I don’t like it when people wear Crocs or athletic clothes when they aren’t actually exercising. There’s a time and place for that.
Lawrence Libations: Italian Margarita at Paisano’s Ristorante
03:49 p.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
If you’re craving Italian food but hankering for a refreshing Mexican cocktail on a warm spring day, Paisano’s has your solution: the Italian margarita.
Double Take: Teens’ online presence needs adult input
March 31, 2015
Regarding teens taking the technology reins, Dr. Wes says parents don’t really give teens freedom. They take it. Kyra admits that while parents want to believe their teens will make good choices, once a breach in confidence occurs, reeling kids back can be near impossible.
Fix-It Chick: Hay vs. straw — what’s right for your needs?
March 29, 2015
Farmers and ranchers know the difference between hay and straw, but the average homeowner often confuses the two. Understanding the differences and benefits of each will help you make a decision on which product to choose.
Kansas City Connection: Library activities go way beyond books
March 28, 2015
In addition to being an excellent place to do research, check out books or attend film and public speaking events, the Kansas City Library’s Central Branch, located in the First National Bank building at 10th and Baltimore, also functions as something of a museum.
Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options
March 28, 2015
Gardeners who want to grow organically face a few extra challenges when selecting fertilizer, although with a little extra care the nutrients that plants need can still be provided at a reasonable cost. The biggest challenges are understanding the need for fertilization (or lack of), recognizing organic sources, and deciphering the supply chain.
Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand
March 26, 2015
If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.
Style Scout: John Henderson
March 25, 2015
Tell us a secret: I miss having Mizzou in the Big 12 because all that hatred goes to waste. I try to hate Iowa State, but it’s just not the same.