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Garden Variety: Creating amazing containers
May 2, 2015
Container plantings offer an opportunity to wow visitors, brighten up the porch or patio, and provide spring-fall color to the landscape. Creating these amazing displays them is simpler than it sounds – just follow a few simple tips to get gorgeous flower combinations for any setting.
Style Scout: Erin Dvorak
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? (Laughs) I look like Lindsay Lohan from the “Parent Trap” time period.
Style Scout: Jesse Waugh
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? Every other guy with a beard.
Off the Beaten Plate: Strange Chicken at Jade Garden
April 29, 2015
At a place where you can dine on such Chinese delicacies as “pork blood with innards” and “spicy intestine with tofu,” we have to admit that we were expecting something a little more, well, weird, when we ordered up a plate of Jade Garden’s “Strange Chicken” earlier this week.
Double Take: The lost art of dating lots of people, part two
April 28, 2015
Last week Kyra and I revealed our shocking magic cure to stuck-in-a-rut, ill-defined teen and young adult dating. We suggested people actually date, maybe up to twenty-five different people per year. This week, I’ll tell you why.
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.
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.