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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.
Style Scout: Kim Nixon
March 25, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? One of The Coreys from the ’80s before my hair was blue. I can’t remember which one.
Cooking from Scratch: Artichokes make for a hearty appetizer
March 25, 2015
You have to wonder about the first person who decided to eat an artichoke. I suppose it could have been starvation that led some ancient human to attempt to ingest this Mediterranean thistle, but I rather suspect it was a dare between two men.
Spring home and garden: Succulents can brighten interiors, exteriors
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
With an endless array of interesting shapes and colors, and the nearly foolproof care requirements of good sun and well-drained soil, succulents are a popular choice for dressing up windowsills and sunny indoor tables. As spring warms into summer, succulent fans also have the option of using these easy plants outdoors.
Spring home and garden: Consider open shelving for kitchens
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
While some prefer to keep the contents of their kitchen tucked safely behind the privacy of cabinet doors, the option of replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves that display dishes and pantry items has caught on with many.
Spring home and garden: New plants for eastern Kansas in 2015
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
With hundreds of new varieties of plants released each year, gardeners looking to try something new are faced with the difficult task of discerning which varieties are really different and improved. The easiest way to avoid the guessing game is to rely on unbiased organizations that test and recommend varieties. One such organization is All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit that performs nationwide field trials of new vegetables and annual flowers.
Spring home and garden: Add edibles to the landscape
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Raising a few veggies and herbs is a growing trend, although for new gardeners the idea of creating a garden might seem overwhelming. Space and sunlight are also limiting factors, but there are ways to work around them. They key is to think outside the box of a traditional vegetable garden.
Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication
March 24, 2015
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
Fix-It Chick: Remove a whole house trap
March 22, 2015
Whole house traps were installed in most homes built before the 1940s. Originally installed to keep dangerous sewer gases (and rats) from entering the home, these u-shaped cast-iron antiquities are now virtually obsolete.
Kansas City Connection: City Market a hub for delicious ethnic food
March 21, 2015
When people ask me what neighborhoods they should check out in Kansas City, I try to find out what their goals are. If their objective is to eat a lot of different kinds of ethnic food at fairly inexpensive prices, I direct them to the City Market.
Critter Buzz: 7 essential and lifesaving reasons to spay and neuter your pet
March 21, 2015
Spring is coming and the kittens or puppies that you recently adopted may be thinking about making babies of their own. Here are some very compelling reasons to spay or neuter you pet earlier rather than later.
Garden Variety: The benefits of gardening using fabric containers
March 20, 2015
Fabric planting containers may seem like just the latest trend in the garden center, but they truly offer gardeners a better option for container gardening than the traditional plastic, clay and other pots out there.
Bite Sighs: Adapt this brownie recipe for the changing seasons
March 19, 2015
At least I know that I can heat things up in the kitchen. Nothing says “cozy” like a pan of warm, fudgy brownies, no matter what kind of foolishness the weather wants to get up to outside!