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Casserole provides comfort in winter

If good sense prevailed, the stretches in between holiday feasts would be times of light eating. Unfortunately, many of us get on a roll and eating hearty seems the thing to do. Besides, the weather is just chilly enough to make comfort food seem inviting, even logical.This explains why I found ...

Let there be light

Around our house, Thanksgiving marks the traditional start of holiday decorating. After the time-consuming chore of untangling and deciding which strings of lights goes where, my adventuresome daughter and "should know better" husband all too eagerly climb a ladder. They crawl onto the roof, ...

Plants make for pleasant holiday gifts

It seems the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas gets shorter and shorter. With the next several weeks packed full of family gatherings, office parties and other seasonal events, I say: "Let the gift giving begin!"While many people choose to buy commercial gifts, others take pride in ...

Indoor lighting is ‘everything in setting a mood’

Lighting sets the mood throughout a home, but perhaps nowhere more than the dining room.Candles, buffet lamps, rope lighting, recessed cans or chandeliers :quot; each can give a different feel to mealtime.As the holidays approach and the focus turns to dining rooms, it's a perfect time to think ...

Thanksgiving can put stress on today’s families

Once upon a time, when the Cleavers were the model American family, father knew best, and the strangest thing on television was Maynard G. Krebs, the typical Thanksgiving holiday looked a whole lot different than it does now.Long about the time that Maynard turned himself into Gilligan, a ...

Holiday travel season begins

Terrorism fears have eased and more people are traveling and flying this Thanksgiving holiday, travel industry experts say."It's been a year since Sept. 11, and I think people are just more willing to travel now," said Amanda Millard, spokesman for AAA Kansas in Topeka.The automobile ...

Winter house rules

We have been blessed with a beautiful autumn. However, the signs of winter are impossible to ignore. Those lovely fall leaves have fallen, even been raked and sacked up. Most likely, we have mowed our lawns for the last time and perhaps added a bit of winterizer fertilizer to it. The garden now ...

Organic materials help enrich soil

Most gardeners know building a deep rich soil is the key to success when it comes to growing flowers and vegetables.Likewise, anyone who has tried to dig a hole in Lawrence quickly realized we have compacted clay rather than fertile loam for soil. For years, gardeners have been adding organic ...

Rooms and roots

This week on "Home and Away," host Cathy Hamilton will take a sneak preview of the 2002 Festival of Trees, the popular annual event benefiting The Shelter. We'll feature two unique and festive trees going on the auction block.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Monday on Sunflower Broadband ...

Cranberries create memories of childhood during holidays

Cranberries are one of those foods that make an appearance on our tables this time of year and hang around for about six weeks before retreating into the shadows.Although we may occasionally bake with them, cranberries have limited utility because of their bitter flavor and need to be combined ...

Cleaning down under

While some say a basement is a critical refuge during a tornado, I have discovered that the true value of our basement is its natural ability to accumulate stuff.In our family "stuff" is something we:a) want to save because of the memories associated with it.b) don't need or use right now, but ...

It’s time to put roses to rest for winter

One of the most majestic and well recognized plants in the home landscape is the rose.Though most shrub roses are hardy in Kansas, other types of roses can be more tender. With this in mind, it is now time to put roses down for the winter. Here are some tips to help make this late season chore ...

Rooms & Roots

This week, Home and Away host Cathy Hamilton goes to the Victorian Veranda Country Inn just North of Lawrence on Free State Farm. Owner Rob Phillips tells us how he has managed to blend hospitality and his love of horses into a unique business venture.Also, our first Wish List segment featuring ...

Kitchen & Garden: How to add more appeal to traditional side dish

All over America people who will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner are watching the grocery ads for frozen turkeys and all those other grocery items we lump together in a category unceremoniously labeled "all the fixin's." This would include the 10-pound bag of potatoes, canned pumpkin filling and ...

Tips on restoring tables

If you want to try restoring tired tables, lamps or other furnishings, here are suggestions from Deerfield Designs in Ellicott City, Md.. :Look for an item that's unique with interesting lines or an unusual shape.Find a piece that can be used for something other than its original function, such ...

Assess cooking needs before remodeling kitchen

There's no doubt about it. Kitchen remodels are at the top of the list when it comes to home remodeling. Such projects are for your comfort now, as well as for resale in the future.According to the National Association of Home Builders, residential remodeling is expected to reach $167 billion ...

Helping clean the air

The one thing we rely on to keep us comfortable during the winter is the furnace in our homes. With a simple twist of the dial, we can adjust the indoor temperature dozens of degrees warmer than the outdoor readings to keep us toasty.Perhaps one of the most overlooked yet most valuable features ...

Mild weather allows us time to finish work before winter

The wonderfully mild temperatures have allowed us to spend one last weekend outdoors. Although many gardeners have put their tools away for the winter, there are still a few gardening chores that need tending. Here is a brief list of flower-bed to-do's that need to be finished before winter ...

Winter garden tips

Structure and lights. "The overall tendency, in all seasons in the garden, is to bring the inside out, to decorate the garden the same way you'd decorate the house," says Eric Johnson, communications manager of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. So, think interesting garden chairs and ...

Kitchen & Garden: Institutional dining tests social skills

For quite some time I've been intrigued by the cultural phenomenon of institutional food service and what it says about us socially. What I'm talking about here are meals for the masses that are usually served in a food line. For most of us, the school cafeteria is our main point of reference ...