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Flower power

Once the calendar rolls over to a new year, gardeners across the country begin to seek out new flower and vegetable varieties for their gardens.Bedding plants are always in demand. This year, four of them have been distinguished as All-America Selections (AAS) winners. The National Garden ...

Trapping is best method to fight moles

It seems lately that the normal in nature has become the rare, and that the unusual has become the common. Being the first of January, we are usually locked in the grip of 'Ol Man Winter anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring.Instead, the kids are playing ball in short-sleeved shirts, and ...

Truffle tart good way to start year

Back in late November, I was thanking a handful of people who had expended a great deal of effort on my behalf, when I heard my own voice say something like, "For this, I will bake each of you a dessert during the holidays. Anyone not like chocolate?"It's time to make good on the promise.I ...

Do-it-yourselfers should consider these resolutions

I'm one of those people who make New Year's resolutions.Dutifully, I count off the improvements I want to make in -- my lifestyle, my home and my garden. I am not very good at remembering in December what I had resolved to do at the beginning of the year. Consequently, I have no way to gauge ...

Check your ladder before taking down decorations

Lots of people will be climbing ladders to take down decorations or do winter maintenance, so now is a good time for a few reminders on ladder safety from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:Inspect the ladder for loose screws, hinges or rungs. Clean off mud or other matter that has ...

Laundry room becoming more versatile

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. ? Suzie Lawrence lives in a home most people can only dream about. It has a spacious master bath, decks with incredible views and a kitchen that would dazzle most chefs.But, to her, the most appealing feature in this lavish 6,600-square-foot is ... the laundry room."I ...

Family finds compromise to traditional celebration

This may have been the first Christmas holiday in my adulthood when I have not baked a single thing or prepared any part of the traditional holiday meal.I say "may have been" because this column was written early in the week for consumption on Christmas Day, making verb tense a particularly ...

Cabin fever

Lecompton ? Getting there is half the fun.After the city pavement ends, the gravel country roads begin, rolling past meadows, stone fences and tangled brush. Farm animals peacefully graze against a backdrop of trees made barren by winter.A large upright log encases the mailbox that marks the ...

Mowers require care in offseason

Although the calendar shows today that it's the start of winter, the temperature and weather forecast paint a different picture.Nevertheless, it is time to wrap up those last minute gardening chores and put equipment away for the winter. Here are a few tips that will help you successfully store ...

‘Home and Away’ to present Christmas collection show

This week, "Home and Away" presents a holiday collectors show with new and old segments showing local residents' Christmas collections. Our Wish List segment is brought to you by Waxman.Cathy Hamilton is the host of "Home and Away."A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Monday on Sunflower Broadband ...

Christmas celebration requires plan

For those who take responsibility for orchestrating their family holiday celebrations, the 24-hour period that begins with dinnertime on Christmas Eve can be one of the most stressful times of the year unless the cook has done ample planning and cooking ahead of time. If the Olympics had a ...

Keep the home fires burning safely

'Tis the season for roasting chestnuts on an open fire and burning the yule log. That cozy blaze in the fireplace will warm little hands and feet that have been nipped by Jack Frost and dry out wet mittens left on the hearth. The flickering flames will fascinate the most doubtful and calm the ...

Fireplace ashes need to be disposed properly

Many people prefer the warmth and smells of a real wood fire. The snaps, crackles, and pops add magic and excitement to any family gathering. But after the hot embers cool, and a pile of ash is all that remains, homeowners are left wondering what to do with all those ashes.A simple and ...

House plants warm home, heart for holidays

St. Louis ? Give a gift that keeps on living, at holiday time and throughout the new year.Houseplants - most of them from tropical and subtropical climates - make for great little host and hostess presents.They also deliver a caring message when given away to family and friends. That's because ...

Baker University shares party favorites

In one of my other lives, I teach at Baker University, a place that takes hospitality and entertaining rather seriously. At no time of year is this more evident than during the holidays, when the university is host to a number of functions and encounters with party food are darned near ...

Gardening gift guide

The flurry of activity during the holiday season keeps us plenty busy. Time seems to melt away while we bake goodies, gather with our friends and, in general, uphold all the festive holiday traditions. The one tradition that sometimes causes the most quandaries is the gift exchange.Of course, ...

Materials for de-icing wreak havoc

As the upper midwest awaits the first major snowfall of the year, our friends to the south and east continue to clean up after their early storm.Nevertheless, snowplows in our area are ready to roll at a moment's notice " prepared to spread sand and salt. For homeowners, de-icing materials are ...

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 ...