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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 ...

Out from the gutter

The thing that makes fall so beautiful is the very thing that can create a nuisance for homeowners. Leaves the lovely red, orange and yellow foliage that entices us to take a leisurely drive to the country just to marvel in their beauty can wreak havoc with our home's guttering system. As ...

Winter weeds need to be controlled

The recent rains and cool nights have done wonders for our cool season lawns.Unfortunately, they are exactly what winter annual weeds need as well. As we turn our gardening focus to preparing flower beds, vegetable gardens, and houseplants for the long winter, we need to take one last look ...

Baby room can sustain for lifetime

New York ? Decorating a newborn's room can be fun, exciting and expensive.And then just as the pastel paint dries, your baby becomes a toddler who favors cartoon characters and bright colors. And before you know it, that child will be a teen-ager who prefers dramatic decor to match his dramatic ...

Designer offers tips for all ages

Dallas-based designer Stephanie Anne offer these decorating tips for the ages:Baby's roomInstead of using all pink for a girl, use yellow, green, purple and blue for versatility when the baby is older. These colors are easier to coordinate with fabrics. (Rugs help pull together many different ...

Kitchen & Garden: Persimmons fruitful in fall

While October frosts signal the official end of the gardening season, they also usher in persimmon season, an event that generally goes unnoticed by all but a few hearty foragers and backyard persimmon enthusiasts.This time of year ripening persimmons can be collected in the woods and from ...

Wild about wildlife

While winter dormancy for many gardens is a hiatus from beauty and function, Thelma Chapman's garden loses nothing but a few blooms. In fact, it remains a habitat to wildlife, offering a safe and secure home to many creatures during the cold months.Almost all the plants in Chapman's garden are ...

Boxelder bugs wreak havoc in winter

Many of us gardeners are preparing to spend the next five months indoors, out of the elements where it is warm and dry. Unfortunately, there are several outdoor pests preparing to do the same. Many are looking for protected locations to spend the winter months. Leading the way is the notorious ...

Carving pumpkins can be scary tradition

I was walking into the supermarket the other day when a dad and a couple of kids passed me, wheeling a grocery cart of jack-o'-lanterns out to their car. The kids were ecstatic, while their father looked like he was being led off to his own execution.I couldn't help but laugh. Better you than ...