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Become a ‘plant whisperer’ and add beauty to your home

The use of plants to add color and vibrancy to interiors has been on the rise for some years now, and that trend doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon. In fact, the biophilic home decor trend has been forecasted to continue to reign in 2022.


German hospitality is easy to define. Eat and eat some more – and then take food home with you to enjoy later. But contrary to popular belief, many traditional dishes and even some desserts are not necessarily heavy.

She takes the fear out of gardening

Tri’Nai Johnson always wanted to have a vegetable garden. She yearned for the luxury of walking into her backyard, carrying a basket over her arm and filling it with good things to feed her …

Cream cheese shortage? Not to worry

I always like to add a block of cream cheese with the customary shredded cheddar to the basic white sauce when I make macaroni and cheese. Most recently, however, there wasn’t a single block of cream cheese to be found on the grocery store shelf.

Still on a roll

All is quiet in the kitchen of Hot Diggidy Dog on Roxie Avenue. This is where the magic happens about an hour before the crowds start to line up around 11 a.m. on weekdays for their favorite hot dogs, burgers, fried bologna sandwiches, chili-cheese fries, onion rings and, quite possibly, the thickest, most strawberry-licious shakes on the planet.

Tradition and romance in this wedding to remember

You might say that Mary Kate Morgan didn’t really get a “kick” out of her early impression of the man she would one day marry. They were preschoolers on the soccer field when she tentatively tried out for a pint-size recreation league team. She booted the ball and 5-year-old Joseph Riddle chuckled.

Real-life romance

On a recent weeknight, as we routinely do, my husband and I tag-teamed the post-suppertime, pre-bedtime chaos to which many parents are accustomed. He loaded the dishwasher and scoured pots and pans while I cleared the table and doled out homework folders and bath-time commands.

Super Bowl LVI had Snoop Dogg; Fayetteville Technical Community College’s culinary arts program has Alan Dover. And although Dover is certainly no pretender to the award-winning rapper’s following, he nevertheless has quite a few devotees of his own. Albeit most of them are aspiring chefs trying to learn to make a mean bechamel.

A tale of romance and resilience

The love story between Army Staff Sgt. Evelyn Acevez and former Army toxic material handler Josh Jenkins has not been for the faint of heart. For one thing, it all started when they became taken with each other while she was spraying him down at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado in 2018.

You might say that the love story between Martina and Chris Monroe is just what the doctor ordered. In this case, Martina was the doctor, and Chris was the one who put in the request.

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