• Peaches, blueberries are made to be together

    The peaches are bursting with flavor this year. I wish I could say the same for my blackberry bushes. I forgot to cut them back and now I have nothing to show for them. That doesn’t stop me from going to the farmer’s market or Kroger and buying some. They’ve been exceptional this season also.

  • There are plenty of recipes for all that zucchini

    When is the only time people lock their car doors at church?

    Zucchini season!

    If you’ve ever come out of church and found a big bag of zucchini on your front seat, you know what I’m talking about. Have no fear, there are a lot of yummy things you can do with those magically appearing, green, farmer’s orphans.

    Chermoula or

    Charmoula (Arabic)

  • Recruit kids to help in the kitchen

    I don’t believe in coincidences. When I meet someone or I’m put in a situation that challenges me, I step back and consider why that is.

    Last week, I was talking to my mail carrier about the food column and she suggested I write about kids in the kitchen. Later that same week, I read an article by Jamie Oliver about kids and nutrition and all the wonderful work he has done.

    He has brought a lot of attention to the growing problem of child obesity in regards to processed food, school lunches and advertising.

  • Wedding

    Abigail Grace McLain and Jay Bruce Springate were married on June 25, 2016 in Atlanta.

    The bride, 26, is a native of Atlanta, and is a 2012 graduate of Auburn University. She is employed in Seattle as a counselor/therapist to hospitalized children with serious illnesses. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lewis McLain of Atlanta, and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Reeves Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., and of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Polk McLain.

  • Houtz-Harmon engagement

    Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Houtz of Lawrenceburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Marie Houtz to Anthony Lynn Harmon, son of Glenn Harmon of Springfield and Rebecca Harmon of Apex, North Carolina.

    Hautz is a 2001 graduate of Anderson County High School. She graduated from Nash Academy of Lexington in 2012, where she studied animal arts. She is employed at America’s Uptown Hounds Luxury Resorts.

    She is the granddaughter of Charles and the late Doris West of Nicholasville, and Allene and the late LaVern Houtz of Winchester.

  • It’s 5 o’clock somewhere

    It’s the peak of summer. The countdown begins to the first day of back-to-school shopping. Parents are thrilled and kids want to stretch each day out to put off the inevitable.

    It’s been a busy summer for me and we didn’t get away to some exotic place or even Tennessee. I’m a band mom so in just a few days, my middle child and I will have our summer come to an abrupt end. That doesn’t mean I can’t try to imagine beach sunsets from my back deck. How? Through food and fabulous cocktails, of course.

  • Adams-Chowning engagement

    Danny and Constance Adams of Lawrenceburg announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Kelly Danielle Adams to William James Chowning, son of Lee and Karen Chowning of Lawrenceburg.

    The wedding is planned for 3:30 p.m. July 16 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Bro. Gary Drury will perform the ceremony.

    Both the bride and groom are members of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

    All are welcome.

  • Reading the menu

    Judah Sebastian, 5, left, and Grace Schweighardt, 3, show off their library projects during the summer reading program last week. The two were excited to turn their assignments in.

  • Summer salads are a great way to ‘beat the heat’

    Hope you all had a happy and safe Fourth of July.

    It’s been hot, and it’s about to get hotter. Just the thought of turning on the grill, let alone the furnace (also known as the oven), on a hot day makes us sweat.

    The temptation to eat out, order take-out or just skip dinner altogether is enormous.

  • Browns have annual reunion

    The family of the late William B. Brown had its annual family reunion June 25 at Fairview Christian Church.