• Don’t let the weather keep you from grilling

    Although the weather didn’t seem very spring-like over the weekend, I didn’t let that stop me from cooking like it was. So I headed to the store and got some stuff for yummy burgers to throw on the grill and I knew it wouldn’t be complete without something sweet.
    Since chocolate pie is one of my husband’s favorites, I decided I would break my “no dessert” rule for the weekend and indulge a little.

  • Salsa, dips are easy light alternatives

    My favorite thing to keep in the fridge around spring and summer time are dips and salsas. They are full of color, vibrant flavor, light, and perfect for every occasion. They are also incredibly easy to prepare, they can be paired with so many different foods, and they’re the perfect appetizer.

  • Drug use in schools not as common as some might think

    Column as I see ’em …
    I was more than a little concerned last week when I received a news release about a student group that has been organized to combat what its organizer, school board member Donna Drury, said is “drug use among elementary, middle and high school students.”
    I figured there might be a rare case of drug use in the high school, and even more rare the middle school, but in the elementary schools?
    No way!

  • Not the type of eggs you want

    Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) eggs, which were laid last June, are hatching just as leaf buds are swelling on wild cherry trees.
    Newly hatched eggs are easy to identify by the small holes that the tiny larvae chew as they make their exit.  The small caterpillars will stay near their egg mass for a short time before moving to feed on expanding leaves.
    Eggs will continue to hatch through early April; caterpillars will be active for the next four to five weeks

  • Sneak more fruit, veggies into your diet

    Kentuckians need more fruits and vegetables on our plate daily.
    I teach healthy eating principles to preschoolers, families and seniors.
    There are many people from all age groups who do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. If we did eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables along with lean meat and dairy products which includes low-fat or fat-free milk, then we would not be as hungry for empty calorie foods and snacks.

  • For Republican caucus, solving public pension woes is No. 1 priority

    As the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly comes to a close, I have been hard at work in Frankfort fighting for a fiscally responsible budget and moving priority pieces of legislation on to the governor’s desk.

  • Felon with gun is no big deal

    The next time someone tells you that America needs tougher gun laws, show them the article in this week’s paper about the convicted felon who pleaded guilty to being in possession of a firearm.
    If what follows sounds like I’m writing in anger, it’s because I am. Reading the plea agreement this guy made with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office made my blood come to a full boil, but it wasn’t the sole source of heat.

  • Lean on your state legislator to pass fiscally responsible budget

    Back in January, I submitted our budget to the state legislature. It is a fiscally responsible budget that takes the necessary steps to start repairing Kentucky’s financial foundation. It takes into consideration the fact that our administration has been left with more than $35 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Simply put, this is money we owe, but do not have.

  • As April enters, signs of life are everywhere

    Did this month fly or what? Here it is the last day of March and it seems like it just started. It may be going out like a lion, but it brought along its buddy April showers. Let’s just hope they don’t come every day.
    Time and Mother Nature finally colluded this past weekend and my body can sure tell it. What gorgeous weather we had. I got all kinds of work done on the farm. I can tell you that it takes precisely 3 cubic feet of soil to fill one wooden pallet for a raised bed.

  • Help local Boy Scouts while enjoying some pizza

    “Troop 37, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.”
    It’s an introduction that works anywhere in the world. Current and past scouters everywhere know it. Like a society in which only you know the handshake. It’s immediate and amazing.
    Meet any scout, anywhere. An instant connection.
    The program is the same throughout the world. The values taught— trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent— are staples among Boy Scouts everywhere.
    They define a scout.