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  • Celebrate Memorial Day with these recipe ideas

    Make your Memorial Day memorable. This is always such a busy time of year with graduations, weddings and getting ready for summer vacations.

    Whether your hosting a party this weekend or going to one, these recipes are easy and fast to prepare and you’ll look like a star.

    Red, White and Blue Salad

    5 ounces package of baby kale

    1 pint strawberries, quartered

    1 6 ounce container blueberries

    1 5 ounce container crumbled feta

    1/4 cup salted roasted sunflower seeds

    1/4 cup buttermilk

  • Losing my mother, gaining a brother

    My mom’s dying, and I’ve been gone for a few weeks spending time with her before it happens.

    When that will be God knows; the rest of us are left to sit, wait and be thankful for the short time we have to be with her.

  • Fire blight symptoms visible

    Fire blight is the most important disease of apple and pear in Kentucky.

    Symptoms have begun to appear throughout the Commonwealth; however, initial infections occurred at bloom. The pathogen survives winter in dead, dying, and diseased wood and in cankers. Removal of these pathogen sources can reduce spread of fire blight and should be completed in late winter while the pathogen is dormant.

    Fire blight facts:

  • Hope — we all need it

    A week or so ago, I spoke at a fundraising event for the George Washington Carver Community Center in Crystal River, Florida, near where I live.

    The center is built on the footprint of the historic all-black George Washington Carver School.

    I spoke to them about hope.

    On Thursday, I also spoke about hope to some ladies at a local Presbyterian church.

    Hope is one of my favorite topics, if not my very favorite. Without hope, I would shrivel and die.

    I suspect you would, too.

  • Recipes to help wow your mother on her special day

    If you bet on the horses this past Saturday and I hope you won. I don’t recall the track ever being that muddy before.

    The upside is the sun came out on Sunday and I could work in my garden. My goal is always to have at least half in the ground by Derby. Mission accomplished.

    My 5-year-old has a raised bed garden that he planted and will water and watch. I think it’s important for him to understand where food comes from, how much work is involved, and how much better it tastes.

  • Derby helps promote Kentucky proud

    The Kentucky Derby elevates the Commonwealth to a global stage. The Derby – as well as the Kentucky Oaks and the run-up to Thoroughbred racing’s biggest weekend – also gives Kentucky Proud foods a chance to shine.

  • Do you complain about politics but still tune in to all bloviators?

    At a recent book club gathering, while discussing J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, we fell to talking politics.

    Our fall came unexpected. Book club has always been sacrosanct, a space carved out once a month for literature, fun, good friends and conversation. For, let’s be honest, a night out with wine and cheese.

    That’s not to say we spend every minute of the night talking about the book we (were supposed to have) read. But politics? Politics have always been a big fat no.

    Until Hillbilly Elegy, where we could not avoid it.

  • Lay out your garden plans before starting to work

    Happy May. Let the gardening begin. Instead of just going shopping for plants and then coming home to plant them, may I suggest you lay out a garden plan first? It kind of forces you to think about how much stuff you need. It also helps if you pick your varieties, especially if you grow corn and tomatoes to can.

    I have varieties of tomatoes that can be harvested in as little as 55 days, some that take 90 days, and some in-between. That allows me to harvest throughout the season and not be inundated with tons of ripe ones all at once. You can do the same with corn.

  • California to Kentucky! What was I thinking?

    It was not easy taking one week to drive across the country with my husband, three children, two cars, one dog, piles of suitcases, blankets and toys to arrive at our new home in Kentucky. By the time we hit Oklahoma it was our fourth day on the road. I honestly started questioning how many more days I could drive in a row, or if we would ever reach our destination.

  • Do you complain about politics but still tune in to all bloviators?

    At a recent book club gathering, while discussing J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy, we fell to talking politics.

    Our fall came unexpected. Book club has always been sacrosanct, a space carved out once a month for literature, fun, good friends and conversation. For, let’s be honest, a night out with wine and cheese.

    That’s not to say we spend every minute of the night talking about the book we (were supposed to have) read. But politics? Politics have always been a big fat no.

    Until Hillbilly Elegy, where we could not avoid it.