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Columns

  • A little nitrate goes long way for fruit trees

    I love it when the temperature is a little closer to my age now than when I was born. Wowzer. What a winter we have had so far. I went 10 days without driving up the drive. It sure got me in shape.
    You can be sure that I’m going to take advantage of this warm spell to restock and reload. Carrying a 40-pound bag of dog food or 3-gallon box of water, up a 60 percent grade, on slippery snow and ice, is not my idea of a good time.

  • For health nuts, cauliflower should be new go-to vegetable

    Cauliflower is low in calories and carbs. It has crunch that contributes to a sense of fullness when we eat it raw. When compared to a potato, ounce for ounce, cauliflower has fewer calories (15 per half cup compared to 74) and carbohydrates (2.5 per half cup compared to 17.)  Cauliflower is fat and cholesterol free just like potatoes, very low in sodium and low in calories. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.

  • While waiting for the thaw, find your seeds

    Hot chocolate is cheap! Hats make your hair look good! Boots are the fashionable footwear of choice! All good things that I can think of to make winter more positive in my brain. Think of some for yourself. February is typically the worst weather month for us, so let’s try a shift in our thinking, to make it less miserable.
    I’ve actually been breaking a sweat outside.

  • Be wary of credit check scams

    Credit scores are important because the higher your credit score, the more likely you are to qualify for the most desirable loan rates. Credit scores are often used to determine credit worthiness for home mortgages, car or truck loans and credit card applications.

  • How does winter 2013-2014 stack up?

    We’re only about half way through February but I thought it would be neat to look at how this winter stacks up to previous winters in central Kentucky. So for perspective, here are a few stats:

  • With this roasted tomato soup, you won’t miss the canned version

    Comfort food at my house includes tomato soup. However, my favorite isn’t that bland canned tomato soup from the grocery store. Creamy tomato basil soup is easy to make, cheap and tastes great. You can roast the tomatoes, garlic and onions at home which will make your house smell wonderful. Or, you can take a short cut and use canned fire-roasted tomatoes. Either way you make it, creamy tomato basil soup is sure to be popular. Serve it with a turkey or roast beef sandwich, an apple and low-fat milk for a complete meal.

  • Dealing with life’s problems requires plenty of planning

    Unemployment is up in Anderson County. It’s still below 7 percent but an upward trend is not what we want to see. The economy has been showing strength but recovery has still been slow.
    The University of Kentucky specialists in family finance have written a short publication on Financial Strain and the Lemon Experience of Life. It’s publication # FCS5-452. You can find it on the internet by searching for that number.
    This column is a summary of how to make something positive out of a negative experience.

  • Revenge apparently is best served cold

    Payback! I spent over 20 years in sunny Arizona. Each winter, I would delight in calling or e-mailing home about the warm temperatures I was having, while all my relatives froze. Now, I’m back here and they are wintering in Florida or some other warm locale. What goes around comes around.
    Over the past 17 years, I have not had actual temperatures of 17 below until this past week. My Oregon Weather Station told me the temperature was 17.7 below last Thursday. It’s not supposed to get that cold in Kentucky. Jeez-o-pete!

  • Looking for a few good trumpets, flutes

    C’mon, I know you have them.
    They’re hiding in attics or basements, maybe slowly developing mildew and rusting away under a layer of dust from lack of use or neglect.
    Or maybe you just don’t have time for them anymore.   
    I’m talking about your clarinets and flutes, your drum set and your high school-era trumpets: instruments that if you’re not using currently that could be put to better use for budding musicians at the middle school.  

  • Gardening facts to wile away snowy day

    I was never a straight A student, but I loved to learn and could always be counted on to offer up some strange, fun fact.
    Trivial Pursuit was my favorite game. As we wait out the winter, I thought it would be fun to expand our knowledge into the plant world, along with a few human tidbits, as well.