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Family Ties: Set ground rules when adult children move back home

Today, many adult children are returning home to live with their parents. Often this move is because the adult child is experiencing financial problems as the result of being unemployed, in the process of divorce or simply because of the inability to earn enough to make ends meet.

March 06, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home:Get more taste, less salt with flavor combinations

The following flavor and food combinations, adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov), have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish and vegetables tasty without adding salt.

February 23, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to keep your food safe and fresh

What good does it do to buy good food for your family if it makes them ill?

February 16, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Family Ties: Surviving Valentine’s Day on a budget

Valentine's Day can be a costly holiday. To reduce the cost but retain the sentiment of the day, move beyond traditions. There are a variety of ways to show loved ones how much they mean to you without emptying your wallet.

February 13, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the home: Learn ways to prevent kids from choking on food

Choking can be life-threatening. According to Safe Kids USA , approximately 873 children ages 14 and younger die from airway obstruction injuries each year. More than 19,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for choking-related episodes in 2005.

February 09, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Helpful hints for homemade soups

I just made a huge pot of lentil vegetable soup last night. In addition to high fiber lentils I added carrots, onions, celery, diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano and red wine vinegar.

January 19, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Food and power outages

After the recent snow that accumulated in middle and north Georgia I was so thankful that we did not have downed power lines and loss of electricity.

January 11, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Family Ties: Sibling conflicts — Combating tattling, bickering and teasing

By the end of the holidays, siblings have spent much time together. As a result, conflicts, such as tattling, bickering and teasing heighten.

January 02, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Make 2011 a healthier year month by month

At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, millions of people will resolve to lose weight, exercise more, and eat better. But how many of these resolutions are "history" by Feb. 1?

December 28, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Cooking ahead for holiday meals

Last-minute hurried food preparations can drain any cook's holiday spirit. By planning ahead and sticking to a budget (both time and money) you can take some of the hassle out of your holidays, while keeping food quality, flavor and safety a top priority.

December 21, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Try healthier versions of your holiday favorites

You can easily and quickly make your favorite holiday recipes in a reduced-fat and/or low-calorie way by including healthier cooking methods and ingredient substitution. I have chosen two fall family favorites - candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie and included tips that will keep the flavor, but reduce the fat.

December 14, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Follow guidelines for freezing baked goods

Preparing food ahead of time and freezing it can save time, energy and money. Proper storage of baked goods allows you to get a head-start on holiday food preparations. Foods stored at 0 degrees F longer than the storage times listed here should be safe but may be of less acceptable quality.

December 08, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Families Ties: Driving class offered for parents, teens

Is your teenager's life worth two hours of your time?

December 05, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: Leftover turkey

Part of the pleasure of a Thanksgiving meal is the aroma of a turkey baking in your oven. Continue that great feeling by safely storing and also planning a variety of pleasing post-holiday meals with leftover turkey.

November 24, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Around the Home: No-show guests can jeopardize food safety

You've invited the guests, decorated the table and prepared the food. Then the guests are delayed, call to cancel or don't show at all. Holiday meals and other celebrations require careful planning to ensure that everything goes "just right."

November 16, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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