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Traditional New Year’s dishes transform into fortune-packed appetizers perfect for parties

You don't have to resort to the same old pot of beans and greens to get lucky in the new year ahead. Here are a few appetizers that are perfect for parties and prosperity.

December 26, 2012 | By Judy Hevrdejs, Bill Daley And Joe Gray Chicago Tribune | Life top stories


We asked area residents: If anything were possible, what would you want to give or receive?

In nearly every house, under every tree there are sure to be a few beautifully wrapped gifts.

December 24, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


He's the REAL Santa

You might think you know Santa Claus, but you'd be wrong.

December 23, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local church gives out 5,000 meals

One Gainesville church set out to be a part of a miracle on Sunday afternoon. Hopewell Baptist Church in Gainesville fed more than 5,000 people after their morning church service.

December 22, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Life editor makes Christmas ornaments from organic finds

When I first set out to make my own ornaments, I was picturing something delicate, beautiful and right of Better Homes and Gardens.

December 21, 2012 | Michelle Boaen Jameson | Life top stories


Bear Sloan competes on ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ hopes to put Gainesville area on the map

This may come as a surprise, but Santa is actually an award-winning cook.

December 19, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Local woman’s dogs compete at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Though she's no stranger to the dog show scene, Sherri Bell admits she was a little nervous over the weekend.

December 18, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville father makes family tradition of tacky Christmas light display

Travis Germick and his two sons have spent more than 10 years perfecting the art of the "tacky" Christmas light display.

December 16, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Finally a Hanukkah sweater — and it’s not even ugly

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Every holiday season, Carin Agiman pawed through her closet, searching for something to wear to her friend's ugly sweater party.Having no luck, Agiman, who is Jewish, glued felt menorah cutouts and blue sequins to a white thrift store sweater. But the clumsy DIY look never quite matched the breadth of bright sweaters with reindeer and snowmen. And it certainly didn't show off Agiman's Hanukkah pride.

December 15, 2012 | By Jessica Yadegaran Contra Costa Times | Life top stories


Holly, cranberry bushes add colorful seasonal contrast to landscape

Winter does not have to equate to a dreary garden devoid of excitement. There are many types of berry-bearing shrubs, woody plants and winter flowers to brighten the landscape.

December 14, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Spoon up some traditional potato cakes for Hanukkah

At countless Hanukkah celebrations, latkes will be there.

December 12, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Students whip Santa into shape with school play

Last year, all those cookies finally caught up with Santa and he got stuck in a chimney.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Teens and elementary students all learn while teaming up for stage production

Nothing is cuter than a room full of dalmatian puppies ... unless of course they elementary students dressed up as puppies.

December 09, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Chattahoochee Baptist Association is handing out toys for children

No one would argue that Santa's got a big job to do on Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gingerbread houses go pro in stunning holiday displays

NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.

December 07, 2012 | By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press | Life top stories


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La Mejor de Michoacán scoops up bright ice cream flavors

Behind the counter of La Mejor de Michoacán, every possible color is represented in square containers of homemade ice cream visible just beneath frosted glass. The traditional pinks, whites and browns are joined by neon greens, blues and bright oranges that might be seen as less traditional in the world of ice cream flavors.

July 30, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Dixie Divas: Loss of parents and wisdom

There are few who cannot say truthfully they miss their parents after death has laid claim to those loved ones. The parents who taught us, scolded us and, at times, annoyed us are never forgotten, never put away on a shelf to be remembered no more.

July 29, 2014 | Ronda Rich | Life top stories


Nonprofit helps families find a way home

Jessica Cornette returned to a nondescript-looking house off Thompson Bridge Road with some news. The 28-year-old pregnant woman learned she is having a girl, a welcome addition to her family of three.

July 27, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Hydrangeas full of Southern charm

For anyone looking to dive headfirst into gardening, Hall County Master Gardener Mary Richards says the hydrangea is an ideal introductory perennial plant that comes in a wide variety of colors and types.

July 25, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


From the farm to the freezer, Jaemor uses 3 ingredients to produce homemade ice cream

Fresh locally produced milk, handpicked fruits and a vanilla-flavored base are all it takes for Jaemor Farms to make its signature peach and strawberry soft serve ice cream year-round.

July 23, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


Artist sculpts out his life's work

As a young artist in 1973, Gregory Johnson aspired to being a famous painter. However, the lack of profit plagued his wallet, compelling him to switch his specialty to sculpting.

July 22, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Y-O-G-A spells relief

What does human anatomy have to do with the Sanskrit language? They have two things in common. One, I know nothing about either of them. Two, they are very common in the practice of many forms of yoga.

July 21, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


What is it? Local extension agents answer questions about mystery plants

Kidney leaf rosin weed

July 18, 2014 | By Wanda Connon and Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Pizza Tour gives kids a chance to learn about their food, one slice at a time

Pizza is a popular meal all year-round, and making the tasty pies can be a treat kids of all ages can enjoy.

July 16, 2014 | Kelsey Williamson | Life top stories


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