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Around the Home: Tomatillos add flavor, texture, Vitamin C to dishes

Tomatillos (tohm-ah-TEE-oh) are small fruits, used as a vegetable, enclosed in a husk. The fruit resembles a small unripe tomato and is usually green or yellow.

May 11, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


‘Please Look After Mom’ is a moving reflection on motherhood

I believe, as I'm sure many do, that one of the most under appreciated role models in our lives is that of the mother.

May 08, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Family Ties: Humor can help caregivers laugh off their stress

A 2010 report by Emblem Health and National Alliance for Caregiving indicates that roughly 29 percent of the U.S. population serves in an unpaid caregiver capacity. Seven in 10 of these caregivers are caring for someone who is 50 years of age or older. More than half of caregivers are relatively young, between the ages of 18 and 49 years. The vast majority is related to the recipient; 36 percent care for a parent.

May 08, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Douse the lights to ward off black beetles

I have already had a call about the black scarab beetle this year, and seeing how they caused such a problem for a lot of Georgians last year, I wanted to touch on the subject.

May 06, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Take these steps to control nuisance pests

The invasion of oak leaf loopers and kudzu bugs are a rampant problem this spring. The office has been flooded with calls about these creatures and how to get rid of them.

May 06, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine without Pretense: German wines in a French land hold their own

Last month we traipsed around the world looking at trademark or signature grapes and the regions with which they are identified: i.e., Burgundy and pinot noir, and Italy with pinot grigio.

May 04, 2011 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Special gift readily accepted

I've had a little bit of back trouble since I was a teenager. It's nothing serious, but every once in a while it'll go out on me. I can usually get it to go back in place, but sometimes it's a little ... stubborn.

May 01, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Keep your lawn happy with proper mowing, fertilizing

Lawns and springtime go hand-in-hand for many people in Gainesville and Hall County. For many of us, it is the gathering place for our children, family and neighbors. It's where barbecues happen and spontaneous games of Frisbee and tag are begun.

April 30, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Buy local, buy fresh at area farmers markets

Mark your calendars with some very important dates, the opening of our area farmers markets. The Spout Springs Library farmers market will open on Thursday. You can shop from 4-7 p.m. each Thursday.

April 27, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Off the Shelves: ‘Friendship Bread’ has a sweet but familiar flavor

Darien Gee's newly released novel, "Friendship Bread," compiles the accounts of the various residents of small town Avalon, Ill., and how they are brought together through an "edible chain letter" called Amish Friendship Bread.

April 24, 2011 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: Cover all the basics before planting your edible garden

You may have plans to start your own veggie garden. Or maybe plant some fruiting trees and bushes. Whatever the case, it is time to make sure you plant in the right areas, the soil is the correct pH and everything is in order to obtain the maximum satisfaction of your endeavors.

April 22, 2011 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Consider installing a few rain gardens

Storm water is usually we all don't think too much about on a day-to-day basis. When it is usually thought of, we all want it to be carried away off our streets and away from our homes.

April 22, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Tips to prepare your Easter ham safely

If you've been shopping for ham recently, you may have found yourself bewildered by the many choices available: fresh, cured, cooked, spiral-cut, smoked, bone in, boneless, country. It's no wonder people have so many questions about cooking and storing ham.

April 20, 2011 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Don't want — God will provide your needs

Chloe's come up with a new declaration. I guess in her mind, it's more of an explanation. Lately, she's discovered that she lacks certain things. These things are not necessary to health or survival, though.

April 17, 2011 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Prepare for the descent of the winged red-eyed ‘monsters’

In the coming weeks, much of Hall County will be invaded by a rare sight; six legged, winged creatures with red eyes. These creatures are not from a far off land or a distant planet, but they are a normal occurrence for our part of the country. Georgia's only 13-year cicada will emerge from the ground.

April 15, 2011 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Slight variations to recipes can make dishes healthier

Family dinners are great places to treat your appetites this holiday season. Unfortunately, it's tempting to overeat.

November 29, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Help pets in need this holiday season

There's a scene in "Rebel Without A Cause" in which the line "You read too many comic books" is uttered.

November 27, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Robin Friedman: Thankful for the natural world and Master Gardeners who work in it

As the holiday season begins, many reflect on the year and what lies ahead.

November 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Avoid dog disasters on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming.

November 20, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Thanksgiving is a spirit, not a spurt

Movie star George Burns was 97 years old when he was asked, "What's the most exciting part of your day?"

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Bekah Porter: A knight to remember at Medieval Times

My only exposure to Medieval Times - a national entertainment chain featuring jousts, sword fights and 11th century fare - was the solitary time my husband forced ...

November 20, 2016 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Wildfires spoil romance of camping in woods

The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we ...

November 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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