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Thompson: Kitchen utensil combines jobs

If you've been reading my column for any length of time, you know that I like gadgets. I especially like kitchen gadgets. One of the neatest ones that I've seen in a while is the Spachello by Swissmar. The Spachello is basically a spatula and cutting knife combined into one tool. It is the ultimate sandwich making device. You can use the serrated knife to cut meats, breads and cheeses and then use the spatula side to apply mayo, mustard or even peanut butter. The rounded end of the Spachello allows you to scoop out the remaining peanut ...

January 03, 2010 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Detective work could cure ailing houseplants

As I begin this article, I must confess that I am not an indoor plant expert. Frankly, I think plants belong outside.

January 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: Winter it time for pruning for many plants

Which plants should I prune now and how?

January 01, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wilburn: So great is soup’s versatility

A hot bowl of hearty soup on a cold, winter day is an ultimate comfort food. Turns out, the simple fare boasts many benefits.

December 30, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


This next year, I promise, it is all about me

Unlike many people, I'm not a maker of New Year's resolutions. Mainly because when I see the need for change or improvement, I resolve to fix it then, even if it's July 23 or Oct. 1. I don't wait until the first of the year.

December 29, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Use your dishwasher to clean more than dishes

A dishwasher is really a handy tool. In fact, if you only use your dishwasher on dishes, you're missing out. Consider using it to clean your children's toys, garden tools and even shop tools. Important: Don't use your dish washer to clean anything crystal or thermos mugs. The heat can break the crystal and will break the airtight seal on the mugs.

December 27, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Maybe Santa brought you an adult-sized ‘toy’ tractor?

It's finally here - Christmas! I hope each of you is having a great Christmas Day filled with fun, food, family and fellowship.

December 25, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Last-minute gifts for cooks

Looking for a last-minute gift for the cook in your life? Here are a few ideas for great gadgets every well-stocked kitchen should have.

December 23, 2009 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Christmas in the city turns out to be a blessing

Last year's best present was from neither friend nor loved one. It was gifted to me by life. One of those rare lessons that grows more beautiful in memory as time passes.

December 22, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Celebrate the season with specialty butter

The Kellers Co. has been making butter products for more than 100 years. Each December they come out with their famous "Christmas Tree Butter Sculpture." It looks good and tastes good. You can find them at most Publix grocery stores.

December 20, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Cook: This holiday story could give you a blue Christmas

With all the stress of shopping, decorating, traveling and just making time to enjoy the holiday season, one can see why we are drawn to Christmas stories that make us feel good. The most memorable holiday movies, television specials or books are the ones that make us smile and laugh year after year.

December 20, 2009 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Skaggs: Maintain your plants during the wintertime

The weather is cool, and the holiday season is in full swing. And while, I know many of you have other things on your mind, here are few tips for the home and garden.

December 18, 2009 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Cannon: This season, fertilize some and prune others

What can I do to keep my yard and plants healthy through the winter?

December 18, 2009 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Rich: A story was not the cure for this bad storyteller

There is a friend I have who cannot, for the life of her, tell a story.

December 15, 2009 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Thompson: Cut through brownie goo with plastic knife

I need to start out by apologizing to Deanna Campbell. She's a faithful reader who gave me a tip some weeks ago on a better way to cut brownies. She said a simple plastic knife will do a better job than any regular knife, and she keeps a plastic knife in one of her kitchen drawers for just this purpose. Well, I didn't believe her. I thought that there was no way that a plastic knife could cut gooey brownies without making a big mess. Well, I was wrong. I eventually got around to testing it out and ...

December 13, 2009 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Taking care of tires keeps you safe on road

It's 3 p.m., traffic on Interstate 985 is heavy, and some poor soul in the emergency lane is trying to install the spare ...

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Matthew Sisk: Follow-up care critical for pets

Three weeks after Lemmy was examined and diagnosed with a nasty urinary tract infection, he returns for a recheck. This is intended to confirm the ...

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Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

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Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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