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Vanilla — not just for desserts

Vanilla ice cream, sugar cookies, vanilla icing, the list goes on and on. But that’s just in desserts. How about vanilla in savory dishes such as meats and soups? Vanilla…

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Don’t be a… no, let’s be a copycat!

There are phrases that are time sensitive! Last night I heard a boy yell at his teammate, “Cream one, Jayton!” And he did — he hit a grand slam that…

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When diet and exercise don’t work

I saw an infomercial the other day for a weight loss solution targeting the frustrated people who, “fail to see results from diet and exercise.” Had to scratch my head…

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Yes, beavers can fly!

A week ago, I was mentioning that summertime is a fabulous time to make those memories with your family that will span a lifetime. I was fortunate enough that when I…

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Living on purpose

I find myself often being ruled by my schedule, by others demands on me or just idle unproductive moments. Living on purpose can be hard. We often do not even…

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Use nail care products safely

Have you ever thought about the safety of your beauty products? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has. Their consumer updates include practical health and wellness tips. Manicures and…

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Summer is half over!

With the July 4th holiday in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about removing the bulls from the pastures, depending on the length of your breeding season. Yearlings should…

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Summer tree care

Summer has hit – with a vengeance! Once adequate soil moisture levels have been reduced, and summer rains in many areas have thus far been inadequate to meet the needs…

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Forget your weight. Do this instead

How would you like to get rid of your bathroom scale? To never again subject yourself to the angst and humiliation of stepping on and waiting for the number-that-will-determine-your-self-esteem to…

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A culture of winners

The world of sports provides many analogies for life. The recipe for success is very similar for both. Preparation, effort, attitude and energy will dictate success or failure. I have…

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Keeping your cool doing summer chores

The American Cleaning Institute offers sustainability tips for getting those daily chores done without heating up your home and adding stress to your air conditioner and wallet. First rule of…

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Talking tomatoes

Because tomatoes are a mainstay of many home gardens, it’s tough to take when they seem to be going backwards this time of year, or not producing as we’d hoped!…

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Summer eating

Let me share with you about grilling vegetables, pickling eggs and fruit cobbler! Grilling Vegetables While you have the grill hot for the main dish, throw on some vegetables to…

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Chase away those summertime blues

The first day of summer has come and gone. We now have several months before the fall season descends upon us. The current season we are now experiencing is not…

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New Westar scam

I  would like to make the public aware of another scam that is circulating our area. I have been notified by several businesses and residents that they are being contacted…

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