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Living

  • Blanket Donation
  • Quality and care for equipment

    Taking care of your lawn and garden equipment can make the difference between having stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t! After you are finished preparing your plants for winter don’t forget about your equipment and garden ornaments.  
    In most of our gardens we have more than plants.  Birdbaths, decorative planters, terracotta pots, lawn furniture and hoses need the same consideration we give our plants.  

  • Use horticultural oils this winter to control spring and summer pests

    By Jessica Sayre, County extension agent
    for Horticulture
    Winter probably doesn’t seem like the right time to eliminate pests that will take advantage of your landscape plants next spring. But we need to remember that many problem pests will spend the winter on or near the plants they want to munch on when the weather turns warmer.
    One way to get an early handle on problem pests is to use horticultural oils specially formulated for pest control. Horticultural oils suffocate overwintering pests like scale, aphids and certain mites.

  • Santa Hat Sugar Cookie Cups

    Prep 35 min     Total 1 hr 30 min     Servings 36

    Ingredients
    1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
    Flour, butter and egg called for on cookie mix pouch for cutout cookies
    36 whole medium strawberries
    1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

    Steps

  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .
    Births announced this week are: Elijah Luke Doyle, Sept. 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Robbie) Doyle; Harrison Clay Hatter, Nov. 24, son of Harland and Jenny Lynn Hatter; Maurice Ray Perkins III, Oct. 13, son of Stacey Slade and Maurice Perkins; John Carlyle Whalen, Oct. 8, son of John and Kelly Whalen.
    WCYN-AM radio and Rohs Opera House will present the Beatles tribute band Eight Days A Week for a one-night show at the theatre.

  • Museum Musings

    * Truly, this is a season of thanks, veterans appreciation, harvest, remembrance, patriotism, heritage, gratitude - but not just for this season - but gratitude on each and every day - always a season of thanks.
    * Terri Guillemets -- “As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.”
    * A visit to the Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum, the old Rohs Theatre building on Walnut Street, surely will enhance your gratitude.

  • Live or fresh cut tree?

    So which type of tree reflects your holiday-style?  Do you get a fresh-cut, artificial or balled-and-burlapped?  Or do you just go out-of-town and let someone else do the decorating?  
    All are certainly acceptable but there are different rules that apply to each. Obviously, the artificial ilk has few restrictions but there are some things to remember if you get a fresh-cut or balled-and-burlapped tree for planting after the holidays.  

  • HMH food pantry donation
  • Hot Cranberry-Apple Cider

    Prep 10 min     Total 25 min     Servings 12

    Ingredients
    2 quarts apple cider
    1 1/2 quarts cranberry juice (not cocktail, no sugar added)
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    4 sticks cinnamon
    1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
    Spiced rum or cinnamon schnapps, if desired
    1 orange, thinly sliced

    Steps
    • In 4-quart saucepan, mix all ingredients. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 15 minutes. Strain.

  • M&M’s Pudding Cookies

    Prep 20 min     Total 1 hr 30 min     Servings 54

    Ingredients
    2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 box (4-serving size) Jell-O™ vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups green and red M&M’s™ milk chocolate candies
    1 cup white vanilla baking chips