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Mar. 03, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Death by chocolate?

Have your cake, and eat it too.

Well, duh, of course if I have some cake I want to eat it. There has never been a cake owned by me that didn’t end up eaten. I imagine most folks are like this, as well. No matter how worthy of admiration they may be, cake is for eating, not for decoration—unless it’s decorating a fork.

Feb. 27, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Avoiding ‘Misteaks’

As a teenager I went through the stage of hanging signs all over my bedroom. I had the typical assortment of traffic signs (I still can’t believe my mother really believed they came from the junkyard), posters, pin-up girls, and funny signs that said things like “Think” and “Plan Ahead,” with letters trailing off the edge of the sign because the sign-maker hadn’t planned ahead. My favorite was the one read, “Avoid Misteaks.” That one just tickled my funny bone.

Feb. 25, 2015 @ 09:54 AM

Spring fertility yields more forage

With the predominance of cool-season grasses in pastures in the northern piedmont, we need to keep their growth habit in mind when planning forage needs for the year.

Feb. 24, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Reduced for quick sale

Some things are obviously bad ideas. Trimming your bangs after drinking is a poor decision. Asking Donald Trump his opinion about anything will definitely come back to bite you. And negotiating with a three-year-old or a teenager is pointless and painful. But prudently purchasing meat on sale can be a great idea.


Feb. 20, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

I have a dream too

As we celebrate Black History Month, I can’t help but reflect upon the vision of one of the greatest legends in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King shares a powerful dream of a country that would demonstrate love, acceptance and unity.

Feb. 18, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Celebrating good citizenship

Monday, Feb. 16, marked Presidents’ Day, an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. It was originally established in 1885 in recognition of the first president of the United States, George Washington

Feb. 17, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

Orange you glad?

Consider for a moment, the carrot.

It is literally one of the most down-to-earth veggies that we have. You’d think that something so humble would do well no matter what type of above-ground procedures it endures.

Feb. 16, 2015 @ 09:38 AM

Introduction and ‘Short Rib Hand Pies’

Good morning, Henderson.

My name is Debbie Matthews, and I am delighted to have been asked to write a weekly column about food, cooking and all the whimsy that pops into my head on a regular basis.

Feb. 06, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Encourage one another

God always works in community. He began with one woman and one man, and through them created a family. Later, when he wanted to form a people of his own through whom to reveal his heart and bless the world, he once again began with one woman and one man. He promised that their descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Again, he created a family through them. Out of this family of Sarah and Abraham, God created his chosen people Israel.

Feb. 04, 2015 @ 09:50 AM

Adding herbs to your garden

Herbs are a great addition to any garden. Tuck them between the shrubbery, plant them amongst the perennials, or sow a row of them in the vegetable garden. The only requirement for success with herbs is plenty of sunlight and good soil.