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Susan Woody

The wait is over

April 18, 2015

Enjoying the sights, sounds and even the chores of spring is here at last and it is easy to get carried away and try to do too much too soon. Gardening is proven to be good for your mind and body. On average, gardening burns about 200 to 300 calories an hour outdoors. If you Read More

Column: Rhubarb season

April 15, 2015

As I’ve written before, I collect rhubarb recipes. They are many and as varied as the imagination can concoct. The winners, in my opinion, are often the simple, easy ones that rely on taste and texture. What do you think? Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream Make a non-alcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice Read More

My rule of thumb for lawn care

April 10, 2015

I’ve always subscribed to the theory that garden care should be as chemical free as possible. Having said that, I do fertilize the lawn frequently over the summer by following the series of holidays that occur. My first weed and feed fertilizer is Easter, followed by Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or July 4, Read More

Column: The myth of the red meat diet

April 8, 2015

Although Americans have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, they actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they did in 1950 and 24.5 percent more calories than they had in 1970. All this according to the Agriculture Department. No Read More

Column: A few good bugs

April 3, 2015

Every gardener knows that your garden benefits by having a few bugs around to help out. Here are some we all need for the health of the garden. 1. Predatory beetles and bugs There are hundreds to chose from that dine on their plant eating kin. Tiger, soldier, ground and ladybird beetles, along with assassin Read More

Column: Use it up

April 1, 2015

From time to time we all have a half used carton of buttermilk in the fridge that we bought for a specific recipe. The challenge is how to use up the leftovers instead of just leaving it until the expiration date makes us uneasy and we throw it all out. Here are a few ideas: Read More

Birdhouse contest

March 27, 2015

Over the summer months starting in June The Sheridan Press’s Home and Garden page will be sponsoring a birdhouse contest. There will be monthly winners and an overall grand prize winner. Please submit photos of your birdhouse to susan@thesheridanpress.com or bring a photo to the office. Please explain who built the house and where it Read More

Column: What do you want?

March 25, 2015

Now that those New Year’s resolutions are either gaining traction or falling apart, it may be time to decide just what real changes you should ponder making to your diet. And I do mean ponder. Think about what you want for yourself, how you want to look, what means so much to you that you Read More

Column: Keeping them clean

March 20, 2015

While visiting our grandkids in North Carolina a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to hang several blinds in their new home. Simple blinds designed for privacy and to help insulate from weather temperature swings are easy to hang and fairly inexpensive.  But by about the fifth shade, while standing on a foot stool, Read More

Column: Growing season

March 18, 2015

We just returned from a visit to Asheville, North Carolina, to see our son and his family. They moved last October and we were missing the grandkids. Asheville is one of the nicest places to visit in North Carolina and, other than the beaches, offers a way of life that has some benefits. Restaurants are Read More

Garden ornament

March 13, 2015

I am inspired by ornament in the garden. Even if it is only a stack of stones or an interesting gate, trellis or plant. Once I dug a series of 36-inch deep holes in order to build a large rectangular wooden trellis/arbor over the shale walkway from the side yard to the terraced back yard. Read More

Column: Saving recipes

March 11, 2015

When you come across a great recipe, take good care of it and it will bring you years of pleasure. These days a recipe collection assumes so many forms — magazine clippings, handwritten cards, printouts from the computer. Saving your favorite recipes in an organized system is worth the effort, so you’ll always have them Read More

Column: Table topped

March 7, 2015

The surface of an old table or desk often shows the signs of wear and tear long before the rest of it is ready for the junk pile. Extend the life of the piece by covering the top with canvas, linen, leather or metal. First, measure the tabletop’s width and length, then measure its thickness. Read More

The right tool for the job

March 4, 2015

I’ve written columns before about how much easier the right tool makes the job. Usually I’m talking about painting, building trellises or working with cement or some other outside chore. This time it is about how the right knife makes prep work easier when cooking. With the right knife in hand every cooking experience will Read More

Column: Go guilt free with lettuce

February 25, 2015

Have you noticed how many people who order a sandwich these days order it without the bread or bun? Those high-carbed cradles of goodness seem superfluous. That is why I’ve always loved these lettuce-leaved wraps. No guilt-ridden carbs to worry over, just the savory Asian seasonings that make chicken easy to cook and glorious to Read More

Column: Handmade votives

February 20, 2015

The warm glow of a candle is calming and makes everything around it also glow. Little votives made from small terra-cotta pots make ideal lights for use indoors and out. To make potted candles,  start with a collection of three or four-inch flowerpots from the garden or hardware store. Close the drainage hole with a Read More

Column: No more midnight snacking

February 18, 2015

Until a few years ago there was little scientific evidence to suggest that midnight snacking wasn’t a good idea. New studies show that mice prevented from eating at all hours avoided obesity and metabolic problems — even if their diet was sometimes less that healthy. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Read More

Get ready to dig

February 14, 2015

If your favorite shovel in the shed isn’t sharp, now really would be a fine time to get after it. Figuring out your plan for planting time will be here before you know it and having your tools ready will mean more time to daydream about strategy. These are the supplies you will need: rags, Read More

Column: Marinating basics

February 11, 2015

Marinades contain oil, an acid such as vinegar, lemon juice or tomato juice, and seasonings. Marinate covered food in the refrigerator for a period of time to add extra flavor. • Use glass, stainless steel, plastic or disposable aluminum bowls or pans to marinate foods. Do not use untreated aluminum pans, as they react to Read More

Column: Tips for working with wallpaper

February 7, 2015

I learned to hang wallpaper about 30 years ago while watching a friend hang paper for another friend. Then I had a refresher course several years later when I asked a pro to help me hang paper in my dining room. Small rooms are not a big deal but larger rooms can be a real Read More

Column: Punch up the flavor

February 4, 2015

I often add fresh or dried herbs to dishes. Daughter Ryann asked for a dish of lasagna when she got home over break. While layering ingredients out came the minced garlic, Italian seasonings, basil and parsley, along with salt and pepper. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to put a little kick in the Read More

Column: What to do for February

January 31, 2015

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Tackle one messy closet each weekend. If necessary purchase new organizing bins or baskets. If you don’t have a battery-operated pill remover to defuzz your favorite sweaters, you can use a fine-tooth comb; it will Read More

Column: The cookie jar

January 28, 2015

Most of us grow up with vivid memories of the time we’ve spent in kitchens — those of grandparents, aunts, uncles and parents. Kitchens, then and now, were the magnets of the house, the heart and soul as it were. If you are lucky you can conjure up images of what was and smile. Having Read More

Column: Cleaning carpets and rugs

January 24, 2015

I know it sounds like I clean 24/7 but I don’t. I do like order and am adamant about taking care of rugs, furniture and other possessions. I see these items as assets that once purchased should be cared for to the best of one’s ability. I also think that children should be taught to Read More

Column: Salt to the rescue

January 21, 2015

Humble salt is nature’s most adept flavor enhancer. It also takes center stage in cooking in general. Salt in bread and pizza dough helps control the action of the yeast and improves the ability of the dough to rise. If salt is left out, the finished product will be bland and have a coarser taste. Read More







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