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Susan Woody

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

Winter garden chores

January 16, 2015

Here is a list of chores that will keep your fingers busy and at the same time allow garden chores to get done. • Keep your compost pile cooking by feeding it, turning it and keeping it moist. Add green stuff that contains nitrogen — veggie scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells — or toss on Read More

Column: 10 easy recipes with chicken

January 14, 2015

1. Quesadillas: Shred cooked chicken breast, sandwich between flour tortillas with cheese and black or refried beans, and cook a couple minutes per side in a nonstick skillet. 2. Salad: Grill chicken breasts, slice thinly, and fan atop a Greek salad of romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers and feta  cheese. 3. Blackened chicken sandwiches: Read More

Five fun facts about all those snowflakes

January 10, 2015

With the new year comes time for reflection. Nature is ever changing and yet so very terribly interesting in its simplicity. Here are a few interesting things about snowflakes for your consideration. 1. Snowflakes come shaped like columns as well as plates. Six branched stellar snowflakes (never eight-branched) are only one kind of snowflake. Snowflakes Read More

Column: A bolder bird

January 7, 2015

One new theme I’ve detected so far this year is of food writers origin. Several periodicals are serving up stories on how to liven up the plain chicken dinner. The January/February cover of “Cooking Light” features “Chicken 25 ways.” It would seem that most of us need to try a few new recipes in 2015 Read More

Column: What to do for January

January 2, 2015

Inside: Stow away Christmas gear and make next year easier by organizing and labeling boxes. Change over calendars. Spend a few minutes marking birthdays, anniversaries, doctor appointments or reminders on when to schedule them, and other important dates. Update your address and e-mail lists. Send out thank-you notes. Stock up on cards for various occasions. Read More







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