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Susan Woody

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

Flight path

December 26, 2014

Feeding birds during the coldest weather just makes sense to me. I know a lot of people don’t like the mess that comes when a flock of pigeons takes up residence off your deck every day, but that is the tradeoff to having birds around your yard. I keep suet out in cold weather, too, Read More

Column: Let the good times roll

December 24, 2014

For years and years I made cut-out cookies for Christmas. I invested hours icing and decorating these beauties and found a special cookie tin that I used to keep them in. Cookie tins are magical, kind of like those button tins that our grandmothers and mothers always had. Open one up and you could spend Read More

Column: How to throw a bargain bash without breaking the bank

December 20, 2014

Decor Use food. Decorate and feed at once. Stay focused — focus on three main areas: the front porch and entryway; the bathroom that guests will use; and the food and drink area. Combine nature, inexpensive decor and creativity. Fill clear bowls and vases with colorful ornaments. Use candles and small decorations in the bathroom. Read More

Column: Crazy for cranberries

December 17, 2014

I’ve been experimenting lately with making cranberry salads. Stephen likes them so much and I’ve never tried to make one because the deli always had the one he liked. This is my answer to cranberry salad. Place a bag of picked fresh cranberries in a saucepan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup sugar. Read More

Column: Pointers for poinsettias

December 12, 2014

Millions of poinsettias will come home for the holidays this holiday season. Come January, millions of them will end up in garbage cans and compost heaps. Few people have the patience to keep these cheerful heralds of the season growing after the new year, but with a little care they will perform even better and Read More

Column: The 12 doughs of Christmas

December 10, 2014

Use one basic cookie dough, divide it into quarters, add a little peanut butter here, some peppermint or cinnamon there to create an amazing variety of holiday treats. Here are a few examples of what can be done with a basic cookie recipe. Basic Cookie Dough You can make 4 types of cookies from 1 Read More

Column: Circles of good cheer

December 5, 2014

Wreaths are wonderful decorative items for any occasion no matter what season of the year. Spring and summer wreaths may celebrate bounteous herbs and botanicals using such materials as bay leaves, sage, lavender or quince. Autumn wreaths celebrate the harvest with gourds, nuts, corn, bittersweet and dried leaves and flowers. However, it is the Christmas Read More

Column: Almost heaven

December 3, 2014

Leftover mashed potatoes can be uplifting. Yeah, turkey and cranberry sandwiches are great, but have you ever tried using leftover mashed potatoes to make wonderfully savory croquettes? Simple mashed potatoes lend themselves to great additions like chives, or green onion. Here is a basic recipe to get you started. Potato Croquettes 2 tablespoons milk Salt Read More

Column: What to do for December

November 29, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Inside: Gather holiday baking supplies. For slice and bake cookies as you need them, make icebox cookie dough, shape into logs and freeze. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Write a few Christmas cards and mail Read More

Column: Gingerbread for breakfast

November 26, 2014

This time of year gingerbread rules. For some reason cooler weather seems to bring out the recipes with heftier calories. Something in our DNA probably, leftover from when cold weather could easily mean starvation. The cooler weather of fall mornings means something substantial for breakfast, such as these special pancakes. Gingerbread Pancakes Whisk together 3 Read More

Column: Kiss your socks goodbye

November 21, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. I have to come clean — I am a neat freak. I just can’t deal with chaos and disorder around me. And although I hate to dust, I can’t stand to see dusty webs on my Read More

Column: How to organize a potluck Thanksgiving

November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving is always a special time to gather around the table with family and friends to celebrate the joys of the season. Many people lead such busy lives that it is hard to find the time to clean the house, put up decorations, cook a big meal and still have enough time to enjoy the Read More

Column: Thanks- giving thoughts

November 15, 2014

Now that we’ve completed all the outside chores of fall we can tend to the inside chores surrounding the upcoming holidays. With the cold weather I’ve pulled out warm faux fur throws and a few warm knitted blankets to add some color as well as serve to keep warm when curled up with a good Read More

Column: Easy baked applesauce

November 12, 2014

Susan Woody has been a food writer for more than 20 years and is a member of the Association of Food Journalists. This sauce is delicious pared with roast turkey or pork, and you can prepare it up to three days ahead. For best results choose apples that break down easily when cooked, such as Read More

Column: Easy illumination

November 7, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Smooth jazz aside, nothing gets the mood better than candles. Pillars scented with cinnamon or vanilla make a living room cozy, and a few dozen tea lights are all it takes to make a party shine. Read More

Column: What to do for November

October 31, 2014

Susan Woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener. Remember to vote. Daylight savings time ends  Nov. 2 — fall back 1 hour. Inside: With the holidays approaching, ready your refrigerator with a good cleaning. Wash interior wall with 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed Read More

What are drug expiration dates all about

October 24, 2014

There is a lot of confusion surrounding expiration dates on over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Some people use the stamped dates as a loose guideline, others adhere to it strictly and a few keep their bathroom cabinets stocked with outdated pills indefinitely. Since 1979 the Food and Drug Administration has required drug manufacturers to put expiration Read More

What’s in season

October 22, 2014

There is something about pumpkins that just brings a smile to my face. I suppose it is all the excitement that fall, and Halloween in particular, brings. Something  leftover from childhood no, doubt. When cooking with pumpkins, look for small, sweet varieties with a thick flesh and a fairly small seed cavity. Most large pumpkins Read More

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