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Home and Garden

  • Deck the halls: Holiday party decorating tips

    When it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family.

    From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event.

    To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Craft Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas.

  • B&B Craft Show

    Traditions of the current season include cooler autumn weather, falling leaves of gold, aroma of turkey roasting, Black Friday sales and Clemson and Carolina fans showing their school spirit. Only one thing is missing from this list – the B&B Craft Show.  

    Celebrating its 32nd year, the B&B Craft Show promises to offer one-of-a-kind hand crafted gift ideas just in time to kick off of the holiday shopping season.

  • How do we love pork? Let us count the ways...

    “I’ve got my menu planned for the next two weeks,” smiles home cook Nikki Smith, “Pork on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boy, that was easy.”

    Nikki is one of the thousands of devoted pork lovers who are gleefully sharing their enthusiasm – and recipes – with all of us lucky cooks at www.justapinch.com.

  • Just a pinch: Roasted Banana Scones

    Ingredients
    3 medium bananas, sliced
    2 tablespoons melted butter
    2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/3 cup light brown sugar
    1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
    2 large eggs
    1 cup ricotta cheese
    1 egg, beaten

  • Options for buying trees

    There are many reputable suppliers of baby trees, from local nurseries to the big box stores. During the years I have been tree farming I have relied heavily on two sources.

  • September Yard of the Month

    Sometimes pretty yards take years to establish, but sometimes they just seems to fall in place, especially if the owners have green thumbs. That’s the case with Ronald and Susan First at 1954 Charles Avenue. The couple relocated to Lancaster from Erie, Pa. about two years ago when Ronald’s job brought them south. He was here about six months before Susan could come, so he began the search for a new home.

  • All about the Chinaberry

    ‘There’s a Chinaberry tree I remember                                                           
    I used to climb in and out of my window…’
    Rodney Crowell,
    ‘Telephone Road’

  • Yard of the Month

    Dragon wing begonias steal the show at the home of Cain and Anita Thomason at 1049 Edgemont Drive in Lancaster. They also caught the eyes of Betsy Folks and Sheila Robertson, members of The Lancaster Garden Club, who selected the Thomason yard as the Yard of the Month for August.

  • Knights’ garden is like music

    An orchestra seems to make music flow with harmonies and crescendos; sometimes a beautiful solo will steal the show.  The carefully planned musical piece provides continuous entertainment.  

    Now take that same concept and apply it to a garden filled with flowers. Each flower has its time to shine while others fill the background with continuous color and foliage.

  • Remembering Andy Griffith

    Betcha my Independence Day was pretty much like the one you just celebrated. Well, maybe not.

    The grilled steaks and sweet iced tea were good, but the July 3 death of Andy Griffith sorta dampened my enthusiasm. I opted to watch the fireworks going off over the Mall in Washington, D.C., via TV.

    I did feel sorry for the folks in San Diego and seeing how their July 4 fireworks popped at one time.

    It reminded me of the time my son tossed a match on the box of firecrackers, roman candles and sparklers.