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A Feast Fit For Three Kings

It's that time again. Time to start basting the turkey and getting ready for one of the biggest meals of the year. Why not 'Wow' them this year with a gourmet twist on the classic favorites? Try a few, or all of these holiday recipes from our friends at Recipe Du Jour. All you need to add is your favorite dessert. For those of you who will be serving...

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Gift-Giving Strategies for Growing Families
Gift-Giving Strategies for Growing Families

Every year, with weddings and new babies, our family seems to grow by at least one. Now, with in-laws, nieces and nephews, my Christmas list has swelled to 18 "immediate" family members. Since we live hundreds of miles away from one another, not only does exchanging gifts mean shopping and wrapping, but also mailing all the parcels. Kinda makes gift-giving...

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Preparing Your Family Budget
Preparing Your Family Budget

If your family is floundering financially, it may be time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and make up a family financial plan. Consumer Credit Counseling Service suggests keeping the following tips in mind when developing your family budget: 1. Your budget should be tailored to your needs, values and priorities, with special consideration...

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21 Ways To Make Friends After A Move
21 Ways To Make Friends After A Move

Read Stacy's story of losing their family home to foreclosure. Be approachable. Take the opportunities God gives you. When someone invites you to do something this week, invite them to do something next week. Talk to other shoppers about the price of lettuce (or whatever) in the grocery store. When you are invited to do things, say "yes"...

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Plants for Containers
Plants for Containers

Outdoor culture of ornamental trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials has shown a marked increase in recent years. Container culture Gardeners find that by using planters, tubs, pots and good cultural practices, they can overcome the problems of poor soil found in many local gardens. The limitations imposed by paved surfaces and restricted...

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Planting Trees and Shrubs
Planting Trees and Shrubs

If you're planting new trees and shrubs this spring, don't spoil them by enriching the soil with organic matter. A hole full of compost and soft organic matter is a comfortable area for the roots and they aren't likely to spread into the surrounding soil. If the roots don't anchor themselves firmly by spreading, the plant is likely to be toppled...

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The Little Yellow Scoop
The Little Yellow Scoop

She loved plants. Everywhere you looked there were plants. Her tiny apartment was literally cluttered with plants. She liked to see things grow. She liked and needed to nurture. She lived alone, and plants, to some extent, satisfied that longing and desire. With no husband to care for, and her children long since grown and busy with their lives,...

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Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden
Guidelines to Using Manure in the Garden

Animal manure is not only a good fertilizer but it also helps to condition the soil. Here are some guidelines for using manure in the garden: Don't use dog or cat manure. These manures often carry diseases that can be spread to children. Never use fresh manure, since it contains soluble nitrogen compounds and ammonia that can burn plants...

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