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While Jones is a common name, the Jones (407-01) is far from being a common type home. It has a southwestern look with its tile roof and stucco and brick exterior. It is unique in that there is an inner courtyard surrounded by a covered patio. Masses of windows provide light and an air of op…

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Add fruit to your breakfast with this take on French toast, which includes a mixture of berries, bananas and vanilla yogurt wrapped in tortillas and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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Welcome to the Galaxy (406-60)! This ranch style home has 1,481 square feet of spacious living, ideal for the family seeking a feel of togetherness. The exterior is unique with a side entrance to the garage and three windows in the end. The area between the garage and the front entrance has …

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Perfect for a party or simply indulging yourself, these addictive pastry puffs make it hard to stop at one.

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From a cityscape of lights below, to a pristine ocean view, the Wheeler (406-27) is designed for a sloping lot with a spectacular view. The two-story daylight basement plan contains 3,418 square feet of versatile living space, and a unique octagon shaped loft wrapped with windows.

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With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to c…

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If you can’t tell by my last name, let me clear it up for you—I’m not Irish.

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Did you ever think about how the spring-cleaning ritual developed? Before the advent of electricity and a host of other modern conveniences, homes were heated with coal, oil and/or wood, and lit by gas or candlelight. Soot and grime were the natural companions of winter. Once spring arrived,…

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The Borges (405-39) has been designed to fit on the narrower, deeper lots that are becoming more common. The Borges is compact in size yet spacious in living area. The home has 2,032 square feet, with a bay window to give the exterior a more country look.

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While apple pie is a traditional seasonal dish, you can add unique flavor with this skillet version. Simply toss Honeycrisp apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice then spoon between two pie crusts simmering in a thin layer of brown sugar and cinnamon then drizzle with caramel sauc…

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Recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table. Power up your family meals with protein-packed dishes like Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce.

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There are many ways you can add more flavor to your favorite foods. One of the quickest and easiest ways is to change the spices you put in the meal. For example, if your French toast is becoming too routine, try adding some cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter.

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As lots become narrower and narrower, it is imperative that home designs change to accommodate. The Maggie (407-08) with 1,154 square feet is a perfect starter home, and is ideal for a narrow lot. It is a traditional style home with a two-car garage in front and covered porch area to the rig…

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Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin is a classic dish that’s perfect …

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The Euro (407-16), with 3,323 square feet of living space, is unique. It has a covered breezeway to the garage, which has two full sets of doors for drive-thru use. There is a shop along with a large storage area in the main garage, while overhead is an attic area directly accessible from th…

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According to Greek mythology, the gods sent the goddess Iris to bring messages to mortals. Dressed in colorful robes, the golden-winged messenger traveled to earth on a rainbow.

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Walk Kansas, the popular K-State Research and Extension program that encourages physical activity and healthy eating, runs March 15 through May 9.

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While breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day by many, having the same predictable dishes over and over can make this essential mealtime a particularly boring one.

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The Neptune (406-58) offers symmetry and simplicity on the exterior, with a spacious interior floor plan at 1,157 square feet. The inset-covered entry is lit by a door-side window and opens toward a coat closet straight ahead. Living and sleeping quarters are on the left while the kitchen an…

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If the thought of sending your beloved pricey roses for Valentine’s Day that may wilt right after Valentine’s Day doesn’t inspire you, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has an alternative for romantics looking for roses.

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Once, long ago, family refrigerators were the place for newspaper clippings. From photos of school award assemblies, to particularly funny comics that made your dad laugh, to columnists that spoke to your family’s values and experiences.

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Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

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If you need an on-the-go breakfast option, wake up your morning with bacon, eggs and a biscuit in these simple, tasty breakfast sandwiches.

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Wide and spacious, the Bing (403-51) is a large, yet relaxed, single-level, three-bedroom home, designed for construction on estate-size acreage. A country-style porch backed by a wealth of multi-paned windows give the Bing a friendly, welcoming look. The porch stretches across the entire fr…

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I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life. Of the three Latzke children, I was the one that you might call, “an easy gainer.” Except for a few health scares that dramatically dropped the pounds off my frame, I’ve always been in the upper percentile for growth for all 41 years I’ve been on…

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Fifty percent of people in the industrialized world suffer from some form of back pain and many are related to poor seat design and posture. I am on the road a little bit more these days, and I had been having some neck pain as a result. My 4-foot-11-inch stature has never allowed me to sit …

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When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to beat chocolate as the main ingredient for dishes of all kinds. Add a twist to your next treat with the sweet taste of caramel in this Chocolate Caramel Pie.

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The Oxbow 2 (405-21) is an ideal home for the young married couple just starting out or the parents whose children have all left home. It contains 1,236 square feet with a two-car garage. It has been designed to have the country look with a covered porch area that provides the entry with a g…

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Eggs are a low-carbohydrate food and have a very low glycemic index score. This makes them a good source of protein for people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association state that eggs are a suitable food for people with diabetes. Having a low glycemic index score means that they have…

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Cooking for a small crowd can be daunting. With this recipe for Caramel French Toast, you can prepare it the night before, bake in the morning and satisfy your guests without going overboard in the kitchen.

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Retirement at last and the Terrien is a home ideally designed to sit back and enjoy the life you worked so hard to have. Outside, the Terrien (404-53) is a traditional style with a small porch, ideally suited for a swing. The two-car garage has an area in the rear where a freezer and spare r…

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I am by no means bilingual in any one foreign language, but I know enough of a few to get by in a foreign land. But of any of the foreign languages I do speak, maybe the handiest of them all is “consumer.”