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Every year I stand in the card aisle, flipping through and rejecting card after card, just trying to find the least objectionable one to send to my farmer dad for Father’s Day.

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Have fun on the grill this season, but be safe! Follow these basic tips to make your cookout one that everyone will enjoy and stay healthy!

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Problem: It seems like there are many times when I feel misunderstood. I am not sure because I don’t pursue the matter. I sit quietly by and say nothing. I am really angry that people seem not to understand what I am trying to say. I’m pretty quiet, and maybe that is why no one seems to hear…

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While lemon is a traditional summer flavor, you can add a little extra to your gatherings—from picnics and brunches—with this classic dessert. Quick and easy to make, these Lemon Bars feature a soft crust and a tangy, sweet filling topped with powdered sugar.

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Happy Birthday, MyPlate! Eight years ago, MyPlate was introduced as a symbol of the five food groups that serve as the building blocks for healthy eating. This year, we are encouraged to Start Simple with MyPlate, which provides healthy inspiration and tips that are easily incorporated into …

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The 45th year of the longest-running bicycling event in Kansas history—a 501-mile ride across the state—begins June 8. Biking Across Kansas is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with over 800 bicyclists, including support staff.

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You can’t tell how unique this home is from the street. The Prestige looks like a standard contemporary home with lap siding, a tile roof and two stone pillars supporting the gabled entryway. But there’s nothing traditional about this Hawaii-inspired floor plan.

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With only 769 square feet on the main level and an additional 453 square feet for storage and sleeping in the loft area, the Kois (401-42) presents a floor plan for a compact but fun-filled home away from home. A central stairway takes you to the loft, which has a safety railing and is open …

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Seventy-five years ago Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a monumental decision before him.

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The remarkable Raleigh (334-010) is a unique home tailored for the family that enjoys life. Pleasing to the eye, the brick and wood trim exterior, with a covered front porch and myriad windows, exhibits an elegance in which any homeowner will take pride.

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The subject of food product dating came up in my last column regarding Food Waste, and has come up in several conversations with consumers in the last few weeks. So, I decided to share a bit of information to help clear up some of the misunderstanding surrounding these dates.

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Whether you enjoy cucumbers pickled, fresh or even sautéed, this member of the gourd family will keep you “cool” this spring. Cucumbers are fat free, sodium free and a good source of vitamin C. Choose firm cucumbers with dark green color that are heavy for their size. Look for Colorado cucum…

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Storing wool rugs—Summer is here and those of you that have wool rugs are looking for a safe way to store them. This hint was sent in by a subscriber who says she’s used this idea for years and it works for them.

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The Vesta (403-37) was designed for the busy household with many features that makes living easier. As you enter the home, there is a garden window facing the front for the avid herb and spice grower. It is in the kitchen over the double sink. The balance of the kitchen is spread out with a …

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Adults tell kids a lot of half-truths. It’s partly to avoid awkwardness, partly to avoid difficult conversations, partly to keep them safe.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new tool, My Mobility Plan, which provides resources and tips for older adults to help manage their health to maintain mobility, make their homes safer to prevent falls, and consider alternative transportation as they age so they …

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The 4,195 square foot Page (403-44) is highlighted by an innovative octagonal floor plan that permits a free flow of foot traffic throughout. An attractive wood exterior, a wrap-around front deck and plenty of windows, allowing an unobstructed view of the surrounding landscape, accentuate th…

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Summertime is quickly approaching. Many kids will enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities and keeping them safe and healthy is the number one priority of summer fun. There are five key areas to touch on, water safety, beat the heat, keep the bugs away, prevent injuries and stop the violence.

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Tiled or brick, the Wester’s (403-16) odd-angled entry is lofty, practical and appealing. Muddy footgear will not do any damage here that can’t be easily remedied. A large coat closet is just the first example of the generous storage space found throughout.

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Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make? Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata. You’ll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth in to the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

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Does anyone still buy aluminum cans anymore?

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This beautiful home with a covered walk-around porch would be perfect in a setting of trees or in a landscaped area. The Lloyd (406-24) has 2,771 square feet of living area with three bedrooms as well as a guest suite that could be used as an in-law suite if needed. Numerous windows are scat…

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Would you be prepared to take action if your property was hit by a tornado, overcome by a flood or destroyed by a fire? Many people have installed smoke detectors, fire alarms, and dead bolt locks in their homes and stocked extra food in the pantry, but there is more to preparing. To be prep…

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Crafting quick, easy, nutritious meals is one of the most common goals for home chefs, yet it may sometimes be difficult to keep the menu feeling fresh and new. By introducing a variety of ingredients, you can broaden the horizons of your family’s dinner options.

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If you want a home that is easy to maintain, and fits on a small lot, the Ko (403-45) just might pique your interest. It measures a compact 48 feet by 40 feet and provides slightly more than 1,050 square feet of living space. This plan could also serve as a duplex, with the second unit mirro…

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BEggs 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 hav…

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It happens easily­—we take more food at the buffet than we can eat, or the last potato in the bag “goes bad” before it gets used. Maybe that large jar of pasta sauce is more than you can use at one meal, but the leftover portion just gets old in the refrigerator.

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If you are looking for a place to put a porch swing, take a look at the Hopkins (402-24). The long, covered porch of this Country-Contemporary home provides an eye-appealing facade as it sweeps across the front and around one side.

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Easter is a time to celebrate with friends and family. You can create a crowd-pleasing brunch with affordable, high-quality ingredients, wine and tablescape decor.

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Dan Robbins isn’t a household name you’d recognize. But chances are some of his artistic work is still hanging in your grandparents’ finished basement with the shag carpeting, or is tucked away in a dusty box of your dad’s things in the attic.

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Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer’s Casserole recipe. You’ll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapeños. You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven.

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The egg has long been a symbol of new beginnings. Now eggs are celebrating a new chapter in our diet because the 2015 version of the Dietary Guidelines lifted the limit on dietary cholesterol.