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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.”

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If you have leftovers from holiday get-togethers or from meals at any time, you may want to consider mixing them together into some type of casserole. Try this Make-Your-Own Casserole recipe from Alice Henneman, MS, RD; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, as a guide to help you turn le…

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If you want to impress your guests, try serving this puff pastry as an appetizer at your next gathering. This flaky pastry filled with a combination of spinach, onions and feta cheese can keep them coming back for more.

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The Cody (404-51), with 1,993 square feet, meets the needs of a growing family with ease. There are numerous windows and skylights. The natural sunlight was designed into this large home to dispel winter’s gloom.

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

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It seems most gardeners have a love of birds as well as plants. Birds add beauty wherever they go. They bring animation to our landscape. They are part of nature and are just fun to watch. Oklahoma winters can be hard on birds. While they welcome the bird feeders we put out, their needs go m…

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The Jewel (404-23) is just that, a jewel of a home. It is two stories with a dormer, a front porch area for sitting in the afternoons, and a large deck with railing in the rear for the Sunday barbecue. The railing gives this home the ranch-style look and yet it is modern and ready to house t…

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If you’re in your 40s, like me, you are of that unique bridge generation that remembers life with a landline phone and cartoons only on Saturday mornings. We got our first email addresses in college, and learned to text by carefully pressing the number keys on a Nokia until we got the letter…

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As one of the simplest ways to make family meals healthier, adding fruits and vegetables to everyday dishes can also provide a flavorful path to a more nutritious eating plan. With a dish like this Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Rice Salad, you can put a veggie-focused meal on the table in next to…

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The Vesta (403-37) was designed for the busy household with many features that make 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 s…

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Hosting a crowd can be exciting and rewarding, but it can also come with plenty of challenges. One of the simplest ways to make mealtime stress-free when entertaining is to focus on ingredients that can be incorporated into a variety of different dishes.

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The glorious Gloria (406-70) is a generously proportioned farmhouse at 2,170 square feet with many windows and pleasing features found throughout. The entry is three steps up to a covered porch, right next to the garage and parking area. A convenient service door to the three-car garage is l…

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Some homes can only be described as “special, fantastic, artistic, unusual, and beautiful.” The Cary (405-04) is truly one of those homes. It has an unusual shape, a beautiful exterior, fantastic amount of windows, a special entry, and an artistic floor plan. The entry to the 3,975 square fo…

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The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family, and few things bring people together like an elegant, seasonal meal. Serving up a mouthwatering main dish worth celebrating can elicit rave reviews from your guests and keep them gathered around the table longer, …

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As we come into the holiday season, many people are finding their deep freezer is full of all sorts of food. Frozen summer vegetables, beef, pork, lamb, wild game, and fish are typical contents of a family freezer. But have you ever considered the value of the contents?

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The Fox (406-01), an average sized home at 1,979 square feet, is designed for a rear sloping lot. By adding a basement to this design, the master bedroom has remained on the main floor, allowing privacy from the other two remaining bedrooms. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet containing…

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Have you ever been told to eat the rainbow? Many people have but few are told why they should eat the rainbow when it comes to vegetables and fruits. There are many ways you can add more vegetables and fruits to your diet. You can put them in smoothies, roast them, make stir-fry, or have the…

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Protein options, refrigerated snacks, a new generation of foodies and more are on the menu for 2020, as the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center selects the hottest food trends for the upcoming year.

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The holiday season is upon us and in full swing. Menus are being planned and long standing family favorite recipes will likely grace the table as family and friends gather to celebrate.

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While the holidays are a time for joy and sharing, they can also be a time of physical and mental stress, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.   

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Last year, I was awarded a very high, distinctive honor here at High Plains Journal. I won the first ever Christmas Cookie Decorating Contest, the prize of which was one beautiful brilliantly red poinsettia in a plastic Santa Claus container.

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Whether you need a quick appetizer for a holiday get together or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite.

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We all want to save money and some of the biggest money wasters are simple things we never really think about. Here are some household energy savings tips that you might not have thought about doing.

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While it is hard to believe the holiday season is here, people are planning their Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping. People check out deals, strategize the stores and websites, and schedule their shopping time, but what about creating a spending plan? All the purchases can wreak havoc o…

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Holiday meals can be healthier and taste just as good by using some basic recipe substitutions or alterations, said an expert in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station.

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For many families celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, the centerpiece on the table is the turkey. Oven roasted, deep fried or whatever the cooking method, making sure the turkey is handled safely from the store to the table is of utmost importance.

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Tri-plexes are becoming extremely popular with landlords, as the cost of construction is less expensive. It also makes sense that there would be extra money with one more residence and would provide more housing. The Danyelle (407-52) has the advantage over a number of tri-plex plans in that…

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When most families think of holiday cooking, they typically picture baked goods and time spent in the kitchen near the oven. This year, you can take your seasonal meal prep outdoors with cooking methods often overlooked during the winter: grilling and smoking.

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Contemporary with accents of brick and wood, the Ogden (408-04) has 2,544 square feet of living area. There is a three-car garage that has one bay vaulted. In the back of the garage is a workbench as well as an enclosed shop. The shop has a fan for air circulation and steps leading to the ma…

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The holidays are coming, and at this time of year I think of gathering with friends and family, and of course enjoying food when we are together. Holiday eating may have you concerned about foods high in fat and calories, or overeating in general. I want to share some tips to help you enjoy …