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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 …

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The Newport (334-220), with a handsome brick and wood exterior, is a country style house with a versatile floor plan that can be adapted to a variety of lifestyles. With the master suite and guest accommodations on the first floor, the two bedroom second level may be closed off when not in u…

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I love a good craft fair, no matter the time of year.

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Problem: I have been feeling lately that I just don’t fit in anywhere. My husband does not know a stranger. He mingles and talks with anyone. I, on the other hand, have a hard time with strangers. I have always been shy and I have been told that I’m stuck up. Just because I am quiet I get th…

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Country charm and modern living are merged in the impressive design of the Linda Lee (404-05). This two-story beauty can fit a variety of lifestyles. With three bedrooms comprising the entire second floor, this plan is perfect for a family with older children still at home that need a certai…

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Despite the abundance of pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice in seemingly everything this time of year, pumpkins are a healthy option for food and an excellent source of beta carotene, a water-soluble form of vitamin A, and a good source of vitamin C, explains Jenna Anding, Ph.D., professor and a…

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The most popular use for pumpkins this time of year is jack-o-lanterns and fall decorations. But pumpkin is healthy and versatile, so we could be preparing and eating it in a variety of ways, as well. Pumpkin provides fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and protein. Here are some guidelines w…

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An ideal setting for the Imperial (408-35) is a large wooded area with lots of trees and yard. This long rambling ranch home has 2,561 square feet of open living area with many extras. The exterior has covered porches over half the home. Long glass windows are all around the home as well as …

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For busy families, finding time to eat together isn’t always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn’t just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

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“This fall, millions of Americans will make an annual pilgrimage to a retail outlet to purchase a vegetable they, unfortunately, are unlikely to eat,” said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

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Comfort with elegance; spaciousness with many extra features describes the ranch style of the Rhapsody (338-050). The exterior is brick with a large wrap-around-covered porch. Creative natural light is provided by skylights and light tubes. Disguising the garage is a brick planter under a ro…

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I don’t know where I stumbled across this phrase first, but it’s one that spoke to me the other day: “I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.”

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The Hand (407-09) is a unique two-story home with an unfinished basement, ideal for a lot overlooking the ocean or a valley. It has 1,801 square feet of living area with an additional 421 square feet available once the basement is finished. There is a walk-around deck on two sides of the hom…

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The exquisite Card (403-20), built with sturdy brick, has room for everything you want in a modern home. A 658 square foot attic and an optional basement with an additional 1,325 square feet augment the generous 3,250 square foot floor design of the Card. Not counting the garage, that gives …

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Problem: I come from a pretty dysfunctional family and it shows. In our home of origin, anger was the most expressed emotion. I grew up an angry young man and I had so many problems. My anger got me into physical fights and lots of other problems. I would admit my anger nearly ruined my life.

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Everyone is vulnerable to scams in one way or another. Hopefully you have heard about the newest and largest healthcare fraud schemes in US history targeting Medicare beneficiaries. I am speaking of the genetic testing scheme where individuals were recently charged for collecting and selling…

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Pretend you are standing in front of a dozen different types of pasta sauce. They all look good, but you need to know what is best for your family. Have you ever had this happen? I know I have. The nutrition facts label is the perfect place to help you make the right decision. Here is how yo…

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Incorporating the tastes and traditions of Hispanic-style cuisine into at-home meals is as simple as choosing your favorites, preparing with quality, authentic ingredients and watching your family devour them.

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It is important to remember proper food handling and cooking techniques so a tailgate does not sideline its guests, said Ravi Jadeja, food safety specialist for the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.

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Enjoy all the satisfying flavors of beef Pot Roast in a soup. Take a short cut with frozen vegetables for an easy to make meal.

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The Gabs (405-20) is a versatile ranch house, adaptable to a variety of life styles and family sizes. A dormer for visual appeal augments the long roofline. Directly to the right of the entry is the living room, which has a vaulted ceiling and provides a lovely setting for a baby grand piano…

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The best cow dog I’ve ever run across was a black and white streak named “Pippi Longstocking.” (Well, what else would you expect a 7-year-old who had just read the book to call a Border Collie with four white paws?)

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Designed for family living, the Debonaire’s plan clusters group activity areas in the center of this large home. Placement of secondary bedrooms to the left and master suite to the right provides maximum privacy for both adults and children.

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If your family struggles to make meal time happen, try creating kid-friendly recipes that bring everyone together at the table. For example, these Pulled Pork Sandwiches from “Family Table by Robert Irvine” can help you incorporate assistance from your kids to nourish both mind and body whil…

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Colder weather calls for comfort food like these delicious and moist pumpkin bars. Start your favorite movie and warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars. Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net.

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The influence of many styles makes the façade of the Gorman (407-38) unique. Two bayed window sections, one that follows from the second floor down to the first, as well as a large dormer above the garage draws the eyes of the beholder to the front entry.

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As you get older, your doctor may recommend vaccinations to help prevent certain illnesses and to keep you healthy. Talk with your doctor about which of the following shots you need. And, make sure to protect yourself by keeping your vaccinations up to date. Here are suggestions from the Nat…

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Eating fresh vegetables is one of the best things about a garden, summer is not the only time you can enjoy them. When you pick vegetables at their prime, with careful handling you can prepare and store them so they hold their fresh qualities all year long. You can also maintain the flavor, …

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Creating a nutritious family dinner doesn’t have to mean sacrificing favorite dishes. For a healthier take on a traditional ethnic meal, these Blended Tacos involve blending ground beef with mushrooms before adding your desired toppings.

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Attractive lap siding, highlighted by brick and lattice trim, creates an exterior blend that enhances the curb appeal of the graceful Stella (403-10). Featuring an angled design that requires a wide lot, the floor plan of the Stella spreads 2,330 square feet of functional living space throug…