Author Archives: Chicz

He sez, she sez: His Kryptonite – the vet’s office

By Amy and Brandon Chaffins Amy: We don’t have children, but we have a large dog who thinks he’s a baby – his name is Cash. He’s a 114-pound Labrador retriever and he’s afraid of his own shadow. The dog … Continue reading

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Hold the stuffing

By Amy Reineke It’s that time of year again…the air is getting colder, the days are shorter and your pants are getting way too tight. Ready or not, here come the holidays! This time of the year seems to be … Continue reading

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10 uses for pumpkins

By Lori Mork We know about using pumpkins for cooking and for jack-o’-lanterns, but here are a few different ideas to use up your bountiful orange harvest. 1. Punch bowl. Hollow out a pumpkin, then place a clear plastic bowl … Continue reading

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Great reads: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall

By Kathleen Pohlig Braiding Sweetgrass is not the kind of book I read regularly, but I’m so glad I read it! The author, Robin Wall Kimmerer, was to speak in Alexandria in September but due to travel complications from her … Continue reading

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A guyz perspective: Manning the kitchen

By Eric Morken At the end of the month, families will gather together around the table to celebrate the greatest food holiday of the year. Thanksgiving has everything a person could want. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, fresh bread … Continue reading

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Mommy and me crafts

By Melanie Danner It’s time to ring in the New Year! Often we get ready to share our New Year’s resolutions with our family and friends. It could be anything from dropping a few pounds to going to the gym. This year, I’ve … Continue reading

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Reindeer Christmas ornament

By Cayla Bitzan Here’s a fun project to do with your kids, or with kids you babysit close to the holidays. It doesn’t take a lot of supplies, and it’s easy to do for all ages. This is a fun … Continue reading

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Lion King nails

By Jessica Sly A s the year draws to a close, we look back at everything that has happened. For a Disnerd (Disney nerd) like me, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Lion King (wow, … Continue reading

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Knick-knack paddy whack . . . don’t give the dog a bone

By Dr. Florian Ledermann With the holidays approaching and lots of company, food and gifts to share, there is always a temptation for someone to want to feed the host family dog the leftovers, including chicken bones, turkey bones, pork … Continue reading

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Christmas cookie creations

Serving a community with holiday baking By Jessica Sly Baking is a holiday staple. It gets the family together, fills the home with delicious aromas and, of course, results in yummy and creative treats. But as people in today’s world continue … Continue reading

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