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On Christmas Past

Growing up in northern Illinois, during my school years, I met very diversified people of varied cultures. As was common, the areas were divided into somewhat cultural sections, which I find to be true in most northern and eastern towns. On the east side of Rockford, Illinois the communities were filled with people of mostly…

tomato basil soup with pearl couscous

Roasted Tomato Soup with Pearl Couscous

You’ll live for weeknight dinners To me, and anyone who adores pumpkin spice everything, the month of September marks the beginning of the most delicious season of the year, fall. If you are meal planning or the head cook in the family, the harvest season is great for batch cooking for a crowd. Start off roasting fresh…

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Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready for the fall!

Tips for November Planting » Plant these fall vegetables now: beets, carrots, “greens” (mustard, collard, turnip), kale, lettuce, radishes and spinach. » Lawn establishment using warm-season grasses such as Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, zoysia and buffalograss should be completed early in the month. » Overseed established Bermudagrass lawns with perennial ryegrass this month, if desired. » Plant these fall-blooming annuals…

Pork Belly Burnt Ends. Need We Say More?

Pork Belly Burnt Ends Ingredients: 4-5 lb. Pork Belly, without skin 1/4 Cup BC Original Spice Rub, Chipotle Blend 1 stick Butter, sliced 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 1/8 Cup Burleson’s Clover Honey 1/2 Cup BC Original BBQ Sauce   Method: 1. Prep smoker to 225-250˚. Add wood of choice for smoke flavor. 2. Take fresh pork belly and cube…

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Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready for the sun!

Tips for JULY Planting » Plant tomatoes and peppers from 4-inch pots. Visit http://aggie-horticulture. tamu.edu/vegetable for recommended varieties. » Early July is the time to plant small and medium pumpkins for a Halloween harvest. » Plant heat-tolerant annuals that have been acclimated to hot, sunny conditions. This includes moss rose, purslane, trailing lantana, purple fountain grass, firebush and copper plants.…

2018 Color Trends

Color trends are a fascinating thing to watch. Over the last forty years I have seen just about every color trend come full circle and return like it was brand new. Yes, the names change, but the colors are the same. Sage and avocado are extremely close in color, but a person who had avocado…

Moving 101

Six things you need to know. Apartment? New construction? Existing home? These tips will help no matter where you’re moving to. “As an expert on all of the above, experience has shown that no matter where you land, you do not have to sacrifice great decor in the meantime.” APARTMENT LIFE When I speak to…

Wagyu Meatbal Recipe

Recipe File: Waygu Meatballs

It’s a whole new meatball… Wagyu meatballs are not your traditional meatball! It’s a special breed of beef that is flavorful and can be enjoyed by itself or on a hoagie roll for a classic meatball sub. The Wagyu beef I use is sourced locally from Rosewood Ranches located 13 miles outside of Ennis. The…

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Ellis County Master Gardeners are ready for the sun!

Tips for MAY Planting » Plant heat-loving annuals including copper plant, firebush, gomphrena, lantana, pentas, purple fountaingrass and ornamental sweet potato in sunny areas. » In shady spots, plant caladiums, begonias, coleus, impatiens (mildew-resistant types). » Seeds of celosia, cosmos, marigold, morning glory, portulaca and zinnia can be sown directly in the beds. Keep seeded…