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Idea Alley: Peanut butter rules in ooey gooey cake

posted: 05/27/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Flavor triple play is a hit on chicken

posted: 05/27/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

We loved the tangy-savory-sweet combination of this chicken dish from The American Heart Association's new cookbook.

On the WRITE track

posted: 05/27/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Somewhere in between my baby's sickness, toddler's screeching, overflowing email inbox pinging (again?!) and realizing that although it was 2 p.m., I had not yet brushed my teeth, I took a breath.

Creature Feature

posted: 05/27/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

We had problems with fleas in our yard last year so this summer I want to get a jump on things and try to keep an infestation from happening. Would it help to apply an insecticide to our yard as a preventive measure?

Sharon Randall: With cold, love for grandkids goes viral

posted: 05/27/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

So I have a cold. It's not like I didn't ask for it. After a few days in California with my kids and grandkids, I brought the cold home like a bad souvenir.

Parenting: Adopted kids need balance of love, authority

posted: 05/27/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q We have two children, ages 9 and 5, and are considering adopting a third, perhaps an older child, even a teenager. Do you have any advice for us?

Money Manners

posted: 05/27/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: When I went to a good friend's wedding, there was a box at the reception for cash gifts. I gave an envelope with $200, which I thought was very generous. Later, my friend mentioned that, in his culture (he's Middle Eastern), friends usually give a couple of thousand dollars. I was shocked, especially since there's no way I can afford that kind of gift. Plus, I was offended that he thought my gift was so small. Now another friend from the Middle East is planning to get married. What should I do? I don't want to offend him, but I can't afford to make a four-figure gift.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 05/27/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Q I just finished reading your book Ex-Etiquette for Parents. Kudos for this clear and concise guide to etiquette for blended families and showing how it can be done.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/27/2015 1:41 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Would somebody let me know what to do with a new package of brown sugar? After opening, it turns to rock and is not usable. Please help me as to what to do to keep it usable.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/27/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. As each year passes, you care less and less about what people think of you. Without the distraction of having to please, you'll make fiscal, personal and creative breakthroughs in the next three months. September will bring a family addition. November will focus you on a special relationship and maybe a move.

On Christianity

posted: 05/27/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We're facing some hard decisions about my mother. She's getting more feeble and confused, and we don't think she ought to be living alone. But we have a very small house and just don't have room to take her in. To make things worse, she refuses to admit she even needs help. What should we do?

Super Quiz: People Who Drowned

posted: 05/27/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

1. Actress who drowned in a suspicious yachting accident in 1981

Dear Abby: Couple's tagalong friend is too close for son's comfort

posted: 05/27/2015 1:38 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my 40s, happily married to my wife, and we have teenage daughters. My parents divorced when I was young and both have been remarried for years.

Cheese grater fits a number of tasks

posted: 05/27/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A cheese grater is really just an old-school food processor, except it's a lot easier to work with. And you can just throw it in the dishwasher when you're done. Here are some other ways to use one:

Names and faces

updated: 05/26/2015 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford encouraged college graduates to be fearless in a world of challenges and to become collaborators to overcome life's daunting difficulties. Redford was the commencement speaker Sunday at Maine's Colby College. He received an honorary degree of fine arts from the school before an audience of thousands, including nearly 500 graduates.

Wonder Valley memories fading, copy of film sought

posted: 05/26/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

People are searching for Wonder Valley.

June Calendar: June: Tomatoes, films al fresco, flags, dads and the start of summer

posted: 05/26/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

June is the month when father gets his due, or at least he gets another necktie. June comes served on the half-shell with doughnuts and greens. June is dropped off a skyscraper to see if this first month of summer will bounce or bust out all over.

Artbeat: Cefalo exhibit precedes move

posted: 05/26/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Viewing a new exhibit by Stephen Cefalo at Little Rock's Gallery 26, one cannot help but experience a feeling of joy mixed with sadness.

Listen Up: Songwriter Stapleton takes first solo step with Traveller

posted: 05/26/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

A- Chris Stapleton Traveller Mercury This may be Chris Stapleton's debut solo album, but he's hardly a stranger to the country charts.

What's in a Dame: If Wives are happy, less power to them

posted: 05/26/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Tara Furman's marriage to Tim wasn't working out.

The TV Column: 6 dramas, 4 comedies on ABC's future playbook

posted: 05/26/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

Today's column highlights ABC's recently announced 2015-2016 schedule, one that includes 10 new programs that the network says "continue the commitment to great storytelling."

Max, Poltergeist flash back to '82, but why stop there?

posted: 05/26/2015 1:40 a.m. Discuss

If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched 100 nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: Mad Max is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. Poltergeist is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California.

Tell Me About It: Past trysts cause him angst

posted: 05/26/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I've been dating a woman steadily for four months. Late last year, she dated another man for about six weeks, and they were quickly intimate. Then he broke it off with her because he supposedly was still hung up over his ex. Then he contacted her with a phony apology and they again were intimate until he broke it off with her again.

Helpful Hints

posted: 05/26/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: If you are going to stop your newspapers and mail for a vacation, use the "stop date" as the day before you leave. That way, you can be sure the stop order went through. I can't tell you how many times the stops did not occur on the day I had selected.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 05/26/2015 1:38 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. James Carville said, "The best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is today." You'll seize your moments to lay down your legacy.

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