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Tell Me About It: Mother keeps trying to bestow daughter's wedding rings

posted: 01/29/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My mother gave me her old wedding rings when I married my first husband. I wore them until he died, and for some time after. I am now remarried, and the rings are put away. Twice now my mother has offered these rings to other family members who are planning weddings. The first time she did it, I said no, that the rings still meant a lot to me. She recently called and asked if I would give them to my niece who just announced her engagement. Again, I said no. I guess she thinks the rings are still hers to give.

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/29/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I'm trying to clean out my granddaughter's room and would like to get rid of some of her many stuffed animals. Some still have the tags on them (never played with), and others are slightly used, but in good shape. I would like to donate them, but some places won't take them. I know you will know if anyone does.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/29/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Even though it's your birthday, you want to solve, heal or fix something before you're really in the celebrating mood. You'll do it over the next three weeks, and then you'll be ready for an adventure involving a dear friend and a big project.

On Christianity

posted: 01/29/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We feel sorry for a family that has just moved in near us, because one of their children has lots of health problems and they don't seem to know anyone here. I'm sure it must be very hard on them. We don't want to intrude, but should we offer to help?

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 01/29/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. By what nickname was William Frederick Cody known?

Dear Abby: Woman's love for boyfriend doesn't spill over to his son

posted: 01/29/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am in a great relationship with a wonderful man, "Kevin." He loves me very much and we get along well. I have three kids -- two with special needs -- and Kevin loves them and treats them like his own. He also has a son, age 6, who has cystic fibrosis.

People & Places

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Writers’ Colony names board The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow welcomed six new members and a new interim president to its Board of Directors at its recent board meeting at 515 Spring St. in Eureka Springs.

Masquerade, rendezvous, laugh

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

FEBRUARY Signing Day on the Hill 2015 Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club 4 4:30 p.m. -- The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club will host Signing Day on the Hill at the Fayetteville Town Center.

Commentary: Excellence in schools goes beyond teachers

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

For years I've heard that the most important person in a child's education is the teacher in the classroom. I certainly believe that, but I also know to have an effective school there must be a lot of other people involved. For example, I've never seen an effective school without a highly successful principal. Research is loaded with examples of the importance of the principal, but I also believe it takes a huge team to have a highly successful school. Many times the people who are the heart and soul of the school go unnoticed and never get the fanfare they deserve.

Inside the Springdale School District: Inside the Springdale School District: Students showcase schools' success

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

These are exciting times for the students, staff, educational partners and patrons of the Springdale School District. Educational excellence is being pursued in every area of the school system. The keys to the progress being made in the pursuit of educational excellence are great teachers, quality building principals, a strong curriculum and outstanding school-community partnerships. Clearly our teachers and building principals are at the center of this work, and each of them would quickly acknowledge that our students, through their academic performance, are "leading the way" to educational excellence. Examples of high performance by our students include:

The Rockwood Files: Too much, not enough

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

It happened again yesterday. I went to the store for "just a few things." An hour and more than $100 later, I pushed an overly full shopping cart out of the store and stuffed more than a dozen bags into the back of my SUV.

Achievers

posted: 01/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Westminster cites scholars A total of 285 students were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Those recognized included: Fayetteville: Gordon AlliSophomoren, a junior.

Recipes run hunger interference during Super Bowl

posted: 01/28/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Whether you plan to spend this coming Sunday watching Super Bowl XLIX (5:30 p.m., NBC), Puppy Bowl XI (3 p.m., Animal Planet), Kitten Bowl II (11 a.m., Hallmark Channel) or commercials, you'll need some snacks to fuel all that time in front of the television or computer.

FRONT BURNER: Chocolate fiends, this one's for you

posted: 01/28/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Serious chocolate cravings call for intensely chocolatey treats. These double chocolate brownies definitely fit that bill. The dark, almost black brownies are rich without being too sweet. Espresso sugar gives them a depth of flavor that accentuates the deep, toasty chocolate flavor without making the brownies taste like coffee.

Gadgets & Gizmos: Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System

posted: 01/28/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System is a one-pot system that allows you to steam, roast, bake, sear, simmer, saute and slow cook -- without changing the pot. It has a 6-quart capacity and can heat between 250-425 degrees.

Cooking for two: Salad of scallops, chorizo warm hug in bowl

posted: 01/28/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Easy and a little indulgent, this warm salad checks all the boxes for savory, salty, slightly sweet and acidic. The warm, creamy seafood pulls it together.

Frosting ratio, meat searing and other secrets of cooking

posted: 01/28/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

If one of your resolutions is to learn to cook this year, maybe we can help. Sometimes cooking is like a secret club. Once you have a little experience, it gets easier to figure things out.

7day menu planner

posted: 01/28/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: On a cold winter day, bring the family together for Lemon-Herb Beef Pot Roast (see recipe). Serve with mixed greens and whole-grain rolls.

Uncorked: Aging in oak lends complexity to wine

posted: 01/28/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The use of oak is an often misunderstood topic in winemaking. Simply put, there is no correlation between quality and oak.

Idea Alley: Restaurant recipes very hard to obtain

posted: 01/28/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

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

Stir up Super Bowl with guacamole dip

posted: 01/28/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl.

Cooking with diabetes: Roasted bell pepper, tomato soup hits spot

posted: 01/28/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

When we found red bell peppers on sale at the grocery store recently we knew it was time to whip up a batch of this soup.

Kindred memories

posted: 01/28/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Anna Lancaster was about 18 when she sat down with her grandmother, an audiocassette tape recorder between them, and asked all the questions she could think of.

Creature Feature

posted: 01/28/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I want to ask you about sibling rivalry between two rescued animals -- a cat and a beagle mix I got about two weeks ago. The dog is so jealous of the cat. When he was at the rescue place, he did not chase or bug the cats.

SHARON RANDALL: Travails fail to conquer brother

posted: 01/28/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

From the start, I sensed something special about him. I didn't know he was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy.

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