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If you are like me and enjoy homemade tomato sauce year-round, this recipe is for you. It’s a great way to use up any lingering tomatoes at the end of the season. If the season has already finished, you can still manage a decent sauce with your supermarket variety.

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Recently I’ve been considering a new approach to our raccoon problem. After scouring the internet, spreading a gallon of Cajun seasoning around every fence, moving the hummingbird feeders and attempting to ensure all cat food is put away nightly, I’ve determined that I need to completely ret…

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Fall is almost here and for a lot of people, that means heading outside. In New Braunfels, we are particularly fortunate to have a beautiful parks system to enjoy, led by an award-winning Parks and Recreation Department. The Parks and Recreation Department relies on its innovative, hard-work…

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During the years I’ve been putting pen to paper writing this weekly column, I’ve openly shared stories and anecdotes about my life as well as the lives of my friends and family. 

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The father of Jupiter, God of agriculture and wealth in Roman mythology, Saturn is probably No. 1 on most everyone’s list of favorite celestial objects to view. It is one of those “oh gosh!” things that stand out for anyone who has see it in a telescope.

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Like every American, I remember exactly what I was doing the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. I won’t bore you with the details, because like most of us, we were going about our day. Just doing normal things when suddenly things weren’t normal anymore. 

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Healthy, high-energy snack food is the perfect pick-me-up during the work or school day and provides a nutritional boost of energy, which improves concentration and stamina. While nailing the nutrition may be easier to accomplish when preparing a sit-down meal, it's often difficult to achiev…

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Well, things are a little crazy around here since we got our new puppy. As veterans of many puppy raisings, you would think we’d be prepared for all the things that a new puppy brings. But the truth is that once you have a well behaved, or at least mostly civilized dog in the house, you forg…

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Q. My nurseryman has convinced me that it works well to kill the St. Augustine grass with Round-Up and then plant the Asiatic jasmine or other groundcover into the killed sod. I still have a question about how quickly I can plant the groundcover into the sprayed sod. Does the grass need to b…

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I better say yes or risk the wrath of standard model physicists. 

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Well things are a little tense with the boys around here. And by boys, I mean Archer, our terrier mix, and Klyde, our Chihuahua mix. There’s been a new arrival and so far, they have not adjusted to the change. I sat them down to discuss the situation.

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Are you looking for a coleslaw to carry you through the fall season? A slaw you might even consider inviting to the holiday table? This recipe obliges with an autumnal touch to the traditional summery cabbage coleslaw. In place of cabbage, the favorite fall vegetable — aka the Brussels sprou…

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Before I ever begin to write my weekly contribution to this newspaper, I always glance at my desk calendar making certain what I’m composing is relevant and generally coincides with the publication dates.

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Q. We bought a new house and must decide about a lawn. There is only about 3 inches of soil, and our landscape contractor is encouraging us to add another 3 inches of soil before we lay down sod. He says paying for the extra soil is worth it because the lawn will look so much better, and we …

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