CASA GRANDE -- One of my favorite desserts is “Blan Manje,” a sweet and creamy treat sometimes called “Haitian fruit cocktail.”
Home and Hearth
When it comes to security, everyone is concerned. We want to know that when we are home, we are safe inside and when we are away, we want to know that our belongings are safe.
CASA GRANDE — Prioritizing our own self-care benefits our families, friends, co-workers and most of all: ourselves. A popular saying suggests: “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”
Coronavirus quarantine had many people rethinking the interiors of their homes this spring. DIY projects were tackled, and rooms reorganized.
One of the trends we really like is the meshing of outdoor living with activities traditionally designated for indoors. This trend has commanded more conversation as people try to make staying at home more inviting during the quarantine. Outdoor gathering places are a nice option to mix thin…
CASA GRANDE -- June is a celebration of many things, among them National Dairy Month and its counterpart awareness campaign, National Dairy Alternative Month.
One way to reap an abundance of vegetables from even a tiny garden is to keep planting throughout the growing season. Soon, you could be filling in new vegetables where you’ll have harvested onions or pulled spent pea or cucumber vines. Later, there’ll be space where corn, early beets or car…
CASA GRANDE -- For retired teacher and amateur cake maker Gail DePadre, baking is a creative passion.
Have you heard about the benefits of a and wonder if it is something your home would benefit from? Water treatment comes in two forms. Water softening removes the hard water component of our water and water filtration removes impurities and contaminants from your water used for cooking and d…
MARICOPA -- When Chef Colin Ribble is craving the comfort foods that bring back the taste of his childhood, he makes shepherd’s pie.
Homeowners that are new to Arizona, may be surprised to know that we have enough rain to cause concern for leaky roofs. Arizona roofs work hard all year, especially during the monsoon season.
CASA GRANDE -- It’s been years since I’ve been to a Taco Bell restaurant, but when someone asked me recently to experiment with a few Taco Bell-style recipes that mimic some of the fast food favorites, it was a challenge I was happy to accept.
Hard water is a fact of life in Arizona. Hard water is water that contains naturally occurring minerals, particularly magnesium and calcium. Hard water and limescale can create water spots and clog pipes. Hard water can be prevented with the addition of a water softener in your home. Water t…
CASA GRANDE -- The decadent sweet-meets-savory deep-fried Oreo might not be the most diet-friendly snack, but they’re so good and so easy to make that sometimes they’re worth the indulgence.
CASA GRANDE -- It’s always fun to try copycat recipes of favorite restaurant foods and sometimes the results can be very good.
A power surge is a sudden momentary increase in the normal household voltage. Surges can be caused by power stations switching from one source of electricity to another or by a close lightning strike. They are generally produced when electricity is restored after a power loss. As many as 100…
CASA GRANDE -- In our house, we’ve been missing our favorite local pizza restaurant and its signature dessert, pizookie, a gooey chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet and topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup.
CASA GRANDE — In the spirit of staying connected during the coronavirus pandemic, Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens is offering the following free, informative, virtual sessions every Friday, beginning at 11 a.m.:
CASA GRANDE -- Between New Mexico and Arizona, I’ve lived in the Southwest for more than 20 years, and a few weeks ago, I made salsa for the first time.
Lots of habits have changed during this time of social distancing as many Arizonans are working and schooling from home. One of the positive changes we see is many more people are out and about walking and running, riding bikes and just taking a break from being at home.
CASA GRANDE -- Life can get hectic and busy sometimes, so it’s nice when we can find shortcuts and time-savers for some of our everyday tasks.
Every utility company charges a service fee to cover operations such as billing and customer service departments and distribution facilities (there may be as many as 14-line items on your bill). There is not much that can be done to impact these numbers.
CASA GRANDE — I’m not going to lie. It took me a minute to get myself fully functional with this very new life I’ve been given for the time being. Let’s just say it did not exactly come easily to me.
CASA GRANDE -- Like lots of area residents, I have a little extra time on my hands lately as we muddle through the extended social distancing and lockdowns due to the coronavirus.
CASA GRANDE — CASA of Pinal County is in critical need to increase the number of dedicated members of the community who step up and become Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers and help break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families, a press release from…
Our world is quickly changing, and we are all working hard to find the new normal. Many of us are working and schooling at home. This would be a great time to take a good look at the safety and adequacy of your electrical system.
CASA GRANDE -- The keto diet has become one of the more popular eating plans for losing weight and getting healthy.
CASA GRANDE — Two name: COVID-19. Our homes, our city, our state, our country and our world have all been turned upside down because of it.
CASA GRANDE -- Nikolina Sabo is a recreation coordinator. She oversees activities and classes at the Casa Grande Community Recreation Center.
CASA GRANDE — Borderlands Produce Rescue has an Arizona distribution program known as Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (POWWOW) that offers a variety of fresh produce weekly through volunteer host sites.
CASA GRANDE — We all get the same 24 hours in a day, but why is it that some people seem to accomplish so much more than others? Do they have some secret bonus hours or clones that do things for them? If so, where can someone get those things? Asking for a friend...