DEAR DR. BLONZ: I have been grinding my flaxseed and storing it in the refrigerator for use on my breakfast cereal. I typically grind enough to last a month or so. However, a recent article ab…
Home and Hearth
CASA GRANDE — Few things in life are as delicious as freshly baked homemade bread. And few aromas stimulate the senses like baking bread.
PHOENIX — Producers of the Arizona Department of Transportation blog are sharing recipes for road trips inspired by Arizona’s six interstate highways.
If you can’t see clearly from your windows, it may not be your eyesight. It could be the glass. Not your eyeglasses, but the actual window pane itself. Or if you notice the windows are unable to keep heat or cold out of your home the way it once did, it may be time to consider repairing or r…
CASA GRANDE -- While apple pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert that winds up on many holiday tables, apple cake is a yummy alternative.
PHOENIX — It’s going to cost a bit more to feed the brood around the table this year for Thanksgiving — assuming there is a big family gathering what with the risks of COVID-19.
If you find that you can’t find the tops to containers, the smallest saucepan, a tiny bottle of spices, or the last roll of toilet paper, it may be time to add slide-out shelves to your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. You can make them yourself, buy pre-fab sets, or hire a contractor to make…
FLORENCE — Pinal County Environmental Health this year is offering advice and safety tips to area residents as they celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
Most homes in Arizona do not have a basement or full attic. Many ranch-style homes have very shallow attics which are generally accessed from the ceiling in the garage or carport and the master bedroom.
CASA GRANDE — It’s been a minute since I’ve written my column and that’s because, well, I didn’t have anything to say. Cue the laughter from everyone who knows me personally! But, it’s true. I’ve been doing a lot of observing these last few months and been on a bit of an emotional roller coa…
NEW YORK — The coronavirus has led more people to spend time outdoors, and many find themselves walking the same paths and gazing at the same trees or shrubs day after day.
CASA GRANDE — With a proven lifestyle change program, a workshop offered by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension program of Pinal County will help people learn healthy behaviors.
CASA GRANDE -- The holiday season is upon us. People are decorating their homes and planning for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
NEW YORK — Jamie Oliver knows one of the biggest obstacles home cooks face isn’t the drudgery of shopping, the chore of chopping or the mess of washing up. It’s delivery apps.
LOS ANGELES — Even with mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows, rising home prices are putting more pressure on buyers to come up with a bigger down payment.
CASA GRANDE -- I went on a hike last Tuesday. That was a week before Election Day, which — if this column lands in its usual spot — is today.
If you are seeking a cleaning system that is all-natural and eco-friendly, consider steam cleaning. Steam cleaners do not leave an odor — just a fresh clean smell that is germ and chemical-free. They are useful for deep cleaning and sanitizing with little effort involved.
You’ve decided that it’s time for a kitchen remodel. No more complaining about lack of storage space, the kitchen being too small or simply outdated. Your first step is to spend time with your remodeling contractor carefully planning the optimal cabinet design with storage being a top priori…
CASA GRANDE -- We’ve been on a ramen streak in our house lately and usually have a stash of noodles, broth and other ingredients on-hand to whip up a quick bowl of the savory soup.
Automated irrigation systems can make lawn and landscape easy unless the system has been poorly maintained. Broken sprinkler heads, hardware, and clogged lines can cause poor irrigation, over-saturation, and standing water. Neglecting irrigation problems can quickly lead to damaged landscape…
CASA GRANDE -- The fall season is upon us. In Arizona, that simply means the average daily temperature has dropped a few degrees on the thermometer, but nonetheless, it’s the perfect time to rediscover pumpkin spice everything.
One of the single greatest deterrents when it comes to keeping a home safe is a good-functioning and monitored home security system. Burglary is a crime of opportunity. If a thief has the opportunity to pick between several houses, chances are he will choose the easiest target, the one witho…
MARICOPA — Early into Debra Wright’s treatment for breast cancer, she shaved her head and chose not to wear a wig in hopes of empowering women to take control over various life challenges.
COOLIDGE — I first came across Doug Craig while thumbing through the latest issue of Archaeology Southwest. He had written an article on the Grewe site. It was once a Hohokam settlement, dating back to the year 500.
The exterior and interior walls of our homes endure a lot of wear and tear. From children’s art projects, pets scratching, dings from moving furniture or vacuuming, they make your home look less new. You can easily revive those areas with some TLC and touch-up paint.
CASA GRANDE — Next week is National 4-H Week, a time when millions of youths, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the positive youth development opportunities offered by the organization.
CASA GRANDE — Court Appointed Special Advocates have been standing up for children in Arizona’s foster care system for 35 years. CASA volunteers are everyday people who get to know the kids they are appointed to, talk with everyone involved in the case and help judges identify the best outco…
If you do not use your pool year-round, then covering it during the off season is a good idea. Pool covers are not created equal. Some are much stronger than others and generally not intended for safety purposes. You also need to consider how you are going to get it on and off the pool — man…
CASA GRANDE -- Over the years, our family has hosted several foreign exchange students. Most stay a few months or the entire school year, experiencing life as an American teen, then, when their program ends, they return to their home country.
DEAR DR. BLONZ: I’m under the impression that vitamin D requires fat in order to be absorbed well. Does that mean they must be consumed at the same time? If I drink a glass of nonfat milk by itself, will I absorb less of its vitamin D? Also, is that why cod liver oil is one of the best ways …
CASA GRANDE — Military veterans living in Pinal County are twice as likely to die by suicide than their peers in other communities across the state, a recent study found.
After a season of windstorms and spotty rain, your home’s exterior including windows, patios, walkways, driveways and pool decks may look rather grimy. If a sweep of the broom does not do the trick, a power wash, also known as pressure wash may be the next step.
CASA GRANDE -- Gougères are traditional puffy French cheese rolls that are light, airy and irresistible. But despite their French origins and somewhat fancy-sounding name, they’re so easy to make that a child can do most of the work.
More people have taken to reading during the coronavirus lockdown. And many of them prefer real books over the e-editions. In turn, publishers are facing a paper shortage.
If the air doesn’t seem to move throughout your house, the problem could stem from restricted airflow. Not only will restricted airflow make the indoor climate uncomfortable, it can wreak havoc on your finances.
CASA GRANDE — “Finding Meaning and Hope” is a video discussion series for family members caring for someone with dementia. The series is virtual using Zoom from 10 to 11:30 a..m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 6 to Dec. 8.
ARIZONA CITY -- Ron Jolly joined the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1038 in the fall of 1985, just a month or so after arriving in Arizona City.