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  • Annie Oakly 7-month-old Cocker Spaniel mix who needs a loving, caring forever home. She is all puppy! That means lots of chewing and playing. She can be shy at first but warms up quickly. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals.

  • PET OF THE WEEK - Rita is a Chihuahua mix and current on her rabies. She is house broken but will have to be spayed. She will let you know when someone is around. If your pet is missing, call the shelter-it may be there. For a complete listing of pets with pictures visit adoption@petfinder.com. The shelter reminds pet owners that all cats and dogs should have a rabies shot. To adopt an animal, potential owners must complete an adoption application. The animal shelter accepts stray or unwanted animals. The shelter is located off of KY 208 and is open from noon until 5 p.m.

  • I keep a special section in my holiday cooking file of super-easy, super-good Christmas candy and cookies.

    These are the recipes I've used for many years. They are foolproof and delicious, I guarantee.

    The first cookie is a roll-out sugar cookie, the one my grandmother Dillon made all during my childhood. I've used it ever since I started cooking and make at least a double recipe every year since my girls were little.

    I make them in many shapes and we decorate them with colored icing. It's a treasured memory for all of us.

  • The City of Lebanon's animal ordinance has been the central topic of my articles for the past few weeks. I have been hoping to inform the public just exactly what the ordinance states and trying to decipher it into laymen's terms. Having talked about how many animals allowed and how much it will cost you, now I need to touch base on some of the other restrictions pertaining to this matter.

  • No need to wait on putting the roses to bed this year.  We have gone from the frying pan to the ice bath in short order this season.

    I don’t get rose protection questions like I used to; it seems most have gone the “Knock Out” road so little maintenance is required.

    Knock Out roses can stand a little attention now but really there is no pressure.

  • My last article on the animal ordinance addressed the cost of having your Lebanon animals licensed. Now we need to talk about how many animals you are allowed to own. According to the City of Lebanon's animal ordinance, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009, animal owners will be limited on the number of pets that they will be able to own or posses. Anyone that owns over the limit shall have those animals "grand fathered in" with the understanding that the animals must be licensed.

  • The poinsettia has been a fixture in American homes as a holiday decoration for as long as most of us can remember.  I think it is fair to say that it is considered the "official" Christmas flower.

    The poinsettia is native to Mexico and has been cultivated for centuries. The Aztec cultivated it for medicinal and household purposes: red dye was made from the leaves and the milky sap that oozes from the woody stem reduced fever.

  • Live or live-cut...that is the question for this year's holiday tradition of decorating an evergreen indoors for Christmas. You may think that you are being a better environmental steward by purchasing a live tree; not necessarily.

    Live-cut Christmas trees are a 100 percent renewable resource that is reusable, recyclable and biodegradable. They are an American product, farms employ approximately 100,000 people each year; and one acre of planted Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people.

  • During the holiday season, I like to have cookie dough already mixed up and in the frig, ready to pop in the oven at a moment's notice when friends stop by.

    Who doesn't like warm homemade cookies? My grandson Owen.

    Right now I have sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator, because it's so versatile and can be dressed up with colored sprinkles, chocolate icing, etc. Peanut butter cookies are also great for this.

  • Leaf raking is a fall rite that only children enjoy, it seems. Once we rake the piles they enjoying undoing it all in one jump!  I propose a new approach that makes us all happy:  adults can still rake a little, children can still play and trees will benefit from some mulch and fertilizer. Raking leaves is passé; instead let them stay where they fall, beneath the canopies of your trees.

    This may be a bit of an over statement because some small yards can quickly fill up with leaves, smothering grass and perennial beds. There is a happy medium.

  • I've been experimenting lately with sweet potatoes-trying to find recipes I like.

    Sweet potatoes are so good for you and I've been pretty much stuck in a rut with my sweet potato casserole.

    It's good and I still like it but it's more like dessert than a vegetable.

    Here are two recipes you also might want to try.

    The Sweet Potato "Fries" are spicy and crispy, but not actually fried.

    The Hawaiian Baked Sweet Potatoes is a combination of pineapple and sweet potato with a crispy crust and quite tasty.

  • The City of Lebanon's animal ordinance, which was passed by the Lebanon City Council, will soon be going into effect. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, if you live in the city limits of Lebanon and own animals, you have a new set of laws to abide by. I know that no one likes change, and it will take a while for everyone to get acclimated to the new ordinance. Everyone seems to have an opinion concerning the ordinance, and not everyone is smiling.

  • It's alright to go ahead and cut your roses back. Our recent cold weather should have sent them into dormancy.

    Generally it takes a night or two in the low 20s and upper teens to accomplish this.

    The most commonly grown roses by homeowners are hybrid teas.

    Hybrid teas are the long stem type of roses such as the ones sold at florists.  This type of rose requires the harshest pruning; they actually require hard pruning to perform well.

    Hybrid teas should be pruned down to 8-10 inches.

  • As much as I like cooking (and eating) it's not surprising that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No shopping or gifts are required and everybody just wants to get together and eat (and maybe watch a little football.)

    In my family, it seems everyone eats so much they have to take a nap, and everyone blames it on the turkey (not the three helpings of dressing and gravy or the extra helpings of mashed potatoes.)

  • The recent economy crisis is having an affect on everyone, not only us humans but our animals are also feeling the pinch.

  • Perhaps the last garden chore of the season is tucking in the strawberry planting for winter. Strawberry plants have already set their buds for next spring's flowers and the crop can be lost unless you protect them from harsh winter conditions.

    A fully dormant strawberry plant's flower buds can be damaged at temperatures below 15 deg. F.

    In addition to flower bud damage, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil that commonly occurs in winter and early spring can cause plant roots to break and the plants to be heaved right out of the ground.

  • It's time to clean up the bramble patch:  in order to maintain healthy and productive blackberries and raspberries we need to prune out the old to make room for the new.

    Most brambles are biennial which means they fruit on second-year growth.  Blackberries are easy to deal with, just remove the arching canes that fruited this year and trim up and trellis the new growth from this summer which will bear next summer's fruit.  Repeat the same thing next year!

  • My daughters both asked me to write down this week's recipe for them so they could make it. I first made it in 1999 and everyone who has ever tried it seems to really like it.

    I haven't run it in my column since 2000. So, here it is again in case you didn't get to try it the first time. I guarantee this to be delicious.

    I noted on my daughters' copy and will note here that when I make this soup, I use more onion, carrot and celery than is called for-maybe twice as much.

  • I received a request from my son-in-law for good breakfast recipes.

    Breakfast is his favorite meal. I like it, too.

    When I was growing up, my mom would serve a breakfast meal for dinner once in awhile. Dad and I loved it!

    The first recipe is one of those breakfast casseroles you can put together the night before and bake in the morning. It is quite good.

    I used to make the overnight coffeecake for my dad for breakfast when he would visit. He liked it made with apples, but it's good made with peaches, too.

  • I spoke with Jo-Ann van den Berg-Ohms from Van Engelen Bulb Company the other day.  Her family has been in the Dutch bulb business for five generations so I trust her advice when it comes to bulbs.  She noted that bulbs are best planted once soil temperatures cool to about 55 degrees, so she tells people to wait and plant bulbs until we have had at least two weeks of sweater weather.  If it is too cool outside without a jacket then it's just right for planting bulbs.