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Master Food Preservers: Joy in a jar with home canned Soup

Sue Mosbacher UCCE Master Food Preserver The other night I came home late from work. The house was cold, I was tired and I just wanted a bowl of hot soup to warm me up from the inside. I looked in my pantry to check out my selections: vegetable, beef stew, Cuban black bean, split […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for It! Meet your Master Gardeners

Stacey Price UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County El Dorado County conjures up images of snow-laden mountains and crystal clear Lake Tahoe, but there’s another side to El Dorado County: El Dorado Hills. This is the first place you find as you make your trek up Highway 50 toward Lake Tahoe and it’s an […]

No Comment / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Techno fabulous apps to kick off the New Year

This original image is of an American flag aboard a whale watching boat in Monterey. Photo illustrations by Susan Laird

Computers, smartphones and tablets are a daily fact of life for the majority of Americans in 2017. And so are program applications simply referred to as “apps.” “There’s an app for that” is a common phrase in the lingo nowadays. And it’s hardly surprising: more than 1,000 new apps are uploaded to the iTunes App Store […]

No Comment / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Casting light on collecting desires in ‘Extraordinary Collections’

Vintage street lights from the early 20th century are on display at the Folsom History Museum as part of a new exhibit, Extraordinary Collections: Spectacular Finds from the Private Collections of Unique Treasure Hunters. Photo courtesy of Tom Paniagua

Every two years, the Folsom History Museum opens its exhibit hall to the collections of area residents. Called Extraordinary Collections, the result is always unique, fascinating and completely unduplicatable. This year is no exception. Did you know, a whole set of three or more items is all you need to have a collection? Some 19 […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for It! Caring for clematis

This clematis is a textbook example of a thriving, flowering Jackmanii variety that makes a great climber. Photo by Robitaille/Thinkstock

Sue McDavid UCCE / El Dorado County Master Gardener If ever there was a queen of climbers, clematis would be that queen. This fabulous vining plant can be trained to climb trellises, fences or arches over doorways. It has incredible flowers ranging in size from huge to more profuse and smaller ones in various colors. […]

Comments Off / December 05, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Enjoy traditions of the season, with nary a smartphone in sight

Experience an old-fashioned holiday season in Folsom’s Historic District. Anthony Ikeda Kolar, executive director of the Family of Folsom Historical Society Museums, invites everyone to come experience the sights and sounds of the season along Sutter Street. Photo courtesy of Tom Paniagua

For an opportunity to celebrate the wonders of the season like it’s 1899, look just down the hill to the Folsom Historic District. True, the dirt streets are now paved. There are a few nods to technology. Yet, it is still possible to take the family out to experience the Christmas season without a smart […]

Comments Off / December 04, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Helping hands — and feet — for neighbors in need

The rhythms of autumn are many. Fall colors reach their peak. Leaves fall. The air turns crisp with early morning frosts. Clothing turns to layers and thoughts turn to the needs of neighbors. Saint Mother Teresa famously told a young person who wanted to serve in India, “Go find your own Calcutta.” Now, that may […]

Comments Off / November 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »