According to the Wine Institute, a California-based advocacy group for the U.S. wine industry, 40 percent of sparkling wine sales occur the last few months of the year. So if you’re looking to spread holiday cheer with a bottle of bubbly, here are a few ways to mix things up a bit.
Twenty readers posted photographs on our Facebook page showing mantels with themes that ran the gamut from Dr. Seuss to “The 12 Days of Christmas on the Plaza.” We asked readers to “like” their favorites.
The challenge of being a commercial artist is that he has to compromise what he does because it’s on somebody else’s dime. So he does type design, posters and re-bots in his spare time as a way to express his own aesthetic and messaging.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Q: We have a tall A-frame-type cabin. After a frost and then a thaw, or when the temperature hits 70 or higher, condensation happens inside our house and water drips from the beams onto our nice wood floor.
Cardoon is a plant the Romans and Greeks ate as a vegetable, but today its popularity is such that you normally find them right alongside other pansy partners like flowering cabbage, kale and mustard. You really could not find a more striking companion plant to grow alongside not only pansies but violas, snapdragons dianthus and the flush of spring daffodils.
If you are like millions of Americans, watching National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" is a tradition this time of year. Who can forget the Griswold home decorated with 25,000 bulbs? Or the eight tiny reindeer that Clark kicked to smithereens?
The holiday season brings lots of house parties, and a well-prepared bar is essential for those gatherings. Having just wine and beer at your festive event won't get you great reviews. It's all about the experience - the stirs, squeezes and sips as well as the setting. Here are ideas for serving cocktails with style in your home:
By now, you've likely noticed, not all birds head south for the winter. Some hardy souls stay put, toughing out these cold, gray months of the year, while making them a bit brighter for the rest of us. Laying out a buffet for winter birds provides gardeners another form of winter interest and flags your garden as a welcome place for feathered friends.
For those unsure of what an heirloom vegetable is, these are old varieties still maintained by farmers and gardeners particularly in isolated or ethnic communities. Many would vanish forever if not kept in continuous cultivation because seed lives only for so long in storage. Every heirloom we grow today helps to maintain these gene pools for the future. Every heirloom we grow today tells a story.
Q: Dear Ed, a few weeks ago you addressed a question on bidet toilet seats. Do you know anywhere in my area where such seats are available for a demo and/or inspection? Also, what would be the advantages and disadvantages of installing a bidet toilet seat over a separate bidet plumbing fixture for new bathroom construction?