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5 Easy Paths to Great Gardens

By Charlotte on May 31, 2012 6:24 AM | Read More

My mother spends tons of time working outside. Blessed with a natural green thumb, she gets gorgeous results from almost everything she plants.

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Kennedy Irish Primroses

By Charlotte on May 5, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

John F. Kennedy has been on my mind lately. 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of his inauguration as President of the United States. And I recently got a behind-the-scenes look at his life courtesy of the REELZ Channel's controversial The Kennedys miniseries.

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Lechuza Self-Watering Planters

By Bob on April 21, 2011 2:50 AM | Read More

Here at Boomer Mansion Charlotte's the green-thumb goddess and I'm the guy in charge of pruning, weeding and watering. She likes her plants - I mean, really likes 'em. We once lived in a house that had so many outdoor plants I was spending about an hour every day in the summer just making sure they were watered (yeah, the summers can be hot and dry in Texas).

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Leaf Loader

By Bob on November 15, 2010 6:57 AM | Read More

Like a lot of Baby Boomers I used to love watching holiday TV specials - usually sponsored by Kraft  - where people would rake leaves as they laughed in the crisp autumn air. As a kid growing up in west Texas where we had NO TREES this looked almost magical. "Trees," I'd think to myself, "I gotta get me summa them when I grow up!"

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Sun-Loving Container Garden

By Charlotte on July 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Read More

Mixed plantings are an easy way to add punches of color to your yard.  But how do you create a winning combination? 

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Hardy Geranium

By Charlotte on June 6, 2009 10:00 AM | Read More

Petite, pinkish Tiny Monsters are sprawling over the sidewalk and crawling toward the front porch.  There seems to be no stopping these Hardy Geraniums, and I couldn't be happier.


What started with one little plant last June has spread several feet to form a perky, low-growing front border to my sunny, mixed-perennial flower bed. Talk about easy, automatic color. The Tiny Monsters began showing their dainty, cup-shaped heads in March, and haven't slowed since.


Though it took some time for them to flower, the Geraniums' eye-catching leaves have made them attractive from the start. The jagged, finger-like foliage has stayed evergreen for the most part; however, entire leaves turned deep red in the fall. Even better, the leaves don't appeal to deer and, what's more of a problem for me, rabbits and ducks!       


At only six inches tall, the Tiny Monsters are a delightful, butterfly-attracting accent in front of my shrubby Aniscanthus but they're often planted at the feet of roses and can be used as ground cover. They're one of my favorite perennial finds from Park Seed Company because these resilient wonders are true to their name. Tiny Monster Hardy Geraniums perform in just about any well-drained soil and aren't bothered by heat, humidity, drought or hungry critters.  


Growing Zones: 4-8
Size Matters: 6 inches tall; spreading from 18 inches to 24 inches wide
Sunshine Factor: Full sun to part shade

Flower Power: Blooms March to late summer once established
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  No worries here. You can forget about it with great results!


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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