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When life hands you lemons, bake with them

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Spring is finally here, which my family in Tidewater has elected to celebrate by merrily decamping to the Outer Banks and I have elected to spend…

Sweet casserole of youth

SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com For whatever reasons a person could have for such a thing, I yearn on a regular basis for the kind of cafeteria food I ate as a…

Extended Winter Remix Soup

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I have this thing where I like to eat summery foods in winter (salads of all kinds, fruit salsa, cold sandwiches) and wintery foods in summer…

How to get a grownup to eat her vegetables

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com I ought to be ashamed to admit this, but I’ve been a legal adult for years and I still have a hard time making myself eat…

Backstreets girl

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com For people with foodie leanings, the closing of a favorite restaurant is somewhere between the loss of an old friendship and the demise of a romance.…

How To Make Almost Anyone Happy with One Small Effort

By SHANNON WATKINS shannon@southwesttimes.com Sometimes, in the course of daily life, you need a quick fix for whatever’s gone wrong, or even right. You had a bad day, you need…

It’s been 11 years: Let’s not forget

Millions of Americans were on their way to work that fateful morning when tragedy struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, bringing terrorism to the shores of the…

Election coming, ready or not

If you haven’t already heard, there will be an election in November. The U.S. will seat a president, whether incumbent Barack Obama or newcomer Mitt Romney. Congressional candidates are covering…

Use caution with yard/garage sales

Warm weather and spring-cleaning are bringing on the seasonal phenomena of yard and garage sales. Flea markets are intermingled with such activities, too. This American innovation is found in Hometown,…

Retirement home closing

Tears flowed, disbelief struck, questions flowed and some answers came, but the main question was why. That occurred Monday when news came that Pulaski Retirement Center on Route 11 in…