Secretary of the Interior December 2013

One year after Christmas, my family drove down to spend a New Year celebration with my brother-in-law’s family in Birmingham. Right away, I noticed a big bowl of black-eyed peas soaking in water on... more

Dec 31, 2013 12:19 PM Home

One House Call follower write: “Every New Year, one of my resolutions is to get more organized. So, what are the first five things I should do with that result in mind?” Aside from cleaning close... more

Dec 26, 2013 8:00 AM Home

This time of year, if you are hosting guests for the holiday, your house is probably filled with more people than usual.  Sure, you are well prepared to create that special holiday meal, but what a... more

Dec 23, 2013 4:22 PM Home

This year for my upcoming weekend holiday bash, I am going with a seafood theme, offering an array of little bites of fruits of the sea from familiar clam chowder to exotic curried fish. Even thoug... more

Dec 20, 2013 4:33 PM Home


Courtesy of STL Holiday Lighting

A reader recently wrote in and complained about Christmas lights. “I hate, hate, hate hanging lights,” she writes. “Are there any tricks that can ease my pain. I’m okay on the traditional tree, but... more

Dec 12, 2013 9:37 AM Home


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They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.  But what if you overdid your cranberry purchase for Thanksgiving?  Then what? Fortunately, there are recipes out there for those of us, mysel... more

Dec 10, 2013 3:18 PM Home

When I was a child, my family had two healthy bushes of pomegranates in our front courtyard. They were always alluring as they changed color from deep golden to bright red. I was constantly tempted... more

Dec 6, 2013 5:08 PM Home