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Homemade bread is so easy and so rewarding to make! I have been baking bread since I was 9 years old. There are so many different ways you can make bread and not to mention how to serve it; hot with melting butter on it, as sandwich or with hot soup.

Dear Reader: I’m taking off this week from writing to move from Las Vegas to California. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent good wishes for the move. You are kind and we are grateful. The following column is from 2007, when we moved to the desert. If I survive this move, I’ll hope to write aga…

Q: We have a number of potted plants that we bring in for the winter and put back outside when it warms up in the spring. This year we noticed that several, including one we leave indoors year round, have been infested with ants. Is there any way to get rid of the ants without harming the plants?

Vacation time is right around the corner and the kids will be out of school soon, so you need to prepare if you want to take a trip. Maybe you’ve already chosen your vacation and have plans in place. No matter whether you are planning to go somewhere that costs more than usual, or vacationin…


Q: When I do something that upsets her, like reprimand her for something, my 4-year-old daughter begins to cry and tell me that I don’t love her anymore. (She’s actually very obedient and well-behaved, so the incidents in question are quite small.) When I’m finally able to calm her down, I r…

Mother’s Day arrived a bit early for me this year. That often seems to happen as we age. Our children grow up and become more thoughtful adults. Or they look at us and think, “Gees, Mom’s lookin’ old. She might not be around next year.”