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Accordion birthday card By Donna Erickson


Is there a birthday in your house? Make it special with this personalized "accordion card in a box" that spills out highlights of each year of the birthday boy or girl's life. The fun starts with rooting around the house for a small cardboard gift box. (Or, use a clean plastic deli or margarine tub with a lid that snaps on top.) Then, choose a character or theme to decorate the outside of the box. For example, if son Nick is turning 10, you might create a "Jack and the Beanstalk"-style card in a box and call it "Nick and the Beanstalk." Here's how: 1. Paint the outside of the box green. Cut out a leaf shape to cover the lid using craft foam or colored paper. Draw details with markers and glue the leaf on top of the lid. Now create a stand-up figure with craft foam to look like the birthday child and glue it on the leaf using a glue gun. You might wish to glue a photo of the child's face onto the head of the figure. 2. Now comes the secret and rather clever part of your beanstalk greeting -- the leaves and the stem! For the stem, cut a strip of construction paper 3/4 inch wide and about 24 inches long (tape a couple of lengths together if your paper isn't long enough). Fold the paper accordion-style to fit perfectly inside the box (each fold should be the dimension of the base of the box). Glue the top accordion fold to the inside of the lid, and glue the bottom fold to the inside base of the box. Let dry. 3. Cut out a leaf shape for each year of the child's life from construction paper. Make them a bit smaller than the inside of the box. Glue the leaf shapes in the sections between the folds. With a black marker, write one event or experience that stands out for each year of the child's life. For example, "Had a buzz cut done by Dad"; "Refused to eat vegetables"; "Won Pinewood Derby race"; etc. Gently fold the long beanstalk neatly in the box and replace the lid. At the birthday celebration, watch the birthday kid smile when he lifts the lid to see the beanstalk grow with a delightful mix of memories. Extra tip: The accordion card in a box is terrific birthday gift greeting and treasured keepsake for grandparents, aunt and uncles, too. Simply make the beanstalk a little or a lot longer! Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families."


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Successful substitutions By Angela Shelf Medearis I didn't have paprika so I used another spice. I didn't have potatoes so I substituted rice. I didn't have tomato sauce so I used tomato paste; (A whole can, not a half can; I don't believe in waste). A friend gave me this recipe and said "You just can't beat it." There must be something wrong with her; I can't even eat it! - Unknown How many times have you been ready to cook and found you were out of a certain ingredient? Sometimes it's inconvenient to run out and purchase the necessary ingredient -- it's easier to use a similar product as a replacement. There are, however, several factors to consider when substituting ingredients. Take into account differences in flavor, moisture, texture and weight. Substitutions with an acid factor, such as molasses, need to be neutralized to avoid changes in the flavor and texture of the product. Differences in sweetening and thickening power need consideration in sugar and flour substitutions. To help avoid

disappointments when substituting ingredients, understand the physical and chemical properties of all ingredients. Be sure to measure accurately. The following list gives substitutes that may be used to achieve a product that is similar to the original. There are, however, a number of factors to consider when substituting ingredients. Each ingredient in a recipe has a specific function. Substitution of one ingredient for another may alter the taste, color, moisture content or texture of the product. For this reason, it is suggested that ingredient substitution be used in unexpected situations only. Save this column, and if someday you don't have one of the ingredients listed below, try these substitutions. Happy cooking!

Ingredient/Substitution Baking powder (1 teaspoon) 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 5/8 tsp. cream of tartar or 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (decrease liquid by 1/2 cup) or 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/4 to 1/2 cup molasses or 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice used with sweet milk to make 1/2 cup liquid (decrease liquid by 1/2 cup) Bread crumbs (1/3 cup, dry) 1 slice bread Bread crumbs (3/4 cup, soft)

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New bedroom furniture is a good start You moved into your house several years ago, stashed all of the leftover furniture in your bedroom, made up your bed and that was that. You have worked on every room since and neglected your bedroom. The walls are still the same shade of pea green and the furniture, well, they're all hand-me-downs. You've got the bed you had in college, your childhood dresser and your grandmother's old mirror. It's time for a change, and you're starting with the furniture. Some people prefer matching pieces, and if you are among them, bedroom sets are available. The pieces are made of the same materials and designed to coordinate with each other. If matching pieces are not your style, you can mix and match pieces from various manufacturers. You can select a bed from one manufacturer, nightstands and dressers from another, and a sofa from another. You can mix materials like pine, iron and leather; just make sure they complement each other in color and style. A brass bed might not work so well with rod iron nightstands and a mahogany dresser. When shopping for bedroom furniture, you will also want to keep the size of your bedroom in mind. How much square footage do you have to fill? Is there enough space for a king-size bed, or should you scale

down and buy a queen-size bed instead? Make sure you get what you need but leave ample space to walk around. Don't stuff the room, or the walls might appear to be closing in on you. Depending upon the size and features of your bedroom, you may be able to invest in pieces other than the standard bed, nightstands and dresser. If you have a large closet with built-ins, you may not need to purchase a dresser. You may fill the space with a reading chair or a small loveseat. If you have the room, you may insert a writing desk in your room for work, along with an armoire to house your entertainment components. Of course, budget will play a part in your selection process. Quality pieces can run $500 on up. Determine how much you have to spend on bedroom furniture and stick to it. Don't be afraid to look for bargains at sales and second-hand stores. You just might find that antique mirror you've been looking for to hang above your brand-new chest. After all of these years, you're finally taking the plunge and getting new bedroom furniture. Take your time and make wise choices. Your comfort depends upon it.

A big difference between oil and latex paint Your kitchen cabinets have seen better days, and while you would like to change them, you can't afford to do so at this time. You're going to paint them instead, and some friends have suggested you use oil paint, while others have suggested you use latex paint. You have worked with latex paint but not oil paint. What is the difference between the two? Oil-based paint offers many advantages. It goes on smoothly and covers a lot. It shrinks very little, making sanding between coats unnecessary. It dries slowly, giving you more time to work. It produces a shiny, hard coat that is tough to penetrate and holds up well in high-traffic areas. There are some drawbacks to using oil-based paint. It has a strong odor, making it difficult to work with for

some people. Although hard, it will crack over time. It may also fade and yellow. Oil-based paint can be difficult to clean up. You must use solvents. It is also hazardous and must be disposed of properly. Latex also offers many advantages. It is widely available and is better for the environment altogether. It dries quickly and doesn't yellow. It is also easy to clean up with soap and water. It does swell, however, making sanding between coats on wood essential. For walls, many experts recommend latex. For wood, metal and other surfaces, oil-based might be better. The choice is yours. Research the two options further, discuss the matter with the professionals and make your choice carefully.

Carpenter wanted By Tresa Erickson You are a do-it-yourselfer. You enjoy tackling projects around the house and spend many weekends doing so. While you are skilled in many areas, you most certainly are not a carpenter. You can't cut a piece of wood straight, much less make the cabinets you need to house the entertainment components in your family room. You need a carpenter. Carpenters generally fall into two categories: rough or finish. Rough carpenters specialize in building homes, particularly in framing them and making sure everything is level, square and plumb. Finish carpenters specialize in the detail work, installing trim, banisters and the like. Some finish carpenters specialize in building cabinets and furniture. They are known as cabinetmakers. Since you are interested in cabinets, you might want to look for a cabinetmaker or a finish carpenter who has experience in building cabinets. You should treat the process for hiring a carpenter just like you would for any other professional. Ask family and friends for recommendations, browse through listings in the newspaper and phone book, and check online. From these sources, draw up a list of potential candidates. Conduct phone interviews and find out about the carpenter's skills, qualifications, availability and fees. Discuss the work you would like to have done and see if they are interested. The information you gather from your phone interviews should help you narrow your list considerably. Then you can meet with each candidate face to face and find out more. Make sure you ask to see a sample of their work and get a list of references. Check out the references and find out what the customer did and did not like about the carpenter's work. Discuss with the carpenter again the work you would like to have done and ask them to give you an estimate in writing. Once you find a carpenter you like, hire them and ask them to write up a contract for the work. This will ensure there are no misunderstandings. Work out a schedule with the carpenter and keep in contact with them to ensure they meet your expectations.

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Old furniture problems can be fixed You love to shop at flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales and pick up old pieces of furniture to use around the house. Much of what you find is not in pristine condition, but that doesn't matter to you. You like the distressed look. Unfortunately, some of the pieces you pick up are a little too worn, forcing you to cover them up or relegate them to a dusty corner in your garage. Your garage is filled with pieces that could use some work, refinishing work you believe. Before you go that route, consider if you could take some simpler steps to return each piece to its former glory. You may just need to clean the piece and repair the damaged areas. Here is a list of some of the most common problems and tips for resolving them. Black Spots: These indicate water damage. Water has penetrated the finish and set long enough for mildew to grow. To correct the problem, strip off the finish in the affected area, bleach the wood to kill the mildew and reapply the finish. Buckled Veneer: This also indicates water damage. Water has gotten beneath the veneer and set long enough to make it buckle. To correct the problem, flush out the space with water to loosen the affected veneer completely. Then refasten the veneer to the base with some glue and set a wooden block on top of it to smooth out the wrinkles and ensure a good seal. Dents: These can also vary in size. To repair a small dent, turn an iron on the steam setting and raise it an inch above the area. The steam should pull up and straighten the wood

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Plant your garden to be red, white and blue Since the war against terrorism started, master gardeners around the country have created patriotic gardens to show their support and to honor those who have served. You, too, can create a garden of red, white and blue with colorful annuals. The benefit of creating your themed garden with annuals versus perennials is that with annuals your garden will make a statement for months on end, whereas perennials will bloom for only a matter of weeks. Here are a few suggestions and design ideas to get you started. Red flowers are abundantly found in nature. There are bright fiery reds, orange-reds, pink-reds and red and white flowers to select from. Some are quite common and others are not. •Snapdragons come in just about every color imaginable but are usually sold in a variety pack. You may have to search seed catalogs to find only red. •Impatiens can be found in bright red, but look for the ones with the largest blossoms to make the most impact. •Salvia splendens puts on a fine show of red blooms in full sun. •Showtime blaze has bold fire red flowers in two- to three-inch clusters. •Dianthus chinensis has deep red flowers of an almost velvet quality. •Petunias are never a disappointment with their large vibrant red blossoms. •El Cerrito, with its two-inch daisy flowers, is stunning. They like dry soil and full sun. White flowers are equally abundant in nature. •Angel’s trumpet stands three feet tall with wonderful pure white trumpet-shaped blooms.

•White perfection loves moist soil and rewards frequent watering with brilliant white flowers. •Petunia hybrids can be purchased in all white or white with red edges. They look perfect planted in a pot with blue flowers as the center. You can also use them as bedding plants. •Dimorphotheca pluvialis likes dry conditions, full sun and has wonderful daisy-like blooms two and a half inches across. •Sweet alyssum can be used as a border. Its dainty white flowers look best in mass plantings. •Impatiens can also be found in white. Look for the plants with the largest blossoms. Although finding a pure blue flower in nature is quite rare, many flowers in the purple/blue color range will suffice for our patriotic garden. •Bachelor’s button produces a nice blue flowers one and a half inches across on sturdy stems. •Pansies perform nicely at about six inches tall. •Morning glory produces outstanding blue flowers with white centers. This vine can grow to 10 feet, so give it plenty of space. •Victoria, with its tall spikes of deep purple, almost appears as a navy blue. •Bluebonnet produces a velvety purple flower and grows eight to 10 inches tall. •Verbena can sometimes be found at garden centers in a dark purple but most often is sold in variety packs. However, Park Seed® Flower and Vegetable seed catalog carries a patriotic collection of verbena that is unbeatable. For less than five dollars, you can get clear red, white and blue verbena.

Plan and stake out your garden before you purchase your plants. Use string to line out where the different colors will be planted. Tallest flowers should be planted in the back of a border garden and in the center of a circular garden. From this layout, you will be able to estimate how many plants of each color you will need to complete your theme. As you are selecting the plants, check the labels carefully to make sure the plants you choose are all the same type and height. When plants first arrive in the nursery in the spring, they are almost all the same height and it’s easy for packs to be misplaced into another grouping of a different variety. That’s why it’s important to buy only flower packs with labels. Pass up the ones without labels they could ruin your garden theme if some bloom in an odd color. Remember when planting a theme garden like this, place plants closer together than recommended for the fullest effect. Water and fertilize evenly so all plants grow at the same rate. Nothing is worse than having one section of plants turn brown, ruining your entire theme. As with any garden, check the soil quality, adding amendments such as organic matter, where necessary. Use any extra plants in pots placed near your front steps or entrance to tie your theme to the house. Get the kids involved. Let them plant their own patriotic garden, with supervision of course. You will be surprised at the wonderful ideas they concoct. Most kids will enjoy watering their garden and watching it grow throughout the summer. They will be proud of their achievement and patriotism, so don’t forget to get out the camera and take a picture.

Going up and up Climbers bring a myriad of benefits to the garden and home landscape. They are versatile in offering multi-season interest. Some are proficient bloomers with fragrant flowers, while others have foliage that changes tint with the season. Vines provide a space for birds to nest and fruit or seedheads to eat, and can enhance the exterior appearance of a home. Most perennial climbing vines have woody stems. Some have self-adhering tendrils constantly searching for the next grip, while others need artificial support. Flowering types, like climbing roses, prefer a sunny location. Others, like wisteria and clematis, thrive in sunny spots, while their roots remain cool in the shade. Still others prefer the cool shade all day long. Annual vines are commonly grown from seed, reaching maturity in one season. First, we’ll look at the perennial climbers. Self-clinging climbers for sunny locations include: •Honeysuckle ionicera’s fragrant clusters of pale pink and yellow bloom from summer into fall. They can grow up to 22 feet. •Climbing roses, rosa marigold and Madame gregoire staechelin, are both vigorous climbers. With lush green foliage and beautiful yellow or pink blooms, respectively, they add beauty to the garden all summer. •Actinidia kolomikta is prized for its striking green, white and pink leaves. Though slow to start, once established its beauty is evident. •Japanese wisteria performs best when partnered with a strong, mature tree. As a twining climber, it can become extremely heavy and needs ample support. There are many climbing vines that are evergreen, providing year-round interest: •English ivy is one of the most common, and with several different varieties widely available, it is a favorite among homeowners. •Hedera helix cavendishii is a selfclinging evergreen. With bi-color, heartshaped foliage it can be grown in sun or shade. •Hedera helix maple leaf takes a fascinating form, as individual leaves are deeply lobed. Providing dense cover, it can be grown as a ground cover or trained to climb. •Golden English ivy is of the selfclinging type. Best in partial sun, the foliage turns a golden yellow at the height of summer. Vines are useful to mask an unsightly view or to add dimension and color to a plain wall. They can gracefully drape a fence or cascade over the edge of planter.

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Mimic nature to create a natural garden To create a natural garden, you must mimic nature. Using diversity, nature balances itself in exciting and magical ways. All elements work together as part of a larger whole. A natural garden will evolve, and as a gardener, you will have the privilege of watching it change. A natural garden requires less water, pesticides and fertilizers than a traditional garden, and is easier to maintain. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and attracts wildlife. A natural garden has four key elements: •Use of natural materials •Seemingly random layered plantings •Drift planting •Minimal interference from the gardener once established Planning is essential to establishing a natural garden. Start by observing the lay of the land, adding contours and hills to make the land more interesting and appealing to wildlife. Use natural materials, such as logs or stones. Group stones in a random pattern, half burying some to give the look of age. Retaining walls, whether made of stone or wood, provide shelter for all kinds of wildlife. Before going off to choose plants, prepare your new garden bed. The natural garden bed should be broad and deep to allow for layering. Remove all existing sod and check the soil texture. Make sure it is the right consistency for your region of the country. Soil that is too moist or too dry may not sustain the plants you choose unless amended. Most plants will grow best in a loamy soil, one con-

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Every home can have a beautiful lawn By Doris A. Black As a busy, working mom, I haven’t paid much attention to my lawn over the years except to notice when it needs cutting. Then it’s a chore I don’t relish. I usually cut it short, so I won’t have to cut it again for a while. I don’t have the greenest lawn on my block and there are a few weeds and bare spots, but it will come back, won’t it? Maybe not, as I’ve recently learned. Like other plants, lawn grasses need, air, water and food on a regular basis to survive. You can’t ignore your lawn and expect it to reward you with a healthy appearance. Regular lawn maintenance is a must and should include aeration, watering and fertilizing, not just mowing. The lawn gets a lot of abuse from children playing, pets romping and even you walking over the same space to and from the car every day. Over time the soil beneath the grass becomes compacted, unable to breath. There are two ways to aerate the soil. One method, though not the best, is the old-fashioned way of doing it by hand. If it is just a small area of grass, you can use a garden fork to puncture and aerate the ground. However, because this method of forcing the tines into the ground further compacts the soil, it is not recommended. A more effective method is to rent or buy a core aerator from a garden store or rental center. This device actually removes a plug of soil every few inches, allowing water and air to reach deep into the soil. Aerating in the spring and fall will help new seed get established and allow fertilizers to penetrate the soil. Grasses need water to grow. It is true that some grasses go dormant in hot weather, but they don’t look very nice. If you don’t live in an area with water rationing, you may want to water your lawn regularly to keep it looking green and growing during hot spells. Always water in the morning. This gives the grass time to dry, preventing fungus and disease. Water deeply. Watering to the depth of an inch will encourage deep rooting systems, fostering a healthier lawn. Most homeowners make the mistake of mowing too low. Three inches should be the minimum height. A good rule of thumb to follow is to never cut more than one-

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By Monte Dutton Lost perhaps in the knowledge that Jimmie Johnson has won five straight Sprint Cup championships is the fact that Jeff Gordon has won four. Perhaps by winning at Phoenix International Raceway, Gordon served notice that he might just equal his Hendrick Motorsports' teammate this year. Sixty-six races had passed between the 82nd and 83rd victories of Gordon's career. Gordon, 39, won four championships in his first nine seasons but hasn't won any in the nine years since his most recent championship (2001). "There was a lot of pressure on us, not just this year ... but going back the last 66 races that we have not had a win," said Gordon, "so there was a lot of pressure. ... You hear it from the media, you hear it from the fans, and it's hard to ignore that. "I guess every race-car driver knows that there's going to be that time in their life when they are not going to go to victory lane again, and you don't know when that time is going to come. I was so hoping that time was not for me now." Gordon hadn't gone away. He was just missing in victory lane for quite a while. Though Gordon has never won a championship under the so-called Chase format, he made the Chase in six of its seven years, finishing second to Johnson in 2007 and third in 2009 (to Johnson) and 2004 (to Kurt Busch). Still, Gordon was winless in 2008 and 2010, winning once in 2009. "I felt like I still have it in me," he said. "I know how passionate I am about

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it, but things have changed in the sport. The cars have changed. Tires have changed. Competition has changed. "So, when you go through a streak of without winning, you think, OK, is it me or what is it? Days like (this) allow you to gain that confidence in yourself, just keep doing what you're doing, what's gotten you victory lane in the past, keep giving that good information, and when the tools are around you, and the chemistry is there throughout the whole team and good decisions are made, days like (this) will happen." Simple as that. Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Chris Richcreek 1. How many consecutive seasons did Pittsburgh's Ralph Kiner either lead or tie for the lead in the National League in home runs? 2. In 1973 and '74, California's Nolan Ryan led the American League in strikeouts, while the runner-up, a future Hall of Famer, was at least 100 K's behind each year. Name the No. 2 finisher. 3. Who broke Jim Brown's record with Cleveland for most yards rushing in a game? 4. In 2010, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado became the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots for men's basketball (564 blocks). Who had held the mark? 5. Four players have won the NHL's Selke Trophy (top defensive forward) at

Flashback By Mick Harper 1. Name the band that released "All Day and All of the Night," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" and "Mister Pleasant." 2. Where did Depeche Mode get its name? 3. "Black Water" and "What a Fool Believes" were No. 1 U.S. hits for which band? 4. Which Beatles song has been covered the most by other artists? 5. Which artist released "Pilot of the Airwaves"? 6. Which singer released "This Time," "Girl After Girl," "Tears From an Angel" and "Island In the Sky?" 7. Who wrote and released "Batdance," and when? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Bible trivia By Wilson Casey 1. Is the Book of Ruth in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In 2 Kings 13, what prophet ordered a king to shoot arrows out of a window? Paul, Job, Elisha, David 3. How many books of the Bible (KJV) are only three letters long when spelled? 0, 1, 2, 3 4. What prophet saw "the tents of Cushan in affliction"? Japheth, Noah, Hezekiah, Habakkuk 5. Who said, "Lord, increase our faith"? Jonah, Disciples, Moses, Jacob 6. From Joel 2:6, what shall all faces gather? Sunlight, Blackness, Fear, Warmth (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Recalls are more widespread, get more press and concern issues that can cause death. With recalls, the dealer is required to make the repairs for free, even if the car is out of warranty. To keep up with both Technical Service Bulletins and recalls on your vehicle, keep track of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or at You also can use their alternate site: is an additional one-stop site for recalls of many kinds: vehicles, boats, food, medicine and more. Suggestion: Get a throwaway email address and sign up for recall alerts. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

2011 Stand Down season By Freddy Groves We're now at the beginning of the Stand Down season for 2011. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has geared up and is ready to roll. Stand Downs started during the Vietnam War when combat troops were given a safe place to get cleaned up and just decompress. Stand Downs now are for homeless veterans. If you're a homeless veteran, these Stand Downs are for you. You are invited to attend and get any help or fellowship you may need. There will be medical and dental services, clothing, food, legal help, substance help, housing services, job counseling. Various agencies will have representatives there as well, such as Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs. If your situation is different and you're in a position to either host or volunteer at a Stand Down, step up. Any number of organizations could use your help: the VA, veterans service groups, homeless shelters and more all get together to hold Stand Down events. HOCUS - FOCUS

If you want to host a Stand Down in your area, see the guide on the site or call them. They'll be able to direct you to an existing group that could use your help or your donations, but they'll also be able to assist in getting you started. There are different levels of Stand Downs. Some are health-centered. Some are full threeday events with a full range of services. Others focus on jobs and employment. Start now: It can take a year to fully prepare to host a Stand Down. For a 2011 schedule of dates and locations, go to the coalition's website at Click on Stand Down, then on 2011 Stand Downs. To contact the NCHV, call (800) VETHELP. For even more Stand Down events, go to and put "Stand Down 2011" in the search box. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Flashback Answers 1. The Kinks, in 1964, 1966 and 1967. 2. Translated it means "hurry fashion" or "fashion update." While Depeche Mode had a few singles reach No. 1 in the U.S., they were on the dance charts, not pop. 3. The Doobie Brothers, in 1974 and 1979. 4. "Yesterday," placing fourth on the Top 100 list. 5. Charlie Dore, in 1980. It was the very last song played on pirate station Radio Caroline, transmitting from offshore in the waters off England. 6. Troy Shondell, back in the '60s. The group Tommy James and the Shondells was named after him, although he was never in that band. 7. Prince, in 1989. "Batdance" made it onto the soundtrack for the "Batman" film.

Trivia Test Answers: 1) Iran and Pakistan; 2) Nevada; 3) Herbie; 4) Sojourner Truth; 5) "Through the Looking-Glass"; 6) Referendum; 7) $7.2 million; 8) Isaac Hayes ; 9) Rook; 10) Missouri

Bible Trivia Answers: 1) Old; 2) Elisha; 3) 1; 4) Habakkuk; 5) Disciples; 6) Blackness

Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Buttermilk Marinade: 2 cups buttermilk 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper Fried Chicken: 1 (3 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 5 cups vegetable shortening 1. Make the buttermilk marinade: Combine the buttermilk, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, cayenne and black pepper in a gallon-size sealable plastic bag or a large bowl with a tight-fitting lid. Add the chicken pieces and turn to coat. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. 2. Coat the chicken: Preheat oven to 150 F. Whisk together flour, baking powder, garlic powder and remaining salt in a 13-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch pan. Add chicken pieces, turn to coat, and let them sit for 10 minutes, turning occasionally to recoat with flour. 3. Fry the chicken: Heat the vegetable shortening in a 10-inch by 12-inch heavygauge skillet. Attach a deep-fry thermometer and, over medium-high heat, bring the shortening to 375 F. Shake excess flour from the chicken and, in batches of four, fry the pieces until they begin to brown about 2 minutes on each side. 4. Reduce heat, lower oil temperature to about 325 F and continue to fry until chicken is cooked through and golden brown - about 10 minutes on each side. 5. Transfer chicken pieces to a wire rack set on a baking sheet and keep warm. Repeat, frying remaining chicken pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8. (c) 2011 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

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Sports Quiz Answers 1. Seven (1946-52). 2. Minnesota's Bert Blyleven. 3. Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards in a game in 2009, besting Brown's mark of 237 yards. 4. Wojciech Myrda of LouisianaMonroe had 535 blocked shots (1998-2002). 5. Bob Gainey, Pavel Datsyuk, Guy Carbonneau and Jere Lehtinen. 6. Danny Harris, in 1987. 7. Betsy Rawls, in 1960.

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some change in the tax law and instructing them to go to a specific Web site or download the document attached for additional details. The moment taxpayers comply, malware may be installed on their computer and lead to all sorts of damage, some of which they may not even realize. Malware comes in many forms but most commonly includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware, and other malicious, unwanted software. There are all sorts of ways that identity thieves may strike during tax season. Taxpayers who file their taxes online must familiarize themselves with the various types of scams and use caution when opening e-mails or answering phone calls purportedly from or dealing with the IRS. The IRS makes initial contact with taxpayers by mail, never by e-mail or phone. Occasionally in an ongoing audit, an IRS agent may contact a taxpayer by phone. However, they will first identify themselves so the taxpayer knows they are legitimate. If you choose to file your taxes online this year, take caution. Steer clear of all e-mails and phone calls claiming to come from the IRS and directing you to take further measures. Dump the e-mail; hang up the phone. Do not under any circumstance give out one iota of personal information. Call the IRS for confirmation first. Chances are you have been the target of an identity theft scam.

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Try a rock garden Do you have a hillside in your yard that you just don't know what to do with? Are you tired of trying to mow it and ready to throw down some wildflower seeds and be done with it? Before you go that far, you might want to consider turning that hillside into a rock garden. Rock gardens can make great additions to any yard with the right planning. Simply recreations of natural mountainsides, they are an easy way to eliminate having to mow a difficult slope or add movement to a flat landscape. You want your rock garden to look natural, of course, and to do that, you need to select the right rocks. The best rocks will be native to your area, uniform in color and texture, and natural in shape. You should select a variety of sizes from large boulders to small rocks, and for added appeal, you might want to choose some rocks with lichens and mosses. Before you start placing your rocks, you need to prepare the site. For drainage, you should put down several inches of gravel or crushed rock. To prevent weeds, you should cover the gravel or rocks with landscape fabric and secure it in place with pins. Then you can turn your attention to selecting plants for your rock garden. There are many plants that work well in rock gardens. These include: • Alpine forget-me-nots • Birds nest spruce • Crassula • Creeping broom • Creeping gypsophile • Dwarf false cypress • Dalmatian bellflower • Hens and chicks • Irish moss • Lewisia • Moss campion • Moss pink • Pasqueflower

• Polyanthus primrose • Pussytoes • Rock jasmine • Rockfoil • Sedum • Spring heath • Stonecrop After you have selected plants for your rock garden, you can start placing your rocks. You will want to mimic patterns in nature, so try to place all rocks at about the same angle. Start with the largest rocks first and move on to the medium-size rocks. Then fill in all areas remaining with smaller rocks. To ensure your rocks don't move, you should anchor them. You can do this by embedding some of the rocks in the center of your rock garden and cresting minor rock outcrops on the edges. You can also create a scree garden, a small area of gravel or crushed rock, at the base. This will prevent grasses from encroaching on your rock garden and catch any pieces of rock that may fall off over time. Once most of the rocks are in place, you can add your plants. You will want to place small, tender plants between rocks to protect them from harsh winds and sun-loving plants on the south side of rocks. For further interest and depth, you may want to add some succulents in the crevices of certain rocks. To finish your rock garden, add mulch or pea gravel as needed and water your plants thoroughly. With your rock garden complete, you can sit back and relax and enjoy not having to mow that hillside anymore. Best of all, your rock garden will nearly take care of itself. When done right, most rock gardens require minimal care. Filled with drought-tolerant plants, they need very little watering, fertilizing, pruning and weeding.


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