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How Does Your Garden Grow? If your garden is anything like mine, it grows,

and grows and grows. Sometimes with vegetables, sometimes weeds; most of the time a combination of both. As I write this, the once ferny green asparagus growth from last fall is now brown, brittle and cut back to make room for another new crop. Forget the vernal equinox on or about March 21, sweet tender asparagus spears emerging from the soil signal the first sign of spring for me. We planted that patch in early spring 1995, and I still remember the day the first spear emerged. It occurred while extended family was in town for my father’s funeral. A week of anguish suddenly transformed into hope. Family chuckled that this 12-by-30 garden plot produced one lonely spear and we took a photo of all of us jokingly pointing to it. For once, we captured a family photo not staged in a studio but rather taken at the moment when family is at its best—leaning on each other. I keep that now tattered photo with my garden books as a reminder that with all endings come beginnings. That patch is still growing strong producing enough asparagus each season for our immediate use plus a bit extra for special gifts

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to family and friends. My next outdoor project is to create a pollinator-friendly garden. It’s a bit strange for someone allergic to bee stings to spend time attracting them, but it’s for a good cause: to ensure optimum growth of my food and flower plants. On page 12 of this garden issue, learn the latest “buzz” on how to transform your garden into one that is pollinator-friendly. By doing so, you can assist Mother Nature in her efforts to feed us with fresh fruits and vegetables, from apples to zucchini. Some of the best, regionally specific gardening advice available for us garden novices is offered by Master Gardeners, volunteers in our communities who have successfully completed training in all aspects of horticulture. The article on page 20 explains this and other certifications gardeners can aspire to earn. Whether you are new to gardening or a Master Gardener, enjoy this most hopeful time of year. Happy gardening! KCL

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APRIL 7-9 T  ulip Time Festival, Belle Plaine. E njoy activities for every age including arboretum tour of 30,000 tulips, athletic competitions, barbecue cook-off, car show with nearly 100 vintage vehicles, carnival, festival food, helicopter rides, Kids Fest, a parade, pony rides, street dance, talent show and a variety of live on-stage entertainment. Shop till you drop at the vendor fair featuring artisan designs, crafts, antiques, repurposed vintage pieces, shabby chic, direct sales, plants, food products, textiles, primitives and commercial goods. For more information like us on Facebook, Tulip Time BPKS, or visit www.belleplainechamber.com and www.bartlettarboretum.com.

MARCH 4 F amily Board Game Mega

Event, Wichita. Bond through board games at this family event; come and go between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at Sedgwick County Extension 4-H Hall B. Contact lizb@ksu.edu or 316-6600100, ext. 0114. MARCH 4 Old Settlers Reunion,

Ellsworth.This gathering is for families who have been in Ellsworth County for 100 years or more; begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social of sharing old photographs. Dinner and a program follow with King Midas & the Muflers at 8 p.m. Held at Ellsworth City Hall. Visit www.facebook. com/nationaldrovershalloffame. MARCH 5 S  t. David’s Day Concert, Emporia. One of the oldest continuous celebrations of the Patron Saint of Wales, this orchestral event has been celebrated since 1888; from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Emporia Presbyterian Church West Campus. Call 620-256-6687. MARCH 5 Between Yes and I Do Bridal

Fair, Downs.Over 30 vendors set up at Lakeside High School to help make your wedding special. Downs Bridal World will have several wedding and bridesmaids dresses modeled. RSVP for brides-to-be for special treatment.www.downschamber.com. MARCH 9 KANSASWORKS Statewide

Job Fair, Dodge City. Job seekers and employers, don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet, connect and hire qualified veterans and job seekers from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Dodge City Civic Center, 2110 First Ave. Additional sites across the state. For more

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information, visit the Job Fair section at www. kansasworks.com or call 785-296-1778. MARCH 9 V  irtual Tour of Yellowstone

National Park, Emporia. In this program held at the Emporia Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m., led by a live park ranger, discover the interwoven nature of the park’s ecology, geology, and human history. Call 620-340-6462. MARCH 10-11 E  lmont Opry, Topeka. Local performers and band members from the Topeka area will perform old time country music at Fellowship Hall at Elmont United Methodist Church. Show at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. 6635 NW Church Lane, (1/2 mile East of Highway 75 and 4 blocks North on Church Lane). Call 785-246-0156. MARCH 10-11 K  ansas Honey Producers Spring Meeting, Topeka. Guest speaker will be Dr. Keith Delaplane, author of “First Lessons in Beekeeping.” Breakout sessions will cover beekeeping management and valueadded products. Visit kansashoneyproducers. org for details. Questions? Call Joli at 913-5933562 or email at joli@heartlandhoney.com. MARCH 11 G  host Tour, Ellinwood. E xperience a ghost tour at the Wolf Hotel and Underground from 6-10:30 p.m. Call 785-4257350; www.adventuretoursofkansas.com. MARCH 11 S  t. Patrick’s Day Parade, Emporia. Celebrate the luck of the Irish all day with various events downtown including a pub crawl at 1 p.m. Call 620-343-7031 for information.

MARCH 11 L  amb Fry, Bazine. All you can eat

lamb fries, ham, and all the trimmings at 6 p.m. at the Bazine American Legion. 220 N. Austin St. Call 785-798-5688 for more information. MARCH 14 F raud Prevention, Emporia.

 et information from one of AARP’s Fraud G Watch Network professionals about how you can identify, avoid, and report scams and information fraud; 4 to 5 p.m. at the Emporia Public Library. Call 620-340-6462. MARCH 17-18 N  CK Farm & Home Expo,

Belleville. The expo also includes a health fair. Held at the Commercial building on the Belleville Fairgrounds. For more info contact Belleville Chamber & Main Street at 785-5275524 or visit www.bellevilleks.org. MARCH 18 T  ri-State Toy & Collectible

Show, Norton. Peruse antique toys, trading cards and collectibles at the National Guard Armory. Call 785-877-2341 for more information.

MARCH 18 M  ove Toward Better Health

Annual Health Fair, Ellsworth. Ellsworth County Medical Center will host this event from 9 a.m. to noon. A $500 cash prize will be given away to a lucky winner who attends both the Home & Garden Show and the Annual Health Fair. Administrative Building, 1706 Aylward Ave. MARCH 18 T  he Plains Beekeepers,

Wichita. This group meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center; however, the March


meeting was moved to accommodate those attending the Kansas Honey Producers meeting. 6232 East 29th St. N. Visit yahoogroups.com SCKHPA page, our Facebook page or call Marietta Graham 316-799-2849. MARCH 18-19 Train Show, Garden City.

City. The Finney County Historical Society sponsors this evening series of topics at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. March topic is the history of Finney County Emergency Medical Services. 403 S. 4th St. Call the museum at 620-272-3664.

MARCH 24-26 Rough Stock School, Fort

Scott.Bull riding, bronc riding & more at Fort Scott Community College. Minimum age is 9. 2108 S. Horton St. Visit SpoonCreekRodeo.com for more information. Continued on page 21 

The Boot Hill Model Train Club sponsors this event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Fair Building on the Fairgrounds. Enjoy all kinds of exhibits, working trains and layouts, plus vendors will be on hand. 209 Lake Ave. Call Claude at 620-253-3037 with questions. MARCH 18-19 Roping School, Rantoul. Tie-down and breakaway roping school at Ouellette Family Covered Arena. All experience levels welcome; minimum age is 9. 4455 Jackson Rd. Visit SpoonCreekRodeo.com for more information. MARCH 19 P  ioneer & Indian Trails in the City of Newton, Newton. At 2 p.m. local historian Brian Stucky will explore the multitude of trails running through the city. For more information, contact museum director Debra Hiebert at info@hchm.org, call 316-283-2221 or check Facebook.

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MARCH 19 S  t. Patrick Feast Day Dinner, Scranton. Enjoy the fun while supporting the church. Turkey or ham will be served with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Try your chances at winning a handmade quilt. 302 Boyle St. Call Mary at 785-836-7887 or email at mev56b87@gmail.com. #4351

MARCH 19 F rontier Military Posts and

the Women who Called them Home, Fort Hays. Learn about the different classes of women on post, their daily routines and social interactions and how they functioned under Victorian and military constraints. 1472 Highway 183 Alternate. Call 785-625-6812, visit www.kshs.org/fort_hays or email thefort@ kshs.org. MARCH 21 B  rown Bag Programs, Garden

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Discover Academy-Worthy Kansas Videos BY B R U C E G R A H A M

Bruce Graham

For the first time in a while, I went to the movie theater to watch a couple of the Academy Award-nominated movies (La La Land and Hidden Figures). I often pass on those movies because the Academy’s opinion of a good flick and mine don’t mesh. But my most authentic excuse is a lack of time. I can watch a full television show—ideally if it’s on DVR so the commitment is reduced to 40 minutes. And binge-watching three or four episodes of a show has only occurred when I also had an episode of the flu. My media consumption during the day is usually narrowed to phone alerts or a headline glimpse on my web browser. I’m not totally sheltered from current events though. I very much enjoy retrieving a couple different papers from the driveway on Sunday and I have preserved my morning newspaper routine (now on my iPad though). Media can raise my stress level or reduce it. If needed, my go-to tension release is often one of the many creative videos that feature the beauty of our state. A recent find is the “LaRosh Wheat Harvest 2016” video on YouTube. The Osborne County farm family has produced an exciting and breathtaking epic on the teamwork between man and nature—from seed to harvest. Many of my favorite productions also show off the talents of our fellow Kansans, frequently with a little humor. I expect that most of the Sunflower State can be included in the roughly 38 million views of the Peterson Farm Brothers song parodies on YouTube. If you don’t know about this fifth generation of farmers from Assaria, go to www.petersonfarmbros.com. I also recently discovered the Smithsonian’s Aerial Kansas episodes. Search Kansas on the Smithsonianchannel.com and you will

find several fascinating videos featuring unique scenery and people. I don’t think I would have ever heard of the Amelia Earhart earthwork by artist Stan Herd without this production. Selfishly, I’ll also recommend viewing KEC’s 75th Anniversary celebration video, which can be found on our website at www.kec.coop. Your electric cooperatives have been serving Kansans for more than three-quarters of a century and the important partnership between KEC and its members is documented in that eight-minute tribute. Another great resource for Kansas stories has been the Sunflower Journeys series on public television. Broadcast since January 1988, the show was hosted for the first 27 years by Dave Kendall and focused on the culture, communities and the natural heritage of Kansas. Kendall recently launched Prairie Hollow Productions and his first big project was a documentary called “Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.” KEC helped sponsor the film, which combines beautiful scenery and important recollections of the conflict and competition leading up to an agreement that established the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 20 years ago. I’d be interested in seeing some of your favorite videos of Kansas people, places and things. Submit those links to us at: editor@kansascountryliving.com. We will print reader favorites in a future issue of Kansas Country Living and as thanks to the first 15 people who send us video links, KEC will send you a complimentary copy of “Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.” KCL

To the first 15 people who send us video links, KEC will send you a complimentary copy of ‘Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story.’

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BRUCE GRAHAM is Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. in Topeka.


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In 1902, as an effort to break through traditional practices and introduce new and improved farming techniques into the agriculture industry, a few folks realized the best way to introduce change was through those most openminded: kids. The concept that became 4-H was born, and farmers and ranchers across the country saw their kids bring new value to their farms. Today, Kansas 4-H remains strong in our rural areas, but has reached further—into our towns, suburbs, and cities—to help grow true leaders who are prepared to take on the challenges our generations will leave them. They are still studying animal and crop sciences, still baking and sewing, but they are also learning about robotics and aeronautics. They are finding passion in civil engineering, communications and nutrition. And most importantly, they are improving their communities—from downtown Kansas City to downtown Elkhart. This past year, more than 70,000 young people in Kansas had a 4-H experience. Research conducted in our state shows incredible results because of these efforts. Our 4-H members demonstrate strong decision-making skills. In fact, 89 percent of members reported they don’t respond to peer pressure, and 91 percent have set goals with plans to reach them. When it comes to delivering messages, children who have been 4-H members for three or more years see a 60 percent increase in their confidence in public speaking. With respect to serving others, a whopping 96 percent of 4-H members surveyed reported they can make a difference through community service! This isn’t possible without people like you. The backbone of the 4-H program has always been committed, dedicated volunteers. In fact, without growing the 11,000 registered volunteers, the principles of positive youth development simply can’t be achieved: young people learn

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Energy Efficient Trees? Save energy by landscaping Dear Pat: This year I’m planning to redesign my yard. Are there landscaping features I can incorporate that will help my home be more comfortable indoors?—Nancy Dear Nancy: Late winter and early spring are great times to think about changes you want to make to your home’s landscape. While the goal of most lawn and garden projects is to bring beauty to your outdoor space, a well-designed project can also improve your energy bill, increase the overall value of your home and provide additional benefits, such as reduced noise pollution, optimized water use and cleaner air around your home. The two best strategies for improving the energy efficiency of your home with landscaping are to incorporate shading in the summer and wind blocking in the winter. Summer Shading

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, shading your home is the most cost-effective way to reduce heat gain from the sun and reduce your air conditioning costs in the summer. Having more plants and trees in your yard can reduce the air temperature by up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Planting deciduous trees on the south, southwest and west sides of your home can cut heating during hot summer months, while allowing sunlight through during the fall and winter, when the trees have lost their leaves. When planting trees, consider the expected shape and height of the mature trees and where they will shade your home. A tree with a high mature height planted on the south side of a home, for example, will provide all-day roof shading in the summer, while a lower tree on the west side of your home can protect your home from the lower afternoon sun. Plant trees an appropriate distance away from your home so they do not disrupt your

foundation or your roof as they grow. While it will be five to 10 years before a newly planted tree will begin providing shade to your roof, it can start shading windows immediately. Incorporate other plants to provide nearterm shade. Shrubs, bushes and vines can quickly shade windows and walls. Also consider any paved areas around your home and how you can shade them during the summer. Think about walking across your driveway barefoot on a hot July afternoon—if your driveway or patio is unshaded, it is probably quite difficult. That absorbed heat is also reflecting onto your home, causing your air conditioner to work even harder. You can use trees, hedges and other landscaping structures such as arbors to shade these paved areas.

Wind-Blocking Techniques

If your home is in an open area without many structures around it, cold winter winds may be increasing your heating bills. A windbreak on your property can help deflect these winds over your home. The Continued on page 19 

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About Pollinators BY PA M E L A A . K E E N E

If not for bees and other pollinators, the world would starve. Those buzzing honeybees and bumblebees, colorful butterflies and quick-darting hummingbirds have a huge job to perform: pollinating plants that grow into the fruits and vegetables we eat and the blossoms we enjoy.

Quick-darting hummingbirds are considered incidental pollinators.

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But to get a bountiful crop to harvest, gardeners need to feed the pollinators. Dolores Savignano, climate change coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, encourages people to make their landscapes pollinator-friendly. “Plant native plants and provide nesting sites,” she said. “Native pollinators are adapted and attracted to native plants. Even though the cultivated varieties of natives are sometimes found to be more attractive to humans in landscapes, they may not have all the traits of their native relatives.” Many hybrid plants or hybrid varieties of natives have been developed with their appearance in mind, but little consideration for the plant’s ability to produce nectar, pollen or fragrance. This is especially true of blooms that have been bred to have double flowers, such as new colors of coneflowers and some daisies. “Pollinators play a crucial role in the health of the ecology, and even more so in our food sources,” said Savignano. “More than 75 percent of all crops require natural pollination.” Honeybees enable the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops in North America, according to a White House fact sheet. Globally, 87 of the leading 115 food crops are dependent on animal pollinators, the fact sheet noted. It said pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the U.S. economy, with honeybees responsible for more than $15 billion of that through their vital role in keeping fruits, nuts


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Two honeybees head to head on a flower petal. Note the partially filled pollen sacs of the bee on the left.

and vegetables in our diets. Native wild pollinators—such as bumblebees and alfalfa leafcutter bees—account for the balance.

Created for a Purpose

In the great scheme of pollination, bees do the heavy lifting—not only to ensure continued food production, but to ensure reproduction of plants, shrubs and trees. Their pollination creates seeds so plants can reproduce. “Bees are the real workhorses in the world of pollination,” said Gail Langellotto-Rhodaback, associate professor with Oregon State University in Urban and Community Horticulture and statewide master gardener program coordinator. “Butterflies are beautiful, but they’re not nearly as efficient as bees. “The face of our food system would change markedly if it weren’t for bees. It would be impossible for humans to replicate natural pollination because of tiny flowers and plant parts.” Bees are created to be pollinators, with hairy bodies and pocket-like structures on their back legs to transport pollen back to the hive. Bee larvae feed on pollen, so they are conditioned to seek it as adults. For bees, it is a matter of their survival. Pollination is part of nature’s balance in the environment. Creating bee-friendly places around your landscape can help. Bees that nest above ground or on the surface can quickly convert a clump of grass, a pile of sticks and twigs or a cavity in an old tree trunk into an ideal home.

Some bees prefer underground nests. They typically take over an unused rodent hole or tunnels from other insects. “Without thinking about it, many of us limit the places that underground pollinators can nest when we try to regrow grass or vegetation in a bare spot in our yards,” said Savignano. “Bees will naturally look for sandy, loamy bare soil to make their nests, or they may seek out soft wood or the base of a clump of grass. They also prefer pithy stems of perennials or old vegetable plants, so delay your garden clean up over the winter to provide other options.”

Incidental Pollinators

Butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, flower flies, beetles and wasps pollinate with varying degrees of efficiency. Unlike bees, their success is almost by accident. “They’re called incidental pollinators because in their flitting from flower to flower, butterflies and hummers harvest life-giving nectar for themselves,” Savignano said. As they dine on sweet nectar, pollen may dust their wings or their feathers and is trans-

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Monarchs are by far the most wide-ranging butterflies. They are somewhat at risk because of the loss of the habitat they require. ferred to other flowers and plants upon which they land. The rapid beating of their wings also aids in pollination. Some butterflies are indigenous by region. Others are commuters, such as the Monarch, known for its annual migration from the United States and Canada to warmer climates each winter. In October, Monarchs head to Southern California and a group of specific mountaintops in Central Mexico to hibernate until mid-March.

CROPS THAT WOULD DISAPPEAR WITHOUT BEES Apples ffAlmonds ffAvocados ffBlueberries ffCherries ffCucumbers ffGrapefruit ffOnions ff

Peaches ffPumpkins ffRaspberries ff

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After mating at the end of the winter, they return north in search of Monarch-friendly plants, such as milkweed, Joe Pye Weed and other native wildflowers, where they lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on these plants and grow into colorful black, white and yellow striped caterpillars. They shed their skin five times before undergoing metamorphosis to form the chrysalis that hangs from a plant stem or twig. After about 10 days, the pupa—the skin of the chrysalis— opens and a fully grown butterfly appears. “Monarchs are by far the most wide-ranging butterflies,” said Langellotto-Rhodaback. “They are somewhat at risk because of the loss of the habitat they require.” For Monarchs in their caterpillar stage, green leaves and tender stems are the best food source. As they morph into butterflies, their diet changes from chewing leaves to seeking out nectar and juice from certain fruits. You can put out bits of oranges, overripe bananas or other fruits for butterflies to provide additional nutrients to complement their diet. Help expand the food source for hummingbirds by hanging a feeder filled with four parts water to one part table sugar. There is no need to add red food coloring. Hummingbirds can find the feeder as long as there is something red on it. Because hummingbirds are territorial, put up several feeders around your yard. Clean them regularly.

Catering to Pollinators

A national movement to increase habitat for pollinators has created a plethora of information about what attracts pollinators, how to create habitats and even how to become certified as a pollinator habitat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture/Forest

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Some butterflies are indigenous by region. Others are commuters, such as this Monarch, known for its annual migration to warmer climates each winter.

Service offers the following tips: ffConsider plants with a range of bloom seasons from spring through fall. Include both daytime and night-blooming species. ffPollinators more easily find plants in clumps rather than single plants. This also makes your garden more attractive and easier to care for. ffChoose native varieties of plants rather than their “prettier” hybridized relatives. ffMix in annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees. ffCheck with your area’s extension office or a master gardener for a list of the best native vegetation to plant to attract your region’s pollinators. Some may be considered weeds in your area. ffProvide a water source for pollinators. You can put a bird bath directly on the ground or install a drip irrigation line. Add a bit of salt or wood ashes to the damp area. ffDo not remove dead trees or branches. They may become attractive nesting options for bees.

Mother Nature has created an intricate system to take care of all creatures ... but she could use a little help.

ffAvoid the use of pesticides. If you must use

them, read the label for the least-toxic to wildlife. Spray at night when bees are not active. ffLearn more about pollinators by reading guidebooks about bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Numerous organizations provide resources and organize events that raise awareness about the importance of pollinators. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, www.pollinator.org, spearheads National Pollinator Week each June. In 2016, organizations across 42 states, Puerto Rico and Canada created more than 170 events to draw attention to the importance of pollinators. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta hosted a discovery day that featured the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail and exhibits by several dozen bee, butterfly and pollinator groups. The Yoga Butterfly Festival in Weston, Florida, included native plant giveaways and interactive activities for children and adults. In Portland, Oregon, the campaign featured a pollinator safari. Mother Nature has created an intricate system to take care of all creatures big and small, but sometimes she could use a little help. “Bees and other pollinators have small brains, so they can only search for one or two things at a time,” said Langellotto-Rhodaback. “Anything we can do to attract them to our yards and gardens for pollination will encourage even more pollination.” KCL MARCH 2017 

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As smartphones and other electronics take on a more prominent role in our lives, it’s important to ensure these devices don’t run out of power. While finding an outlet in a building is easy, what do you do without access to one? Whether it’s a weekend camping trip, sporting event or travel to a foreign country, you’ll need a way to recharge your devices from wherever you are. First, you need to decide if this is going to be an energy source you carry with you, or one that stays stationary, probably in your car. Stationary generators include traditional gas-powered generators and a newer generation of heavy-duty lithium ion batteries. Both types are able to keep larger electronics, including mini-fridges and laptops running all weekend. The difference between the two comes down to cost and operation. The gas generator is cheaper up front, but noisy to operate and requires fuel. The lithium-ion battery is more costly up front, but quieter to operate and cheaper to re-charge. The battery generator is also much lighter—typically around half the weight of a comparable gas generator—but since you won’t be carrying either with you in a backpack, it’s a largely irrelevant point. Your choice for portable energy broadly boils down to two options, external battery packs and portable renewable generators. External battery packs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but their carrying capacity is measured in mAh (milliamp hours). How much is 1 mAh? By definition, it’s enough energy to provide 1 milliamp of electricity for an hour. In practical terms, 10,000 mAh is enough to charge an iPhone 6s three and half times, a Galaxy S6 three times or run a 5W LED to light your tent for 10 hours. The benefits of these battery packs

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are cost, reliability and weight. A 10,000 mAh battery retails on Amazon.com for about $25, weighs the same as a baseball and can easily fit in your pocket. The downside is once the battery is drained, it’s also useless until you find an outlet again. Portable generators offer a very different experience than battery packs. These gizmos are able to take some other form of energy and convert it into electricity for your devices. The most common are solar panels, but other types include water (river) and thermal (campfire) generators. The advantage of these generators is they won’t run out of power while being off-grid for extended periods of time. The downside is these generators are heavier, condition-dependent and more expensive than their battery counterparts. Estream’s portable water generator that launched this year, for example, is capable of generating electricity from any flowing water—seemingly a good fit for trips near a river. However, it weighs 2 pounds, takes more than four hours to charge to its 6,400 mAh capacity and costs $250. Portable solar panels offer similar economics. The Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit from Goal Zero retails for $130, weighs 1.4 pounds and will take three to six hours to charge a 2,300 mAh battery in full sunlight (no clouds, panels facing the sun). While portable generators have a much better wow factor, unless you’re planning to embrace “van life” and go off the grid on a semipermanent basis, consider a battery pack. Or, if you’re really bold, try turning off the electronics while you’re outside. KCL THOMAS KIRK is an associate analyst of distributed energy resources for the Arlington, Virginia-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Business & Technology Strategies division.


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Healthy Gardens Begin in the Soil

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When incorporated into the soil, compost can support plant growth by improving the soil quality while providing nutrients, limiting the need for chemical fertilization.

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While in London years ago, my husband should be kept damp. During dry months you can and I visited Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. add moisture to the compost pile as needed by Among the attractions that drew our interest soaking it with a hose. To test the moisture level was the compost heap, named one of the largest squeeze a handful of the compost. If liquid drips non-commercial compost heaps in Europe. You out, the pile is too wet, which can leach nutrients may wonder why this enticed us to walk, in the and limit oxygen. Spread out the heap allowing it rain, out of our way to see it, but the simplicto dry before returning it into a mound. ity combined with the pay-off of composting is A steaming hot compost pile will kill weed reason enough. seeds from green waste and decompose faster Composting is a natural process that occurs than a cool pile. Although locating your heap in as organic matter decomposes. When incorpoa sunny location will increase the temperature, be rated into the soil, compost can support plant mindful of the moisture content so the pile doesn’t growth by improving the soil quality while provid- become too dry. You may consider covering it ing nutrients, limiting the need for chemical ferwith a tarp to retain moisture. tilization. Composting also reduces the amount of Compost that is ready for use in the garden organic waste occupying space in landfills. These will be crumbly and have an earthy smell. The benefits come with little to no financial cost for materials that went into the heap will no longer the gardener. The primary requirements for effibe recognizable. Depending on the conditions of cient composting are air, water and organic matter. your heap, this process could take several months A healthy compost pile needs equal parts to a year or more, but the end product will be of green and brown organic materials. Greens worth the time and effort. KCL include waste such as fresh plant material, fruit peels and coffee grounds. Dried leaves and CYNTHIA DOMENGHINI is an instructor and coordinator for Kansas State University’s horticultural therapy sawdust are examples of brown waste. Too much graduate certificate program. of either type can slow decomposition and may begin to smell. Pet waste and meat/ dairy products should never be added to the compost heap. For a basic compost pile, layer brown and green waste into a mound. Keep the mound less than 4 feet high to avoid restricting airflow in the pile from compaction. As the pile decomposes, stop adding waste to it and begin a second pile with new organic waste to keep materials that are more decomposed separate. Regularly turning the compost heap will move the less decomposed materials at the top and sides into the warmer center and bottom of the pile to even out decomposition of the heap. Turning the heap also increases the oxygen in the pile. Compost is home to living organisms, such as fungi, earthworms and bacteria, which aide in decomposition. To encourage these organisms While the ingredients put into the compost heap may not look and expedite decomposition, the heap appealing, the resulting compost is just what the soil needs.

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Energy Efficient Trees? Save energy by landscaping Continued from page 10 

most common type of windbreak uses a combination of conifer (evergreen) trees and shrubs to block wind from the ground to the top of your home. For the best windbreak effect, plant these features on the north and northwest sides of your home at a distance of between two and five times the height of the mature trees. Incorporating a wall or fence can further assist with the wind break. Another insulating technique is to plant shrubs and bushes closer to your home, but at least one foot away. The space between these plants and your home is “dead air space,” which helps insulate your home during winter and summer months. The particular landscaping strategies you should focus on will depend on your climate zone. If you live in a hot, arid climate, you should focus on maximizing shading to your roof and windows for much of the year, while a home in a hot, humid climate will want to maximize summer shade. Regardless of where you are located, if you live near power lines, talk with your electric co-op about how far away newly planted trees should be from these lines before making any final design decisions to your yard. KCL This column was co-written by PAT KEEGAN and AMY WHEELESS of Collaborative Efficiency. For more ideas on efficiency apps and how to save energy, please visit www. collaborativeefficiency.com/ energytips. MARCH 2017 

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Beyond providing serenity, olfactory delights and a pleasant place to toil during the gardening season, gardens are an important part of our ecosystem. They are essential to birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. National garden certification programs are a great way to support your local bioregion and earn some accolades for your gardening efforts.

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Use a sunflower as a squirrel feeder to keep these acrobats out of your garden.

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As natural habitats are eliminated, birds, butterflies and other wildlife are driven into dwindling wilderness areas. The National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program promotes garden habitats that support wildlife. Gardens need to include: ffFOOD. Native plants provide nourishment (e.g., fruits and berries, nuts and seeds or nectar). Supplemental feeders count, too. ffWATER. It is critical to survival in addition to bathing and breeding. ffCOVER. Shelter is needed from harsh weather and predators. ffPLACES TO RAISE YOUNG. Mature trees, burrowing spaces and nesting boxes are some of the elements that encourage mating and raising young. ffSUSTAINABLE PRACTICES. Eliminating chemical pesticides and fertilizers, reducing soil erosion and composting are examples of practices that affect the health of the soil, air, water and habitat. Continued on page 22 


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Continued from page 5  MARCH 25 Våffeldagen, Lindsborg.

Spend the day in Lindsborg eating waffles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Originating in Sweden, Våffeldagen is an entire day dedicated to the delicious waffle, and the upcoming arrival of spring. Restaurants in Lindsborg, various locations; begins at 10 a.m. MARCH 24-25 L  adies Spring Fling,

Norton. The event takes place at participating Norton stores with discounts for the ladies on Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday during regular store hours.  MARCH 25 F amily Farm Safety & Health Fair, Grainfield. Listen to speakers and view demonstrations about electrical, grain bin, chemical, and tractor/PTO safety plus livestock safe practices and a hands-only CPR training. The ATV Safety Institute will conduct a safety course for youth 11-16. Door prizes and lunch served by local 4-H clubs. Held at the 4-H Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon. 757 West Third St. For more information call Cheryl Goetz at 785-754-2147 or Carolyn Nelson at 785-754-3341 ext. 5261.

about art. View the photographic collection of his work. 24098 Volland Road, eight miles southwest of Alma on Old K-10 Highway, then ¼ mile south on Volland Road. Visit www. thevollandstore.com. APRIL 6-16 M  essiah Festival of the Arts, Lindsborg. During Holy Week each year, the more than 300-member community chorus and orchestra are joined by professional operatic guest soloists for the performances. For information and tickets visit www.messiahfestival. org or call 785-227-8229, ext. 8235. APRIL 7 F irst Friday Art Walk, Emporia. Held the first Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown.  APRIL 8 A  KC-Licensed Toy Group Specialty Show, Wichita. Toy dogs will compete for the coveted Best in Show trophy. Also competing in the Toy Group Specialty will be Obedience and Rally. The Hutchinson Kennel Club and the Sunflower Cluster will have their show in conjunction with the Kansas Toy Dog Club. Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. Call 316-210-8086 or email remartin11@cox.net with questions.

APRIL 21 M  obile Job Fair, Russell. “SPRING” into a new job! Stop by the KANSASWORKS bus and apply to various positions in Russell County, use computers for résumé writing and job searching. Talk to a workforce professional about finding your next job! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Klema’s parking lot. 51 S. Fossil St. Call 785-6255654 with questions or email linda.koci@ks.gov. APRIL 22 Y  ellow Brick Run, Downs. This 3rd annual event is a half marathon ran between Osborne and Downs. For more information, visit www.downschamber.com or call Mandy Burda at 785-454-6670. APRIL 22 S pring Ranch Rodeo, Sylvan Grove. Teams of four cowboys and horses will compete in timed events that they may do every day on a working ranch. The event will begin at 7 p.m. If you would like to buy a team, the Calcutta starts at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln County– Sylvan Grove Fairgrounds. 301 S Main St. KCL Send items for your free listing to events@ kansascountryliving.com as early as possible but no later than the 5th of the month for the following month’s publication. Please include a phone number for readers’ questions.

MARCH 25 H  orse Thief Old Iron Swap Meet & Plow Day, Jetmore. Event begins at 9 a.m. and includes antique tractors plowing fields, blacksmith demonstrations, cowboy poetry, and the Country Fever Band at 7 p.m. at the lodge. Lunch and supper provided by Friends of HorseThief. No vehicle permits required for this event. 19005 SW Highway 156, 620-253-8464, www.horsethiefres.com. MARCH 25 G  host Tour, Concordia. E xperience a ghost tour at the Brown Grand Theater from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Call 785-425-7350 or visit www.adventuretoursofkansas.com. MARCH 31 C  hamber Annual Banquet, Norton. Event takes place at Bullseye Media Event Center, 118 S. Kansas, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets on sale at the Chamber office 205 South State Street. THROUGH MARCH 26 M  ARFA Texas:

Collections, Alma. Donald Judd, an internationally known artist from New York City, relocated to Marfa, Texas to find a space big enough to explore some of his ideas MARCH 2017 

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Master Your Garden

Continued from page 20 

BUTTERFLY GARDENING AND HABITAT CERTIFICATION

An adult

P I X A B AY

Monarch Offered through the North American Butterfly Association, this certification program is butterfly visits open to rural, suburban and urban gardens, including homes, schools and institutions. a mountain Certification aims to attract butterflies while supporting habitat restoration. Criteria aster, from the Dogbane family. include: � A minimum of three different butterfly nectar plants (e.g., Shasta daisy, marigold and butterfly milkweed). � A minimum of three different caterpillar host plants (e.g., lupine, milk vetch, parsley, dill and fennel). � Optional garden management, which may include mulching, eliminating pesticides and herbicides, water conservation and eliminating invasive species. The NABA website provides Regional Butterfly Garden Guides to help with selection of zone-appropriate plants. Fees are $15 for individuals and $25 for institutions. Online certification is available at www.naba.org.

For a $20 fee, you can certify your garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Download the Garden Certification Walk-through Checklist for more details and certify online at www.nwf.org/ Garden-For-Wildlife/Certify.aspx.

Bee Friendly Farmer

Bee pollination is essential to a variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts we eat in addition to cover crops on which livestock feed. Offered through Pollinator Partnership, this program provides guidance for farmers and growers who maintain forage for bees on 3 to 6 percent of their land. This includes family farms and gardens. Other criteria for this self-certification program include: ffContinuous blooms throughout the growing season, such as native meadows or ground cover such as clover. ffClean water. ffA variety of habitat for nesting and mating, such as hedges, natural brush and buffer strips. ffNesting areas such as undisturbed ground, dead trees, native bee nesting boxes or managed apiaries. ffIntegrated pest management; for example, reducing or eliminating chemical use. The Bee Friendly Farmer certification fee is $35 a year. Certify online at www.pollinator.org/ programs.

Master Gardeners

The American Horticultural Society’s extensive training program is conducted through the cooperative extension offices at local universities and

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is specific to an area’s bioregion. Offering gardeners opportunities to enhance their horticultural knowledge and skills, certification as a master gardener typically involves 40 to 80 hours of course work covering a wide range of topics, including basic botany, soil and fertilizers, insect management, plant disease diagnosis and management, water use and organic gardening. One of the hallmarks of the Master Gardeners program is service to communities. Individuals are required to perform community volunteer work. Examples of volunteer activities are staffing telephone help lines at extension offices, giving community talks, and assisting with community and school gardens. Classes are typically offered in the winter months, and space is often limited. Fees range from $100 to $400. Learn more at www.ksre.kstate.edu/lawn-garden/master-gardener or email Ward Upham at wupham@ksu.edu.

National Association of County Agricultural Agents

This professional organization supports Extension Service educators working within agriculture, horticulture and forestry—among other related areas—in conjunction with local agencies to develop programs that are area specific. Recent award-winning collaborations include green practices for commercial fertilization and landscape management, an educational series aimed at teaching home gardeners sustainable methods to grow their own food and a tribal land garden highlighting native horticulture. Find out more at www.nacaa.org. KCL


A DV E RT I S E M E N T

Drug Companies Fear Release of the New AloeCure Big Pharma stands to lose billions as doctors’ recommend drug-free “health cocktail” that adjusts and corrects your body’s health conditions.

Drug company execs are nervous. That’s because the greatest health advance in decades has hit the streets. And analysts expect it to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits. So what’s all the fuss about? It’s about a new ingredient that’s changing the lives of people who use it. Some call it “the greatest discovery since penicillin”! The name of the product is the AloeCure. It’s not a drug. It’s something completely different. And the product is available to anyone who wants it, at a reasonable price. But demands may force future prices to rise. TOP DOC WARNS: DIGESTION DRUGS CAN CRIPPLE YOU! Company spokesperson, Dr. Liza Leal; a leading integrative health specialist recommends AloeCure before she decides to prescribe any digestion drug. Especially after the FDA’s stern warning about long-term use of drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec®, Nexium®, and Prevacid®. In a nutshell, the FDA statement warned people should avoid taking these digestion drugs for longer than three 14-day treatment periods because there is an increased risk of bone fractures. Many people take them daily and for decades. Dr. Leal should know. Many patients come to her with bone and joint complaints and she does everything she can to help them. One way for digestion sufferers to help avoid possible risk of tragic joint and bone problems caused by overuse of digestion drugs is to take the AloeCure.

Acemannan has many of other health benefits?... HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO CALM INFLAMMATION According to a leading aloe research, when correctly processed for digesting, the Aloe plant has a powerful component for regulating your immune system called Acemannan. So whether it’s damage that is physical, bacterial, chemical or autoimmune; the natural plant helps the body stay healthy. RAPID ACID AND HEARTBURN NEUTRALIZER Aloe has proved to have an astonishing effect on users who suffer with digestion problems like bouts of acid reflux, heartburn, cramping, gas and constipation because it acts as a natural acid buffer and soothes the digestive system. But new studies prove it does a whole lot more. SIDE-STEP HEART CONCERNS So you’ve been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for years and you feel just fine. In June of 2015 a major study shows that chronic PPI use increases the risk of heart attack in general population. UNLEASH YOUR MEMORY Studies show that your brain needs the healthy bacteria from your gut in order function at its best. Both low and high dosages of digestion drugs are proven to destroy that healthy bacteria and get in the way of brain function. So you’re left with a sluggish, slow-to-react brain without a lot of room to store information. The acemannan used in AloeCure actually makes your gut healthier, so healthy bacteria flows freely to your brain so you think better, faster and with a larger capacity for memory.

Analysts expect the AloeCure to put a huge crimp in “Big Pharma” profits.

Doctors call it “The greatest health discovery in decades!”

The secret to AloeCure’s “health adjusting” formula is scientifically tested Acemannan, a polysaccharide extracted from Aloe Vera. But not the same aloe vera that mom used to apply to your cuts, scrapes and burns. This is a perfect strain of aloe that is organically grown under very strict conditions. AloeCure is so powerful it begins to benefit your health the instant you take it. It soothes intestinal discomfort and you can avoid the possibility of bone and health damage caused by overuse of digestion drugs. We all know how well aloe works externally on cuts, scrapes and burns. But did you know

SLEEP LIKE A BABY A night without sleep really damages your body. And continued lost sleep can lead to all sorts of health problems. But what you may not realize is the reason why you’re not sleeping. Some call it “Ghost Reflux”. A lowintensity form of acid reflux discomfort that quietly keeps you awake in the background. AloeCure helps digestion so you may find yourself sleeping through the night. CELEBRITY HAIR, SKIN & NAILS Certain antacids may greatly reduce your

by David Waxman Seattle Washington:

body’s ability to break down and absorb calcium. Aloe delivers calcium as it aids in balancing your stomach acidity. The result? Thicker, healthier looking hair…more youthful looking skin… And nails so strong they may never break again. SAVE YOUR KIDNEY National and local news outlets are reporting Kidney Failure linked to PPI’s. Your Kidney extracts waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. Without it your body would be overrun by deadly toxins. Aloe helps your kidney function properly. Studies suggest, if you started taking aloe today; you’d see a big difference in the way you feel. GUARANTEED RESULTS OR DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK Due to the incredible results people are reporting, AloeCure is being sold with an equally incredible guarantee. “We can only offer this incredible guarantee because we are 100% certain this product will work for those who use it,” Says Dr. Leal. Here’s how it works: Take the pill exactly as directed. You must see and feel remarkable improvements in your digestive health, your mental health, in your physical appearance, the amount inflammation you have throughout your body – even in your ability to fall asleep at night! Otherwise, simply return the empty bottles with a short note about how you took the pills and followed the simple instructions and the company will send you...Double your money back! HOW TO GET ALOECURE This is the official nationwide release of the new AloeCure pill in the United States. And so, the company is offering our readers up to 3 FREE bottles with their order. This special give-away is available for readers of this publication only. All you have to do is call TOLL-FREE 800-748-5068 and provide the operator with the Free Bottle Approval Code: JC025. The company will do the rest. Important: Due to AloeCure’s recent media exposure, phone lines are often busy. If you call and do not immediately get through, please be patient and call back.

THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.


C O O K I N G M Y WAY H O M E

Memories of an Irish Journey Feed the Spirit BY R E B E C C A H O WA R D

The man was speaking to me in the lan-

ing of a land of rolling green that meets the sea. The dreams recurred, and became so familiar guage of a dream—words tumbling out of his that, when, as an adult, my plane descended over mouth in a poetic yet archaic tangle, in what that strangely familiar rugged coastline, a tear seemed a question from medieval days. of recognition rolled down my face. The minute The look on my face must have given me I stepped off the plane in Dublin, I donned a away. “You don’t speak Irish, do you?” he asked Chapman sweatshirt. with a small smile. He was in his 70s, eyes the It was more than 15 years ago I visited color of sea reflecting cloudy sky. I was flattered Ireland, but it was one of those trips that remains to look enough a native in the Irish town of Rebecca Howard close and clear, to be revisited (of course) at Dingle to be conversed with in old Gaelic, but St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone trots out their no, I had no clue to what he was saying. Irish, but all the year through, too. I explored I didn’t speak Irish...or did I? While the lancastles and green, sheep-dotted countrysides, guage of the tongue was certainly mysterious, the wandered into 400-year-old beehive-shaped language of the heart was clear. My hometown huts made of stone, locked myself in a manor’s of Chapman, Kansas, was settled mostly by Irish high-walled garden, ran into unruly teen trick(some of my family heritage stems from this, or-treaters who demanded coins, saw real holly too), where the wearing of the green happens all leaf in Killarney, sang with Irish ladies as we year through, whether in school sports uniforms toured the Ring of Kerry, stood in salty mist on or shamrock murals and flags. When you grow up enmeshed in Irish green and white and lepre- the western-most point of Europe. I ran my first chauns and luck and charms, you end up dream- (and to-date, only) marathon through the streets of Dublin, where the bracing cold was cut by Irish onlookers, who clapped their gloves together and pronounced, “Well-done!” And while offers of water and candy abounded along the ff 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes ff 2 cups (packed) shredded race route, it was apparent we were (about 1¾ pounds) savoy cabbage (from about running in Ireland when there was, ¼ large head), divided ff Salt too, little boys offering tea in real ff 1 cup milk ff 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided china cups and saucers. ff 3/4 cup heavy cream ff 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts Among the ways I remember ff Freshly ground black pepper only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise Ireland is through what I ate and ff 1 scallion, thinly sliced ff 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced drank, both familiar and strange. Tea Cover potatoes with water in a small pot; season with salt. Bring to a boil over mediumwas everywhere. Tea bags and hot pots high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until a paring knife slides easily through the flesh, and fresh cream in every hotel room 30–40 minutes. Drain, let cool slightly, and peel. and bed and breakfast. Dark, black, Meanwhile, melt 4 Tbs. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, but cleanly sharp tea to both soothe stirring frequently, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, and awaken, warm and refresh. The until garlic is fragrant and leeks are just beginning to brown around the edges, about 3 request for coffee was usually met with minutes longer. Add 1 cup cabbage and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer. some hesitation and resistance—for Add potatoes and remaining 1 cup cabbage, then coarsely mash with a potato masher. the Irish, it has always been tea at Season with salt and pepper. breakfast, lunch and dinner. Transfer colcannon to a large serving bowl or individual crocks. Top with remaining butter And the Irish breakfast. Each and sprinkle with scallion. day, it was nearly identical and always Note: Though Colcannon is said to mean “white cabbage,” cooked darker greens, like kale, deliciously hearty. Two eggs, overcan be mixed into this dish. The finished Colcannon can also be browned in the oven (350 easy, potato cakes, rashers of bacon degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes) to give a nice golden crust on top. Serves 4. (more like ham) and link sausages, ADAPTED FROM BON APPETIT MAGAZINE broiled tomatoes, sometimes a bowl

Colcannon

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Tea was everywhere. Tea bags and hot pots and fresh cream in every hotel room and bed and breakfast. of porridge and the odd and ever-present blackand-white pudding (a meat, blood and oatmeal croquette). With this breakfast always came slices of Irish brown bread—dark, earthy and dense. Accompanying that bread was the best butter I have ever known, in knobs served by the bowlful. The Irish dairy product is a thing from heaven, whether it’s the cream added to tea or the rich yogurt where the “fruit on the bottom” is such uniquely Irish flavors as rhubarb and gooseberry. I indulged in that rich flavorful dairy, including one decadent meal of a rich disk of fried goat cheese oozing out on top of a spring greens salad, followed by a dessert of blackberry creme brulee. Irish flavors came in a briny seafood chowder in a beach burg called Waterville, hot crunchy fish and chips (wedge potato fries) rolled up in a newspaper from a Dublin dive, humble raisin scones from a tea room that more resembled a cafeteria. Feeling a little homesick, I was drawn to a chocolate cupcake the server called a “muffin,” at a “bake shop” where pastries were sold upstairs above a firstfloor dominated by bread (businesses are often twostory affairs to maximize on space). Above a pub in Killarney, in a dark little cafe pulsing with American rock music, I tried Irish stew (before I remembered that sheep was the star ingredient). Fortunately, I had also ordered a “side” of colcannon, which arrived in a sizable brown crock. This traditional meld of potatoes mashed with cabbage and onions and topped with a melting dollop of that irresistible butter, was (and still is) the ultimate comfort food for a Kansas\Irish\Californian whose roots and wings land her where she dares to dream. KCL grew up in Chapman, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State University. She writes the food blog, “A Woman Sconed.”

REBECCA HOWARD

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SAFETY

Be Safe Around Bees & Other Flying Insects As the warmer weather beckons us to enjoy time outdoors, we increase our risk of being stung by flying insects (bees, wasps and hornets) and fire ants. Know what to do to prevent stings and treat them.

Flying Insects

While most stings cause only mild discomfort, some may result in severe allergic reactions that require immediate medical care and may cause death.

First Aid

If stung: ffHave someone stay with the victim to be sure that they do not have an allergic reaction. ffWash the site with soap and water. ffRemove the stinger using gauze wiped over the area or by scraping a fingernail over the area. ƒƒNever squeeze the stinger or use tweezers as this pushes more venom into the victim. ffApply ice to reduce swelling. ffDo not scratch the sting as this may increase swelling, itching and risk of infection.

Protect Yourself

ffWear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing. ffAvoid perfumed soaps, shampoos and

deodorants. ƒƒDo not wear cologne or perfume. ffWear clean clothing and bathe daily. ffWear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible. ffAvoid flowering plants when possible. ffKeep work areas clean. Some insects are attracted to discarded food. ffRemain calm and still if a single stinging insect is flying around. (Swatting may cause it to sting.) ffIf attacked by several stinging insects, run to get away. (Bees release a chemical when they sting, which attracts other bees.) ƒƒGo indoors. ƒƒShaded areas are better than open areas. ƒƒDo not jump into water. Some insects (ex. Africanized honey bees) are known to hover above the water.

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ffIf an insect

is inside your vehicle, stop slowly, and open all the windows. ffWorkers with a history of severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings should carry an epinephrine autoinjector and wear medical ID jewelry stating their allergy.

Fire Ants

Fire ants bite and sting. They are aggressive when stinging and inject venom, which causes a burning sensation. Red bumps form at the sting, and within a day or two they become white fluid-filled pustules.

First Aid

ffRub off ants briskly, as they will attach to the

skin with their jaws.

ffAntihistamines may help. ƒƒFollow directions on packaging. ƒƒDrowsiness may occur. ffSeek immediate medical attention if a sting

causes severe chest pain, nausea, severe sweating, loss of breath, serious swelling or slurred speech.

Protect Yourself

ffDo not disturb ant mounds. ffBe careful when lifting items (including

animal carcasses) off the ground, as they may be covered in ants. ffFire ants may be found on trees and in water, so always look over the area before starting to work. ffTuck pants into socks or boots. ffWorkers with a history of severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings should carry an epinephrine autoinjector and wear medical ID jewelry stating their allergy. KCL Information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov.


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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Perfect for school parties or after-school treats. Vanilla can be used in place of mint.

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This classic Irish dish is made easy with the help of a slow cooker.

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Savory Irish Cheese Soda Bread

KAN S AS COU N T RY L IVIN G, M ARCH 201 7

Choose from two flavors of frosting—mint or vanilla—to please every Irish palate.

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You can easily substitute your favorite cheddar cheese for the Irish cheddar.


ff 2 eggs ff 1-1/4 cups buttermilk

ff 1 tsp. garlic powder ff 1/4 tsp. red pepper, ground ff 1/2 cup shredded Irish Cheddar cheese or other cheddar

Savory Irish Cheese Soda Bread ff 2-1/2 cups flour ff 1/2 cup sugar ff 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder ff 1/2 tsp. baking soda ff 1/2 tsp. salt ff 2 tsp. caraway seed

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and seasonings in large bowl. Stir in cheese. Set aside. Mix eggs and buttermilk in medium bowl. Add to dry ingredients; stir until well blended. Spread in lightly grease 9-inch round cake pan. Bake 30–40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Tip: Make muffins instead of bread. Prepare dough as directed and divide among 12 greased muffin cups. Bake 20–25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 12.

COURTESY MCCORMICK SPICE

ff 2 eggs ff 1 to 1-1/2 tsp. green food coloring ff 1 tsp. peppermint extract ff 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies ff 2-1/2 cups flour ff 1 tsp. baking soda ff 1/2 tsp. salt ff 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened ff 1-1/4 cups sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, food coloring and peppermint extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by heaping tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10–12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Makes 3 dozen.

COURTESY MCCORMICK SPICE

and cut into wedges

ff 1 tsp. minced garlic ff 1/2 head cabbage, cored

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

rinsed and trimmed

ff 8 small red potatoes ff 2 cups baby carrots ff 1 small onion, quartered ff 1 corned beef brisket (4 pounds),

included in corned beef package)

ff 2 T. mixed pickling spices (sometimes

Place potatoes, carrots and onion in slow cooker. Place corned beef brisket over vegetables. Sprinkle with pickling spices and minced garlic. Add enough water (about 8 cups) to just cover meat. Cover. Cook 7 hours on high. Add cabbage. Cover. Cook 1–2 hours on high or until cabbage is tender-crisp.

Remove corned beef brisket to serving platter. Slice thinly across grain. Serve with vegetables.

COURTESY M CCOR MICK SPI CE

Tip: For best results, do not remove cover while cooking in slow cooker. Serves 12.

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

ff 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German ff 1 bottle (1 ounce) green food coloring ff 3 eggs chocolate cake mix with pudding ff 1 cup sour cream ff 2 tsp. vanilla extract ff 1/2 cup water ff Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows) ff 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ff Green sprinkles (optional) ff 1/4 cup vegetable oil Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food coloring, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Beat 1 package (8 ounces) softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter, 2 Tbs. sour cream and 2 tsp. vanilla extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar until smooth. For Minty Green frosting, substitute peppermint extract for vanilla and add 1/2 tsp. green food coloring. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

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