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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    We are talking BIG flowers here, up to eight inches across when fully expanded. Is there any larger, single flower on any plant in North America? Maybe Magnolia, but it's a close contest.

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    Fall is an exciting time in southeastern North Carolina. We finally get a reprieve from the heat and humidity and the bugs are more tolerable, which means you can begin to reclaim the outdoors and get back in the garden; and now is the time to start a fall vegetable garden. If you typically grow a summer garden — tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash — and no fall garden, you are only getting half the production potential from your beds and are missing out on some tasty cool-season veggies.

     

  •  Named after Arthur Wellesley, the first the Duke of Wellington, this dish became an entertaining extravaganza back in the 1960s.

    Beef Wellington is an English preparation of filet of beef tenderloin assembled with liver pate and duxelles, a finely chopped mixture of mushrooms and onions sautéed in butter and reduced to a paste, and then encased in a puff pastry, making the outside buttery and crispy. This dish should always be served with the center slightly pink.

  • It’s a painting party to aid animals, and you’re invited.

    Volunteers with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services are staging the creative Calling All Angels Painting Party “FUNraiser” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

  • Marsha Morgan started her career in the entertainment business 25 years ago performing in a variety of venues.

    But first came gospel. The Asheville native started singing in church when she was 4.

    Years later, she was invited to sing in Asheville’s world-famous Grove Park Inn, and that was that.

  • A fundraiser to aid purchase of Cuddle Cots for Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at 19th Hole Restaurant, 380 Brunswick Drive at Brunswick Plantation off U.S. near Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, door prizes and raffles.

    Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the 19th Hole or at the door.

    For more information, call 367-3610.

  •  My mother always said idle hands were the devil’s workshop, among other things I tried to ignore as a kid. If you are looking for ways to avoid becoming a conduit for Old Scratch, I have several garden honey-do’s that will pay off handsomely.

  •  The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015 edition) are recommending we shift to healthier fats. Specifically, the recommendation is to avoid saturated fats and trans-fats and consume more unsaturated fats. We also hear about omega-3 fatty acids, oleic, linoleic and other types of fats. If you start digging down into the nitty-gritty of oils and fats, information about fatty acids can get very complex very quickly.

  •  Last week we covered how to prepare your home and existing pet when adding a new furry family member. This week, I’d like to share my advice on simple steps you can take to make the first few weeks as pleasant and productive for your household and pets.

     

    Welcoming home

  •  The song lyrics erupted in my head. “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last, You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones. Looking for fun and feelin' groovy. Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I'm dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you, All is groovy.”