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  1. Party boats make for all-inclusive good times

    They journey offshore to the deep blue waters, they pull up to wrecks and reefs inshore, they drift along the beachfront and in the inlets and they fit into the shallow “skinny” waters of the back bays.
  2. Happy 90th birthday, Mel Brooks!

    Mel Brooks has a lot to say about comedy and life. I mean, he is the 2,000 Year Old Man, so he would know a little about both.
  3. Thrilling grilling: Cooking more than your standard hot dogs

    The beginning of summer is time to dust off one of the most crucial pieces of cookware this time of season: the grill. Prepping meals by turning up the heat outside is a popular idea. About 75 percent of all U.S. households own a grill or smoker, according to a Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association study. Instead of throwing on the usual burgers, hotdogs and steaks, you can get more creative and try grilling some of these non-traditional foods and dishes.  Story/recipes by Nicole Leonard. 

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Garden planning should begin now

If you missed the vegetable gardening bandwagon last season, don't worry. There is plenty of time to jump on for 2010, and we're here to help.

New 2010 petunias deserve a second glance

As we ease into 2010 firmly in the grip of winter, it's fun to look at new plants heading our way, and new petunia colors and patterns will stretch our comfort zones.

Don't become awestruck by new year's seed catalogs

It's the middle of winter. It's cold. It's dark outside. Then the first garden catalog arrives.

Rehabbing a rental You can turn a temporary space into a home

WASHINGTON - Margaret Carter was looking for a short-term relationship: Interior designer, formerly of Colorado and so over log cabins and antler chandeliers, ISO charming rental to make over as home, office and design lab.

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Tips for artwork

A guide to getting the most out of your big-screen TV

For many families, the big-screen TV has become the contemporary fireplace - the focal point of the room and the spot where the family gathers. The challenge is to get it installed to ensure the best viewing without wrecking your home decor.

A stone wall can make your garden come to life

If you feel like getting your blood moving - and with longer lasting effect than lifting dumbbells - go outside and lift stones. Make a dry stone wall - that is, one laid without mortar.

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Great for guests

As 2010 settles in, it's time to make your home sparkle

It's the season for resolutions, and for many people that means vowing to get their home in the best shape possible.

Thinking of spring garden? Then consider these petunias

As we ease into 2010 firmly in the grip of winter, it's fun to look at new plants heading our way, and new petunia colors and patterns will stretch our comfort zones.

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Color guide

Recycled countertops an option when remodeling your kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen? Coming down with a case of granite fatigue? Never fear, a remedy is available: Install a countertop made from recycled materials. The new look can personalize your kitchen and boost the health of the environment, too.

Don't forget about cyclamen when it comes to holidays

Those of you who have never grown a cyclamen are missing one of the great pleasures in cool-season gardening. The cyclamen is one of the most popular Christmas plants in Europe, but it lost its place on the pedestal to the poinsettia here in the United States. That's OK, because we have room for all Christmas plants.

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Holiday table

Raising a family in California in 380 square feet - by choice

LOS ANGELES - Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house.

Don't be afraid to get glamorous in the home

DALLAS - From colorful glass pieces giving off sparkle to lamps and mirrors that play with the light, adding glamour to a room is easy - and something people are seeking, says interior designer Jan Showers.

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Accent trees

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Sorting sinks

As a chill fills the air, pests are looking to 'move in' with you

FORT WORTH, Texas - They are up there, having a good time at your expense. Throwing wild parties and listening to rock 'n' roll.

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