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Trying to bake!

Trying to bake!

Well, I finally gave it a shot and took a stab at baking a loaf of bread. I've gotta say that it's pretty involved. Overall I think it came out pretty darn good.

 This mixer has been sitting on my countertop for quite a while just calling my name. I have the dough-hook attachment and it makes the process a lot less physically draining. You pretty much dump in the ingredients and it does most of the hard work for you.

I tried a fire roasted onion loaf recipe that I got from a Paul Prudhomme book that I own. Wow! I think I gained a few pounds.

It came out a little flat, I think. I put it in my oven thinking that the pilot light would keep it warm enough during the rising. I'm wondering if it was too cool in there. Maybe I don't have a pilot light in there? Dunno.

Three Things You Can do, to Control Flying Insects

Three Things You Can do, to Control Flying Insects

As a pest control professional I get frequent calls about houseflies, gnats, mosquitoes, fruit flies and unidentified, flying & swarming insects.  Concerned customers and prospective customers want our technicians to go to their homes or business and “exterminate them all.”  They want an insect free environment.  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to flying insects.  There is no magic spray that we can use to erase their problems and there is no such thing as an insect free environment, nor should that be the goal.  Sure, flying insects that are present at the time of a treatment can be killed with a quick knockdown material, but others will take their place in short order.  The problem is that they, well…fly!  In the case of crawling pests, a residual barrier can be placed around a home or other building and the pests crawling across the material will be killed.  In the case of flying insects there is no contact wi

Learn to save big with coupons - Live Chat tonight

Learn to save big with coupons - Live Chat tonight

Join MomsLikeMe tonight at 8 when we'll chat live with Clever Housewife coupon queen Emily Lyon. She'll share her secrets for saving tons with coupons!

Are there any tricks left to saving big with coupons or are retailers on to us? Emily will tell us what she knows and what is special about using coupons in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas.

Join the chat at 8 p.m.

Honey Bee Swarms Begin in Sacramento Region

Beginning in spring each year we receive calls from concerned customers and the public regarding honey bee swarms.  Most of these callers fear the swarms and want us to erradicate them.  If you come accross a swarm, such as the one shown here, don’t be alarmed.  It’s only moving day for a colony of Honey Bees.  When a hive becomes too large the queen lays eggs in special brood cells and workers begin feeding the new larvae a special, pollen rich food,  called Royal Jelly.  This causes them to grow into new queens.  One of these queens will become the new mother of the colony.  The old queen will leave the colony, with thousands to tens of thousands of workers, and move to a new location to start a new hive.  Prior to departure scout bees will look at a number of potential new hive sites.

Land Park Gardens Shine For 2011 Garden Tour

Land Park Gardens Shine For 2011 Garden Tour

The 13th annual Land Park Garden and Tea Tour will showcase seven residential gardens in the Land Park neighborhood this Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

Local interior designer, Kerrie Kelly, wins national Designer Color Challenge

SACRAMENTO - Kerrie Kelly, a popular Sacramento interior designer, author and educator has been selected the winner of the exterior color palette in the California Paints 2011 Designer Color Challenge.