Category archives: Blog

Cool, Calm and Comfortable Blue

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Master Bedroom Laure Antonetti Schutze with L. Antoinett Design has worked with this central Arkansas homeowner for several years. The homeowners renovated their living room and kitchen five years ago. “And when they became empty nesters, they decided to redesign their guest bedrooms, to give them their own personalities,” she said. Customize. “Put a b[...]

On the radar: 40th annual Lum & Abner Festival

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Zoie Clift, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Lum and Abner was a popular radio show in the U.S. that aired from 1932 to 1954. Chester Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff played Abner. Both Lauck and Goff moved to Mena in 1911 and lived there until their move into show business. In the show they played the co-owners of the Jot ’em Down [...]

Strawberry Brownie Yums for Summer Parties

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Today, we’re featuring fun, easy-to-prepare, easy-to-eat, easy-to-clean up recipes for delicious summer meals that don’t require a grill. I love the flavor and texture contrast of fruit in salad. For me, until recently, mixing fruits and greens was rare. It was only later in life that I discovered the concept of combining the sweetness of fruit with[...]

Delightful Pops of Color

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This modern dining area is full of shapes and color. “I’m obsessed with round shapes and circles. I chose the round table, to fit the square room, which is a good design lesson to remember,” John Gibson, interior designer and owner of Urban Pad, said. Gibson echoed the spherical sentiment with art and lighting fixtures. Replicas of 50-gallon drum lids hang[...]

7 Farmers Markets to Visit Now in Central Arkansas

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Now that summer is in full swing in Arkansas, it’s time to get outside. Ditch your normal grocery shopping and stop by one of these local markets. Market on Merrill The Market on Merrill opened in May and will keep growing throughout the summer. Head to 1525 Merrill Dr. in Little Rock on three Thursday and Saturday mornings in June to pick up all you[...]

Summer Cocktails

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"Something cold, something frozen … with alcohol” is what my esteemed editor said when I inquired about June’s Create theme. So I interviewed ex-bartender Spencer Jansen and wine guy Matt Zorn to find out what the pros advise for cooling down in the summer. The key piece of information that I gleaned is to remember that alcohol does not freeze and that addin[...]

Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad

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Are you looking for a quick, easy and healthy dinner recipe to try this week? Our friends at the Arkansas Beef Council shared a great recipe with us. Test it out and let us know what you think. Total Recipe Time: 30 to 35 minutes Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 beef Top Sirloin Steak Boneless, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound) 2 medium onions, [...]

Kid Friendly Frozen Treats

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Frozen Smoothie Popsicles Here is a kid version that is tasty whether frozen or mushy; it works with frozen or fresh mango or banana. 1 15-ounce can apricots, packed in juice or light syrup 1 ½ cups low-fat plain yogurt ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, optional 1 teaspoon honey, optional 2 lemons, limes or small oranges (like a “Cutie”), sliced into eigh[...]

A Q&A with Scott Copas

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Scott Copas, President and CEO of Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. First job: I had a paper route for Arkansas Democrat and cooked at Minute Man on University Avenue — I can still recite the Minute Man menu. First big break: Going to work for The Baldwin Company in 1977. This is the predecessor to Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. One word th[...]