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This ‘n That: Beginner’s luck? No, beginner’s hot mess


By Mims Cushing

As I was about to enter the library at the Senior Center in Palm Valley, someone said, “Come join us. We’re about to learn how to make soap.” Mary Vastola, the owner of The Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe, was teaching. You use molds —- it’s a melt-and-pour process. I figured based on my luck with un-molding Jell-O, with half the Jell-O sticking to the bottom of the mold, I’d probably flunk soap making.

Pantry Raiders: Try a new kind of pizza


By Melissa Cooper

Easter is a time of celebration, family and food. This dish is one of my family’s favorite Easter traditions. The recipe has been handed down from generation to generation and each family member has added his or her own special touches. This is my mom’s version, which is the best. Of course, I might be a little biased. Buon appetito!

Captain David’s Fishing Report

St. Johns River Fishing Tips

By David Lifka

With another mild winter behind us, the possibilities of another early and productive fishing season seems to be already taking place. Add in the shortage of any significant rainfall here or to the south, and we’ve got a situation where our area of the St. Johns River is looking very much like areas on the other side of downtown Jacksonville.

Gardening: Hot stuff, dry stuff


By Lesley Arrandale

As I write (in early March) winter has still not arrived. The closer we get to our traditional last frost date — about mid-March — it is predicted to be less and less likely that we shall see cold temperatures and we could therefore see the early emergence of insect pests (see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh036). Keep a close eye on those young vegetable plants. On the plus side, beneficial insects, such as the lady beetles, should also be more abundant (see http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in327).

Travel: Vacation in Puerto Vallarta


By Debi Lander

Puerto Vallarta puts Mexico in a different headspace. I’d visited the resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya and was expecting Puerto Vallarta to show a similar face. But, I was wrong: Vallarta, as the locals call it, brings tourists something different  — authentic Mexico with a friendly flair.