Fantasy candy featured on show

Information on making fantasy candy, natural blood pressure control and cooking with potatoes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday Designer Laura Bray will show how to make fantasy candy, and even though it’s not edible, it certainly looks delicious. She will show a project that allows […]

Community shares Valentine’s Day thoughts, memories

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Freedom New Mexico Valentine’s Day…our official celebration of love, romance and candy hearts with silly sayings. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s coming up Monday. Not a lot of time left. But take heart. We asked a host of local experts for advice on everything from mood setting meals to unusual date places right here […]

Relic boxes, candy bark treats featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on creating relic boxes, making candy bark treats and new products for relieving stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Crafter Marisa Pawelko will show how to create relic boxes, which are miniature time capsules that can capture special memories for any occasion. […]

In Search of Ponies: Gift horses tether to Grandpa

Sharna Johnson The childhood memories are many and vivid. There were the sweets; sugared mulberries and raspberries on top of vanilla ice cream, butterscotch candies, the nectar from honey suckle blossoms, boxes of oranges and grapefruits at Christmas and thin ribbon candy. And the countless hours I spent at Grandpa’s house, sitting in the branches […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Childhood games always fair

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Once an innocent way of deciding who went first or who got the last piece of candy, the game “rock, paper, scissors” is now organized into a televised U.S. championship. Surfing the channels one night last week, there it was on an obscure Fox Sports channel, folks in […]

Stocking stuffers

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the recipient’s face, it’ll be a success. Though some Web sites give detailed directions on how to stuff a stocking properly, the contents just need to […]

Officials seek safety for trick-or-treaters

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As night falls and trick-or-treaters begin to make the rounds, area officials are cautioning the public to keep an extra eye out for them. Extra patrols of law enforcement officers will be out during the evening, especially in higher traffic areas, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “They (drivers) […]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the […]

Some comfort to be found in child-like faith

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]

Military must expect ordinarily extraordinary days

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

One last Halloween adventure for the boys

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Halloween was the high-water mark on the calendar of my life. Oh sure, I fiddled with Christmas to please parents, but Halloween allowed me to shake down neighbors, tip over outhouses, and remain anonymous. Oh, it was a wonderful time. Costumes were no big problem. They […]

Gesture reflects Christmas spirit

By Margaret Kirby: Guest Columnist I would like to thank a young lady — whose name I don’t know — from the Dora Baptist Church. She gave my 3-year-old daughter a candy cane at the Portales Christmas parade on Dec. 3. I know that collecting a ton of candy is not what Christmas or parades […]

Be careful who you trick and/or treat

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, and at the same time extort candy and tear down our neighbors’ mail boxes. Of course, in those days costumes […]