The Candy Cane Cocktail

Dear Fancy Bar Chef, Two Christmases ago, I bought a lot of booze for a Christmas party my wife and I threw. It was a blast! We played cards, ate a lot of food and drank a lot. I still have two bottles of crème de menthe left over … two…

It’s All About Glamour

Floral Arrangements By A Baker Floral & Gifts Place Settings Provided By Holiday Inn East December weddings are all about holiday glamour. These centerpieces, put together by A Baker Floral & Gifts, capture the spirit of the…

Stages of LIfe

One day, your cute, lovable child will become a teenager and begin asking you to drop them off a block away from the movie theater, but there may be a way to stay better connected. Several Columbia families have beaten the odds and are…

Myth Busters

“Oreo” wasn’t a word Myah McCrary had ever associated with anything other than milk and cookies, but one day in the sixth grade, she realized the word was being directed at … her! It wasn’t long before she understood the new context — Myah,…

Turkey Day Solutions

Thanksgiving should be a warm, comforting occasion. It’s a time to pause with friends and family members to count our blessings. It’s a time of bountiful harvest and wonderful food. It’s also a time when stress tends to run high. The…

Master The Toast

Being in the position to give a wedding toast means being in a position of honor. It also means being in a position a lot of people find awkward. To ease the discomfort, take a cue from Kenny Freeman, a spokesman for Mid-MO Advanced…

A Father’s Odyssey

Here’s what you should believe is true: In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2001, 17-year-old high school students Charles Erickson and Ryan Ferguson, after a night of partying and drinking, mercilessly and relentlessly beat and…

My Husband The Cookie Monster

My husband loves cookies. He can eat an entire batch over the course of an afternoon. He inhales cookie dough ice cream, rows of Oreos and organic “breakfast cookies,” which he claims are healthy. Whatever. My husband also has a strange…