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Meet a Texas rose farmer: Mark Chamblee

Oct 14, 14 Meet a Texas rose farmer: Mark Chamblee

By Julie Vrazel

Not all farmers grow corn, cotton and grain sorghum. There are lots of specialty farmers, too. Like Mark Chamblee.

He wakes up and smells the roses every day.

That’s because Mark is a rose farmer in Tyler, where he and his family have been growing roses since 1953. Their nursery, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, is a part of Tyler’s rich horticultural history.

Most people don’t think of roses as a crop, but Mark and his crew offer more than 200 varieties of roses from around the world. His customers range from businesses to gardeners who are trying to liven up their landscapes.

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Four-Cheese Lasagna

Oct 10, 14 Four-Cheese Lasagna

By Kelly Bogard

Preparing for a family gathering can be a tough challenge. You set the date and time. You invite the guests. But what about the food?

It has to look good, taste good and fill everyone’s stomachs! Sounds like a job for lasagna.

That means a plate smothered with an abundance of noodles, tomato sauce, meat and cheese. What’s not to love?


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Holiday frights & tasty delights

Oct 07, 14 Holiday frights & tasty delights

By Jessica Domel

Pies, jack-o-lanterns and festivals, oh my!

It’s pumpkin time and Texans are lining up for holiday frights and tasty delights.

Welcome to Floydada, Pumpkin Capital USA, where up to 1,400 acres are home to 15 to 20 million pumpkins annually.

Floydada also is the base of Pumpkin Pyle, a three-generation family farm that this year planted 400 acres for pumpkin patches across the state.

“Each year, we try to find new and neat stuff that people would like to buy and sell,” says owner Jason Pyle.

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Back to Basics: Classic Chocolate Brownies

Oct 03, 14 Back to Basics: Classic Chocolate Brownies

By Kelly Bogard

I was brainstorming with the PR staff before I decided on a recipe for this week’s Back to Basics.

The goal is to have something that is classic, made from scratch and, above all else, super tasty.

As we talked, we kept coming back to sweets. There are few things that rival chocolate in my house and a warm, sweet brownie tops my dessert list.


For Classic Chocolate Brownies, you will need…Chocolate Brownies
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups flour
¾ cup salted butter, melted
4 eggs
½ cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. baking powder
cooking spray
1 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

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Small steps toward a healthier life

Sep 30, 14 Small steps toward a healthier life

By Jessica Domel

It’s been a long day. I’m hungry. I’m tired. And all I really want is to flop into bed.

Should I grab a hamburger from that fast food place? Or pick at the potato chips in my cabinet?

Potato chips for the win.

Deep down I realize it’s not a healthy choice, but sometimes my inner voice says, “I’m tired. Who cares?”

That was until I talked to my doctor. He said making choices for convenience had led to weight gain and weren’t doing my body any favors in the long run.

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