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Women share recipes, friendship in the kitchen

24 April 2012 | 4:33 am  in Cedar Rapids area, Food & Drink by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tima Smejkal remembers shadowing the women of the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids, pen and paper in hand as she tried to write a recipe for fatayer.  “I’d ask them how much flour to use, how they knew the dough was ready,” Smejkal ...

Bottoms up: Event aims to change minds, diapers for world record

18 April 2012 | 9:10 am  in Community by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

CEDAR RAPIDS — During her fourth pregnancy Angela Harger nested by sewing cloth diapers. Son Miles was born two years ago, but Harger hasn’t stopped sewing. Instead, she launched her own cloth diaper business — Eggheads Baby — in November 2010. “It’s a hobby that pays,” Harger ...

Can do: Students spend months preparing for Canstruction competition

14 April 2012 | 4:12 am  in Community by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

IOWA CITY — Cases of canned goods — pork and beans, chili beans and green beans — are stacked in towers on the stage. South East Junior High School’s Art Club students stand near piles, flipping through pages of diagrams depicting how the cans will ...

Coloring outside the lines: Project rewrites fairy tales, redefines stereotypes

11 April 2012 | 3:31 am  in Community by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

IOWA CITY — Playing house was not high on Sabrina Leung’s list of childhood games. “I always defined myself as ‘The Tomboy,’” Leung says. “I wanted to play sports with my male cousins instead of playing dress up.” Teased for not being “ladylike,” Leung set aside her ...

The way it used to be: Presentation features kitchens of yesteryear

10 April 2012 | 11:30 am  in Food & Drink, Other Eastern Iowa by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

SOUTH ENGLISH — June Grove can summarize how she feels about cooking in one word. Lucky. Grove doesn’t have a state-of-the-art kitchen. Her refrigerator, stove and dishwasher are just like those you’d find in most kitchens. The only difference, though, is Grove remembers when these appliances weren’t ...

Peers performing musical penned by sixth-grader

7 April 2012 | 8:53 am  in Culture, Iowa City area by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

  IOWA CITY — They sit in a semicircle on the floor of the classroom at Horn Elementary School, sheets of music at their feet. There’s some conversation and a few giggles — these are elementary students, after all — but less than you’d expect after a ...

UI football players help Grant Wood, Mark Twain students tackle reading

4 April 2012 | 4:53 am  in Iowa Life by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

IOWA CITY — James Ferentz towers over the Grant Wood Elementary School student walking past him in the hall. “What’s up, man?” the boy asks. “How you doing?” Ferentz replies. The short conversation, that tiny connection, will only grow over the next five weeks as Ferentz and other ...

Mom knows best: Hiawatha resident featured in new parenting book

31 March 2012 | 4:56 am  in Community by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

  When it comes to motherhood, everyone has an opinion. Books. Websites. Well-meaning friends. Complete strangers. Everyone is just dying to give their two-cents about your new bundle of joy. Author Erin Bried loved having access to this never-ending information when she was pregnant with her daughter, but ...

Williamsburg student pens book, raises money for school

28 March 2012 | 4:43 am  in Community by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

WILLIAMSBURG -- “Nick! Nick! Nick!” The chant echoed in the gymnasium at Mary Welsh Elementary School, steadily growing louder as more students took up the call. Ten-year-old Nick Rotter stood near in the center of the gym, a big smile on his face. He didn’t just shoot ...

Cookie business: Turn excess cookies into new treats

27 March 2012 | 11:43 am  in Food & Drink by Meredith Hines-Dochterman

I Googled "Girl Scout Thin Mints" the other day. Immediately I had a list of websites with recipes that promised homemade cookies as good as Thin Mints. I don't need to know how to make my own Thin Mint cookies. My daughter is a Girl Scout. A ...

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