Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Crèche a little broken, like me

I never met my wife’s Aunt Pat, who died long before I entered the family. But I connect with Pat each Christmas when we unpack her crèche and place it under the tree. My wife inherited the nativity scene from Pat, which makes… Continue reading →

Food & Restaurants

The Plant: Whimsical name, seriously good food

Advocate photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Plant restaurant in Plaquemine offers a whole new take on shrimp and grits.

First, a confession: We’re kind of partial to businesses with a hint of cleverness in their names. Not having been to The Library bar off LSU’s campus, we still can’t help but enjoy the wry joke as students tell others of their evening… Continue reading →


Dads and their children build mangers for Christmas lesson

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Sawyer Earnest, 7, pounds in the nails to hold the legs on a manger she and her father Todd built during a Manger Build family-bonding activity at Parkview Baptist Church.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ… Continue reading →



Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  Serve Panettone, a fruit-studded bread popular during Christmas in both Italy and South America, with a cup of hot chocolate.

Advocate-tested recipe Panettone (Italian fruit-studded bread) Makes one 6- to 7-inch loaf. Recipe is by Cynthia L. Nobles. Aside from Italy, Panettone is extremely popular at Christmas in South America, where Italian immigrants introduced the treat and where… Continue reading →


2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i

All new for 2015, the BMW X4 blends the sportiness of a coupe, the style of a sedan and the convenience of an SUV. It’s a mixture of all three, backed by the performance you’ve come to expect from the German automaker. The… Continue reading →

Real Estate

French Masterpiece in Harrell’s Ferry Landing

The French style mansion at 24007 Ferry Landing Drive is a special offering in Harrell’s Ferry Landing, an exclusive gated community in Denham Springs. With large luxury homes on large lots, this subdivision off 4-H Club Road is among the most upscale developments… Continue reading →


Exhibit showcases top prizes, different styles

Photo provided by the Louisiana Art and Artists' Guild -- Robert Willis' watercolor painting,

Perhaps she saw the fork, knife and spoon at a Mother’s Day party. Maybe she was so intrigued by the scene that she had to sketch it, or at least snap… Continue reading →


Garden News: Force paperwhites for blooms indoors

Photo by RICK BOGREN  Paperwhite bulbs for forcing should be planted in pots with the tips of the bulbs just above the top of the soil.

Along with amaryllis, paperwhite, also called narcissus, is a spring bulb popular for “forcing” during winter. Forcing bulbs means growing them to bloom earlier than they would under normal landscape conditions. Paperwhite bulbs are commonly available now, and forcing them to bloom… Continue reading →