35 years in the making, Kenilworth yard is bursting with Christmas decorations

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  From nutcrackers guarding to front door to snowmen and candy canes, Norman Borne fills his yard with decorations.

For Norman Borne, Christmas starts in September. That’s when he plans the outdoor display for his Kenilworth home, deciding where to place the hundreds of wooden figures he has crafted over the past 35 years and continues to make today to create… 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 →


Christmas kettle bells work hard to meet needs

Advocate photo by Mark H. Hunter -- This sign explains how donations to the Salvation Army help the needy.

The Christmas season is probably the most challenging time of the year for many families trying to pay the bills and feed the children and still put some gifts under the tree. That’s why the Salvation Army rings bells and… 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 Subaru Outback

The 2015 Subaru Outback is the fifth generation of the world’s first utility wagon introduced 20 years ago. The new model is the roomiest Outback yet and by far the best on fuel economy, with mileage figures up to 33 miles per gallon… 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 →


Cangelosi Dance presents its 10th holiday season tribute

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- The Cangelosi Dance Project dancers rehearse on Saturday for an upcoming Christman program.

Not every song in the Cangelosi Dance Project’s Holiday Mix has a holiday theme, but they all connect to the spirit of the season. Sometimes it’s a favorite Christmas carol, other times a song about family and friendship.… 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 →