Creative Living Nov. 30, 2008

By Sheryl Borden: PNT columnist

Information on making a gingerbread cookie box, a discussion about speech styles, and preparing gluten-free breakfast recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Siler, of Wilton Enterprises in Woodridge, Ill., will talk about using gingerbread cookie dough and show how to make a 6-inch round cookie box. Since one recipe makes three bottom boxes and two lids, it’s not only a time saver, it’s very economical, too.

Robert Vartabedian will share the four most common types of speech delivery. As a former actor and speech instructor, he’ll talk about impromptu, extemporaneous, manuscript and memorized styles and explain when each is most appropriately used. Vartabedian is president of a college in St. Joseph, Mo., and was formerly with Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Cookbook author and registered dietitian Carol Fenster will explain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet the most gluten-laden. She’ll discuss how to get more whole grains into gluten-free diets. Her company is Savory Palate Inc. in Centennial, Colo.

Information on making a no-sew window valance, setting up a compost pile, and making a dogwood shawl will be the featured topics at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Thursday.

Pat de Santis of Wrights in West Warren, Mass., will show how to make a window valance using a “no sew” board. She’ll also make a wall hanging and a tab on a pillow to match.

Joyce Gagnon, spokesperson for the American Plastics Council in Washington, D.C., will talk about setting up a compost pile at home, featuring different compost bins made from recycled plastic.

If you want fashion in a hurry, Evelyn Langston is the authority. As a designer for many celebrities in Branson, Mo., she’ll demonstrate making a dogwood shawl that is a fashion statement in itself. Langston’s company is Ozark Crafts.

Ants on a Log

Celery stalks (rinsed, dried)

Filling (choose for your diet)