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01/12/2013 7:43 AM

01/12/2013 7:47 AM

Plates help with portion control

The design on Slim & Sage plates is more than just decorative. Each plate is subtly divided into quarters to make it easier for the diner to eat the proportions of food recommended by many experts — one-quarter of the plate devoted to lean protein, one-quarter to whole grains and one-half to vegetables. The 9-inch plates are also smaller than most dinner plates.

The porcelain plates come in two colors and two variations on the design. They’re microwave- and dishwasher-safe. A set of four costs $99 at www.slimandsage.com. Shipping is extra.

Akron Beacon Journal

Q&A: How to paint Styrofoam

Q: What can I use to paint Styrofoam? Won’t spray paint eat through it?

A: The website for Styrofoam brand foam crafts recommends using acrylic craft paint. Solvent-based paint may damage the foam, the site says.

Some spray paints are safe for use on polystyrene foam and are usually marked as such. Your best bet is to read the label.

Akron Beacon Journal

Bird walk at Botanica

A monthly walk through Botanica to look for birds will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The one-hour guided walk is included in Botanica admission.

In color at Botanica

Little bluestem, which is the Kansas Wildflower of the Year for 2013 as named by the Kansas Native Plant Society.

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