Features http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/features/todaysfeatures en Kitchen Adventures: As American as apple pie http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/kitchen-adventures-american-apple-pie <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1dscn7190.jpg" alt="Mini apple pies add a patriotic touch to your Fourth of July celebration. " title="Mini apple pies add a patriotic touch to your Fourth of July celebration. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Celebrating Independence Day with food means picnics, cookouts and pretty much anything red, white and blue.</p> <p> Along with fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad and such, there are numerous desserts you can have for your cookout or picnic feast.</p> Dash of Class: Columnist shares similarities with cookbook author http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/dash-class-columnist-shares-similarities-cookbook-author <p> Here we are at the end of the month again and I have been searching for some great recipes for you. I am trying to not offer all desserts and I hope you will enjoy them.</p> <p> Some recipes are from a site from a fellow family and consumer science teacher, Christy Jordan, from Alabama.</p> Bringing electricity to Haiti: Nolin RECC trio spent three weeks as volunteers on U.N. project http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/bringing-electricity-haiti-nolin-recc-trio-spent-three-weeks-volunteers-un-project <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/629mmrecc1_0.jpg" alt="Nolin RECC employees, from left, Chad Denney, Tommy Sullivan and Vince Heuser stand near a utility truck. The trio traveled as volunteers to Haiti for a special project to help provide electricity to villages there." title="Nolin RECC employees, from left, Chad Denney, Tommy Sullivan and Vince Heuser stand near a utility truck. The trio traveled as volunteers to Haiti for a special project to help provide electricity to villages there." align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> For three utility company employees, the job has included travel to other states to help in the aftermath of ice storms and hurricanes.</p> <p> In late March, a special project took them into new territory and gave them new perspective when they traveled to Haiti.</p> ‘It’s time to light the lights, it’s time to meet The Muppets’ http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-time-light-lights-it%E2%80%99s-time-meet-muppets%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/626pulsemuppets1.jpg" alt="Bart Lovins has dedicated a room in his house to display his Muppet collection which includes posters, play sets and stuffed figurines." title="Bart Lovins has dedicated a room in his house to display his Muppet collection which includes posters, play sets and stuffed figurines." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Most people are familiar with The Muppets. Some grew up with the characters and others are just learning about them.</p> <p> You might not know the franchise has been around 60 years and soon will return to television with a new show.</p> <p> Two local Muppet aficionados help clarify the reason for the popularity of the world&rsquo;s most famous frog, pig and whatever.</p> ‘Inside Out’ wears emotions on its sleeve http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/%E2%80%98inside-out%E2%80%99-wears-emotions-its-sleeve <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/inside-out-d150_20mcs.sel16.171.jpg" alt="Pictured (L-R): Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. " title="Pictured (L-R): Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Disney and Pixar&rsquo;s new movie gets inside your head &mdash; literally.</p> <p> The movie explores the emotions inside of Riley&rsquo;s head when she moves to a new city and struggles with leaving her old life behind.</p> Fazed by phases in our canine companions http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/fazed-phases-our-canine-companions <p> So I think both my Pomeranians are going through some growing pains.</p> <p> Tybalt just turned 7 in May, and in human years that translates to &ldquo;Grumpy Old Man&rdquo; age. On the other hand, Zorro is about to turn 2, and in human years that translates into the &ldquo;Whatever. I&rsquo;ll Do What I Want&rdquo; age.</p> Memorial jewelry allows Cecilia resident to give back http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/memorial-jewelry-allows-cecilia-resident-give-back <img src="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/sites/www.thenewsenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/624wwcurtsinger1.jpg" alt="Linda Curtsinger owns and operates her shop, Charming Memories and More, near her Cecilia residence." title="Linda Curtsinger owns and operates her shop, Charming Memories and More, near her Cecilia residence." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Despite life&rsquo;s ups and downs, Cecilia resident Linda Curtsinger exudes a positive energy and doesn&rsquo;t feel she has to act like some might expect a 52-year-old woman to act.</p> Motherhood and More: Overcoming sibling obstacles http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/motherhood-and-more-overcoming-sibling-obstacles <p> So I&rsquo;ve gotten over my fear of taking my children out in public by myself.</p> <p> Our summer hasn&rsquo;t been that bad, actually. After a few very, very rough days full of bickering and yelling and bugging each other just for the fun of it, the kids settled down into a sort of truce.</p>