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Gochujang-Glazed Chicken

Learn why Foil-Packet Cooking is Hot, Hot, Hot

As the saying goes, big things come in small packages, and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in … read more

Calhoun exhibit garden ready for judging and viewing by the public

The Magical Transformation of the Washington State Convention Center

Once a year, for the past 29 years, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show has awakened visitors’ senses to the sights and sounds of spring, but the magic does not happen overnight. It’s a choreography that begins during the current show, and work … read more

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Mason bee homes made out of reclaimed materials then given a crafty paint job. All parts are removable, if needed.

Better Garden Bounty with the Help of Mason Bees

I am not a mason bee expert but I recognize and benefit from their hard work during rainy weather. A few years ago, my strawberries were seedy and not uniformly plump and succulent, so I contacted my local Master Gardener for ideas about … read more

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Downsizing Part 2
Downsizing, Part 2

How to Purge what You Don’t Need

The thought of moving or dealing with years’ worth of accumulations of personal belongings can strike fear into the hearts of many. In fact, I am quite certain the mere thought has prevented a large number of folks from even attempting it. Like … read more

Heather used for brewing can be tucked into the landscape.

Go from Garden to Glass with a Beverage Garden

Where does alcohol come from? If you answer from brewers and distillers, you are correct — yet before the intermediary, the ingredients originated from a garden. Growing plants for adult beverages is all about freshness and flavors, since freshness equals flavor. Consumers choose … read more

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Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home

Inspire Your Rooms, Inspire Your Life

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from “Simple Decorating: 50 Ways to Inspire Your Home” by Melissa Michaels. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. Used by permission. A home should be more than just something pretty to look at. Our homes should … read more

Orchids as Houseplants

Orchids as Houseplants

Once grown exclusively as a hobby of the wealthy, orchids are now available to every interested gardener. Perhaps you received one as a gift and wonder what to do after the bloom fades, or perhaps you’ve seen them for sale and want to … read more

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Downsize Your Home
Downsizing, Part 1

Downsize Your Home — Upgrade Your Life!

Why downsize? Just look around your home or any other. Americans love stuff, and we consume more than people in any other country. We live in larger homes than any other country. We like having our things — they bring us comfort and … read more

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