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Comfy Comfort Zone

How Comfy is Your Comfort Zone?

A great deal has been written about mental comfort zones. The internet is full of Venn diagrams with a puny circle titled “your comfort zone” and a large circle with no overlap titled “this is where the magic happens” — implying that you … read more

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Zucchini Crisps

Smart Summer Snacks

A busy summer schedule requires plenty of energy, and while relaxation is sure to help, what you eat is your essential source of fuel. Just like filling up your gas tank, food is what makes your body go. A well-balanced approach to eating … read more

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Small House Downsizing
Downsizing, Part 4

Final Touches and the Big Move to Your Smaller Space

You have made the decision to downsize, sorted all your stuff, gotten rid of loads of things, and planned for your new space. Now it is time to put the final touches on and actually move. Even though you have carefully planned your … read more

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Ready to serve
In the Market Now

Late-Spring Vegetables and Mushrooms

As the days lengthen and get warmer, lighter meals are on the horizon. Quiche is a versatile dish that can be served for any meal of the day, hot from the oven or at room temperature. Fresh leeks are available most months of … read more

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Small Home Downsizing
Downsizing, Part 3

How to Prepare Your New, Downsized Space

Now that you’ve decided you want to downsize into a smaller home and have put some thought into how to purge the things you don’t need, you need to think about how your new, downsized space will look. Preparing for this new space … read more

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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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