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Dahlias bring diverse shapes, sizes, colors to the garden

Dahlias have been a fixture in summer flower gardens for generations. But it may be time to update your idea of dahlias! With hundreds of varieties to choose from in a fabulous array of colors, shapes and flower sizes, it is no surprise the National Garden Bureau has declared 2019 the Year of ...

Veeder: Dear husband, I love you

Dear Husband, I’m writing this at naptime because I have a moment, and I’m worried when I try to say it I’ll get interrupted for a snack request or to break up another argument over the toy purse. I love being a mother, but I miss you and me. I’m not sure we’re really supposed to ...

You rely on outdoor power equipment in the winter: Fuel it correctly

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Winter weather is unpredictable. Home and business owners rely on outdoor power equipment to keep the power on, clear obstructions from yards and driveways, and keep their families and businesses safe. Do you know how to correctly fuel and maintain equipment so it runs well ...

Dakota Handcrafters:Summer Corcoran of Classy Cakes

Current Hometown: Pick City How would you describe your specialty handcraft? We offer a wide variety of gourmet, chocolate-dipped confections such as: Cake pops, Chocolate covered Oreos, Hot Chocolate on a Stick, Edible Cookie Dough, and Chocolate LEGOS. What or who inspired you to become ...

Puking toddler waits for no queasy mom

You guys, this winter is getting to me. And even though the wind is blowing 65 mph outside my windows, shaking this house and forcing me under the covers in my long underwear listening to weatherman Cliff promise like 100 below zero tomorrow, I’m telling you it’s not the weather. I know ...

Make your Valentines shine with colored foil

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Have you taken a shine to someone? Tell them how you feel with a handmade Valentine's Day card decorated with colorful foil. Applying foil elevates even the simplest heart shape to something special, but getting it to stick is not so simple, depending on the skills and ...

Heart-shaped plants to give for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something different to give your Valentine this year? Consider gifting an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers. Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red or pink heart-shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves. Pothos and ...

Tips for safer winter generator usage for home & business owners

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Winter is here, and if your electricity goes out due to snow and ice, a generator can keep your power flowing to your home or business. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor ...

When I was 15

“Oh, you’re going to feel so old,” my husband told me as I explained my plan for the week to drive across the state to conduct a few writing workshops for high schoolers. “Just remember, you were their age once… like, 20 years ago.” And then he took a drink of his coffee, ...

Winning tomatoes add vibrant color, flavor to Gardens and Meals

Editor’s note: The AAS tomato winners were just announced. Melinda Myers wrote this column so people could start planning their garden, ordering their seeds from catalogs (seed catalogs are being mailed to people now) and even start the seeds indoors before spring. Impress your guests with a ...

Veeder: The way my grandpa sees the world

There’s a print of a painting hanging in a frame beside my bed that reminds me of my Grandpa Bill. It’s a framed card actually, a watercolor of a rugged landscape, dark blue buttes forming a horizon against a gray and white sky. And below the buttes, in the foreground, the brush stroked ...

A few design tricks unclutter home with toys

A home with a child is a home filled with toys. Toys come from birthday parties, holiday gifts, fast-food kids’ meals and other occasions. You can’t hide everything, but with a few interior design tricks and a little imagination, you can achieve balance. Control where toys are stored, what ...

Small touches create a great master bathroom

It's easy to design a gorgeous master bathroom if you have a huge budget. But with the right choices, says interior designer Gabriel Anderson, you can have an exceptional master bath without overspending. "Having huge expanses of marble is amazing and wonderful, but you don't have to have ...

Veeder: January is a little too good at loneliness

I sat on the floor in the basement and cried. I cried while my 3-year-old’s voice bubbled and babbled a narrative for her dolls as they navigated the new house her auntie snagged for them secondhand last week. I cried while my 1-year-old wobbled over to hand me her little karaoke microphone ...

Beat the winter blues – Grow quick, easy and nutritious microgreens

Dress up your salads, sandwiches and snacks with homegrown microgreens. These mini sprouts are easy to grow, ready to harvest in less than two weeks and require no special growing equipment. Simply purchase seeds labeled for microgreen growing or organic sprouts such as sunflowers, kale, ...

Houseplants 101

Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful environment to ...

What’s normal anyway?

On the evening of Christmas Day, after all the gifts were opened, the leftovers were boxed up and the goodbye hugs were given, we arrived home to our house in the middle of nowhere to discover an open front door, a bag of scattered garbage and every boot in the entryway missing. In another ...

Now’s a good time to savor the subtle beauty of trees’ barks

Autumn's fiery-colored leaves have fallen, so now let's look for more subtle beauty in trees and shrubs. Like a developing photographic image, the textures and colors of bark come into view in the increasingly stark winter landscape. Paper birch isn't the only tree with bark worth looking ...

Plant indoors now for a fragrant start to the New Year

Plant away the stress of the of the holidays and add some fragrance to the new year by growing paperwhites. Just plant the bulbs, no cold treatment needed, and watch them grow into their blooming beauty. Purchase firm healthy bulbs from your local garden center or an online bulb nursery. Ziva ...

Be prepared for car snow survival

Every year, winter throws out more than a few weather and travel-related situations. Freezing rain, blinding snow and icy roadways can make even short drives across town hazardous. A traffic accident, a police matter or snow emergency may hold you up for hours; you have to prepare for the ...