#Living

Dear daughters, from mom

Dear daughters, While I type this, I’m sitting in the living room. Rosie, you’re crawling around the floor, picking up things to put in your mouth and pulling yourself up to stand along the couch. Your big sister is sleeping, but your nap ended early like it usually does, and so the toys ...

Harvest cucumbers for slicing, pickling

It’s all about timing when harvesting cucumbers for eating fresh or preserving as dill or sweet pickles. Picking these low-calorie vegetables ensures the best flavor, greatest nutritional value and suitability for pickling. Harvest cucumbers based on how you plan to use them. Pick the fruit ...

Putting your garden, trees to bed for winter

Now is the time to be getting your garden and trees ready for their winter rest. Time spent now can make for better gardens and trees with less problems with them next spring. Here are some suggestions to get ready for winter. Tucking in your trees and shrubs — Rake or mow/bag leaves and ...

Love and seasons

The window is open in this house tonight, letting the summer out and the cool autumn air in. It’s dark before 10 p.m. now and the crickets in the grass are louder than the frogs in the creek. On the ranch, we mark time by seasons a bit differently. Calving season. Branding season. Haying ...

Keep pets safe while enjoying an indoor garden

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s decor and improve the indoor air quality. Those with pets however may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery. The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets. Yes, ...

Prepare lawn to be healthy, beautiful next summer

Fall is a very good time to do lawn chores to improve the health and appearance of home lawns. The hot, dry summer took a toll on many lawns. The cool season grasses went dormant earlier than normal. This gave weeds an opportunity to invade and spread in lawns. Dandelions and thistles were ...

The moon’s name is Carlile

If you see my almost 3-year-old daughter bouncing around, following behind me at the grocery store or at an event, playing at the park or with toys in Gramma’s store in town, she will likely ask you for your name. She’s really into names. And who belongs to whom in this world. Like ...

Capture summer’s flavor in a jar by canning tomatoes

From the loving way I look at them, you'd think these jars were filled with a fine red wine. But no, they are filled with fine red tomatoes. How satisfied and rich they make me feel! The royal red color broadcasts richness through the sparkling clean glass. But it's not just for show; I know ...

Harvest and dry flowers for year-round enjoyment

Enjoy your flower garden’s beauty all year long. Harvest and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for friends and family. Pick the flowers when they are at peak bloom and blossoms are dry. Cut flowers for drying mid-day when they contain less moisture ...

Some things stand the test of time

“How old is that shirt you think?” I asked my husband as he came downstairs and scooped up both our babies to sit with him on his easy chair. “Well, you got it for me when I was 14 or 15, so, like, 20 years,” he replied before he pointed out each hole and stain he and the shirt picked ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Paisley LeBaron

Current Hometown: Arnegard How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I make craft and activity kits for people of all ages. I include all of the supplies you need to complete an activity or create a craft. I make crafting easy and fun. Some of my favorite kits are my dinosaur eggs, ...

Spooked by ghosts, even if they’re just imaginary

Last week, my dad was hauling our old feed pickup back from the shop on a flatbed trailer during oil field rush hour traffic, a little white-knuckled and stressed at the task. Tired from a full day of work, annoyed at fellow drivers and maybe running a worst-case scenario or two through his ...

Apples to Apples – Choices are many

Apples are one of the most commonly grown fruits in North Dakota. There are many choices available that give a range of ripening as well as well as best uses for the apples. Hazen is a North Dakota release. Hazen is a naturally smaller apple tree growing to 12 to 15 feet in height. It matures ...

Rose of Sharon: Not a real rose, but worth growing

An unsung hero of the late summer garden is rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). This shrub's branches are studded with pastel blossoms year after year, despite drought, poor soil or general neglect. Cold winters or sweltering summers similarly leave it unfazed. Despite its tolerance for ...

Create a healthy foundation for fall plantings

Fall is a great time to start a garden or renovate an existing planting bed. The soil is warm while the air is cool – a perfect combination for establishing new plantings. It is also a great time to prepare gardens for the next planting season. Investing time up front to create a healthy ...

‘Enjoying The Fruits’ Vineyard & Winery Tour set for Tuesday

A free vineyard and winery tour including wine tasting, and information session on both will be held on Tuesday at the Pointe of View Winery from 6-8 p.m. The winery is located just off Highway 2 & 52, east of Burlington. There is no charge for the tour. The tour is aimed at providing ...

A few small things

I love standing on the top of the hills around our house and scanning the horizon and the ribbon of road below me to see who might be coming or going – the sun, a neighbor, an oil field worker on his way home. But often I feel like looking closer to see what’s happening underneath the ...

Plant now for a beautiful garden next year

Don’t let the summer heat keep you indoors. Now is a great time to dress up those garden beds in need of a facelift. Always start by calling 811 and they’ll contact all the appropriate companies who will mark the location of their underground utilities in your work area. This helps ...

Hoofbeats and paw prints and measuring time

My husband used to have a big yellow dog that would pull him around town on his Rollerblades. Young, strong and full of heart, the two of them flew through the quiet streets of our hometown, back when Rollerblades were cool and so was he. I never knew the Chad that existed before that dog. ...

Avoid open kettle or oven canning

Have you ever heard that some methods of canning are not recommended, but don’t understand why? Open Kettle Canning Since the late 1980s, USDA has been teaching that open kettle canning is no longer safe. Open kettle canning involves heating the food to boiling, pouring it into the jars, ...