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Research & plan ahead before adding fireplace to home

There are many options for you to choose from where planning to add a fireplace to your home, but the right options can often depend where you want to put your fireplace. Creating a plan and researching your options is the smart way to start. INDOOR FIREPLACES Electric Fireplaces – Do ...

Enjoy holiday tastes without the waste

Holidays often are a time to enjoy delicious food, but sometimes we have leftovers after holiday gatherings. About 1 of every 3 pounds of food is wasted in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The amount of food waste increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and ...

Tractor “sleigh” for Santa

Mark Jorgensen of Antler made this float for the 2017 Mohall Parade of Lights using his grandfather's 1936 Case L tractor.

Indoor decor galore

Connie Sveen of New Town has provided this photo of the Christmas decorations in her dining room and front room.

Christmas decorations can be re-usable for other holidays

There are many traditional and contemporary ways to decorate for the holidays both inside and outside the home. Christmas is arguably the most popular decorating holiday, but having decorations that are re-usable for other holidays is a great idea. Christmas Decorations – Consider a wide ...

Not an actual cactus, candelabra cactus is easy to grow

On my living room floor once sat a clerodendron plant, a gift that became an indoor oasis of lush greenery and clusters of red-tipped white flowers. Problem was, I had to tiptoe among its sprawling stems every time I wanted to approach the window. What's sometimes needed in a houseplant is a ...

Enjoy Momma’s mouth-watering fudge recipe

Editor’s note: Jessie Veeder and her family welcomed daughter Rosalee “Rosie” Gene on Dec. 1. Mother and baby are doing well, and we offer our sincere congratulations to them! Please enjoy this column written in 2011 while Jessie and her family settle into being a family of four. The ...

Trees, lights, holiday magic: Christmas events and displays

NEW YORK (AP) — Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here's a look at a few events, displays and other attractions. NEW YORK CITY The city's tried-and-true Christmas attractions include Rockefeller Center's tree, this year a ...

Time is a reminder to love one another

By the time you read this we will be a family of four. I'm writing this from a borrowed laptop in the basement of my best friend's house in Bismarck, waiting on a baby who has shown us that it's not safe to drive the three hours home, because we might not make it back in time to deliver. ...

The burden of being grateful

In the hardest times of our lives it seems we are reminded to be grateful. Grateful that it isn't worse. Thankful you still have your health or your loved ones besides you. That the cut wasn't deeper, the hit harder, the sickness more violent, the call closer. That in the end, we should ...

Send your holiday photo display

We are expanding and extending the holiday photo display through the end of the year. Whether it's a holiday table setting or indoor decorations, outdoor decorations, or Christmas tree you finally get just right, we'd love to share your photos! This is an opportunity to inspire others while ...

Hosting Thanksgiving? Some like rehearsing the feast

Before theater professionals perform a play for an audience, they run a dress rehearsal to look for kinks that need fixing before the show opens. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a big production that can benefit from rehearsal, too, say some veteran hosts. Cortney McLellan grew up ...

Plant-based essential oils boost the mind, body & spirit during the holidays

Ease into the hectic holiday season with the help of aromatherapy. The fragrances of plant-derived essential oils have long been used to improve the health of our mind, body and spirit. Boost your energy and increase your focus as you work to balance work, family and holiday fun. Peppermint ...

All grownups need reminders about younger self

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit schools across the state through a program called “Poetry Out Loud,” a national organization that our state arts organization facilitates. I spoke to the students in a few different formats, gave them writing prompts, talked music and road ...

Send your photos of Holiday outdoor decorations

Have you decorated outdoors for the Holiday season? If you live in the Minot area and would like to share your outdoor decorating, please email a photo or photos to eogden@minotdailynews.com. Your photo may be selected for publication on the #Living page. Be sure the photo resolution ...

Holiday decor: Retro motifs bring home sparkle, style

Midcentury and 1970s-'80s motifs are strong players on the home decor stage, and that includes holiday decor too. These retro styles have a different kind of energy than traditional, nostalgic, holiday decor does. No deep and evocative snowy forests here; no minimalist yet rustic urban ...

All the ways I’ve seen angels at work

She took his hand and looked him square in the eyes as he lay there in the hospital bed, in pain, worried and frustrated. His thoughts and words were clouded under the mask of painkillers, and it was her job to check his vitals, help manage his pain and answer his family’s questions about ...

Brighten the indoors with colorful amaryllis blooms

Brighten those gray winter days with a few colorful, easy-care amaryllis. The 6- to 10-inch trumpet- shaped blossoms are sure to generate a smile and brighten your mood. And consider sharing the fun of growing these beauties with friends and families. Watching the bulbs transform into beautiful ...

Home Security: Take measures to protect home against thieves

A number of home security measures can be taken to protect your home from thieves. One of the best security measures you can take is to get to know your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye out for strangers around your house. Install a home security system Research shows that homes ...

Husband’s response makes question life decisions

I’ve known my husband since I was 11 years old. He’s been my best friend starting sometime around when I was 15 when he was old enough drive out to the ranch to talk horses with my dad, and teach my little sister to play chess. We went to college together, we got married and we’ve moved ...