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Navigating garden catalogs to plan for the season ahead

As garden catalogs are piling up and online versions fill your inbox, your thoughts may turn to the growing season ahead. With so many choices of beautiful flowers and scrumptious vegetables it can be overwhelming and hard to resist buying more seeds and plants than you have space to grow and ...

Prairie Fare: Put new appliances to work

As I did some last-minute shopping in preparation for the holidays, I noticed a wide range of coffee drink makers, multifunction cookers (pressure cookers) and air fryers lining the aisles of retail stores. Think back to when you were a kid. What were some of the gadgets used in the kitchen in ...

In Touch with Prairie Living: January 2020

I am pleased to have Torie Jones, GRHC Graduate Assistant, prepare this month’s column. Torie is a native of Fessenden, ND, and began working as an undergraduate intern at the GRHC in July, 2015. During her internship, she spent two and a half years processing and digitizing the Johannes and ...

Give your Christmas Tree a second life in the landscape

Once your holiday celebrations have passed and the decorations go back into storage, it is time to deal with your real Christmas tree. Don't drag it to the curb to be hauled away by the trash collectors. Give it a second, even third life, in your landscape. No live Christmas tree? Don't ...

VEEDER: When in doubt, give them fudge

Merry Christmas! Greetings from the ranch at 11 p.m., where I just finished up two batches of my mom’s fudge recipe (making it, not eating it) and am currently watching the house cat inspect the Christmas tree a little too closely for my present comfort level. Today my husband and I, on a ...

Project Linus spreads warmth and kindness

A friend of mine has a Snoopy blanket that was worn thin by her childhood. She grasped that little blanket tightly in her hands every time she faced abuse. She kept the blanket all these years as a reminder of her faith and the strength we’re given to endure the terrible times. Bad things ...

Annual baking day wasn’t ‘just’ desserts

We started out as co-workers, but soon became friends. We were a group of young women, just launching careers, marriages and families, when we first bonded over shared deadlines and projects in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead newsroom 25 years ago. We worked in the same newsroom, so there was ...

Catching kindness in the act

My fourth grade son, Ben, told me his teacher pretends to vomit anytime the kids start bickering with each other in his class. Isn’t that hysterical? Instead of yelling or raining down punishment, the teacher just walks over and pretends to gag. The kids immediately realize what they’re ...

Small gestures can reassure anxious or lonely older adults

Dear Carol: My dad had a severe stroke six months ago and now lives in a nearby nursing home. Dad’s always been anxious, but since the stroke and some related dementia, he’s worse than ever and I know that my daily visits help. What worries me is that I have an event for work coming up ...

Create a Festive Centerpiece from your indoor and outdoor garden

Take a break from the holiday rush for a bit of gardening relief. Grab a pruner and basket then wander through your landscape gathering a few evergreen branches, berry-laden stems and cones to create a holiday centerpiece. Most gardeners are used to walking into their summer garden ...

VEEDER: Christmas tree tumble puts things into perspective

Merry Christmas. I want to share with you all the holiday spirit that’s floating around this place. I’d really like to tell you that I’m writing this as I sip hot cocoa in my best holiday sweater while a Hallmark movie is playing on TV and the snow softly falls on the treetops ...

Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow

Years ago, I had one of those spineless cacti that once a year splash colorful flowers out the ends of their flat, arching stems. Such plants are usually named for when they are supposed to bloom: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter cactii. I just call them “holiday” cacti because they ...

Let’s Cook: Pillsbury Bake-Off turns 70!

Long before there were cooking shows such as Cake Boss, The Great British Bake Off and Barefoot Contessa, bakers from across America took an interest in the Pillsbury Bake-off. 2019 marks 70 years since Pillsbury first introduced this baking contest. Pillsbury introduced what they called the ...

Adult children from abusive families should make self-care a priority

Dear Carol: My dad left when I was in middle school and then my mother married a man who abused me, but she stuck by him anyway. Now she’s alone. I’ve had years of counseling and I feel that I’ve forgiven her, mostly because I needed to do that for myself. Now, I’m not certain what ...

Cherry Christmas! This cherry-almond combo is ideal for holiday treats

Whenever I think of the timeless combo of cherries and almonds, I think of my Grandma Swift. She always kept a pump-bottle of Jergens in her bathroom and, as a tot, I was mesmerized by what I perceived to be such glamorous and feminine packaging: a curvy, ivory-colored bottle with ...

Affordable Gift Ideas for anyone on your list

The holidays are upon us and busy schedules often send us into a panic when looking for the perfect gift for those on our list. No matter your budget, there are affordable gift options your friends and family will love. Tools are always a welcome gift. Most gardeners are reluctant to invest ...

Before you travel, take steps to ensure a happy homecoming

People tend to spend a lot of time planning their holiday travel but not a lot preparing for their return home. But returning to a mess — minor bummers like an empty fridge or stinking garbage can, or major problems like frozen pipes — can make it difficult to savor the good times you had ...

Be prepared for vehicle snow survival

Many people will be traveling during this holiday season when winter weather might make roads hazardous. 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, ...

Cousins are lucky to have each other

My little sister gave birth to her second daughter on Nov. 22. They named her Emma Evangeline, Evangeline for our Gramma Edith’s middle names. See, my grandma Edith had 11 brothers and sisters and at the time of her birth, each of her sisters got to pick out a name for her. And so she was ...

The Postscript: The Cookie Situation

“People have been asking about the squeaking of the ship,” our captain reported, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, “but I must tell you, this is nothing to worry about.” He then proceeded to explain how a ship needed to give in heavy swells, just as an airplane had to flex ...