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#Living

A Broiler Kebabs Meal

Lloyd Groff Copeman is credited with inventing the electric stove over 100 years ago. He founded Copeman Electric Stove in 1912. Five years later, in 1917, he sold this company to the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He had several other inventions on the back burner that were starting to ...

Leafcutter bees important insects of western US

If you happen to notice semi-circular or circular notches in your plant leaves, that would be the work of leafcutter bees. These small bees are important native insects of the western United States. They are often essential pollinators of native wild plants, as they are 15 times better ...

Beware of the Garden Glutton

Parents of teenagers often say, “My kids are eating me out of house and home. I can’t believe how much they eat.” Just be glad you are not feeding a hornworm. They eat four times their weight – every day! Imagine if your 150-pound teenage boy had the appetite of a hornworm and you ...

Pollinator Gardens: Purposeful Landscape Beauties

Pollinator gardens are areas with plants that provide pollen or nectar for pollinating insects, known as pollinators. These plants provide nutrients that keep the insects alive and sustain them throughout the year. It also offers a safe, chemical-free habitat and a home for winter. A ...

Prairie Fare: Inspire your menus with fresh season vegetables

“I’ll have the garlic mashed potatoes and green beans as my two sides,” my younger daughter said. We were celebrating her birthday. We were in a sit-down restaurant for the first time in months. We removed the required protective masks to eat, of course. I glanced at her in disbelief. ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Stumps I have known and loved

As a forester, when I hear the word “stump,” of course I think of a tree that has been cut down. Sometimes that tree has been harvested for timber. In North Dakota, the tree more likely was cut down for safety reasons. I’ve known a lot of stumps through the years. I rarely have a ...

Gardeners plant mixture of vegetables, flowers

The corn is much taller than the gardeners. Mammoth sunflowers tower over the height of the garage and turn with the sun. Eyes on the cabbage keep a close watch over the plants. Bees and dragonflies move from plant to plant. Plants strain to stand tall under the weight of ripening ...

Tomatoes: Diagnosis of common issues

Tomatoes are one of American gardener’s most favorite vegetables to grow. Roughly, 86% of gardeners who grow vegetables, grow tomatoes. By the way, tomatoes, and cucumbers, squash and peppers are actually fruit. While we wait to patiently harvest our first ripe, delicious tomato, here are ...

Let’s Cook: Attic cleaning, letter reading, and other pursuits

There is a significant link between family treasures and memories. But the key to enjoying these treasures is in the way they elevate your feelings. With COVID-19 hanging around, we continue to spend most of our time at home. We have made a list of things we need to do around the house, such ...

DAKOTA GARDENER: Trees are amazing to observe

The sky is blue. And tree leaves are green. Any other statements of the obvious that I should make? My brother likes to say that I have “a keen eye for the obvious.” It’s a family trait. The sky is blue, except when it’s cloudy, or at sunrise and sunset, when purples, pinks and ...

Plum Pocket: The inedible alien fruit

Recently, someone called asking why “my plums are swelled up and empty?” As our conversation continued, I decided I needed to take a look at this alien fruit being described to me. At the homeowner’s yard, I was shocked at the size and color of the fruit on the tree. Some of the plums ...

Prairie Fare: Try these 5 questions during Ice Cream Month

I barely recognized my daughter at first when I walked into the store. She was wearing a face mask and plastic gloves. Her hair was pulled into a high ponytail. However, I recognized her eyes. I think she was grinning when she saw us. Her eyes crinkled a little. She almost disappeared from ...

Let’s Cook: People and recipes

What a lovely party. First to arrive were Dorothy Harding, Esther Kling, Jean Stroud and Hazel Solemsaas — all sporting smartly different and attractive summer outfits. Next to join the gathering were Linda Wade, Bea Hendershot and Betty Aga. You should have seen the flattering deep cape ...

Prairie Fare; Are you ready for a safe picnic?

I always looked forward to picnics when I was a kid. We weren’t frequent travelers, so driving a couple of hours to a state park was quite a big deal. Back then, our car did not have air conditioning. We left really early in the morning to avoid the mid-day heat. We often arrived before ...

10 gardening tasks to do now

Now that we have our gardens planted, weeded, and growing, we think we can kick back and let Mother Nature do the rest. If only it were that easy. Gardening never stops, even in the winter there are still things to do, but let us concentrate on right now. 1. Tend to rose bushes. Ensure ...

Prairie Fare: Don’t get in a jam preserving foods at home

“My jars of homemade raspberry jam exploded in my cupboard!” my exasperated caller told me. At the time of our conversation, she was taking a break from scrubbing sticky jam from her pantry walls. As we visited, another jar of jam flipped its lid and spewed its ruby red ...

Prairie Fare: Fire up the grill safely

I have a healthy respect for grills. We received a gas grill for our wedding and my husband kept rebuilding it periodically for almost 25 years. I’m not sure if he was being nostalgic, romantic or frugal. I think the latter. At least I didn’t say “cheap.” I decided I should learn ...

Honeyberries & strawberries: Earliest fruits of the season

Honeyberries are one of the first fruits of spring, even before strawberries. Bushes were in full bloom and buzzing with pollinators a few weeks back already. Honeyberries are a great addition to the landscape. Compact bushes grow 4 to 6 feet tall and produce small, yellowish white, ...

Let’s Cook: The Wonders of Wanda

Adrenaline rushes. Her binoculars rise as she spots a Northern Oriole at the J Clark Salyer Refuge located north of Towner, North Dakota. The well-used birding book is at her elbow merely hinting at the hours of study that have led up to her knowledge of identifying birds because of their ...