#Living

Dakota Handcrafters: Sandy Blanes

Current Hometown: Butte How would you describe your specialty handcraft? Specialty doll design, handcrafted with a purpose. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? One of my books, “Where’s MY Grandma?” led me to handcraft some dolls to use as props when reading to ...

VEEDER: How to go sledding with 2 toddlers in only 20 steps

So you want to go sledding with two toddlers? Here’s how to do it in only 20 steps. Step 1: Check the weather. Declare to the entire house that it is now above zero and you are all going outside. Step 2: Tell the 3-year-old to go find her snow gear while you attempt to wipe all the syrup ...

From Garden to Bouquet: Growing your own cut flowers

Keep your flower vases filled all summer long with beautiful blossoms picked right from your own garden and containers. Growing seeds, plants and tender bulbs that can double as cut flowers makes it easy to create casual, fresh-cut bouquets for your dinner table, guest room or to share with ...

Quilts and More: Minot Prairie Quilt Festival opens March 21

Creative, colorful quilts of all kinds will be on display during the 26th Annual Minot Prairie Quilt Festival set for March 21-24. This year’s festival, themed “Unique Techniques” is being held at the Clarion Hotel at 2200 E. Burdick Expy. in Minot. The festival includes a quilt show ...

Spring Fever Workshops for gardeners

The NDSU Spring Fever Garden Forums will be held on Monday nights beginning on March 25 and continuing through April 15. A team of experts in subsequent forums will share information on selecting trees, growing ornamental grasses, starting a Juneberry patch, fighting invasive bugs and ...

Veeder: At the end of a life

Over supper tonight I was attempting to tell my husband about the highlights of my recent getaway to Nashville when my 3-year-old interrupted me repeatedly, insisting her story was more interesting. “I went to the big town and swam in a hotel pool and met a friend with curly hair who shared ...

Dakota Handcrafters: Tanner Verbitsky

Current Hometown: Butte How would you describe your specialty handcraft? I have been sewing and quilting for six years and I couldn’t live without it. What or who inspired you to become involved in it? My grandma Louise Verbitsky. How long have you been doing this type of work? 6.5 ...

VEEDER: A real version of Country Living magazine

The snow was blowing big flakes sideways across the prairie. The weatherman warned of minus 30 wind chills, and it was just another February morning in western North Dakota. I loaded up the kids and the car: coats, hats, mittens, blankies, sippy cups, snow pants, snacks for the trip to town, ...

Pruning tips to keep flowering shrubs blossoming for years

Deciduous shrubs — those that lose their leaves each winter — are always sending up new stems at or near ground level. This makes them forgiving plants to prune. New growth, wherever needed, can eventually correct any mistakes. Still, there's no reason to butcher these plants. Forsythia ...

Spring cleanup for a healthy, beautiful landscape

Satisfy your gardening itch with a bit of spring cleaning. Take advantage of warm days in late winter or early to mid-spring to get a head start on this season’s gardening. Cut back tall ornamental grasses you left standing for the winter. Use a hand pruner for small plantings and a string ...

VEEDER: Wilderness dreams come back on days like this

When I was a little girl all wrapped up in the magic of this place, my favorite book of was “My Side of the Mountain,” a story about a boy who finds himself living alone in the wilderness inside of a giant hollowed out tree. I still have the book buried somewhere in this house, holding all ...

Fashion success

MANDAREE – Norma Baker-Flying Horse has been having a whirlwind of fashion success. “I recently had a dress walk the red carpet at the Gra3mmy’s earlier this month and I’m also preparing to show in France,” said Baker-Flying Horse of Mandaree. Baker-Flying Horse said she will be ...

On pet fish and falling in love

As a wife and a parent to two toddling humans, I find that I don’t have to look very hard if I want to feel like I’m doing something wrong. There’s contradicting advice, opinions and experiences lurking in every day care pickup line and waiting on the other side of every click, swipe or ...

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 ...