January 24, 2017 RSS feed / Home & Family

Trying trailer homes

Buyers find they can save money — and face, too

When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous.  As many couples at this stage of life do, the Ridenours decided to downsize. More...

Calorie counting Q&A

Restaurants, others pepper federal agency with food questions

NEW YORK   How might a bread basket for the table be counted under America’s new calorie posting rules? What about seasonal items, croutons for salads, or pizza that’s cut into squares?  More...

Life-size balloon ... creepy and endearing

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

We recently had a 5-foot, 10-inch stormtrooper living with us. He was well-proportioned, moved swiftly and held a blaster. Also, he was filled with helium, a decoration for Lindell’s 10th birthday. More...

12 good rules for gardeners

I do a lot of public speaking, and was recently asked to give a talk that put forth a list of “Commandments” for gardeners. Not wanting to sound pretentious, I decided that 12 rules sounded better than 10 commandments. More...

Using yellow well

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Gorgeous shades of yellow have become increasingly popular in home decor, a trend that seems set to continue in the coming year. More...

Hygge ... This winter’s hottest trend has its heart in the home

Search the term online and nearly 10 million results roll in. It’s being touted by this winter’s shelter magazines, decor retailers and lifestyle mavens. What’s so huge? It’s hygge. More...

Michelle Obama and her garden

I recently was reorganizing my gardening books and came across a great book by Michelle Obama — “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America” (Crown Publishers, 2012). More...

If ’50s women trapped, so are we

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

I recently read a post on Mental Floss titled “Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive,” and what amazed me more than the almost overwhelming collection of startling ad copy (“If men ‘hate the s More...

GLOBAL CHOCOLATIER

Dagoba founder now world player

MEDFORD, Ore. After migrating from Colorado to the Rogue Valley, Dagoba Chocolate founder Frederick Schilling accomplished what many entrepreneurs only dream about — building a company and selling it for millions. More...

A little beer is a lot of flavor in these sliders

Big provisions are required to watch the big game, and nothing’s more substantial than a burger, even in its mini-form — the slider. More...

What I couldn’t tell them myself

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

I have not been a super strict mother when it comes to screening violence or bad language, within limits, on television and movies. More...

More than just showy leaves

Poinsettias

Early winter is when poinsettias come into the limelight, showing off their colors in homes and shop windows. But a poinsettia is more than just seasonally flamboyant. More...

SeaWorld San Diego ending killer whale show

SAN DIEGO   SeaWorld San Diego is ending its long-running killer whale show after years of outcry and falling attendance prompted it to renounce theatrical orca displays.  The show that featured killer whales cavorting with trainers and le More...

Popping the big question

It’s more than just going down on one knee

NEW YORK It’s courtin’ time and that still means going down on one knee for many proposers of marriage. Only now, more are choosing a special destination to do the asking. More...

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

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After the holidays, our appetites can go in a couple of different directions. On the one hand, after a steady diet of stuffed birds and figgy puddings, we seek something lighter, something that feels clean and simple. More...

There’s one resolution I’m not making

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

After Thanksgiving 2015, I was disgusted with myself. I had eaten dinner, complained about how full I was, eaten some more, and then I had desserts. The desserts are what did it. Never before had I felt my stomach bloating like that. More...

Try growing tropical fruit

Are you tired of winter already? Why not grow fruit? Last year I decided to do just that, and now have three Meyer lemons ripening up on a spindly little tree in a south-facing window. And I have a lime tree that has potential, but is yet to bloom. More...

‘In the midst of the chaos’

3 Chicagoans remember deadly year

CHICAGO In this deadly year of gun violence in Chicago, the tragic became the routine: Teens carried the caskets of friends down church steps. Sobbing mothers huddled at candlelight vigils, praying for an end to the shootings. More...

What I learned from my first colonoscopy

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Colorectal cancer has been part of my vocabulary from a young age. Due to a family history of the disease, all of my first-degree relatives get screened with a colonoscopy earlier than the recommended age of 50. More...

Garden year in review

I had a great gardening year in 2016. Of course, I’m a mad-dog gardener, so that means I was born optimistic and wired to remember success, not failure. So I suppose I had some of both. More...