February 13, 2018 RSS feed / Home & Family

Time for a cuppa? Teaware with style

RIGHT AT HOME:

Tea lovers are inclined to brew a cuppa any time of year, but especially now, in the dead of winter. Time to put the kettle on and savor the warm, soothing flavor of steeped tea leaves.  More...

Being colorblind impacts daily life

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

We learned that Lindell was colorblind when he was 4 years old. I was reading “Go Dog Go” and he asked, “What is the orange dog doing?” There was no orange dog on the page, so I asked him to point to it. More...

The key to hearty granola that you can eat by the handfuls

I have been a fan of homemade granola for as long as I can remember. I literally grew up with it as my mother made it way before it was a trend to do so.  More...

Indeed ... terrariums are back in style

BOSTON   At a crowded, downtown bar one recent Saturday night, the lights were dim, hip-hop music played and most everyone had a drink in hand.  The bar itself was covered with succulents, and the tabletops with accoutrements like paintbrus More...

No time for the gym?

At-home workouts offer cheap option

Between bomb cyclones and deep freezes, it’s hard to find the motivation to leave your toasty home for a sweat session. Or maybe you’re just too cash-strapped after the holidays to fork over $25 for your usual barre classes. More...

Toys R Us loss ... it’s something significant

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Recently, we learned that our local Toys R Us, along with 182 others around the country, will soon close its doors. More...

Plants can thrive OK with no care at all

Wardian cases

In 1827, a London physician with an interest in caterpillar metamorphosis built small glass boxes to contain the cocoons and emerging butterflies. Peering into the “dirt” in one of the boxes one day, the physician, Dr. More...

Homemade jam that uses berries to sweeten — instead of sugar

My grandmother used to make jam every year out of the summer bounty of berries. More...

Home drainage problems can be very expensive

The person who coined the phrase “saving for a rainy day” must have been a property owner with home drainage problems. The financial costs of poor drainage can be substantial, and the human health costs significant too. More...

Nordic skating on a 4.5-mile trail in Vt.

FAIRLEE, Vt. Ice skating on Vermont’s Lake Morey is far more than circling around a makeshift rink. It’s an expedition — a 4.5-mile one, around the frozen lake’s perimeter. More...

Sauteed duck breasts are nice dish for Valentine’s

With Valentine’s Day looming, here’s an elegant entree that any basic cook can execute with ease. I’m talking about duck breasts with a five-ingredient sauce, the making of which requires all of 15 minutes of hands-on time.  More...

Night shift: Waiting for babies at EMMC

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

It was snowing again when I went to cover this month’s night shift, and because I was headed to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s labor and delivery floor, I had hoped that would mean a lot of babies would be born. More...

Ask a Designer: Use trendy ‘Ultra Violet’ hue in decor

When the Pantone Color Institute recently announced its color of the year for 2018, the vibrant “Ultra Violet,” it might have seemed a natural fit for fashion and cosmetics.  More...

Frosting Man: Here comes the origin story

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Today I get to write solely about my middle son, Owen. This hasn’t happened in a long time — specifically, since 2011. That’s when I wrote a column about frozen waffles, and Owen seemingly fell off the radar.  More...

Keeping evergreens green in the winter

Did you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? More...

Leftovers make tasty spinach and feta burgers

Leftovers! Some folks love them, others happily scrape them into the trash.  Me, I’m on the love team. Leftovers speak to me. More...

Greenhouse weeds

Prevention is the best way to manage them

Weeds can be especially troublesome in greenhouses. They starve plants of nutrients, water and light. They also protect insects, mites, rodents and other pests.  More...

Cauliflower mashed potatoes ... simple

Let’s say you’ve resolved to eat healthier in the new year, but find yourself tripped up over and over again by your unconquerable yen for food that’s rich and delicious. More...

Cooking on Deadline: Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. More...

Snow days here in Maine are indeed a gift

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

People new to Maine and winter in general confirmed this week what I already knew: my previous column — about roof rakes, endless snow and pajamas before 5 p.m. — was ominous. More...