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My husband, in my opinion, makes the best ribs hands down. But when he went away for school, we would have long stretches of time that we wouldn’t have smoked ribs. So, I decided to start experimenting with his smoker. Since I love to cook, it didn’t take long for me to find other foods to s…

I ordered two Hercules strawberry plants two years ago, received them in the spring, planted them in a big bin, and placed them in the hoophouse. They loved the heat and grew from scraggly sticks that could barely be called plants into some nice-sized strawberry vines.

It’s the start of the blueberry season. For this batch of muffins though, I used frozen berries my kids and I picked from a local farm last year. When they are available, I will add blackberries and raspberries along with the blueberries for some variation.

Close your eyes and imagine the scents of yeast, cinnamon and sugar….If you’ve ever attended the NCW District Fair, perhaps you’ve experienced the “real thing” by partaking of a “Wheat Wives” cinnamon roll. Wheat Wives began back in the late 1970’s, no one really remembers exactly, but there…

The butterfly in the photo, spotted in late June, is either a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail or an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail which are identical in appearance but differ genetically. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail are encroaching into the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail's range. They like to lay eggs …

SZZZZZT— Pop! A wearisome sound! We know it too well. When we hear it, we run around the house like a crazed cat glaring out the windows to see if our neighbors have power. Some of us call a friend, others check the power outage map. In desperation we light a candle and call the PUD.

WATERVILLE — It takes a full minute for the garage-style door to open, but the hangar it belongs to doesn’t house a plane. Instead, when the door finally lifts, two ambulances stare out at the asphalt.

WATERVILLE — In March 2021, I trimmed and topped my apple tree to the bare bones. Of course, no apples developed that year. It didn't even flower, but I didn't expect it to.

Last summer, I noticed our neighbor had a tree that looked similar to mine with burgundy leaves. I mentioned it and asked them about the type of tree. I was handed a small purple plum. It was the sweetest and most delicious plum I had ever tasted.

As a child, I read a book on the rarity of tulips. I loved Dutch windmills, clogs, the story of the little Dutch boy who saved Holland with his finger, and I loved tulips. I learned how valuable they were to the people around the world and I vowed that I would own tulips one day no matter ho…

I was worried about my mason bees not being able to find any flowers when they came out of their nesting tubes, but the trusty dandelions were there, just waiting with their sunshine yellow faces.

We recently had a big birthday bash with a homemade giant peach cheesecake. I called it, "The best ever cheesecake! With my compliments to the chef." It was that good. But there was leftover cream cheese. It seems there's always leftover cream cheese, and you can add it to different recipes …

Buying worms gives me the jitters. I really try, but it's something deep-rooted in me. My hands start shaking and I feel a little pukish. Apprehensively, I reached into the cooler at the store and was able to pick up the styrofoam cups. They felt oddly heavy as I carried them to the front of…

The Douglas County Water Conservancy Board will meet Monday, May 9, at 4 p.m. at Waterville City Hall, Waterville. For more information, call 745-9160.

Foster Creek CD will hold a regular Board of Supervisors meeting on May 11 between 6–8 p.m. at Mansfield Town Hall, 26 Main Street, Mansfield, WA. Please refer to FCCD’s website (http://www.fostercreekcd.org) for details, or contact District Manager Amanda Ward on 509-449-2158 for additional…