Back to her roots: Jenna Hirtz combines her business background with a love of nature
Back to her roots: Jenna Hirtz combines her business background with a love of nature

Learn more Learn more For more information, visit lifesafeastllc.com. This time of year has long been a favorite of Jenna Hirtz. “I grew up in the country, and my dad and mom were big veggie and flower gardeners,” she said. “From a young age, there was always a lot of love for nature and conservation.” […]

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May ushers in spring salad season with fresh greens and tender veggies
May ushers in spring salad season with fresh greens and tender veggies

Warmer weather, colorful flowers and gloriously sunny skies aren’t the only things that put spring on people’s lists as the best season. If you’re a cook, May is when you can look forward to a bounty of fresh herbs, tender lettuces and green vegetables not just in the grocery store, but at local farmers markets. […]

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For the love of locks: Rose Steffes, of Zen Salon in Dubuque, pursues a lifelong passion in styling hair
For the love of locks: Rose Steffes, of Zen Salon in Dubuque, pursues a lifelong passion in styling hair

Learn more Learn more For more information, visit lifesafeastllc.com. Rose Steffes knew from an early age that she’d want to pursue a career in the beauty industry — specifically in styling hair. “I knew ever since I was a child,” she said. “Whether I was doing my Barbie’s hair, my sister’s hair or my own […]

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Mom to be: Emily Rigopoulos prepares for life’s next chapter
Mom to be: Emily Rigopoulos prepares for life’s next chapter

Learn more Learn more For more information, visit lifesafeastllc.com. As a nurse for the Galena (Ill.) Unit School District, Emily Rigopoulos is used to being surrounded by and working with youth. However, this month will mark a new chapter for the 27-year-old. Rigopoulos and husband Sam will welcome a new edition to their family on […]

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Food for the soul: Angela and Carolyn Linton-Canfield cook up a business and love affair in the kitchen
Food for the soul: Angela and Carolyn Linton-Canfield cook up a business and love affair in the kitchen

Learn more Learn more For more information, visit lifesafeastllc.com. There is something about whipping up a tasty concoction, watching guests sink their teeth into that first bite and hearing the silence before the collective chorus of approval that is music to Angela Linton-Canfield’s ears. “Mmm.” “It’s that sound that makes us do what we do,” […]

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Health and wellness through art: Jessica Abresch finds a following through Zentangle
Health and wellness through art: Jessica Abresch finds a following through Zentangle

Learn more Learn more For more information, visit OutsidetheLinZ.com or Outside the LinZ on TikTok, Facebook and YouTube. On Jan. 1, 2017, Jessica Abresch found her life coming to a crossroads. Her mother had just passed away. The following year, her father was diagnosed with cancer, eventually succumbing to his illness. “People don’t understand how […]

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Welcome to spring. March was a prime example that seasons change and not always as expected. Comparable to life, our circumstances and our need for stuff also change. The tradition of spring cleaning is in effect. Garage sales are scheduled, kids are rediscovering seasonal activity items or requesting new things to keep them occupied indoors...
Slender asparagus and fresh ricotta are easy to find in spring, and these savory crespelle offer a winning combination of the seasonal favorites. Adapted from a recipe from Tuscan food writer and chef Giulia Scarpaleggia, the two ingredients are paired in a fresh and creamy filling for lacy, tender homemade crepes that can either be...
When choosing what kind of plants to put down in your yard, you likely focus on the what and the where. After all, a beautiful plant in a prime location enhances curb appeal and even bragging rights. You might pay less attention though to understanding your plant hardiness zone and all the ramifications that come...
The perfect landscape might start with a healthy, lush lawn, but for interest and depth, you’ll also need to consider the plants that surround it. Thankfully, it’s easy to make considerable improvements to your backyard life using tips from professionals. Landscape designer Doug Scott offers these tips for selecting and installing plants that will beautify...
Dubuque County Master Gardeners’ annual Tour of Gardens will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Six gardens will be featured on the tour, as well as three mini educational workshops. Tickets are $8 in advance, available at the Iowa State University Extension office until Friday, June 14. Tickets the day...
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