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

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,” said Angela, whose fascination with food started as a […]

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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

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 horrible the death of a parent can be,” said Abresch, a Dubuque native. “The stress and the grief, […]

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Build a home for the holidays: A gingerbread home that is
Build a home for the holidays: A gingerbread home that is

If you’ve ever made cut-out cookies, you can make a gingerbread house from scratch. Did your cottage from a kit collapse like a house of cards? Homemade royal icing is easy to make and a better cookie caulk than the stuff that comes pre-packaged. And nothing smells better at Christmastime than gingerbread in the oven. […]

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Over the top: Stephanie Failmezger crafts a dazzling holiday tradition through her Christmas tree
Over the top: Stephanie Failmezger crafts a dazzling holiday tradition through her Christmas tree

In the rural Peosta, Iowa, home of Stephanie Failmezger this time of year, you’re not likely to find garland draped from archways, elves on shelves or stockings hung by the chimney with care. Instead, she reserves most of her merry energy for one thing: Her Christmas tree. “It’s just always something I’ve done,” Failmezger said. […]

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Holly, jolly and bright: Holiday highlights from the tri-states
Holly, jolly and bright: Holiday highlights from the tri-states

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the tri-state area as myriad nonprofits, community organizations and musical groups begin to prepare for the holiday season. From concerts to community dinners and a scuba-diving Santa, there’s a wide variety of merry and bright celebrations set to take place through the end of the year. […]

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Gretchen’s table: Fall in love with an apple salad with maple vinaigrette
Gretchen’s table: Fall in love with an apple salad with maple vinaigrette

W hen it comes to fall fruit, it’s hard to beat the versatility of the humble apple. Gala and the ubiquitous Red Delicious tend to be the most popular for eating out of hand, but sweet-tart cultivars such as Honeycrisp and the bright green, citrusy-tart Granny Smith also are great for a quick after-school or […]

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I used the vibrant flavors of Creole cooking to create this easy vegetarian dinner. Louisiana creole cooking is a fusion of Spanish, French and African cuisines. Onions, celery, green bell pepper, tomatoes and hot pepper seasoning are the basic ingredients. The heat is up to you. The amount of cayenne pepper in the recipe gives...
Hosting a Big Game watch party? By following the playbook of BBQ experts, you’ll have your friends and family cheering for your game day spread. “The trick to achieving tasty BBQ is real smoke flavor. And to get real smoke flavor, you need quality, natural hardwoods, with or without a pellet grill,” says Levi Strayer,...
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With space at a premium, many people are looking to maximize their home environment as much as possible. Whether it’s to accommodate a home office or in-home classroom space for children or just create extra space to relax and unwind, maximizing one’s home foot print is more important than ever. The reality is, there are...
While many home renovation projects are best tackled during the warmer months, there are specific minor repairs and tasks that are important to address in winter. These quick projects are easy to complete in a weekend and will make for a more cozy, organized winter home. Service the furnace It’s easy to get behind on...
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