Blog posts in Misc.

12 Tips for Gardening in the Northwest

Gardening in the great white north is fraught with challenges residents know all too well — freak blizzards, blazing hot summers, and enough acidic plants to drive even the most content groundcover out of a space.

It’s challenging to grow your own food in the northwest, but not impossible, and any veteran gardener will tell you, you just learn a few hard lessons along the way.

#1 — Know First and Last Frost Dates

Magnesium: The Ultimate Migraine Prevention

Magnesium rich diets may help to prevent migraines.

Migraine sufferers know the signs all too well — blurred vision, intense pain, and a miserable day or two of cowering from bright lights and noise.

Migraines are debilitating, and even prescription drugs — expensive though they can be — often have little to no effect. These mysterious ailments strike with little warning and can render victims completely incapable of something even as simple as seeing and speaking.

15 Ways to Go (Almost) Zero Waste in 2018

The waste problem is one that plagues our social media channels. Images of islands of trash, sea turtles with plastic straws stuck up their noses — it’s enough to make you want to bow your head in shame every time you take out a bag.

Reducing your waste footprint is not an easy task though, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Rather than looking at every hurdle your household faces, start with taking one step at a time. Here’s a quick list of easy things you can do this year to reduce your waste footprint.

Overnight Oats 8 Ways

Overnight oats are the healthiest grab and go breakfast you can make in a mason jar.

‘Eat a healthy breakfast,’ they say. ‘It’ll set the pace for a healthy day of eating.’

Pft. Yea, okay, we’ll get right on that, between carpool lines, trying to master a matte lip, and getting the car defrosted in time to beat the morning traffic.

Eating a healthy breakfast is so much easier when it comes in a little package, but for those of us trying to eat cleaner and avoid processed and packaged foods, it’s overnight oats to the rescue.

Great Gifts the Cook in Your Life Will Love

Everyone has that person in their family who’s always showing everyone up at family gatherings with homemade green bean casserole, ornate cakes, and homemade breads that you just want to drown in butter and never share with another soul.

Make ‘em feel good this holiday season for sharing the fruits of their labor, with gifts to feed their need to feed! A great cook is someone worth keeping happy, and this list has it all, from kitchen staples to gadgets that make everything that much sweeter.

12 Things to Bake for Thanksgiving

It’s the holidays, which means it’s officially time to bust out your apron and bake until you run out of clean dishes.


(But not really).

Pinterest is a veritable buffet of options when it comes to what you’re going to put on this year’s Thanksgiving menu, and I rounded up some of the most amazing recipes out there for this special feature. Loosen your pants, crack open a bottle of wine, and break out the stand mixer — it’s time to bake.

Buying and Storing Foods in Bulk

Mason jars with dried fruit

Montanans know better than anyone, the fewer trips you have to make to the grocery store, the happier everyone is. Buying in bulk saves money, trips to the store, and is great for being prepared for emergency scenarios like blizzards and hurricanes.

It also cuts down dramatically on the environmental footprint of our food purchasing habits, reducing travel and waste from packaging.

But how do you store food long term without it going bad?

Natural, Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats

Okay, let’s not pretend that Halloween is a sensible time to stick to strict dietary guidelines. Chocolate and sugar rushes are the spices of life this time of year, but for many, they don’t have a choice.

Some have dietary intolerances to things like dairy and gluten that make it downright dangerous for them to eat them, while others have allergies that can make Halloween incredibly challenging for parents.