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9/26/2014
Golden mums and bronzy foliage might be taking over garden centers these days, but my mind is on frilly daffodils and dainty tulips. Though it may seem odd to focus on spring when Halloween is around the corner, now is the time to get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground. Rosie Lerner, extension consumer horticulture specialist at Purdue University, explains why and offers her top bulb... More
9/19/2014
FALLelujah! FALLelujah! Admit it. You’re singing the song in your head right now. How can you not? Monday marks the official start of autumn and I, for one, am ready. Fall is my favorite time of year. Brightly colored leaves, crisp morning air and hot apple cider usher in the season. But to me, nothing marks the transition from summer to fall more than changing out the... More
9/3/2014
In the last full month of summer, Instagram photographers captured the bright colors of the season in Midwest fields, flowers, sunsets and lakes. Here are our five most-liked Instagram photos for August: #1: Lavender Hill Farms in Boyne City, Michigan, by @wanderingz (http://instagram.com/p/rX2oxyGzZ8/). "I just can't get enough of this place,” she wrote. “I... More
8/25/2014
I agree completely with North Dakota’s designation as the happiest state in the United States. As a fifth-generation North Dakotan, I wouldn't live anywhere else. There's a history as rich as the railroad is long (we're celebrating 125 years of statehood this year) and a future as bright as a sunflower field. The following are just seven of the many... More
8/22/2014
The start of football season and shorter summer days have me hankering for a classic picnic in the park before the chill of fall hits. When I was a kid, that meant heading to Arbuckle Acres park in Brownsburg, Indiana, with my parents and brother for grilled hot dogs and time on the playground. As an adult, I prefer to dress up my alfresco dining a bit: spread colorful blankets on picnic tables,... More
8/8/2014
We know Midwesterners love their pets, so when we stumbled across this adorable Instagram feed of a Wisconsin border collie named Cricket, we just had to share. Cricket's owner Jennifer Luedtke, who works for her family's logging business, says the 2-year-old dog is a natural ham. Jennifer takes her camera—and Cricket—on everyday adventures around... More
6/25/2014
Have a blast this Fourth of July decorating your table using either of these easy, patriotic tabletop ideas. If you’re like me and are a member of the ultimate procrastinators club, you will love how quickly either table can be pulled together.  Carnation flag centerpiece Delight your guests with this striking focal piece. You will need two dozen red, two dozen... More
5/5/2014
When my eldest daughter was 5, she handed my husband her life savings—plus an IOU scribbled on a torn piece of pink construction paper—in exchange for his help to buy me a lilac for Mother’s Day. Not just any lilac—she wanted the superbly old-fashioned, fragrant ‘Miss Ellen Willmott’, a variety she had heard me describe with nearly misty eyes one... More
3/21/2014
My mom’s beautiful flower gardens owe much of their splendor to seeds she saves year to year in assorted containers at the top of a kitchen cupboard. Toppling them over in a search for a missing lid last weekend, I was immediately drawn to their familiarity and promise—the dry white-tipped wisps that shoot into sturdy marigolds and the shriveled pea-shaped nasturtium seeds. Having... More
3/7/2014
My fitness tracker wristband registered 22,576 steps the first day of last month’s Kitchen and Bath Show in Las Vegas—roughly 12 miles for me. But who’s counting when you’re on a treasure hunt for smart design? Overall, our editors noticed an upbeat mood as manufacturers focused on modern styles, innovative technology and handcrafted finishes. In detail, there was more... More