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Orange, cinnamon and cloves are a classic fall combination -- and this warm tea's dark orange color makes it just right for Halloween and harvest season.

Fall is tea time in the Northwest

Orange, cinnamon and cloves are a classic fall combination -- and this warm tea's dark orange color makes it just right for Halloween and harvest season.

October 21, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

The 18th century English writer and noted wit Sydney Smith said it best: “Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” Smith was also a cleric in the Anglican church, so it’s safe to say he had divine insight into this matter. Read story

These meatballs are full of flavor, with a sweet sauce that gets kick from red pepper flakes.

Buttery, cheesy Ritz Crackers transform these 3 recipes

These meatballs are full of flavor, with a sweet sauce that gets kick from red pepper flakes.

October 14, 2020, 4:04pm Clark County Life

I’m going to come clean: I love those buttery round crackers named after a pricey hotel chain. I love their cheerful golden color. I love their crispy, flaky layers. I love the way they taste with cheese. I eschewed these crispy crackers for years because of their relatively high fat content, but about two days after we began our March self-quarantine, I rediscovered their comfort content. Read story

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

Creating a chemotherapy comfort kit

Just a few small things can make a big difference: snacks, warm socks, lip balm, lotion and a deck of cards can make the hours pass more easily.

October 11, 2020, 5:19am Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy treatments can be singularly unnerving, even though cancer clinics are designed with patients’ comfort in mind. Read story

Ellsworth Elementary School kindergartner Sarah Williams runs through the pumpkin patch during a school field trip to Bi-Zi Farms in Vancouver last year.

Clark County pumpkin patches ready for seasonal fun

Ellsworth Elementary School kindergartner Sarah Williams runs through the pumpkin patch during a school field trip to Bi-Zi Farms in Vancouver last year.

October 10, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

Pumpkins are popping out all over, and pumpkin patches across Clark County are open and offering a panoply of activities modified with COVID-19 safety in mind. Here are five local favorites with brief descriptions of what to expect at each location. No matter where you go, potential pumpkin pickers should be prepared to mask up, sanitize their hands frequently and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others wherever possible. Read story

Top this pumpkin oatmeal with fall favorites like pecans, dried cranberries and candied ginger.

Pumpkin Power: 4 recipes that demonstrate orange fall gourd’s versatility

Top this pumpkin oatmeal with fall favorites like pecans, dried cranberries and candied ginger.

October 7, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

To paraphrase Paul McCartney, you’d think that people would have had enough of silly pumpkin recipes, but I look around me and I see it isn’t so. I am proud of my pumpkin-love, although I’m aware of the anti-pumpkin faction. The anti-pumpkinists would say pumpkin is positively passe and attention should be lavished on other autumnal foods, like cranberries, apples, pears, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, squash and sweet potatoes. To them… Read story

Welcome the cozy days of autumn with this campfire-inspired trifle featuring graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

Glam up those graham crackers

Welcome the cozy days of autumn with this campfire-inspired trifle featuring graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

September 30, 2020, 5:01pm Clark County Life

It could be said that graham crackers are a divine invention, inspired by the 19th century preaching of Sylvester Graham, who touted the benefits of a vegetarian diet with whole grains. Graham flour — made from coarsely ground whole wheat — was created especially for Graham’s followers, known as Grahamites, and the flour was used to make bread and crackers. The first mass-produced graham crackers were sold in 1898 and… Read story

Avoca Amanda dahlias in bloom last week at Jamie's Dahlias in Washougal.

Dandy Dahlias: U-Pick at Jamie’s Dahlias and tips for growing your own

Avoca Amanda dahlias in bloom last week at Jamie's Dahlias in Washougal.

September 27, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Fortunately for us, Clark County’s dahlias are unbothered by pandemics or smoky skies. Local dahlia fields are still blooming like that’s the only thing that matters. Even though dahlia season starts in July and peaks around Labor Day, these fearless flowers will keep strutting their stuff until the first frost of October. Read story

Chewbacca and porg jack-o'-lanterns (Contributed photo)

May the fall be with you: Camas provides pumpkin pageant, Star Wars costume contest

Chewbacca and porg jack-o'-lanterns (Contributed photo)

September 24, 2020, 6:04am Clark County Life

Downtown Camas welcomes autumn and the Rebel Alliance with its annual pumpkin pageant and costume contest, returning this year beginning Sunday through First Friday, Oct. 2, featuring everyone’s favorite Galactic Empire. Read story

This hearty Italian stew takes its inspiration from minestrone soup, but is thickened with (shhhh!) leftover mashed potatoes.

Creating comfort food amid Clark County’s smoke-pocalypse

This hearty Italian stew takes its inspiration from minestrone soup, but is thickened with (shhhh!) leftover mashed potatoes.

September 23, 2020, 6:03am Clark County Life

As I spent last week watching the sky shift from sulfurous yellow to soupy gray-orange, judging the air quality by whether I could see the other side of my yard, I decided it was best not to leave my house. It was time to Use What We Had (capital letters intended to convey that I’m using my best “keep calm and carry on” inner voice). This week’s article, then, is… Read story

Second Chance Companions pet rescue organization has at least 75 kittens in foster care right now.

Clark County animal groups have oodles of kittens

Second Chance Companions pet rescue organization has at least 75 kittens in foster care right now.

September 20, 2020, 6:30am Clark County Life

Clark County’s cats are not social distancing. They’ve gotten very close indeed over the past several months, and now local shelters are overrun with kittens. This is what’s known as “kitten season”—the year’s warmest months, when cats are at their most amorous — and it is continuing apace. Read story