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How to survive — possibly thrive — Thanksgiving 2020

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November 22, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Thanksgiving is, as the moniker suggests, all about giving thanks. During a year when most of us plan to spend the day in locations separate from our nearest and dearest, this might seem like an impossible challenge. Read story

Swirl your favorite flavor of jam right into the waffle mix and top with an extra dollop of jam.

Waffles for the win

Swirl your favorite flavor of jam right into the waffle mix and top with an extra dollop of jam.

November 18, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

What America needs now is healing — and waffles. Read story

Make a heartier quesadilla with the addition of refried beans, shredded chicken or pickled jalapeno slices.

Use your toaster for warming up snacks – better yet, don’t

Make a heartier quesadilla with the addition of refried beans, shredded chicken or pickled jalapeno slices.

November 11, 2020, 8:10pm Clark County Life

To distract myself from politics and viruses (two equally illness-inducing things), I spent last week doing some experimental cookery. I mean to say, I played with my toaster. Read story

The dark orange, heart-shaped hachiya persimmons, left, require patience and can only be eaten when they're quite squishy. The squat, golden orange fuyu persimmons may be eaten whole like an apple at any stage from crisp to soft.

Fall is a perfect time to explore passion for Persimmons

The dark orange, heart-shaped hachiya persimmons, left, require patience and can only be eaten when they're quite squishy. The squat, golden orange fuyu persimmons may be eaten whole like an apple at any stage from crisp to soft.

November 4, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

Although they grow well in our climate, persimmons seem like an exotic fruit, not often found in fruit bowls alongside apples, oranges and bananas. As for me, I’m simply mad about them. I’d rather have a luscious, ripe persimmon than a bowl of ice cream, and that’s really saying something,… Read story

Use what vegetables you have on hand -- fresh, frozen or canned -- simmered with ground turkey and onion soup, topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

Meal possibilities endless in onion soup packet

Use what vegetables you have on hand -- fresh, frozen or canned -- simmered with ground turkey and onion soup, topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

October 28, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

The French perfected onion soup, but America took it a step further, turning it into a space-age dehydrated and powdered substance with enough sodium to knock out a goat, conveniently tucked into a single-serving envelope. What’s not to love? Nothing, especially when you pause to consider the alarming possibility that,… Read story

Black cats are a common Halloween motif, but did you know that Oct. 27 is Black Cat Day?

Missing your beloved traditions? Find joy by embracing new ones

Black cats are a common Halloween motif, but did you know that Oct. 27 is Black Cat Day?

October 25, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

Many folks are approaching the holidays this year with a certain amount of trepidation. The next few months could be a bit odd — Thanksgiving for two, anyone? — but perhaps the best thing to do is to simply embrace the weirdness. While we may forego some beloved traditions, we… Read story

The Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington is hosting a tree-planting event on Saturday for Make a Difference Day with separately marked planting areas for each individual or household.

Clark County cities, nonprofits get people connected on Make a Difference Day

The Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington is hosting a tree-planting event on Saturday for Make a Difference Day with separately marked planting areas for each individual or household.

October 22, 2020, 6:03am Clark County Life

Saturday is National Make a Difference Day. It’s celebrated with enthusiasm in Clark County, where we have many eager volunteers and many organizations that offer Make a Difference Day events. Sadly, the pandemic has put the kibosh on some of these gatherings this year, but not all of them. Here… Read story

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… 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… 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