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Tastings: For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate and love.  It is the ultimate Valentine’s Day pair. Chocolate elicits love while love emanates from chocolate. So how much more romantic can it get? Enter the Tastings Team, which sampled a variety of delectable chocolate treats from around town – Big Dipper Ice Cream, Good Earth Market, The Spiked Olive, and Tea City…

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Citizen Science

Nature’s Treasure Hunt: Making a difference as a citizen scientist Armed with binoculars, a field guide and journal, you head out into forest and field. Treasures abound, you just have to find them. Maybe you’ll get to observe a threatened pika bustling about its rocky den or document a new sage grouse breeding ground. You meticulously…

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A True Conversation Piece

Couple’s home puts entertaining center stage When Terry Steel walks into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat before heading off to work, she walks into a space bathed in light. Every detail has been thought through. Each bit of kitchenware has its place. The family’s decorative plates sit pretty in a glass front…

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A Slice of Pie….

The tried and true sweet ending (or beginning) to a meal There is probably no dessert more American than pie. After all, you’ve heard the saying, it’s “as American as apple pie.” It’s a treasure that’s been around for as long as flour has been milled from grain. Mix a little flour with some water…

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Want to add a furry friend to your home?

Pet Adoption 101 They come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and personalities. Some are as cute as a button, others large and protective. Whether you’re looking for a constant companion or a working animal, adopting an animal from a local shelter will not only save money, but a life too. Some of the…

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Walking on the Wild Side

Debbie Harris cares for and connects with the animals of ZooMontana When Debbie Harris walks onto the job, she’s walking into a wild and wonderful world. It’s a realm full of screeches and howls. It’s a place where snarling at your “boss” is more than okay and sending signals that it’s breakfast time is expected….

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New Leash on Life

Rehabilitation making great strides to ease a pet’s pain Zach Waitman will never forget the day he took his prized hunting dog, Slick, out for a morning run. As his dog came running back to Zach, it was clear something was terribly wrong. “He came back with his leg up a little bit. I wasn’t…

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Vintage ‘Canine Couch’

A comfy dog bed you can make this weekend Vintage luggage is a decorating trend that’s all the rage. Stack a few cases as an end table, or use some of the age old luggage for storage under a coffee table. Or, as I am going to show you, as a little charming addition for…

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Four Legged Heros

These helping paws save, search & comfort Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason. They listen without judgement. They comfort without an agenda. They are hunters, workers, comrades and companions. And they are all of these things in exchange for a mere bit of food and water. But to some owners, their dogs…

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Ellie Hansen: President of Pet Happiness!

Her store Loveable Pets works to deliver a little T-L-C At 32, Ellie Hansen knew she was done with the rat race. She was finished living in a big city, battling New Jersey traffic and withstanding a two-hour commute one way to her job as a grant writer. During one of those 12-hour days, the…

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Tastings: ‘Spirited’ Gifts for the Season!

  It’s that festive time of year when you can rejoice and celebrate the season, toasting your blessings with a friend, and of course, a spirted drink. The good news is, you don’t have to travel far to find one of these jubilant beverages for gifting and celebrating this time of year. The Tastings Team…

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Painting With Glass

Sommerfeld brings life to the age old art of Stained Glass Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld stands at the edge of a pew inside Billings’ Mount Olive Church. She is dwarfed by one of her favorite creations which stretches behind her, 11-feet tall. The sunlight streams through the colorful panels, illuminating her face in earthy yellows, browns…

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From Our House To Yours!

Delightful cookie packaging for the holidays Looking for a few easy and inexpensive ways to turn your holiday cookies into gorgeous giftables? We combed the aisles of the dollar store, crafting hot spots and even the hardware store to come up with these festive and pretty presentations. In The Can Who said this 1-quart empty…

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Hey Cookie!

Bake up some holiday cheer with a cookie exchange Yes, it’s true. Time moves at an exceptionally faster rate when those bells start to jingle and songs of Kris Kringle start to sound in department stores far and wide. As you make your list and check it twice, there never seems enough time for shopping,…

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Homespun Holiday

Creating with love for those in crisis There’s nothing like being the recipient of a handmade gift. Knowing the hours a loved one spent making that cozy quilt or that fuzzy scarf makes it all the more special. Imagine the appreciation a stranger might have, especially in a crisis, receiving gift like this in the…

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