This week, we take a look at some of the top white and dessert wines from the Platinum Judging, which celebrates the best of the best in the Pacific Northwest.
Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this year.
Olympia family creates light display that isn’t just stunning illumination – it also encourages community
You can’t miss Whitney and Luke Bowerman’s house in Olympia. On a spreading corner lot, a landscape of holiday lights twinkles from blocks away. But this isn’t just a lights extravaganza. Come closer, and you’ll notice neighbors wandering paths to the porch, a cute red kennel for food bank donations, a playhouse-size Cookie Shack, where on some nights locals meet, chat and drink hot cider.
Want to create a light display that really shines? Take some tips from the Bowermans, and from professional holiday lights installer The Urban Gardener in Tacoma.
Savvy Senior says there are multiple options.
The Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum sponsors the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes. The holiday-themed event will feature six homes.
First lady Trudi Inslee is overseeing the decoration of the Governor’s Mansion on the Capitol Campus. The public can get a free, up-close view of the decorations on three consecutive Wednesdays in December starting Dec. 3, but reservations for the tours are required.
During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since.
Question: How large a turkey do you need if you are expecting 12 guests (but possibly 14 if Aunt Sue hasn’t broken up with her loser boyfriend and his tagalong mother by then), one of whom will only eat birds raised on a gluten-free diet, three of whom are likely to get into a fistfight over the dark meat, and two who insist the stuffing be made from free-range bread?
Dear Abby: I’m a 50-year-old man in a relationship with a woman who is 42. She says I need to trade in my briefs for boxer shorts because they are outdated and “nobody wears those” anymore. She also told me only 9-year-old boys wear tighty whities and they are a turn-off.
Copper isn’t just for pennies. It has both aesthetic and functional qualities as a building material.
It had been growing in Olympia for a century. It was found a decade ago by an Elma biologist, and discovered to be a new variety five years ago. Now the Olympian fig — ficus carica ‘Olympian’ —is finally available in South Sound nurseries, and proving one of the best ways to grow this ancient, hot-climate fruit in the cool Northwest.
Pumpkin isn’t just for pie anymore. Local breweries get in on the national trend.
It’s back: The Point Defiance garden show returns with a new theme and season. The free event will feature lectures, tours and sales.
Japanese garden at Point Defiance will be renovated in 2016.
When I know I'll be hosting a brunch, I like to prepare as much in advance to keep things simple in the morning. Why make things harder than they have to be?
There are many logical reasons to keep bees. They are vital for food production. They produce sweet honey. And the little insect societies are fascinating to study.
The Flight Path project has brought bees to Sea-Tac Airport.
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Dan Pearson grows and sells 600 varieties of dahlias.
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fresh salsa. Grapefruit is one.
This Thai salad is a perfect one-dish summer dinner with a delicate blend of herbs and spices
Olympia-based Garden-Raised Bounty, a nonprofit that strives to build community through food and agriculture, is one of 770 groups worldwide to receive a grant from the outdoor gear company Patagonia.
This multipurpose spice can be found in dishes all around the world
Summer cookouts may beg for blueberry pie, but summer birthdays scream for ice cream cake.
Lucille Bishop Smith was a chef and entrepreneur who is credited with inventing the first hot roll mix.
You dont often hear motorcycle competitions compared with golf, but an event Saturday in Spanaway practically begs for it. Yes, the Vintage Motorcycle Trials at Marymount will be louder and dirtier.
Learn about sustainability and renewable energy at Mother Earth News Fair, chow down on chili, listen to all kinds of music from Vicci Martinez to bell choirs this weekend.
Get ready to spruce up your yard and garden at several plant sales, find a new or used bike at the Bike Swap, take in music and watch the Tacoma City Marathon. These are more events this weekend.
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Take a tour of local holiday light displays in our online holiday lights database.
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