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The real cost of a healthy lifestyle

It’s so expensive to eat and live a healthy lifestyle! Or is it? While it can be expensive to eat and live healthy, it doesn’t have to be. Eliminating the myths of healthy living and implementing some better alternatives can help you achieve...

 

Post students learn about first aid

A drug-awareness campaign in the fall hosted by the Arlington Drug Awareness Coalition (ADAC) prompted Post Middle School students in the advanced computer and yearbook classes to learn more about first aid. Their advisor, Robin Foster, recently...

 

Free mental health training in M'ville

Parents or those who work with children can learn the signs of mental health problems at free youth mental health classes provided in Marysville and Tulalip. Classes were provided last year and returned again this year. A number of classes are available from February to June, with the next being on...

 

Cajun Mac and Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Shrimp

Serves 6-8 Contains dairy, shrimp, gluten Now here is a good mac and cheese recipe to keep everyone warm this winter! This dish has a nice rich cream sauce tossed with andouille sausage, shrimp, and Cajun seasoning (the dish can be made hotter by add...

 

What a difference 2 weeks make

I just returned from spending two deliciously warm and sunny weeks in Mexico doing as little as possible while the rest of you endured "Snowmageddon" and some nasty freezes that pretty much put the skids on any productive work in the garden. With tha...

 

Apple Glazed Cedar Salmon

Cooking salmon on cedar wood is a Northwest signature dish that we often serve at many of our functions here at Tulalip. This type of preparation offers numerous options for seasoning or glazing the salmon. This recipes is one of our signature...

 

February's To-Do List, Part 2

Yes, this is a continuation of my "To-Do List" from last week with more chores to work on. Time to roll up those sleeves, put on the gloves, and get to work. Lawns: February is still a relatively slow month for our lawns. Hopefully the moles are...

 

'Singin' in the Rain' at Village Theater

The Village Theater’s production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ is a definite must-see for anyone who loves Hollywood classic movie musicals. The three main actors — John David Scott as Don Lockwood, Mallory King as Kathy Sheldon, and Gabriel Cor...

 

February's To-Do List for gardeners

It's funny how one year can be so different from the next. With last year's winter being so mild everything in the garden seemed to be 3-4 weeks ahead of schedule. My Cornelian Cherry started blooming in early January with a mass of spidery yellow...

 

Eagle Festival returns to Arlington on Feb. 3-4

Live animals, nature walks and exhibits will come to Arlington for the 10th year of the Eagle Festival on Feb. 3 and 4. "It's a fun day in the cold February centered around nature," said Sarah Lopez, recreation and communications manager for the...

 

The importance of plants

I realize that for many of you I am probably preaching to the choir but for the rest of the world it never hurts to remind them that plants (next to dogs perhaps) are man's best friend. We simply would not exist if it weren't for plants. Plants...

 

Learn how to help your kids stay away from drugs

The Marysville Together Coalition is funding a new program to help teach parents the most effective ways to help their kids stay away from drug abuse. On Jan. 24, and for four Tuesdays after that, parents can meet at the Marysville Middle School...

 

Surviving the deep freeze

By the time you read this column it will probably be raining and the cold dry spell of late December and early January will be behind us. According to the weather gurus, this was the coldest winter since 2013 with temperatures dipping into the...

 

Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance

Registration is now open for the city of Marysville's annual Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance, held across two Saturdays in February. The dance brings together fathers and daughters of all ages for a night of dancing and spending time together. The...

 

Winter Harvest Salad

Despite its robust flavors, this winter harvest salad is surprisingly light on the palette. It features red quinoa, which is recognized as a "supergrain" due to it being high in fiber and contains more high-quality protein than any other grain on...

 

The importance of 'Awe' in our lives

I recently read an article by Jessica Hullinger in The Week about the importance of experiencing "AWE" in our lives. To quote Ms. Hullinger: "I'm a nature nerd and an awe junkie. Regular injection s of natural beauty help keep me afloat in a world...

 

Misconceptions about health foods

Many people resolve to improve their health each new year. Maybe it’s to lose weight, exercise more, or to drink more water. We start off the year with the best of intentions, but could that effort be in vain? Many health products out there...

 

A new season and a new To-Do List

Okay, here we go. Out with 2016 and in with a whole new gardening season and hopefully a whole new attitude about life. First off, we are over the hump which loosely translated means that we have passed the shortest day of the year and things will...

 

Warm Liquid Chocolate with Mini Chocolate Biscotti

During the winter, everyone loves hot chocolate, so do you want to try something that's even richer and more decadent? My recipe for Warm Liquid Chocolate fits that bill. Unlike traditional hot cocoa or hot chocolate, where milk is used, we are...

 

Plants can make great gifts, too

We don't often think of plants as being good gifts for Christmas. After all, they are hard to wrap and tend to dry up and die if left under the tree or in the house too long. But plants are a gift that keeps giving for years to come. As they grow...

 

Gift ideas for the gardener in your family

It's time for my annual column on gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Here are some things that I wouldn't mind receiving for Christmas. The Old Farmer's Almanac and/or Desk Calendar: These make a great stocking stuffer and are chocked-full of...

 

Arlington Library offering variety of activities in December

The Arlington Library is offering a variety of activities in December. Children & Families Winter Science Extravaganza: Fossilology with the Imagine Children’s Museum Have you ever wanted to be a fossil detective? Then this is the program for you! We'll examine how fossils form, decipher...

 

'The Coats' concert supports LHS music

Pacific Northwest band “The Coats” will return to Arlington this December in support of the Lakewood High School jazz choir “Swingbeat.” The concert, which includes both “The Coats” and opening numbers by “Swingbeat,” will be held on Dec. 12 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center at...

 

Say no to holiday weight gain

The average American gains weight over the holiday season, how much will vary person to person but over a few years that couple of pounds here and a couple of pounds there adds up. This year plan to maintain, not gain. Many of us are gearing up for...

 

December To-Do List for gardeners

I know it might be hard to believe that there are actually chores to accomplish in December but in a real garden the work is never completely done. Here are my major points to consider. WINTER PROTECTION: As I write this column we have yet to have a...

 

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