Healthy Eating: A Sunday morning pancake recipe from Cottage Community Bakery

Edmonds is becoming a wonderful food destination. In the past few years there have been many new restaurants, cafes, bars and bakeries that have opened up around town. One of the most recent additions to open a brick and mortar store (after a few years of operating Pop-Up events) is the Cottage Community Bakery in…

Recommended Reads: Enjoy this murder mystery set in historic Texas hotel

Murder At The Galvez: A Sydney Lockhart Mystery, by Kathleen Kaska. Reporter Sydney Lockhart travels back to Galvesto, Texas to cover a story about a conference on the Pelican Island development. It’s an emotional topic, but Sydney’s biggest concern is avoiding the family drama surrounding her parents who live nearby, as they plan their upcoming wedding. That’s…

Under the weather: A rainy weekend expected for first time this month

The month of February thus far has been very dry—abnormally so. Over the course of the first 16 days of the month, we’ve seen a mere 0.32 inches of measurable rainfall. We’ve had several days with a “trace” amount of rain, but not enough to register 0.01 inches in the gauge. The graph below depicts…

Fitness Corner: The most useful health and fitness advice I’ve ever received

Twenty years ago, I started my career in the fitness industry, but exercise was already an integral part of my life for long before that. I’ve been exposed to a great deal of formal and informal learning over the years, including advice, tips, tricks, methods, methodologies and multiple schools of thought about anything and everything…

Home + Work: Show your virtual team local love this Valentine’s Day

We may not be gathering the way we want to right now, and we’re certainly not doling out hugs excessively, but there are still lots of ways we can show our virtual team some love this Valentine’s Day—and locally! Cookies and Candies Enjoying a sweet treat is a given while celebrating Valentine’s Day. What better…

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend expected after a rainy Friday

With the exception of a few storms at the beginning of the new year, we haven’t had much in the way of rain for several weeks now. We had a semi-active winter toward the end of 2021, but not much has happened since then. Take a look at the graph below. This is data taken…

Re-Inventing Retirement: The first secret you must discover

I was recently delighted to read John Izzo’s book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. It is a wonderful mix of personal, storytelling and reflective wisdom as he shares what he learned during his research. He asked people who were living a happy life, “What are the secrets?” Death is a poignant topic…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for February 2022

Welcome to another wonderful year of gardening. February may not have a lot for you to do in the dirt, but there is still plenty to be done inside and out. On nice days, consider adding a couple inches of compost to garden beds if you didn’t get around to it in the fall. Healthy…

Recommended Reads: Sister investigates death of Natalie Wood in ‘true crime’ mystery

Little Sister: My Investigation Into The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, by Lana Wood In 2011, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department reopened the case of Natalie Wood’s death that was ruled “suspicious” when she died in 1981. In 2018, the  Sheriff’s Department named her husband Robert Wagner “a person of interest” in the case. Now…

The Writer’s Desk: Lights, camera, epic fail

During my teaching career, teachers were expected to operate under the mantra Failure Is Not an Option. This always struck me as flawed because how do we learn if we don’t fail? Writers fail, and fail often, yet our failures make us better. Right now, I’m teaching myself screenwriting in order to adapt portions of…

Under the weather: Dry streak to come to an end by Sunday

Just as expected, the dry weather has continued over the past week or so. We did see a trace of rain very early on Jan. 21 (which barely counts as anything), but we’ve had seven days in a row with no measurable rainfall if you include Thursday, the 27th. I’m sure many of you are very…

Restaurant News: Celebrate Lunar New Year with these local dining ideas

Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year or Spring Festival (various names nod to inclusion of other Asian cultures that celebrate) will commence on Feb. 1 in 2022. It’s the Year of the Tiger. This iconic Chinese holiday is all about the color red, featured in the red envelopes that contain cash gifts given to…

Recommended Reads: ‘If You Ask Me’ showcases Betty White’s outlook on life

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), by Betty White Delight yourself with an upbeat, humorous, energetic and touching read by picking up If You Ask Me. The author’s conversational tone is irresistible. The topics she reflects on are engaging. The stories she has to tell about events in her life are heartwarming. This delightful…

Under the weather: Third consecutive dry weekend coming — and a dry week ahead

The month of January is already more than halfway over and compared to the month of December, things have been relatively calm in the weather department. We had the cold start to the month—a continuation of the cold snap after Christmas—followed by a wet atmospheric river event, but apart from those, not much has happened….

Restaurant News: Mediterranean menu offers healthy start for new year

Restaurant News wishes a Happy New Year to all of our readers. Many of us view the beginning of the year,as an opportunity to make improvements. Lists include eating healthy, and or implementing a new diet and exercising regime, visits to the gym on a regular basis and more. All seem totally achievable in the…