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Halloween treats

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Treats so simple it’s scary

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The eyes have it this year for easy Halloween treats. Being short on time, or skill, doesn’t mean you can’t turn out something worthy of even the finest Halloween party table, all you need is a little melted chocolate and a package of candy peepers. They’re available at cake and candy making stores or in the cake and candy section …

Cozy up with a log cabin quilt on crisp day

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Quilting is buying perfectly beautiful pieces of material or taking that special memorable child’s baby blanket or T-shirts that have been collected, and cutting them up to create a wonderful keepsake. Yes, that is what quilters love to do! We love making memories with each stitch and picture. The art of quilting has …

Best pet costume contest winners

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The results are in! You sent us your best pet costume pictures and voted for the winners. Here are the top dogs, who are in fact all dogs. (Guess no one wanted a grumpy cat.) …

Pumpkin fever: Decorating with pumpkins can be more than jack o’ lantern grins

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall in New England is filled with pumpkins aplenty. We eat them. We flavor drinks with them. We carve them. But if chopping a lopsided smirk into your round orange squash doesn’t feel very original to you, check …

Pressure cooking 101 using chickpeas

Thursday, October 1, 2015

I have come to the pressure cooker late in life, probably because students were not taught how to use one at the French Culinary Institute back in 1986. Such a tool was suitable only for amateurs, according to …

Vote in LiveWell’s pet costume contest

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We asked our readers to submit their best pet costume photos. Now its your turn to vote for the winners. The winning pet will appear in the October LiveWell. …

Call for submissions: Send your best pet pic

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Is your cat a princess? Is your dog a clown? Does your hamster wear a tutu? The Monitor’s LiveWell magazine is having a pet costume contest. Email a photo of your dressed-up pet to or fill out …

Bring your garden indoors

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What do goldfish bowls, brandy snifters and Mason jars all have in common? They can, and often are, used to create “gardens in glass” or terrariums. Basically a terrarium is a clear glass or plastic container filled with …

There are many ways to dehydrate food, including your car

Thursday, September 3, 2015

I used to be skeptical about drying as a technique for preserving food. It might be fine for all those folks who live in balmy Italy and California, but here in cool, moist New England, it seemed to …

Hunting is a family tradition

Thursday, September 3, 2015

For Peter Beard, hunting is a family enterprise. The current president of the Deering Fish and Game Club started following his dad through the woods when he was 14 years old, dragging a Red Rider BB gun around. …

Have a better back to school

Thursday, September 3, 2015

School is back in session. While notebooks, pens, markers and other school supplies are important tools to start the year, a healthy outlook and plan is equally important to help children reach their potential. Here are a few …

Drive in to nostalgia

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The memories linger. I was in the backseat of my parents’ car, nighttime enveloping us outside and in. A glowing rectangle out front stood dozens of feet high, and tinny sound streamed in from a metal box next …

Don’t take a vacation from exercise

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summer poses many challenges to those of us trying to maintain our fitness routine during the hot and sticky dog days: barbecues, vacations, parties, weddings, sweltering heat and humidity and those pesky buckets of beer just to name …

Gardening as your grow older

Thursday, August 6, 2015

As gardeners age, the work to keep a flower garden flourishing seems to take more of a toll on knees and backs. There are a few ways to keep your yard looking vibrant while working within your own …

Delightfully sour pickles

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Humans have been scheming about how to put aside the plentiful food of summer for the lean times of winter for millennia. As early as 7000 b.c., the Chinese had figured out how to ferment fruit and honey …