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10 fragrant plants that will make your garden smell amazing

These lovely perfumed plants add another level of enjoyment to your garden.<p>Whether your garden is cosy and cottage-style or manicured and orderly, a …

11 Plant Combos You Should Grow Side-by-Side

It's part folklore, part science, but companion planting just may help your garden grow.<p>Step back in time to embrace some gardening wisdom your grandparents may have practiced: The concept of companion planting, or planting combinations of specific plants for their mutual benefit. "The theory …

10 Easy Dinner Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

A recipe that the <i>entire</i> family loves is priceless — mainly because you won’t hear “I’m hungry” five minutes after clearing the table. From Grilled Chicken Fajitas to Turkey Burgers, these easy recipes will become some of you’re most requested. The best part? They’ve all been tested, perfected and …

12 Pet-Friendly Home Decor Tips

Having pets has definitely changed how I approach my home decor. Last fall, my husband and I added a yellow lab puppy named Zoey to our family. Zoey …

Pets

The Grounded Gardener: Know your zone to map out the best garden

AN EARLY SPRING garden tour to the Southeast, with an extra stop in Texas, showed our group of Pacific Northwest gardeners just how important it is …

Gardening 101: Primroses

Primrose, <i>Primula</i>: “First Flower”<p>It’s easy to spot a primula, its rosette of palest yellow flowers the color of early spring sunshine. This is <i>Primula</i> …

Gardening

Blacksmithing Essentials for the Beginner

Blacksmithing is by no means a dead trade, but if you watch or have watched shows like Forged in Fire, you’ll notice the modern forge has quite a few degrees of separation from the bellows and hammering of forges past. When I first got into blacksmithing, I wanted things to be modern. “This trade …

10 Daily Habits That Will Radically Improve Your Life

Practical daily things to bring real positive change in your life.<p>Platitudes won't help you. I know, I've tried to implement them all. They're frustrating.<p>Go for it! Live for today! Stay motivated!<p>No kidding.<p>I'm more interested in how we can radically improve our lives. How can we stay truly …

Self-improvement

Netflix extension for Chrome is your shortcut to a ton of hidden categories

Though its offerings are now available in more than 130 countries worldwide, Netflix has a sea of hidden content underneath its main selection of categories – and now there’s a nifty plugin that gives you access to all of its invisible listings straight from your browser.<p>Available for free, Netflix …

Software

A Quest For Simplicity Ends With The Perfect Retirement Home

Not all quests belong in the fantasy world. Some are as real as they can get. For architects, each project is a new quest, a new challenge and an …

Architecture

13 thrilling movies to watch if you loved 'The OA'

<b>•If you are a sci-fi mystery fan chances are you've already binge-watched Netflix's "The OA."<br>•If you loved The OA, you'll probably also like watching "Inception" and "Minority Report".</b><p>As much of a mess as 2016 was (though TBH, 2017 has been considerably worse so far), there was one consistent …

Science Fiction

Donald ‘Kill Their Families’ Trump Played Into al Qaeda’s Hands

Anwar al-Awlaki inspired almost every Muslim terrorist in the U.S. after he was killed. Now his daughter is dead after the president said family …

Terrorism

Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast

"Intermittent fasting" burns fat and makes you healthier—really.<p>Put down the bagel and read this carefully: Skipping breakfast could help you unlock incredible health benefits and live longer. Yes, I'm encouraging you to shatter several dietary rules—never skip meals; eat every two to three hours; …

Holistic Medicine

15 Ways to Boost Your Property's Value

The goal of any property investment is to increase the value; you want it to be worth more than when you bought it. There are low-cost ways to add …

Home Improvement

Gardening 101: Lemon Tree

Lemon, <i>Citrus x. limon:</i> “Bright and Cheerful”<p>The main problem a lemon tree faces is being an outdoor plant that people want to bring indoors to tame. …

Williams-Sonoma

Slow-Cooker Chinese Barbecue Beef

Recipe courtesy of<p>From:<p>Total:8 hrPrep:30 minCook:7 hr 30 min<p>Yield:4 servings<p>Level:Easy<p>Nutritional AnalysisPer ServingCalories450 calorieTotal Fat10 …

Cooking

Learn the Double-Stitch Technique to Handsew Leather

<b>Get the Book!</b> The first comprehensive guide to applying digital design techniques to traditional leatherwork .<p>Though its history dates back to the dawn of civilization, leatherworking remains an enjoyable and useful skill even in the age of 3D printers. And while you can spend a lifetime learning …

3 Easy Ways to Get Better Portraits by Separating Subject from Background

One of the most common beginner mistakes in portrait photography is not separating your subject from the background. Fortunately, it’s an easy skill …

Our Favorite Reader Photos from "The Great Outdoors" Assignment

Outdoor photography is a favorite with <i>Shutterbug</i> readers so this was a very competitive assignment. But we were looking for more than just your …

Photography

Salmon bisque and 15 additional soup recipes to warm you up tonight

Keep it simple tonight with a warm bowl of soup. We've compiled 16 of our favorite recipes for you from our recipe database, from a potato green chile soup with just the right amount of heat, to Manhattan clam chowder, a hearty bowl of Jalisco-style pozole or a smoky black bean stew.<p>And if you're a …

Recipes

Recipe: How to Make Shanghai-Style Soup Dumplings

A few years ago, I was living in LA and taking regular trips to the San Gabriel Valley, home to hundreds of restaurants serving regional Chinese food (among other cuisines). With friends in tow, I’d drive into the parking lot of whatever dumpling house living legend/noted food writer Jonathan Gold …

Food & Dining

Readers’ recipe swap: Tofu

Firm or silken, your recipes prove that proper tofu should be at the centre of a meal, not on the sidelines.<p>It’s a shame, I feel, that for many people tofu is a flavourless meat substitute, to be overloaded with all the flavour it doesn’t naturally come with. Of course, if you only encounter it in …

Food & Dining

10 of Our Most Popular Stews and Braises

Stew and braising recipes took a big leap up in popularity this year, as more people embraced slow cookers as a great way to manage meals when life …

Cooking

The 16 Best Italian Foods You Can Get at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has some of the best hidden gems among its stocked aisles, including amazing Italian foods that rival products from artisanal markets. I take Italian food very seriously — garlicky pasta for life — and I swear by a handful of Trader Giotto's cheeses, pastas, and dried goods, not only …

Gardening 101: Pole Beans

Pole Beans, <i>Phaseolus vulgaris:</i> “The Beanstalk”<p>Pole beans are simply a vining cultivar of edible beans. Both bush and pole beans have several options …

Gardening

Gardening 101: Salvia

Salvia, <i>Salvia</i>: “Savior Among Plants”<p>Ornamental sage, better known as salvia, comes in more than 900 varieties of every size and shape, whether as …

Gardening

Gardening 101: Raspberry

Raspberry, <i>Rubus strigosus:</i> “The Welcome Rambler”<p>Raspberries should be re-classified as one of the seven wonders of the world. Native species of the …

Gardening

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that <i>Harvard</i>.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution …

Stacked Wood Screens Are Certainly One Way to Cover Your Fireplace

Making one is easier than it looks.<p>Are you someone who would rather just turn on the heat instead of spending time and energy building a fire (or cleaning up the messy remnants the day after)? Then you're going to love this eye-catching DIY.<p>This pin on Pinterest.<p>Using wood logs and black paint, …

DIY

Gardening 101: Strawberry

Strawberry, <i>Fragaria × ananassa:</i> “Garden Venus”<p>In our mind, fresh strawberries qualify as a different species from the store-bought, long-traveling …

Gardening