Drizzle, dip or spoon on the love for Valentine’s Day with a rich chocolate sauce. The sauce by Matthews 1812 House has a kick of Kentucky bourbon.
Date: 02/07/2016 | Life
Here are things people used to do without a second thought:Drive around in cars that didn’t have seat belts.Ride motorcycles and bikes without wearing helmets.Send an athlete back into the game after a bad blow to the head.Set off fireworks in the yard.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Julie Muhlstein
Here’s something nice and sticky for Valentine’s Day.And you won’t even have to buy a card.Scrawl a mushy message on the slip of paper and you’re good to go. Post-It has a pop-up note dispenser in the shape of a heart. Your sweetie will feel loved year-round at work.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Life
Every February brings the return of candy hearts to the grocery store aisle and the plans to celebrate what many consider a "greeting card" holiday in the name of love. If you're tired of celebrating the Hallmark holiday of St. Valentine, this February I urge you...
Date: 01/27/2016 | Life
Law takes effect in 2017; not everyone is happy
Date: 01/26/2016 | Local News
SEATTLE — An alleged war on Christmas by Starbucks apparently didn't dampen the chain's holiday sales, but its outlook going forward fell short of Wall Street expectations.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Business Wire
MLK Day of Service an opportunity for teens to help
Date: 01/19/2016 | Local News
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville City Council on Monday took up a fireworks ban but decided to postpone a decision so they would have more time for consideration. The council plans to next take up the issue at its Jan. 25 meeting.
Date: 01/12/2016 | Local News
We like to start off the new year with a new calendar, especially one featuring baby animal photos. But store-bought calendars have a serious flaw: not enough holidays. Usually, only two or three are highlighted for each month. There are many more reasons to celebrate. So we put out our own...
Date: 01/10/2016 | Life
NEW YORK — Toys R Us reported stronger holiday sales despite intense competition from online retailers such as Amazon.com.
Date: 01/09/2016 | Business Wire
Listen: MLK event features DysonEdmonds Community College hosts a free Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Black Box Theatre on campus, 20310 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood. The keynote speaker will be Michael Eric Dyson, an American Book Award...
Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News
Hey sport, here is something to do before watching today’s Rose Bowl: Fill out your bracket for the Prose Bowl.
Date: 01/01/2016 | Julie Muhlstein
Cailee Landis keeps Sultan High positive with inspirational posters
Date: 01/01/2016 | Local News
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A 63-story luxury hotel was engulfed in flames even as a massive New Year’s fireworks display kicked off at the world’s tallest skyscraper nearby, while tens of thousands of people whistled and cheered at early Friday’s pyrotechnics.
Date: 12/31/2015 | Nation & World
NORTH OGDEN, Utah — Sarah Crenshaw was edging along a familiar mountain road when her SUV hit a patch of black ice and slid over a precipice.“I started praying, ‘Don’t let me die on Christmas,’” the Utah woman later told the Standard-Examiner.
Date: 12/30/2015 | Nation & World
I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years. My personal and professional experiences in the world of weight loss have shown me what so many experts say: Most resolutions fail within a few weeks and are abandoned entirely soon after. However, there is something seductive about looking at the...
Date: 12/30/2015 | Light for Life
Lars Jangaard and Lindsey Taylor-JangaardThis will be the seventh yearLars and Lindsey have kicked off the new year with the polar bear plunge at Brackett's Landing in Edmonds. The chilly...
Date: 12/29/2015 | The Chat
'Ring road' alleviates traffic around Alderwood mall
Date: 12/29/2015 | Local News
NEW YORK — Americans spent more on items like furniture during the holidays this year, with online shopping in particular seeing a big spike, according to a report released Monday.Overall spending rose 7.9 percent from a year ago, according to the MasterCard...
Date: 12/29/2015 | Business Wire
In a grim reminder that violence in America never takes a holiday, 27 people were killed and 63 injured in shooting incidents on Christmas Day this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This tally does not include people who shot themselves in suicide.
Date: 12/28/2015 | Nation & World
TRENTON, N.J. — Online retailer Amazon has been a prime beneficiary of more consumers doing their holiday shopping online and procrastinating.
Date: 12/28/2015 | Business Wire
SNOHOMISH — First Street has long been known for free-flowing booze, bar hopping and the rowdiness that comes with it.
Date: 12/27/2015 | Local News
Currently making the news is a report on a reconstruction of what is being called Jesus's face. The reconstruction, by British anatomical artist Richard Neave, is actually more than a decade old, but it recently has started doing the rounds again — fitting given the time of year.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World
LONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVES
Date: 12/26/2015 | Business Wire
MUKILTEO — Even for seasoned officers, petty crime can be hard to stomach during the holidays.An Alabama family on a road trip recently stopped over in Mukilteo for a few days. The family of four needed some car repairs before they could get on their way, police officer Colt Davis said.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Local News
SANDRINGHAM, England — Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas message Friday to proclaim that light can triumph over darkness in these perilous times — and to comment on the joys of having a new great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.Elizabeth, who this year...
Date: 12/26/2015 | Nation & World
VIENNA — Perhaps she was out looking for Santa.A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family’s hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks.
Date: 12/25/2015 | Nation & World
A train rounds the bend, approaching a sign that says “You are now in Bedford Falls.” Near the scene from the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” ice skaters glide on the Hidden Pond. At the edge of the fantasy town, a...
Date: 12/25/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
LAKEWOOD — Neighbors yelled encouragement as the silver and white Thunder Jet nosed up to their docks and the crew inside snagged items, loaded them into the back of the boat and motored away.“Merry Christmas,” they called out. “Thank you for doing this.”
Date: 12/25/2015 | Local News
Snohomish family celebrates first Christmas in new home
Date: 12/25/2015 | Local News
The end of Christmas isn’t quite in sight today — not if you believe the concert calendar.No, the holiday won’t end until Sunday night at least.
Date: 12/25/2015 | Entertainment
"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew. ..."— Charles Dickens,...
Date: 12/25/2015 | Editorials
As last-minute shoppers scramble to find Christmas presents, many will choose a reliable standby: the gift card.Nearly three out of four Americans are expected to buy the cards this holiday season, with overall gift-card sales totaling $26 billion, according to the National...
Date: 12/25/2015 | Business Wire
The tree is up in the lobby. This year, it's a sturdy little specimen, complete with glittering golden ornaments on its upper branches.As I wheel her past it — and she strains to see it clearly — I know she longs once again for the gift of speech. She yearns for...
Date: 12/25/2015 | Commentary
A look back at memorable dining reviews of the last year
Date: 12/25/2015 | Entertainment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued Friday as a tornado touched down in Jefferson County, Alabama, including through the southwest portion of Birmingham, the state's largest city.
PHILADELPHIA — Northerners accustomed to cozying up to a roaring Yuletide fire in a bulky sweater with a mug of hot chocolate may have to open the windows on Christmas.Record-shattering temperatures in the 60s and 70s settled over the Northeast on Christmas Eve,...
Unlike Santa Claus, Federal Express is conceding it won’t be able to make all its scheduled deliveries on Christmas Eve.
HELSINKI — Most kids learn that Santa Claus comes from the North Pole, but children in Scandinavia are taught he lives a bit farther south. Where exactly is a matter of much debate, with businesses in Finland, Sweden and Norway competing to cash in on the cachet that comes with...
DALLAS — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.Success or failure could all depend on the weather and Mother...
Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire
Windstorm-toppled tree decked out in lights for the final time
Date: 12/22/2015 | Whats Up With That?
Over the Salish Sea and through the tangled traffic, to grandmother’s house we — oh, forget it, let’s stay home this Christmas.Tap, tap, tap.Sorry, my 5-year-old informs me that presents are waiting at Grandma’s. Right, so here we go.
Date: 12/21/2015 | Street Smarts
1 cup flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar Finely grated zest of 1/2 large lime, plus 11/2 teaspoons juice 2 large eggs
Date: 12/21/2015 | The Dish
Sure, the Christmas delivery trek is hard on the plump man in the red suit.But aside from sliding down chimneys, he’s got a sweet gig compared to his reindeer. The dude gets to globetrot sitting down. How about Dasher, Prancer, Vixen and the gang? Are they are fit for the task?
Ah, gift cards.They make the perfect present.Unless you get one for a place that has nothing you want. It’s not like getting a zebra-striped bathrobe that you can take back to a store and exchange for something you’d actually wear.
Buying gifts, entertaining the kids, traveling, planning parties . . . it often feels like there is so much to do during the holiday season and yet so little time. Luckily, there are several apps that can help you get through these tasks and more with just a touch of a button. With apps to help you...
Have you heard the saying "Don't judge your inside by somebody else's outside?" It means that just because the person next to you seems like he is happy, that does not necessarily mean he is. Appearances can be deceiving. On the inside, he might feel as stressed out as you...
Date: 12/20/2015 | I Brake for Moms
For the cookies Leaves from 1 bunch fresh basil, stacked, rolled and cut into thin ribbons 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting 31/4 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Date: 12/20/2015 | The Dish
Clutter-free gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life
Date: 12/20/2015 | Explore NW
Can't get your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve?Call an elf to assure them Santa is on his way.Hundreds of elves will be on hand to take calls at NORAD to give Santa's up-to-the-minute whereabouts on Christmas Eve. For real.
BISMARCK, N.D. — When Elizabeth Garcia looked at the bare area under her Christmas tree and considered the bills that had been mounting since her last job layoff, she knew she had to do something to give her family a merry holiday. She turned to social media.
Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World
Work parties, family gatherings, shopping. Cooking, wrapping, packing. Driving, flying, schlepping. Who can possibly find time to exercise during the holiday season?You mull it over and decide to skip your December workouts and resume in January, no big deal.
Date: 12/19/2015 | Life
The holidays typically bring unwanted stress — stress that can worsen if you're the designated caregiver for someone who has an illness or injury in the house.A few smart strategies can keep your home filled with more joy and less hassle this holiday season:
Date: 12/19/2015 | Life
13/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 11/2 cups plus 2/3 cup skin-on whole almonds, toasted (see Note) 11/2 cups superfine sugar 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest (from 1 large orange) 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons baking powder Juice of 1/2 lemon
Date: 12/19/2015 | The Dish
Warm Beach Christmas festival offers plethora of family activities
Date: 12/19/2015 | Local News
For the crust 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan 1 cup flour 1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped hazelnuts (see Note) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup packed light brown sugarFor the salted butterscotch
Date: 12/18/2015 | The Dish
CLEVELAND — A man has paid off more than $106,000 in shoppers’ layaways at two Wal-Mart stores in northeast Ohio. WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported that the man told Wal-Mart employees that he liked to do something special on his birthday every year. They said he insisted on remaining anonymous.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World
1 cup plus 1 scant cup (9 ounces total) confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup (1 ounce) unsweetened cocoa powder Scant 1 cup (4 ounces) pine nuts Finely grated zest of 1 large orange, preferably organic or unwaxed 2 large egg whites (scant 1/3 cup total)
Date: 12/17/2015 | The Dish
Convent’s candle shop will close for a year to allow nuns to rest
Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News
Yahoo’s back in the headlines again, with harsh criticism from yet another activist investor who doesn’t like how the company’s being run.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire
For the crust 21/3 cups crushed gingersnaps (from about 28 cookies, or 101/4 ounces total) 1 cup slivered (skinless) almonds 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 cup sweetened shredded coconutFor the topping
Date: 12/16/2015 | The Dish
Sunset today will be at 4:16 p.m. Sunset tomorrow is at 4:17 p.m. Each afternoon after the solstice, Dec. 22, the sun sets a little later, and gradually light returns to our state.Ancient Rome celebrated the winter solstice with the pagan festival called Saturnalia, meaning...
Date: 12/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists
For the cookies 12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons (31/4 ounces) finely ground almonds (skinless; may substitute almond meal) 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons (3 ounces) ground skinned hazelnuts (see Notes) 3/4 cup sugar
Date: 12/15/2015 | The Dish
31/3 cups slivered or sliced skinless almonds 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons apricot jam 2/3 cup chopped candied orange peel 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 large egg white
Date: 12/14/2015 | The Dish
Nothing encapsulates the holiday season better than a big colorful bowl of alcohol. Just add a ladle and you have punch — it sounds more legit that way.
Date: 12/13/2015 | Hops & Sips
The other day I was walking in the early morning, watching the Eastern sky grow luminescent. The rising sun is the harbinger of something fresh and new. For me, the perfect day is watching the sunrise and the sunset. It brings me closer to nature, the world around me and reminds me to...
Date: 12/13/2015 | Life
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 2 large eggs 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup (scant 11/2 ounces) flour 1/4 cup bourbon 1 to 2 ounces rainbow sprinkles, for garnish
Date: 12/13/2015 | The Dish
For the cookies 2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for the work surface 11/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt
Date: 12/12/2015 | The Dish
Kids learn Christmas is about more than gifts
Date: 12/12/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — Holiday shoppers are off to a solid but unspectacular start as retail sales registered a modest gain in November.The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent to $448 billion last month. This marks an...
Date: 12/11/2015 | Business Wire
For the bars 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (see headnote) 1/2 cup almond butter 31/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (70 percent cacao), chopped 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 4 cups crisped-rice cerealFor the topping
Date: 12/11/2015 | The Dish
On Thursday, the Toronto Star, a major Canadian daily, published a front page welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada. Beneath a picture of a bucolic scene ran an editorial that welcomed Syrian refugees. The first batch of arrivals were slated to land in Toronto this week; the Canadian...
Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World
11/2 cups whole, skin-on almonds 2 cups sugar 11/2 cups flour, plus more for the work surface 2 large egg whites (1/3 cup)
Date: 12/10/2015 | The Dish
Snohomish home dressed to the nines for Parlor Tour
Date: 12/10/2015 | Home and Garden
Quick and easy peppermint meringue kisses are a welcome addition to any festive cookie plate.At just 40 calories and 1 Weight Watchers Point Plus per cookie, you can nibble a few for the price of one gingerbread cookie.Thanks to their crisp shell and marshmallowy...
The important question of the day, whether it's Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve or someone's birthday, is: Will I have enough room in the oven?Even when someone else is on turkey patrol, it's always a juggling act and I always wonder why an entire meal...
Lynnwood's Chris Hicks talks lutefisk, lefse and lingonberries
Date: 12/08/2015 | The Chat
I was cornered by a group of 10 6-year-olds in identical blue Girl Scout uniforms."Why does your elf have no magic?" they all asked in unison, staring me down.My own daughter stood off to the side, glaring at me with accusation. It was the last Daisy...
Date: 12/06/2015 | I Brake for Moms
NEW YORK — Coffee table books are always great gifts for just the right enthusiast, and they’re plentiful at holiday time as quick grabs or advance buys.A few suggestions, based on interest area:Fashion & Celebrity
Date: 12/06/2015 | Entertainment
Sure, they’re gonna rip it open and destroy your handiwork in a matter a seconds, but that doesn’t mean the gifts you deliver to loved ones this holiday season don’t deserve your attention.
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
Couple has run Silvana farm for decades, but this may be the end
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
Christmas House opens doors to 'shoppers'
Date: 12/04/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
There is no shortage of trowels, hoses and birdhouses out there just waiting to be wrapped up for your favorite gardener. Following is a varied selection of gift ideas, from simple to a splurge and practical to indulgent.Zen garden. Luludi Living Art has...
Date: 12/03/2015 | Home and Garden
EVERETT — Wintertide, the city’s free and family-friendly holiday celebration, will get the season off to a jolly start Thursday at the Wetmore Theatre Plaza.
Date: 12/02/2015 | Local News
Why isn’t the rest of America as crazy about latkes as we are about bagels?After all, Hanukkah, which begins Dec. 6, is the holiday when you have permission to eat fried food. You’d think this would be the biggest event in the country by now.
Date: 12/02/2015 | Life
Providence foundation fundraiser benefits children’s programs
Date: 12/01/2015 | Local News
NEW YORK — Tens of millions of Americans returning home after the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend Sunday had cooperative weather and mostly efficient airport operations to thank for smooth traveling conditions.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest
U.S. shoppers no longer blow the bulk of their holiday budgets on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday.It’s a major shift that has made it difficult for stores to track and learn from shoppers’ spending habits during the traditional start to the busy holiday shopping season.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Northwest