Winter can take over energy spending

December 19, 2016

The cold has hit right in time for the holiday season — when your pockets may be a little lighter from gift buying, party throwing or just having the heater running throughout the entire day to keep yourself toasty.

METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION Your guests will appreciate the care you took with the menu, but most of their enjoyment will come from being together and talking with each other. So make opportunities to be together the focus of your party planning.

Preparing for a holiday party

December 12, 2016

If you’re planning on hosting guests there are a few things you can do in order to give everyone, including yourself, a good ole’ yuletide time.

FORT WAYNE NEWSPAPERS Many Fort Wayne neighborhoods have their traditional sales lots of fresh Christmas trees, like the Oakdale Neighborhood Association’s lot at Rudisill Boulevard and South Wayne Avenue.

Tree strategy is key

December 7, 2016

While most people love the look of a Christmas tree, not everyone loves the labor-intensive activities associated with putting it up or taking it down.

Local design micro-blogger Whitney Utesch foillows a “less is more” aesthetic when she decorates her mantle each season — except at Christmas, when she allows herself more latitude to celebrate.

It’s just better

November 28, 2016

‘Like a waterfall, I think the dancing flames tend to mesmerize and soothe us. On top of that, when you’re chilled to the bone, the warmth of the fire feels SO much better than standing on a register.’

The dream for preparing Thanksgiving dinner is generations — and the cooks can be male and female — joyfully joining to share the work and hand down beloved recipes. The reality is often more complicated, but you can get there with the right plan.

Time for a good plan

November 21, 2016

Take a tip from the best chefs and cooks, and adopt the philosophy of mise-en-place, a French culinary phrase which translates to “put in place” or “everything in its place.”

METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION Sealing your windows protects your home from water damage from the winter weather that is unpredictable but seasonably likely to come.

Winterizing your home

November 15, 2016

Some years there are ice storms; others have barely seen any snow on the ground come Christmas and January. Others we’ve been blanketed with so much we’ve had to send our kids to school for a few extra makeup days in the summer. But it’s always good to be prepared.

FORT WAYNE NEWSPAPERS Ken Richards of Hoosier Windows and Siding uses a light test to show how heat escapes more readily from certain windows compared to others.

Tune up now to save later

October 31, 2016

There is still time to check your windows and your furnace to make sure you’re all set for the big chill that inevitably sets down upon us when December nudges November out of the way.

The all-white, ghostly look works indoors or out when you feature bones, grinning skulls optional, in your Halloween decorations.

From cozy to creepy

October 24, 2016

Get the most bang for your buck when decorating. The devil, so to speak, is in the details, and here are a few tips and tricks which will set the mood for tricks and treats.

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