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It’s all in the Bag!

From Clutches to Satchels, Check Out the Best Looks for 2018 Every occasion calls for a different purse. Sometimes we carry more. Sometimes, we tote around a little less. It might be a workday. Or, maybe you’re grabbing your favorite leather backpack for a play date. Do you have children in tow, or not? We…

Home Grown Holiday

Creative and one-of-a-kind Made in the Valley gifts SHARE YOUR COMPETITIVE SIDE Let your pride for your country or your spirit for the home team shine next time you hit the yard for a friendly family game of corn hole. Twin Mountain Creative is the handiwork of twin brothers, Shane and Travis McCullough. In addition…

Comfort Between Bread

The Tastings Team relishes sandwiches The most hearty and comforting lunch comes served between two slices of bread. The TASTINGS team visited Jake’s Bar and Grill, Simply Wine, and The Divide Bar and Grill. Our Tastings team sampled sandwiches and grabbed up paninis for a taste of some of Billings’ finest power lunches. The team…

Family Friendly Faves: Dinners on a Dime

7 Meals for Under $100 If you’re like many families, your food budget is one that can easily get out of whack. Refrigerator regulars like milk and meat can rise and fall in price, putting the squeeze on your wallet. Never fear! I dug deep into my recipe box and priced out some of my…

The Tasting Team Savors Sushi

Art for the Palate and the Senses Sushi is visual art for the palate. The Japanese dish, anchored with vinegar-flavored rice and garnished with raw fish or vegetables showcases just how far the Montana culinary scene has evolved. Seasoned rice is spread onto toasted nori seaweed and then rolled with fish in its core or…

Scouting for Scones

Tastings Team savors deliciously crumbly delights The scone conjures images of romance and good manners. A teacup held at the cup’s handle with an extended pinkie presents an air of refinement and exquisite taste. The scone has always been one of the mainstays served for British high tea. The American versions that our Tastings Team…

Boxed, Sealed & Delivered

The Tasting Team gives mail order menus a try In the New Year, the old excuse of “I don’t have time to cook” can no longer be used. How much easier can making dinner be when all the ingredients show up in a box on your front door? Companies such as Wildtree, Blue Apron, and…

Are You a Planner Gal?

These stylish finds might just be enough to organize and motivate The year you finally resolve to organize your to-do lists and create a streamlined life. Sure, you have that little notebook at the bottom of your purse. And, there’s that calendar feature you can’t live without on your phone. But, many women are learning…

Tastings: Holiday in a Bottle!

The Team checks out champagne & sparkling wines Corked inside a bottle of sparkling wine is celebration – a party waiting to be launched. This bubbly concoction goes through a second fermentation process to add the extra bit of effervescence. In case you wondered, it can only be called Champagne if it originates from the…

The Gift that Keeps Giving

DIY etched glassware with a personal touch Sweets, treats and friends are some of my favorite things. That’s why when the holiday season rolls around, I know I am not alone in sharing sweet confections baked straight from my own kitchen. This year, you can join me in treating friends, neighbors or even your child’s…

Homespun Holiday

DIY stitched clay ornaments Crafter Ashley Michel is no stranger to making her own holiday ornaments. In fact, each year she chooses a new way to make an entire line that she will sell at craft fairs or in private sales. Each one has its own flair and this year’s creations are no exception. To…

The Colors of Summer

Pack your wardrobe with these fashionable shades Across the stylish landscape of fashion, there are new hues that are turning heads not only on the runway but more commonly at the poolside, at the office or at the table for Sunday brunch. Pantone, the masters of all things color, loves to predict which colors will…

Sharp & ‘Centsible’ Professional Style

Second hand, vintage and consignment stores could make you a “Re-fashionista” The year was 1986. I was a freshman in high school and had $26 to buy school clothes. My red Schwinn and I pedaled to every second-hand store in town. I found a few fashion possibilities and potential cuteness in the bargain bins, the…

Tastings: For the Love of Chocolate

Chocolate and love.  It is the ultimate Valentine’s Day pair. Chocolate elicits love while love emanates from chocolate. So how much more romantic can it get? Enter the Tastings Team, which sampled a variety of delectable chocolate treats from around town – Big Dipper Ice Cream, Good Earth Market, The Spiked Olive, and Tea City…

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