Raiding Grandma’s Recipe Box for Savory Flavors

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when a family depended on the produce from the summer garden and the chickens and other fowl that populated the yard to feed everyone. Money was scarce and trips to the grocery or general store were carefully planned — not something you did on your way home…

Leave No Woman Behind

Preserving the memory of Montana’s WWI Servicewomen On Memorial Day seven years ago, retired Army Lt. Col. Edward Saunders was placing flags at the white marble gravestones of fallen veterans in Mountview Cemetery in Billings. Each flag was carefully and properly placed, centered one foot in front of the headstone, not touching the ground. After placing…

Firing Up Pie & Friendships

Throwing a Neighborhood Pizza Party Making pizza and later enjoying the fruits of your labor is one of the best ways to connect. Knowing this, I gathered some of the neighborhood women — Jane McCracken, Haven Stuart and Erica Bruen — who did not know each other. My sister, Jana Morrison, was visiting from out…

DIY puts personal flair on display

Creating your own Gallery Wall The gallery wall. You’ve seen this trendy look burning up Pinterest and you know you don’t want to miss out on the fun in designing your own. No matter your style of home or design personality, you can make this project truly one of a kind. If lining up art…

The Perfect Pitch

Asked to fill in as executive director of the Billings Symphony, how could Leslie Blair say no? When Leslie Blair graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in instrumental conducting more than 40 years ago, she thought she’d pursue a career in music. That wasn’t quite how things worked out. Instead, she got…

Changing Course

Celebrating the best you there can be This is such a lovely time of year. The pressure is off, at least for a moment, as swimsuit season is past, giving the perfect gift is still a ways off, and we can hide our hair under a warm hat if we’re having that kind of day….

Heart Gallery: Meet Jon

A teen who has been searching far too long for a forever family Imagine being put in foster care before you even hit kindergarten. Imagine multiple placements over the years, several of which turn out to be group homes. Eight years pass and you’re still falling asleep at night wondering if you’ll ever find a…

10 Tips for a Cozy Living Space

The living room is the heart of every home. It’s a warm and inviting space to gather and enjoy the company of friends and family. It’s a space we can get cozy in when chilly days and cold nights approach. How can you create a cozy place in your home that you’ll never want to…

A Different Kind of Anniversary

Kris Carpenter & Tracy Moore team up to honor inspirational women When Sanctuary Spa and Salon celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, owner Kris Carpenter knew she wanted to make it meaningful. Of course, there would be the anniversary specials and typical fanfare, but Kris was looking for a little something more to serve as…

One size does not fit all

More options to that high school diploma than ever before Taylor Kroft dropped out of high school to go to college. Madi Nance was homeschooled while she worked full time. Keegan Lundman attended public school and took advanced-placement courses so she could study abroad. All three girls graduated or will graduate with high honors, but…

Connections Over Wine

The Poet Streets Whine Group, going strong for 15 years A sign posted at the entrance to Highland Park Drive says, “Neighborhood Under Construction.” The streets are torn up, so residents are navigating “Montana gumbo” and avoiding potholes. Even in these conditions, the Poet Streets Whine group draws an enthusiastic crowd. The Poet Streets is…

Not Your Mama’s Jeans

Teens today are giving a facelift to yesterday’s fashion trends Recycled fashion can evoke a lot of great memories. Some of us loved the easy breezy days of the 1990s, when it was easy to buy denim from Goodwill, pull on a baggy tee and tie a flannel around your waist for a fashion-forward look….

Helping Teens Be Great

Juanita Sanchez does it with patience, time and a lot of snacks When Juanita Sanchez says she loves working with teenagers, she usually gets a quizzical look of disbelief. Teens aren’t known for being easy to reach, but that’s OK with Juanita. She’s the director of Teen Services at the Boys and Girls Clubs of…

The Best Decision Ever

How a trip to a summer leadership camp taught me a thing or two about teens Have you ever had someone sneak in and steal your heart? For me it wasn’t one person, it was many, and much to my surprise, they were teenagers. I describe myself as a people person — not a baby…

College Student Turned Entrepreneur

Bailey Scott brings joy to Billings, one frozen treat at a time Bailey Scott loves to get into her favorite ride, grab her friends, crank up the music and hit the streets to cruise around. Bailey’s “ride,” however, isn’t typical for most 20-year-olds. It’s a brightly decorated baby-blue ice cream truck filled with prepackaged ice…

Rising to the Challenge

Student athletes join forces to improve the halls of their high schools In the sports world, there’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry. Behind the action, the athletes wear their game faces as they get ready for the latest round of competition under the Friday night lights, on the court as the first serve is…

As the World Turns

DIY creates a unique statement piece Globes used to be a staple in every home and classroom back in the day. Flash forward to today and home decorating gurus have put a new spin on this old-time favorite. After tracking down a globe for $12 at a secondhand store, I was ready to combine a…

Meet He’Lena

A smart, outgoing, funloving teen in search of a forever family When you meet 14-year-old He’Lena, it doesn’t take long to see what’s behind this sweet teen. She’s not only smart and motivated, she’s outgoing and, according to her foster family, “loves to be the entertainer.” You’d never know the trials she’s already faced in…

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