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Soup Season is Here! 10 Easy Recipes for Fall

September 17, 2012

So long, summer salads—it’s time for some hearty, savory, simple-to-prepare soups. Here are ten picks from some of our favorite food blogs. If you decide to try these recipes, let us know on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you! Roasted Apple & Winter Squash Soup via theKitchn Tart apples, fragrant herbs and creamy squash combine in this satisfying vegetarian soup. Hearty Spinach & Sausage Soup via Pinch My Salt Potatoes, sausage, barley, spinach—what could be more filling on a chilly autumn day?…

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6 Home Office Ideas: Get Organized and Love Your Office

August 30, 2012

Decorating or redecorating a home office? Make it comfortable, stylish and welcoming with these 6 simple organization and style tips: 1. Plan around your windows. It’s nice to have a sunny office, but you don’t want a glare on your computer when you’re sending an email. Before you arrange the furniture, consider the windows—and angle your desk so that you can comfortably work even if it’s sunny out. 2. Designate an inbox. Specify a bin or drawer large enough for papers, folders, mail or other items…

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Spanaway, WA: Rent or Buy?

August 27, 2012

There are many reasons to buy a new home: the freedom to build and personalize it your way, the pride that comes from homeownership and potential tax benefits. No fear of rising rents. No landlord to answer to. It’s an attractive proposition, no matter where you plan to live, but why buy a new home in Spanaway? 1. Small-town atmosphere, minutes from Tacoma & Olympia Just a few years ago, Spanaway was a rural community with acres of farmland and pastures. Today, it’s a thriving…

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Building Your Dream Home: How to Choose a Home Site

August 20, 2012

You’ve chosen your floor plan and home exterior. What’s next? Depending on the variety of lots available and the floor plan you’ve chosen, you may have a choice of home sites. Don’t be content to pick your spot from a plat plan! Go out and see each home site firsthand. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes when you tour your options, and bring along a camera and a way to take notes. 4 things to consider when choosing your home site 1. Terrain: Is your…

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Healthy After-school Snack Ideas (Part 2)

August 16, 2012
broccoli cheese soup with heart-shaped croutons

If you have a small child, it may be hard to tempt them into healthy snacking choices. After all, they’re inundated every day with ads and commercials and their friends’ food opinions. How can carrot sticks compete with chocolate-covered cartoon characters and pizza pockets? Try fighting fire with fire. Food companies spend billions on bright, colorful packaging. Why not spend a few extra minutes to make your snack time just as exciting? Make healthy food fun. The way food tastes and smells is important, but…

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