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Trending Architecture: Local architects embrace the custom, the green and the universal

Trending Architecture: Local architects embrace the custom, the green and the universal

Open up, green, efficient, universal, refresh, collaborate-these are the trending buzzwords for architects along the Lake Michigan Shore.

April 08, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Paczki perfect: Bakeries around the region prep for Fat Tuesday

Paczki perfect: Bakeries around the region prep for Fat Tuesday

Local bakeries are already gearing up for Fat Tuesday, by taking orders and some already offering the beloved, diet-breaking paczki.

February 26, 2014 10:30 pm
Smith Family Ginger Snaps

Smith Family Ginger Snaps

The ginger snap cookie is a staple on my mom’s side of the family. These deliciously chewy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies can be found at the center of any family cookie spread because to us, the taste of these gingery, molasses cookies bring us together even when we’re far apart.

February 18, 2014 7:00 am
Snow Ball Cookies

Snow Ball Cookies

The recipe for these cookies was passed down from my great-grandmother to my grandma and then to my dad. These sugary, soft cookies have always been a favorite of my dad’s. This year was the first time I made them by myself, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they were to make.

February 18, 2014 7:00 am
Baking in Winter: A Sweet Mess of Favorite Cookie Recipes

Baking in Winter: A Sweet Mess of Favorite Cookie Recipes

The holiday season is prime time for baking, sharing and eating cookies.

February 18, 2014 2:30 am Photos

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Times Chili Event Sampling

Times Chili Event Sampling

Times Health Writer Vanessa Renderman shared her recipe for a favorite, gluten-free slow cooker chilli, among a selection of chili recipes sampled last week by Times employees.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am
Wifi Password Frame

Wifi Password Frame

Framed WiFi art is Katie Dorsey's trick to keeping her house guests technologically sound when they come to stay.

January 16, 2014 7:00 am
Northwest Indiana turns into 'Bead Town' as interactive art exhibit comes to benefit the Region

Northwest Indiana turns into 'Bead Town' as interactive art exhibit comes to benefit the Region

The Region prepares to be home to a unique art exhibit and interactive experience, as famed artist, Stephan Wanger kicks off the opening of Bead Town Northwest Indiana tomorrow evening.

January 05, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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MIDDLEAGEZZ: Close encounters with premium soap

MIDDLEAGEZZ: Close encounters with premium soap

Soap made by Kelsey Foreman near New Orleans, Louisiana. Kelsey makes other skin products and also does the art work for her very distinctive labels. Find out more about her products at Cake.Facesoaping.com From the left: The Firefighter ($7) , Sugar & Spice ($7) and a wedge of Deodorizi…

January 03, 2014 2:13 pm
The best, the worst of entertainment in 2013

The best, the worst of entertainment in 2013

By Pat Colander

December 25, 2013 4:00 pm Photos

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Break out the Bubbly: A quick look at authentic Champagne

Break out the Bubbly: A quick look at authentic Champagne

Party hats on and sparkles everywhere as the group countdown comes to an end... three, two, one! Pop! Fizz! Clink!

December 19, 2013 8:00 am Photos

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Soap 1

Soap 1

Soap made by Kelsey Foreman near New Orleans, Louisiana.  Kelsey makes other skin products and also does the art work for her very distinctive labels. Find out more about her products at Cake.Facesoaping.com  

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Bag 1

Bag 1

A newspaper gift bag is easy make with a few supplies and some strategic folding.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Bag 2

Bag 2

The hardest part about making a gift bag out of newspaper is making sure the folds are at the correct place. Otherwise it comes together in a snap!

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
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Headband1

After learning the basic knitting stitches, an ear warmer like this can come together easily.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Headband2

Headband2

Pat Colander models a homemade ear warmer made by Kathleen Dorsey. This ear warmer is a great project for beginner knitters.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Mug1

Mug1

Multi-surface paints can create personal and meaningful design easily on a plain ceramic or porcelain coffee mug.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Mug2

Mug2

Coming up with a personal design was the hardest part of painting this mug. It only requires a few supplies and some time in the oven.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Mug3

Mug3

A hand-painted mug made an easy and meaningful gift for Tara McElmurry's friend who's going to be a teacher.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
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Scarf1

Matt Sharp models a homemade scarf made by Kathleen Dorsey. A scarf like this one is a great project for beginner knitters.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
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Scarf2

Matt Sharp models a homemade scarf made by Kathleen Dorsey. A scarf like this one is a great project for beginner knitters.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
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Kathleen Dorsey crafted this holiday wreath with a few easy-to-find supplies and a few simple steps.

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Soap 2

Soap 2

From the left: The Firefighter ($7) , Sugar & Spice ($7) and a wedge of Deodorizing Coffee Soap ($11) by Cake.FaceSoaping.com

December 15, 2013 7:00 am
Overload powerstrip

Overload powerstrip

“Overloading electrical outlets is a common problem with holiday lights,” said Kathleen Szot, external communications manager for NIPSCO. “Larger decorations should be limited to one per outlet.”

November 27, 2013 7:00 am
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Tom McElmurry brushes the homemade pizza crust with extra virgin olive oil before putting it in the oven to bake.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry brushes the homemade pizza crust with extra virgin olive oil before putting it in the oven to bake.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry (GO! staffer, Tara McElmurry's dad) consults the book "Pizza" (1987) by James McNair to beginning preparing his favorite recipe for homemade Chicago style pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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After the crust is baked for about 4 minutes, it is then ready for the pizza toppings. Here, Tom McElmurry lays on the mozzarella cheese and spinach.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry stretches the pizza dough to fill the pan before putting it in the oven.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry's (GO! staffer Tara McElmurry's dad) homemade, deep-dish Chicago style pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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After the cheese and spinach, Tom McElmurry tops the pizza with the seasoned tomatoes.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry squeezes out the excess juices of the canned tomatoes for the topping. If too juicy, the dough can get too heavy and wet.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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The pizza crust on the dough hook after it is mixed and ready to be set aside while it rises. The trick is to make sure the dough is not too dry or not too wet. If too dry, add some water too the dough. If too wet, add more of the flour according to the recipe.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry minces garlic to be mixed into the tomato topping.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry adds the dried oregano to the tomato pizza topping.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry completes the topping on the homemade Chicago style deep dish pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry sprinkles on the Parmesan cheese on top of the homemade pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry slides the homemade Chicago style pizza into the oven.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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The pizza is cooked through after about 30 minutes in the oven, when the crust is golden brown.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry's homemade deep dish, Chicago style pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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Tom McElmurry's homemade deep dish, Chicago style pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
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A homemade slice — Tom McElmurry's deep dish, Chicago style pizza.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
Getting my sea legs on the 'Voyage into the Unusual'

Getting my sea legs on the 'Voyage into the Unusual'

An apothecary, a wall that comes alive, an acrobat in a hot air balloon, a monster in a box, a dark room of curiosity and more seemingly out-of-place elements came together to be Hendrick’s Gin “Voyages into the Unusual.” The event was just that—unusual, though nonetheless interesting and inviting.

October 04, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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The Man Behind the Mustache

The Man Behind the Mustache

The man, the myth, the legend.

September 23, 2013 4:20 pm Photos

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Greet the season with a broom: Get a fresh start this weekend with National Clean out Your Garage Day

Greet the season with a broom: Get a fresh start this weekend with National Clean out Your Garage Day

With the start of a new season often comes the feeling of a new beginning or fresh start, and what better way to get there than to roll up those sleeves and clean out an area that has probably seen some heavy traffic throughout the summer.

September 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Lake County artist selected for Hoosier Salon 89th Annual Art Exhibition

Lake County artist selected for Hoosier Salon 89th Annual Art Exhibition

The Hoosier Salon 89th Annual Exhibition is on display down in Indianapolis this month and this year, local artwork is on display.

September 01, 2013 9:30 am
Chicagoland car dealerships support the USO with summer barbecues

Chicagoland car dealerships support the USO with summer barbecues

More than 60 Chicagoland new car dealerships are hosting a Barbecue for the Troops this summer to support the USO (United Service Organization).

August 08, 2013 9:30 am
Swimsuit Modern: String to fringe, retro to cutouts and everything in between

Swimsuit Modern: String to fringe, retro to cutouts and everything in between

The itsy, bitty, teeny, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini may still be the go-to for many when building a summer wardrobe, but this summer's trends have a wide range of styles and patterns.

August 05, 2013 3:00 pm Photos

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The Skinny: Fresh ingredients make summer cocktails skinnier and tastier

The Skinny: Fresh ingredients make summer cocktails skinnier and tastier

Cocktail hour can be refreshing and relaxing, but for those of us counting calories or trying to cut out artificial additives.

July 30, 2013 2:30 pm Video Photos

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Lighthouse Map

Lighthouse Map

Match the numbers of the lighthouses with the numbers in story to get exact locations and background information of these local nautical sites.

July 28, 2013 10:00 am
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