Winter Bouquets

by on Nov 8, 2013

Ragweed, wild asparagus, corn tassels, red twig dogwood, willow, artemisia, cattails and kochia make this gigantic arrangement. Photos by Chad Bremerman.

Carol Barany’s “Winter Bouquet” feature has been buried in the archives for much too long. So it only makes sense to share it again with the cold weather creeping in.

We’re so accustomed to thinking flowers belong in floral arrangements, we often forget about the beauty in leaves, twigs, willow – and the like. So I decided to try my own hand at an arrangement. Clipped from my own backyard, I filled a vase with branches of turning leaves. I couldn’t resist their beautiful browns and yellows, so I bundled them up and tied the vase with some raffia. I’m actually pretty crazy about the arrangement.

Give it a try…I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. To read Carol’s story, click here.

Terri Schaake and Sandi Gibson arrange their “roadside weeds” into various containers while in Barany’s workroom.

The arrangement on the chandelier is made with the orange berries of pyracantha, boxwood and English ivy. The branches are threaded into a potato, with a wire coat hanger holding it together.

An arrangement of laurel, hydrangea, ivy, artemisia, burning bush, the dried seed heads of poppy and iris fill a blue and white container in Barany’s living room.

The Floribundas: Carol Barany, Nancy Gabriel, Carol Woolcock, Lis Pedemonte, Terri Schaake, Meg Pehlke, Sandi Gibson and Purna Rankin toast before lunch.


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See the Capitol Tree!

by on Nov 7, 2013

A map of the tree's location. Map courtesy of

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make its way through Yakima.  this morning. The Tree, which is from the Colville National Forest here in Washington, will be celebrated in front of the Capitol Theatre from 10:30am to 12:30pm. If you work Downtown, or simply want to see the Tree, stop by for some warm beverages and sign the banner.


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A Saltine Toffee Treat

by on Nov 5, 2013


Super tasty toffee treats...and definitely a new spin on the salty soup cracker.

Last year I was given a tin of this toffee, and couldn’t believe how delicious it was. The recipe was a must-have!

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Halloween at the Herald

by on Oct 31, 2013

Carmela and Sagrario as "The Thing."

As I mentioned Tuesday, this week we’ve partnered with United Way to help raise funds for our community. And it’s definitely livened it up around here.

It seems there’s been a contest for everything you can think of – ha! And of course with it being Halloween today, we’re having a costume contest. The winner is yet to be chosen, but here’s a look at some of my silly co-workers…

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Oh-so-fluffy pumpkin cheesecake

by on Oct 30, 2013

This "oh-so-fluffy pumpkin cheesecake" is perfect for the holidays.

Some people love chocolate, others love pie, but my “go-to” dessert has always been cheesecake. If it’s on the menu, I’ll almost always order it. New York cheesecake topped with berries is definitely my favorite, but I do like to change it up sometimes. And since nothing says fall like pumpkin spice, I thought I’d share this pumpkin cheesecake recipe with you. It’s fluffy, spicy and perfect for this time of the year.

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