Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021

When my sister, Krissy, and I were in junior high, my parents deemed us old enough to tackle the always-heaping mountain of ironing in the laundry room. The first time we tried our hands at ironing, my sister left a singe mark on a shirt, and ironed creases into the clothes rather than out of them.

Friday, September 03, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021

This week I drove a car for the first time in more than six weeks and it felt amazing.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the April 27, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

After a year of eating healthier and exercising almost daily, I’ve been couchbound for about a month with a boot on my foot and I’m starting to get a little stir crazy because I feel like a slug.

Friday, August 06, 2021

I love to eat a variety of foods each week; I firmly believe in mixing things up to keep my taste buds guessing and make things more interesting for the cook. That’s sort of the theme of my week whenever I’m doing meal planning: vary up the proteins, textures, heat levels, ethnicities and ev…

Friday, July 30, 2021

Editor’s note: This column originally ran in the March 2, 2012 issue of the Banner. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

I’ve been recuperating from a recent foot surgery, and it’s times like these that I’m even more grateful for the support system I have here in the community.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Hello there again! I’m back! Today I’ll probably just be telling you about what has been going on in my life for the past couple of days. I also hope you enjoy the recipe that is included here; I actually made it on my own last weekend.

Friday, July 09, 2021

I’ve spent the past week preparing for a surgery – my second of the calendar year. There’s a great deal of strategy that goes into planning for a surgery. First off, I’m limited to the one day per week when my surgeon schedules his procedures – which is, of course, the Banner’s production da…

Friday, July 02, 2021

My vehement dislike of store-bought cookies is familiar to any and all who know me, and Oreos are among my least favorites of all. (My kiddo thinks this is especially weird because he’s recently discovered his adoration of chocolate fudge-filled Oreos – among the roughly 87 different varieti…

Friday, June 25, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, June 11, 2021

We decided our 11-year-old kiddo, Jack, is old enough to earn his first allowance this summer (the key word being “earn.”) When I was Jack’s age my parents would give me $5 a week to babysit my little brother, try to keep up with the dishes and ironing and generally keep the house picked up.

Friday, June 04, 2021

Everyone has their weird little phobias and I’m no different. For example, I’m not a huge fan of heights (or falling from them), freak out at the smallest encounter with the most minute of spiders and, as a parent, generally see danger coming from all directions any time my kiddo leaves the …

Friday, May 28, 2021

On Tuesday night of this week – the eve of the last day of school – the hubby and I were heading to bed. “Don’t stay up too late,” the hubby reminded our 11-year-old kiddo, Jack.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Another school year is quickly coming to a close and my 11-year-old kiddo, Jack, is eagerly awaiting the start of summer vacation.

Friday, May 14, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021

Spring sports season is in full swing, and I’ll admit that this is the time of year when my cooking habits are at their laziest.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Last week’s Banner featured a guest food columnist, Jack Dura, and his Grandma’s Little’s banana bread recipe. Jack is a former Banner intern whom we all adore, and I feel like a proud parent every time I see his byline in the Bismarck Tribune. Because clearly, the Banner is to credit for al…

Friday, April 16, 2021

Treasured in the family cookbook is my great-grandmother’s banana bread. She credited the recipe to someone named Mary S., but to us, it’s Grandma Little’s banana bread.

Friday, April 09, 2021

I’ve been working on slimming down and getting healthier the past year but I hit a plateau over the holidays and was getting discouraged. To add to it, I wasn’t feeling the greatest – likely due to the fact that my gallbladder had gone rogue and needed to go.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Easter in the Short household is usually pretty low-key. In the days before COVID (remember those?) we’d often head to my mother-in-law’s home in rural Portland, N.D. on Saturday. And the hubby makes homemade pizza at some point every Easter Sunday because he adores checking his dough after …

Friday, March 26, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021

Our little publishing company took ownership of the Banner more than nine years ago, meaning in that time I’ve written about 460 food columns. That’s 460 separate recipes, 460 food stylings and photo shoots, and 460 bags worth of groceries.

Friday, March 05, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021

Having a dining room has always been important to me because I love to entertain. However, like most people, we don’t actually use our dining room for dining unless we’re hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner, so the rest of the year the dining room is a multipurpose room.