“Burning Off The Fog”

Posted on Apr. 1, 2024 by Grace Olson

Kevin Abing was recently on an early morning walk where the Fox River connects the Little Chute and Kaukauna trails at the Nelson Family Heritage Crossing when he noticed the sun directly below one of the bridge lights. “(Then) I noticed the perfect angle of the bridge—roughly 125 degrees—the balance of water showing on each READ MORE

Samantha Retzlaff

Posted on Apr. 1, 2024 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I am solely a natural nail artist. I don’t do tips, dip or acrylic nails. I only work with gel polish and structure gel. How do you describe your art? My art ranges from feminine and romantic to random and detailed depending on the client. From seasonal designs to bright and abstract, my READ MORE

Brunch Cocktails

Q. I love mimosas, my boyfriend loves bloody marys. Are there other “brunch cocktails” that are easy to make at home? —Shelley, Little Chute A. While brunch cocktails have been around for years, it seems they have accelerated in popularity in recent years. When considering a suitable cocktail to accompany your brunch, which most consider READ MORE

“Winter Beauty at FVTC”

Posted on Feb. 29, 2024 by Grace Olson

Xenia E Nieto had just dropped her kids off at school when she noticed the winter beauty surrounding Fox Valley Technical College.  “It look(ed) beautiful out after the snow fall so I decided to take a look at the area around FVTC,” she says. “I love taking pictures.”

Tips for Picky Eaters

Q. My son is a picky eater. I’m trying to help him open his mind to new foods. Any tips from a chef? —Henry from Kaukauna A. As an adult who grew up under the “take it or leave it” generation, the picky eater conundrum seems to be a recent trend. To open someone’s palate READ MORE

Tania Nelson

Posted on Feb. 29, 2024 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): Photography, Painting, Mixed-media Collage How do you describe your art? Grungy, opinionated, humorous, historical. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Interested? Yes. Doing it? No. As a kid I learned to craft things from my mom, and art class was easily my favorite. I took art classes in high school, READ MORE

“Icy Bago Morning”

Posted on Jan. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Sophia Stoltmann took this photo on Lake Winnebago during the annual Battle on Bago ice fishing tournament last February. “I took the photo at that time to remember the first morning of the battle,” she says. “And that moment, how the sun hit the ice while rising made the ice ripples look like small mountains READ MORE

Leeks, Shallots, Green Onions

Q. “What’s the difference between leeks, shallots and green onions? When do you use them?” —Joyce, Appleton A. Let’s start off by differentiating leeks, shallots and green onions. All of them are related as part of the lily family. Leeks look like large, overgrown green onions with a white end by the root and broad READ MORE

Ashley Mattek

Posted on Jan. 31, 2024 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I primarily use watercolor and ink for my small business, Ink + Splash. I consider myself having a type A personality who likes control in my everyday life, so using watercolor is a beautiful way for me to let go of control in a safe and creative space. How do you describe your READ MORE

“Quiet Cold of Winter”

Posted on Dec. 28, 2023 by Grace Olson

Alan Mullen of Appleton knew the wintry conditions would make capturing this shot at Sunset Park in Kimberly a tough one. “To have snow and the water to be running and not frozen isn’t overly common on this slow creek,” he says. “I always thought this photo showed the quiet cold of winter, which seems READ MORE