Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.
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Do you ever have those times in life when something just sticks in your craw? For me, it's that overwhelming sense of failure with macaron baking. I consider myself a pretty good baker (a pretty good eater of baked goods anyway). But I have twice attempted to make macarons and both times I failed miserably. Macarons are supposed to be pretty little puffed up meringue cookies surrounding a delicate buttercream filling. My macarons looked more like something the car ran over — flat and a little lumpy at the same time.
FARGO — I guess with every plan you need to plan for the unexpected. That's what I've learned during month No. 2 of "The Great Indoors: Trek to Times Square." To refresh your memory, in the beginning of January, I invited readers to join me as I virtually walked from my home in Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve. To achieve this, I needed to log about 28 miles a week on my FitBit. I started off strong and made the first month's milestone by reaching the Osakis/Alexandria area by the end of January.
FARGO — Every Christmas season as Andy Williams belts out "It's the most wonderful time of the year," he's clearly forgotten about what happens this time of year: it's Girl Scout cookie time. It's a glorious time of year when the future leaders, innovators and go-getters offer you the opportunity to enjoy some of the most popular cookies in America including Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and more.
FARGO - If you go to Sharon Secor's home for a visit, she's bound to offer you a cup of coffee, a cookie and a virtual trip to Kenya. "That's from Kenya," she says, pointing to the top shelf of her bookcase and a figurine of two people dancing. "The scarf I'm wearing is from there and the baskets in the corner are probably my favorites. They're also from Kenya. All of these things bring me so much joy."
FARGO — Valentine's Day changes as your children grow up. I miss the days when we'd go out and buy cards for every kid in their class. We'd spend time carefully Scotch-taping a Dum Dums lollipop or Tootsie Roll to each little Disney Princess or Power Ranger card.
FARGO — If the average American is told they need to go one month without eating processed foods, grains, dairy, beans, legumes, sugar or alcohol, two things might occur. First, they'd question why they're being punished. Second, they might wonder what's left to eat. But thousands of Americans, including some in the Fargo-Moorhead area, are willingly choosing to eat that way as part of the "Whole 30" program based on The New York Times best-selling book, "The Whole 30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom."
FARGO — No matter who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday, one thing is certain: many Americans will go back to work on Monday with a post-game food hangover. According to the National Retail Federation, last year Americans spent roughly $15 billion on Super Bowl celebrating. That's a lot of chicken wings, guacamole, pizza and beer. If you've been on Pinterest lately, you'll see that football fans are starting to find new ways to display the obnoxious amounts of food they'll serve at this year's party.
FARGO — Mary Murchie says shortly after she remodeled the master bathroom in her north Fargo home, her husband came to her with a concern. "I'm worried about the flooring by the wall. It's rotting," he told her. "I think it needs to be replaced." Murchie laughs. "I told him it's supposed to look like that," she says.
FARGO — Here we are in the dog days of winter — dark, cold and sometimes dreary. Christmas is long past and spring is still weeks away. Even the next official holiday, Valentine's Day, is completely overrated. That's why it's so spectacular that we actually have something to celebrate in late January.
FARGO — The Fargo woman who currently holds the title Miss World America is switching coasts and looking for new challenges. Audra Mari, a 2012 graduate of Davies High School, won the title of Miss World America in July. The 23-year-old recently competed at the Miss World pageant where she earned a sixth-place finish. Because she finished higher than other representatives from this part of the world, she was awarded the title "Miss World Americas."