November 27, 2014

Deer Blind Contest Entries

Originally, this deer blind stand was my daughter's first tree house that she helped design, build and paint when she was 6 years old. Last year I dismatled the treehouse, and hauled the legs, decking, roof and most of the internal framing to our cabin in the UP. Hopefully my grandson we be able to one day hunt with grandpa in his mom's old "tree house."

Dutch Door Dream Submitted by Sherry Sutherby My unique "dutch-door" deer blind was constructed by my husband Russ. All the wood used in the construction was from our property, hand milled on our portable saw mill. All hinges and locks are also hand … [Read more...]

Use Your Space Heater Safely

safety Nov

Many people use space heaters for winter warmth, but they can be dangerous if used improperly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 25,000 home fires every year are associated with space heaters, and cause over 300 deaths. An … [Read more...]

Wolverine Co-op Plans New Natural Gas Power Plant


A new, natural gas-fueled electric generating plant is being planned by Wolverine Power Cooperative, of Cadillac. Called the Alpine Power Plant, its location will be in Elmira Township, Otsego County, west of Gaylord. Wolverine, a not-for-profit electric … [Read more...]

Holiday Spinach Dip

Holiday Spinich Dip

1 large round crusty bread, slice off top and hollow 2 pkgs. 10-oz. spinach, defrosted, chopped, squeezed 2 c. sour cream 2 c. Hellman’s® mayo 1 c. chopped onion, very fine 2 t. dill weed 2 T. oregano 1 ½ t. Lawry’s® seasoning salt Mix all … [Read more...]

Low Effort Eggnog

Low Effort Eggnog

4 egg yolks 1?3 c. sugar, plus 1 T. 1 pint whole milk 1 c. heavy cream 3 oz. rum or bourbon (or extract) 1 t. freshly grated nutmeg 4 egg whites In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1?3 c. … [Read more...]

Meet Our Deer Blind Contest Winners


From hideouts that resemble a cozy cottage (complete with area rug) to basic shelters, we received more than 60 entries in our Country Lines tricked-out deer blind contest. Who knew there were so many cool deer blind styles? Thanks to all who … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle


Six hundred pages, plus another 1,000 of supporting documents—that’s the length of the latest proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It would amend the Clean Air Act (only 465 pages) to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power … [Read more...]

Artichoke & Spinach Dip


2 8-oz. pkgs. light cream cheese 8 oz. pkg. light sour cream 1 c. parmesan cheese 2 small cans artichokes, diced 10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach 2 T. olive oil 1 T. marjoram flakes 1/2 T. red pepper flakes (dry) Mix all ingredients and put into a 2 … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake


1 1/2 c. chocolate wafer crumbs, crushed 1/3 c. melted butter  3/4 c. sugar, divided 16 oz. cream cheese  1 t. vanilla 3 eggs, unbeaten 2 squares dark baking chocolate, melted Chocolate Mousse Topping: 1/2 c. butter 8 oz. cream cheese, … [Read more...]

Fiesta Lasagna


1 lb. burger, browned 1 can corn 1 can black beans 1 16-oz. can tomato sauce 1 can diced tomatoes 1 16-oz. can salsa 1 small can sliced black olives 1 envelope taco seasoning 3 T. fresh cilantro 8 oz. sour cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 … [Read more...]