July 30, 2014

Jack Barnwell is Mackinac’s Master Gardener

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Mackinac Island has been getting a facelift. It’s the kind that requires rakes and shovels, because it’s a facelift in flowers and plants. Barnwell Landscape & Garden Services has been designing and planting picturesque gardens for six years—with … [Read more...]

Check Your Boat, Dock, and the Neighbor’s, Too!

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For water fun and safety, there are items you must legally have on your watercraft—life vests, fire extinguisher, throwable floatation device, and properly working lights—but make sure the boat itself and the dock are safe, too! July 2012 saw some horrific … [Read more...]

Summer Thrills

Dune-Rides

Summer means "vacation" to many, and memories of family road trips along with the familiar mantra Mom and Dad grew weary of hearing: “Are we there yet?” I remember traveling to the Detroit Zoo and the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village back in the … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips for Manufactured Homes

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If you own a manufactured home (formerly called mobile homes), you may feel like the only option you have to make it more energy efficient is to replace incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs. In fact, there are many actions you can take that will save … [Read more...]

Black Bean, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1-2 green onions, chopped, include greens 1/2 c. cilantro, roughly chopped 1/2 c. finely chopped celery 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, cut in small cubes zest of one lime 3 T. or more … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Coney Dog Sauce

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1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained 1 c. ketchup 2 c. chopped onion 1/2 c. dark corn syrup 1/4 c. brown mustard 2 T. vinegar 1 T. chili powder Simmer all ingredients in saucepan, stirring occasionally. Serve over hot dogs. Tommie Schmidt, … [Read more...]

Backyard Beekeeping: What’s the buzz about?

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Ask most people what bees contribute to the world and they’ll name three things: honey, wax and stings. Put the question to Josh and Jodie Kieliszewski and you’ll get a longer list: soap,  body creams, ointments, lip balms... Another unusual fact about … [Read more...]

Do You Have the Best Deer Blind? Enter Our Contest

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The hunt is on! Enter the Country Lines Deer Blind Contest. If you think you have the best deer blind in Michigan, then we want to see it. There will be one lucky winner from each deer blind category below: Most tricked-out. What personal touches … [Read more...]

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans & Rice

4 cans 16-oz. kidney or red beans, rinsed and drained 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced 1 c. chicken broth 3 celery ribs, chopped 1 lg. onion, chopped 1 med. green pepper, chopped 1 sm. red pepper, chopped 6 garlic … [Read more...]

Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

1 lb. ground sausage 4 T. butter 2?3 c. Kentucky Kernel (fry batter mix) (You can use all or part flour for less spice) 2?3 to 1½ c. milk, to desired consistency Grands!®, Bisquick™, or homemade biscuits Brown sausage. Add and melt butter. Stir … [Read more...]