April 28, 2015

Spinach Pasta Salad


½ bag of store-bought spinach or 2 handfuls fresh, washed and torn (tearing spinach over cutting is preferred) 8 oz. pasta, cooked according to pkg. directions (cork screws, bow ties, wheels, work best) fat free, light, or regular Caesar dressing (your … [Read more...]

Energy Balls


¼ c. unroasted almonds or any kind of nut or seed ¾ c. old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked 2 T. ground flax seed 2–3 T. cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you want them 10 oz. dates 1–2 T. coconut oil, melted Place almonds in the bowl of a … [Read more...]

Honoring Veterans One Cane At A Time


Guest writer: Jim Carpenter, Line Superintendent at Cherryland Electric Cooperative The idea came about in 2004 when Jack Nitz of Tulsa, OK, watched a news segment about wounded post-9/11 veterans. The visions of vets with leg wounds and amputations … [Read more...]

Improve Home Comfort By Choosing Materials Carefully


If you’re looking to improve your home’s comfort, consider increasing its thermal mass. Increasing thermal mass means having the house structure and interior objects absorb and hold as much heat as possible. The heavier the item, the more mass it has to … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Protect Electronics From Power Surges


Power surges can cause major damage to electrical items in your home. Did you know there are ways to protect your products from electrical surges? A surge is an unexpected increase in voltage in an electrical current that causes damage to electrical … [Read more...]

Doak’s New Course: Double The Fun


A golfer’s bucket list of courses likely includes “Top 100” links by golf course architect Tom Doak, such as Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes. With his new project at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon, MI, Doak’s own bucket list—of … [Read more...]

Calling All ArtPrize Artists in Michigan!


We would like to spotlight Michigan artists who participated in 2014, or are entering the 2015 ArtPrize® competition, in the July/August issue of Country Lines. For 19 days, 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids becomes an open canvas of art. Artists … [Read more...]

Wolverine Power Moves Forward With Natural Gas Plant


Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative Inc., of Cadillac, is moving forward with a new 432 megawatt natural gas-fueled electric power plant, located in Elmira Township, near Gaylord. The Alpine Power Plant will use natural gas to generate electricity during … [Read more...]

Mushroom Barley Soup


1 T. vegetable oil 2 c. finely chopped onion 1 c. diced carrots ½ c. diced celery 4-oz. can mushrooms, undrained 1 garlic clove, minced 14.5-oz. can beef broth 14.5-oz. can chicken broth 2 c. water ½ c. pearl barley 1 t. salt ½ t. pepper 3 T. … [Read more...]

Easy Taco Soup 


1½-2 lbs. ground beef 1 large onion, diced 2 15.5-oz. cans pink or red kidney beans 15.5-oz. can pinto or chili beans 15.5-oz. can shoe peg corn (or whole kernel corn) 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes and green chilies 2 14.5-oz. cans, any brand, … [Read more...]