November 30, 2015

“Grandma Emma’s” Sweet Rolls

2 pkg. (1/4-oz. each) acti­­­­ve dry yeast 1/2 c. warm water 1 t. sugar 2 c. warm water (110 to 120°) ½ c. sugar 2 t. salt ¼ c. canola oil 1 ½ t. vanilla 2 eggs, room temp, lightly beaten (warm to room temp. in a bowl of warm water or leave out … [Read more...]

Salsa Chicken

2 lbs. fresh or frozen chicken breasts 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 16-oz. jar salsa 1 15-oz. can corn, drained ½ of 1.25-oz. pkg. taco seasoning Place chicken in the bottom of a crockpot. Sprinkle taco seasoning onto chicken. Pour … [Read more...]

Chicken Spinach Pasta

8 oz. rotini or penne pasta 10-oz. pkg. frozen spinach, rinsed and dried (fresh works fine too) 2 T. flour ¼ t. salt ¼ t. paprika (optional) 8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips 2 T. olive oil ½ c. Italian salad dressing … [Read more...]

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Holidays are a great time for tradition. A favorite in our family was taking the kids to see Santa. With so many children all over the world waiting expectantly to meet Mr. Claus, he welcomes a little seasonal assistance! Enter A. Michael Deller, a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Rules for Kids About Electrical Safety

Electricity is a dynamic power source. Many home electrical fires, injuries and electrocutions can be prevented when we understand and practice electrical safety. This is especially true for our youngest co-op members. Remember the rules for using … [Read more...]

Camp Grayling: Michigan Is Home To World-Class Training Center

Northern Michigan is a destination for outdoor lovers—paddlers, campers, fishermen and cross-country skiers—and for military convoys carrying camo-clad soldiers to the largest National Guard training facility in the U.S. Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver … [Read more...]

Use Your Space Heater Safely

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...]

Balancing Temps in a Two-Story Home

Even with the newest heat pump systems there can still be problems keeping all the rooms in your home comfortable. Someone is always too hot or too cold, particularly in a two-story home. Unless you install an expensive zone-control system with multiple … [Read more...]

Wish Upon a Star at Headlands International Dark Sky Park

Most of us have had the magical moment as a child of wishing on the first star in the night sky. But what if those moments weren’t reserved for children in their backyards? Those inspiring moments happen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the Headlands … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Bookmaker

Chad Pastotnik’s alchemy is half art, half toil. The fine-bookmaker must baby ancient machines, negotiate literary translations, conduct workshops, and fulfill international speaking engagements. In a recent blog, Pastotnik, who runs Deep Wood Press … [Read more...]