September 22, 2014

Are You a Michiganian or a Michigander?


Based on the positive feedback on its debut, “Jack’s Journal” looks to be a winner in the eyes of many Country Lines readers. So far, so good! The first column (May 2014) hit a nerve, however, as readers sounded off on my use of the term “Michiganian” … [Read more...]

‘Smart’ Products Make Saving Energy Easier


Energy savings can be easy with some savvy shopping for power strips, thermostats and residential lighting. These are the most common products you can use to reduce energy costs, and with a little research, choosing and using them correctly is easy, too, … [Read more...]

Blue Angels Fly on the Wings of Hard Work


A.J. Harrell decided early in life that he didn’t want to sit behind a desk. Strapped into the cockpit of a C-130 aircraft, he now works at executing maneuvers at 400 mph and fighting G-forces that double his bodyweight, which pretty much takes care of … [Read more...]

How to Use a Generator Safely


1. Never plug a portable generator into a wall outlet or your home?s electrical system. There are only two safe ways to connect a standby generator to your equipment: Stationary Generator: An approved generator transfer switch, which keeps your house … [Read more...]

Baked Crab Rangoon


12 oz. flaked crab meat 8 oz. cream cheese ½ c. thinly sliced green onions ½ c. mayonnaise 24 won ton wrappers Preheat oven to 350°. Mix crab meat, cream cheese, onions and mayonnaise. Spray 24 medium muffi n cups with cooking spray. Gently place … [Read more...]

Toffee Butter Crunch


12 oz. box Crispix® or Corn Chex® 1 c. butter ½ c. dark Karo® or other dark corn syrup 2 c. pecan halves 1 c. brown sugar ½ t. vanilla extract Preheat oven to 250°. Coat 9"x13" pan (or a large cookie pan) with cooking spray. In a small saucepan, … [Read more...]

Jack Barnwell is Mackinac’s Master Gardener


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!


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


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


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...]