October 3, 2015

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...]

Pretzel Rods

1 lb. dark chocolate 50 large pretzel rods different colored sugars Pour colored sugar on wax or parchment paper. Melt chocolate and pour into a tall glass. Hold onto end of pretzel and dip ¾ of the pretzel into the melted chocolate. Roll the pretzels … [Read more...]

Luau Bark

1 lb. white chocolate ¾ c. chopped pecans ¾ c. toasted coconut ½ c. miniature marshmallows ½ c. chopped dried cherries ½ c. chopped dried pineapple Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Add all ingredients and stir in. Spread on parchment paper in … [Read more...]

Lobster Mac and Cheese

kosher salt vegetable oil 1 lb. cavatappi (tubed corkscrew pasta) 1 qt. milk 8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided ½ c. all-purpose flour 12-oz. Gruyere cheese, grated (4 c.) 8-oz. extra-sharp cheddar, grated (2 c.) ½ t. freshly ground black … [Read more...]

Dill Shrimp Salad

4 c. cooked small shells or penne pasta 1 lb. cooked fresh shrimp, diced 1 c. frozen peas 1 c. small diced celery ½ c. chopped green onions, including tops ¼ c. minced fresh parsley 10 oz. plain Greek yogurt 1 c. mayonnaise ¼ c. fresh lemon … [Read more...]

Communicating in the Age of the Emoji

A few years ago my son stood before a display of old rotary phones in an antique store, puzzled by the seemingly ancient devices. “How did people text with those?” he asked. I chuckled before the thought occurred to me. An entire generation now exists … [Read more...]

Maintain Your Home’s Heating System Efficiency

With the heating season soon upon us, make sure your heating system is running at its maximum efficiency. Doing a simple heating system tune-up yourself improves its efficiency, resulting in significant annual cost savings. However, don’t skip your … [Read more...]