October 25, 2014

Artichoke & Spinach Dip


2 8-oz. pkgs. light cream cheese 8 oz. pkg. light sour cream 1 c. parmesan cheese 2 small cans artichokes, diced 10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach 2 T. olive oil 1 T. marjoram flakes 1/2 T. red pepper flakes (dry) Mix all ingredients and put into a 2 … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake


1 1/2 c. chocolate wafer crumbs, crushed 1/3 c. melted butter  3/4 c. sugar, divided 16 oz. cream cheese  1 t. vanilla 3 eggs, unbeaten 2 squares dark baking chocolate, melted Chocolate Mousse Topping: 1/2 c. butter 8 oz. cream cheese, … [Read more...]

Fiesta Lasagna


1 lb. burger, browned 1 can corn 1 can black beans 1 16-oz. can tomato sauce 1 can diced tomatoes 1 16-oz. can salsa 1 small can sliced black olives 1 envelope taco seasoning 3 T. fresh cilantro 8 oz. sour cream 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 … [Read more...]

Teach Kids Well About Electrical Safety


Electricity is a dynamic power source. We live surrounded by it, but sometimes forget how dangerous it can be. Many electrical fires, injuries and electrocutions can be prevented when we understand and practice electrical safety. This is especially true … [Read more...]

When Do Appliance Upgrades Make Sense?


For major appliances, comparing the EnergyGuide label is the best way to find the cost of using them. Based on the purchase price, you can calculate which one provides the best return. The most efficient one is not always the best buy from a payback … [Read more...]

Mixing it up at Short’s Brewing


Joe Short thinks of beer brewing as a “noble profession”—one rooted in ancient history. The drink of royalty and the common man, beer and pubs have long brought people together. “Beer has a fantastic history,” exclaims Short, the 35-year-old, … [Read more...]

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...]