August 26, 2016

The Glamping Trend

If your idea of roughing it means finding the ice machine on another floor of your hotel, glamping might be for you! Glamping or “glamorous camping” combines the intimacy of camping with the perks of a luxury hotel. Amenities can include everything from … [Read more...]

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

You can’t see, taste or smell carbon monoxide, but it can be deadly. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a gas that is found whenever fuel is burned. Known as the “silent killer,” CO causes an average of 430 deaths per year and more than 20,000 hospital emergency … [Read more...]

Art Wins Hearts of the Public Twice

Artists are often seen as “rule breakers”—bumping up against the norm and defining new and different ways of both viewing and doing things. Few artists have been called “rule makers,” but that’s exactly what husband and wife duo, Steve and Ann Loveless, … [Read more...]

Asparagus Reigns in Michigan

In the second week of June, Oceana County, also known as “The Asparagus Capital of the Nation,” gears up for its annual Asparagus Festival. Started in 1974, it’s the longest running asparagus festival in the country. It boasts all the events you’d expect—a … [Read more...]

How To Use Ceiling Fans for Year Round Comfort, Savings

People often wonder which ceiling fans to install. There are so many models and prices, leaving some to wonder if they can help cut energy costs. People typically think of fans only for summertime comfort and lower air-conditioning costs. Ceiling fans … [Read more...]

I Remember: A Unique Driving Lesson

When my daughter was almost 15, I took her down a narrow traffic-free dirt road in northern Michigan to teach her gear shifting in our Volkswagen GTI. She quickly got the hang of using the clutch and gears and was quietly cruising down the road when, … [Read more...]

Perform An Annual Safety Inspection On Your Boat And Dock Before Lifting The Anchor

Water comprises almost one-half of Michigan, so it’s easy to see why the state boasts a thriving recreational industry and leads the nation with nearly 1 million registered pleasure boats. For boating and water safety, there are items you must legally … [Read more...]

Jalapeno Popper Boats

25 medium, fresh jalapeño peppers* 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 pkg. bacon bits 3 c. finely shredded cheddar cheese 2 t. Worcestershire sauce 2 T. olive oil ¼ c. cornmeal Preheat oven to 400°. Spread olive oil evenly over a cookie sheet. … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

1 c. ketchup 1 c. brown sugar 1 lb. bacon, cut into thirds 2 small cans whole water chestnuts Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together ketchup and brown sugar. Wrap ½ piece of bacon around each chestnut. Place in a 9x13 pan. Pour ketchup mixture over wrapped … [Read more...]

Hug A Lineman

The lights flicker once, twice. You wait for it. Boom!  A crack of lightning illuminates the night sky as thunder simultaneously rolls over your neighborhood, taking the power with it. Most of us start scrambling for flashlights, candles and the battery … [Read more...]