Most people celebrate July 4 by watching a local, professional fireworks show — supervised by firefighters. But if you’re starting the performance early with consumer fireworks, here are some tips: Your fireworks might be legal, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. The National Council on Fireworks Safety and the U.S. Fire Administration report thousands… Continue reading.
Among the hot-button items up for public comment to the Natural Resource Commission is a proposal to open Indiana deer hunting to high-powered rifles. Currently, Indiana limits modern day center fire ammunition in repeating and single shot rifles to selected “pistol” cartridges. The new proposal is sure to bring controversy even among deer hunters and… Continue reading.
If eating healthy is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are a few tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that can help you and your family develop good habits: Simple swaps can make a difference. Try buying whole wheat bread instead of white and low-fat milk instead of whole milk. You… Continue reading.
The first known recipe for gingerbread is believed to have originated in Greece in 2400 BC. The earliest versions of gingerbread were simple mixtures of honey, ginger and bread crumbs. Queen Elizabeth I gets credit for creating the first gingerbread men. She had the cookies made to resemble guests visiting her court. English colonists brought… Continue reading.
They say timing is everything! True to form, when we pulled into the parking lot of Duck Commander/Buck Commander in West Monroe, La., we learned Phil, Willie, Jase, Uncle Si and the entire television crew of “Duck Dynasty” were attending an NRA banquet in Alaska. No TV stars were on hand, but we can say… Continue reading.
Have you ever been ready to make a new recipe that sounds wonderful? You get to the part that says “cake flour” and your stomach sinks because you don’t have cake flour! Never buy cake flour again! For 1 cup flour, replace 2 T. of the flour with 2 T. cornstarch. (Remove 2 T. flour… Continue reading.
Stir flour before scooping and measuring. In storage, flour settles and compacts. Leveling off with the back of a knife is the best way to get the right amount; tapping the measuring cup on the counter or shaking it to level it packs the flour, so you’ll end up adding too much. Keep it cool… Continue reading.
One of my favorite television characters was Granny from the hit 1960s series, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Granny was a firm believer in the old-time traditions and country ways and always had a pot of “elixir” brewing up down by the cement pond. Granny would extol the value of the potions of the educated and experienced… Continue reading.
Rainbows are something special in nature. After a heavy rainstorm, they pop up — like magic — to paint the sky with a multi-colored arc when the sun breaks through the parting clouds. And then, they disappear. They are created by the sun shining on droplets of moisture still in air. The light gets “bent”… Continue reading.
For years, I covered the bass fishing tournaments in the Midwest for a now defunct bass fishing magazine. Like the hundreds of anglers I interviewed, I, too, believed the largemouth bass to be one of the smartest fish swimming: an opponent which could be taken consistently only by an angler with Yoda-like knowledge. Only a… Continue reading.
Back in my boyhood days when I was first learning to fish, it didn’t take long for me to discover water depth had a lot to do with where to find fish. I had the advantage of swimming and wading every square foot of Big Flatrock River, and I knew the location of every drop… Continue reading.
We all hear of the “hanging of the greens,” especially as Christmastime approaches, and the “wearing of the green” around St. Patrick’s Day. Now, Indiana’s electric cooperatives would like to add one more nod to green: the “wringing of the green.” That would be the act of wringing every drop of energy — every kilowatt-hour… Continue reading.