Recipes

Soft, Sticky Caramel Corn

Ingredients 1/2 C. butter 1 cup Karo syrup, light 1 cup brown sugar 1 can sweetened condensed milk 6 quarts popped popcorn, with unpopped kernels removed. Preparation Mix syrup, sugar and butter. Boil to soft stage or until mixture reaches 237º when tested with a candy thermometer (this will take several minutes.) Another way to test if you don’t have a candy thermometer is to drop a drip of mixture into ice water; if it turns into a ball or threads that are hard but pliable, it is ready. (Have ice water ready for that test.) Pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir in well. If needed, use...

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Recipes- Chicken Picatta Light, Quick & Delicious

 Ingredients: 2 skinless / boneless chicken breasts, butterflied Salt and black pepper All-purpose flour 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup capers, rinsed 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped Directions: 1. Mix flour with salt and pepper in shallow dish. Coat chicken in flour mixture. 2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil and butter in large skillet on medium heat. 3. Add 1/2 of the chicken; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until browned, flip and cook 3  to 4 minutes until browned. Remove from skillet and transfer to plate. 4. Repeat...

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Recipes- Creamy Chicken Caesar Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts Mrs. Dash’s garlic seasoning Butter Olive oil 1-2 handfuls of Spinach 1 bottle Bolthouse Farms Caesar Dressing 1 spaghetti squash Italian Bread crumbs 1-2 cups of your favorite Italian cheese Directions: First bake your spaghetti squash in the oven. If you’ve never done this before simply cut it in half length wise, scrape out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil and place it cut side down in an oven safe dish at 350 for about 40 minutes. For this recipe I believe I only used half of the squash shredded after it was cooked. Next chop the chicken and cook over your...

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Road Trips

Nakoma Golf Resort – The Dragon

By Rick Barlupi Photos by Rick Barlup & Nakoma Resort In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright conceived Nakoma’s stunning clubhouse design.  Nakoma is a Chippewa word which means “I do as I promise.” It took six years to adapt the drawings to a full set of plans, obtain permits and construct the building, with a dedication ceremony held in 2001. It took three years to complete the golf course designed by Robin Nelson of Mill Valley, California, who also designed the famous Dunes at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The owners of Nakoma, at that time, wanted a commanding and impressive course,...

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A&E On The Road to Tahoe – Crystal Bay Casino

By Melissa Wynn Few vistas are as spectacular or as well known around the world as that first glimpse of stunning Lake Tahoe. Late this Spring Molly Barber and I  treated ourselves to not only those unforgettable views of the lake but also to an amazing dinner and Kongos concert at Crystal Bay Casino just ten steps over the California state line at 14 State Highway 28 in Crystal Bay. We took the scenic route through Quincy and Graeagle along Highway 89 since we both love seeing the railroad bridges, St. Bernard rock and the rushing Indian and Spanish Creeks as well as the Feather and Truckee...

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Hotel James, Wine Time & The Lost Dutchman Taproom

By Melissa Wynn On a beautiful Spring day in early April, my friend Molly and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend of shopping and adventure in Chico. The drive down Highway 32 was stunning,  framed with  moss covered rocky walls weeping with runoff and bubbling underground springs. Running along side, Deer Creek was rushing with spectacular force after a long awaited, exceptionally wet winter. Chico greeted us with temperatures in the high seventies under sunny skies and we couldn’t wait to get to the mall. After our shopping spree we wandered up the Esplanade in search of Hotel James,...

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Health and Wellness

Saving Lives, One Mammogram At A Time

Before mammography, one-half of breast cancer patients died from the disease.  Now the 5-year survival rate is 99%, when breast cancer is detected early before it has spread.  Mammography was recommended as a screening tool in 1976 by the American Cancer Society and has been shown to markedly reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer.  Analysis of the 2014 data from the National Cancer Institute shows that there has been a 38% drop in deaths from breast cancer since 1990. This amounts to 274,765 breast cancer deaths averted since 1990! This is largely attributed to the increased use of...

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CLEAN EATING FOR ORAL HEALTH: THE WORST & THE BEST FOOD AND DRINKS

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF We all want to have a nice clean smile and the food and drinks in our diet contribute to whether we have healthy, white or yellow-colored teeth with possible tooth decay. As you have heard before, we are what we eat. As for snacks, crunchy fiber-rich vegetables such as carrots, celery, etc. are way better than starchy chips or crackers and sugary snacks are especially harmful. Indeed, it appears that emerging science recommends not worrying about fat so much or counting calories, but to cut out the sugary snacks and carbohydrates. This not only helps with...

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Pick & Choose Your Produce- places you can pick

By Melissa Wynn The farm-to-fork movement has inspired many of us to get to know our local farmers and see where and who grows our produce. Not only can you gain this comforting knowledge around the valley, several of the local farmers will even let you come for a visit to actually pick the produce yourself. Johnson U-Pick Farm is one such favorite, located at 113 Higgins Avenue between Gridley and Live Oak and welcomes guests Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am-3pm. Owner Mark Johnson encourages patrons to call +1.530.846.5871 anytime with questions, to get directions, or to request large...

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Outdoor Adventure

Shasta Dinner Cruise & Caverns

By Christy Milan The aquamarine water sparkles with the sun’s rays as you relax with family and friends. The smell of tasty food fills the air as the spectacular view of Mt.Shasta looms in the distance with hints of snow from the winter past. Take in the serenity and enjoy the ambience of Shasta Lake on the Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise. Shasta Lake is just north of Redding along interstate 5. It is part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and has 350 miles of shoreline and about 400,000 surface acres. The average depth is about 400 feet, making this lake a prime vacation spot in Northern...

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A Trip Into The Trinity Alps

By Christy Milan There is something to be said for a day that ends with pastel pinks, purples and blues. The limbs of the trees stretch upwards toward the dim light and shadows begin to dance among the skyline. Sunset has come to the Trinity Alps Wilderness. These are California’s very own Alps, with peaks rising to 9,000 feet and over 500,000 acres; this is truly a wilderness adventure. Alpine lakes are scattered among canyons created by glaciers thousands of years ago. Sparkling clear streams meander through the lush green mountain meadows. The wilderness comes alive with blacktailed deer,...

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Running Wild In NorCal

By Molly Barber Photos Courtesy of Tributary Whitewater Tours There’s a part of your soul that’s made to run wild. A part that craves freedom and adventure. For some, just being out in nature will fulfill this need. For others, we crave something a little more adventurous. Either way, Northern California seems to be a birthplace for wild souls. Whether you’re a transplant to the area or born and bred here, this environment is unparalleled soul food. The rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys that encompass this region allow for as many adventures as the mind can conceive. Hiking trails run...

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Home and Garden

Soft, Sticky Caramel Corn

Ingredients 1/2 C. butter 1 cup Karo syrup, light 1 cup brown sugar 1 can sweetened condensed milk 6 quarts popped popcorn, with unpopped kernels removed. Preparation Mix syrup, sugar and butter. Boil to soft stage or until mixture reaches 237º when tested with a candy thermometer (this will take several minutes.) Another way to test if you don’t have a candy thermometer is to drop a drip of mixture into ice water; if it turns into a ball or threads that are hard but pliable, it is ready. (Have ice water ready for that test.) Pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir in well. If needed, use...

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Fall Decor From Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds

By Melissa Wynn I am always amazed by the artistic crafts that people with creative minds bring into being. This time of year, the farmers markets and fruit stands are brimming with the late harvest of pumpkins, squash and gourds and the crafters go wild. Since these gifts from the garden come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors, the project ideas are literally endless. From carving a simple toothy jack-o-lantern to creating a full barnyard of critters to inhabit your front lawn, it can all be brought to life with your fall harvest favorites. Pumpkin carving has come a long way....

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Zaengles Carpet One Floor And Home, Furniture Susanville Ca,Flooring,Tile Susanville Ca, Hardwood Flooring, Carpet,Home Decor Susanville Ca 530-257-7788 WebDirecting.Biz

Not everyone buys new furniture every day, so it’s fun when you can. Take time to seek out top furniture brands and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The family at Zaengles takes pride in carrying the best brands in the business. Locally owned and operated, the Zaengles family team of friendly and knowledgeable associates is ready to assist you in finding the right piece for any room in your home, at the right price. At Susanville’s Zaengles Carpet One, you are sure to find the right home furnishings. When it comes to buying new furniture or floor covering,...

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Business Corner

Westwood Quik Mart +1.530.256.3668, great gas prices, travel accessories, WebDirecting.biz

 Everyone’s heading to Westwood for     GREAT GAS PRICES And Gas Sales BENEFIT WESTWOOD SCHOOLS! • FuelCommander Card • Lock Service for fleets • Applications in store •Full Tire Shop •Soda Fountain •Great Chili •Hot Dogs & Brauts •Fresh Coffee 24/7 Gas Open Dyed Kerosene Dispenser OUR HIGHWAY DIESEL has Power Service Extreme Diesel Additive AT NO COST TO YOU! Summer Hours:  5 am –  8 pm 7 DAYS A WEEK CA Hwy. 36 at A-21 Westwood For more Westwood information go to: http://www.mountainvalleyliving.com/?s=westwood+pages For Westwood lodging go to:...

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Lake Almanor – Chester Business Page

Click here for : SHOPPING SERVICES Chester True Value Hardware Store Their huge selection may surprise you. Paint, hardware, housewares and much more, await you at Chester True Value Hardware store. Order online and ship to store, view their monthly specials and find much more… 417 Main St. Chester +1.530.258.3955 Lassen Gift Company Welcome to an old fashioned soda fountain, surrounded by an incredible gift shop, from gorgeous home goods and decor to jewelry, fashions, very cool kids’ toys and a year ’round Christmas store. Find the most unique gifts in the fun shop! 220...

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Almanor Energy Plus Lake Almanor CA +1.530.596.3128 Solar, Heating and Air Conditioning Chester Ca, Plumas County, Susanville, Quincy Ca WebDirecting.Biz

Almanor Energy Plus, Inc. On Time All The Time    +1-530-596-3238 CA Lic. #507200 Solar Energy CLICK PHOTO to find answers about your best options for SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS and/or ON-DEMAND HOT WATER SYSTEMS Heating Systems CLICK PHOTO for HIGH EFFICIENCY HEATING SYSTEMS built for comfort and savings, available from Almanor Energy Plus +1.530.596.3128 Sheet Metal Shop CLICK PHOTO to see more of our PREMIUM QUALITY SHEET METAL WORK including COPPER and stainless steel & kitchen work Geothermal Water Heaters Air Quality Fireplace SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH POWER BILLS Rising energy costs are all...

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McCloud General Store, McCloud Ca, 530-964-2200, Gifts, Hardware, Sporting Goods,Wine, Candles, Historic Attractions

[media-credit name=”MVL” align=”alignleft” width=”800″][/media-credit]The General Store seems to be something we only see on old reruns of Little House on the Prairie, a dying breed. But not in the quaint mountain community of McCloud Ca. The McCloud General Store is a visit to the simpler days of old when you have a one stop shop full of friendly conversation. At this unique family owned and operated gem you can pick up the hardware for your latest project along with some candles and a bottle of wine to relax when you are finished. Have a seat at the...

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