Author: Melissa

Art With Ashlee

We are proud to welcome local artist Ashlee Herrera to our group of columnists. Each edition “Art With Ashlee” will offer a chance to explore your own artistic abilities as you follow step by step instructions for each featured project. From crafts to painting and working in several mediums this new feature promises to be great fun for all. Fall and Winter come together in this first, fun and festive pallet character. Seasonal Pallet Character By Ashlee Herrera Step 1: Find a pallet. Step 2: Using a crowbar rip the boards off. You will need six boards to make...

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Susanville Symphony

By Melissa Wynn Photos By Dr. Owen Bateson Everyone from pole to pole carries a tune in their heart this time of year so it is no surprise that “Christmas Around The World”  is the theme of the Susanville Symphony’s holiday performance this year. Symphony Maestro Benjamin Wade tells MVL “The Christmas show is our most popular of the year. This season it will be Christmas Around the World….featuring music that you know, but might not know where it came from. For example Jingle Bells is from Australia and Silent Night is from Germany. We will highlight the history...

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Sweet Potato Crisp with Pecan Topping

The baked banana in this recipe adds a depth of flavor your guests will love without ever realizing there is a banana in it at all. This has been a family favorite for generations. Adjust the sugar and spices to your family preferences. There are no rules in cooking! Ingredients  3 Pounds Sweet Potato Cooked and Mashed 1 Small Banana 1/4 Cup Butter Melted 1/2 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar 2 Eggs Slightly Beaten 1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg 1/8 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/8 Teaspoon Ginger Topping 1/3 Cup Butter Melted 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Flour 1Teaspoon...

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Holiday Cornish Game Hens For Two

If the holidays are just you and your better half why cook a huge meal? Enjoy a dinner meant for two with these pint sized birds. Ingredients 2 Cornish Game Hens 2 Tablespoons Salted Butter Salt & Pepper 2 Cups Your Favorite Holiday Stuffing Recipe (Raw) Preheat Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously salt and pepper inside and out of the hens. Coat the breast of each bird with 1/2 of the butter between the skin and the meat. Stuff the hens with your favorite stuffing recipe in its raw state. Bake Place in a shallow greased baking dish...

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Heirlooms For An Old Fashioned Christmas

By Melissa Wynn Family heirlooms are a wonderful way to preserve family histories and traditions and the holiday season is a perfect time to pass them on. While browsing your favorite local antique stores this shopping season keep your eyes peeled for the perfect gift to pass on to preserve your special family traditions. Perhaps your grandfather played the guitar and you would love to see your child learn as well. Grab a guitar that is just like grandpa’s and encourage them to play together and the music is sure to live on for generations to come. From the...

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