Category: Home & Garden

Quilter’s Piece

By Val Bourque Spring is finally here!  It’s been a long winter in the mountains.  While we cannot wait to get outside and garden, some of us are inside quilting fabulous flower wall hangings.  Local Fiber artist, Donna Greenwald, from Oroville, a retired art teacher from Chico, combines her artistic design with quilting. She created a number of unique quilting methods to transform a simple garden flower into a large intricate thread painting. Donna Greenwald is a much sought after quilt instructor. Her award winning art quilts can be identified by her unique use of batik fabrics, thread...

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Antiques- Summer Decor Edition

By Melissa Wynn As Spring gives way to Summer it’s time to spruce things up with a fresh look for the season, inside and out. Treasures from the past can loan a perfect hint of nostalgia to your yard or garden and the theme possibilities are endless. Old crocks, buckets, basins and even old cooking pots and wooden pallets are easily repurposed into planters for your favorite decorative foliage. Animate the breeze with whirligigs and weather vanes from yesterday’s farms and front yards to add a splash of fun. Bicycles, little wagons and even farming tools from days gone by can lend a hint of...

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3 Classic Summer Salad Recipes

Healthy Macaroni Salad INGREDIENTS 20 Servings 8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 cups) 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (2 cups) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup plain yogurt or sour cream 1 1/4 cups cubed Cheddar cheese, (5 ounces) 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped (1 cup) 1/2 cup chopped green onions 1 tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoonMcCormick® Tarragon Leaves, crumbled Cook macaroni according to package directions. Add...

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Fishing Fun In and Around Lake Almanor

By Bob Kopernik, Lucky Grady Fishing Guide Service If you are new to this area and are interested in drowning a few worms or crickets in hopes of having Fish Tacos for dinner, do yourself a favor and purchase a detailed geographical map of the area. I like the Northern California DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Map book because it shows most all of the lakes, streams, campgrounds and the roads to get you there.  Another good resource is the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website, to see where and when they last planted fish into the place that you are thinking about fishing.  You...

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Mary Lewis’ Morel Mushrooms & Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients list: 2-3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (large) 1-1/2 Pounds of Fresh Morel mushrooms (if in season, if out of season 3-4 dried ounces) 1 Box of Penne Pasta (We prefer Bertolli) or any pasta you prefer 2 Jars of Alfredo Sauce (I use Prego Homestyle Alfredo) 1 Stick of REAL Butter (no margarine) 2 Tablespoons of Roasted Minced Garlic 3-4 Cups Extra Virgin olive oil 1 Gallon water (only for dried Morels) 3-4 Tablespoons of Sea Salt Items List: Large mixing Bowl 3”x12” Sauce Pan (or something close nonstick) 2 1.6-2 Liter Saucepans BBQ Colander/Strainer Chopping block &...

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ENERGY UPDATE: Air Conditioning at its Best

After a long, wet winter, Mother Nature is apt to deliver a nice, warm summer. Saving fuel (and money) means it’s time to clean the filters in your air conditioning system before firing it up for the season. For optimum efficiency, the US Department of Energy recommends cleaning filters every two months, with continued use. • Replace filters every one to three months or if you have washable filters, clean them monthly for best results unless you want to repair air conditioning units every month. • Clear the space around your outside A/C unit. Remove weeds and debris leaving a 2-foot clearing...

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Grilled Bratwurst with Spicy Mesquite Peppers and Onions

Ingredients Serves: Makes 10 servings. 1 cup ketchup 1 cup beer 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 package McCormick® Grill Mates® Mesquite Marinade 2 packages (20 ounces each) bratwurst sausage 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 extra large onions, sliced into thin strips (about 7 cups) 2 large green bell peppers, cut into thin strips (about 4 cups) 10 hoagie rolls Directions Prep time-15 mins Cook time- 25 mins 1. Mix ketchup, beer, Worcestershire sauce and Marinade Mix in small bowl. Set aside. 2. Grill sausages on medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from heat;...

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Double Chocolatey Chip Cookies

Ingredients: * ½ cup butter (1 stick) softened * ½ cup brown sugar                                                  * ½ cup white sugar * 1 tsp vanilla extract * 2 large eggs * 1 tsp baking soda * ½ tsp salt * ½ cup cocoa powder * 2 cups flour * 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Beat together your butter and sugars in a large bowl until creamy. 3. Add in your vanilla and eggs and mix in until extra creamy. 4. Mix your baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and flour in a separate bowl and then mix into wet ingredients. Stir until everything is well...

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Northern California Quilt Shows 2017

The winter of 2017 will surely be remembered with all the floods, mudslides and snow closures we’ve had in the North State. As we move from a wet winter to the balmy spring, let’s join quilters in the North State in the several Annual Quilt Shows. Each show is bound to perk your creativity, open your sense to new spring fabrics, patterns and gadgets. On April 1st, 2017 we have the Quilting in the Sun Country Quilt Show, held at Tehama District Fairgrounds, in Red Bluff. It begins Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be over 200 quilts on display....

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Spring Antiquing In Northern California

As Spring returns to NorCal it is time once again to visit the antique shows, shops and markets in search of that perfect something to spruce up your space for the season. April and May bring some of our favorite annual events where several vendors collaborate to offer the best of the best from miles around. Whether you are an antiquing novice or a dealer wishing to participate these gatherings are an excellent way to see what’s happening in the market this year. The fun begins April 7 & 8 at the Roses and Rust Vintage Market in Anderson. Every year friends, neighbors and visitors from...

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Businesses Welcomed in the Small Town of Westwood

Westwood’s business community is well supported by the townspeople. The welcoming streets are named alphabetically by the names of trees. Streets are lined with old wooden homes, reminiscent of its early lumber days’ history. Retail businesses include three convenience stores, two with fuels, Lassen True Value hardware store, Now and Then thrift shop and Old Town Mercantile, an artists’ collective/Shabby Chic home furnishings & decor store which has been moving and expanding for its new early April Grand Re-opening. The town recently lost its grocery store, due to retirement, as was the...

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Try Paint Colors Virtually, Before You Buy

If the long winter has left you in search of a fresh look for the inside of your home, here’s a way to aim for big impact with minimal cost; paint! It’s a great way to freshen any room without spending a lot of money. Choosing a theme or color scheme, however, might not be the easiest part of the design challenge. It can be frightening to bring new colors in to set the scene as the entire backdrop for your life. If it makes you wish you could try before you buy, head online to Go to their Inspiration Gallery and click on Color Visualizer. Choose from several photos of...

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