Author: Melissa

NorCal’s Jesse O’Rourke, Boondocker & Polaris Pro

By Melissa Wynn Photos Courtesy Jesse O’Rourke    One of the main reasons so many avid outdoorsmen call Northern California home is due to their need for adventure and a common addiction to adrenaline. Nowhere is this more obvious than with Chico native Jesse O’Rourke, extreme snowmobiler and member of the Boondockers team. This team of extreme back country snowmobile enthusiasts formed out of a love of adventure, and the Boondockers video series evolved naturally from a desire to share those adventures with other adrenaline junkies around the globe. You can find Jesse at his best in some of...

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Soak Up The Holiday Spirit, Fruits of the Season

I  love the holiday season. There’s so much giving going on and appreciation being shown. Charity abounds and it’s rewarding when you get to see it in action. People all over spend the season giving in to the Spirit of love and hope, spreading peace and good will to others. You gotta love all those good tidings: I saw one man in a local Wal-Mart shopping for bargains on kids’ clothes to send to an orphanage in Mexico. While pretty dresses and handsome outfits may have filled his cart, LOVE filled his heart. Another man, motivated by KINDNESS, walked...

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Basic Homemade Stuffing Recipe

On the days prior, cut extra bread and plain rolls into squares and bake in the oven on low (200º) until crispy; set aside in paper bag until ready to use. (Packaged bread cubes are available in stores.) Ingredients: 12 cups dried bread cubes  7 large pieces of celery, chopped fine, about 1.5 cups 1 large yellow onion, chopped fine, about 1 cup 1 cube butter 2 cups chicken broth, more if you like wetter dressing, less for drier 1/2 tsp ground pepper 1/2 tsp rosemary 1/2 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. ground sage Optional: 1 small, peeled, chopped apple...

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cranberry Sauce Ingredients: Cranberry Sauce 12 ounces cranberries                         1 cup sugar 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice Directions:  In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice. Stir in the cranberries and cook until the cranberries start to pop (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat and place sauce in a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it...

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On Saving Teeth

By Dr. Michael Herndon, DDS, AF      It is pretty common in today’s world for the dentist to recommend that a tooth be extracted and an implant put in its place. But is that really the best option? The answer is more complicated than it may seem.       The dentist and the patient want to consider cost factors, risk factors, and longevity factors in the decision making process. Yet far too often, it seems, the quick choice is to simply extract the tooth and place an implant. But do you know if the recommendation given to you...

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