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  • Making Your Own Beer!
    Sometimes -- especially here in the Midwest -- winters can be long; sometimes they can be extra cold; sometimes they can be super-snowy; sometimes they can be downright obnoxious.  This particular winter (2013-2014) was in fact one that fell into the category of "all of the above" and, toward the end of February, I needed a distraction.  I think Heidi sensed that, as suddenly what appeared was a "
    Mr. Beer" kit to make home brew.  I had always wanted to try making my own beer but always thought... Read more (4/3)

  • File:Bronko Nagurski.jpgBronko Nagurski and the Northwoods Connection
    Suddenly, right before my eyes was a little gem that I had never expected to find: pre-game activities at Super Bowl XVIII (Tampa, Florida in 1984) paid tribute to George Halas, former coach of the Chicago Bears.  There would not even have been an NFL without Halas.  More of interest though, was the fact that the coin-toss that year was accomplished by none other than Bronko Nagurski, an all-time legend in Bears history (he played for Halas) and football in general.  Several things instantly happened within my mind...Read more (1/28)

  • Recommended by R. Karl - Look for the "Recommended by" banner on special pages!  Here, R. Karl will provide links to his favorite equipment and products referenced in his articles! (1/7)


  • R. Karl's Filleting Freshwater Game Fish: Northern, Walleye, Bass and Bluegill is now available at Amazon.com!  Everything you need to know: proper equipment, step-by-step instructions – including exactly how to remove those pesky “y-bones” from northern pike – and includes a special chapter on how to remove the skin and wrap/prepare your catch prior to freezing.

    Complete with easy-to-follow instructions and Illustrated with actual full-color photographs of the process, this book is a must-have addition to any serious angler’s collection. As a downloadable e-book, anyone can easily bring this information along with them and have it available in the fish house for immediate reference! (11/9)


  • Heidi's Recipe for Pickled Green Beans
    We love this recipe so much that we always try to plant a second crop of beans – right around the 1st week of July – late September/early October brings enough beans to double this recipe. That way, we can enjoy them all winter! They're great for martinis, Bloody Marys or Tuna Nicoise Salad!   (10/26)


  • The Lost Art of Canning
    So, before I share with you the simplicity of canning say, tomatoes (for starters anyway), allow me to address some of your concerns.  Consider home canning to be a science as well as an art.  The science part comes in when one considers the very important aspects of food handling and safety, not to mention the need for paying attention to the quality of the finished product and the need to be aware of the importance of following the recipes and procedures. (9/2)

  • Charging Your Boat Batteries
    Marine batteries, no matter the type, respond to charging in different ways, and using the right battery charger in the proper way will help preserve the life of your boat's batteries...


  • Turtles, Eagles & Bears... Oh My!
    It was the first time on vacation that our car remained in the exact same spot for the entire week -- we never ventured out anywhere -- and that was good.  It was more fun on this particular occasion to just park ourselves in one spot. (9/1)

  • Boat Batteries Q & A
    Due to the amount of traffic on the Boat Batteries page and the number of e-mails on the subject, I've decided to post some of the questions and answers here.  I hope you find this information helpful! (7/25)

  • Horseradish-Encrusted Whitefish
    I once asked the chef at a very exquisite fine-dining restaurant if he would share with me his recipe for horseradish-encrusted whitefish -- an awesome dish but a recipe that I had assumed would be quite difficult to replicate; surprisingly... it was not.  (7/9)

  • More Than 10,000 Lakes...
    Itasca State Park was different. It had a teepee, an Indian Chief and large stones stretching across a small stream at the end of the lake, trickling away... to where I did not know. My father told us that this was the very beginning of the Mississippi River. At that point in my life, I knew next to nothing about the great river...(07/06)




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