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  • Sounds of Silence
    So as I sat serene -- back at home -- in the afternoon sun, my mind drifted to one particular morning on our most recent trip, and an ancient outcrop of granite on which we had enjoyed numerous, previous breakfasts over past years... the most recent on our return trip during the first week of this September...Read more (9/22)

  • 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)



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