Lifestyles Archive

Cultivating Happiness

Cultivating Happiness

Bounty of sweet corn and more from family labor RODNEY — The end of summer is at hand, but the bounty of summer crops is starting to make it to our kitchen tables. Sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, beans and more fill farm stands throughout Mecosta County. As the mid-Michigan sweet corn harvest comes into its […]

DRAFT PICKS: Barleywine is a kick!

DRAFT PICKS: Barleywine is a kick!

One of the beers discussed in this week’s review is a wonderful barleywine ale. Many beer lovers don’t realize what they are getting into when they grab — either by design or by mistake — a barleywine ale.  Not that there is anything wrong with it. Quite the contrary, barleywine ales are wonderful sipping drinks […]

School is coming: pack healthier lunches

School is coming: pack healthier lunches

BIG RAPIDS – As fall semester begins, parents will be scrambling to pack their children’s school lunches, leading to healthy-eating habits or a disaster. Dr. Keith Kantor is CEO of Service Foods Inc. with a PhD in nutritional science. As an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 28 years, he wrote The Green Box League of […]

DRAFT PICKS: Smokin’ smooth

DRAFT PICKS: Smokin’ smooth

One of the beers reviewed today is a smoky Imperial Stout. A lot of beer lovers enjoy a touch of ‘smoke’ in their brews. Many do not. Smokiness in beer is infused in the brewing process. It isn’t that someone pours some ‘liquid smoke’ in at some stage.  It all begins with the roasting of […]