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Corn Maze Adventure Park and Pumpkin Patch offers family fun for your whole family or group! It’s our 14th season and we’re excited to offer you 20 Acres of fun for the whole family to enjoy. We have 2 challenging corn mazes with 4 miles of meandering trails that are open both in the daytime and at night for great flashlight fun. This year’s corn maze theme is “Apollo 50th Anniversary Moon Landing”. This professionally designed maze is sure to test your directional abilities. You will find excitement when you realize you are in the astronaut or the Apollo itself! But there’s more! Each maze has 6 check points to add to the challenge, and with a fantastic design both are just as puzzling to finish. Enjoy both mazes, solve the “Farm Scene Investigation” game, go on a trailer ride around the farm, visit the sunflower patches, petting zoo, or play in the courtyard and then relax by the bonfire with Fresh Donuts and Cider!

Welcome to McCallum’s Orchard & Cider Mill! Your family will enjoy browsing our 79 acres containing the freshest fruits around. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get picking! All aboard!! Nothing says “Orchard” like a fun wagon ride. Our easy on & off wagon holds up to 30 people. Cost: $2 per person during apple season and special events. 1 year and under - FREE. Top off your apple picking day with the best treats around! When you combine our mouthwatering, made fresh daily cider donuts along with our made-at-our-farm apple cider, your taste buds will not be disappointed. Browse our 4,000 square foot market that has something for everyone! Farm fresh fruits, baked goods, fresh pressed cider, hot donuts, homemade jams, salsas, sweet treats, trinkets, & more! Our kitchen is open on the weekends serving hot foods & beverages. We have over an acre of pure pumpkins! We plant carving pumpkins, pie, giant and unique specialty pumpkins just in time for Halloween! Walk through the patch and pick your own pumpkin or pick from our already picked pumpkins in the Market. Our haunted nights run on Friday & Saturday nights 7pm-11pm September 28th through October 27th.

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Festive Fall Activities For All Fun, family-friendly places to visit this weekend

Haunted New Baltimore New Baltimore Historical Society shares some of New Baltimore’s own scariest stories and they did not disappoint.

The Haunted Marine City Antique Store Detroit Paranormal Expeditions reports the haunted Back Porch Antiques store in Marine City.

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Every town and neighborhood has that eerie house, defunct warehouse, or plain old scary cemetery that people avoid when night falls — and, if they must pass by, hold their breath until it’s far behind them. These are the sites that serve as inspiration for generations of spooky stories. We asked our very own New Baltimore Historical Society to share New Baltimore’s scariest stories and they did not disappoint.




One of the earliest tales dates back before 1796, as told in an 1899 memoir by Eva Lemmon. The story tells of a wealthy English Sea Captain who had settled just east of New Baltimore near Swan Creek. Fearing an attack from the natives, he fled with a large quantity of gold and buried it just outside of what is now downtown New Baltimore. It is presumed that he left this fact with someone, as there have been many searches for his treasure over the years. The Captain took his secret with him to the grave. A 1976 article in the Port Huron Times Herald recalls the tale of the Captain’s ghost moving the treasure from place to place to avoid discovery by greedy hunters.



On the south-west corner of Maria and Main Streets now stands the defunct St. Mary’s High School. Long ago, the Henry Heuser Brewery occupied this block from the mid-1800s until 1900 when Mr. Heuser passed away. During construction of the high school in 1926, excavating what was once the former brewery cellar, workmen unearthed a human skeleton. The remains were turned over to Fr. Koenig. He and two local doctors determined the age and features of the skeleton indicate that they were a precise match for Charles Wanke, a grocer and saloon owner who went missing about twenty years prior. The damage to his skull shows that he was struck with a pipe or other blunt object. While doing more research into this story within our archives at the Grand Pacific House Museum, I felt compelled to open a specific box of artifacts instead of the normal archive of documents that I usually venture into. There I found an entry in an autograph book, written by Charles Wanke himself to a classmate of his at the Hatheway Institute. Perhaps Charles had reached out over time to point me in the right direction to help tell his story.





The most popular legend is that of Mabel Hatheway Dunham, the only child of wealthy merchant James S. P. Hatheway. She married a school teacher in Paw Paw, Michigan and within 3 months died of a mysterious illness in 1881 at the age of 20. Her body was brought back to New Baltimore after a lavish funeral at St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Detroit. She is buried in New Baltimore’s Oakwood Cemetery, in what is described as an all-glass coffin beneath an ornate marble bed. Oakwood Cemetery is very close to the location where the Hatheway Mansion once stood on 24 Mile Road and Washington Street. The Hatheway Mansion, also known as “The Firs”, was demolished in 2005. Many apparitions have been attributed to Mabel, from sightings of a young woman in a flowing dress on the outskirts of the Hatheway property, to a faceless disappearing hitch-hiker on County Line Road. Neighbors have reported mysterious sounds coming from the home after it had been abandoned and boarded up. Some say Mabel is still out there, aimlessly wandering the intersection looking for her home that is no longer there.

New Baltimore also has ties to one of the most infamous serial killers of the 19th century, H.H. Holmes. Holmes is known for his “Murder Hotel” in Chicago where he would kill in various ways, including trapping guests in their rooms, poisoning them with gas and sending them to the basement for disposal via trap doors that he had installed throughout the building. H.H. Holmes was eventually caught and confessed to many murders, his first being his friend and former classmate Dr. Robert Leacock of New Baltimore, Michigan. Although he confessed to Leacock’s murder, the evidence says that he died many years later while residing in Canada. Why Holmes put the spotlight on New Baltimore, we’ll never know. He took his secret with him when he was executed in 1896.


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HAUNTED IN MARINE CITY Though Back Porch Antiques in Marine City, Michigan, may seem like a normal shop specializing in

treasures from the past, patrons of the store have reported odd experiences and unusual occurrences. Local “ghost hunters”, Detroit Paranormal Expeditions led an investigation inside the beloved store that dates back to the late 1800’s. The following evidence was reported during the investigation in December 2018. We welcome you to check out Back Porch Antiques facebook page to hear the audio recordings of the investigation. We welcome you to draw your own conclusions.

DECEMBER 8TH, 2018 During a session using a Spirit Speaker, the DPX investigator says, “Hello?” A male’s voice is captured saying “Hello” back to her. A spirit speaker is a device that uses a hacked radio to scan radio stations very rapidly, approximately 100 stations per minute. This provides white noise that spirits can sometimes communicate through. However, the “hello” response was not captured through the Spirit Speaker. This is an electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP, which is a spiritual voice that could not be heard in the moment, but can be heard upon playing audio back. During an EVP session, the DPX investigator asks, “Are you standing here to my right?” A faint, whisper voice responds, “Yeah.” During a Spirit Speaker session, DPX investigator asks any Spirits present to give him the number of people in the room. What sounds like an angry male voice comes through the Spirit Speaker saying, “Get out!” During a Spirit Speaker session, the DPX investigator asks if the Spirits present are attached to an item in the antique shop. He asks for the spirit to respond specifically with “I Am” or “I am not.” A response comes through the Spirit Speaker saying, “I am not.”

During a Spirit Speaker session, DPX investigator says she’s heard that a spirit in the building likes to throw things off a shelf. She asks who that spirit is, and a voice comes through the Spirit Speaker that seems to say, “It was me.” DPX Psychic/Medium mentions that she can feel the presence of energy on her leg. A faint, whisper voice says, “She’s right there.” During a Spirit Speaker session, DPX investigator asks, “Is Chris here now?” Two voices come through the Spirit Speaker. One says, “Who’s Chris?” the other says, “Chris.” While in the attic, DPX psychic-medium and investigator are doing an EVP session. The psychic-medium, begins to pick up on the presence of a female spirit telling her and the investigator to “Get out.” Shortly after this, their cameras capture a fast, bright light anomaly that seems to shoot out of the investigator’s shoulder. He began to feel a burning sensation on the back left side of his neck within minutes of this anomaly. A red mark began to form in that spot on his neck.




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PUMPKIN SPICE WHITE RUSSIAN FOR THE RIM l 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice l 3 tbsp. grushed graham crackers FOR THE DRINK 2 oz. vodka l 1 oz. Kahlua l 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin spice creamer l Cinnamon stick, for garnish l

Make the rim: On a shallow plate, combine pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers. Dip the edge of each glass in water, then into the mixture, coating the edge of each glass. Make the drink: Pour vodka and Kahlua into glasses filled with ice. Top with creamer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a sprinkle 12 of pumpkin pie spice.

HOT APPLE CIDER BUTTERED WHISKEY FOR THE BATTER FOR THE DRINK l l 1 stick butter 2 ounces whiskey l l 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 ounce batter l l 1/4 cup agave nectar 4 ounces water l 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon l 1 pinch salt PREPARE THE BUTTER BATTER l 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg l 1.) Gather the ingredients. 1/8 teaspoon allspice l 1/8 teaspoon clove 2.) Add all of the batter ingredients to a large bowl. TO MAKE HOT BUTTERED WHISKEY 3.) Using a mixer with the paddle attachment, mix well for 1to 2 minutes 1.) Slice off a good dollop of the batter (about 1 ounce) and add it to a warmed mug or until all ingredients are incorporated. Irish coffee glass. 4.) Turn the batter out onto a sheet of 2.) Add the whiskey and fill with hot water*. plastic wrap. 5.) Wrap tightly and refrigerate for at 3.) Stir well. least 1 hour or until firm.


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Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Butter 2 Large Yellow Onions Sliced 2 Cloves Garlic Minced 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger 2-15 Ounce Cans Pumpkin Puree 2 Cups Chicken Stock 2 Cups Water 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream Instructions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sliced onions to the pan and cook stirring occasionally until caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to the onions and stir constantly for one minute. Add 1/4 Cup of the chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining chicken broth, water, and pumpkin puree and stir to combine. Turn heat to low and simmer the soup for 20 minutes. Turn the stove off and use a handheld immersion blender to puree the soup. Alternately, use a regular blender and puree the soup in 2-3 batches. Stir the heavy cream into the soup, serve immediately with warm bread if desired. l











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3/4 cup (180ml) milk 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream 2 oz (65g) chocolate (milk, dark, or semi-sweet), coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons drinking cocoa powder 1/4 cup (55g) pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions: Add the milk, cream, chocolate, and cocoa powder to a microwave-safe bowl or jug. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted and smooth, and the mixture is hot. Whisk in the pumpkin, vanilla, and spices until fully combined. Warm up again if necessary. Pour into mugs or heat-proof glasses, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.


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These simple Thanksgiving ideas for your little turkeys will keep them busy and feeling special so you have more time to visit and socialize with your extended family. Make the day memorable with a sweet Thanksgiving Kiddie’s Table and easy activities to keep them entertained. With a little bit of crafty preparation, this table can serve as a snack and activity center to keep the little ones occupied while we slave away in the kitchen…and watch football. For more ideas, visit

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per treat bag using Pinking Shears or Pinking Edgers. Push in the bottom pointed corners and fill, molding and twisting the bag into the right shape. Insert a strip of white cardstock with heart punch at the end into the opening and staple closed. Add a name and a place to reserve. You can stuff them with filler such as newspaper, or consider pulling double-duty as a goodie bag by instead adding a bag of treats inside. A popcorn ball would be a great shape and size.

3 TURKEY CLIPS Using the Apron Lace Border Punch, punch along each side

of a 2” wide strip of cardstock. Accordion-fold at every two scallops and staple at center. Pull each side up to meet in the middle with glue dots. Fan out and add a face and body. Cut out a snowman shape and use as the turkey’s body with a pilgrim hat. Add googly eyes, beak and wattle.



Using a disposable tart pan as a base, fill with goodies and top with a cardstock crust cut with Clouds Paper Edgers around a circle traced from a Circle Shape Template. Bend up the edges and add cut-outs using the Petal by Petal Squeeze Punch. This is enough to resemble a pie, but if you want to go further, run strips of cardstock punched with Scalloped Sentiments Border Punch through a Paper Crimper and hot-glue around rim of pan. The crimping not only adds a pinchedcrust feel, it also allows the cardstock strip to mold around the rounded top.




Cut out the bottom of a black paper cup (or just paint a regular white one like I’ve done here) with a Craft Knife. Hot glue upside-down to a painted chipboard circle traced using the Circles Shape Template. Add a strip of paper for the headband and squares for the buckle.

5 GRATEFUL TREE Using cardstock cut out 2 tree shapes. Fold them in half and glued to each other to stand upright. You’ll need to cut a root or two from the bottom and a middle branch at the top. Punch out leaves or shapes so each child can write what they are grateful for. (These can be attached using glue dots)


Using the Amplify® Mixed Media Scissors cut out square from white cardstock or foam, punch two one-quarter inch holes, and thread onto a straw. Using the Circle Shape Template cut a circle from cardstock, run through the Wave Paper Crimper. Use this for your nautical coaster.





ichigan’s Thumb area is full of colorful history—from the boomtowns of the 1800’s lumber era to the resorts and vacation homes of today. The area has long been acknowledged as an active paranormal region and has been the subject of book, film and television. Here are the most active haunted Michigan Thumb sites in the area.

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse This iconic lighthouse sits near the eastern tip of Michigan’s Thumb and was built in 1857. The light tower overlooks a twelvefoot limestone bluff, while the light itself is 93 feet above lake level and visible for a distance of 16 miles. The lighthouse and nearby Port Hope Life Saving Station were almost destroyed in the massive fire that swept across the thumb in 1881. The lighthouse keeper, Andrew Shaw, and the crew of the lifesaving station formed a bucket brigade and fought the fire by toting water from the lake. Their actions saved the lighthouse and its crew. The light is an active aid to navigation, so climbing to the top of the tower is not allowed. However, for a nominal fee tours are conducted during Memorial and Labor Day weekend. It’s the only time of year that the public is allowed to climb the tower. Pointe aux Barques light is one of the oldest continuously operating lights on the Great Lakes. This site is known for paranormal activity, as tourists have reported seeing a mysterious form pull back curtains on the second story of the empty lighthouse. Some say this story goes back to the 1930s and that a former housekeeper haunts the main house. In 2010, the South East Michigan Paranormal Society conducted an electronic analysis in the main house. The team recorded furniture moving, scraping, thuds, and giggling sounds in the empty house. After the study, the team leader of the investigators noted, “There is every reason to believe the lighthouse proper is haunted.”


A local radio station suggests that the lighthouse is haunted by the widow of the first lighthouse keeper who drowned in Lake Huron in 1849. It is said that the ghost of Catherine Shook, dressed in mourning in the style of the mid-1800s has been seen walking along the cliff looking out on the lake for her long-lost husband.

Pointe Aux Barques Lifesaving Station The area around Point Aux Barques is also known for its paranormal activity offshore. Reports by sailors coming into the mouth of Saginaw Bay near the Pointe Aux Barques Reef have told of seeing a white lifeboat with eight men rowing out to the lake. As it turns out in April 1880 six men drowned when their surf boat overturned in high seas when going to the aid of the lumber scow J.H. Magurder, in distress. The sole survivor, Captain Jerome Kiah lived to tell the tale. Kiah had to resign his position several months later due to his exposure in the icy waters of Lake Huron.

The Old (Colony) Bay Port Cemetery The Old Bay Port cemetery was established in 1863 on the extreme southern edge of the Ora Labora colony. It is the final resting place for the pioneers of a town that has disappeared from all the maps. The burial ground still exists and is the only remnant of this long-lost town and there is no official record of who owns it. The Old Bay Port cemetery has 241 marked graves resting amongst wild trees and forests that beckon to take it over. The site is located at the end of Sand Road off M-25 in McKinley Township. Look for the large rock marking the entrance to the site.

The Mystery of the Old Colony Cemetery In the 1860s, German immigrants started a religious colony called Ora Labora on the shores of Wild Fowl Bay. In its first year, 140 settlers established a hamlet in the wilderness. However, the colony was plagued by illness and within months of their arrival, the community suffered its first death of a little girl. There are over 300 graves in the Old Bay Port Cemetery. It was long thought that the graveyard was established by the German Methodist Colony called Ora Labora which operated from 18611867. Yet no recorded graves from the Colony are found in the records of the cemetery. Michigan didn’t require documentation of death until 1867, which was the final year of the colony’s existence. Thus it’s now a mystery that many of the final resting places for colony’s dead are in unmarked graves and somewhere in the area. The old cemetery and area around Bay Port are part of the haunted Michigan experience.


Bay Port’s Sweet Dreams Inn Local businessman and lumber baron William Wallace built the mansion in 1890. The site of the house is near the once famous Bay Port hotel and along the stagecoach route. The Victorian-style nn has five guest rooms in which to stay and overlook the Lake Huron shore. Wallace was active in politics and owned several businesses in the Upper Thumb. He owned the Wallace Stone Quarry which is located south of town and still in operation today. The Inn is considered one of the most paranormally active residents in Michigan. Local legend states that his first wife, Elizabeth died in 1893 and that she passed away in the home. There also a bit of a mystery as to the final resting place of William Wallace. Thus it’s no coincidence that visitors say Wallace and his first wife still roam the inn with his heavy footsteps, as well as whispering in the ears of the guests. While they are considered friendly spirits some visitors leave the inn in the middle of the night as the ghost of Wallace wanders the mansion telling the guests to leave.

The Site of the Haunted Bay Port Hotel Close to the Sweet Dreams Inn is the site of the formerly luxurious and imposing Bay Port Hotel. In its day, the hotel was famous and modern. It was nestled among the beautiful trees on the shore of Saginaw Bay at Bay Port (1886-1907) This hotel was state of the art. Well planned and built of the finest materials it had 117 heated rooms, six excellent cooks, hot and cold baths, bowling alleys, pool tables and an electric lighting system, casino, and a barbershop. About 1900 local lore states that a despondent man committed suicide in one of the lower rooms. Before he died, the young man succeeded in making bloody handprints over the beautiful papered walls of his room. Because it was difficult to cover up the stains this room was locked up and not used again. Soon tales of voices and cold chills were told about the large imposing hotel. With the hotel failing the richest man in town, W.H. Wallace purchased it and sold the contents by auction sale, before tearing down the building in 1907. Today all that remains are the front steps in front of an empty lot on the shore of Saginaw Bay. The waterfront lot was never built on again.

Graves Among the Ancient Sand Dunes of Port Crescent Walking among the gravestones of the Port Crescent cemetery today it’s like walking back into the time of the 1870s. The sand dunes from the lake are still evident and many of the grave markers are askew from the shifting sands of time. For the most part, the gravestones are well preserved and unmolested and there have been no stories of hauntings near this area. But the area is truly spooky looking and considered one of the 20 haunted Michigan sites you have to visit.

Port Crescent Cemetery In the late 1860s, the town of Port Crescent was a booming lumber town. The town was considered one of the largest on Saginaw Bay with two steam-powered sawmills, two salt plants, a barrel making cooperage for shipping fish and salt, a gristmill, a wagon factory, a boot and shoe factory, a pump factory, roller rink, two brewers, stores, two hotels, two blacksmith shops, a post office, a rail depot, and telegraph office. The town employed hundreds of area residents. However by the 1880s, the lumber era had peaked, and two large fires swept through the Upper Thumb destroying millions of acres of timber. The town was doomed and soon buildings were moved to other nearby towns. The remaining industry was the mining of fine silica sand used for glassmaking, but this too went out of business in the 1930s.

The Rich History of Port Crescent Cemetery Today, the site of the former town is comprised of the trails and campground of Michigan’s Port Crescent State Park. A small part of the chimney is still visible near the campground and a steel girder bridge crosses the Pinnebog river for hikers. Nearby, the final bit of the town is its cemetery. The final resting place for the residents of the ghost town is scattered among rolling, mosscovered sand dunes. It’s an eerie feeling to visit in the evening. Port Crescent cemetery is located about 1/2 mile east of M-25 on Port Crescent road in Hume Township, Huron County, Michigan. Access is gained by walking past a vehicle gate down a country lane about 100 yards to the northeast corner of the cemetery.

The Bruce Mansion - BROWN CITY Another haunted Michigan site is this large and imposing Victorian home was built in 1876. The three-story mansion has a coal bin and cistern in the cellar. The more striking feature is the home’s tower copula which has the ideal look for a spooky haunted house. Which it is. The mystery of the home begins a few years after it was built. A huge fire in 1881 covered and destroyed entire towns across the thumb but left the house untouched. In the 1920s, John Walker bought the home. Local legend tells that Walker accidentally killed someone with his car and that he hid and buried the body on the property. Riddled with the guilt he fell into despair. Soon his wife left him and the mansion was facing foreclosure. It was said that he hanged himself in the tower copula, however, the official cause of death is not recorded. The large house has been the focus of paranormal investigators and tourists. There have been two investigations that have denoted numerous apparitions. Amazingly, there have also been reports of a ghost cat running through the rooms and a growling dog in the cellar. Today, the owners offer a tour to those interested in seeing the mansion on Saturday evenings. The Bruce Mansion is 15 miles north of Imlay City, 6 miles south of Marlette, and 5 miles west of Brown City on M-53.



Autumn Turkey Soup

INGREDIENTS l 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil l 3 pounds turkey thighs (preferred) or legs (skin on, bone in) l 1 medium-large yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) l 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) l 2 teaspoons salt l 1 quart (4 cups) chicken, turkey, or vegetable stock l 2 medium carrots, peeled, 1/4 inch slices (about 1 1 /4 cups) l 1-2 medium turnips, peeled, 1/2 inch cubes l 1 medium rutabaga, peeled, halved, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices l 3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered l 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence* l Freshly ground black pepper *Herbes de Provence is a delightful French blend of herbs - Winter savory, thyme, basil, tarragon, and lavender flowers. If you don’t have Herbes de Provence, you can substitute with an Italian herb mix. INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Brown the turkey thighs: Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat olive oil on medium high heat in a Dutch oven on the stove top. Wash and pat dry turkey pieces. Working in batches if necessary, brown the turkey thighs, first skin side down, 2-3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle the thighs with a little salt as you brown them.

2.) Cook the onions and celery: Once the thighs have browned, remove them from the pan and set them in a bowl. Add the onions and celery to the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes or so, until the onions are translucent and starting to brown at the edges. 3.) Add turkey thighs, salt, half of the stock: Return the turkey thighs to the pot. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and half of the stock. Bring to a simmer, remove from the stove top and put in the oven, covered, for an hour and fifteen minutes.

Harvest Soup

INGREDIENTS l 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) l 3/4 cup chopped onion l 2 garlic cloves, minced l 3-1/2 cups water l 2-1/4 cups chopped peeled sweet potatoes l 1 cup chopped red potatoes l 1 cup chopped peeled acorn squash l 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules l 2 bay leaves l 1/2 teaspoon chili powder l 1/2 teaspoon pepper l 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice l 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves l 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add the water, potatoes, squash, bouillon, bay leaves, chili powder, pepper, allspice and cloves. Bring to a boil. 2.) Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetable are tender. Add the tomatoes. Cook and stir until heated through. Discard bay leaves.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds INGREDIENTS l 1 1/2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds l 2 teaspoons butter, melted l 1 pinch salt

4.) Add rest of vegetables and remaining stock: After an hour and fifteen minutes, remove from oven and add the rest of the vegetables—carrots, turnips, rutabaga, and potatoes, the herbs, and the rest of the stock. Return to the oven, covered, and cook until tender, another 45 minutes or more.

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

5.) Strip meat from turkey thighs, return to stew: Remove the turkey thighs from the stew and place in a bowl to cool. When cool enough to handle, strip the meat off the bones. Discard the bones and skin. Cut the meat into bite-sized pieces (1 1/2-inches or so chunks) and return to the pot. Sprinkle with black pepper and add more salt to taste.

2.) Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.




Eggplant Caponata

INGREDIENTS l 1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes l salt to taste l 1/4 cup olive oil, divided l 1 cup finely chopped celery l 1 onion, finely chopped l 1 clove garlic, minced l 1 1/2 cups canned plum tomatoes, drained & coarsely chopped l 12 green olives, pitted and coarsely chopped

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1 1/2 tablespoons drained capers 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 teaspoon minced oregano 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 teaspoons white sugar 1 teaspoon salt ground black pepper to taste 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Toss eggplant with salt and place in a colander set over a bowl. Let sit, about 30 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. 2.) Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add celery; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft and lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl using a slotted spoon. 3.) Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in the skillet. Add eggplant and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in celery mixture, tomatoes, olives, capers, tomato paste, and oregano. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until Caponata is thickened, about 15 minutes. 4.) Season Caponata with vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with parsley.

Squash Casserole

INGREDIENTS l 2 tablespoons butter divided l 4 small yellow squash (about 2 lbs.), sliced (about 6 cups total) l 1 small onion, diced l 1 red bell pepper, diced l ½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper 2 eggs l 1 cup grated cheddar cheese l ¼ cup sour cream l ¼ cup mayonnaise l ¾ cup crushed butter crackers I used 18 Ritz crackers l l

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. 2.) Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add squash, onion, and bell pepper to the skillet, cooking and stirring for about 10 minutes (or until vegetables are tender). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. 3.) Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. 4.) Stir the egg mixture into the squash mixture. 5.) Transfer the squash mixture into the prepared baking dish. 6.) In a separate bowl, combine crushed crackers with remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle buttered cracker crumbs over top of casserole. 7.) Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until casserole is set and topping is golden brown

Jambalaya Stuffing

INGREDIENTS l 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free smoked turkey sausage, diced l 2 teaspoons vegetable oil l 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup) l 1 small green bell pepper, coarsely chopped (2/3 cup) l 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1 large clove garlic, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups uncooked long-grain white rice 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed chicken broth l 1 1/3 cups water l 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning for poultry l

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INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Cook sausage in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Remove sausage from skillet; set aside. 2.) Add oil to same skillet; heat over medium-high heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, parsley and garlic in oil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in rice. Cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice is golden brown. 3.) Stir in sausage, broth, water and Cajun seasoning. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 18 to 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Use to stuff one 10- to 12-pound turkey.

Southern Cornbread Dressing INGREDIENTS l 3 piece sliced sandwich bread or 3 buttermilk biscuits l 1 teaspoon salt l 1 teaspoon black pepper l 1 teaspoon rubbed sage optional l 3 large eggs

1 medium onion diced 2 stalks celery diced l 1/2 cup butter sliced l 4 cups cream of chicken soup l 6 cups chicken stock l l

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Preheat oven to 350º F. 2.) Crumble all of the cornbread and biscuits (or white bread slices) into a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, eggs, onion, celery, butter, cream of chicken soup, and chicken stock. Stir until well-combined. 3.) Pour dressing into two 9x13 baking dishes and bake until lightly browned, about 30 - 45 minutes. To test readiness, shake casserole dish lightly. If the center of the dressing moves, then the dressing is not cooked through in the center. Continue to bake until the dressing is set throughout.

Pumpkin Cobbler INGREDIENTS l Cooking spray l 1/2 cup white sugar l 2 eggs, beaten l 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin l 3/4 cup evaporated milk l 1 teaspoon orange extract l 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon l 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger l 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves l 1/4 teaspoon salt l 1 (9 ounce) package yellow cake mix l 1/4 cup butter, melted

INSTRUCTIONS 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. 2.) Whisk sugar and eggs together in a bowl until light; stir pumpkin, evaporated milk, orange extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt into egg mixture. Pour pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish. Lightly sprinkle cake mix over the top, covering pumpkin mixture completely. Slowly drizzle melted butter over the cake mix so it doesn’t puddle. 3.) Bake in the preheated oven until the pumpkin mixture is set and topping is golden brown, 50 minutes to 1 hour.




hen Autumn arrives in Michigan, there’s no better place to see the stunning colors of a trillion trees than along our highways, country roads and coastlines. So let’s take a trip on an M-25 journey and explore what the SUNRISE Coast of Michigan offers during this amazing Fall season. Our Fall color tour starts at the gateway to the thumb. In the 1800’s stage coaches plied their way north to lumber camps along ancient trails on the Lake Huron shoreline, while schooners and steamships passed on their way to the upper Great Lakes. Today you will travel north along M-25. This is considered one of Michigan’s earliest scenic highways as most of it closely hugs the shore all the way around the thumb. Our first stop is to see if we can catch a glimpse of one of the big freighters moving up the St. Clair River. Maritime Center at Vantage Point – This venue is a great place to watch the freighter and boat traffic on the St. Clair River. It’s free to visit with indoor and outdoor seating available. The Maritime Center holds artifacts from the history of shipping in the river. There is also a snack bar and food vendors outside seasonally. Take a walk along the mile long boardwalk and natural pathway. On Sundays shipping history presentations are conducted. The farmers market is open from 8am until 2 pm on Tuesday and Saturday in season. Plenty of parking and free Wi-Fi is available. Lexington, The First Resort North, is our first stop and is only a little over a half hour from Port Huron. This town was first settled in the 1830’s supporting lumbering and early farmers with blacksmith, shoemaker and fishing. Today it’s considered “on the edge” of suburbia for Metro Detroit. Lexington General Store – This store was built in the late 1800’s and is a great example of what was in just about every country village and town in Michigan. Known for their large candy selection including the old fashioned penny


candy. Walk along old squeaky wood floors,

and browse gifts, lake signs, candles, kitchenware, jellies and souvenirs. Listen for the “cha-ching” from the pull handle register after every sale. This is a neat step back in time. A short 55+/- minute drive north from Lexington and we are nearing what is considered the Upper Thumb at Port Hope. Here the railway ended but you can visit one of the finest examples of an early 1900’s railway depot near the shore. From the Depot you can also see one of the last remaining chimneys from a mill used in the lumbering era. Once you’re done with Port Hope, continue to head north on M-25 to get to your next stop, Lighthouse Park. Ten minutes north from the Port Hope Depot we arrive at the beautiful and iconic Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse. The original Lighthouse was constructed of stone taken from the shore of Lake Huron in 1848. The keeper’s house and separate tower were located on a three acre clearing hacked out of the

dense wilderness. By 1857, the ravages of shoreline weather and a fire in the interior of the house created the need for a new structure. The new keeper’s house and attached 89-foot tower were built of the finest brick available. The light is still an active aid to navigation, making Pointe aux Barques one of the oldest continuously operating Lights on the Great Lakes. Grindstone City’s White Church Gallery shows over 25 fine artists from all over Michigan in a renovated 1880’s Methodist Church. They carry fine art, wood, glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, and more. White Church Gallery is the first true dedicated art gallery in the Thumb. The uniqueness of the restored church and remoteness of location makes it an amazing place. The centerpiece of this renovated church is a beautifully restored quatrefoil stained glass window at the front of the gallery crafted by Tom Newton. You can sit on the pews of the old church at across the street at Rybak’s

Ice Cream on the front porch. Its lunch time. Shelly’s Bar & Grill is one of those hidden gems that no one talks about. They don’t advertise much because they don’t need to. A favorite with the locals and bike clubs touring the shoreline. It’s one of our goto places when we want to get away from the crowds and tourists of Port Austin. Make no mistake, its tavern food. But they have large portions, and if you’re lucky enough to find they have walleye available – get it. Don’t let the exterior put you off. It’s super clean and they have the coldest beer at the tip of the Thumb. After lunch you can keep hugging the shoreline or cut through the back roads through Port Austin. Stop in town and browse its shops and galleries. If you have time stroll the harbor or head to the Bird Creek County Park for a stroll along the beach on the long boardwalk. If your ready to travel, keep heading east out of town. Port Crescent State Park is one of the largest state parks


in southern Michigan. Located at the tip of Michigan’s “thumb” along three miles of sandy shoreline of Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, the park offers excellent fishing, canoeing, hiking, crosscountry skiing, birding, and hunting opportunities. However a little known aspect of this park is that it sits on the location of a ghost town. Port Crescent prospered as a lumber town from about 1864 to 1881. One sawmill became so busy salvaging thousands of trees felled in one of the infamous fires experienced by the Midwest in 1871 that it added a 120-foot brick chimney to help power the plant. The remains of this chimney can be seen in the camp ground area. Next stop is the Caseville Breakwall – Watch for signs for the Caseville break-wall. This long structure takes you out into the Bay without getting your feet wet. Watch the boats leave the harbor and check out the fisherman who are having a bit of luck with the perch. From Caseville continue to head west on M-25. You will pass Sand Point. This spike of land extends over a mile into Saginaw Bay and has some of the neatest cottages in the area. Cruise safely west along Wild Fowl Bay until you reach the town of Bay Port. Watch for the big fish sign and turn right toward the docks. Bay Port Fish Company has been a commercial fishery in Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay since 1895. The company operates between spring

and fall, depending upon the weather and has four boats: the Osprey, the Argo, the Patsy, and the Sunflower. You may be able to see some of the fishing fleet tied up along the canal. The area offers great picture taking opportunities. They are open seven days a week. Be aware “it smells like fish”. Back on the road and you drive into Sebewaing – This is one of the oldest settlements in the Thumb. First established as a mission among the Native Americans who lived in the area for generations. The town is headquarters of Michigan Sugar. You will be able to see large mounds of locally grown sugar beets that are being prepared for processing. Here the tour concludes. Continue on M-25 toward Bay City and I-75 or head East on Owendale Road until you head on M-53 south toward Utica and Detroit. No matter where you decide to travel this Fall, Michigan definitely has some pretty spectacular destinations for fall foliage and fun as well. Our beautiful state of Michigan is an autumn-lover’s paradise thanks to crisp and cool temperatures, exciting festivals, and plenty of reds, oranges, and yellows to satisfy every nature photographer. So make sure you get out this Fall season and enjoy all that nature has blessed us with as Michigan residents. You won’t be disappointed.



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f you are traveling to the area of the Straits of Mackinac, Sault Sainte Marie or even the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, you’ll want to pay a visit to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Situated along Lake Superior’s infamous “Shipwreck Coast”, the historical campus at Whitefish Point takes visitors on a trip through time and brings to life the human stories of shipwreck and survival on the Upper Great Lakes. First time visitors to the museum often marvel at the number of maritime disasters along the Eastern end of Lake Superior, and a great many of the wrecks have taken place in the proximity of Whitefish Point. The 729’ long Edmund Fitzgerald sank amidst a dramatic storm on November 10, 1975, just 17 miles shy of the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and the relative calm of Whitefish Bay. While being arguably the most well-known of Great Lakes’ shipwrecks, the Fitzgerald is but one of thousands of vessels to come to grief on the “Inland Seas.” One shipwreck represented in the museum’s main gallery came as a result of a boiler explosion. This vessel, The Independence, was the first steamer on Lake Superior, and her end came in

By: Bruce Lynn, Executive Director, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum dramatic fashion. An interpretive label in the museum gallery sums up her tragic story, “…filled with danger and hardship, the life of the INDEPENDENCE closely paralleled the lives of the people that settled around Lake Superior’s shore. The INDEPENDENCE ended her life on the evening of November 21, 1853, in a manner not unfamiliar to the settlers of Superior’s shores-suddenly and violently. Shortly after departing Sault Ste. Marie, upbound and fully loaded with winter supplies for western Lake Superior settlements, an exploding boiler sent the staunch little steamer to the bottom, taking the lives of four of her crew. The first steamer to sail Lake Superior became the first steamer to be destroyed on Superior.” While the giant ships of today are not immune to accidents, the last real shipwreck on the Great Lakes was the 729’ Edmund Fitzgerald. As mentioned earlier, she disappeared in a ferocious storm on November 10, 1975, just 17 miles away from Whitefish Point. Today, she rests in over 500’ of cold Lake Superior water. The bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald was recovered on July 4, 1995, and is on exhibit in the Shipwreck Museum’s main gallery.

The bell acts as a memorial, not only to the 29-man crew of the Fitzgerald, but to all mariners lost on the Great Lakes. So, what about the shipwrecks? Ship traffic has passed Whitefish Point since the earliest days of commerce on Lake Superior, but it wasn’t until the late 1840’s that the first lighthouse was built at Whitefish Point. While this helped, shipwrecks still occurred. But, why so many shipwrecks? A number of reasons account for the 200+ shipwrecks in the area of Whitefish Point, not the least of which is the dramatic weather. Storms and gales can build up strength as they cross the open sweep of Lake Superior, and the corresponding waves and wind can lash the shoreline in a violent fashion. Human error cannot be discounted, as some shipwrecks resulted in missed, or misunderstood signals, leading to collision. Fog, snowstorms and forest fires could reduce visibility, to the point where one navigator lamented that it was like, “… sailing through a wool blanket.” All ships traveling in and out of Lake Superior must pass Whitefish Point, thus a funnel affect would result, seeing ship traffic passing within relatively close proximity of each other.


The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was founded in 1978 by a group of divers, historians and educators to commence exploration of historic shipwrecks in eastern Lake Superior, near Whitefish Point in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula. Today, this non-profit organization operates two museum sites on historic properties: The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Light Station, Whitefish Point; and the U.S. Weather Bureau Building, Soo Locks Park, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. The Shipwreck Museum is open to the public seasonally from May 1 to October 31; and the Weather Bureau offices are open year-round. Want more information about the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum? See, or call 800-635-1742. The Whitefish Point Lighthouse, the oldest active on Lake Superior, is an imposing tower that has been guiding ship-traffic since Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States. While not the tallest beacon on the lakes, it is one of the most unique and most visited. The unusual “iron-pile” design lent itself to areas with harsh weather and high-winds, which are prevalent along this stretch of coastline for much of the year. Just as an example, nearby Sault Ste. Marie experienced 90 mph winds on the evening the Edmund Fitzgerald disappeared. Visitors to the lighthouse today can tour the restored lighthouse keeper’s quarters and discover what lighthouse keeper life might have been like in the early 20th century. Museum guests learn of keeper life through the stories of the Carlson family, who lived at Whitefish Point from 1903 through 1931, longer than any other lighthouse keeper family, experiencing the greatest years of change to take place at the remote station. Ever wonder what it might have been like to be a lighthouse keeper at a remote light-station in the early 1900’s? This is a common question posed to visitors in the restored Keeper’s dwelling, and one that elicits a variety of responses! For many, the sheer isolation of Whitefish Point (even today), would be a nonstarter. For others, this isolation is the very reason they’d readily travel back in time and take on the duties of the lighthouse keeper. What duties? At Whitefish Point, much as other light-stations along the shores of the Great Lakes, men and women worked day and night to maintain the station, and keep the lighting apparatus lit from dusk until dawn. Keeping that light on in the lighthouse lantern room changed through the years, with electricity making the Keeper’s position almost redundant. Whitefish Point did 28 not see commercial electricity until the eve of WWII! In

addition to maintaining the lighting apparatus, the Keepers were required to keep the station’s buildings in tip-top order, operate the fog signal, maintain ledgers and logbooks and clean and polish the Fresnel Lens (during certain years). They were expected to keep an eye on ship traffic and other lighthouses in the area, help ships in distress and even take visitors on a tour of the lighthouse, which was written into their overall instructions. As the light-stations were government property, and in some cases, situated near tourist areas, some keepers, such as those at Old Mackinac Point in Mackinac City, MI, found themselves doing nearly as much work as “tour guides” as their standard lighthouse keeping duties. Such was not a problem at lonely Whitefish Point! The above listed duties represent only a snapshot of the keeper’s overall workload. Museum guests wandering through the keeper’s quarters learn about the technology used by the keepers, how they obtained their food/pay/news, how the children helped out, shipwreck rescues and even the belief that a German spy during WWI had settled in at Whitefish Point in order to keep an eye on the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, a strategically significant choke point for ship traffic. A more recent change (at the museum) involves the creation of a tower climb program at the Shipwreck Museum. When available, visitors to Whitefish Point can climb the light-tower and experience the same sweeping views of Lake Superior and Whitefish Bay, as seen by Robert and Anna Carlson. A small fee is charged for each tower climb, and all of the proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of the Civil War era light-tower. One of the biggest changes, as seen by the Carlson family, was the creation of a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Lifeboat Station at Whitefish Point. By the summer of 1922, a buzz of activity started at the once sleepy station. Work crews employed by the USCG started construction on a number of buildings, including a Crew’s Quarters, Surfboat House, Motor Lifeboat House, a Watch-tower and a storage building. The Lifeboat Station was operational by the 1923 shipping season. While this odd assortment of structures represented a new era at Whitefish Point, they also represented a new level of rescue capability for ships that might find themselves in trouble along the Shipwreck Coast. Museum visitors can today experience many of these structures, and at the same time discover the dramatic stories of the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS).

Much as the name would imply, the men of this U.S. Government entity dedicated themselves to the preservation of life, and often would put themselves into the worst possible conditions in order to save sailors and passengers from sinking ships. While there was no Life-Saving Station at Whitefish Point, the USCG Lifeboat Station served the same purpose, used much of the same equipment…while existing in a different era. But, outside of the remnants of a station at Vermilion (10 miles west of Whitefish Point), there are no more of the original 1876 Lake Superior type stations left. Tour guides at the Shipwreck Museum share the dramatic stories of the “Storm Warriors” as the USLSS crews came to be known. Shipwreck Museum guests can tour the restored 1923 Surfboat House and see a small cannon called a Lyle Gun, which fired a projectile with a line attached at a ship that had run aground. After a series of lines had been run out to the unfortunate vessel, an equivalent of a modern-day zip-line would transport shipwreck victims from ship to shore. Other tools and equipment used by the Life-Saving Service are on exhibit, and a brief video documentary features rare footage of the Life-Savers in action.

Some guests to Whitefish Point take advantage of the museum’s OVERNIGHT PROGRAM and stay in the 1923 adaptively restored USCG Crew’s Quarters Building. Much like a small Bed and Breakfast, guests can experience the relative quiet of a night at the Point, walk the beaches at sunset and explore the trails at twilight. While not exactly the same accommodations as enjoyed by the Lifeboat station crewmembers, overnight guests at Whitefish Point do experience the same rugged surroundings and at times, dramatic weather conditions as seen by the USCG crews. And, the sight of freighters passing in the evening, with lights twinkling, is nearly as impressive as the view of the Milky Way on clear nights. The Shipwreck Museum Crew’s Quarters overnight program is available from late April, through the end of October.

Reservations for the Overnight Program are essential and can be made online at or by calling 888-492-3747 for more information.





APP Prep:

5 MINS Fan Choice:


GET UP, AND GET READY - IT’S GAME DAY, Y’ALL! Even if you’re not the biggest sports fan, you can still get


excited for fall weekends thanks to these Tailgate Touchdown

1 package Johnsonville Bratwurst Sausages

Recipes. This roundup is filled with appetizers everyone at

1 12 ounce bottle beer

the event will enjoy! Of course, if you actually are a sports lover (like us), you’ll want simple, fuss-free recipes that come together quickly so you can focus on the game. And have a good time at the tailgate, obviously! If this sounds like you, you’ll appreciate that not only are the majority of these dishes so easy to make, but many can also be prepared the night before, so you don’t have to be bothered whipping up a bunch of different dishes on the day of the big game. Oftentimes, tailgating involves getting up super early

1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 teaspoons cornstarch



Calories: 387


INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Place the bratwurst sausages on the Grill and cook until done. 2.) While the sausages are cooking, make the sauce. Place the beer and brown sugar in a pot over medium high heat; bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture is reduced and thickened. Whisk in the mustard until smooth. 3.) Whisk the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and pour into the beer mixture. Bring the beer to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick. 4.) Slice the sausages into 1 inch pieces and add them to the pot with the sauce; toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.


and getting home late, but thankfully, these tailgate recipes


are plenty hearty so you can stay fueled all day long. Even


the tiniest tailgaters will definitely enjoy these kid-friendly


recipes. They’re that good!

Fan Choice:







INGREDIENTS: 1 rack Pork Baby Back Ribs


1 can Coca-Cola

Fan Choice:

1/2 bottle Barbecue Sauce


Salt and Pepper



T Calories: *A LO

INGREDIENTS: 6 jalapeno peppers 6 slices bacon, cut widthwise in half 4 ounces cream cheese 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder






INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Slice each pepper lengthwise in half, & discard seeds. 2.) Microwave cream cheese until softened, 15 to 30 seconds. Add cheddar cheese and garlic powder, stirring with the cream cheese until wellmixed. 3.) Stuff pepper half with cream cheese mixture. 4.) Wrap a halved bacon slice around each pepper. Secure with toothpick. 5.) Place the stuffed pepper halves on a foil-lined single layer on a baking tray. 6.) Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Wrap these bad boys up in foil and pack away for the game!

*We don’t judge around here. Eat up!

INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Salt and pepper ribs on both sides. 2.) Wrap ribs around outside of crock pot. 3.) Pour Coke over ribs and cook for 8-10 hours. 4.) Cover an oven safe pan with aluminum foil. 5.) The meat will be falling off the bones, so carefully transfer the ribs to the foil lined pan (meaty side up). 6.) Cover ribs with barbecue sauce and place under broiler until sauce starts to sizzle and caramelize. 7.) Remove from oven and plate it for the game!








20 MINS Fan Choice:


INGREDIENTS: 12 Hawaiian Rolls 9 oz. box frozen thinly sliced steak 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 1 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 an onion, diced 5 mushrooms, diced 6 slices provolone cheese 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Servings: Calories:

12 *A LOT

*No judgment here! We devour these!


INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut rolls down the middle horizontally, & place bottom portion into a greased casserole dish. 2.) In a skillet on the stove, saute steak with soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce until no longer pink. Set aside. 3.) Saute onions, bell pepper, & mushroom until soft. 4.) Layer rolls first with steak, then veggies, and finally the sliced provolone. Place the other half of rolls on top. 5.) Cover dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes. Mix together melted butter with garlic powder and dried parsley. After the first 10 minutes of bake time, butter the tops of rolls and place back in the oven, without foil, for another 10 minutes.






10 MINS Fan Choice:


INGREDIENTS: 16 oz package of little smokies 15 slices bacon, each cut longways in thirds. 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

INSTRUCTIONS: 1.) Prepare a large baking sheet (with a rim) and cover with aluminum foil. Lightly coat with non-stick spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2.) Pat sausages dry with a paper towel and wrap each individual sausage with a piece of the cut bacon. Secure with a toothpick.

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper more or 3.) Add brown sugar, cayenne and black pepper to less, according to your tastes a large resealable plastic bag. Use a spoon to compinch of black pepper bine the sugar with seasonings. Add several bacon wrapped sausages, seal bag and shake gently to coat. Repeat with all remaining sausages. S

Servings: Calories:



*How hungry are you right now?

4.) Line sugar rubbed sausages on prepared baking sheet & bake 30-35 minutes, until bacon is browned. For some extra crispness, broil for a couple of minutes after baking.

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