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Going Glamping – Adventures in classy camping

Bug spray. Marshmallows. Firewood. Chandelier. If that last item doesn’t seem to belong as part of a back-to-nature experience, you’ve never been glamping. A merger of glamour and camping, glamping is defined as “A form of camping that involves accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping,” by the Oxford English Dictionary,

The ‘boys of summer’ are back

 Arkansas’ professional baseball teams play ball again Bacon is back at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. So are barbecue sliders at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale. The chance to relish ballpark food again is spicing professional baseball’s joyful return to Arkansas this season. Fans of the Arkansas Travelers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals once again can

Independence Day – Co-ops’ principles reflect nation’s values

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain and King George III. Two days later, through the reading and adoption of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Independence Day was born. John Hancock signed the document that day, but it was not until Aug. 2 that

The Grumpy Rabbit in Lonoke: Hop to it!

Jim and Gina Wiertelak opened The Grumpy Rabbit earlier this year as part of an effort to revitalize the downtown area of Lonoke. Receiving rave reviews from a growing fan base, the two enjoy watching their dream materialize. Gina has fond memories of growing up in Lonoke. When she and Jim retired, they moved from

Simple, tasty bites for  glamping/camping types

If I’m not glamping, I’m not camping. A key to great glamping food is prepping in advance. Addictive Campfire Oyster Crackers are easy and pair well with burgers. Another fabulous starter is fruity Pineapple Salsa. Make it at home, and break it out when you get to a campsite. For breakfast, flavorful Goat Cheese and

Recipes from our readers

From our readers This month, we’ve compiled summery and refreshing fruit recipes that are sure to make you go bananas!  Mina Otnip, Boles Fruit Cobbler 1    (21-ounce) can pie filling (apple, cherry or blueberry) 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained 1 cup pecans, chopped 1 tablespoon cornstarch 4 medium bananas, sliced 1 stick butter,

Sunflowers: Nature’s happy and hardy head-turners

Nothing can brighten a garden as fast as sunflowers. Few flowers are as showy or as tall. They thrive in heat and humidity and are pretty drought-tolerant. The more sunlight, the happier they are. Sunflower seeds yield a variety of products, ranging from snack food to soap and oil to birdseed. Seeds are a rich

Sealing air leaks, step by step

With summer here and temperatures on the rise, saving energy is top of mind for many electric co-op members. One of the easiest ways to save on your electric bill is to stop your cool, conditioned air from escaping to the outdoors through air leaks. In many homes, about half of the conditioned air leaks