Helpful Resource Articles From DIY, Cooking, Car Car, Partying, and Outdoor Skills.

Useful Resources and DIY articles  

These helpful articles are great resources for those working at home. Driving, sailing, winter living in the Great Lakes, and emergencies. DIY hints and how-tos. They represent a collection of our research and guest post contributions since 2012.

Working From Home

With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing a lot of countries to implement quarantine measures, many professionals have been instructed to “work from home.” This can mean a lot of things for many industries – from bringing their office equipment home, to using their own gear should they have them, or to do individual assignments. - Working From Home Or Cottage During Pandemic: Effective Ways To Setup Your Workstation

Boating and Sailing

Sailing on a Port tack

There is nothing more exciting for Great Lakes sailors than looking forward to endless summer days spent on the magnificent waters of Lake Huron or any of the other marvelous lakes. For generations, Michiganders have enjoyed the rugged shores and clear waters of northern Michigan and the upper lakes. Each year as the spring approaches its time to prep your boat for the Great Lakes Sailing season. 

We had to bring our sailboat home. Our plans for next year did not include the stress of putting our sailboat in only to use it a few times. We thought that we would put our Catalina 27 on our lot next to the cottage. So we had to lower the mast on our Catalina 27 sailboat.

A couple makes their first sail from Caseville to Tawas in 2006 in a restored 1973 Catalina 27. During the two-day trip, they experience a little bit of everything has they sail across Saginaw Bay.


The idea of straw bale gardening from a book by Joel Karsten. Joel comes to us from Minnesota where the growing season is incredibly short and the soil tough to cultivate.

With a little persistence, you can attract Orioles to your yard early in the season. By summer, using these rules of thumb, you can have this colorful resident for the entire summer season.

Eating, Drinking and Having a Party

Picture of a Beach Party

Pairing your favorite game-day finger food with wine is a must-do! From white to through the various reds, we’ve gathered up six stellar wine combos you should try while watching during your game day party.

We are always looking for local options. Michigan winemaking has come a long way. Check these delicious Michigan wines for your next BBQ or party

Web Accessibility and SEO

The interesting twist is that WCAG and SEO conventions and standards are intertwined in many key areas. Thus blogs and small website owners can be compliant and benefit from both. Think of WCAG Compliance And SEO – Do Both Now To Benefit Later.

Web Accessibility testing tools are currently a hot topic for business and eCommerce sites. If you’re selling a product or service, no matter how small, your website should be set up to accommodate potential customers who have special needs or disabilities. This set of users may require screen readers and special navigation tools.

There has been a slow boil effort making websites accessible for the disabled. For the past several years, websites outside of government it was thought of as “nice to have” especially for eCommerce, transportation, insurance, and banking where current and potential customers with disabilities may need accommodation in order to access important site content.

Regional Cooking

Cooking Over Campfire

Preparing perfectly cooked walleye for a Michigan summer meal easy and delicious. Here is a step-by-step technique to impress your guests.

Vlasic Dill Pickle Soup is a quick savory hearty main course soup that is perfect for a camp lunch. The potential variations are endless and prep is simple.

This simple vegan chili recipe contains many Michigan ingredients and works great on the stove or in a crockpot. 

If you're ready for relief from the cold of the Upper Thumb winter this Michigan Cocktail, Hot Toddy, Winter Bliss recipe should snap you out of the funk.

What to Do During a Power Outage

Climate Change sets the potential of rapid moving storms and record-setting heat which stresses the grid to a power blackout. Here is what to prepare for a power outage with a step-by-step guide.

Local Upper Thumb of Michigan Media

Michigan Radio Stations

Michigan’s Upper Thumb has some of the most diverse radio stations around. Located in Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola County. Listen live and see coverage maps.

Car Care

Great Lakes winters can be brutal. Get your car ready for winter with these five simple tasks. This will ensure you have a trouble-free winter driving experience near the Great Lakes.

When it comes to safety on the road, we should all have an emergency kit in our cars. In order to decide what to put in your kit, you need to take into account the weather in your area (here in Michigan, we know it will often be cold and snowy!) and what items will suit your family’s needs.

Winter Living in the Great Lakes

Winter Living Great Lakes

In the winter of 2018, there were two deaths and one rescue on the Saginaw Bay ice in the Upper Thumb in early February. We found a short video that describes the steps to survive falling through ice even if you can’t get yourself out of the water.

Cold weather storms this time of year can be mild (lasting several hours), or severe (lasting several days, with strong winds and very low temperatures). Knowing how to prepare for cold weather is important for your safety and the safety of your family. Here are a few things you can do to be ready.

A basic winter shelter can be made by hollowing out a big pile of snow that has been allowed to settle and harden. They can take several hours to build but are an effective way to stay warm when camping in the winter. A quinzee shelter is warmer than any four-season tent.

Lake effect snow from the Great Lakes occurs when conditions of evaporation and cold upper air currents slide over the region. Water retains on to heat more than air. This causes some open water in the Great Lakes to evaporate into the air and warm it. Rising up into the atmosphere this warm, wet air cools as it travels.

Outdoor and Backwoods Skills

Tromping around in the woods or hiking a trail takes stamina and skills. Outdoor Skills offers tools and insight to make your bush experience enjoyable and fun. 

Ever thought of buying a chainsaw and didn’t know where to start? Hopefully, this starter guide will help. From someone who is only going to use a saw a couple of times a year to someone looking to have a workhorse, hopefully, this guide will help you narrow what kind of saw makes the most sense.

If you're thinking of a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area we have the top BWCA entry points. I have taken a number of trips from each spot and find that they have worked out great. That being said, here are my 3 favorite BWCA Entry Points with opportunities and obstacles.