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George Little: Conversation-starters for the great outdoors

One of the great things about outdoor pursuits is that there’s always a nugget of information that will have your friends wondering if it’s for real, or if you made it up. If nothing else, the ensuing conversation will help pass the time while you’re cleaning the cast iron skillets after shore lunch.

Generating 75 foot-pounds of recoil, a 3 ½ magnum, 12 gauge turkey load kicks harder than an elephant gun. It’s like getting hit in the shoulder with a sledgehammer. By comparison, a .458 Winchester, a rifle used to hunt the most dangerous game in the world, throws back a paltry 65 foot-pounds of recoil. No wonder nobody likes to pattern a turkey gun.

When you finally save enough money and time to go on your African safari, pick your shots carefully and polish up your tracking skills. According to Craig Boddington of Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, just one drop of blood from a wounded African animal counts as filling your tag, whether or not you ever see that animal again. There are no mulligans. If you’re after the elusive Mountain Nyala, the license alone costs $15,000 and is paid up front. Better be sure before you pull the trigger.

Wolves are off the endangered species list in the Great Lakes Region, including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The estimated wolf population in those states is more than 4,000. Keep that in mind if you’re venturing into the Boundary Waters. Minnesota is planning a wolf-hunting season, possibly as soon as this year. 

The Swiss Army Knife, the original multi-tool, is more than 100 years old. It was invented by Karl Eisner who, as a matter of Swiss national pride, sought to supply the Swiss Army with a knife that was “not manufactured by Germans.” The original version had one blade, a screwdriver and a can opener. The corkscrew came later.

When you see a ruby-throated hummingbird this time of year, tip your hat to the little guy. Hummingbirds are migrating now. Some of them will travel more than 2,000 miles from Canada to their winter grounds in Mexico. This includes a 500-mile non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico.

The average dove hunter harvests five doves out of every box of shells they fire into the sky. Of course, all of us do better than that because we’re all above average. But taking the average into account, somebody must be below average and going 0 for 25 several times a day.

The original Bomber fishing lures were built by two Texans using discarded tobacco cans, hooks from junk lures and cedar chunks from old power poles. Their goal was to design a lure that would dive deep without hanging up on trees and brush. When they started selling Bomber Lures, their slogan, which is still popular in Texas today was, “To enjoy Bomber fishing … just tie one on.”

I wish I’d thought of it.

Contact George Little at CCMGlobal@aol.com.

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Mavis’ Kitchen cooks up crafts

POPULAR retreat and restaurant Mavis' Kitchen has added an artisans' outlet to its business.

Mavis’ Store will open to the public on September 1.

POPULAR retreat and restaurant Mavis’ Kitchen has added an artisans’ outlet to its business.

Mavis’ Store aims to bring food and art together and provide local crafts people with a store where they’ll be able to offer an eclectic and ever-changing selection of art and craft works.

“We have brought in some of the Tweed’s best creative talents to fashion fine porcelain, timber home wares, silk, merino and handcrafted felt clothing and accessories, hand-bound printed books and journals, one-off handmade glass beads and much more,” said Mavis’ Store operator Christine Burgess.

“For food lovers, there will be an array of organic preserves created by Mavis’ famous chefs as well as fresh produce from the restaurant’s bio-dynamic garden.

“The art works will constantly evolve while the gourmet foodlines will reflect what is in season to ensure we incorporate the very best that the Caldera has to offer.”

The store and restaurant are located at the foot of Mt Warning where the restaurant’s chefs serve simple, home-cooked and unpretentious food made with fresh organic produce.

Mavis’ Store will open its doors on September 1 and will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

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George Little: Conversation starters for the great outdoors – The State Journal

One of the great things about outdoor pursuits is that there’s always a nugget of information that will have your friends wondering if it’s for real, or if you made it up. If nothing else, the ensuing conversation will help pass the time while you’re cleaning the cast iron skillets after shore lunch.

Generating 75 foot-pounds of recoil, a 3 ½ magnum, 12 gauge turkey load kicks harder than an elephant gun. It’s like getting hit in the shoulder with a sledgehammer. By comparison, a .458 Winchester, a rifle used to hunt the most dangerous game in the world, throws back a paltry 65 foot-pounds of recoil. No wonder nobody likes to pattern a turkey gun.

When you finally save enough money and time to go on your African safari, pick your shots carefully and polish up your tracking skills. According to Craig Boddington of Petersen’s Hunting Magazine, just one drop of blood from a wounded African animal counts as filling your tag, whether or not you ever see that animal again. There are no mulligans. If you’re after the elusive Mountain Nyala, the license alone costs $15,000 and is paid up front. Better be sure before you pull the trigger.

Wolves are off the endangered species list in the Great Lakes Region, including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The estimated wolf population in those states is more than 4,000. Keep that in mind if you’re venturing into the Boundary Waters. Minnesota is planning a wolf-hunting season, possibly as soon as this year. 

The Swiss Army Knife, the original multi-tool, is more than 100 years old. It was invented by Karl Eisner who, as a matter of Swiss national pride, sought to supply the Swiss Army with a knife that was “not manufactured by Germans.” The original version had one blade, a screwdriver and a can opener. The corkscrew came later.

When you see a ruby-throated hummingbird this time of year, tip your hat to the little guy. Hummingbirds are migrating now. Some of them will travel more than 2,000 miles from Canada to their winter grounds in Mexico. This includes a 500-mile non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico.

The average dove hunter harvests five doves out of every box of shells they fire into the sky. Of course, all of us do better than that because we’re all above average. But taking the average into account, somebody must be below average and going 0 for 25 several times a day.

The original Bomber fishing lures were built by two Texans using discarded tobacco cans, hooks from junk lures and cedar chunks from old power poles. Their goal was to design a lure that would dive deep without hanging up on trees and brush. When they started selling Bomber Lures, their slogan, which is still popular in Texas today was, “To enjoy Bomber fishing … just tie one on.”

I wish I’d thought of it.

Contact George Little at CCMGlobal@aol.com.

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Living on a Dead End

Even veteran cab drivers don’t know where Natasha Koifman’s street is.

It’s a cul de sac in uptown Toronto and its seclusion was the selling point for Koifman. As founder and president of NKPR, a public relations company whose IT gifting lounge will be a part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for a seventh year, she is a public persona but an intensely private person who likes to retreat to her sanctuary.

“The hidden aspect of the cul de sac is important,” she explains. “In pr, our job is to put people in the forefront. I’m public at work; I hide in my down time. The dead-end street sold me on it. It is the perfect house to hide in.”

She is a homebody trapped in a starlet’s body: drop-dead gorgeous, a sultry brunette who channels Old Hollywood glamour girls like Hedy Lamar. She is always fashionably turned out, dressed in black with vertiginous stilletos. Today it’s a pair of fuchsia Jimmy Choos.

TIFF starts on Sept. 6 and Koifman will be hosting celebrated fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who is partnering with NKPR at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio to shoot celebs.

“We are partnering with different photographers; Patrick is our headliner at the lounge on Friday,” Koifman says. “We are a charity lounge. For every celebrity photo, we give money to 10 different charities.”

Demarchelier will cherry pick the celebs. Penélope Cruz, expected with husband Javier Bardem, is a given. “She’s on the board for APJ (Artists for Peace and Justice)” Koifman explains.

Koifman’s house, over 3,000 square feet on two storeys, has a Hollywood feel: black and white with portraits of Marilyn Monroe throughout. A faux zebra bench perches at the entryway.

The living room is bookended by two portraits: Marilyn Monroe and Victoria Beckham, both purchased at the Izzy Gallery. The Beckham is by photographer Ellen von Unwerth.

“I’m a big fan of Victoria Beckham,” Koifman says. “I love her style and her family focus. She is a smart woman, a good mother, a Spice Girl who reinvented herself as a fashion designer.”

The Monroe is one of the legendary outtakes from the contact sheet of the photo shoot she did with Bert Stern. It is X’d out by MM herself.

“I love Marilyn Monroe,” she says. “She put a double X through the pieces she didn’t want published. It is flawed but it is one of the most beautiful pictures of her. The vulnerability in her eyes draws you in.”

Another portrait of Monroe hangs in the kitchen, next to one of Audrey Hepburn.

“I’m one of those women who love strong women. I have an office of 30 young women who I mentor. I’m a girl’s girl.”

Koifman guestimates the original structure of the house is about 100 years old. She has been here for over two years. It is a glamorous house yet deceptively cosy. An oversized wooden rocker in her white bedroom looks hideously uncomfortable but is actually very accommodating.

“It is a Wenge chair,” Koifman says. “I bought it at Hollace Cluny. I have my morning coffee in this rocker.”

The house has two bedrooms, two fireplaces, a dining room, kitchen/family room, living room, a den off the master bedroom and an office off the living room. There is a workout room in the basement and her son’s, Justin, man cave full of sports paraphernalia.

“It is a 23-year-old’s room,” she says, closing the door.

She doesn’t know how high the ceilings are but they are way up there.

There are dramatic details like a spiral staircase worthy of Norma Desmond’s in Sunset Boulevard. The master bath has marble floors and a ginormous soaking tub.

There wasn’t much reno involved. Koifman had the sisal carpeting removed and repainted the house white. The hardwood floors remained chocolate brown.

“It had great bones,” Koifman says. “It just needed some TLC.”

Her double walk-in closet in the master bedroom is a study in black — it looks like an Italian funeral in there. Even her dogs are black: Two black Labradors named Grady and Deecoy.

“I wear colour accessories because I only wear black,” she explains.

Her latest acquisition is a vintage burgundy Hermès Birkin bag purchased in Rome.

She knows Rome. Koifman was born in Kiev, immigrated to Rome when she was 13 and resided there for two years before relocating to Edmonton, then Toronto in her late teens.

Another of Koifman’s fixations is skulls. It feeds into her inner rock chick.

“I’m all about leather and lace and skulls,” she allows. “Sophistication with an edge.”

There’s a candle with a skull on it on a side table in front of the Monroe portrait. The iconic diamond Damien Hirst skull rendering hangs in her office.

“I got it at a gallery in SoHo in New York,” she says.

In the hallway leading to the dining room hangs a huge paparazzi photo by George Pimentel taken in Cannes. Other than that, the white walls in the dining room are curved and bare. The room contains only a dining table and chairs and rows of candles.

“I like a clean sensibility yet with warmth,” she says. “The table is from Cabinet Furniture and the chairs from BB Italia. This was a tiny room. I opened it up with floor-to-ceiling windows to overlook the pool. The room was extended by five feet and I opened up the kitchen.

“I felt claustrophobic. It was very dark with a lot of doors and I felt closed in — doors everywhere, to the living room, dining room and the staircase. I got rid of them all. I need bright, which is ironic because I only wear black. I used to be so claustrophobic when I was 5 years old I couldn’t put dresses on over my head. I’d wear tunics.”

The dining room flows into the open-concept kitchen, which merges into a family room with a sectional and a TV.

“This was an all-brown kitchen with a separate family room in the shape of an octagon,” says Koifman, taking a Swiffer to the white granite floor in her Jimmy Choos. “I broke down the wall between the two rooms and made it white. I had a black sectional island put in and stainless appliances. The most beautiful part of the house is the backyard so I did floor-to-ceiling windows.”

The kitchen area is her favourite room.

“I call this the White Room. In the winter, this brightness keeps you happy.”

It is also is the font of her guilty pleasure — candy. Bowls of brownies, marshmallows, jujubes and licorice line up on the slate countertops. That’s where the downstairs gym and personal trainer George Chaker come in.

She wouldn’t change a thing about the house.

“I made it exactly what I wanted; I worked with interior designer Connie Braemer.

“My house is sophistication with serenity. It is rare I go out; I am a homebody. I go out when I have to. I don’t drink; I’ll sip a Skyy Vodka cocktail all night. My vice is candy and black clothes.”

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Goshen ready to kick off 100th Goshen Fair

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Goshen ready to kick off 100th Goshen Fair


GOSHEN — Hay bales and skillets will be flying through the air and faces will plunge into chocolate cream pies at the Goshen Fairgrounds this weekend as the Goshen Fair celebrates its 100th anniversary.

A monster truck show, fireworks, a nail-driving contest and an adult spelling bee are also new attractions sure to raise the level of excitement at the fair, which opens Saturday morning, ends Monday evening and is expected to draw a crowd of more than 30,000.

“I’ve always liked those kind of things in a fair and thought it was time to do it here,” the fair’s president, Rick Wadhams, said Thursday.

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Stand Mixers Get Pimped Out (PHOTOS)

Having a stand mixer is pretty badass. When you’ve got one in your kitchen you know (or at least, you’d like to believe) that you belong to the upper echelon of home cooks. One who can whip out cupcakes like Martha Stewart. Or make French pastries that rival the best Parisian bakeries.

But just having one isn’t enough, now it’s time to take it to the next level: pimping out your mixer. There’s nothing like a little bling on your stand mixer to inspire you to bake some killer cookies. Or jumbo brownies. Or a four-layered cake. It could totally change your cooking game.

From hot pink rhinestones to gold stars to custom artwork, check out how you can trick your mixer.

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  • Rhinestone Studded

    Melissa from a href=”http://www.blingdivadesigns.com/2011/08/a-very-special-order/” target=”_hplink”Bling Diva Designs/a made this hot pink rhinestone-covered stand mixer for the show “DC Cupcakes” on TLC. (We found this beauty posted on a href=”http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2011/09/perfection.html” target=”_hplink”Eat Yourself Skinny/a.)

  • Polka Dotted

    The red stand mixer gets a whole new look when made over with polka dots.

    strongSee the design at a href=”http://www.thediaryofdaveswife.com/2012/03/meet-dottie-my-kitchenaid-mixer.html” target=”_hplink”Designed By Dave’s Wife/a/strong

  • Pinned Up

    The KitchenAid gets a little bit sexy with a wavy-haired brunette nurse.

    strongCustom painted by a href=”http://www.un-amore.com/” target=”_hplink”Nicole Dinaro’s company Un Amore/a/strong

  • Cupcake Mixer

    This person transformed their stand mixer into what looks like an homage to the cupcake — and something Rainbow Bright would have in her kitchen.

  • Stars And No Stripes

    Your stand mixer works hard, making you everything from cakes to bread. It definitely deserves a gold star — or a couple dozen.

    strongYou can get the a href=”http://www.etsy.com/listing/105857996/stand-mixer-gold-star-decal-set?ref=sr_gallery_44ga_includes%5B0%5D=tagsga_search_type=allga_page=1ga_search_query=kitchenaid+decalsga_ref=relatedga_view_type=gallery” target=”_hplink”gold star decals/a by Etsy store a href=”http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetRevelry?ref=seller_info” target=”_hplink”SweetRevelry/a/strong

  • Cutesie And Graphic

    If strong graphic lines and soothing colors is what you’re into, this custom painted design will get your baking energy going.

    strongCustom painted by a href=”http://www.un-amore.com/” target=”_hplink”Nicole Dinaro’s company Un Amore/a/strong

  • Rebel Baker

    Just because you love to bake doesn’t mean you have to be the definition of sweet. You can show off your rebellious nature while using your stand mixer with this cupcake-and-bones motif.

    strongGet thea href=”http://www.etsy.com/listing/94084993/kitchenaid-mixer-art-16-skull-cupcake” target=”_hplink” Skull Cupcake decal/a at the Etsy storea href=”http://www.etsy.com/shop/Walkingdeadpromotion?ref=seller_info” target=”_hplink” Walkingdeadpromotion/a/strong

  • For The Nature Lover

    If you’d rather be outside playing with the polar bears than inside the kitchen cooking, bring those bears in with you.

    strongCustom painted by a href=”http://www.un-amore.com/” target=”_hplink”Nicole Dinaro’s company Un Amore/a/strong

  • Gold Plated

    Having a stand mixer is already pretty bling, but having one that’s gold plated, that just cannot be topped.

  • Embrace The Future

    The stand mixer takes a trip into the future, and it gets some odd looking bubbles.

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A good price on the iconic KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer

A good price on the iconic KitchenAid Pro 600 stand mixer

Posted by: John Ewoldt
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Updated: August 30, 2012 – 9:00 AM

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