Author: Wheatland Electric

Annual golf tournament raises $20,000 for Cram the Van As our kick-off event to Cram the Van, we held our fourth annual Co-ops Care Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 16, 2022, at the Golf Club at Southwind. For the second year, we boasted a full tournament of players for our four-man scramble. Our annual event is a tremendous day filled with both food and fun — all FORE a great cause! We’re excited to report that thanks to our golfers, sponsors, employees and volunteers, our fourth annual charity tournament raised over a whopping $20,000 in proceeds! One hundred percent of…

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Two 1 MW solar fields bring stabilized rates and clean energy to members On Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, CMS Electric Cooperative celebrated the commissioning of two 1 MW solar projects in Coldwater. Power produced by the field will go directly to members of the co-op as reduced cost of electricity on their monthly bills. In conjunction with the board meeting, CMS connected the array to the grid alongside Today’s Power, Inc., the owners and operators of the system. This single axis tracking solar field is comprised of two 1 MW fields consisting of 7,000 panels in total. “We relish the…

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Mini Pecan Pie Bars Crust¾ cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour6 Tbsp. unsalted butter (softened)3 Tbsp. granulated sugar3 Tbsp. finely chopped pecansFilling1/3 cup packed brown sugar3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour½ tsp. salt¾ cup light corn syrup2 large eggs1 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 cup roughly chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang of about 2 inches on two sides. Spray the foil or paper with nonstick spray.For the crust In the bowl of the electric mixer, combine the flour, butter and sugar. Beat at medium speed, scraping…

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Meatballs with Apricot Dipping Sauce Meatballs1 lb. ground beef (96% lean)1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs2 egg whites or 1 egg (beaten)2 Tbsp. water1/4 tsp. salt1/8 tsp. pepperApricot Dipping Sauce3/4 cup apricot preserves3/4 cup barbecue sauce2 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard Heat oven to 400 F. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg whites, water, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. (Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked…

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Roasted Garlic Whipped Feta Crostini 1 bulb garlic (about 12 cloves)4 Tbsp. olive oil (plus additional for drizzling, divided)1 1/2 tsp. salt (divided)1 1/2 tsp. pepper divided32 baguette slices8 oz. feta cheese1/2 cup whole milk (plus additional, if necessary (optional))2 Tbsp. lemon juice1/2 cup pomegranate seeds1/4 cup parsley (minced) Preheat oven to 400 F. Slice garlic bulb in half, exposing garlic heads, and place in center of large piece of tinfoil. Drizzle each half with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Wrap foil tightly around garlic and roast until caramelized, about 30 minutes.Place baguette slices…

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How can I save energy at home during the holiday season? The holidays are a magical time when we come together with our loved ones to share food, gifts and quality time. It’s also the most expensive time of year for many of us. Along with the expense of gifts, meals and travel comes colder weather and darker nights that lead to more electricity use and higher bills. One way to reduce the financial burden of the most wonderful time of year is by implementing efficiency tips to use less energy at home and lower your monthly bills. Home Practices…

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The term “permaculture” was described in 1978 by Bill Mollison as an intentional plan for living within our own needs while supporting the needs of the animals and environment around us. Contracting the words “permanent” and “agriculture,” is perhaps a more efficient way of understanding this term. With the natural ecosystem as a guide, permaculture promotes diversity and cohabitation in order to establish life-long designs. Permaculture is way of life where people coexist with their surroundings in a mutually beneficial way. Environmental responsibility directs this lifestyle so the overarching goals include more than just a focus on human wants and…

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Sweet Potato Muffins These sweet muffins are made sweeter and very moist with mashed sweet potatoes (you can even use leftover cooked sweet potatoes for these). Change up the nuts and dried fruits to your liking! 1/2 cup butter (softened to room temperature)1-1/4 cups sugar2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla1 tsp. orange zest1-1/4 cups mashed sweet potatoes1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt1 tsp. cinnamon1 tsp. nutmeg1/2 cup milk1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans1/2 cup raisins1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffyAdd eggs, vanilla and orange zest…

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Parmesan and Herbs Thinly sliced sweet potatoes, coated in olive oil and butter and flavored with herbs, garlic and Parmesan, are roasted until melt-in-your-mouth tender, making an ideal dish for Thanksgiving or any time of year. 3-4 medium sweet potatoes (long and slender work best for even slices)2 tsp. minced garlic1 Tbsp. olive oil2 Tbsp. butter (melted)4 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. garlic powder1/2 tsp. ground black pepper1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning12-14 fresh sage leavesSeveral springs of fresh thyme Heat oven to 400 F. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into thin slices.Place the…

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Savory Sweet Potato Spoonbread Somewhere between a scuffle and cornbread exists spoonbread, soft, fluffy and nearly pudding-like. This savory sweet potato version has you covered for both a bread AND a side for Thanksgiving. Delicately flavored and textured — and made extra moist by the sweet potatoes — be prepared to eat more than one spoonful. 2 1/2 cups milk1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves2 tsp. sea salt1/2 tsp. ground black pepperPinch of ground red pepper (cayenne)1 cup yellow cornmeal6 Tbsp. butter3 medium sweet potatoes (cooked (boiled or microwaved), peeled and mashed (about 3 cups))5 large eggs (separated)2 tsp. baking…

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