Tuesday, October 17, 2017



Episode 12


Let's join The Heartfelt Family as they travel to 'Vacationland'
to spend a month on the Shores of Little Dear Isle, Maine.

From almost anywhere in the Country, if you set you compass
Northeast, you will eventually arrive at The Great State of Maine.




His name is Wilbur and he comes from a long line of Wilburs,
all Blue Ribbon Winners.
Let's drop in on The Heartfelt's  as they are heading for
The Blue Hill Fair. They have just pulled over in front of a very important house.

Red has her Blue Guide Book out and points to the house and barn
on Herrick Bay. It was once owned by E.B. White and his wife,
Katherine, famous writers from New York City. He wrote a well
known children's book about a pig named Wilbur and a spider  whose
name was Charlotte, Charlotte's Web.

The Heartfelt's arrive at The Blue Hill Fairgrounds. It is a
beautiful day and it's really crowded.

Lil' Miss Candy Drop makes a beeline straight for the rides, her
favorite part. All the kids jump on the Merry-Go-Round, even
Yello Hoodie is riding a pink rabbit.

Every year, a bunch of old hippies come down from the hills to
work a Fried Onion Truck. Man, are they good. People come to
the Fair just to eat these onions. As you can see, Daddy B.B.
and Yello Hoodie can't resist those Golden Rings.

Yello Hoodie stops by 'Dunk Tank' to read the rules
( Yes, he can read) and notices that his buddy, Steamer O'Day
is on the seat.
    1. Each Celebrity 'Dunkee 'gets The Seat for one hour.
2. Each 'Dunkee' donates $100. before the day begins
               3. If and when a 'Dunkee' gets dunked, the entire  Jackpot goes
 to his or her favorite Charity

WOW, That must be a lot of Prize Money  to donate to a Charity.
Yello Hoodie realizes that Steamer's hour is almost over...
He has to help him out.... But how?
Yello Hoodie has a plan, but he must act fast....
He's gotta dunk his buddy Steamer.

Ah, he finds Hoodie The Sports Guy and manages to scrape enough
change to get Hoodie one throw. Hoodie's just out of Baseball
Camp and is in great shape.
Steamer's favorite Charity is The Dear
Isle Fisherman's Wives Association and he'd better win that Jackpot,
his wife is this year's Honorary Chairperson and he doesn't want a
week of cold suppers.
Hoodie's going to throw his best pitch, the Fastball...
I hope it hits.


Attaboy Hoodie.....You too Yello Hoodie Boy.

Coming up
WIN ME.....The Blue Hill Fair, Part 2

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017



episode 11


Let's join The Heartfelt Family as they travel to 'Vacationland'
to spend a month on the Shore of Little Dear Isle, Maine.

From almost anywhere in the Country, if you set your
compass Northeast, you will eventually  arrive at
the Great State of Maine.



episode 11

It's not a color, mood or even a fish....
It's the indigenous fruit of the State of Maine,
the wild  Low Bush Blueberry, full of extraordinary
good stuff. It ripens in August, just in time for the
Heartfelt Kids to start picking, but sometimes there can be
too much of a good thing.

A Notice taken from the Dear Isle Gazette.

Lucas Allen of Allen Blueberries, Inc. reported to the
Dear Isle Police that an amazing amount of Blueberries
were unaccounted for out of his Dear Isle field.
Police have released the following photo and will only
say that the Yellow Gentleman is a 'person of interest'.
If you have any information you are urged to call the
Dear Isle Police, ask for Barney.

If guilt is ever written on a face (as well as blueberries). He claims
Bonz The Dog ate them.

Ah... It looks like it is going to be a nice day
for the start of The Blue Hill Fair.

The girls know that there will be a lot of tempting junk food at
the fair, so they decide to have a healthy breakfast of granola,
milk and of course, blueberries. Yello Hoodie declines, he's sort
of lost his taste for blueberries and he didn't sleep well after his
'meeting' with Officer Barney. Hey, who's to blame the kid?
There's nothing like eating blueberries straight off the bush.
Anyway, Daddy B.B., Red and Lil'Miss have gone to pick up
Hootie from camp, then Daddy B.B. has to stop by
 Allen Blueberries, Inc. to settle a few things

The girls want to share their recipe for Granola and
Red has a couple of 'secrets' to reveal from her famous
Blueberry Muffins.

H.Lo and Pink found this  *recipe on line. It's really good.
It comes from a fancy New York City restaurant, Eleven Madison Park,
who gives their patrons a gift bag of granola after dinner.
For what they charge...they should.

Years ago, before she was married, Marge lived in Boston.
Besides going to school she had a part time job at the
Jordon Marsh Department Store, where she was a gift wrapper,
as they say, "easy work is hard to find."
Well, Red, looking through her cookbooks, found this recipe for
Jordon Marsh's famous Blueberry Muffins and it comes with two 'secrets'.
So, set your Decoder Ring and try it out.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Recipe makes 12 muffins.

Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
Add baking powder, salt and vanilla. Add flour and milk alternatively.
Here's one secret, mash one half cup of blueberries and stir into
mixture, then by hand stir in remaining blueberries.
Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins. The other secret is to
 generously sprinkle sugar on top of each. Bake for 30 minutes.


* Granola Recipe- Eleven Madison Park, NYC.
( with additions of Dried Blueberries and Sliced Almonds)

Next week... The Blue Hill Fair

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017



Episode 10


Lets join the Heartfelt Family as they travel to 'Vacationland' to
spend a month on the Shore of Little Dear Isle, Maine.

From almost anywhere in the Country, if you set your compass
Northeast, you will eventually end up at The Great State of Maine.


Episode 10

There is so much water around them that The Heartfelt's decide to explore The Bay,
plus the girls want to take their kayaks out. Daddy B.B has been told that they can
charter a boat and Captain for the day at Buck's Harbor Marine,
just ask for Captain Pete.

"Quicker than a Seagull', they are on the water with Captain Pete.
He knows every island and is setting his course for a group of
islands that will be perfect for kayaking and getting ashore. It is an
unwritten rule that when you are sailing, you can have as many
snacks as you want, and Daddy B.B. is all over that and has made sure
that they are well stocked after a visit to the Bucks Harbor Market.

Between Butter and Bear Island lie the Barred Islands. At High Tide
the Barred's are a group of little islands roughly forming a ring, but,
at Low Tide a continuous sand bar ( thusly, Barred) connects them.
The Lagoon that is created in the center is perfect for anchoring a boat
and of course, kayaking.

While the others go ashore with Captain Pete, H. Lo and Pink
take their kayaks out for a spin. The water is a beautiful Aquamarine,
 and look...seals, and WOW, a couple of dolphins.
They can't see those in the Heartdale River.

Once ashore, Yello Hoodie immediately goes exploring  and finds
a treasure, a lobster trap. He brings Captain Pete and Daddy B.B.
over and Captain Pete ID's the trap by the colors of the buoy as
belonging to Horace Wardwell's father, Virgil. The trap is the old
fashion half round and he thinks it probably was hung up on a ledge
for decades until a storm blew it off, anyway, Virgil stopped fishing
years ago. He and Sophia are living in Florida, so the trap is Yello  Hoodie's.
Yello Hoodie is so excited. What a show and tell piece at school and
it will look good in his room.

While Lil'Miss Candy Drop busy's herself building sandcastles,
Yello Hoodie wants to do some snorkeling. Daddy B.B. will
stand and watch him, he's trying to remember what Captain Pete
was saying when he mentioned the Labrador Current.

OUCH ........
His ankles have gone numb.

The poor kid just can't warm up.
 The coldest he has ever been is when he eats
ice cream too fast. Lil' Miss is poring warm sand on his feet...
good idea. Get those blankets on him.

The tide is coming in so it's time to return home.
Captain Pete catches a nice on shore breeze and heads
back to Buck's Harbor....with an extra passenger....
a lobster trap.

Coming up.....
Downeast Blues

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FOLK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD.....And All That Jazz ( episode 9)




Lets join The Heartfelt Family as they travel to 'Vacationland' to spend
a month on the Shore of Little Dear Isle, Maine.

From almost anywhere in the Country, if you set your compass
Northeast, you will eventually arrive at The Great State of Maine.


And All That Jazz

Episode 9

It's a well known fact that the Blue Hill region is home to
many artists, writers and musicians, some having acquired  a
considerable amount of fame.

One day, Red, Daddy and Li' Miss Candydrop decide to go into
Blue Hill for a few groceries at the market. Red notices a man walking
down the street she thinks is the renown Folksinger, Peter Folkheart. She
has read that he's retired and has settled in the area.

In their day, the folk trio, Peter, Paul and Margaret were International
Superstars singing songs of love, social justice and some song about a
dragon called 'Puff'. They later moved on to Public Television and were
often seen during pledging and the holidays.
You know... I think I see Red and Daddy in the photo...and they are
just teenagers....cool.

Outside the market The Heartfelt's find a Community  Bulletin Board.
Daddy B.B. immediately spots a poster for the upcoming Blue Hill Fair.
The Heartfelt's are HUGE fans of Country Fairs and this one is
a big one. But, Red has found another poster that has caught her eye...
Let's peek over her shoulder and see what it is.

Due to crazy weather there has been a string of natural disasters across the country
and beyond and Peter Folkheart has decided to come out of retirement
to raise some relief  money. Daddy B.B. asks Red if she would like to go
and possibly have dinner beforehand at that fancy new French restaurant.

Red Polka Dot Girl has secretly packed a snazzy new dress and
this would be the perfect occasion to step out in it.
WOW, What A Dish.....she looks great.

Chez Passe is quite a fancy joint, fine lines, crystal, expensive
everything and really snooty waiters. Hey Daddy B.B., the prices
of those wines won't go down just by you staring at them.
Don't ask that snobby wine guy next to you, he will really
sock it to you. Red is blissfully content just to be on a date.

Peter Folkheart Unplugged *

Ah, this atmosphere is so much more relaxed. The audience is treated to
a concert down memory lane with Peter Folkheart singing solo. Man, he
still has his chops. All in all it has been a great night out.
Tomorrow, the girls have been wanting to crack out the kayaks, so Daddy B.B.
has chartered a boat for the day.

Coming next
The Island Adventure

* Peter Folkhear's appearance courtesy of Heartthrob Records.
CD's are available

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017



episode 8


Let's join The Heartfelt Family as they travel to 'Vacationland' to
spend a month on the Shores of Little Dear Isle, Maine

From almost anywhere in the Country, if you set your compass Northeast,
you will eventually arrive at The Great State of Maine.


episode 8


Daddy B.B. and Red may have met their match with cooking lobsters,
but, there's one food that above all others is in their blood.

It all goes back to when Red's Great, Great, Great Grandmother, Rosemary,
arrived in the Heartland 'from away'. Here she met and married Jebbediah and
they soon began growing a crop they had never tasted before...corn. Rosemary took to it right away and combined it with eggs and cream from the farm, and came up with her famous,
'Deep Skillet Corn Pudding'. It was a hit and won a Blue Ribbon at the Heartdale Falls
County Fair. ( A special thanks goes out to the Heartdale Falls Historical Society
for the loan of the photo.)

So, after dropping Hoodie off at camp, they pass  a farmer selling fresh corn
by the side of the road. The corn season is short in Maine so they stop
to buy a dozen ears, but the farmer gives Daddy B.B. and extra ear...
Baker's Dozen.

Yello Hoodie is hand's down the best corn shucker in Heartdale Falls.
He knows that at dinner, the shucker always gets any extra corn.
Man, Bonz won't give up..he thinks  the corn is a bone.

One of Daddy B. B.'s culinary talents is cooking corn, called,
'The Great Corn Boil.' Everybody is chowing down corn with butter
and salt, but Red's  got that look that says her brain is churning and it
ain't making just butter. It looks like it is time for another installment of...

Red is inviting everybody into her kitchen to share a couple of
her favorite corn recipes. The first is Rosemary's Corn Pudding that her
Grandmother found handwritten in an old family cookbook,
Cooking From the Heartland.
The second recipe livens things up by using lime and red pepper flakes
to give it a tropical beat and heat.


Coming up,
Folk is a Four Letter Word
( and all that jazz)

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