Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Monday, December 24, 2018

Lil' Miss Candydrop Takes Center Stage





" Sometimes the seemingly impossible dreams are attainable."
             - B. Buntline 





Lil' Miss Candydrop is having her friends, the twins, over.
( By the way, her name is Candace, Yello Hoodie gave her that
nickname and it stuck.) Anyway, they are having fun playing dance
with some old sheets which gives Red an idea.
Daddy B.B. has no time for all this since the dump is about to close
and he needs Yello Hoodie to help with the trash.
Hum, I don't know but I'm not so sure Yello Hoodie wants to leave.
It looks like fun!




Well, the girls are off for the evening. There's sure a lot going on,
I wonder where they are going?
Hey boys, don't be so mad.... You can fend for yourselves for a night....
I think.




So, it's ballet tonight. That's why the guys didn't want to come.
Too bad for them!





Sometimes Art just seizes you.
Lil' Miss just can't believe anything can be so beautiful.
I have the feeling dance lessons are in her future. Sometimes
the best thing a parent can do is introduce their children to things,
encourage them and then step back.





Meanwhile, back at the house....
Sigh, no roasts, no homemade stews gently cooking,
no casseroles tonight. At least Yello Hoodie Boy is happy.
He's found what he wants!








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Friday, December 21, 2018

THE LONGEST NIGHT





This year the Winter Solstice has brought along a Full Moon
to illuminate the evening sky. 
Each year the Merry Revellers and Pranksters of Heartdale Falls gather to 
build a huge bonfire to keep the year alive. They play music, sing and dance around 
the fire. There will be cups of hot cocoa later.

WELCOME YULE!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

SING WE NOEL






Most of The Heartfelts have great singing voices.
During the Christmas Season they all love to sing
Holiday favorites, even if one, (maybe Yello), voice
is a bit flat it doesn't matter ...much.
Sing They Noel!








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Monday, December 17, 2018

THE HOLIDAYS IN HEARTDALE FALLS: FAMILY NIGHT AT THE THEATER




Alas, the Holidays in Heartdale Falls boasts some pretty good theatrical
productions, the Community Actors Guild is among the best 
in The Heartland !
This season they are presenting one of The Heartfelt's favorites....




WOW, What a show!
I don't know about you, but that Marley sends shivers down my spine.





Ah, but as good as the show is, everybody looks forward  to intermission
for a chance to snack on what has become a tradition here in Heartdale Falls....






If you want to make  what is the best English Butter Toffee this side of
London give this recipe a go.
Try to keep the candy all in one piece until it is done.
Then, like The Heartfelts, gather
 the family and friends around for the traditional 
Breaking of the Toffee.



" God bless us, every one"
-T. Tim







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Monday, December 10, 2018

THE OH SO SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS TREE





As the sun sinks low and the daylight dims, Winter descends on the Heartland
with all its magical beauty. The folks of Heartdale falls welcome the time
between Thanksgiving and the New Year as a chance to come together to revel
in the delights of the Holidays. Let's join The Heartfelt Family as they
enjoy this special time of year.

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THE OH SO SUSTAINABLE
CHRISTMAS TREE









It's the same problem every year, just where to find that perfect Christmas Tree?
Daddy B.B. insists on looking at that lot next to the Legion Hall. I don't know
Daddy B.B., that one doesn't look so great....Red is not so sure either.






H.Lo goes to one of those 'alternative' schools where she noticed a posting
in her Sustainable Agriculture class for an Organic Tree Farm right here
in Heartdale Falls, and if you buy a tree they give you a sapling to plant there in the Spring!








No gas powered ATV's on this farm. It's all Daddy B.B. power.







With the tree tied down they ride home. It takes exactly the time to sing the
entire 'Twelve Days of Christmas' to reach their house.






Everybody chooses their favorite ornament to decorate the tree, but its
not until Daddy B.B. puts the star on the top of the tree 
that The Holidays officially begin!







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Thursday, December 6, 2018

A '41' TRIBUTE





One of The Heartfelt's favorite places to visit is the rugged coast of Maine.
It's well known that Daddy B.B. is a sucker for interesting names, so, when
he found Cape Porpoise, just above Kennebunkport, he had to visit.





When he and Red were at the local grocery store, they bought a tub
of dip, made by some ladies from the area. The cashier commented 
that the dip was former President George H.W. Bush's favorite. He
and his wife, Barbara, summered on nearby Walker's Point and they
would shop there.
When Daddy B.B. returned home he made his version of...
41's Favorite.





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Monday, December 3, 2018

HAPPY HANUKKAH!




Almost every year, The Heartfelts are invited to Hanukkah dinner at their friends, Saul 
and Rachel, house. Yello Hoodie and their son Ben are classmates and good friends.
It is a well known fact in Heartdale falls that Red just LOVES Rachel's Potato Latkes.
Hey Red, all those Latkes aren't just for you!


FROM RED"S KITCHEN


Red asked Rachel if she would share her recipe for Latkes. 
They are just potato pancakes, so the ingredients are pretty simple.
It's the secret techniques that each cook uses that is often passed down through generations,
that make these precious patties so wonderful.




RACHEL'S  LATKES




Rachel also makes her Grandmother's Apple Sauce .....
That recipe she will not part with!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

ROAST TURKEY LEGS with WHISTLIN' PIG BBQ SAUCE

FROM RED'S KITCHEN









DADDY B.B.'s  THANKSGIVING BBQ TURKEY LEGS


When Thanksgiving rolls around The Heartfelt House is filled with family,
friends and the smell of mighty fine cooking.
It is also time for Daddy B.B. to put his cookin' hat on and get creative.
Red and just about everybody else loves traditional Roast Turkey Breast,
leaving the legs up for grabs. Daddy B.B. and Yello Hoodie Boy join forces to 
bring you their Thanksgiving special:
Roast Turkey Legs
with Whistlin' Pid BBQ Sauce

For turkey, chicken, ribs, shrimp or just slathering on your favorite 
Sweetie for a Holiday treat!




WHISTLIN' PIG BBQ SAUCE



Directions:

Ingredients

A whole bunch of  Turkey ( or chicken) leg quarters.
Whistlin' Pig BBQ Sauce
Water ( or beer if there's any left)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Put leg quarters on a rack and roast for half hour.
*Dilute 1/4 cup of the BBQ Sauce with water or beer.
Brush legs every ten minutes with the diluted sauce until almost done.
Brush on undiluted BBQ Sauce, return to oven for five minutes.
Remove from oven.
Serve with coleslaw, biscuits and more beer!

* Pit Masters approved tip






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Sunday, November 4, 2018

THE HEARTFELTS RETURN TO ITALY!


BACK IN ITALY....The Heartfelts go immediately to
The Green Heart of Italy...






They are so excited to be back and heading 
to Umbria.....


Follow their adventures in Italy....




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE LAST ROLL CALL IN MAINE

THE HEARTFELTS

SUMMER RENTAL
Episode 18

A HEARTFELT FAMILY VACATION IN
MAINE



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





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


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THE LAST ROLL CALL IN MAINE



So, just what is it about a Lobster Roll ?
It's kind of weird, Crustacean meat and mayo packed
into a roll you can only find in New England.
Plus, it's difficult to eat....But the taste, the sense of the ocean
with the buttery crunch from the farm, a Downeast Surf n' Turf.
Daddy B.B. maintains that it should be eaten within the
smell of the ocean....But then again,
he's a true lobster roll fanatic.





Well, it's finally the Heartfelt's last day in Maine.
Red received an email from their friends, Betty Heartland and
Paul The Wine Guy. They have just arrived from Italy for a visit
with their friends, S.& S. Maineheart, who live near Portland.
It would be fun to see them on their way home so Daddy B. B. gets
everyone up super early, packed the car and is driving over the
Dear Isle Bridge just as the sun rises over Eggemoggin Reach.
They must make Portland by lunch.





They all meet at Sue and Steve's house. Hugs all around.
The Heartfelt's have taught their kids to be polite and to talk with adults,
no iPhones allowed. Yello Hoodie is introducing himself to
Steve while Lil'Miss Candy Drop is telling Sue about her nap.





Steve was raised in Maine so Daddy B.B. can't help himself...
He must find out where the Best Lobster Roll is around Portland.
Being a local, Steve thinks long and hard.....
Well, there is this place on Cape Elizabeth.....




Two Lights Lobster Shack.






"Quicker than a hungry seagull," they're at the Lobster Shack. Steve brings out
a beautiful tray of Lobster Rolls, Paul The Wine Guy provides
some Bubbly for the adults, Sue has the soft drinks with
Betty Heartland rounding it out with slices of Blueberry Pie.
It's a fitting final lunch, Lobster Rolls and friends.





Just one more stop, Nance Trueheart ( you remember her
from Red's Eats ) insists that The Heartfelt's visit Portland Headlight.
It's the most visited lighthouse in Maine and it doesn't take
much for Daddy B.B. to fit one more lighthouse in.
Nance wants to take a group photo....
Yello  Hoodie hates group photos....
he can't stand still.





It's now time to head the car west and leave Maine. It's been wonderful
and the lobster trap is the perfect place to store those boots.
Goodbye Maine.





THE END










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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

THE SECRET INGREDIENT

THE HEARTFELTS



NOTICE

WE ARE INTERRUPTING REGULARLY
SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING
TO BRING YOU 
THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL




THE SECRET INGREDIENT



It's common knowledge that perfectly cooked golden 
Thanksgiving Turkey is Red's most favorite Holiday meal.
But wait, there may be some rumbling amongst the ranks and
it's not just from hungry stomachs, so it's time for
another installment of....




FROM RED'S KITCHEN


Daddy B.B. loves Red's turkey, but there are times 
when he wants his legs and thighs to have something
'just a little bit different.'






In straightening up the kitchen, Red found this menu from last year.
Along side her delicious turkey breast and gravy is
barbecued turkey thighs. She thinks it is truly awful, but to be fair, she invites
Daddy B.B. into her kitchen to show his stuff. 
She's pretty sure nothing will top her perfectly roasted turkey.
Daddy B.B. is really put to the test so he decides to release his secret....




DADDY B.B.'s FAMOUS WHISTLIN' PIG
BARBECUE SAUCE


This recipe has been in Daddy B.B.'s family forever and has
been passed down orally from Grill Master to Novice.
Being the type of guy he is Daddy B.B. decides to release
his Secret Recipe.
( Good luck trying to read his printing)





SECRET RECIPE


He's included his Dry Spice Rub which can be rubbed on  turkey thighs, chicken, pork ribs,
fish or whatever. A finishing sauce is brushed on after.
Next is the  Whistling' Pig .B.B.Q. Sauce.

So whatever is on your Holiday Table
The Heartfelt Family wish you
a....



HAPPY THANKSGIVING














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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

THE HEARTFELTS

SUMMER RENTAL
Episode 16

A HEARTFELT FAMILY VACATION IN
MAINE


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.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~






ALL CREATURES
GREAT and SMALL

Episode 16







If you recall.....


In our last episode, Daddy B.B., Red and Yello Hoodie were
out on a Whale Watching Cruise. They had just come upon a
great pod of whales and Yello Hoodie wanted to borrow Red's
phone so he could take his own pictures. He just wanted to
get a little bit closer when....





PARENTAL ADVISORY


WARNING

This episode contains material that
parents should be aware may be
really, really scary to children
(and certain sensitive adults).










OH NO....A Rogue Wave hits the boat and sends Yello Hoodie
into the ocean.
But, is he alone?
(Whale translation: "Oh dear, what's all this ?")











Yello Hoodie sinks but it almost feels like flying...
it's so quiet. Maybe he should have taken those swimming
lessons with his sister at the Y. after all.








Close encounters of a totally different kind....
(Whale translation: "This Little Flounder reminds me
of my little one. I think I'll help him out.")
Moms are moms.







Whale translation: "Here you go Little Flounder, they'll
find you now."







Yello Hoodie is a stand up guy even though he's sitting down...
He returns the phone, a bit damp.






Coming up:
The Last Roll Call





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