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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Monday, November 6, 2017

HAVE YOU SEEN THE WHITE WHALE?

THE HEARTFELT'S

SUMMER RENTAL

Episode 15

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, Maine.




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





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




HAVE YOU SEEN THE WHITE WHALE?
Episode 15



Daddy B. B. has always maintained that he has family roots
in New England. He says that his Great, Great, Grandfather was
Ishmael Buntline who was Captain of a Whaling Ship out of
New Bedford, Massachusetts. No one called him Ishmael, instead
he went by his nickname, Ahab. It was said, Ahab was a man who held
many grudges, he just couldn't let things go.






Daddy B.B. has one thing left on his 'Bucket List' to do before
they all head back to Heartdale Falls. He knows that when he goes to
Bubba's Diner, they are all going to ask him if he's seen any whales
up there in Maine. He can't just say no, so he invites the family to go
out on a Whale Watching Cruise. However, the girls want to stay in
and start packing, Lil' Miss Candy Drop is too little and Hoodie wants 
to watch baseball on T.V. 
Only Yello Hoodie is game and of course Red will go...But...







She just can't shake this strange feeling she has about the cruise. 
But Daddy B.B. is so excited and anyway what could possibly go wrong ?
Yello Hoodie Boy is already aboard the Thar She Blows, and it's
almost ready to shove off.







They are pretty far offshore when they spot a pod of whales...
Humpbacks.






They even get a chance to see a whale breeching.
WOW, it's quite a sight. 
Red takes a few photos with her phone and
sends them to the girls back at the house.
Yello Hoodie doesn't own a phone (or a camera), but he wants to take
 his own pictures. As long as you are careful, Yello Hoodie,
you can borrow your Aunt's.....








To Be Continued....


Coming up:
All Creatures Great and Small




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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PIE IN THE SKY, Blue Hill Fair, Part 3



THE HEARTFELTS

SUMMER RENTAL
Episode 14

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.


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




PIE IN THE SKY
( Episode 14)


It would be a mistake to view a Country Fair as just somewhere to go to
be amused and maybe eat some fried dough. It has greater breadth than
that. It is a place where years of hard work and dreams can be realized
or smashed like a Autumn pumpkin. Cattle and sheep are lovingly
cared for all year to be judged, hopefully as Best of Show. Oxen are
trained to pull enormous loads, home bakers try to perfect that recipe
and many a chair rocks with her best knitting...
All to have a chance at a ribbon and recognition for a job well done.
Let's find out what the Heartfelt's are up to....







Red had read goodnight stories from E.B. White's, Charlotte's Web to
all her children, so she wants to make sure that they visit the exhibit.
Daddy B.B. is still smarting from not winning that bear and it's a bit
painful to pull out his wallet to buy a stuffed Wilbur for Red. TOO BAD
Daddy B.B., remember, it's not how hard you swing, you've gotta 'RING THE BELL'.







Red is delighted with her Wilbur and Daddy B.B. bought a
Charlotte Spider to keep Wilbur company.







All Blue Ribbons are not the same. Sure, it's great to get a ribbon for the
perfect flower, and Yah, being first in the Tractor Pull is impressive.
But, the Blue Ribbon that commands the most respect, hands down, is
Pie Eating.
The Winter's are long in Maine and around countless wood stoves
stories are told and retold about the fierce competition and bitter
rivalries. A Champ is a Champ and from Quoddy Head to Kittery
Foreside, slices of pie are offered out of praise and respect to that person
who brings home the Blue Ribbon.








You never know who you're up against at a Pie Eating Contest.
Some guys are training to start climbing the ladder of pie success .
Others are hoping to turn 'Pro' with a few more victories and then
there's Yello Hoodie Boy who heard there's free pie available and
HE'S HUNGRY. They are all seated waiting for the Ref's whistle.
Front and center is 'Crusty' Dumbrosky, the fearsome two time
winner. They call him the "Bottomless Pit" and after this victory
is under his belt he's off to Bangor to compete in the State
Championship. Don't be so confident, Crusty.








THEY'RE OFF...and almost immediately Crusty is calling foul on
Yello Hoodie's technique. He's never seen it before, but the Ref
says it's legal. Hey Crusty, stop complaining and instead stuff your
trap with pie.
Hmmmm...... I wonder where Yello Hoodie learned that move.
It's a good thing Red made him wear that garbage bag.





It's Yello Hoodies responsibility to feed Bonz The Dog.
Bonz goes full immersion and dives in nose first. He's always
finished wicked fast. Yello Hoodie is a quick study and who knew
 that Bonz technique would come in handy some day?







A New Champion is Hailed.
CONGRATULATIONS YELLO HOODIE BOY.







One last ride for The Heartfelt's, the Roller Coaster.
 After all that pie, Red has Yello Hoodie sit in the last car......Just in case.








Coming up:
HAVE YOU SEEN THE WHITE WHALE?





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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

WIN ME.....BLUE HILL FAIR, Part 2



THE HEARTFELTS

SUMMER RENTAL
(Episode 13)

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.


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


WIN ME, ONE DOLLAR

THE BLUE HILL FAIR
Part 2




It's not that they're so valuable, they are certainly not,
what they are to many are cute, cuddly and at a fair,
definitely a great gift to win. So, from Eastport, Maine
to San Diego everyone at every carnival or fair wants to win
one for their special someone.





Steamer is soooo grateful to Yello Hoodie and Hootie that he buys a
whole bunch of ride tickets for the kids, including a spin for the big kids
on the awesome 'Global Whiplash' ride. While they ride, Steamer treats
 Hoodie and Lil'Miss Candydrop to all the ice cream they want.
Yello Hoodie is feeling pretty good, He's usually in the Doghouse for
something or other, so it's especially nice to be recognized for something positive.
If only he can keep it up.
WOW....This Whiplash ride is way COOL.





Afterwards, Daddy B.B. has found himself a 'Man Challenge'...
RING THE BELL.
He's determined to win that cute bear for his Sweetie, Red. He
totally has his game face on, even Yello Hoodie thinks it will be a
piece of cake.He goes with Daddy B.B. to the dump ( excuse me,
The Recycling Center) where he has seen him toss those garbage bags.
HE'S REALLY STRONG.





UH OH.... Looks like Daddy B.B. came up a bit short.
I think his ego is a little bruised. The girls are trying to cheer him up.
Yello Hoodie can't believe it......What happened ?
Only H. Lo is in deep thought....
Let's see what's going on in her head.





H. Lo gets upset when kids make fun of her for attending an Alternative
High School, they call it a 'Hippie School ' where the kids study
grasshoppers. She loves her education and YES, at times they do
study grasshoppers along with the rest of nature in Professor Widgit's,
Outdoor Nature Science class. It's one of her favorites. There she is with
The Grapeheart Twins as Professor Widget teaches how certain creatures
can carry far more than their own weight....
and he explains how they do it.






In her Martial Arts Ju-Jitsu class she learns to use her opponents
energy and weight against them. It's not always how strong you are.






So, she decides to give it a try. She's learned to center
her 'kundalini ' in Yoga class, so she draws on all of her inner
powers and....WINS THE BEAR.
But wait, if the prize is to go to someone special....
Who?






It looks like they have found that Special Person and
Lil' Miss Candy Drop could not be happier.
She'll have no problem lifting that bear.






Coming up:
PIE IN THE SKY






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