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January 13th, 2013

Good Morning Delmarva, Juicing, Popovers, Gluten Free, It’s Sunday!!

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I am trying to stay ahead of the flu.  Believe me, I have been overexposed.  Some have it in my household…I got the flu shot, vitamins, and tons of liquids since I decided to start juicing.  Getting those nutrients directly from fruits and vegetables.  I hope it works.

I shopped for the juicer at some of our stores in Rehoboth Beach.  I decided on Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer.  First of all it is a proven juicer.  Secondly, the price was $99.  There were some that were $49 but I did not know how they would hold.  And, then, there were the ones that were $200 and up.  I am a novice at this. The third attraction to this juicer was easy clean-up.

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Juicing is expensive, no two ways about it.  I usually buy fresh but when you are juicing you need to buy in larger quantities.  I have beets, turnips, celery, oranges, melons, greens…I got avocados and bananas.  Please note that the juicer is strictly a juicer.  No smoothies; avocados and bananas do not have liquid, therefore blend those in a blender or food processor and then add to the already made juice.

I love Gala apples so this was one of my first juices.

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Freshly squeeze orange juice is always a treat.  Juiced with the rind so as to absorb all vitamins.

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Look at the color of the celery juice.  Celery is full of vitamins and low in fat.  It is also a natural diuretic.  Something new I learned is that some people are allergic to celery.  In Europe they disclose if products contain celery.

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I decided to make popovers.  I have not been too successful at them.  It could be the gluten free flour used.  I am getting better.  I want them to be light but they still come out more muffin-like.  They were delicious, don’t get me wrong. I used the pulp collected in the pulp collector to give my popovers added flavor.

Before I post the recipe, let me tell you that I used an interesting gluten free flour.  Mama’s Almond Blend.  It has white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, sweet rice flour and almond meal flour.  It is a light flour; non gritty.  To learn more visit http://www.glutenfreemama.com.

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I also used a 100% Coconut sugar.  It is, apparently, the “in” sugar to use.  I, actually, won it at Good Earth Market & Organic Farm, located in Clarksville, Delaware.  http://www.goodearthmarket.com.  It is organically grown and more nutritious.  It smells like coconut, but it does not taste like it.  The taste is more like raw sugar with a hint of caramel.  Diabetics, please listen, because coconut sugar ha a low glycemic index, it is better for you.

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Orange Popovers

3 eggs (room temperature)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/4 milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups gluten free flour (if not Celiac or without gluten sensitivity, use regular flour)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons of orange zest or pulp

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs with sugar and zest.

Whisk in milk and 3 tablespoons of melted butter.

In another bowl whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until small lumps only remain.

Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush the inside of the popover or deep muffin pan.

Place the empty pan in the oven for about 10 minutes.  Don’t worry if the butter starts browning.

Take it out and then, carefully, fill them half way.  You can sprinkle some of the rind or pulp on top just before putting them in the oven.

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Bake for about 40 minutes.

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Nice and hot, ready to eat.

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Great with honey.  I added to my raw honey some freshly squeeze orange juice and rind.  The Country Harvest raw honey came from Manchester, Maryland.  Dip or spread.

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Enjoy!!

December 25th, 2012

A Christmas Poem, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…How to live in a world that’s politically correct?

His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;

Nothing fully acceptable was to be found

Something special was needed, a gift that he might give to all without angering the left or right

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,

Each group of people, every religion;

Every ethnicity, every hue,

Everyone, everywhere…even you.

So here is that gift, it’s price beyond worth…

“May you and your loved ones enjoy Peach on Earth”

Note:  This poem is just part of a poem written by Harvey Ehrlich in 1992.  It still fits so well.

Merry Christmas y Feliz Navidad

November 6th, 2012

Election Day! Get Out and Vote, You Make a Difference

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This Flag of Honor was created from the name of those who perished in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  Now and forever it represents their immortality.

Today we get to vote.  Citizens over 18 years of age are able to cast a vote.  We take this vote for granted.  But, don’t do that so quickly.  It took years to get to this point.

Our right to vote in this country defines our Nation as a Democracy.

I have been told…well, our vote does not make a difference.  So many people in other countries are fighting and dying for the right to vote and to an election.  Don’t underestimate the power of your vote.

Four years ago, I was not able to vote on that election.  After telling everyone to vote, I was out of the state of Delaware, where I vote, when my family had an emergency.  I called and tried every which way to see how we could cast our vote.  It was not to be.

Today, I am so ready….I cannot wait to vote.  No hell or high water would keep me away from this one!!

Have a good day!!

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October 9th, 2012

Services, Tried & True, KitchenTune-Up, Precision Door Service, Shore Bytes, Pacifico Airport Valet…Can’t Live Without Them

Once in a while I start piling up some of the services that I have used.  Word of mouth is such an important marketing tool.  I want to pass them on to you.  You might need them.

AboutMyBeaches has a Services category on the left hand side of the website.   In the past few years I have put them there for your use; from design services to collision services.

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One day my garage door was stuck.  It ended being something very simple but Precision Door Service, which I had used in the past, was at my house in no time.  Telephones:  In Delaware, please call 302-429-1992.  In Maryland, please call 410-372-4852.  Toll free?  800-New-Door.   Website?  http://www.mynewdoor.com.

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The owners of KitchenTune-up are Ron Reichert and Bob DiToto.  They have been in the kitchen cabinet business for many years.  They specialize in custom refacing, custom cabinets, wood reconditioning and when they say they are going to be there; they are on time.  They guarantee their estimates and their work.   They are located at 37169 Rehoboth Ave., Henlopen Sq. in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-5544.  Website?  http://www.kitchentuneup.com.

Again, I had some minor repairs on my kitchen cabinets and drawers and they were able to fix them at a very reasonable cost.

Computers!!  Tim Bixby has been in the computer business for quite some time.  His new computer services company is called Shore Bytes.  It is located at 26412 Broadkill Rd., Milton, DE 19968-2955.  Tel. 302-448-4302.  Website?  http://www.shorebytes.com.  You can also find him on Facebook.  Email him to info@shorebytes.com.

For years I have used Tim for computer services.  He specializes in tune-ups, installation, virus removal, or, you can do like I did and buy a computer through him.  Tim looked at my needs and gave me several options.  Installation was part of the cost of my new computer.  Please note that Shore Bytes services from Ocean City, Maryland to Dover, Delaware.

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Most of the time I use BWI airport in Baltimore, Maryland.  But, when I use the Philadelphia Airport, then, an airport valet service makes it so much easier.  Pacifico Valet takes you in your car and drops you off at the airport.  Upon arrival all you have to do is call them and they will pick you up in your car.

Pacifico Valet is located at 6715 Essington Avenue at the Philadelphia Airport Auto Mall.  Tel. 215-492-0990.  Website? http://www.pacificovalet.com.

If you are driving north on I-95 you will get off on Exit 10….check the website above mentioned because directions are there.  Very easy to get to.  No reservations are necessary.

Please note that during the holidays you should give yourself some extra time.

Those are my tips for today…talk to you later.

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September 12th, 2012

Butterfly Release, A Celebration of Life!, Saturday, 9/15, 2nd Annual Wings of Hope, Cancer Support Community Delaware, The only organization in Delaware dedicated exclusively to helping people cope with and manage the emotional aspect of cancer, free of charge, Fundraising, Event, Delaware Beaches

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Do you remember when it used to be called The Wellness Community Delaware?  Well, that name has been changed and it is now called Cancer Support Community Delaware.   The Mission?  That has stayed the same; to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  Cancer Support Community Delaware is the only organization in Delaware dedicated exclusively to helping people cope with and manage the emotional aspect of cancer.  They also focus on the cancer participants’ family and/or caregivers, including children and teenagers.

Cancer Support Community Delaware’ s programs are professionally led and provide emotional support, education and hope.  All programs are free of charge.  Funds raised in Sussex County stay here, in Sussex County, to help our neighbors.

There is a Countdown to the 2nd Annual Wings of Hope – A Butterfly Release, to benefit the Cancer Support Community Delaware.  It is going to be on Saturday, 9/15.  Rain date is Sunday, 9/16.  The event will be held at the Medical Arts Building, 18947 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24) in Rehoboth Beach, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Admission is free and everyone is invited and welcomed.  The event will include activities, entertainment, vendors, and refreshments.

Seeded butterfly cutouts ($10) will be available for purchase as well as the opportunity to release your own live butterfly ($25 – only 50 available, advance purchase suggested).  The event culminates in a butterfly garden created by Sposato Landscape with the release of 250 live Monarch butterflies.  For more info., please visit http://www.cancersupportdelaware.org/wingsofhope.

The 2nd Annual Wings of Hope is sponsored by WBOC-TV, Delmarva Broadcasting – Cool 101.3 and Eagle 97.7, Cape Gazette, Tunnell Cancer Center, Jack Lingo Realtor and Grotto Pizza.

Paula Sangaleer from Eagle in the Morning and Norman Short from In Touch with Delmarva, both on Eagle 97.7, and Angelica Spanos from WBOC-TV will be joining this community-wide celebration of life.

I don’t think there is anyone that has not been touched by cancer.  Having friends going through treatments at this moment, makes this kind of fundraising event more personal.

Talk to you later.

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September 4th, 2012

Fall Into Jazz III, Annual Music Event, Delaware Charitable Music, Inc., Sizzlin’ Jazz Lineup, The Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dover, Delaware, Saturday, September 8, 2012

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Delaware Charitable Music, Inc. (DCM) has finalized the sizzling lineup for Fall Into Jazz III, the organization’s annual music event, which will occur this coming Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Arts.  Address?  226 St. State St., Dover, DE 19903.  Website? http://www.schwartzcenter.com/otherevents.shtml.

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Headlining this event will be the sensational saxophonist Jessy J.  With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies and model looks, Jessy J has received high critical acclaim from internationally respected Jazz publications and aficionados across the board.  Fueled by sultry saxophone playing, her potent and unmistakable talent proves her much more than just another pretty face.  Never is this more perceptible than on her new album “Hot Sauce” which offers an extraordinary and seemingly effortless mix of Latin influences and mainstream Jazz.  She has worked diligently to achieve recognition for her finely honed chops, songwriting skills and a strong sense of originality.

Born in Portland, Oregon, she’s played the saxophone for over 20 years.  An accomplished singer and dancer, she sang background vocals for Michael Bolton, played with the Henry Mancini Jazz Orchestra and performed in the off-Broadway production of Blast!  She has also completed studio work with such greats as Michael Buble, Seal, the Temptations, Jessica Simpson, Michael Bolton, and Mexico’s pop diva Gloria Trevi.

Rounding this event is the return of the remarkable Kim Waters, one of the top five jazz instrumentalists in the world.  His repertoire includes traditional and contemporary jazz, soul and R & B.  With a string of #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits and 20 years at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts, saxophonist Kim Waters is adored by his legions of fans.

A true Smooth Jazz superstar, Waters thrives on live performance and he appreciatively gives his captive audience his musical all. According to the Washington Post, “Waters has a flair for composing seductive melodies.  He is like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll”.  Heralded as “simply one of the planet’s best saxophonist” by Jazz Times Magazine, Kim Waters has built an impressive and enviable career giving his fans what they want.

Recognizing the impact of the economy on arts programming in public schools, DCM has committed its efforts to the support of quality music education and performance through the production of events that attempt to preserve American music traditions.  It is a mission of Delaware Charitable Music to create opportunities for young musicians to interact with each other and to be able to work with and observe music professionals in order to provide continuity between the generations and to be able to pass on musical traditions.

To order tickets for this important event, please call the Schwartz Center Box Office at 302-678-5152, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Or, visit the above mentioned website.  Standard tickets are $35 each.  Premium tickets are $45 and include a Pre-Concert Meet and Greet.  Featured performers at the cocktail party will be 12 year old jazz trumpet wunderkind, Geoff Gallante with special guests Joe Wilford on guitar, Tom Baione on bass and the soulful sound of outstanding young vocalist, Alexis Baione.

More info?  http://www.demusic.org.

Contact:  Sydney Arzt, Delaware Charitable Music, Inc., 302-245-8292.  E-mail artsinfo.sydney@gmail.com

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May 24th, 2012

Biggs Museum of American Art, Paintings, Sculpture, Furniture, Silver, Dover, Delaware, Delaware By Hand, Members’ Day Show, Saturday, 5/26, Zwaanendael Park, Lewes, Delaware Beaches

 

House on the Shore, 1981 by Edward Grant, Oil on Canvass

House on the Shore, 1981 by Edward Grant, Oil on Canvass

I am sure some of you, especially, my friends would like to ask me why am I writing a post on Dover when I should be concentrating at the Delaware Beaches.  After all, opening the 2012 Summer Season, should be the most important post; where to go, what to do, where to eat, etc. etc.  I’ll get there, don’t worry.  In the meantime, let me tell you about Dover.  Yes, our state’s Capital.

I thought I have found the neatest museum.  Come to think of it, the museum is 20 years old.  It is called the Biggs Museum of American Art.  In order to get there, you might want to know a few facts about Dover, Delaware. 

I know, that DuPont Highway is not very pretty; one fast food place after another.  It is incredible how many.  Years ago a by-pass was built so in reality unless you have business to do in Dover, you probably will not even stop.  Hopefully, this might entice you to give it a second look.

Dover was founded in 1683.  If you go a few streets back you will find The Green, right in the Capital Complex & Historic District.  It is a central square and was the location of many rallies, troop reviews and patriotic events.  It is the heart of the Historic District and the location of the Delaware Supreme Court and the Kent County Courthouse.

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The Green

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Dover is the home of the Dover Air Force Base.  It is also the U.S. military’s only mortuary in the continental U.S., which accepts and processes the remains of soldiers killed in battle.

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A company named ILC Dover, just a few miles south, in the area known as Frederica, has been the producer of fabrics for military and aerospace uses.

NASCAR Races are held at Dover International Speedway, home of the Monster Mile.

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At Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, you will find gambling and harness racing, both simulcast and live.

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Dover is the only State Capital in the United States with a volunteer Fire Department.

The list goes on an on with various museums, universities, parks, and rivers in the area.

I had to get something notarized and it had to be in Dover.  Long story; boring.  As I was coming out of the building I look and saw the museum.  It is called the Biggs Museum of American Art.  It is located at 406 Federal Street, Dover, DE 19901.  Tel. 302-674-2111.  Website?  www.biggsmuseum.org.   You can find it on Facebook, as well.

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The Biggs Museum of American Art opened in 1993.  It was founded to display the art collection of its founder, Sewell C. Biggs.  It is one of many sites within the First State Heritage Park, which is in downtown Dover, in the historic district.  The First State Heritage Park is Delaware’s first urban “park without boundaries” linking historic and cultural sites in the city that has been the seat of state government since 1777.  There is a Welcome Center at 121 Duke of York Street, where you can get more information.

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From the Delaware Beach Resorts all you have to do is take Route 1 North towards Dover.  Make a slight left at Clapman Rd. Continue on to South State St. into Dover.  Make a right at North Street.  Museum is located on the right at the first stop sign.  It will probably take you about 45 minutes.

Admission to the museum is free for all ages.  There might be fees for special events, programs and workshops, though.

It is an easy museum to navigate.  Relaxing too.  You can explore the permanent collections.  American paintings collections, art forms as sculptures and images by Brandywine School illustrator, Frank E. Schoonover.  The furniture by early American cabinetmakers is gorgeous. The Museum’s Delaware Silver Study Center holds one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country.

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Until June 24th a very important exhibit is presently at the Museum.  It is called Jewels of the Generations. It is the Legacy of the Loockerman and Bradford Family of Dover.  Vincent Loockerman died in 1785.  From what I read, it is said that he was probably Dover’s single largest land owner and collector of Delaware and Philadelphia made furniture of the 18th century.  His family has added over the years to that collection.  The Museum’s founder, Sewell C. Biggs, was a collector and admirer of the objects accumulated by Vincent Loockerman.  The exhibit, on loan, also has early American clothing, Victorian jewelry, American and European silver, American portraits, and Delaware and Philadelphia furniture.

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This is a very active Museum.  The Children’s Sewell’s Studio is a public interactive art studio.  It is used for lectures, workshops, birthday parties and meetings.

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The 2 rifles caught my attention.  They were Kentucky rifles; examples of where we get the term “lock, stock and barrel”.  All the pieces were made separately before being assembled into a rifle. They were made in Berks County, PA.  ca 1830 and 1800.

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These caught my attention, as well.  The miniature Chest of Drawers, probably made in Delaware, painted wood.  Late 19th or early 20th century.  The Blanket Chest also from Delaware is painted yellow pine.  Ca 1790-1810.  And, the botton is also a Blanket Chest, CA 1800-1825, painted poplar and made in Sussex County.

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This picture shows a staircase, ca 1850 made in cast iron, probably in Philadelphia.  It is original to the Museum.  This part of the Museum was used as a Delaware State Office building in the 19th century.

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In this particular Gallery every painting was made by Frank E. Schoonover, many of them as illustrations for books like Robin Hood and King Arthur and His Knights.  It is painted in red because that’s the color that he included in all of his paintings.

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Delaware by Hand (DBH) is the brand of the artist and artisan members of the Biggs Museum of American Art.  This coming Saturday, 5/26 at the Zwaanendael Park in Lewes, Delaware, it is the Member’s Day Show featuring unique and original artworks for sale, from 50 vendors.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free admission.

Their website is www.delawarebyhand.org.

There is also a Retail Gallery at the Biggs Museum which opens Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  It features a rotating selection of arts and fine crafts by DBH artist member of the Biggs.

Please check the website, www.biggsmuseum.org, for events, tickets, and information, like First Friday, which will be on June 1st where there will be a Delaware by Hand Trunk Show from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Biggs.

On Saturday, 6/9 Winescapes: Unplugged and Uncorked with Paul Cullen from 5 to 7 p.m.  An evening of contemporary jazz.  $35.

This is one of those jewels that are found just in your backyard….too crowded at the beach? Then head north.  Just 45 minutes away.

They have a beautiful collection of Tall Clocks, as well.

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Note:  Information for this post was taken from Wikipedia, and Biggs Museum of American Art.

 

Have a good one!!

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