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What is the Mediterranean Diet and Does it Really Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease?

What is the Mediterranean Diet and Does it Really Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease?

You've just found out that your cholesterol is too high, putting you at risk for developing heart disease and having a heart attack. Your doctor said you may need to go on a cholesterol-lowering medication, but suggested you try changing your diet first. You're totally confused about what to do next. You don't even know for sure what foods to eat or to avoid. Read more ...

The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.

 

Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  

 

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine
WILL AN APPLE A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY?

Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read more ... 

 

You Have to Try These Strawberry Recipes

You Have to Try These Strawberry Recipes

You have pints and pints of luscious freshly picked strawberries. I’m sure you know exactly what you’re going to do with the ones you haven’t already eaten. Just in case you don’t, I found a few new to me recipes that I’ll share with you. Read more ...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac’s Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Nona Mac’s Southern Pastry, Vegan Style

My plan was to write about rhubarb and share a healthy rhubarb pie recipe. That’s because rhubarb is low in calories and has an assortment of vitamins and minerals that are good for us. And, it’s in season.

Trouble is, most rhubarb recipes are loaded with sugar to cut its strong tart flavor. I asked several friends if they had a rhubarb pie recipe I could use and they all told me they don’t eat rhubarb anymore because they’re trying to avoid sugar.

Connie McCabe: “I don’t have any rhubarb recipes, sorry. I generally stew it with lots of sugar! But I’m off sugar these days, so don’t know what I’ll do!”

Bees - Adding a nucleus to a hive body.

Bees - Adding a nucleus to a hive body.

So I got back on the horse and ordered more bees.  I ordered a nucleus or "nuc" for short.  This is an established colony of bees with a queen that is already laying eggs.  It's more expensive, $130-150 presently, but a little less work when it comes to establishing a hive, at least for the hobby bee keeper.  I picked them up early in the morning and brought them home.  I placed them on top of the hive body I planned to use and let them out for a while to get used to their surroundings.  Later in the day I actually placed them in the hive.  Enjoy the video!