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Blintzes with Citrus Berry Compote

Updated 1 year ago

Crepe batter:

2 cups all-purpose flour2 Tbsp. sugar3/4 tsp. salt2 1/2 cups whole milk1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted4 large eggs

Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened8 oz. ricotta cheese1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. sugar1/2 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1 large egg

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Weight Watchers: Reduced Calorie Cheesecake

Updated 1 year ago

The Easter Bunny is coming to town soon, but with those baskets full of candy might come some extra weight. Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers is here to remind us there are tasty, figure flattering treats.Quick and Easy (reduced calorie) CheesecakeIngredients1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 (6 oz.) pkg. sugar free lemon flavored gelatin 1 cup boiling water 1 (8 oz.) pkg. reduced fat cream cheese 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup frozen light whipped topping, thawed Methods/stepsPreheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and cinnamon. Mix well and press into the bottom of a 9 in. square pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cooling. Dissolve lemon gelatin in boiling water. Let cool until thickened, but not set. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Blend in lemon gelatin. Fold in whipped topping. Pour filling into crust. Sprinkle top with graham cracker crumbs. Refrigerate over night. Makes 9 servings, 210 calories per serving (Some cheesecake recipes have more than 1000 calories in a single serving!)

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Do you consider cheerleading a sport?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 58% (197 Votes)No 42% (142 Votes)


Will the Federal Government shut down next week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 53% (199 votes)No 47% (173 votes)


Take This Job and Love It: Central Maine Motors

Updated 4 years ago

If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It, email Chelsey: canderson@wabi.tv————–Spring is finally here, and for many warmer weather means spring cleaning and maintenance for their cars. Chelsey Anderson drove to Waterville for this month’s Take This Job and Love It.Chelsey: “The folks at Central Maine Motors were more than happy to take me on in their maintenance crew, because they’re always busy, and, hey, an extra set of hands always helps. Well, that’s what they say at least.”—————-Mark, Central Maine Motors: “That’s an A typical 5,000 mile service that we do a lot of. You bring it in, change the oil and filter, check all your fluids and we top off any fluid that’s low. Rotate your tires, check and clean and adjust your brakes if necessary.”At Central Maine Motors in Waterville a two person team takes care of this in about 30-minutes. So, Chewie and RJ were already changing the oil and filter, and checking all the fluids and the tire pressure when I stepped in just in time to help rotate the tires.Chewie, Central Maine Motors: “They’re heavy. You might not want to.” Chelsey: “Well I can give it a try.”Chelsey: “Okay, so I’ll try and put this one up.” Chewie: “Okay.” Chelsey: “Is there something I should know.” Chewie:”The easiest way to do it is to put it up on your legs like this and pull it up.” Chelsey: “Oh my gosh! Okay.” Chewie: “And set it on those two bolts.”Chewie: “So just reach down and grab her right about there.” Chelsey: “Okay.” (grunting) Chewie: “Or not.” Chelsey: “My shirt’s strangling me. Okay, just a second.”Chewie checked the depth for the amount of brake pad left while I adjusted, and gave it another go.Chelsey: “But I’m so close.”I got the tire set and bolted it onto the wheel.That whole process took me several minutes. The guys showed me how they did it while I timed them.Chelsey: “They’re done. Not even a minute. And they were lolly gagging.”Tightening the bolts still took me longer than the guys.Chelsey: “Does it fit a certain way? Oh no.”Thankfully the tires were finished and all I had left was filling the oil and vacuuming the front floorboard.Chewie: “Okay, grab that.” Chelsey: “Grab what, this?” Chewie: “Yep.” (laughter) “No really, grab it.” (laughter)Chelsey: “Is it going to overfill?” Chewie: “No, because you’re going to stop it when it says 8 quarts.”Once I met my mark I check the dipstick.Chelsey: “Okay. Done?” Chewie: “Yep, shut it.” Chelsey: “Tah-dah!”After vacuuming the floor boards and it evaluation time. But honestly, I had my doubts about getting this job. Not only was it difficult, but I started out on the wrong foot. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, how my shirt was buttoned. Not my proudest moment. Regardless, did I get the job?Chewie: “Probably not.” Chelsey: “Why not?” Chewie: “Because the tires are too big.” Chelsey: “I do agree. Those were really heavy.” Chewie: “And those aren’t the biggest.”————–Chelsey: “Chewie suggested I keep practicing, but I think I’ll leave this work up to the professionals. Thank you to Central Maine Motors for all their help. If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It, email me: canderson@wabi.tv”

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Do you think Governor LePage should put the labor mural back?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 23% (305 votes) No 77% (1,019 votes)


Fun with Taxes!

Updated 1 year ago

Since I am not a tax advisor but it is tax time and out segment is called Finance is FUN! let’s have some fun with taxes!There is a web site called Fun with Taxes. It surprised me, too.Weird tax facts: (from an article entitled 50 Fun facts about Taxes)There are states that charge taxes for the sale of illegal drugs.Czar Peter the Great taxed beards.In the UK everyone under 75 pays a TV license fee- more for a color TV and less for b + wThe Civil War was the beginning of an income tax in the USThe easiest tax form- according to author Jim Ward, 1040EZ has 33 pages of instructions…The first electronic filing of tax form was Jan. 24th 1986 All Royal Navy ships must pay a ‘barrel of rum’ tax to the Constable of the Tower of London…Citations:http://www.funwithtaxes.com/50 factshttp://www.bargaineering.com/articles/50-fun-facts-about-taxes.htmlMarion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Market Surveys of AmericaIn compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. Please speak with your tax preparer or attorney.

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Is Ice Out the “official” start of spring for you?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 32% (78 votes)No 68% (169 votes)


Which would you rather see:

Updated 4 years ago

Snow in April 41% (227 votes)Snow in October 59% (326 votes)


To balance a school budget, what do you think should be cut first?

Updated 4 years ago

Administrators 60% (533 votes)After School Programs 8% (73 votes)Athletics 9% (85 votes)Custodial 2% (15 votes)Teachers 21% (188 votes)


Do you agree with the firing of U.Maine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 76% (286 votes)No 24% (91 votes)


Do you think Maine’s Clean Election Act should be abolished?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 36% (81 votes)No 64% (142 votes)


Some Smart Shopping Advice

Updated 1 year ago

Financial success is easy to understand, though perhaps not so easy to achieve: spend LESS than you earn. Here are some ways to a help.Stop shopping – If you shop for groceries every other day you are spending too much money. Studies show that each time you stop at the grocery store to pick up a ‘few things’ most people ending up spending way more money than they planned. One blog I checked for this report said they do ‘big’ grocery shopping once every 6 weeks and then stop at the store once or twice a week for the milk or sale items on their list ONLY. And for our kids, the same ‘stop shopping’ mantra. Books like “Born to Shop’ study the time children spend shopping compared to reading or going to church and the trends are alarming. Time spent shopping is far exceeding children’s reading, religious education and other activities. Maybe dropping the kids off at the mall for their all-day hobby isn’t such a great activity. Don’t be a brand snob- use discount outlets like Maine’s own Marden’s and resale shops for many items like clothes. But what about food? Can you trade down in brand at the grocery store and get quality? Certain items of food, or clothing, may be important to you to have as a certain brand. But on less critical items I bet you have some wiggle room for non-brand merchandise. You may save a lot of dough. Look around- In grocery stores eye level is where higher priced items are kept. One blog reminded us to ‘look high and low’ for value. Have you also noticed that beans or cheese are sold in several sections of the store? Find the place where the particular item you want is featured at the best price. With clothing, the sales racks are less difficult to spot, it’s usually in the back of the store.Citations:Shop lesshttp://www.americanconsumernews.com/2008/06/reduce-household-expenses-chop-the-grocery-bill.htmlGrocery bills:off brandMarion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Market Surveys of AmericaIn compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Is your pet spayed or neutered?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 89% (211 votes)No 11% (26 votes)


Do you think Magnet schools are the future of education in our state?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 36% (122 votes)No 64% (217 votes)


Do you think the Labor Mural in Augusta should be taken down?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 69% (580 votes)No 31% (258 votes)


Do you think the Maine Drivers License needed to be changed?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 24% (71 votes)No 76% (231 votes)


Do you think Maine should change to a 4-day school week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 37% (158 votes)No 63% (264 votes)


More Considerations When Selecting a Financial Advisor

Updated 1 year ago

I am an investment advisor I help people make decisions. I have a degree in finance so I understand complex investment information but if I can’t help investors make their own decisions about this information I’m not really doing my job. So, I read books about how people make decisions. When you are making complex decisions may I suggest that based on what I’ve learned so far, you try these steps?Less choice is better – Don’t think the very best way is to examine all 165 options of a thing. In tests of customers at supermarkets when 16 choices were offered in various jams barely 3% of customers purchased anything. But when only offered 5 samples 30% of customers made a decision and bought a jam. When overwhelmed with options people, according to psychologists, ‘decide NOT to decide.’ So if your goal is to MAKE a choice, to decide on something, don’t trip yourself up, don’t make that impossible, by feeling you need to investigate every possible option. Remember your goal.Go with your gut -researchers have found is that you kind of already know what you want to do. If you are a reasonable person learning more information, so long as it’s not too overwhelming, backs up what your gut tells you. Many of the time, maybe most of the time, that initial ‘gut feeling’ is good. Don’t dismiss your instincts. Keep putting wise ideas into your mind so those instincts can be relied on.Be content to not be 100% certain- You will not know the future. So the decisions that you’re making affecting something and your future, is going to be missing 100% certainty because an element of the equation is missing, and that is knowing what will happen exactly in the future. Since you can’t know all, you will need to be content.Don’t second (or third) – guess yourself- Well, you don’t NEED to be content. But if you second, third, fifteenth – guess yourself and your decisions you will never have peace. According to research the happiest people are the ones who choose to believe their decision, once made, was a good one, and then they let the worry and anxiety go. In extreme examples, second- guessers spend years hobbled by doubt about decisions that are many years behind them. I don’t want to be that person, though sometimes I find myself wondering…If you follow these steps it may help you feel better and be better able to make good decisions.Citations:Jam choices- The Paradox of Choice, pg. 20Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Do you think Dennis Dechaine should be granted a new trial?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 38% (137 votes)No 62% (226 votes)


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