Sweetened Sour Cream

Updated 1 year ago

1 cup sour cream1/4 cup granulated sugar1/2 tsp. lemon zestPinch of saltCombine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.Recipe submitted by: Cathy Speronis

Peach and Blueberry Clafouti

Updated 1 year ago

Ingredients:2 firm, ripe peaches, washed, pitted and thinly sliced1/2 fresh blueberries, washed1 Tbsp. butter1 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar3/4 cup whole milk1/4 cup heavy cream1 tsp. pure vanilla extract1 1/2 Tbsp. VS brandy3/4 cup all-purpose flour3/4 tsp. grated lemon zest1/4 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg3 large eggs1/3 cup granulated sugarGarnishes:Powdered sugarSweetened sour cream (recipe follows)Directions:Preheat oven to 375° F.Using the butter grease a 9 1/2″ deep dish pie plate. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar coating evenly. Arrange peach slices and blueberries in bottom of plate: set aside.In a medium bowl combine flour, lemon zest, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg: set aside.In a large measuring cup combine milk, heavy cream, vanilla and brandy: set aside.In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment mix eggs and sugar on high speed until eggs are fluffy and pale yellow, about 3 minutes.With mixer on low add the liquid ingredients until just combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Mixture should resemble a loose pancake batter.Pour the batter evenly over the fruit.Place into the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes at 375°. Turn oven down to 350° and continue baking until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, 10 – 15 minutes longer.Serve clafouti warm dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of sweetened sour cream.Recipe Submitted by: Cathy Speronis

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Do you think the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 61% (151 votes) No 39% (95 votes)

Should the state go to a single legislative body?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 64% (149 votes) No 36% (83 votes)

Healthy Living: Binge Drinking and Alcohol Abuse

Updated 4 years ago

When Do You Cross the Line? By- Dr. David PrescottOver half of the adults in America report using alcohol during the past year. Of those, over 14 million people abuse alcohol at any given point in time. One of the most common questions faced by people whose alcohol and drug use is becoming a concern, is when has a person crossed the line from recreational use to problematic drinking? The line between problematic and non-problematic alcohol use is different for each individual, but some common criteria for problem drinking include: · Repeated Binge Drinking Episodes· Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs· Drinking negatively impacts work, health, or important relationships.Binge Drinking: Binge drinking is defined as heavy drinking within a limited period of time: 5 or more drinks for males, 4 or more drinks for females. Obviously, drinking this much puts a person over the legal limit of blood alcohol content for intoxication. Some people who binge drink quickly become dependent on alcohol. In fact, genetics research suggests that certain people are predisposed to develop dependence very quickly. Alcohol dependence involves developing tolerance, where a person needs more and more alcohol to produce the same effect. Tolerance is a sign that drinking is likely a problem. How young do people start Binge Drinking? One of the most startling statistics about binge drinking concerns the early ages at which binge drinking first occurs. One in ten sixth graders report at least one episode of binge drinking. One in three high school seniors have consumed 4 or more drinks at one time in the past month. These statistics highlight that problem drinking begins well before the legal age to purchase alcohol. Early alcohol use is associated with a far greater risk of developing alcohol addiction later in life. Driving After Drinking: In spite of the public education efforts about the dangers of driving after using alcohol, the statistics on this issue are startling. Almost 1 in 7 adults (13.2%) acknowledge having driven after using alcohol. Maine rates are slightly below the national average, but still above 10%. Driving after using alcohol, particularly if this occurs repeatedly, is obviously a sign of problem drinking. Drinking’s Impact on Work, Health, or Relationships: A third way to address the question of whether alcohol use has crossed the line to become a significant problem, is to think about whether alcohol use has had any impact on work (or school), physical health, or important relationships. Without determining whether or not the impact is large or small, it is helpful to objectively determine whether a person’s alcohol use has ever impacted work (such as missing work due to effects of alcohol use), health (such as injury or contribution to chronic health problems) or relationships. Getting Help for Alcohol Problems: People for whom alcohol has become a significant problem often downplay the role of alcohol in their life. Denial is often viewed as a defining characteristic of alcohol addiction. So, if you try to point out to someone that they have an alcohol problem it is likely that they will disagree with you. Nevertheless, overcoming an alcohol addiction is usually very difficult to manage without help. Some simple tips for getting help include: · Talk with a mental health professional. A psychologist, social worker, or licensed professional counselor can help look at whether or not alcohol use is a problem in your life, and can help you understand better the factors that contribute to alcohol abuse. · Talk with a doctor or primary care physician. For some people, talking to your family doctor is more comfortable than seeking help from a counselor. Most primary care doctors have basic training in evaluating alcohol related problems, and can help you decide if you need further help. Recent research suggests that brief screening and intervention from primary care providers (SBIRT) is highly effective in addressing alcohol abuse. · Alcohol Addiction may be masking other problems. People who abuse alcohol may be trying to cope with an underlying psychiatric problem like depression or an anxiety disorder. Or, getting drunk may be a short term way to cope with family problems or a troubled relationship. Usually however, using alcohol makes it more difficult to sort out the original problem. Want More Information? Acadia Hospital: www.acadiahospital.org American Psychological Association Help Center: www.apahelpcenter.org Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery/Maine Office of Substance Abuse: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/osa/

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Business Groups that Help your Business

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When you are a business owner you are absorbed in finding new customers and doing the technical aspects of providing your service or product. Finding groups that offer support or information is time consuming. Let me help!Networking groups – I’m speaking more to formal tip club groups at which a variety of businesses meet weekly and commit to give leads and to promote each other’s business. Realtors, bankers, attorneys, plumbers and the like learn about each other’s business and the services offered and look for opportunities to share what they learn about you and your services with their own customers. Advocacy groups – These groups may be specific to your town, or region, or may be statewide or national merchant groups such as your local Chamber of Commerce, or the NFIB provide advocacy for business. The groups are comprised of retailers, manufacturers, service providers, non-profits and large and small businesses so they don’t always take perfect care of you. But when there are 80,000 members of a group such as NAWBO – the National Association of Women Business Owners- that’s more clout than you have with you 20 employees have on your own.Training groups- SBA and other resources provide free or low-cost training and help for procurement of government contracts, or marketing help, and also help with writing a business plan or securing financing for your business.Trade Associations- May also provide advocacy and training for the specific needs of your business.Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at 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., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Should the Moose Hunt be expanded?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 54% (80 votes) No 46% (67 votes)

Do you think State Furlough days should be continued as a way to save money?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 67% (243 votes) No 33% (118 votes)

How far out of your way will you drive to get $.05 off per gallon of gas?

Updated 4 years ago

Down the street 44% (109 votes) A couple miles 46% (114 votes) 10-20 miles 9% (22 votes) More than 20 miles 1% (4 votes)

Is the current severe weather across the midwest and southeast an anomaly or a trend?

Updated 4 years ago

An anomaly 73% (237 votes) Trend 27% (87 votes)

How often do you go on Facebook?

Updated 4 years ago

All the time 23% (78 votes) Once or twice a day 35% (120 votes) Once a week 10% (34 votes) I don’t have a Facebook account 32% (110 votes)

Online Budget Tools

Updated 1 year ago

I’ve found some online budget tools, worksheets and the like, that may be a help to viewers.There are plenty of budget tools but in most cases the user has to sign in. This sites allow easy access and no sign-in.You can fill this form online or print it as a blank, (it only prints with ads) and then fill it in. Or, fill it in and then print it : ) But it’s a simple way to total your income and spending including savings. The functions are simple and by hitting the ‘subtotal’ button it automatically adds everything for you.Budgets are the story of your money. It is the plan of how your money will be used.And however you manage that, you just need to manage it and to be able to share the information with your partner. A budget is the way to analyze where your money ‘goes.’Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Vote Norumbega Financial for Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm at 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., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Have you planted your garden yet?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 12% (33 votes) No 88% (232 votes)

Will you miss the MDA Telethon?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 27% (104 votes) No 73% (276 votes)

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Updated 1 year ago

Filling3 C Rhubarb cubed (fresh or frozen)3 C Strawberries quartered (fresh or frozen)1 1/2 C Granulated sugar1/3 C All-purpose flourPinch of salt1 tsp. VanillaCombine all of the ingredients and put in a 9″x13″ baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Top with topping.Crisp Topping10 oz. butter2 C Brown sugar2 C Rolled oats2 C All-purpose flourCombine all 4 ingredients in a stand mixer and mix until combined and crumbly, top the Strawberry mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until the topping is browned and filling is bubbling.Recipe Submitted by: Chef Russ Flewelling

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Summertime Pork Sandwich

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Ingredients:8 slices good quality bread, sliced ½-inch thick1 to 1¼ pound shaved roast pork, store-bought or homemade2 apples, peeled and julienned2 small-to-medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and julienned2 shallots, sliced thin1 cup water1 cup rice wine vinegar1 cup sugar1 teaspoon red pepper flakes½ cup mayonnaise4 cloves roasted garlicDirections:If you are roasting your own pork, make it ahead of time. If not, slice it extremely thin or, if you have access to a meat shaver, shave it. To make slaw, combine the julienned apple and sliced shallot into a heat-proof bowl. Bring the water, vinegar, sugar and red pepper to a boil, then pour the hot liquid over the apple and shallots. Cover and refrigerate until cool: then add cucumbers. While the slaw is cooling, combine the mayo and roasted garlic in a blender or food processor and puree until fully combined. Spread mayo on both sides of bread, add 4-5 ounces of pork and top with a generous pile of slaw. Serve cold.Serves 4Recipe Submitted by: Russ Flewelling

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Should high school students be allowed to work 6 hours a day during the school week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 50% (126 votes) No 50% (127 votes)

Do you think Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission is necessary?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 38% (111 votes) No 62% (179 votes)

Are you pleased with the health care reform passed by state lawmakers?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 71% (405 votes) No 29% (163 votes)

Healthy Living: Which Sun Screen is Best?

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniGiven Chris Ewing’s weather forecast tonight, it may be a bit hard to fathom needing sun screen anytime soon. However, we are all hoping for a great, sunny summer. Since summer is only a few weeks away, this would be a good time to review some facts about sunscreen.First, let’s review what SPF means. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it is calculated in a rather complex way. There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. SPF refers to protection from UVB. UVA is the type of ray that causes aging of the skin and sunscreen does not protect us well against this type of UV ray. UVB is the type that causes burning and is the type that is absorbed by most sunscreens. Also, there is no linear relationship to the SPF number and how much UV rays are blocked. SPF 15 blocks 93% of the rays and SPF 30 blocks 97% (these numbers are from a WebMD article that I have listed below). Guidelines recommend and SPF of 15 or higher. As you can see from the numbers above, buying a higher SPF screen does not necessarily give you much more protection. More chemical must be added to the screens to obtain the higher SPF and there are some experts who feel that the amount of chemicals in the “very high” SPF screens (over 30) may actually lead to more skin cancers (a very controversial topic). These types of sunscreen protect us because they absorb the UV light. Other sunscreens protect against both types of UV because they provide a physical barrier to block UV rays and usually contain zinc or titanium. They are also heavier and more obvious on the skin (think of the white paste that skiers use on there nose and lips). The WebMD article and the EPA article referenced at the end of this article list which ingredients protect against which type of UV ray.Next, let’s review how the screen is supposed to be applied. Sun screen should be applied to all skin because most summer-weight clothes do not fully protect the skin against the damaging effects of UV radiation. Also, sunscreens that absorb light need to be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure because they must be given time to be absorbed into the skin. If you are using one of the sunscreens that provide a physical barrier (they contain zinc or titanium) then you can apply it just before going outside. You will need more than “just a dab” of any of the sunscreens. Sunscreen needs to be applied liberally and often. Therefore, buy a sunscreen that you will not mind using and one that will be easy to apply. The “best” sunscreen doesn’t do you any good if it never gets used.What about vitamin D deficiency? There is some concern that the widespread use of sunscreen may be leading to our widespread vitamin D deficiency however this is quite controversial. I think it is safe to say that the vast majority of national guidelines and experts recommend using sunscreen in an effort to reduce skin cancer rates. If you and your doctor are concerned about your vitamin D level, then it is a pretty simple and safe measure to change your diet to increase your vitamin D intake or to add a vitamin D supplement.Some miscellaneous facts about sunscreen: If you find a sunscreen in your cabinet and you cannot remember when you bought it, it probably is best to throw it away and buy new sunscreen. The active ingredients in the sunscreen may become inactive after 2-3 years. “Water resistant” in a sunscreen means that it will last longer in wet conditions. However, it too needs to be reapplied throughout the day (every 2-3 hours). Sunscreens that contain antioxidants offer advantages for skin healing after injury from the harmful effects of the sun.So, to answer the question of which sunscreen is best: buy the sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 and don’t worry about buying the highest SPF you can find. Make sure you get a sunscreen that is easy to apply. If you have a problem with acne, there are sunscreens made specifically for the face that are not so comedogenic (tending to clog the pores). Wear other protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses and remember that sunscreen does not protect against all of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Don’t forget to reapply. These two articles are excellent resources:http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/whats-best-sunscreenhttp://www.epa.gov/sunwise/doc/sunscreen.pdfThis article addresses the concern of vitamin D levels when sunscreen is used frequently:http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind/

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