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The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #104 ~ April 2, 2006
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Notes from my Back Porch

Recipes of the Week:
Yankee Pot Roast
Fresh from the Galley: Three Fish Recipes

New England Gardening
Resist the Urge to Prune Evergreens

Prize of the Month
New Prize!  Beautiful NH-Made Earrings or Pendant

Calendar Pick of the Week
Pond Skimming (Vermont)

Thrifty Tips of the Week
For the frugal New Englander in you...

Worth Quoting

"To the rest of the country, New England has always stood in much
the same relation as England has to America -- that of spiritual
homeland and mother country."

B.A. Botkin, author of A Treasury of New England Folklore

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Notes from my Back Porch

Greetings from The Heart of New England!

Ah, spring!  It feels like May.  But, there is a longing among those of
us who love winter that the cold weather (and snow) never really
arrived this year.  I feel a slight sadness, like we got cheated out of
the charms of winter.  (All you warm-weather loving people, call me
crazy.)  But as I was raking up my flower beds this week I hit a hard
spot, like an enormous rock.  Nope, not a rock, but an un-thawed
chuck of ice.  Winter still leaves its mark after all.

The birds are certainly glad for the good weather and I saw my first
robin this week.  Avid bird-watchers will be on the lookout for the
return of goldfinches and wood thrushes.  For the lowdown northern
New England birding (and even inns that host birdwatchers), see this
week's article,
Spring Birdwatching in New Hampshire.

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The Heart of New England!

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Recipes of the Week

Yankee Pot Roast
by Charlie Burke

"The warm weather this week has us thinking of lighter fare with
asparagus and spring greens soon to be arriving. Our rhubarb is up
and the first of the peas were planted this week, but we are sure to
have a spell of cold weather before spring is truly here, time when
a warming dish is welcome..."
Read on...


Fresh From the Galley: Three Fish Recipes
"...As the cold days of winter give way to the crisp days of spring,
members of the Maine Windjammer Association look forward to
fresh fish straight from the North Atlantic caught in Maine
windjammer waters.  Aboard Maine’s windjammers, award-winning
chefs combine the freshest ingredients to create scrumptious fish
read on...

For the complete list of our recipes, visit our food archives.

New England Gardening

Early Spring: Resist the Urge to Prune Evergreens!

After a long winter, the much awaited spring thaw is a time of relief
and celebration for all of us. Though late winter and early spring are
primarily a time of rebirth, for some evergreens, this time of year
can be deadly.
Read on...

For more gardening tips & stories visit our Garden Archives
MML Brand
Calendar Pick of the Week

Pond Skimming...Skiers and riders attempt to get up enough
speed coming down the slope to skim across the surface of the

Jay, VT  
Apr 08, 2006  

This is what we call good clean - and icy cold - fun. Prizes will be
awarded for the best splash, best skim, best costume, and best
overall skim. The event is free for anybody that would like to
participate. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to heckle the
skimmers. DJ Frack will be playing music and commentating the

Location:  Jay Peak Resort  
(802) 327-2198  Event Phone

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Thrifty Tips of the Week
For the frugal New Englander in you...

Cleaning a Shower Curtain

Any easy to wash your shower curtain is in your washing machine.
Put your shower curtain in the washer along with a couple
towels, then add 1/2 cup of each detergent and baking soda.
Then add 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle.  Take the
shower curtain out of the washer before the spin cycle and hang
it to dry.

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Oatmeal Face Scrub

This is a simple and cheap face scrub that helps get rid of
blackheads.  Make a paste with oatmeal and water and apply it
liberally to your face.  Let the paste dry completely and then
rub it off with your fingers.  As you remove the oatmeal you
will also remove any dead skin.  Lastly, rinse your face with
warm water.

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Faster Drying Nail Polish

When you finger nail polish is partially dry, stick your fingers
in a bowl of freezing cold water, it will speed up the drying

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Easy To Open Nail Polish Bottle

After opening a nail polish bottle for the first time, rub some
petroleum jelly on the threads on the bottle before putting the
lid back on.  The cap will be less likely to become stuck.

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Removing Tar From Your Car

There are some items in your kitchen that may be successful in
remove tar.  Butter, creamy peanut butter, or vegetable oil
applied to the tar and left for 12 to 24 hours should soften in
and make it easier to remove.  If that doesn't work there are a
few items from the garage that may work.  WD-40, kerosene, or
mineral spirits applied directly to the tar should soften it up
and make it easier to remove.  This solution will mostly likely
remove wax from your car as well.

Thanks to Thrifty Fun for this week's tips!

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