Island Spring Ritual

Filed under: Snippets - Stories about Maine people — mainewarmers @ 10:12 am

Since many of you have read my Island stories, I thought you might like a glimpse of Island life via this gentle two minute video, called Spring Island Ritual. By the way, no cars or trucks end up in the water!

Every few years, wooden boats need to be re-caulked and painted to protect them from the salt water. It’s a ritual that Islanders take for granted. “The Wicked Cunnin,'” is the name of a small “Bob-built” boat, painted bright yellow (easy to spot in the fog) and featured in this short movie.

 Thank you to Maine musician, Gary Richardson, who so kindly gave permission to combine his guitar music with the photos in this movie.

Newly painted "Wicked Cunnin'"

I hope this brings you a few minutes of peace and relaxation with a reminder that a new year filled with hope, joy, and sunshine is just around the corner.


Salsa with Olives (Gluten Free)

Filed under: Maine Warmers Recipes — mainewarmers @ 1:12 pm

This is a great party dip with tortilla chips and even makes a nice accompaniment to a salad.

In a food processor chop and place in a large mixing bowl:

3 hard plum tomatoes (remove seeds if desired)

1 sweet red pepper

3 scallions (white and some tender green stalk)

1 small jar of pitted green, pimento stuffed olives

1 can pitted black ripe olives

1 small can chopped green chili peppers


Garlic powder to taste

1 tablespoon of cider vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

 Mix thoroughly.  Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Muddy Buddies (Gluten Free)

Filed under: Maine Warmers Recipes — mainewarmers @ 1:11 pm

Combine in a large mixing bowl:

9 cups gluten free Corn or Rice Chex cereal

 In medium bowl, mix:

1 cup melted bittersweet chocolate chips

1 cup of gluten free peanut butter

1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla

 Gently fold chocolate/peanut butter mixture into Chex cereal with a wooden spoon until evenly coated.

 Add 1 ½ cups of confectionery sugar and mix gently until all pieces are coated in white sugar. Cool and store in an air tight tin.

 Warning: Addictive & do not inhale as you eat these.  Powdered sugar can cause throat irritation if it is inhaled.

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