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Yellow Potato Skins

This is not a recipe for baked yellow potato skins covered in sour cream, cheese, vegetables and bacon. This is about a personal discovery I had in my garden.

Some of my Potato Harvest

Some of my Potato Harvest

Maine is a potato growing state therefore we take our potatoes a little more seriously. I prefer the yellow potatoes. They have the same brown skins of most potatoes but inside they are a yellowish gold. Imagine a potato that once cooked and mashed, looks like you already added butter.

Rough Skinned Potato (Left) Smooth Skinned Potato (Right)

Rough Skinned Potato (Left)
Smooth Skinned Potato (Right)

I chose to plant yellow potatoes in my garden this year. This morning I harvested the earthy gems. As I washed off the soil, I noticed some had smooth skins while others had rough. Why? If there were all the same, why was there a difference in the skin texture. Was this one of those female and male plant things? I didn’t think so because the potato is the “fruit” of the plant. Perhaps it was because some were planted at one end of the garden and the rest at the opposite end? No, I don’t think the soil would be that different in a short distance apart.

Rough Skinned Potato

Rough Skinned Potato

Smooth Skin

Smooth Skin

So what was the answer? A little research uncovered the fact that in my area there are two types of yellow potatoes. Yukon Gold and Katahdin.

Yukon Gold

Yukon Gold

The Yukon Gold, an all-purpose potato has a  golden interior with rough brown skin. These are great mashed, boiled, in salads, fried and the best for soups and chowders. Yukon gold potatoes are the result of crossbreeding a North American white potato with a wild South American yellow-fleshed variety. These originated in Canada and made its way to the U.S. in the early 1980s.

Katahdin Potatoes

Katahdin Potatoes

The Katahdin is also an all-purpose potato. This is a smooth skinned potato with tan skin and yellowish flesh. These are ones I knew and thought I had planted. Katahdin potatoes are your French fry potatoes. They have that classic potato flavor. They’re fluffy, creamy, smooth and soft, and best for boiling, baking and, most importantly, making French fries. They’re not great for potato salads, gratins potatoes or any dish that requires the potatoes to hold their shape.

Obviously, I  had planted two different types of yellow potatoes. You are never too old to learn something new. Now I know a little more about yellow potato skins.

Debsconeag Ice Cave

A hike that leads to an underground cave with ice coated walls in Maine? In August? My daughter, sister & I  were intrigued.

The Debsconeag Ice Cave is a difficult hike through a forest trail strewn with large boulders. My daughter didn’t find it difficult. I on the other hand am not in shape and climbing over  logs and boulders was difficult for me. Fortunately, the hike to the ice cave is only 3 miles round trip.

Trail to the Ice Cave

Trail to the Ice Cave

Notice the Size of the Boulders

Notice the Size of the Boulders

My Daughter didn't find the hike as difficult as I did

My Daughter didn’t find the hike as difficult as I did

The trail is clearly marked. Follow the blue blazes until you reach the signpost directing the cave is down a steep descent on the left.

Follow the Blue Blazes

Follow the Blue Blazes

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At the entrance to the ice cave switch on your flashlight and climb down  the rungs. Depending on the time of the year you may need a sweatshirt inside. At it was August, we certainly did not bring any sweatshirts to wear over our t-shirts. Truthfully, we were a bit disappointed with the amount of ice in the cave. We expected more. Perhaps we should have gone in Spring or early Summer.

Rungs Leading Down in the Cave

Rungs Leading Down in the Cave

Descent into the Cave

Descent into the Cave

Using flashlights are a must. Notice the cool mist rising as wall as patches of ice

Using flashlights are a must. Notice the cool mist rising as wall as patches of ice

Overall, it was a fun hike on a gorgeous day and we did enjoy our adventure to the ice cave.

Trees & moss growing on the boulders

Trees & moss growing on the boulders

It was a fun day!

It was a fun day!

Photos and Models Courtesy of Cilla Daugherty, Sarah Vigue & Vicki Page

Shin Pond Falls

Shin Pond Falls August 2015

Shin Pond Falls
August 2015

Photos Courtesy by Cilla Daugherty

There may not be a better time to go for a hike in Maine than in Autumn. North of Bangor Maine’s best foliage is the end of September to mid-October when the trees are multi-colored crimson, gold and orange. Walking through the colorful trees, brisk air and the destination of cascading falls is what you can expect from Shin Pond Falls.

Shin Pond Falls Directions

Shin Pond Falls Directions

A few neighbors and friends had suggested that a visit to the falls was well worth the hike. My daughter, sister & I  decided it was time to find these and see for ourselves. Turning off I-95 at exit 264, we followed Rte 11 for 11 miles to just above the town of Patten. A left turn onto Rte 159 North towards Baxter State Park (don’t worry, you don’t enter the park so no park fees.) and 4.5 miles later, we arrived at Shin Pond Village. Over the bridge and up the hill, turn left onto Shin Brook Road. Drive to the end, 1/4 miles and park. The mountain you can see from this parking area is Sugarloaf.

Cascades at Shin Pond Falls

Cascades at Shin Pond Falls

The trailhead starts here at the parking area. Stay left  on the trail until you get to the stream. There are two trails to choose: upper falls (if you take the left fork) or the lower falls (if you take the right fork). The upper Shin Falls is truly exhilarating as you can stand on ledge outcroppings and watch thundering water spill down to the pools below. The footpath to the lower falls is a short hike but very steep. There are three levels of the falls that cascade down the rocks for a drop of 18 yards.

Shin Pond Upper Falls

Shin Pond
Upper Falls

Shin Pond Lower Falls

Shin Pond Lower Falls with Cilla Daugherty

 

The clear water and trees are beautiful anytime of the year, especially in peak “leaf peeping” season.

The Heart is Deceitful

As I listened to the Pastor preach the word, I heard him say The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9.deceitful-heart

All my Christian life I was told to accept Christ and invite Him into my heart. I was in conflict. The Bible is truth, so was I misled? Was my heart deceitful?  I decided to ask God. As I prayed for the Truth and clarification, I felt something on my head. It felt like water or oil pouring onto my head. I felt it running down to my shoulders. I heard a “b-blub, bb-blub.” Was this me trying to speak in tongues? No, it wasn’t coming from me. It was like when you pour from a jug and it makes a gurgling sound. Then I heard a quiet voice, almost a whisper, “Shekinah Glory.” I have heard that  phrase before but I didn’t remember what it meant. I googled what that phrase meant.

Shekinah – a Chaldee word meaning resting-place, not found in Scripture, but used by the later Jews to designate the visible symbol of God’s presence in the Tabernacle, and afterwards in Solomon’s temple

Praise the Lord! My heart, my soul, my mind was full. God’s presence is with me!

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Easy DIY Suncatchers

Start with a plastic lid

Start with a plastic lid

This is an easy project that children and adults can do. The suncatchers are fun to make and pretty to enjoy.

Equipment needed:

  • Plastic container lids
  • glass beads, shells, smooth stones, sea glass
  • glue – white school dries clear and recommended
  • fishing line or string to hang your sun catcher
  • newspaper to keep your table clean

Save up those plastic lids of assorted sizes. Then get out your glass beads, seashells, smooth stones, sea glass, etc… that will be about the same thickness of the lid’s sides.

Line your lid with glass beads ...

Line your lid with glass beads …

Or line the lid with sea shells, sea glass, small stones, etc...

Or line the lid with sea shells, sea glass, small stones, etc…

This will be the design of your suncatchers.

If you want it to be clear, use white school glue

If you want it to be clear, use white school glue

I also used wood glue and it worked as well. It doesn’t dry clear though.

In the top lid I used white glue. In the bottom I used wood glue which will dry yellow

In the top lid I used white glue. In the bottom I used wood glue which will dry yellow

After you  lay in the objects to cover your lid, pour the glue over it all and allow to dry. It may take several days or a week. Meanwhile don’t touch it as it sets up. I think this is the hardest part; waiting.

Glass beads with white glue

Glass beads with white glue

After the glue has finally dried, carefully  remove the lid from your sun catcher. Poke a hole in the glue between objects and tie a piece of fishing line to the sun catcher to hang it in your window.  These photos don’t do the real suncatchers justice.

Shells, glass & stones with wood glue

Shells, glass & stones with wood glue

Enjoy!