Wildlife are fascinating…

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Twain Harte News on October 29, 2016

Have you ever stopped what you were doing, and just observed your surroundings? I like to go out in the woods where you can’t hear any horns blaring, motors racing, or people talking and just listen to the sounds the trees make. It’s so peaceful and the vibration is different.  I don’t understand it, but it is healing.

local deer

Squirrels make a chitter chatter sound, that is quite fascinating to listen to. You can hear their nails on the tree trunks as they scurry about.

I put some food out for the chickens, things like cantaloupe, tomatoes, lettuce, kale, chard, grapes – a little bit of everything.  Eventually, the deer will make their way over to the food I’ve thrown out.  It’s funny to watch them, just now a six-point buck was sniffing around.  I would have thought he would go right for the strawberries, or the apples but no, he went right for the kale. Kale is very good for you, with lots of vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that squirrels love avocados?  Very nutrient rich, both the kale and the avocados. Animals really are smart, you can learn a great deal from watching them.

The 11 Most Nutrient Dense Foods on The Planet — This is a great list, but I wouldn’t eat the salmon, while it may be good for you, it’s contaminated with radiation. The same goes for seaweed, shellfish and sardines. Great sources of nutrients, but it can lead to cancer and leukemia.

Dark Chocolate is a terrific food with wonderful nutrients, but I’m a little curious why the author didn’t specify cacao, instead of it’s processed cousin cocoa.

The potato is one of the dirty dozen.  The skin doesn’t protect the potato, so pesticides soak right in. A better choice is organic potatoes, which do not have pesticides applied, so they’re much healthier.

Nutrient Showdown: Best Sources of Vitamins & Minerals — Moreover, we consistently hear that plant foods – fruits, vegetables and whole grains – offer the very best sources of vitamins and minerals and while they certainly play a critical role in a wholesome diet, plant foods do not always represent the best source of nutrients. Indeed, animal foods – particularly liver, roe and shellfish – offer some of the most concentrated sources of vitamins and minerals. Turkey liver offers 3 times more vitamin A than the same quantity of sweet potato.

BuckPay attention to what the animals eat and you can survive anywhere.  Nature is just so wonderful, please stop what you are doing and enjoy a little bit of nature today and everyday.  Let it renew your spirit while you nourish your body.

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You must try Squeeze Burger once…

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Posted by Annie in Opinion, Restaurants, Twain Harte News on October 17, 2016

We’ve been trying to change our diet, and eat better, but it’s so hard not to eat out once in awhile, so we like to try out the local burger joints. I have a very sensitive stomach, so I have to watch what I eat.  The first time I tried Squeeze Burger their food was fantastic, but I had a rough night, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to try it again.

squeeze-burgerWe normally give a new restaurant at least two tries and I am so glad we have that policy because the food was just as delicious the second time.  This burger was monster size.  The first time I ate half the burger and the second time I ate a little more than half.

The bacon is out of this world, it’s thick and crispy, just like you made it from home. The cheese skirt is heavenly, about a 3″ “skirt” of cheddar cheese, that breaks off from the burger easily. Either eat it alone or break it off and put it back on the burger.  Unless, you are big eaters do yourself a favor, split it with someone because the fries and custard are both incredible. You will want to save a little room.

I can’t tell you when I’ve had a burger that was so satisfying. Everything is made fresh daily and it tastes like it.  I didn’t inquire as to the type of beef they use because frankly, sometimes it’s just better not to know. <grin> I didn’t get sick and that’s all that matters to me. It probably still has GMO’s in the meat, so I wouldn’t eat this too often.

The burger was juicy and it was thicker than your regular fast food burger, the bun has sesame seeds that I normally avoid and while the bun is covered it’s steamed on the grill and I really didn’t notice them.  The fries were seasoned, fresh, hot, and firm.  They were delicious.

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.

I stopped in this afternoon determined to try the custard. I got chocolate and vanilla twirl, the small, it was absolutely delicious and I was prepared to hate it. It was creamy, with a very smooth texture, nothing grainy here, very thick, it reminded me of Wendy’s Frosty, but this isn’t ice cream, it’s custard. I’ve tried all the frozen yogurt in town and didn’t care for any of it.  This was exceptional and it didn’t upset my stomach one bit.  I’m simply amazed.

We will be going back, just not too often, this is greasy, fried, fast food, that isn’t so fast but this rates right up there with In-N-Out Burger, except the price.  In-N-Out is simple, good, cheap food, and it’s fresh, now multiply that by 3 cause that’s what you will pay, but you’ll get 4 times the burger.

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Dirty Cello to play Moaning Caverns

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Posted by Annie in Twain Harte News on September 24, 2016

Innovators, influencers and renegades of the string instruments, the high energy band Dirty Cello announced today they are returning to Moaning Cavern this October 1st!

Dirty Cello at Moaning Cavern

Dirty Cello at Moaning Cavern, Christmas Concert 2015

On the October 1st concert, Dirty Cello will play their traditional music that is anything but traditional cello music!  Dirty Cello’s funky beats combines all types of music; from bluegrass to blues and even the occasional rock covers, but all played in their own unique style within Moaning Cavern’s large cave chamber with amazing natural acoustics!

Tickets are $20 each. Concert begins at 7:30 pm, but check in is at 7:00 pm.

For more information

For tickets and more information, contact Moaning Cavern Adventure Park at 209-736-2708.

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