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Abstract Cafe is Hosting a Beer Tasting!

Tuesday June 22nd, 6-9 p.m. beer

Featuring 10 microbrews and hor d’oeurves.

$25 per person, pre-pay in advance.

Beers include: upland wheat ale, southern tier ipa, new holland mad hatter, sierra nevada summerfest, samuel smith oatmeal stout, old rasputin, orval, goose island matilda, lindeman’s framboise, and magic hat #9.

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Father's Day Cupcakes

Hello PortageLife fans! I’m Liz, the Hoosier Momma from Hoosier Homemade. I’m a SAHM of 3 teenage boys, that keep me running with their sports and school activities. I’ve been blogging a little over a year, I share lots of baked goods, Budget Friendly Meals, and decorating tips and tricks, all to help you “Make Your House a Home.”

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Is your Father the Grill Master in your house? Or is a Landscaper, like our Father, and mow grass? Or maybe even wear a tie to work?

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Tips On Picking and Storing Summer Produce

Summertime is here and along with warm weather, the growing season is in full force. Fresh produce is widely available locally, everything from tomatoes to strawberries, bell peppers to blueberries. Fresh fruits and vegetables offer many dietary benefits, as well as tasting great. The problem of picking out fresh produce is knowing when is the perfect time to buy. blueberriesGood Housekeeping has created a list of various fruits and vegetables to help determine what is fresh and what should be avoided.

Apricots
Fresh signs: Uniform golden color; firm to the touch
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Pale yellow or greenish-yellow color; rock hard or very soft; shriveled

Cantaloupe
Fresh signs: Delicate aroma; yellow-tinged skin; thick texture on the rind; no stem
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Pronounced yellow rind; very sweet, pungent aroma; soft rind

Cherries
Fresh signs: Average to large size; smooth, shiny surface; new-looking stems
Signs you shouldn’t buy: Shriveled, dried stems; dull sheen

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Tomato Growers: Be on the Lookout for Late Blight this Year

PurdueLogo.jpegAfter late blight was such a burden in 2009, Indiana tomato growers may be wondering if the disease will hit again this year.

Recent confirmations of late blight in Kentucky and Pennsylvania should make both commercial and homeowner tomato growers more cautious -- especially the Kentucky outbreak which is located in the northern part of the state between Indiana and Ohio, said Dan Egel, Purdue Extension plant pathologist.

"Late blight of tomato causes large brown lesions on tomato leaves and stems that under moist conditions are often ringed with the white fungus that causes the late blight," Egel said. "Symptoms caused by late blight may look like other common tomato diseases and thus may be easily missed if not sent for accurate diagnosis."

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Graduation Cupcakes

Hello, Valpo Life Fans! We are changing it up a bit to share my cupcakes with you!

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I’m Liz, the Hoosier Momma from Hoosier Homemade. I’m a SAHM of 3 teenage boys, that keep me running with their sports and school activities. I’ve been blogging a little over a year, I share lots of baked goods, Budget Friendly Meals, and decorating tips and tricks, all to help you “Make Your House a Home.”

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Eat at Strongbow, Support Opportunity Enterprises

Lend a helping hand to Opportunity Enterprises by eating lunch or dinner at Strongbow during the month of June. strongbow-logo

10% of the total sales from this menu will be donated directly back to Opportunity Enterprises.

Lunch Menu

$7- Caesar BLT on toast with Potato Chips
$8- Tomato Flatbread with Bistro Salad

Both served with one OE Shortbread Logo Cookie

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Snow Cones & Ice Cream Cones

Welcome to Cupcake Tuesday! If you are new here, grab a cup of tea or a glass of milk and enjoy a cupcake!

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I’ve learned that scheduling can change pretty quickly around blogland. And Cupcake Tuesday is no exception. Over the weekend, while chatting with the Dads Rock Bash girls, Keri Lyn from She Saved, sent me a Skype message, that went something like this…I just adore your cupcakes, do you think you would have time to share some Summer Cupcakes with my readers. Well, I had kinda promised myself that I wouldn’t take on any more guest posts until after this weekend’s graduation and the Dads Rock Bash, but…you know, they’re cupcakes…and I just couldn’t say no. So, I adapted my plan a bit, which was to share some graduation cupcakes with you, I’ll post them later in the week.

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