Like to sew? Help restore antique costumes
Dear Write to Know: Attention sewers! Centerville Museum has need for people willing to volunteer to help restore costumes from our collection. Experience with a needle and thread is helpful and training will be provided. The repair work can be done in a group or individual setting and the amount of time you spend is flexible. It is a wonderful chance to practice your skills, handle the exquisitely made pieces of the past, and make new friends. To inquire, contact Randall Hoel at Centerville Historical Museum, 513 Main St., 508-775-0331 or email [email protected]
Dear R.H. We hope sewers will respond to your call for volunteers to help with restoring antique costumes. Good luck!
Reader unhappy with Check Your Knowledge questions
Dear Write to Know: Check Your Knowledge has always been entertaining and fun until recently. First, they were reduced to 5 questions, instead of 10. For the past few weeks, they have been very obscure questions and they are no longer entertaining. I’m not sure where the Cape Cod Times gets these questions, but they should look into the old format of “general interest” trivia.
Dear E.C.: In December 2018, we posed this question to Paul Pronovost, former Cape Cod Times executive editor. He replied that the writer of Check Your Knowledge, a syndicated column that appears in the Classified section, had decided to reduce the number of questions from 10 to five. We don’t know why recent questions have been obscure. Hopefully, the writers will return to their general interest trivia format in coming weeks.
Searching for place to store car in Mid-Cape
Dear Write to Know: Do any of your readers know of garage space available to store a medium-size car in the Mid-Cape area? Please call 508-771-1784. Thank you.
Dear U.Q.: We hope you will hear from readers with available garage space for your car. Thanks for providing your contact information.
Reader in West Barnstable seeks antique keys
Dear Write to Know: I am looking for antique keys and will pick them up if necessary. 401-323-0515. Thanks.
C.B., West Barnstable
Dear C.B.: Best of luck!
Newer tabletop fan, treadmill on reader’s wish list
Dear Write to Know: I’m interested in obtaining a new(ish) tabletop fan for a woman who is totally blind, and a treadmill that that is not old in the Orleans/Brewster/Eastham area. Contact Carol at 540-649-3223.
Dear C.B.: We hope our generous readers will contact you.
Keto diet features high-protein, low-carb meals
Dear Write to Know: My sister has recently gone on a Keto diet. She swears it has helped her lose weight. Can you give me some information about what a Keto diet is? Thanks for your help.
Dear R.S.: We checked out a website, everydayhealth.com, and found this information.
The ketogenic diet — a high-fat and very low-carb eating plan — is a diet that puts your body in a state of ketosis. That’s what happens when your body’s carb-burning switch flips to a fat-burning one, a change that can cause weight loss and has even been credited with controlling Type 2 diabetes. In following a keto meal plan, you’ll be severely limiting carbs. Start off with between 20 and 30 grams of carbohydrates per day. Know what foods have mostly carbs, fat, and protein so you can make the right choices. Beans may contain protein, but they’re also high in carbohydrates. Fruit and veggies also mostly contain carbs. The only foods that don’t contain carbs are meat (protein) and pure fats, like butter and oils (including olive oil and coconut oil). To prepare for a high-fat diet, which can be uncomfortable at first, start making small adjustments to what you eat every day like ordering a burger on lettuce leaves and subbing green veggies for fries. When you’re on a keto diet, your kidneys excrete more water and electrolytes. Make sure you’re getting the sodium and potassium your body needs to function well. Remember that a keto diet is meant to be short term. Check with your doctor before starting any diet plan to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Molasses candied apples, a treat for Halloween
Dear Write to Know: I would love to find a candied apple recipe to make for my grandchildren this Halloween. Do you have any suggestions?
L.B., South Yarmouth
Dear L.B.: We searched our archives and found this delicious-sounding recipe. It comes from www.therecipebox.com. Enjoy!
MOLASSES CANDIED APPLES
1/2 cup butter
3 cups lightly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vinegar
8 unbruised, fresh, small apples
1 teaspoon melted butter (to butter the pan)
Into a casserole, mix together 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, molasses and vinegar. Boil until 305 degrees Fahrenheit is registered on a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, butter a baking sheet with remaining teaspoon of butter. Insert wooden sticks into apples; dip apples one at a time into syrup. Leave apples to cool completely onto greased baking sheet.
Dear Write to Know: Remember those nylon flags people hung out for the seasons and holidays? I have 15 for you! Email [email protected] or call 401-323-0515.
C.B., West Barnstable
Dear Write to Know: I have a pair of twin box springs and mattresses to give for the taking. Fine condition. Call 508-360-3955.
Dear Write to Know: Free paperback books and video cassettes. Novels including some classics, history (including colonial period and Revolutionary War, WWII, Cape Cod), other Cape Cod books. Video cassettes — British series “As Time Goes By.” 508-896-4714.
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