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Peggy Kolm
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Turn the beet around...

Golden beets roasted and sliced.
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The perfect 🎄!

This is a photo of me "helping" my dad with a freshly cut Christmas tree (1970ish). It looks like I approve of the choice!

Happy Holidays!

#TBT
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My top 9 Instagram images in 2016

#2016BestNine

Get yours: https://2016bestnine.com
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Old-fashioned genetically engineered candy

It was a little surprising to see tins of Washburn's Old Fashioned Hard Candy with a "Partially made with genetic engineering" label.

The company website doesn't have any more details, but it's most likely the corn used to make the corn syrup. (The only ingredients are sugar, corn syrup, flavors and dye).

Washburn's has been making candy in Brockton, Massachusetts since 1856.

There has been a strong push for mandatory labelling of GMO ingredients in New England states, so it's probably easiest for companies there to label all their products, even when being shipped out of the region.

Do I think it's a big deal? Nope..

About 90% of all corn grown in the United States genetically modified. If you eat any food with corn syrup, it's likely been made with GM corn.

There's no evidence the genetic modifications affect human health. I do think corn syrup and other sugars are too widely used in processed foods, but in candy it seems appropriate.

My grandma always had a little dish of these hard candies for visitors, so we bought a tin for old times sake.

http://www.fbwashburncandy.com/products.php#hard
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Calm before the storm

Nexus 6P
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Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies overwinter in the eucalyptus grove at Ardenwood Historic Farm through February.

This photo was taken through a small telescope - the clusters of butterflies were too high up in the trees to see the details.

More info:

http://www.ebparks.org/parks/ardenwood#gsc.tab=0

#OptOutside
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Monarch in waiting

Monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed, just looking for a place to pupate.

#OptOutside
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Dahlia

Camera: Nexus6P
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Peggy's Cove

Camera: Nexus 6P, stock camera app
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Sunset at Peggy's Cove

We stopped at Peggy's Cove Monday evening - the weather was clear (with just a bit of a nip in the air) and the sunset was spectacular. If clocks hadn't been set back an hour on Sunday we probably would have missed it.

I may have gone a bit overboard with the photos. 
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11/10/16
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