Name Change!

When I married Wayne, I had decided to keep my last name and remain Averyl Hill only because I’ve been publishing as Averyl Hill and it would be a lengthy bureaucratic endeavor to change my name over in every single account and legal document online and off. However, it’s a snap to change my blog name which I have decided to do! Serene New England has been renamed to Simple Living in New England! Both SereneNewEngland.com and SimpleLivingNewEngland.com will get you here!

Honeymoon Road Trip to Sunapee, NH and Woodstock, VT

Last weekend was the grande finale for our honeymoon in New England! Our first stop was at a little antique school house in New Hampshire to have a hearty new England breakfast.

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Keeping Perspective?

I snapped the above photo in Limerick, Maine yesterday. It’s really nice to take breaks from the news and keep a proper perspective. My blog is not political in nature and I try to avoid discussing politics online. I like to be uplifting, but I feel the need to bring up my disappointment in Maine Senator Susan Collins. Our President has now gone beyond mocking a sexual assault survivor to calling her experience and testimony a “hoax.” I’m having a really hard time with that and needed to put it out here.

ETA: Please don’t boycott Maine because of this! A lot of innocent hard-working people already upset with Senator Collins will be negatively impacted by this misguided reaction.

Saturday Road Trip to Sunday River, Newry

Wayne and I left early yesterday morning to head over to Sunday River Ski Resort to take a scenic ski lift ride. It was another great addition to our Autumn in New England Honeymoon Weekends!

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Autumn Drive to Camden & A Hidden German Gem

Saturday was sunny and crisp. We left early for a day trip up coastal Route One to the charming town of Camden, Maine with stops in between; our first was the Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston.

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Cloth Napkins: Reasons to Switch from Paper

With my acceptance of the impermanence of things has come an increasing rejection of disposables, in particular paper napkins. For many years I’ve collected vintage kitchen linens that amassed in my cupboards. I’ve been using my vintage tea towels for nine years now to dry my dishes after I moved here (no dishwasher), but napkins, however, were off-limits because I was worried about them getting stained. I enjoyed keeping them “new” and simply admired them from time to time except for use on special occasions. However, when I broke open the still packaged mind-century cloth napkins to use on the honeymoon harvest table earlier this week it got me thinking: Why not enjoy what I have right now? Isn’t being alive and well enough to eat and having a full plate of food a special occasion?! Isn’t that a way to not just say grace at a meal but show it?!

Pretty things don’t need to stay sealed and safe because life can get dirty.  It’s because life can get dirty that I want to stay clean, with style. 

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Autumn Recipe: Deep Dish Cortland Apple Pie

Wayne recently started a new job so our New England autumnal honeymoon is relegated to the weekends. I wanted to surprise him with something special after work. I knew he was dreading dinner somewhat because I was going to make the farmer’s market kale as a side dish. He hates kale but promised he’d give it a try, and only if I “cooked the **** out of it” and added loads of butter. What I didn’t tell him was that I was setting a special autumn themed table in the sunroom and serving rib eye steak and deep dish apple pie along with said sad kale.

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New England Honeymoon: Apple Picking & Diner Food

We aren’t going on a traditional honeymoon. In lieu of traveling someplace for a week or so we’re enjoying fall in New England which is living our dream. Today we went apple picking at an organic orchard in Hiram, ate at a new-to-us airport diner in Limington and explored antique shops in Cornish.

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Our Wedding

Wayne and I had an intimate wedding ceremony at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport followed by a steak and lobster luncheon at The Colony Hotel. We want to share some of our special day with you. (New pics added 9/25!)

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