Wayne and I went up to L.L.Bean in Freeport to buy him a new belt, but of course also to watch the charming July 4th parade! Continue reading “Happy Fourth of July!”
Last night’s Easter Vigil included some of the greatest moments in my life. Continue reading “Happy Easter!”
- It’s environmentally sound because no trees are killed.
- It was made in the USA.
- There’s no toxic PVC outgassing like contemporary artificial trees.
- You can save money by reusing the same tree year after year.
- Pulling each branch out of its fragile paper sleeve and putting it in the “trunk” (121 times in the case with my tree) can get tedious.
- Keeping the ornaments, all 130 of them from falling is tricky, the reason being that the branches don’t offer a place for the hook to settle and are conducive to having them slide off.
- I lost about three ornaments a year due to breakage from slide-offs.
- Disassembling the tree and placing the pom pom branches back in the sleeves 121 times without damaging them is a drag.
- You can’t string lights on it because it’s a fire hazard which is why a color wheel is used instead.
- It doesn’t fill the room with the aroma of fresh pine.
This puppy! That face! Happy dogs in sweaters make me smile and there were many families who brought theirs along.
It’s a short walk to the Christmas trees.
I told Wayne I wanted a small tree, about four feet, to fit on a table.
There were many more selections but we found the one we wanted!
We had them cut it down for us. Stand back! Timber!
Ok, a cute guy holding up a cute tree.
Here’s the gift shop which is inside that new barn addition.
Wayne’s car smelled dreamy all the way home. It’s really starting to feel like Christmas!
My absolute favorite part of yesterday was seeing Timmy’s face literally light up when I plugged in the little lights and began to string them around the tree. He was on the floor with Wayne and stopped eating his lettuce to look up and watch with his one good eye.
I’ll be back soon with pics of the decked out tree!
For this recipe I initially picked three different pumpkin pie recipes from my vintage Maine cookbooks and created my own adaptation inspired by selections from each. Next, I baked a total of four test pies, each tinkered with to improve upon the previous pie. I guess we’ll be eating pie for a while but fortunately they can be frozen!
Maine Pumpkin Pie
16 oz unsweetened pumpkin puree
2/3 cup organic sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
9″ pie crust, not deep dish
Wayne and I think this pie is DELICIOUS and definitely decadent. It’s creamy, not overly sweet and has just enough spice! I also made some pie filling in ramekins. It’s really good even without a crust.
What are your Thanksgiving plans for pie?
First pick from Tiny Tim’s garden!
Three dories, Kennebunkport