Our first ripe tomato from our bucket (it’s pronounced “bouquet”) garden!

I hope you got my reference to Keeping Up Appearances!

It feels really good to finally have some time to relax after a hectic yet exciting two weeks. I can’t figure out how to make the summer seem like it’s lasting longer than it does. There’s so much to experience and enjoy, but when I do that the more quickly it flies by. I know I’m not alone with this, right?! Savoring it all and sharing it here on my blog with you feels like a good practice. So, I have good news to share about out tomatoes after a harrowing beginning during a very cold and wet spring. Continue reading “Our first ripe tomato from our bucket (it’s pronounced “bouquet”) garden!”

Lobster at Rising Tide/Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-op, Scarborough

After church yesterday Wayne and I went to Rising Tide for celebratory lobster to celebrate my 23 years of sobriety. We thought we were playing it smart by going between lunch and dinner so that we’d be able to get a table in a reasonable period of time (or a table at all!), but we almost had to turn around! Dozens of cars were illegally parked by beachgoers taking up the parking spaces intended for the boat launch and business. Scarborough police left so many tickets that they had to call backup to bring more! Continue reading “Lobster at Rising Tide/Pine Point Fisherman’s Co-op, Scarborough”

Our Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Trinity in York Harbor, Maine & Brunch in Ogunquit

Today Wayne drove us to our next new-to-us summer church in York Harbor for the 10:30 service at Trinity Church. It was a very warm morning with lots of sunshine and blue skies. From their website: “The fieldstone church, which seats 400, is designed in classic cruciform tradition. Among its most notable features are a crenellated stone bell tower, a 12 rank, 947 pipe Wicks Organ, and two large stained glass windows. Also notable are the overhead structural beams throughout the nave. Continue reading “Our Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Trinity in York Harbor, Maine & Brunch in Ogunquit”

The Royal Wedding or Tea Cake Recipe: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This very very VERY decadent cake is, according to Royal Chef Darren McCrady, “Her Royal Majesty the Queen’s favorite afternoon tea cake by far.” It was also the groom cake for Prince William’s wedding. I studied the official recipe in the link and came up with my own adaptation. I want to warn you that this recipe is dangerous. What I mean is, it’s deceptively dainty when sliced thin on a pretty plate and enjoyed during your afternoon tea, but despite the civilized appearance it’s packed with richness (calories). It’s so good that you will want more! Continue reading “The Royal Wedding or Tea Cake Recipe: Chocolate Biscuit Cake”

Afternoon Mocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Afternoon Tea

My late Centenarian Nana had a Martini and hors d’oeuvres comprised of olives, crackers, aged Gouda and Societe Roquefort cheese every evening of her adult life. After her passing this spring, I thought that I would like to enrich my days and feel her presence with a similar ritual. Perhaps it was even the secret to longevity? Continue reading “Afternoon Mocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Afternoon Tea”

Lobster Lollipops and More at the Portland Food Festival

I just returned from the Portland Food Festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland. I had never had a “Lobby Pop” before tonight. In fact I had never head of one. It was so good! And gone in minutes. You’ve got to see this!

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