Aug 232017
 

Eating fresh from the garden is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fruits and vegetables in the summer and fall.  Grab a bowl and some kitchen shears, go out and harvest my own ingredients for a big green salad or roasted Parmesan green beans or homemade spaghetti sauce.

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Green Beans Recipe - just 5 common ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes

The garden is a great way to get kids excited about a wider variety of vegetables, too.  If they have a hand in their care and harvest, they’re far more likely to want to try new things.

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Aug 172017
 

It’s kind of amazing to me how much difference a single year can make.

First day of 1st Grade!

When Bubbles started kindergarten last year she still had that “young” look of my baby girl.  This year, though, after taking her picture for the first day of 1st grade yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice she wasn’t a baby or even a little girl: she was a big girl. Continue reading »

Aug 012017
 

One of my favorite childhood summer activities was the Northern Maine Fair.  More than just rides and games, our local country fair had a farm animal petting zoo, tasty treats, a demolition derby, and an expo hall showcasing agriculture, arts and crafts, floral arrangements and more.

Visiting the Northern Maine Fair, a fun family tradition!

The best part of the expo hall was the opportunity to enter items for display and judging.  For most categories they had a children’s or junior’s division, though in some areas adults and kids competed on the same footing.  I won countless ribbons – including a few blue – and was awarded the monetary prizes that went with them. Continue reading »

Jul 262017
 

It’s always exciting when My Little Pony DVDs arrive at our house from our friends at Shout! Factory.  I try to make each new release special by making a yummy treat or fun craft that matches the theme.  So when I saw Pinkie Pie holding a bowl of popcorn on the back of the MLP Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night DVD, the idea for Pinkie Pie’s Party Popcorn immediately came to mind.

Pinkie Pie's Party Popcorn is perfect for a My Little Pony Equestria Girls Magical Movie Night!

Bubbles is very excited that her new cousin loves My Little Pony, too.  We plan to invite her down soon for a Magical Movie Night of our own.  We’ll definitely be serving up more of Pinkie Pie’s Party Popcorn – our first batch disappeared, well, like magic! Continue reading »

Jul 042017
 

Happy 4th of July!  Hope your Independence Day was as fun-filled as ours.

Celebrating the 4th of July at the Houlton Maine Parade

Started off the morning attending a local parade.  I hadn’t been to a small-town parade in over a decade, so it was definitely fun to check this one out.  Bubbles hadn’t been to a parade like this before, either, and she was very excited to see what it was all about. Continue reading »