Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

Ten on Ten: October 2011

October 11, 2011

 I continue to love this ten on ten project–-a passionate group of ten lovely and amazing photographers from the United States and Canada taking ten images, one hour apart on one day out of the month, documenting life as it happens around them. On the tenth of every month, we post our ten images, and if you follow our links, you’ll make it around the whole circle of ten. Enjoy.

This month I’m linking to a friend from the north: Jenn Duguay. Enjoy her view of the world!

October 10, 2011, Mount Desert Island, Maine (with a side trip to Islesford, Maine)

High temperature: 80 degrees

Morning, and one of my favorite outdoor showers anywhere. Nestled in a pine grove, it was handmade, and is one of my favorite parts of our friends’ house.

Henry foraged for the last few cherry tomatoes before breakfast, and then ate them.

On Somes Sound, on the way to Islesford (Little Cranberry Island).

A perfect day at the beach for Henry includes finding at least one piece of rusty metal. He hit the jackpot at this spot!

Have you ever seen such a sweet little sea star? It was stuck on the dock, like a little craft project.

Yes, the sky was really that color.

Homeward bound.

Somes Sound. Water temperature in August? Probably not above 60 degrees. In October? Brrrr!

Found some slightly warmer water an hour later at Long Pond. Air temp, 80 degrees.

Time for dinner and dessert.

P.S. Don’t hate me—my life isn’t nearly this idyllic! I picked a blissful vacation day with good friends in a beautiful place to document my ten on ten. Maybe next month I will show you the laundry pile after this trip!


Maine in pictures. Part 2.

November 13, 2008

Soooo, after shooting like a crazy person all fall, I have about eleventy billion photos to post. Pull up a chair and stay awhile, won’t you? JUST KIDDING.

I did just notice that I said Maine, Part 1 a few weeks ago, which suggests there ought to be a part 2. And there is.

Ellen and other Maine types who will be interested, I am actually going to send you the link to the rest of these early next week, can you believe it? Oh, and our summer photos will be in there, too. You are awfully patient with me.


Will at the coolest playground in Maine, possibly in the world.


Henry and Jake at the picnic table.


Sweet Caroline at the playground.


Jack and Will going for big air.


She actually does have two arms. Really.


Because you can never have enough jumping photos.







Thank you for a wonderful visit, we loved it!

Maine, in pictures. Part 1.

October 22, 2008

Vacation: The Aftermath

July 9, 2008

I have…

…seen a little boy’s dream come true: a candy-filled pinata hanging from a digger.

…600 plus photos to wade through.

…four small pieces of Maine granite on my washing machine, removed from various pockets, also one half of a sand dollar, three bird feathers and a snail shell. Relieved to find no dessicated snail inside.

…funny pictures of loveable, goofy kids.

…seen harbor seals, blue skies, kids splashing in lakes, green waves, osprey nests, outdoor showers, kids playing in mud, foggy mornings and beautiful dinners.

…heard the sounds of not one but two two-year-olds singing “happy birthday” over and over again.

…eaten my weight in blueberry pancakes, fresh strawberries, popovers, chocolate birthday cake and lobster. Oh, and butter.

…picked (and cut!) at least 10,000 strawberries.

…no need to ever hear “Blueberries for Sal” on tape again.

…watched kids flee from their dinner.

…4,869,596,381 grains of sand in car, bags, house and washing machine.

…witnessed brotherly love (ouch!)

…captured four cousins in a tree…

…three brothers on a deck…

…and two brothers back home again.

And millions of great stories and happy memories.

Thanks, guest bloggers, for doing such a stand-up job of taking over here—I think I could take the whole summer off!

Gotta go, I have a few more pictures to sort through…more tomorrow!

Food Friday: Ode to a Popover

October 19, 2007


The Bubbles over Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine. As seen from the lawn of Jordan Pond House.

During our visit to Maine last week, we went to one of our usual haunts, Jordan Pond House, in Acadia National Park. Besides just being a place that sells really good popovers in a gorgeous setting with a tons of amazing, mountainous hiking trails nearby, it is a special place to us because of our long history with it. Two of my best college friends worked there during the summer for years and lived in the dorms, (kind of a Kellerman’s/Dirty Dancing feel, complete with variety show), and my sister spent some time working at the gift shop there.

For members of our group it has witnessed birthdays, first dates, first encounters, anniversaries, special reunions, engagements, baby showers and bridal showers, all served with (many) steaming popovers, doused in butter and strawberry jam.


Marie’s bridal shower, 2004

(Yes, that’s me, 34 weeks pregnant with Will in the giant flowered dress, about to deliver, but not before I wore it to Amily’s wedding in Maine two weeks later. How did I not have that kid in Maine?)

It was the first place I expensed a meal ( I was actually in the area for work at one of my first jobs out of college!). It is a place that is framed in all the glory of Maine’s beauty, spring, summer and fall. Several of us have had the delights of seeing our children come to enjoy the menu at Jordan Pond, though I keep the lobster stew to myself. All that cream, butter and fresh Maine lobster meat can’t possibly be good for growing kids.


Will eating popovers on the lawn, October 2007. It was 82 degrees out and need I say, GORGEOUS.


Henry having his very first popover at Jordan Pond. He threw it on the ground a minute later, because it wasn’t a frozen pea, blueberry or raisin.
I’m considering DNA testing to see if this is really my child.

I highly recommend adding a visit to Acadia National Park—and a stop at Jordan Pond House for tea and popovers—to your life list. Until then, or to tide you over to your next one, I present to you the ACTUAL recipe for:

Jordan Pond Popovers

The recipe notes that a popover pan plus convection oven are recommended but not required.

2 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

speck of baking soda (thats what it says!)

Preheat over to 425 degrees. Beat the eggs in a mixer at high speed until lemon colored (two-three minutes). On slowest speed, add very slowly one half cup of milk, beat until well mixed. Add dry ingredients slowly while mixer is on low speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl, turn the mixer to medium speed and add the remaining milk; beat two minutes. Turn to high speed and beat five-seven minutes.

Batter should be smooth and the thickness of heavy cream. Pour batter through a strainer and into well-greased muffin tins, custard cups or popover tins. If a muffin tin is used, fill the end cups only and fill them to the top if you wish large, high popovers. Bake on middle shelf of overn at 425 for first 15 minutes. Without opening the oven, reduce temperature to 350 and bake fifteen to twenty minutes longer. They are best when served at once with butter and jam, but may be kept in the over for an additional four to five minutes. Yield—six large popovers.

Enjoy! And then go there next season to see how yours compare.

Martha, Martha, Martha

October 17, 2007

So my professional cook college friend is in New York this week for her birthday, on a delicious tour of New York eateries, like Tom Calicchio of Top Chef’s Craftsteak. Yum.

But this morning, on her actual birthday, she and her girlfriend are part of the studio audience for the taping of the Martha Stewart Show, how fun is that!

So since it is kind of a Martha Stewart day and I promised you photos from my trip (And trust me, you don’t want them all at once—leaves! kids! leaves! kids!), here are a few snaps from last week’s farmers’ market in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Martha was filming a segment of her TV show.



Martha fans may recognize, from left to right, Stewart pooches Francesca, Paw-Paw and Sharkey. Will (that’s my boy!) can name all of Martha’s dogs, and likes Sharkey and Paw-Paw best, Sharkey because of his name, and Paw-Paw “because he looks like a lion.”


Here’s Martha doing a segment on the Smith Family Organic Dairy Farm. We LOVE their yogurt. Try it if you are in the area.


But this was my favorite part of the celebrity sighting—I just knew she would be a Canon girl. Help me out, photo geeks, is that a 5D with a battery grip or a “1D Mark-whatever-I’m-a-billionaire-so-I-can-buy-a-pro-camera-for-fun?”

And just because a few of you asked about foliage, here’s a little something to tide you over until I get my photos up. I know absolutely NOTHING about taking landscapes and nature photos, so just a snap shot, but you get the idea. Leaves! Kids tomorrow.


There’s no place like home

October 15, 2007


Best Shot Monday

Johnson’s Orchard, Hancock County, Maine

I’m back! What a great week we had in Maine and Vermont, with wonderful visits with friends and family, mostly wonderful weather, unbelievably perfect foliage and almost perfectly wonderful boys. Oh, and I had more than enough fleece. And I LOVED my guest bloggers, weren’t they wonderful? I have some rereading and commenting to do for sure. Thank you, wonderful blogsitters!

But Internets, I missed you so! Can’t wait to check in on all of you, I see blog entry after blog entry popping up in my Google reader, and I need to spend some time chasing you like wayward chickens. While doing laundry and catching up at work and going to parent-teacher conferences and figuring out what we will eat for dinner and other decidedly NON-VACATION-LIKE activities. Sigh.

So, the stories and photos will have to wait for another day, but I will leave you with a question.


Are Frog & Toad actually supposed to be a gay couple in the way that Ernie and Bert expand the Sesame Street definition of diversity with their oft-discussed sexual orientation? Or did I just spend way too much time in the car last week listening to kids-books-on-tape narrative like this: “Frog and Toad are friends. They spend lots of time together doing things that make them happy. They like to bake cookies, keep a clean house and walk in the woods together.”

Just wondering. And Internet, I figured you would know.

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