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Christmas Market Foods You Can Make At Home

European Christmas Markets are full of magic; beautiful alpine stalls, delicious food, warm Gluhwein, SO much cheer. While you can’t recreate the stalls in your home you can easily make some of the food. Here are some of my favorite foods from markets I’ve visited. Tarte Flambée (Flammkuchen) This dish is from the Alsace region […]

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Merry Mocktails and Cocktails

I love a good beverage and the holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with seasonal flavors. Whether you’re whipping up a flavorful mocktail or sippin’ on a new favorite cocktail, there is something for everyone in this roundup. Mocktails Blood Orange Spritzer Super easy to make and full of flavor! The blood oranges […]

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A Rockstar Stay In Boston

Andrew and I went down to Boston for a little birthday getaway this past October. We hadn’t been to Boston, aside from the airport, in years. Which is crazy when it’s only a 2 hours drive away but we just haven’t had a reason to make the journey south. We had a great weekend full […]

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Staying Healthy While Traveling

As fun and exciting as traveling can be, it can do a number on your body. Traveling can often include some form of digestive trouble, bloating, illness or trouble sleeping. Getting sick while traveling is the worst! You can blame it on long days, time changes, irregular meals and exposure to new germs that come […]

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Date Night In-1960s Theme

It’s time for another date night in! This time we are going back to the 1960s. A time of protests, movements for civil and women’s rights, hippies, a moon landing and a little event called Woodstock. There was a lot of turmoil during this decade but there were some pretty groovy things too. So dig […]

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Autumn Vibes Book List

I love books. I always have, maybe it’s the teacher in me, maybe it’s because one of my favorite aunts was such a bookworm and would often gift me with new books. Who knows? But there is nothing that I love more on a cozy afternoon than to get lost in a good book. Here […]

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Recipes

Pichelsteiner(Bavarian Stew) – A Sunday Supper

Pichelsteiner is a thick German stew that originated in Bavaria. When it was first made is still up for debate. Some accounts say it originated in 1742 when a farmer’s wife had to feed a large military troop passing through. She only had some leftover meat, cabbage and turnips, which she placed in a large pot (called […]

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Spooky Season- Hosting a Murder Mystery Party

If you’re a fan of mysteries and all things crime solving, you might be playing with idea of hosting a murder mystery type dinner. Now is the time to do it! The days are getting shorter, trees are losing their leaves, there’s a crispness in the air and a certain spooky holiday takes place. The […]

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Unique Lodgings-A Hobbit House Stay

Andrew turned 40 this past June so I wanted to do something special for him. He’s been super interested in underground dwellings and has talked for years about the benefits of living like a hobbit. Underground homes are energy efficient, relatively undisturbed by most natural disasters, and better for the environment (google for more info!) […]

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Tomato Eggplant Dip- A Sunday Supper

Ok, I know what you’re probably thinking. A dip for a Sunday Supper? Trust me though, this is worthy! Plus it’s not the only thing on the menu. Mesa’ah, a common dish in Egypt, is fried eggplant in a garlicky tomato sauce. It’s eaten with fresh pita bread and is absolutely delicious. I put my […]

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A Southwest Harbor Stay

Southwest Harbor is one of the four towns on Mount Desert Island, which is the 2nd largest island on the eastern seaboard. It’s a beautiful, typical coastal town that you may think of when a picture of Maine pops into your head. Think working waterfront, quaint main street, and delicious seafood. So cute! With a population […]

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Rhubarb Crisp

It’s that time of year when all those April showers have payed off and the rhubarb in the garden is finally starting to turn that vibrant red. Nothing says spring/summer around here like fresh rhubarb desserts! I feel like rhubarb is one of those underrated….vegetables. I think it’s a vegetable, no seeds means vegetable right? […]

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Rise And Shine! How To Become A Morning Person

Becoming a morning person may not appeal to you but I swear it is the easiest way to boost your productivity. (And your energy throughout the day as well.) You can sneak in a morning workout, catch the sunrise and really enjoy that first cup of coffee. The first week or so may be challenging, […]

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Pear and Prosciutto Tart

There are some recipes that I just don’t make as often as I should. This tart is one of them. With crunchy walnuts, funky blue, salty prosciutto and fragrant pears this tart hits sweet and salty in all the best possible ways. It’s also quite pretty, so it looks fancy even though it’s very easy […]

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Dreamy Carousels of Paris

I love carousels, especially really detailed, super pretty carousels. I know that they are just an amusement ride that moves round and round in a circle but I think they are magical, especially in Paris. In fact, Paris is the perfect place to find one of these beauties. There are around twenty carousels, scattered about the […]

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What To Do If Your Luggage Is Delayed

The door to the baggage carousel has closed and your luggage is nowhere to be seen. You feel the pit in your stomach begin to grow and the fear that your bag is lost forever. I know it’s hard but try not to worry! I help people in these situations (and have been in them […]

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Rainy Day Fun Around Portland, Maine

It’s springtime in Maine! That means warmer temps, greener spaces and shedding those winter layers. It also means…mud season. It’s that delightful time of year when things start to thaw and spring showers happen more often. April showers bring May flowers though right? So if you’re looking for something to do indoors during this time, […]

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Favorite Restaurants in South Portland

South Portland (SoPo) is one of those places that has both changed a lot over the years but also hasn’t really changed. (If that makes sense) I grew up in SoPo and still live there now with Andrew and our kitties. We like our little neighborhood across the bridge from foodie central Portland, and honestly […]

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Foods To Try On Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s often said that everyone is at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and across America there is definitely no shortage of green beer and super dry soda bread in grocery stores. You’re also more likely than not to find a daily special of corned beef and cabbage at many restaurants too. […]

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Date Night In – Cuba

It’s time for another date night in! Andrew suggested a Cuban themed night, I think he just really wanted Mojitos but I have never been to Cuba and it’s a place with a fascinating history that has always intrigued me. So shake up a tasty rum cocktail , turn up the salsa and let’s have […]

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