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Tastiest Donuts in Maine

My dad LOVES donuts. He likes them so much that instead of cake we’ve had donut towers for his birthday. When I was little, many Sunday mornings would include warm donuts fresh from our local bakery. The simplicity of a warm donut with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top is just so damn delicious. As […]

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My Top Five TSA Friendly Toiletries

As I’ve written on here before, I try my best to pack only a carry on bag. I like that we can just hit the ground running when we arrive at our destination and not wait for our bags to maybe come out at baggage claim. So, because we carry on I’ve had to swap […]

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Why Belgium Should Be On Your Travel List

Belgium is a lovely country that’s often overlooked when planning a trip to Europe. It’s overshadowed by other top European destinations and I’m telling you right now that should change. We have visited Belgium multiple times in just a few years, we love it there! When my parents wanted to check out a Christmas Market […]

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Date Night In- Portugal

A new month means a new date night in idea. This time we are “traveling” to Portugal. Andrew and I have tried to make a flight to Portugal twice and we ended up in Belgium and The Netherlands instead. Not complaining at all, it’s the adventure of stand by travel! We’ll make it to Portugal […]

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Polenta Squares

I recently have a new found appreciation for polenta. It’s a very diverse grain and can be ready in minutes. Creamy polenta is one of the most simple side dishes that you can make and is perfect for saucy dishes.It’s the perfect side when you’re bored with potatoes or rice! Polenta fries make a great […]

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Warm Weather Mocktails

I love a nice refreshing cocktail while hanging out by the pool. There’s nothing more relaxing than a good book, a frosty beverage and cool pool to take a dip in. Andrew makes some really delicious mojitos and fresh piña coladas but something that tastes so good can sneak up on you. Two or three frosty […]

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Happy May! I honestly can’t believe we’re 5 months into 2021 already, time goes by so quickly! This new month means it’s time to start planning Mother’s Day Brunch. I love brunch, it’s my favorite meal and it’s the perfect way to celebrate your mom. This Sunday holiday calls for a casual brunch with delicious […]

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Tulip Festivals in the U.S.

Did you know that tulips are celebrated across the U.S. at festivals dedicated entirely to them?!?!?! I had no idea! We went to The Netherlands to gawk at the tulips a couple years ago( which was so much fun and the flowers did not disappoint) but there are festivals right here in the U.S. These […]

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Date Night In- Italy

I have never been to Italy but it is on my ever growing list of destinations I must visit. I helped my parents plan a trip a couple of years ago and it definitely sparked an interest in this country full of historic sites and delicious food. So here we go, date night in with […]

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Garden Recipes- Middle Eastern Cucumber Salad

Spring has sprung in Maine! We’ve had the windows open during the day and little signs of spring are popping up everywhere. We have a little garden in our backyard that Andrew tends to, he grows some salad greens, hot peppers, cucumbers and a ton of herbs. I thought I would help get the herbs […]

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Maine Lighthouses

Maine is speckled with lighthouses up and down its rocky and often foggy coastline. I love lighthouses, it may be because I grew up with three just a bike ride away. Many Maine lighthouses date back to the 19th century and some were commissioned before the United States was even formed! If you’re visiting Maine […]

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Travel Destination Wishlist

Spring is in the air! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, days are getting longer. I love this time of year when everything seems new again. Maybe even new adventures are on the horizon? I recently I got my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and I can see the light at the end […]

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Irish Soda Bread and Scones

I love soda bread year round but this time of year it seems to pop up everywhere. It’s a surprisingly versatile bread and super easy to make. It’s great for breakfast, an afternoon snack with some jam or an accompaniment to a hearty, warming soup. I’ve had this recipe for ages and I have no […]

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Sunday Supper- 90’s Dinner Upgrade

Growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Like a lot. My brother wouldn’t eat any other protien. So, many of the meals my mom made were chicken based. We still had shepherd’s pie, meatloaf, pork chops, homemade mac and cheese but there was alot of chicken consumption. She’d even make him his own chicken […]

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Date Night In- Ireland

When I started my side gig working at my local airport the first international trip that I wanted to take was to Ireland. We hadn’t been there and I come from a very Irish family. Our quick trip was everything that I thought it would be and I can’t wait to explore more the beautiful […]

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Uunifetapasta(Baked Feta Pasta)- Sunday Supper

I’ve been following the account liemessa on instagram for years. I first stumbled across this account when I was mindlessly scrolling and saw a beautiful chocolate cake with cherries, it looked so good and I had to make it! After clicking on picture I found out that belongs to Jenni Hayrinen who is a Finnish […]

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Greater Portland Area- Cross Country Ski

I’m a native Mainer and it’s no secret that I love where I live, but Maine winters can be long. They are bitter cold and snowy and if you don’t have fun things to do they seem neverending. I didn’t grow up skiing but since meeting Andrew 14 years ago I’ve broadened my winter activity […]

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Date Night In-France

We’re in the 2nd week of February so that means it’s time for another date night in! The first date night in with a French theme was a casual Apéro, which is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening in. But Valentine’s Day is a week away and today’s French date night is […]

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Date Night In-French Apéro

We’re coming up on Valentine’s Day and what country would be more fitting for a romantic date night in than France? I can’t think of one! I’m going to share a couple of date night in options from this favorite country of mine. First up is a more casual date night in, more of a […]

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Lille Potatoes- Sunday Supper

There’s just something so nice about catching the bus or train and having it transport you to another destination. I love that the bus/rail system in Europe is so easy to navigate. The USA could learn a thing or two about public transport from Europe! When we made last minute plans in 2018 to visit […]

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Finnish Pannukakku

My husband, Andrew, is part Finnish. He’s super proud of this fact and will tell anyone who will listen. He has a Finnish flag decal on his car and before our front porch was redone he flew the Finnish flag outside our home. See, super proud. We haven’t had the chance to visit Finland yet […]

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