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Christmas at the Victoria Mansion

Portland, Maine is a lovely little historic city. It’s Old Port area and Downtown have plenty of charm with their cobblestone streets, bricked sidewalks and architectural treasures. One of those treasures is the Victoria Mansion. This stately home, built between 1858 and 1863, was a summer residence for self-made business man, Rugglers Sylvester Morse and […]

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12 Beers til Christmas!

When I was a kid I loved those cardboard Advent Calendars where you would open the little numbered doors and there would be a cute Christmasy chocolate in there. Looking back the chocolate was pretty terrible but I loved when it was my turn to open the door. I noticed some “adult” advent calendars pop […]

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Classic Chocolate Pie

Thanksgiving this year was very different. Instead of a huge gathering of family or friends with WAY TOO MUCH of everything we had a nice, quiet meal with my mother in law. Just the three of us. So completely different, but I have to say I didn’t mind the quiet. I’m actually not a huge […]

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Gluhwein and Christmas Trees

So, we did a thing. A thing that I swore I would never do. We bought an artificial Christmas tree. Even as I’m typing this I still can’t believe that we have a fake tree sitting in a box ready to be assembled this holiday season.  It just doesn’t seem right! Andrew has wanted to […]

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Sunday Supper- Oreilles d’Anes

It’s been a while since I’ve shared what we’ve bee up to with our Sunday Suppers. We’re still at it! Trying out new recipes and old favorites but always cooking something delicious on our Sunday’s so that they seem a little extra special. This past Sunday I made something out of my new cook book, […]

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Kitchen Favorites

If you know me, it’s no secret that both Andrew and I spend a lot of time in our kitchen. We love to try new recipes, whip up old favorites and challenge ourselves to recreate a meal from our travels. Theme food nights have always been big in our home! The lack of travel for […]

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Portland, Maine Restaurants -Hidden Gems

I always look forward to Friday, not just because it’s the end of the work week, or payday but because it means takeout! I grew up in and currently live in South Portland, just minutes and a bridge ride away from Portland. This little city of ours has gotten quite a lot of attention the […]

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Old Québéc City Weekend

What a difference a year makes! This time last year it was my birthday weekend and we were driving back from Old Québéc City. Fast forward a year and we’re not even allowed in Canada due to Covid! Man oh man, I know I say this all the time but I miss traveling. Hopefully neighbors […]

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Apple Season

It is the season for all things apples! I love picking my own fruits in the summer and with many apple orchards in Maine I am able to continue my love of PYO well into the fall season. Over the years, I have discovered heirloom apples like Ruby Topaz, Snow Sweet, Florina, and Golden Russet. […]

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Soup’s On

Fall is in the air and I am not complaining. I love when the cooler weather starts creeping in and you can finally dig out the sweaters and cute boots that you had packed away last spring.  It’s also the start of soup season in our house. I.Love.Soup. I could eat it every day and […]

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Lavender Fields

Sticking with my Maine staycation experiences I wanted to visit somewhere new this Summer. I love the calming scent of lavender and visiting the lavender fields of Provence has been a dream of mine for quite some time, we haven’t made our way to that part of France yet….fingers crossed for next year! I discovered […]

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Summer in Maine Part Two

Not being able to travel has really made me slow down and appreciate where I live. Maine really does have so much to offer, it is called Vacationland after all! The other day I shared my favorite beaches in Maine and today I’m going to share with you my favorite places to spend a day. […]

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Summer Fruit Tarts

If you know me or follow my Instagram, it’s no secret that I have been baking up a storm. I’ve always loved to bake and with Covid still running rampant it’s been a great source stress of  relief and break from what’s going on in the world. I had made croissants from a recipe on […]

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Summer in Maine

As much as I love to travel I must admit that I LOVE where I live. Maine is such a special place and there are so many things to do here. Since I won’t be doing any traveling outside of my lovely state any time soon I thought I’d share some of my favorite things […]

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Favorite Films Set in France

So it’s official. The EU is starting to open its borders to neighboring countries and the USA is not making the cut.It’s a real bummer but I don’t blame them, we have many new cases of Covid-19 daily and sadly it’s not slowing down (wear the damn mask!) So maybe we can’t travel to France […]

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Summer Strawberries

It’s starting to feel like summer in Maine. We’ve had 90 degree weather last week and I already had a day by the pool but it didn’t feel like summer. The other day though I got a notification that my favorite strawberry farm would be open for pick your own this week. There is just […]

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Classic Quiche Lorraine

Since being homebound I’ve been doing a lot of virtual experiences. Virtual tour of Versailles, an afternoon MET performance, Zumba classes, penguin cams at the San Diego Zoo (this is more for teaching), I’ve even done a cooking class! I’m doing my best to stay engaged when I’m not working and not fall down the […]

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Sunday Supper- Poulet a la Moutarde

It’s no secret that we’re a little France obsessed. We love the country, the food, the wine, the people….we just adore anything and everything French. So many of the meals that we make tend to be French, Andrew loves complicated, challenging recipes that destroy the kitchen and take all day. I’m more of a weeknight […]

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Put An Egg On It!

Well 2020 has certainly made an impression so far. I’m ready for it to be over and it’s only May. We’ve been hunkered down in our apartment, leaving only for necessary errands and are trying to be creative with our cooking. Finding different uses for leftovers means less trips to the store during these crazy pandemic […]

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My French Shopping List

I just finished up a container of mustard that we got while in France last year and I got to thinking about all the things that we love to pick up while we’re there and you know what….we’re not big souvenir people. When we travel I’m just so happy to be exploring somewhere new that […]

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