Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just Look at that Rainbow.....

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My attempt at getting the whole rainbow in one picture. Not the greatest looking picture, but you can see the whole rainbow!
I'm pretty sure this was the brightest rainbow we have ever seen. The colors were so pronounced.
My husband and I had a light breakfast this morning. The strawberries were from Crabtree Farms, and they were delicious!
Our granddaughter came to visit over the fourth, and to have a bit of fun with Hollie. I'm so glad they get along so well. Rylee sure is growing fast. She says quite a bit now, but mostly "What's that?". Remember that stage? I know I do. They are so curious aren't they?
Joe and I had some blueberries and strawberries, so we decided to make a pie. I played with the crust a bit and decided on a lattice top pie. I haven't made one in years, so I thought it was time. A little egg wash and a sprinkle of sugar....
Well, the rest is history....and so is the pie!
Today I have been working at getting a few things done that I have had on my list of To-do's, but haven't done yet.
Making more croutons; rosemary/garlic this time.
Making and canning some simple strawberry syrup for ice cream, cheese cake, or French toast. Mmmm!
I also put some tomatoes and celery in the dehydrator. They were starting to get a bit soft and rather than lose them, I'll dry them and store them away for later use. 
Now I need to get something picked out for supper.
Hmmm?? I'm thinking Tilapia, fiddleheads, and new potatoes!
What will you be having?
Thank you so much for following my blog. I know I haven't been as dedicated to my writing as I should be. Summers seem so busy, don't they? I'm really enjoying it, though!
Until next time....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Strawberries For Sale....

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My husband's niece (Betsy), and her husband (Craig), opened up a little farm store...Crabtree Farms.
As you can see....they have lots of strawberries for sale. My daughter in law, granddaughter and I picked a few boxes last week. Yes! It was during one of the hottest days we had, but oh what fun! It was Rylee's first time in a strawberry field. She came prepared, carrying her little purple pail. Not that any of the strawberries made it into her pail. (giggle)
We didn't stay long as the summer sun was really warm, and we didn't want to keep Rylee out in it too long.
The strawberries were beautiful and so tasty! My husband and I have been enjoying them for breakfast, snack, and dessert. Delicious!
Eventually the farm will have lots more to offer than just homemade ice cream, sweet corn, pumpkins and more!
 Although Crabtree Farms is just the beginning of a dream they have had for some time now, it is sure to become a big success!
If you live in the area, you'll have to pay their little farm and farm store a visit. I can guarantee it will be the sweetest trip you make!

Crabtree Farms
473 E. Blaine Road
Blaine, Me.
(207) 227-8210
Just 3 mi. South of Big Rock Mountain.
For all of our Canadian friends they are just 2-3 mi.
from the Bridgewater border.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Sunday Drive....

Doesn't everybody love a Sunday drive? The older I get the more I look forward to summer days/nights where my husband and I just hop in the car and drive. I probably take pictures of the same thing over and over, but we love it!
This is one of the rare trips out where we actually got to see some wildlife....other than the occasional squirrel or gopher. I think the deer was hiding a baby nearby, as the bush near her kept moving.
As you can see, the day wasn't sure if it wanted to rain or shine. I'm glad it chose to shine. (smile)
I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Life is Full...

Rain, rain, go away.....You know how it goes. Your singing it aren't you? Haha!
Seems like we've had a lot of rain up here in Northern Maine.
Oh, but how I love a beautiful rainbow!
If you look closely, you can see that it's a double rainbow.
You can click on any of my photos to enlarge them, if you like.
I've been busy with so many projects now that summer is here. How does that old saying go?? You've got to strike while the iron is hot??
Well, I'm striking and getting a lot accomplished. I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel on most days. (giggle)
One of my big projects was our back porch. I have been working hard at getting it painted, screened in, and ready for summer.
As you can's already becoming a favorite spot.
Father's Day was cold and windy. It felt kind of like a fall day.
Our boys came for a barbecue, and can you believe, I even got a picture! Actually, our youngest son's girlfriend got the picture for me. Thank you Damie!
Our granddaughter, Piper, helped husk the corn for dinner. She loves being Meme's helper.
My sister, Robin and her husband came for a visit. We tested out the new porch works great! Hollie liked it too!
Our youngest granddaughter, Rylee turned ONE! She started walking a day later. Two milestones in two days. They grow so quickly.
Piper graduated from Pre-K last week. Her class put on a nice show for all the parents and grandparents. It's on to kindergarten next year for her. She couldn't be more excited!

As you can see, my life is full, but I'm loving every minute of it!
I'd love to hear how your summer is going so far. Have you planted a garden? Is it growing? Are you planning a vacation? I'd love to hear what your up to, so leave me a comment.
Whatever your summer brings, or wherever it takes you....enjoy the journey, be safe, and have fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some Catching Up...

Well, I guess it's time for a bit of catching up!
Let's see....
Where shall we begin?
Since my last post we have celebrated two birthdays. Our middle son, Thomas turned 26 in April and then our eldest granddaughter, Piper, turned 5 at the beginning of May.
I've been doing LOTS of painting! I have FINALLY finished the stairs! YAY! I still have so much more painting to do, but the stairs were actually the worst part for me.
I've been quite busy baking, and Piper is always a big help.
Rylee likes to clean the cupboards whenever she comes to visit.
Piper and Papa have had a few tea parties on the porch.
Piper and Dillyn love to play games on the porch.
Joe and I made some pies. This is my skillet peach pie....
...and this is Joe's peach custard pie.
Piper and Papa are busy making some bracelets.
Little Miss Rylee all dressed up and talking to mommy on the phone.
Did I mention I've been painting?? What do you think of the garage door?
...and the front door trim??
...and then there's all those flower beds I need to do!
So much to do in such a short summertime!
I won't complain, though. Summer is finally here and I am going to enjoy every minute of it.
I hope you are enjoying your summer!