Archive for April, 2011

While shopping at the Rosemont Market & Bakery in Yarmouth, MP spotted this lovely May Basket. Traditionally, these springtime baskets are made by children and left as a gift on the doorstep of a neighbor, friend or loved one.

This basket was made by the families of the Village Nursery School in Yarmouth

MP thinks this would be a fun, sunny day project with the kids. All you need is a basket, liner, potting soil, pansies and some ribbon. The May basket made by the Village Nursery School is finished with a gift tag that features the children’s art work. So sweet!


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MP  had the pleasure of reading Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home, a memoir by Portland-based author Caitlin Shetterly. The story unfolds as Caitlin and her husband, Dan, a photographer, leave Maine for new opportunities in Los Angeles. The move across country brings a series of unexpected challenges, including a difficult pregnancy for Caitlin, frequent travel for Dan, and an upstairs neighbor whose behavior is worrisome.

After the birth of their son, Matthew, the recession hits full force. Dan’s freelance jobs slow to a halt. Their beloved family cat becomes ill. Dan and Caitlin do everything possible to find work. When they can no longer pay their bills, the family returns home in hopes of recovery. (more…)

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CP#1 wanted a Hello Kitty themed party for her fifth birthday. To help create a memorable cake, MP enlisted Cathy Ducey, baker and owner of Mom Made It! in Scarborough. Cathy, who makes everything from scratch in her home kitchen, was kind enough to let MP bring some gluten-free ingredients to make CP #1 a rich, chocolate layer cake.


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When your neighborhood ice cream stand opens for the season, it’s worth visiting, no matter what the weather. Even though it was a little breezy outside, the team was determined to visit Freeport’s Mainely Custard on opening day.

Black Raspberry was today’s flavor, but the kids are traditionalists. CP#1 chose a scoop of chocolate custard on a sugar cone, and CP#2, who was wishing for strawberry, made the switch to vanilla without complaint. MP thinks they both look pleased:

Any day is a great day for custard!

Mainely Custard
(Road sign reads Classic Custard)
150 U.S. Route One

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