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Last year, MP was flipping through the pages of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and a sweet Easter tree caught her eye. Inspired, MP decided to try creating a similar tree with the kids.

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Note: Sweet Marguerites closed in September 2013.

MP celebrated her birthday yesterday, and one of the stops on her wish included Sweet Marguerites in South Portland. The sophisticated artisanal chocolate shop and café is owned by Marguerite (Meg) Swoboda. The accomplished chocolatier sells her delicious treats to customers across the United States. Isaac Mizrahi, Real Simple magazine, and American Idol are among her growing list of clients.

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Poor CP#1 had a tooth pulled and a stomach bug last week, which means the Cute Potato ladies were in the house for 5 days straight. CP#1 didn’t have energy for much activity other than napping and watching marathons of Good Luck Charlie. By week’s end, she still didn’t feel 100%, and MP was getting a bad case of cabin fever.

On Saturday, Dad Potato took over nursing duty, so CP#2 and MP could get out for a few hours. We decided on a short trip to Mackworth Island in Falmouth. The walk couldn’t have been more restorative. MP swears she could smell Spring in the air: that marvelous, earthy scent packed with promise. And she’d forgotten how beautiful Mackworth Island can be this time of year.

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At the farmers’ market last summer, MP discovered yogurt from Winter Hill Farm in Freeport. The creamy, whole milk yogurt was better than anything MP had ever tasted at the store, and before long, it became a family breakfast staple.

MP considered making her own, but she worried the process would be too fussy. Plus, it was so easy to pick up a new jar at the market!

Little did she know, a Facebook post linking to a recipe for Crock Pot Greek Yogurt would change her mind. The recipe seemed so straightforward and simple, MP thought, why not give yogurt making a try?

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