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Archive for June, 2013

Since it’s strawberry season and the weather is suddenly cool, the team decided the time was right to try making buttermilk biscuits for shortcake. If MP had known how easy it is to make biscuits—or how much the kids enjoyed creating them—she would have attempted this recipe long ago. We had warm, flaky biscuits in less than an hour. Such a treat!

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Bright colors. Pretty accessories. Twirly skirts. These are a few of the Cute Potato girls favorite things about summer dressing. While visiting the In Bloom Market in Cumberland a few weeks ago, MP discovered the work of Kendra Haskell. The Scarborough designer has an eye for summer style. Her clothing line, aptly named Whimsy, offers colorful cotton skirts for women and girls in bold prints.

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Whimsy skirts for girls are available in sizes 3-8.

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We had a lot to celebrate over the weekend: the end of the school year, Father’s Day, plus our friend and neighbor’s 40th birthday. To kick off the festivities, we took an afternoon sailing trip with the Portland Schooner Co. A group of us boarded the Bagheera—a 1920’s, wooden schooner that sails from Portland Harbor into the Casco Bay. The day was perfect for a sail. The sun was bright, the weather was warm, and we were all in good spirits.

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Sometimes MP gets the chance to preview products that are too great not to share. Case in point: Tom & Teddy swimwear for fathers and sons. The colorful, Australian swim line is not sold in local stores yet, but you can shop Tom & Teddy online. MP thinks the swimwear is just right for Maine summers.

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and as usual, MP is behind schedule! Thankfully, there are plenty of great shops and purveyors nearby to help with gift giving. Take for example the smart folks at Coffee by Design, who are offering a special, dark roast just for dads. Even better, one dollar for each pound sold of this coffee goes to Boys to Men—a non-profit organization that teaches adolescent boys the importance of non-violence and respect for all genders.

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Kim Collins Kalicky is a 50-something wife, writer, and mother of two grown boys. Her latest book, Mothers Fulfilled, focuses on her life as a full-time working parent, and the challenges her hectic schedule presented in the office and at home. On a broader scale, the book discusses work-life balance for families throughout the United States. Kim introduces a dialogue about the need for parents to have more flexible scheduling options at work.

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