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One of the many things we love about our new home is an upstairs room made for family time. A cozy window seat with hidden storage holds our games: UNO, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, and more favorites. The downside? We haven’t had time to track down a pedestal table to go along with the seating.

CP#1 loves the Q+A game Hedbanz.

CP#1 loves the Q+A game Hedbanz.

Since our search might take a month (or two), we’re so glad for events like the Southern Maine Family Game Festival. The day long event supports the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. The wonderful caregivers at the hospital helped our nephew, Little J, after an unexpected setback last March and we are so grateful to them.

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MP first read about Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk on Katy Elliot’s popular home restoration blog. Since then, she’s visited on her own—and with the kids—any chance she gets. Snug Harbor is best known for its line of unique plants and gift shop filled with lovely things for gardeners. But what MP enjoys most? The farm’s inspired, family-friendly events.

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Last night, CP#1 and #2 were treated to a new Halloween tradition called “Ghosting.” The festive activity is a neighborhood endeavor. Each family is assigned a neighbor to “boo” during the month of October. The kids fill a pumpkin with Halloween goodies, sneak up to their neighbor’s door, ring the bell, leave the pumpkin, and run to a hiding place as fast as they can.

We prepared by dressing all in black from head to toe. MP kept referring to CP#1 and #2 as Spy Kids, which delighted them to no end. The team also had a great time filling up our pumpkin with candy, stickers, and glowing skeletons. We included a print-out of a ghost and a poem much like this one:

You’ve Been Ghosted!
Late last night, we left you a treat. The tradition is fun, one we hope you’ll repeat.
Take the ghost and pin it on your door, to let others know, you need ghosted no more.
Now it’s your duty to pass on the surprise, to more families, we must advise.
Gather some treats and deliver them soon, within two nights, under the light of the moon.
Include a ghost with each package you give, along with this poem for the tradition to live.

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm, a 626-acre, educational farm set on the Casco Bay, is one of our favorite places to visit any time of year, but in the fall, the golden fields and changing trees make for a stunning setting. We visited for a Pumpkin Hayride, and despite a cloudy Sunday, our team had a blast.

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Sara Sullivan is a Yarmouth-based, certified nutritionist, who you may have spotted on Good Day Maine. MP discovered Sara’s healthy, family-friendly recipes on Facebook. She became an instant fan after trying Sara’s Mango Coconut Smoothie (made with 1 cup of spinach) for an after school snack. To MP’s delight, CP#2—who is afraid of green vegetables—loved it!

Sara recently launched a beautiful new web site, where you can find everyday healthy tips, and more inspired recipes on her blog. We’re thrilled to have Sara guest blogging for us today, and we can’t wait to try her new take on Apple Crisp! Take it away, Sara….

Autumn’s glory is upon us!

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the cool air, the brilliant colors of the trees, and of course, the seasonal delicacies. I find that going apple picking, drinking fresh cider, and baking crisp apple chips just feels right this time of year.

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