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Archive for November, 2015

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and the busy weeks leading up to the holidays are just beginning, we focus on straightforward and satisfying weekly meals — crockpot chili, simple soups, hearty pasta dishes and quick stir fry-recipes.

Our friend Chef Watcharee Limanon adds to our easy, weeknight repertoire with her collection of delicious thai sauces. There’s a crowd-pleasing peanut sauce that is a great for chicken skewers and sticky brown rice. The flavorful Pad Thai sauce, which is new to Watcharee’s collection, is a favorite paired with rice noodles and veggies. And the Massaman and green curry sauces add a hint of spice that elevates any stir fry to restaurant quality.

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One of MP’s favorite things about this time of year is the abundance of craft shows and holiday fairs throughout the state. Fortunately, CP#1 is always game to shop. She and MP will spend a Saturday morning visiting a few beloved fairs, as well as shows that are new to us.

And before you think, there is no way I’m bringing my little one to a craft show, consider that many feature live music, crafting tables for kids, homemade lunches, cookie walks, and garage sale finds (we’ve often scored on gently used books + games).

MP loves shopping neighborhood craft fairs because there has never been a time she hasn’t discovered a talented local maker. Here are few highlights from over the years, and links to the shows where she originally found their work:

Sheabella Tutus

sheabellaNorth Yarmouth Academy Craft Fair (Yarmouth, Dec. 5)

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MP has always had a thing for terrariums — glass containers that hold a miniature garden. Much like a fairy house, there is something magical about a terrarium. So you can imagine her delight when she came across this D.I.Y. Terrarium Kit from landscaper Kyle Moran. Each kit comes with marble chips, organic soil, dehydrated moss, wood pieces and a miniature animal figurine (in our case, a small otter).

Illustrator Hannah Rosengren designed the labels for the jars.

Illustrator Hannah Rosengren designed the labels for the jars.

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It always amazes MP how much there is to discover in her own backyard. Some of her running friends introduced her to the newly expanded nature trails in the Cumberland Town Forest. The dense, 100 acres of land, which was donated to Cumberland in 1891, is an ideal place for a quiet walk with kids. The trailhead is easy to find — simply park at the town offices and the entrance is next to the police station.

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