Fairy House Handbook by Liza Walsh

Fairy houses are a relatively new phenomenon in the Cute Potato household. We didn’t realize how much fun they could be to construct, until we were invited to the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour last September.

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila

Alana Chernila, mother of two and author of The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying & Start Making, visited Longfellow Books in Portland for a reading not long ago. Alana’s gorgeous cookbook is chock full of simple recipes for breads, cheeses, snacks, pasta, and more delicious everyday dishes.

Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat

When MP becomes a senior citizen, she hopes to be as plucky as the grandmother in Katie Clark’s popular Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck and Grandma Drove the Snowplow series. If you’re familiar with the Brunswick author’s books, you know her lovable protagonist is a dedicated problem solver. Grandma is ready to do whatever it takes to help her community, …

French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon

While MP was in France last week, she had the pleasure of reading French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. The book’s sub-title, How our family moved to France, cured picking eating, banned snacking, and discovered 10 simple rules for raising, happy healthy eaters, piqued MP’s interest. CP#1 and #2 are good eaters, but they can be picky, and …

Cafe LA + Auburn Public Library

Note: We visited when this cafe was called The Library Cafe. Menu items may have changed. In August, CP#2 joined MP on a scouting trip to Lewiston-Auburn. Our first order of business was a visit to Cafe LA , located at the Auburn Public Library. MP fell for the space immediately. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. The café has a …

How to Compost

Many of our friends are composting at home, so the team thought it was high time we followed suit (translation: MP signed up to take a Saturday home composting class, while the rest of her crew stayed home and ate pancakes). The 90-minute class was held at our local transfer station by the gregarious Phil Hildebrandt; the Superintendent of Transfer & …

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Summer is officially here! MP can enjoy a cup of coffee and a good novel in the early morning hours while the kids sleep in. There are several books on MP’s list, but she couldn’t resist reading J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine first.

Seven Days of Daisy by Jamie Hogan

CP#1 is a big fan of her Grandma Cookie. They both have an affinity for the beach, sparkly sunglasses and mismatched socks. Simply put, they are two peas in a pod. Grandma Cookie has been traveling across country for a month, and CP#1 misses her more each day. To help, we’ve been reading Seven Days of Daisy by Peaks Island …

Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly

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 …

Pirates, Ho!

CP#2 is gaga over pirates lately, thanks in part to Grandma Cookie, who treated him to a treasure chest, eye patch, sword, captain’s hat, hoop earrings and more pirate paraphernalia. So it is no surprise that our young captain thoroughly enjoys Sarah L. Thomson’s Pirates, Ho!                             …