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Like all summers, ours seemed to go by just. like. that. Between our busy schedule and humid summer days, MP thought she missed the opportunity to pick strawberries altogether. And while buying fresh berries at the farmers’ market is an option, there’s nothing quite like going to a farm or field to pick your own fruit.

Then, via Facebook, the folks at Goss Berry Farm in Mechanic Falls reminded MP about late season strawberries. Suddenly, it didn’t matter that June and July had passed by in a flash, PYO strawberries were on the horizon! And if that weren’t enough, high bush blueberries and sunflowers were also plentiful. On a picture perfect August morning, MP and DP drove to the farm with plans to pick as many berries as humanly possible.IMG_1268

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MP discovered these adorable, heirloom dolls on Instagram, and was so pleased to find they’re created at Sunflower Farm, a popular goat farm in our hometown of Cumberland, Maine. Lila Ray— who grew up on the farm and later returned with her husband, Ethan—needed a creative pastime while waiting for her baby girl, Max, to arrive. While Lila hadn’t sewn since she was a child, she decided to break out her old sewing machine and try making a doll for her daughter. The result was the sweet goat-inspired doll that led to her online shop, Max & Me.

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Every once in awhile, on a spectacular summer weeknight, our family will act like tourists and visit a relaxed, beachside destination for dinner. Shade, a restaurant located inside the Higgins Beach Inn in Scarborough, is such a place. The casual restaurant features a bar with cherry red chairs. There is table seating on the cozy sun porch or on the spacious screened porch. On the day we arrived, we were unusually early, so the hostess invited our family to choose a non-alcoholic drink at the bar and walk to the beach while we waited.

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If you know our family, you know we’re big seltzer drinkers. So you can imagine our delight when we discovered Green Bee, a Brunswick, Maine-based soda company, recently launched a new line of sparkling water. These unsweetened drinks are infused with fresh squeezed juice, so you get lots of great flavor without added sugar. Sparkling water fans can choose from wild blueberry, tangy lemon and a zippy ginger. These great flavors sound especially enticing with the warmer days coming our way!

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If you haven’t noticed, goats are kind of a thing these days. You can be the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). You can go to yoga class with goats, hike with goats or perhaps the most popular option, snuggle with baby goats (kids). Our own children find it hard to resist the bright eyes, gangly legs and soft fur of these adorable babies. They’d likely take a goat kid home for themselves, if we would allow for another pet. Fortunately for us, there are several visiting farms that offer spring goat snuggling sessions. Following are a few favorites:

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If you follow this blog, you know our family is game to try most any outdoor activity, at least once. We’ve been curious about fat tire biking ever since we spotted the bikes while cross-country skiing a few winters ago. Nowadays, it seems fat tire bikes are more prevalent than ever before. When MP spotted that Harris Farm in Dayton was offering a free fat tire biking demo with Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, she jumped at the chance to go.

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The aftermath of the holidays left us with a bit of a cookie addiction. And while we’ve tried to step up our healthy food game this month, the cookie cravings keep coming back. To strike a balance, CP#1 tried this simple chocolate chip cookie recipe adapted from the Mrs. Fields Cookie Book. They’re everything a person could want in a chocolate chip cookie — soft, chewy, and dense with chocolate. The best part? This straightforward recipe is stripped down to just 7 ingredients. You’ll find there’s very little sugar. Instead, the cookies are naturally sweetened with honey, which make us all feel a bit better about eating two (or three).

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