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This beautiful stretch of September weather is impossible to ignore. We left our boxes behind last Sunday, and decided to enjoy a family picnic at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. MP also wanted to check out the Bite Into Maine food truck, which has received national attention for their lobster rolls, and the progress of The Fort Williams Arboretum.

We brought hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and fruit skewers along, but MP and DP decided to split a Bite Into Maine lobster roll as an appetizer (we chose a version with wasabi mayonnaise). The lobster roll offered generous pieces of lobster and a hint of spice. The accolades are well-deserved— this roll is the perfect late summer treat.

A gorgeous lobster roll from Bite Into Maine.

A gorgeous lobster roll from Bite Into Maine.

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The Cute Potato family is feeling topsy turvy lately. We’re unpacking boxes every day (nearly 170 to get through, if you can believe). Plus, we’ve been busy with school meetings, soccer practice, dancing lessons, appointments, and adjusting to a new routine. All the team really wants to do is start making this house our own. The kids can’t wait to unpack their library of books, and MP is looking forward to hanging family photos and art on the walls.

With thoughts of books and decorating in mind, we’re giving away a little something for adults and kids. Thanks to our sponsor, Daytrip Jr., we have a gorgeous, chain-stitched pillow (valued at $120) called “Cat in the Garden,” and a copy of the children’s classic, The Cat at Night by author and illustrator Dahlov Ipcar.

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The image on the pillow is a page from The Cat at Night.

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Whenever MP drives on Route One in Yarmouth, past the modest office that houses Islandport Press, she feels so proud. How cool is it to live near a company that publishes the works of Dahlov Ipcar and Robert F. Baldwin?

We love Dahlov Ipcar’s books for their vivid, unforgettable illustrations. Her stories capture the beauty and simplicity of everyday life. We meet a farmer who works tirelessly to enjoy the fruits of his labor, a boy who is comforted by a handmade quilt, and a family who honors their hardworking mare by keeping her long after she’s retired.

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The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle by Bruce McMillan

During a recent visit to Kennebunkport, we discovered the fun and equally well-thought gift shop, Daytrip Society. While we were there, Mom and Dad Cute Potato purchased two great books for the family. The first of the two—The Remarkable Riderless Runaway Tricycle—is by Shapleigh author, Bruce McMillan. The story, about a young boy’s tricycle that escapes the village dump to find him, is a laugh-out-loud adventure, made even better by McMillan’s quirky black and white photos of Kennebunkport residents and locales.

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We also bought Dahlov Ipcar’s classic, A Cat at Night, for the Cute Potatoes’ cat loving cousin. We’re big fans of the Georgetown Island artist/author’s colorful illustrations, and the story of the cat’s adventure keeps kids guessing what they’ll discover next.

Happy reading!

PS: We love signed copies for gifts. Autographed copies of McMillan’s book are available through Apple Island Books, 176 Country Road, PO Box 190, Shapleigh, ME 04076.

And if you’re interested in meeting Dahlov Ipcar in person, she will be signing books at L.L.Bean in Freeport on September 12. Check Yarmouth’s Islandport Press for event details.

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