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Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! We adore this time of year because it’s the kick-off to so many good things, like an afternoon spent making Thanksgiving pies. This fun, family tradition includes making one apple pie, one pumpkin pie and a new-to-us pie. This decadent, chocolate pecan pie began as a new-to-us recipe and quickly rose to the level of family favorite. The pie has a rich buttery flavor made even better with the satisfying combination of chocolate and pecans.

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After two back-to-back travel weekends, our family decided to start a new summer tradition: Saturday morning breakfasts at a local beach. DP packed hard-boiled eggs, coffee, juice, croissants, and homemade strawberry jam. By 9:00 a.m., all of us were in bathing suits and ready to go.

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We decided to visit one of our favorite spots: Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth. If you haven’t been, Kettle Cove is located at the smaller, quieter end of Crescent Beach. The parking lot is small, so getting there early is key. There is a rocky beach where children can explore the tide pools (CP#1 and #2 love to collect hermit crabs) plus an expansive grassy area that overlooks the cove. And what a view!

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A fall trip to Wallingford’s Fruit House in Auburn is a Cute Potato family tradition, dating back to when DP was a wee lad. The space has changed over the years—there’s a big, backyard play area, a farm store brimming with toys and food gifts, and more cars in the parking lot. We go to the orchard to buy apples and cider, but our main reason for visiting is to indulge and enjoy Wallingford’s delicious homemade donuts.

Two-year old CP#2 enjoying an apple from Wallingford’s orchards.

CP#2 sporting a new cap in 2012.

The classic bakery reminds MP of a New Jersey farm she visited as a child. No matter how old you are, there’s something magic about pressing your face against the glass to watch the donuts come hot off the conveyor belt. (more…)

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Signs of spring are all around—the lawn has reappeared, the birds are singing and our boots are covered in mud. Recently, CP#1 and #2 celebrated spring’s arrival with good friends. A festive table, chocolate cupcakes and tea with honey were all it took to bring joy to this troupe on a rainy day. Oh and a few fun costumes, too.

A rose fairy princess enjoying her cupcake

Tinkerbell at tea

CP#2 shows off his red cape and a little bit of icing

Friends enjoying time together

 

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