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The beach at Sebago Lake State Park

We’re a little biased when it comes to Sebago Lake State Park. Mom and Dad Potato were engaged here, so the park is near and dear to our hearts. For families, Sebago is a perfect destination. The beach is shaded by pine trees, the water is clear and there are plenty of picnic tables and charcoal grills nearby. It’s not unusual to see family reunions, birthday parties or friends picnicking outdoors. And such spreads! There’s also a playground geared towards kids of all ages, trails and a snack bar in walking distance from the beach. And laugh if you will, but we’re thankful the restrooms and the parking areas are in close proximity (the location especially came in handy when CP#1 and #2 were babies).

If your family likes canoeing and kayaking, there’s a boat launch just after the entrance to the park. The water is calm and we’ve enjoyed exploring the cove. It’s an ideal spot for those new to paddling.

The beach at Sebago Lake State Park is one of many favorites that we hope to highlight over the summer. Of course, we’d love to hear your suggestions, too!

Sebago Lake State Park
11 Park Acess Road
Casco
693-6613

For fees or information on purchasing a Maine State Park pass, visit:
http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/. See our past post, All About the Buckle, for more area highlights.

PS: If you don’t have time to pack a lunch, try The Good Life Market, where you’ll find delicious boxed lunches for the whole family.

The Good Life Market… yum!

The Good Life Market
1297 Roosevelt Trail
Raymond
655-1196

For kids who were especially good at the beach, stop for an ice cream at The Mosquito.

 

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Not long ago, a friend mentioned making her grandmother’s blueberry buckle. We were curious; what the heck is a buckle, anyway? Like any smart potato, we consulted Sharon Tyler Herbst’s Food Lover’s Companion. Buckle is just another term for a single layer cake. And then coincidentally, while visiting Spring Brook Farm in Cumberland, we discovered a buckle recipe at the register. Kismet!

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But before team Cute Potato could start baking, we needed more blueberries. We decided to visit Crabtree’s Blueberries (featured in the August 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living). The beautiful Sebago spot features several varieties of highbush blueberries that are perfect for picking with little ones. The orchard’s best feature? Crabtree’s offers tin pails for picking, so the berries go kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk, just like in Blueberries for Sal.

CP#2 balances his tin buckets of blueberries

CP#2 balances his tin buckets of blueberries

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And if you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer, you can pick blueberries at Crabtree’s until October. Worth noting: another favorite spot—Sebago Lake State Park—is nearby. Or if the spirit moves you, take the family for an old-fashioned river boat ride on The Songo River Queen II in Naples.

The blueberry buckle didn't last long

But back to the Buckle, the recipe is easy to make with the kids, and delicious to boot. The taste reminds us that summer is not quite over.

Farmhouse Blueberry Buckle
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour a 9-inch square baking pan.

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour (plus 2 TBSP)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, butter, and egg until creamy. Stir in the milk. Next, sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Slowly stir the sifted dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Toss the blueberries in 2 TBSP of flour and then gently fold them into the batter. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Topping (optional):

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup of butter

Mix the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together. Cut the butter into the mixture using a fork/knife or pastry blender until the mixture looks like small peas. Sprinkle over the batter and bake 45-50 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Enjoy!

Crabtree’s Highbush Blueberries
703 Bridgton Road (Route 107)
Sebago
787-2730

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