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At the farmers’ market last summer, MP discovered yogurt from Winter Hill Farm in Freeport. The creamy, whole milk yogurt was better than anything MP had ever tasted at the store, and before long, it became a family breakfast staple.

MP considered making her own, but she worried the process would be too fussy. Plus, it was so easy to pick up a new jar at the market!

Little did she know, a Facebook post linking to a recipe for Crock Pot Greek Yogurt would change her mind. The recipe seemed so straightforward and simple, MP thought, why not give yogurt making a try?

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Note: While these events have come and gone, all of the libraries listed here have active kids’ programs. Don’t see your local library on the list? Visit here for a full listing of libraries throughout Maine.

MP has been busy thinking of things to do next week while the kids are on vacation. Many local libraries have great activities planned for children of all ages. And the best part? Most of the events are free! A road trip to a library you’ve never visited before is so much fun. You never know what you’ll discover.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite library events throughout the state:

Saturday, Feb. 18
Drop-in craft
Dyer Library
Saco
All ages
9:30-12:30 p.m.

Annual Teddy Bear Picnic:
BYO picnic & favorite stuffed animal
Dessert & drinks provided
Ellsworth Public Library
11 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Pajamarama:
Story time & crafts in your PJ’s
Scarborough Public Library
6:30- 7:30 p.m.
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There’s no denying it: the team at Cute Potato clearly has a thing for homemade donuts. Over the past year, we’ve highlighted our favorites, including made to order donuts at the French Press in Westbrook, as well as the unique flavors available at the Kennebec Café in Fairfield.

Rounding out our donut stop du jour is the fabulously old school Congdon’s Doughnuts. The team stopped by the Wells-based, family restaurant for brunch and it’s clear the staff are experts when it comes to kid-friendly dining.

When we entered, Congdon’s display cases were overflowing with donuts, pastries, muffins, bagels and homemade breads. We knew right away making a choice was going to take some time.

While waiting to be seated, CP #1 and #2 were thrilled to discover a bench made for the younger set. After no more than 5 minutes, our hostess guided us through the dining area, which is spacious and casual. At noon on Saturday, many of the booths and tables were occupied, so we were pleasantly surprised by the short wait.

CP #2 checks out a magazine while waiting…

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Update: The French Press closed in August 2010. For more on the closing, visit here.

This weekend, Team Cute Potato decided to try Westbrook’s French Press Eatery for breakfast… or more accurately, dessert. While the breakfast sandwiches were tempting (can’t wait to go back for the Californian: egg, avocado, sprouts and goat cheese), we couldn’t pass up the house made donuts. Still warm from the fryer, these sandwich-like donuts were decadent with a capital “D.” We tried the 3 for $5 donut special, selecting double chocolate, cinnamon sugar and The Elvis—filled with peanut butter, banana and chocolate. Mom Potato loved the melted peanut butter in The Elvis, but boy, is it messy. The same applies to the double chocolate. CP#2 was thrilled with this donut, proven by his instantaneous chocolate beard. Warning to parents: bring plenty of wipes, bibs and maybe even a change of clothes.

Our healthy little breakfast

Coffee at the French Press is provided by our local favorite, Coffee by Design. Mom and Dad Potato enjoyed skim milk lattes, which were just right…. plenty of frothy milk at the top, but a generous cup of good strong coffee below.

Caffeine for the parents

The space at the French Press is bright and open, allowing little ones to run off to the small play area in plain sight. There’s a wooden, tabletop stove, play fruits and vegetables, a tea set and surprise, pretend donuts. A little yellow table with chairs is also available for coloring or reading books. But the big draw for CP #2, were the three pinball machines nearby, where we unloaded quite a few quarters.

Chef CP#2 cooking up a storm

The French Press also serves lunch, which looks just as fabulous as breakfast. And more good news… when your family is finished eating, you can walk to the Peek-a-Boo Play Center or Riverbank Park Playground on Main Street.

The French Press
855 Main St
Westbrook
887 1040

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open-gymAfter nearly a month of rain, and no end in sight, the Cute Potato kids (and their parents) are a little stir crazy. But when Cute Potato #1 asked, “Is it Fall now?” the gang knew we had to do something—pronto.

Westbrook’s Maine Academy of Gymnastics features an Open Gym on Friday evenings for kids of all ages. For just $9.00 each, kids can trampoline, climb a rope swing, scale a rock wall or simply run and play. With so much to do, it’s almost as fun as being outdoors on a sunny day.

Friday Open Gym:

Kids under 7: 6:00 p.m.

Ages 7 & up: 7:00 p.m.

The Maine Academy of Gymnastics is located at 20 Terminal Street, Westbrook. Call 856-0232 for directions. 

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