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MP doesn’t know about you, but today, she could use a little extra TLC. When she feels this way, she doesn’t feel much like doing anything, especially cooking. Thanks to our newest sponsor, Gather in Yarmouth, bringing home a wholesome, family meal is easy. The restaurant recently introduced Gather at Home—freshly prepared meals, sides, and desserts to go. Our family of four tried the hearty chorizo meatloaf, homemade biscuits, and roasted Brussels sprouts. The experience felt just like enjoying a home-cooked meal, but without all the work.

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Restaurant owner Matt Chappell chatted with MP recently about this exciting, new takeout option and what families can expect when they visit.

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CP#1 broke her right foot over Easter, so our school vacation plans are limited to places we can easily get around. We’re considering a trip into Boston to visit the Franklin Park Zoo. MP, who is in need of warmth and flowers, is especially intrigued by the indoor tropical rainforest. And the zoo also provides wheelchairs to guests on a first come, first served basis, which will be a great help to our injured girl.

If Boston doesn’t make it into our plans, we may try going local to the Maine Wildlife Park. MP and DP haven’t been there with the kids since they were toddlers, so it will be fun to see the park again.

The Bowdoin College campus is always a great place to visit.

The Bowdoin College campus is always a great place to visit.

We recently visited the Bowdoin Art Museum and all of us enjoyed the Past Futures exhibit, which highlights science fiction and space travel. The museum is the perfect size for kids ages 7-up, and the bold paintings and space age graphics definitely appealed to our duo. While we were there, MP learned the museum hosts Family Saturdays with interactive activities for kids. This Saturday, April 18, it’s Family Saturday and there’s a free dance concert in the evening, too. If your kids are too small to brave the museum, the campus is a perfect place to explore or ride bikes.

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CP#2 is the kind of kid that rarely gets cold. The temperature could be 20º outside and you’d find him in short sleeves waiting for the bus. His mother, on the other hand, is shivering nearly all the time. Maybe that’s why MP is always on the lookout for cute, warm things. If she’s going to be cold six months of the year, MP figures she might as well have some colorful winter gear to enjoy.

With this thought in mind, you can imagine MPs delight when she discovered Yarmouth-based Betty Louise Studio. Studio owner Katie Chalmers creates adorable hats for adults and kids. Katie crochets all of her wool hats by hand, and her attention to detail shows.

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All of Katie’s hats are hand washable, and fit perfectly with regular wear.

Just in time for the chilly weekend ahead, Katie has generously offered to giveaway a child’s hat (3T-5T) to one lucky Cute Potato winner. All you need to do is comment below. Contest ends Saturday, January 17, 2015 at midnight EST.

Good luck and stay warm, everybody!

Congratulations to lucky #1—Jillaine Geary! Jillaine has won a child’s hat from Betty Louise Studio. Thanks to everyone who entered. We’ll have another great giveaway coming up soon!

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MP would like to welcome Sara Sullivan, a nutritionist from Yarmouth, back as a guest blogger today. Sara offers wonderful ideas for healthy meals, gorgeous salads, and smoothies on her blog, sarasulllivan.com. For Valentine’s Day, she has delicious, no-bake dessert recipes to share. Take it away, Sara….

Grocery store candy? Not a chance.

You’ve printed out cards, made cute crafts, and now you are ready to make some sweets for your pint-sized Valentine. Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day eating is really about dessert. What better way to celebrate than with fun and healthy treats?

Here are a few family favorites that I have fine-tuned over the years:

Peppermint Patties
Nothing says I love you more than this homemade treat. My peppermint patties are indulgent, guilt-free, and totally healthy. And no one will believe these treats are all natural. I promise!

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When MP was a girl, she loved visiting her neighborhood bakery in suburban New Jersey. Her family stopped in on Sundays for cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping, oversized black and white cookies, or decadent cheese Danish topped with swirls of royal icing. The staff packed the goodies in a white pastry box, which was neatly tied with red and white baker’s twine.

Given these delicious memories, you can imagine MP’s delight when Ice It! Bakery opened in Yarmouth a year ago. The bright and inviting bakery, which made DownEast Magazine’s Best of Maine list, is owned by Chef Alan Fried and his wife Sharon Kurht. As the name implies, visitors are encouraged to decorate their own cupcakes or mini-cakes. Ice It! offers a variety of tempting choices. On the day we visited, CP#2 chose a red velvet cupcake. MP, who is a chocolate lover, decided to switch things up and try coconut for a change.

 

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Last week, we posted about a new, family-friendly restaurant in Yarmouth called Gather. One of the things we appreciated about Gather was the play area, as well as the knowledgeable waitress who sat us right next to the toys and games. While we were there, we discovered a wooden barn that belonged to owner Matt Chappell when he was a boy. MP started to think about how cool it would be for the kids to have a keepsake barn of their own.

Enter Finns & Flowers. The Palermo, ME-based toy company makes lovely wooden and felted toys. Their classic New England barn, made of Northern White Pine, is perfect for little kids with big imaginations.

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Sometimes the Cute Potato team has the most fun together during family walks. And when we find a hidden gem to explore that’s just a stone’s throw from home? Even better. A friend recommended taking the kids to Littlejohn Island Preserve in Yarmouth, which can be easily reached by driving over Cousins Island Bridge, followed by Littlejohn Island Bridge. The preserve is tucked away in a private community, but there are signs for visitors to follow along the dirt road.

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