The Good Life Market and the pie of my dreams

Anyone traveling up Rt. 302 from Portland, Maine to the Lakes Region has to pass through the small town of Raymond. You can not miss a large red building on the right-hand side of the road with a sign out front reading Good Life Market. Make sure to stop and go inside. When you walk […]

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So little time, so much change

We call Orchard Hill Farm in New Hampshire home even though we usually spend six months of the year at our cottage in Maine. We return home often to keep up on what is happening there. My work in the orchard is done this time of the year. The pruning is finished and we no longer spray. […]

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Another great lunch in Portland

Portland, Maine is considered one of America’s Foodiest Small Towns, so it is not surprising that my husband and I enjoy traveling to Portland (less than an hour from the lake) for lunch. Yesterday we had burgers on the grill and were thinking of something a little more upscale. We have wanted to try Vignola, […]

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Siberian Iris pleasure without work

Siberian Iris give me so much pleasure without any work on my part. As a matter of fact, the only thing I do to my several beds of Iris at our New Hampshire house each year is to mow them down at the end of fall. Each spring after the snow melts, their young sprouts […]

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A SLICE OF SUMMER ON A PLATE

A  piece of blueberry lemon curd tart is like a slice of summer on a plate. I usually make this tart when we are spending the 4th of July at our home in New Hampshire where I have twenty-six wild blueberry bushes. I take a little galvanized bucket and go out to see what berries […]

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Needs a little work

The location was perfect…on a lake with its own little beach, in a picturesque small town in the Lakes Region of Maine only two hours from our New Hampshire home. You know what everyone says, “location, location, location”. It was perfect for the two of us…it just needed a little work . After three years […]

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Simple things that make you smile

Something simple can put a smile on your face, make you chuckle to yourself, and can even lift your spirits on a gloomy day. A kiss from a loved one, a hug from a friend, the giggle of a small child, the fleeting visit of a butterfly, one small piece of chocolate, these are all […]

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Lakeside dining in Naples, Maine

Naples is a small, charming village in the Lakes Region of Maine. Tourists come to Long Lake for boating, renting jet skis and kayaks or taking a cruise on the Songo River Queen. You will often see groups of Harley Davidson motorcycles  parked  after a beautiful ride on the winding back roads. The Naples causeway […]

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Monet’s Garden On A Rainy Day

Today as I look out the window of our lakeside cottage in Maine at the mist and drizzle, I’m thinking of all the people who are here visiting for the first time. I do hope the weather clears up for them and that they get to see and do all the outdoor adventures they have […]

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Simple comfort food

A Sunday afternoon at the lake and it’s time to start thinking about what to prepare for dinner. I have some ground beef in the refrigerator and  Yukon gold potatoes in the vegetable basket. Since it’s almost the middle of June, under normal circumstances I probably would think about hamburgers from the grill along side […]

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