This past weekend my boyfriend, sister and I went on our annual Christmas tree hunt. We drove through the lightly sprinkling snow to a sweet little tree farm in the country in search of the perfectly imperfect Christmas tree. Upon arrival, I knew I had my work cut out for me; the trees were all meticulously trimmed and far too perfect. After a bit of searching I spotted the tree at the far corner of the farm! Here is a photo summary of our exciting (and snowy!) day.
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To kick off the holiday season I visited the coastal town of Rockland with my boyfriend and his family. We spent our day shopping at the boutiques and vintage shops on Main Street. Boy, was it chilly! I swear I spotted at least eight snowflakes! To warm up we stopped at Rock City for a round of delicious hot drinks and perused the shelves at Hello Hello Books. A personal highlight, the Farnsworth Museum offered a beautiful array of art accompanied by holiday music. We wrapped up the day by watching the holiday parade, complete with a giant lobster float decorated in red lights, a lit sailboat, and a classic red truck hauling the perfect little Christmas tree. If you should find yourself in the mid coast Maine region this holiday I highly recommend stopping by for a festive visit!
Once a delicate layer of frost covers the landscape I unearth my wool blankets and quilts for cozy reading on the couch and toasty nights in bed. I have loved the incredible blankets from Swans Island for years and when the mercury dips it calls to mind their beautiful hand-woven collections. Handcrafted on the coast of Maine, Swans Island has been creating heirloom blankets since the early 1990’s. Their selection of blankets, throws, scarves and more make the crisp weather truly enjoyable. They also offer naturally dyed skeins of organic yarn for your own crafting purposes. Which is your favorite?
All photos from Swans Island website.
Over the last few days I have indulged in some of the things that make me happy. Art, food, Maine and friends! Here is what I’ve been up to…
1. Earlier this week I was browsing Etsy and on a whim searched for “paint by numbers”. I’ve had a love of paint by numbers for some time, so when I found this lovely set of lighthouse paintings from Johnny Vintage I splurged and bought it. I am thrilled every time I walk through my dinning room! Picture via Johnny Vintage
2. Is there anything better than a warm, homemade ginger snap cookie? I know it’s hard to envision, but yes there is! I just baked off a batch of my grandmother’s classic ginger snaps and got just a little creative with some ice cream. A scoop of French vanilla ice cream between two cookies makes for a share-worthy sandwich. My boyfriend and I polished off our ginger snap ice cream sandwich in record time with an accompanying glass of milk. What a marvelous way to enjoy warm homemade cookies!
3. Enjoying the seasonal foliage in the rain.
4. One night after work when all the shops and boutiques in Portland, ME were closed and sleeping, I popped into the city for a stroll and some window-shopping. I especially love the old cobblestone streets around the city, and here on Wharf Street.
5. That same night I grabbed a bite to eat with some friends at Portland Lobster Co. Despite the cold, rainy October evening we thoroughly enjoyed our heated tent on the wharf overlooking the waterfront.
Recently, my mother went apple picking and shared her abundant harvest with me… looks like I won’t need to go again until next fall! Unfortunately this also means that I won’t be enjoying the homemade apple cider donuts at my favorite orchard. So, Saturday afternoon I took a break from a quilt I am working on (cannot wait to share that with you!) to make some apple cider donuts of my own. Off I went to Google! I stumbled into the lovely blog, Smitten Kitchen, and found the most amazing recipe for apple cider donuts from Deb. It takes a few steps but it’s well worth the work! I can’t quite explain the blissful feeling I had when I sat down in front of a platter (plus a cake stand!) full of hot glazed and cinnamon-sugar-dipped donuts. After enjoying 2 donuts, some sliced apple, and cheese I decided to share this seasonal favorite with the neighborhood and put together plates for door-to-door delivery. I would highly recommend this recipe and the Smitten Kitchen blog!
This past Saturday I met up with some friends and, with delicious donuts in hand from The Holy Donut, we walked to the Farmer’s Market in Deering Oaks Park. It was a beautiful sunny morning with an enthusiastic crowd of happy shoppers. The bounty of vegetables, flower, herbs and meat and dairy was overwhelming. It took me a couple laps to finalize my purchases, a bouquet of sunflowers, tomatoes, Swiss chard and a little rosemary plant! I used the tomatoes with some basil from my garden to make a sauce, turned the Swiss chard into a brunch quiche, sprinkled the flowers around the house and my little sweet Mary is catching rays in the living room by the window.