Friday, February 07, 2014

Osprey Nest in Winter

Here's another short (about 1 minute) video of our hike through Wolfe Neck Woods in the winter.

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This one is taken on the Casco Bay Trail where you can see the main osprey nest on the island.

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

We Play in the Snow

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Here we are playing in the snow at Wolfe Neck Woods State Park.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

2014 Room Reno

A couple of photos from the room reno's we did in January. These are just candid shots, the 'good' pix will be on the website in a few weeks.

Casco Bay in 2013
Casco Bay in 2013

Casco Bay in 2014
Casco Bay in 2014
The Casco Bay Room got a new king bed and 2 new chairs for reading. We added some wall art we had in our space to make it a 'Maine Cottage' look.


Crow's Nest 2013
Crow's Nest 2013
Crow's Nest 2014
Crow's Nest 2014
In the Crow's Nest we stripped the wallpaper and painted the room a sunshine-y yellow. There are new drapes at the window and a second chair has been added. (I'm sitting on it to take the photo!) Still trying to decide if I want to paint the dresser. The picture that is propped on the table is now hung up on the short wall. I have a few new pictures to put up once I get frames. You may recognize the quilts from the Casco Bay Room. I love these! Such a yummy blue.

New sink

The above is one of the new sinks we added. All of the bathrooms got new sink hardware.

We are still working on the Parlor Room. Wallpaper is stripped and the room is painted but we're getting new chairs this weekend and adding wainscotting. That will be a couple more weeks. In mid-February we'll start the work in the Winthrop Fogg room. The last one!

We hope you enjoy the changes we're making! Come on up and see us sometime!

In case you were wondering...when we do these reno's and remove older towels and bedding like sheets, blankets, quilts and the mattresses, we don't just throw them out. We take all of the items in good condition to a homeless shelter/halfway house. They use the linens & bedding in the shelter and provide the folks getting back on their feet with items for their new apartments. Any 'hardware' we get rid of like wall sconces, doorknobs, cabinetry all goes to the ReStore in Bath.

One year Rock took all the blankets we were replacing to the shelter. One of the guys who helped him unload looked in the bags and said to Rock, 'Thanks! This means I get my own blanket now. They didn't have enough last night.' Holy cow. We hear something like that and we just have to step back and think how lucky we are to not have to worry like that everyday.

You can donate in your area as well. If there are no people shelters, animal shelters will also take old towels and blankets. I know my mom makes quilts out of every possible odds and ends bits of fabric that get donated and those are given out to people on the streets in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Valentine's Day Treat

Here's a quick little something to make for your kids, your spouse, yourself on Valentine's Day!

Heart shaped French Toast - 

French Toast hearts
French Toast Hearts
To make:

Use any French Toast batter you like. You can change up the flavor by changing the extract...orange, vanilla, almond, etc. (Sample FT batter: 2 eggs, splash of milk, dash of cinnamon & sugar, splash of vanilla extract, whisk together.)

This works best if the bread is cold so store in the fridge the night before to make it easier to cut out the hearts. 

Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter that's close to the size of the bread, cut out as many hearts as you'd like. (Save the extra bread for croutons or stuffing.)

Dip the hearts into the batter on both sides and fry up on a griddle or in a frying pan. Flip once, fry and plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, add raspberries, drizzle with chocolate, serve.

They are just so dang cute!

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