Showing posts from November, 2016

The Old Farm Christmas Place, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

This was my Christmas tree last year. You can read more about this tree and my past Christmas decorating traditions here and here
There are perks to using a vintage aluminum tree besides the sparking beauty and its mid-century kitschy glory: It's environmentally sound because no trees are killed.It was made in the USA. There's no toxic PVC outgassing like contemporary artificial trees. You can save money by reusing the same tree year after year.
But the drawbacks?  Pulling each branch out of its fragile paper sleeve and putting it in the "trunk" (121 times in the case with my tree) can get tedious.  Keeping the ornaments, all 130 of them from falling is tricky, the reason being that the branches don't offer a place for the hook to settle and are conducive to having them slide off.  I lost about three ornaments a year due to breakage from slide-offs.Disassembling the tree and placing the pom pom branches back in the sleeves 121 times without damaging them is a d…

Happy Thanksgiving!

The first turkey I've cooked in my new Le Creuset. Success! I kept it covered in the beginning then removed the lid so the skin could get crispy.

Turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed red potatoes with the skins, gluten-free stuffing made with crushed corn crackers, oats, celery, onions and raisins, homemade cranberry sauce and sparkling non-alcoholic apple juice. Everything is organic.

Let's eat!

That pumpkin pie I mentioned. Wayne's two daughters and their husbands sampled some pie the night before.

I couldn't get him to sit still for a pic. Here he is eating a grape in his playpen.
I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for all of you who read my stuff and take the time to comment! Thank you!

Maine Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I was talking to my 100 year old Nana on the phone yesterday and shared my Thanksgiving menu. She told me that she has never had pumpkin pie! She explained that she's an apple pie girl. I was the same way, which makes sense since no one in my family ever served it to me, until I had my first ever pumpkin pie last year and loved it. Wayne's family is coming over tomorrow so I have been busy baking and definitely will be offering a pumpkin pie.
For this recipe I initially picked three different pumpkin pie recipes from my vintage Maine cookbooks and created my own adaptation inspired by selections from each. Next, I baked a total of four test pies, each tinkered with to improve upon the previous pie. I guess we'll be eating pie for a while but fortunately they can be frozen!
Maine Pumpkin Pie

16 oz unsweetened pumpkin puree (170 calories)
2/3 cup organic sugar (550 calories)
2 large eggs (140 calories)
1 cup heavy cream (820 calories)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinna…

Tiny Home Off-Grid Living: Life on a Maine Sailboat in South Portland

One of Wayne's colleagues in the marine industry lives on a sailboat year-round. When he first mentioned she lives on a boat I assumed he meant a houseboat. Nope. Skye and her husband Matt graciously accepted my request to see their home and find out what it's like to live on a sailboat in Maine where the winters get interesting.

You can't tell from the photo, but this incline is super STEEP because it's low tide. I had to hold onto the railing (and Wayne) on my way down. Immediately I flashed back to the 1998 ice storm when I was forced to sit to slide my way down a small hill; otherwise I would have wiped out. (Now that I think of it I want to write about that experience here at some point.) I was trying to imagine going up and down this walkway in January.

The water was calm and reflected the winterized boats parked on the pavement across the way.

The white plastic is shrink-wrapped around the boats similar to the way some Mainers, in an attempt to keep out the dra…