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Holiday Cooking FAIL: Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I’m clearly late in sharing the recipes I made over the holidays, but I wanted to share this one, because it was a complete failure! I was really intrigued by this recipe when I first saw it on Two Peas … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day: Barnstead, New Hampshire

Photos by Laura Breen

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Holiday Cooking Round-up: Cranberry Chocolate Mini-Tarts

I realize that since we are only three days into 2012, everyone’s resolutions to eat less sweets is probably still going strong. However, because I’m a bit behind, you will have to indulge me (ha, get it!). Also, as far … Continue reading

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Holiday Cooking Round-up: Easy Dog Treats

This year, I was fortunate enough to have a chunk of time off around the holidays (still on vacation!), so I spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen cooking up a storm and trying new items that have … Continue reading

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Blogging for Good: Maine Historical Society

A few weeks ago, Corey from the Portland Daily Photo blog asked me what I thought of the idea of asking Portland bloggers to write about their favorite local nonprofit. While lots of great local businesses receive increased attention during … Continue reading

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Christmas Kitsch

I will be selling vintage jewelry for Goodwill at the Picnic Holiday Fair this Sunday at the Portland Company Complex (58 Fore Street, Portland). It takes places from 11 am to 6 pm and features 80 vendors selling handmade and … Continue reading

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Holiday Fun: Parties!

Are you attending any holiday parties this season? Parties this time of year are the best excuse to get dressed up and have a cocktail or two. In preparation for a party this week and a guest feature over at … Continue reading

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Straight up Ginger Snaps

One of my favorite baking ingredients is molasses. It’s thick, messy and hard to not waste as you pour out your designated portion, but there is nothing like the sweet and potent taste of molasses in cookies. So when the … Continue reading

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Cider Donuts for Breakfast

We finally made it out to an orchard last weekend – even though apple picking season has passed! We drove up to Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Maine, and picked up organic apples, cider and of course, an assortment of … Continue reading

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1980s Faux Fur: The Mysterious Origin of the Donnybrook Coat

For those of you who came out to SWAPmaine Fall edition a few weeks ago – thank you! It was an incredible event with over 300 attendees – the SWAPmaine girls, volunteers and vendors made it an incredibly special event … Continue reading

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