Monday, June 11, 2012

Pictures from the weekend



The weekend was absolutely gorgeous!  2 days in a row of SUNSHINE!  The abundance of rain in Maine as of lately has made us appreciate a clear blue sky.


The kids, their cousin & I went on a road trip.  Our first stop…Maine Wildlife Park.

Mountain Lion

The funny thing is, the state of Maine does not recognize that they exist regardless of repeated sightings.  I’ve seen some very convincing photos.

I often think of these big cats when I’m out on the back forty….it makes me run a little faster!

White Tail Deer

When we paid to get in the park the gentleman helping us asked if I had written a book about frugal living. LOL, I wish!  A couple months back I was approached by someone in Mardens.  They recognized me as a blogger for Bangor Daily News.  What next?  ;)

We then made our way to Sebago Lake State Park.

We won’t mention my sketchy navigation skills ;)  Let’s just say I am thankful for corner stores, cell phones, friends who have bailed me out out more than one occasion, oh yeah….I almost forgot, the map I struggle to read in the absence of Maine Man.

Regardless, it was well worth the trip and we will definitely return!  I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the state parks in Maine.  Someday I’d like to say I visited most or all of them.

One day of play and two of work, right?  Today the kids were wiped as I expected but I had a very productive day.  The fruits of our labor have been blessing our kitchen table.  It is very rewarding to prepare and eat food that we’ve raised ourselves.  Second best is from your friends garden or the farmers market.

Don’t get me wrong we are supermarket dependent like everybody else.  However, if the tough ever gets going I think we’d last a while.  That’s not the main reason we do what we do although it is not a bad reason in this economy .  We do it because we love it and it enriches our family life.

With the fresh broccoli and cabbage I made us a superfantabulous salad.  Off course now that I am attempting to recall the recipe I can not.  It goes something like this….

  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli (small bunches)
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 2 cups grapes (green & red) sliced in half
  • 1 cup toasted  nuts (I used sesame seeds cooked lightly in some olive oil) next time I’ll add slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cup of mayo
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (next time I am going to try using maple syrup instead)

Chill for a couple hours then serve.

Salad , soup, then scones.  My second attempt at making them.  They are much easier to make then I had imagined.  These are one of Country Boy’s favorite treats and my farmer friend loves them too!


A.K.W. said...

Nice pictures, we've heard of mountain lions around here and even bobcats. We see deer here every day.


♥ Sean -N- Sonja ♥ said...

We definitely have mountain lions, cougars, bob cats, whatever you want to call them. My husband and I ran across one on a walk through some woods on an ATV trail. The trail was probably 5-6 feet wide and I swear when it just about spanned it! Very cool experience, though my heart was racing for a bit, I will confess.

Sonja Twombly of

Maine Cedar said...

That is not a Fisher, it is actually a pine Martin, smaller than a Fisher but just as nasty. A Fisher cat is pretty much all black in color.

Country Girl said...

MC I swear the sign said fisher.....

jean said...

I've never been to Maine but, always wanted to go visit it. It looks like such a beautiful state to me.