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.
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.