Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weekend Fun

Good morning! What a beautiful fall weekend here in Maine and a huge change since last weekend where I was swimming in the ocean and wearing shorts. This weekend was much more fall-like (appropriate since it actually IS Fall now) and filled with fun activities. 

Saturday morning began with a trip to the farmers market and I got these beautiful flowers for only 5 dollars! Then in the afternoon we went up to Bradbury Mountain to do some mountain biking. The weather was perfect and this is the best time to be mountain biking before all the leaves fall!

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On Sunday we headed to the Common Ground Fair. Another beautiful sunny day! We parked a few miles away from the fair and road our bikes there so we could avoid the traffic. It was a hilly but great ride! Here are my favorite piggy friends from the fair.

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And me hula- hooping

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We got back to Portland early evening and took my favorite furry friend who is visiting us out for a nice walk in Capisic Pond before heading to my parent’s condo to watch the moonrise. 

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Once we saw the moon come up we headed to Bao Bao for some dinner before watching the eclipse. They have some specials right now and they were seriously delicious so if you like that place you should be making your way there.

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And then it was eclipse time! I hope everyone got a chance to see it and had a great weekend too 🙂

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Fall Recipe Collection

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Happy first day of fall! Ironically it’s actually pretty warm out today here in Maine. There’s still a bit of crispness to the air though, which I love. After teaching two classes this morning I headed to lunch at the Portland Lobster Company with my mom and got a pumpkin head to celebrate the occasion. I thought I would share with you a collection of my favorite fall recipes all in one post. 

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Sausage Apple Casserole

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

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Maple Walnut Applesauce

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Harvest Salad

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Peanut Butter Apple Bites

Weekend Fun

Good morning and good Monday! This weekend was packed with fun and a perfect mix of end of summer activities and fall activities. I don’t think it gets any better than that! Thursday evening my good friend, Liz, came up to visit for a few days from Boston. We kicked off the weekend with a happy hour drink (or two) at the Corner Room and then did some grilling at home and had a fire.

On Friday I had some classes to teach in the morning and then Liz and I headed to the beach! I still can not believe that we were swimming in the ocean this late in September. The water definitely wasn’t warm but then again it never is in Maine!

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After the beach we came home and showered and then headed out to get some pizza at Otto’s. We also managed to get our own little (GENEROUS) wine tasting because we didn’t know which one we would like to order. Sometimes being indecisive is a very good thing. We were not indecisive on the pulled pork and mango pizza. That was easy.

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On Saturday we started the day off by getting donuts from the Holy Donut and then we went over to the farmer’s market. I love the mix of things at the farmers market right now: pumpkins, apples, watermelons… they have it all! After the market we went home to get bikes and then went for a nice ride downtown to do some shopping. Liz headed back to Boston later in the afternoon and then I went up to Bradbury Mountain to check out a mountain bike race that Angus was doing.

Sunday began with a delicious breakfast at the Bayou Kitchen (we had never been there before yesterday!) with our friend Neil who stayed with us Saturday night. After breakfast was some grocery shopping and then apple picking! We went to Orchard Hill in Cumberland and enjoyed a cider donut, some apple cider, and some pretty fine apple picking.

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After apple picking I went for a mountain bike ride on the trails in Portland. I always forget how much I enjoy mountain biking until fall hits. Then I am all about it! Angus has a cold so opted to stay home which was disappointing but I had a good hour-long ride anyway.

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After my ride I decided to put some of those apples to good use and make an apple crisp. So good! Sunday was a lazy evening hanging out on the couch watching the Age of Adaline. It was a good movie but I think that the previews made it look better. 

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Spinning Playlist

Good morning! I have a quick minute right now to share with you this super high energy playlist that I used for class at Quest Cycle on Saturday and IDEXX yesterday. I’m just loving these songs! This is my first week where I’m no longer working at Quest in Kennebunk. It’s taking time to get used to this new schedule and some classes haven’t started yet for the fall/winter. Using this time to get out and enjoy some of this beautiful weather before things ramp up for the winter! Anyway, enjoy these songs 🙂

 

Labor Day Wedding Weekend

It’s hard to believe that the “last weekend of summer” has come and gone already. It’s even harder to believe that the last few nights we’ve been using the air conditioner. In the middle of September. What is up?! Anyway we had a jam packed weekend celebrating Nimesh and Heena’s wedding down in Hartford Connecticut. It was definitely an experience of a lifetime and I’m so glad that we got to be a part of their special day!

We started our trip down early on Sunday morning leaving enough time to make a short detour to our favorite breakfast place in Newmarket, NH: The Big Bean! Angus and I both lived in Newmarket in college and it was fun to wander around the small little town that is quickly growing! I ordered what I always order at the Big Bean: two slices of cinnamon french toast with strawberries on top! It’s the BEST!

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When we got to Hartford we checked into our room and changed into our clothes for the ceremony. The guests were asked to wear Indian clothes and we had a lot of fun dressing up! We also lucked out because my Aunt and Uncle happen to be living in India right now so my Aunt and cousin picked out these great outfits for us so we had real authentic Indian clothes straight from India!

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The festivities started with the “Baraat” which is basically a dance party parade where the groom rides a horse down the street and all the guests from the grooms side dance down the street to meet the bride’s side of the family. 

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After about an hour of dancing we made our way inside the Marriot for the ceremony. The ceremony was many hours long but people sort of come and go throughout it. It was very interesting to watch even though I didn’t understand most of it! 

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After the ceremony there was a little break before the cocktail hour. We changed into some different clothes and hung out a bit. I tried to find a coffee but we were in an area where all the stores and restaurants were closed on the weekends. (I’m guessing most of their business comes from people working in the area!)

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Then it was time for the reception! More food, lots of dancing, and an open bar! It was a great evening. Congratulations Nimesh and Heena 🙂 

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