The Witch Is In!

tablescapeLook who just landed in my pumpkin patch!  It took them a while to get to Maine because they probably stopped in to see Mary and Kathleen.  If memory serves me correctly, they are old friends.

tablescape/fallThe gals came in a flurry of leaves and landed on this cloth from TJ Maxx (thank you, Sue) which has all the colors of fall…red, gold, orange, green.  What a wonderful background for the pumpkins and gourds that I can’t get enough of these days.  

tablescapeIt was easy selecting dishes to go with the cloth.  Yellow plates served as chargers for these wonderful Italian terra cotta bowls in perfect colors.  

tablescapeShould I mention they are also from TJ Maxx?  When you live in Rockport, Maine, that is the best place to shop for table goods.  Oh, since we will gather at this table on Halloween, it is the perfect time to use these spooky stems, another purchase from TJ several years ago.

tablescapeThe copper colored flatware from Target is making its first appearance.  Remember, I recently made a trip there, stopping along the way, and was so excited to find new things for the table.

tablescape/napkinHiding in the napkin drawer was a set of multi patterned napkins that might have been made for this table.  A little accordion folded fan works every time for a special treatment, and I do like manipulating anything cloth!

tablescapeAdd salad plates of green and orange and the table is ready.  This one was so much fun to put together because it is full of color and texture with a touch of whimsy.

Photo from My Recipes

Photo from My Recipes

For dinner, we will take a clue from Yvonne and have a Chicken Cobbler Casserole right from the pages of Southern Living and a delicata squash salad from Make Mine Lemon that I can’t wait to try.  Check the recipes out…..they are winners.

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Let’s Make It!

Maine house/diyThis clever and cute creation has been hanging on my door for several weeks, and every time I look at it I think what a wonderfully simple idea this is that anyone could do.

Let’s take a closer look to see how it’s done.  

diyBegin with a pair of toddler overalls. Dab with paint and for fun add a few patches.  I’d iron them on with stitch witchery.  Tie the legs with twine, stuff the overalls with polyester filling and finish the overalls off with seasonal items.  That’s all there is to it.

Now, let your imagination run wild.  What changes can you see for Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, July 4…..heck, any other holiday?  As for me, I’m already imagining candy canes, a stuffed bear with a big red ribbon, pinecones and nuts falling out of the top of the overalls.  

How is yours going to look?

I would love to give credit to the person who came up with this idea, but I don’t know who it is.

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A Closer Look

RockportRockport is a small town on Maine’s midcoast, and unless one takes the back road to Camden it’s easy to miss the charm of this place that has captured my heart.

Rockport HarborRockport HarborRockport Harbor - sea smoke 508 MASTERRockport Harbor on foggy day  Year after year Rockport is listed as one of the 10 most beautiful small towns in America.  I’ll not disagree. One of the reasons is the harbor which I’ve shown in so many posts.

Indian IslandAt one end is Indian Island with its now disabled lighthouse. It is the sight that after a day of boating welcomes me home.

Rockport HarborAt the other end is a boatyard specializing in building wooden boats and reproductions of historic ships.

lobster guyHere, too, is the dock where I pick up lobsters right off the boat and that is a fishing spot for many.

Andre/Rockport HarborIn the park where I like to look out over the harbor is a granite statue of Andre, the very famous seal that entertained visitors for years and is a unique part of Rockport’s identity.  If there is a child in your family, get the book telling Andre’s story.  It’s guaranteed to become a favorite.

Rockport Boat Club

Rockport Boat ClubRockport Boat ClubRockport Boat ClubThe harbor is also home to the Rockport Boat Club where on Friday evenings the hubby and I gather with friends to share a friendly and spirited time.

Linda  057Rockport may be small, but it has two of the area’s most popular restaurants, both walking distance from our house.  Salt Water Farm is a great place to enjoy fresh baked goodies for breakfast

Rockportand Shepherd’s Pie serves an outrageous Duck PB&J that is my favorite for dinner.

RockportLinda  051CMCA biennialThe Village also has 3 galleries and CMCA where I have spent many hours volunteering over the years.

RockportAt Ralston Gallery are wonderful photographs capturing the spirit of Maine’s islands and coast, and if one is lucky enough to catch Peter in the gallery he has stories to tell!

RockportOn the main street is this lovely little park

Rockportand the Opera House which hosts a lively summer concert schedule as well as programs during the off season.

RockportThe Rockport Library is a sweet place in the middle of the Village, and I rarely pass by without stopping to check out an audio book to listen to on my walks.

RockportYes, this little Village with its beautiful harbor is a special place reminiscent of times past with its slower and simpler pace in a location nature has blessed with beauty.  Every day I am thankful for the moments I’m lucky enough to spend here.

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lighthouse/maineAny time we are out on the boat and I see a lighthouse, I grab my camera meaning there are lots of pictures of lighthouses!  This day, as I was clicking away, a spray of water came up alongside the boat resulting in this magical photo.  I could never have staged this shot or timed it just right proving it’s the unanticipated action that sometimes makes for a surprising dramatic result.

 The photo reminds of an Impressionist painting that could grace the cover of an exhibition catalog or an art magazine.

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An Every Night Thing

tablescapePeople ask frequently if I set a table every night.  The answer is yes even when it’s just the hubby and me.  It only takes a few minutes, and for me it’s a simple way to say I care about who is gathered there.  As silly as this may sound, I also think food tastes better when it is presented attractively.

tablescapeSeldom is a table bare at our house.  There’s always some fabric detail or colorful flowers or something whimsical atop it.

 tablescape99% of the time real dishes and cloth napkins are used. I reserve paper and plastic for picnics! 

Folding napkins is a fun part of setting a table and is one of those touches that adds a little something special.  

napkin foldnapkin foldnapkin foldLinda  054 (1)Nothing could be much simpler than this one that makes a little pocket for flatware.

tablescapeWith the table all done, I put the finishing touches on dinner.

Curried Vegetables/RiceThis night it’s a very easy to fix a curried vegetable dish that uses what was in the refrigerator and one of my favorite ingredients, coconut milk.  Though we are not vegetarian or vegan, we do not have meat every night and find this kind of meal to be very satisfying.

Fresh Vegetable Curry

2 T. canola oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 T. ginger,  julienned

1 jalapeno, seeded and cut into thin strips

2 bay leaves

3 cloves minced garlic

1 t. turmeric or coriander

2 small tomatoes, coarsely chopped

14 oz. unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 c. water

3 carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1″ pieces

1 1/2 c. cubed butternut squash

1/2 lb. green beans cut into 1″ pieces

Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Add onion, ginger, jalapeño and bay leaves and cook over medium heat until veggies are softened.  Add garlic and turmeric or coriander and cook for 2 minutes.  Add tomatoes and mash lightly until just beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and water, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Add carrots, cover and simmer over low heat until crisp tender.  Add squash and beans, cover and simmer until all veggies are tender.  Remove bay leaves.  Serve over rice.

Serves 4-6.

What I like about this dish is that it can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving.

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A Real Metamorphosis

Rockp[ort HarborAs temperatures drop and leaves begin falling like rain, there is a real metamorphosis occurring on Rockport Harbor.  

Heron, schoonerHeron has taken her last boatload of passengers for a cruise on Penobscot Bay and will soon head south to host cruises in warmer climes.

lobster boat/Rockport HarborThough lobster boats continue to go out, they leave hours later than in summer. Lobstermen are bundled up to protect against the chill wind that is blowing across the bay.   For most who work out of Rockport Harbor, lobstering will cease the end of this month.

lobster boatAs the boats return to the harbor these days,  sterns are stacked with pots that will be put away until late spring.  That is a sure sign the lobster season is winding down.

Rockport HarborDocks, covered with tarps, float in the harbor waiting their turn to be pulled

Rockport Harborand mooring balls are gathered to be cleaned and stored.  This I am very grateful for because when left in the water the lines accumulate kelp, mussels and debris that makes them near impossible to pull from the water.  Since that is my job during boating season, I like for the lines to be clear!  

sailboat/Rockport HarborOne by one sailboat masts are lowered and sails removed making them ready to be motored to the boatyard where they will be hauled and stored until next year.

Rockport HarborYes, there is metamorphosis  on the harbor, and what I notice most is our dock sitting empty but for a couple of lines.  Pipe Dreams is in her winter resting place leaving us with another year of memories exploring the beauty of the coast of Maine.

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