About lulu

I am a fiber artist with special emphasis on weaving, but I love working with threads and cloth in a variety of mediums. New ideas, new ways of connecting threads are the spice of life.

Blueberry Mania

blueberriesIf I have a favorite season in Maine, this may be it.  For a very few weeks blueberries are in, and there’s nothing like wild Maine blueberries that burst in your mouth with sweetness.  Believe me when I tell you they are a world apart from the ones you buy in the grocery.

blueberriesAnd, when you’ve picked them yourself, they’re even more appreciated!

blueberriesLike with lobster, I try using them in as many ways as possible.  Around here, blueberry crisp topped with a scoop of homemade cinnamon ice cream is a real favorite,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but not far behind are blueberry muffins oozing with goodness.

blueberriesThe kids would tell you GrandP’s pancakes dripping with real Maine maple syrup are the bomb!

blueberriesAs of yesterday, however, there is something new to rave about, blueberry mousse, an easy to make dessert that is a scrumptious blend of lemon curd, cream and blueberries.  Though I’d like to keep it a secret, I’m feeling generous today and will share the recipe.

Blueberry Mousse

For the lemon curd, combine 1 c. sugar, 1-1 1/2 T. lemon zest, 3 eggs and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan.  With heat on medium, add 1 stick of butter and 1/2 c. lemon juice.  When the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and stir constantly until it coats the back of a spoon.  This takes about 5-10 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cool to room temperature and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Whip 1 c. cream until soft peaks form.  Fold 1/2 c. of lemon curd into the whipped cream, then gently fold in remaining lemon curd and 1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries.  Spoon into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  At serving time, top it with mint leaves.

That’s all there is to it.  Should you want to make the recipe even simpler, use bought lemon curd.  Stonewall Kitchen has a very good one.  I think the mousse would also be wonderful with raspberries or strawberries or maybe a combination of berries.  Now, that’s got me thinking about what’s next!

Joining

Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things

Foodie Friday

What A Day!

L 'Hermione

For days we’d been looking forward to sighting the French frigate L’Hermione and following her up the coast to Castine.

Rockport HarborFinally, the big day arrived and what a beauty it was, at least for a little while.

Rockport Harbor/fogThen, as often happens in Maine, the fog set in, thick as pea soup making it a not so good day for boating.  For two cents I’d have stayed home, but fog or no, the hubby was determined to be off so away we went.

We were not the only ones braving the fog to look for the frigate.  Vessels of every kind were on the hunt, and I was very grateful for good radar that spotted them in the distance because we couldn’t see another boat until we were right on top of it.

l'hermione/fogAt last, after more than an hour of circling and searching, here came L’Hermione  out of the fog and looking very much like a ghost ship.   What an incredibly mysterious sight!

l'hermioneThe sheer size of the boat, the majestic sails, the complex rigging all added to the drama of the moment.

l'hermioneSeconds later, as if by magic, the fog gave way to a brilliant blue sunlit sky and L’Hermione was immediately surrounded by boats filled with people trying to get close up shots of this magnificent ship.  

l'hermioneAs you can see, she dwarfed everything  around her.

With a flotilla that exceeded 100 boats, L’Hermione proceeded to Castine Harbor where crowds cheered her arrival.

l'hermioneWith sails trimmed and cannons firing, she made her grand entrance.

Her crew, mostly volunteers I’m told, gathered on deck and across the water could be heard sea chantys and the wail of bagpipes.

l'hermioneSome brave souls rode in on the bowsprit as interested in all the goings on as the spectators.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInside the harbor, the frigate was met by a tug that assisted her to the dock. 

l'hermioneThere she would rest for a couple of days before venturing on to her final destination, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. While in Castine, visitors would have opportunity to board and explore L’Hermione which is an exact replica of the ship that brought Lafayette to the aid of the colonies in 1780. It is meant to symbolize the long standing ties between the United States and France as well as provide an educational legacy that reminds of history many of us have forgotten.

l'hermioneAt the end of the day, I was so appreciative of the hubby’s determination as it made for  an amazing adventure, the kind that doesn’t come along every day!

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Power of a Bowl

tablescapeInspiration for a table setting can come from any number of sources.  For me this day it started with a colorful bowl that was on the table.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

You may remember that I’m crazy for bottles so I filled my trusty green ones with blooms gathered on my morning walk and placed them around the bowl.  Voila, a simple centerpiece.

tablescapeFrom there it was easy to pick these wonderful plates purchased at Marshall’s 13 years ago. No question that I couldn’t resist them because they reminded me of Italy for which I’ve had long affection.  Also, I like their shape and, as with the bowl, the multiple colors make them very easy to work with. 

Sage

Sage

Italian Parsley

Italian Parsley

Playing off the plate’s border, I chose these olive themed napkins and tucked them into the wonderful napkin rings that I found on my recent Italian adventure.

Mint

Mint

Thyme

Thyme

  I thought hard about buying these, and I am so glad they came home with me. Not only are they a reminder of a wonderful month, their herb leafed design is such a unique feature.

tablescapeFlatware from TJ Maxx and glasses from Target complete the table which now is ready for a casual dinner that we are sharing with friends who are traveling by boat and using our mooring for a few days.tablescapeHmmm, with a distinctive Italian flair, it’s a good thing I have ravioli in the refrigerator as it would be a shame not to serve a meal that complements the table.  You wouldn’t believe how often the table setting influences our evening’s menu.  Somehow I think it all goes together.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Joining

Tablescape Thursday

North Haven, Here We Come!

In a sense, each of us is an island. In another sense, however, we are all one. For though islands appear separate, and may even be situated at great distances from one another, they are only extrusions of the same planet, Earth.

J Donald Walters

North HavenNorth Haven Island is an easy 35 minute ride for us on Pipe Dreams, so we head that way often.  It is one of the few Maine islands (remember there are thousands) that has a year round population, much of which dates back generations.  I guess there are some people who are just born to be islanders.  Permanent population is slightly more than 350, and that number swells considerably from June through August when summer residents return to homes that may have been in the family for years.

North HavenThe only way to get on or off the island is by boat.  If you’re not lucky enough to have your own, a ferry runs multiple times to and from Rockland.

flag/maine/North HavenI always know we are close when I spot the lichen covered rocks atop which an American flag waves.  One of these days I’m going to find out who puts that flag there and thank him/her for such a welcoming sight.

North Haven/llobster buoysAnother clue that we are nearing the island is the abundance of lobster traps which makes us very glad Pipe Dreams has jet engines rather than props that can become entangled in lobster pot lines.  From what I’ve seen clearing props is not a fun job!

North HavenThe reason for this visit to North Haven is to have dinner at Nebo Lodge, a popular eatery and one of very few on the island.

North HavenIt is a quaint place, packed in the evening, that serves menu items made from fresh ingredients grown on the island.  You might be interested in knowing that a Maine Congresswoman, Chellie Pingree, has played an important role in developing farming on North Haven.

North HavenInside, tables are covered with vintage tablecloths, and if one is soiled there’s plenty more from which to choose.

North HavenSome of you would be envious of the collection.

This time of year fresh flowers are on every surface and fill the air with their perfume.  I never cease to be amazed by Maine’s summer beauty.

Dinner at Nebo is leisurely and relaxing to say nothing about good.  What is amazing is that I failed to take a single food shot to whet your appetite.  I guess we were in too big a hurry to enjoy!

 i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Joining

The Scoop

WPC: Doors

What is it about doors?

doorsMy photo library is full of them, some hanging by a single hinge,

doorsothers the background for graffiti.

doorsSome are faded,

doorsperhaps surrounded by vibrant blooms.

doorsSome are symbolic of a country’s culture

doorswhile others just catch my eye.

What is it about doors?

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

First Time Out

Pipe DreamsThree weeks Pipe Dreams has been at the dock, and we’ve not taken a single boat ride.  Sometimes life just gets in the way, so at 8 AM when the hubby said, “Get dressed and let’s go on a little cruise,” I didn’t hesitate.

Flag FlyingWith flag flying, we left Rockport Harbor behind.

Indian IslandIn just a few minutes, I began spotting those sights that are both familiar and assure me I am home.  First is Indian Island which I dream about owning.  Would you believe that the current owner’s ancestors bought this enchanting spot for $600?

Maine islandThe harbor opens to the vastness of Penobscot Bay and its many islands that are the last land between Maine and Europe.

schoonerJust ahead of us is one of the numerous windjammers that work the area.  This one appears to be returning with a boat load of people who’ve spent the last 5 days experiencing life on the sea.  That is a trip for the adventurer who doesn’t demand luxury accommodations!

In just a few minutes, I spy Curtis Island with its now defunct lighthouse.

CamdenMore importantly, it marks the entrance to Camden Harbor with its lovely views of Camden where our Maine adventures began.

Camden HarborSlowly we go through the harbor checking out the boats, spotting some familiar ones and noticing some from far away.  Camden with its easy access to restaurants and shops is a popular stopover for visiting vessels.Beech HillOut of Camden Harbor,  we head home, done so many times Pipe Dreams knows her way!  In the distance, I see Beech Hill marked by the stone cottage and the clump of trees sitting atop it.  This is another of the landmarks I always look for on the return.

Rockport Pano 6X18Rounding Indian Island, the whole of Rockport Harbor is ahead and is a view of which I never tire.  This cruise may have been short but it gives me the comfortable feeling that comes with knowing I’m in the right place.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

Joining

The Scoop