Friends, I’ve got some good news to share and am ready to shout it from Mt. Katahdin to Kennebunkport! My latest book Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight received Maine’s Lupine Honor Award! This is so special because the award is given by the Maine Library Association, what an unbelievable accolade! I mean if… Read more »Read More
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Reading that TASTES so GOOD!
Friends! First a confession. You already know I wrote a book about the Mainer who tried to make illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder. It’s a true story from Maine’s 1930’s history. The matter was ultimately resolved with a cook-off: Manhattan vs. New England. Even Joe DiMaggio found himself ensnared in this controversy! So… Read more »Read More
INSIDE SCOOP: Vita Lane, a debut illustrator to watch!
Fine tune your radar screens, my friends. I have a debut illustrator that you should be watching closely and snap up our book! Vita Lane brings joy, texture, symbolic, and playful color palettes to her work. Our book, Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight presented an interesting challenge because it’s a true story… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: Time Travel (Or Virtual Spring Break in the time of Corona)
Hello, friends! This week is officially Spring Break. While we aren’t actually traveling anywhere and our schools are taking a break from remote learning… we are taking a super-duper, virtual, time-traveling vacation that I think will be fun! When my boys were toddlers, their pediatrician gave me some golden advice: follow the kids’ interests and give… Read more »Read More
Camp Covid: Day #2 Chocolate To The Rescue!
Friends, you know when you are stuffing your face with chocolate by mid-morning, things might be getting intense! Eats Chocolate. Moves on. Here’s what went right today! The boys made drawings to send to local nursing homes. The idea came from an awesome Facebook post floating around. With our nursing homes in lockdown mode, so… Read more »Read More
Camp Covid: How We Survived Our First Day of Remote Learning
Hello Dear Friends and Readers! Day #1 of our Camp Covid is officially in the books. Here’s the cold hard truth. It was not without tears and frustration, but it also came with some incredible moments. We are making our way and hopefully tomorrow, we’ll feel a little more settled in to our new normal. I… Read more »Read More
TiPi: A Garden Fort for All Seasons!
Maine – Need a little backyard magic? Friends, an edible tipi (Teepee, Tepee) is the ticket! This is where fun meets nutrition and education. Who’s with me? Simply drag sticks out of the woods or buy bamboo poles at a garden shop. Dig holes to drive your sticks into the ground. Just a few inches deep will do. Lean… Read more »Read More
An Island Time Forgot (No, this is not the title of a book, but a real place you can visit!)
Swan Island, Maine (Not to be confused with Swan‘s Island, Maine) – When our boat left the banks of Richmond, Maine, crossed the Kennebec River, and docked on Swan Island, I had no idea that we’d just traveled back in time to the 18th century. But when we took the island’s only road up the… Read more »Read More
Portland, Maine – It’s Fall, Y’all! Okay, no one else in Maine is saying it quite like that… but the excitement of leaf peeping, pumpkin hunting, and all things Autumn is here. I was seriously daydreaming about whether I could travel the globe to spend an entire year in Autumn – an entire year. For… Read more »Read More
In the Kitchen: Granola Bar Recipe
I never thought I’d be a stay-at-home wife or mom. I’m a journalist. It’s all I knew. And never ever did I think I’d be the sort of wife who would send her husband to work with home-baked goods. In fact my career-driven inner 25-year-old is vomiting at the mere mention of such an eventuality…. Read more »Read More