Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nothing Like a Family Wedding!

This past weekend marked a very special event for us, and for this reason, we share it with you! Jim's daughter Kerry was married to Nathan Wood in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, September 20th in a beautiful, romantic setting at the Adelphi Hotel! As you can see, they make a spectacular couple and will surely have a long and happy life together! The family were almost all in attandance, even one of the twelve grandchildren made the trip, so everyone was able to spend some time together and meet the groom, some for the first time! What a great end of summer celebration and get-a-way for us! Kerry and Nathan, we wish you health, love and happiness always!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It's Apple Picking Season!

Every year as the leaves start to turn colors and the air turns colder, I am reminded of a tradition from my childhood, having grown up in New York... applepicking! This is a family pasttime, and one that I love to relive annually! There are many resources available to help you find just the right orchard, your favorite kind of apples, the proper techniques and where to pick! Try this one... http://gonewengland.about.com/ for tips on states throughout New England! What to do with all of those apples once you have them? APPLESAUCE! Here's a basic but very tried and true recipe for making you own... and you can vary however you would like, with additional spices like nutmeg or allspice, or additional fall fruits and berries! Delicious every time!


6 large apples
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon, or a few good shakes!

Peel, core and chop your apples. The smaller the better! Place all ingredients in saucepan and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Using a masher, blender, or hand-held mixer, mix until smooth. Place in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator to cool, or serve warm! Enjoy!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Did You Know...?

That Camden, Maine's schooner fleet is the largest in the world? Since 1936, these wooden schooners have sailed from Camden carrying vacationers on scenic cruises amid the islands of Penobscot Bay and for this reason, Camden is know as the schooner capital. Among the fleet, you should consider taking cruises on such ships as the Schooner Lazy Jack, the Schooner Olad, or the Schooner Surprise. In addition, you can take a lobster cruise on the Lively Lady Too or take a longer cruise on a large windjammer, with trip ranges from a couple of hours up to a week. Many of the ships sail well into the fall months, a great time to explore the coast and see the wildlife on the islands and sea. What a great time of year fall is for a New England visit!