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We are spending the summer traveling across the country, so Henbogle blog is on a hiatus until we return. Join us on our travels at our trip blog, Every Day is a Winding Road.
We could never have made this trip without the help of friends and family. Thanks go to Dan’s amazing Mom, Jean, who’ll be house sitting for us, and our friends Bill and Michelle, who will be stepping in to give the poor kitties some extra attention and give Mom some time off for good behavior. Thanks also to the many other friends who are keeping an eye on Henbogle, or who have given us great advice and support. We appreciate you!
Don’t forget to join us at Every Day is a Winding Road!
Although the early spring weather and extra warm weather this week has put an end to maple sugaring for the year, on Sunday we celebrated Maine Maple Sunday at Henbogle. Friends joined us for a brunch featuring that nectar of the gods, maple syrup, and eggs, as the hens have been very generous now that spring is here.
Brunch feature Maple Sticky Buns, Sausage and Leek Quiche with Provolone and Sundried Tomato, Goat Cheese and Leek Quiche, Maple Black Pepper Bacon, Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup, and Spinach Salad with Maple Lime Dressing, Blue Cheese and Dried Cranberries. Friends contributed Irish Soda Bread, Fruit Salad, and Mimosas. Yum.
Unfortunately, the photographer was busy cooking so the 2 photos seen are all I have, but judging from the laughter and paucity of leftovers, I think we all enjoyed ourselves. I can’t think of a better way to welcome Spring, or celebrate friends, than with Maine Maple Sunday.
Last fall, I contacted gardener/writer Henry Homeyer to invite him to speak to our Master Gardener class. Unfortunately, Henry was on his way to France and couldn’t attend, but we had a nice conversation, and he asked if he could contact me again and possibly write about my garden in his column. I said yes, and promptly forgot about it until a few weeks ago, Henry called me and we had a nice chat about gardens and gardening, and producing food in a small garden.
At the end of our thoroughly enjoyable chat, (which may result in Henbogle garden being featured in his column), Henry offered me a review copy of his new book. As I’ve read his column in our local paper for years, and enjoyed his earlier book, Notes from the Garden: Reflections and Observations of an Organic Gardener, I jumped at the chance.
Henry promptly sent it out and it arrived the other day. I haven’t had a chance to delve in, yet, but am looking forward to reading it and sharing my thoughts here on Henbogle. Thanks, Henry!
Dan and I celebrated a milestone this week. Ten years ago this morning, we ate wedding cake for breakfast on Maine’s gorgeous Popham Beach the day after our we exchanged vows in our backyard amidst friends and family on a beautiful August Saturday.
Ten years later, my friend Cathy, who made our gorgeous and delicious wedding cake, presented us with an anniversary reprise, which we enjoyed this morning with Cathy and her family on our deck for breakfast. It tasted just as good as I remembered it, and is a great reminder of the sweet life we have together.
We spent the day yesterday with my friend Ellen, enjoying a cruise and picnic lunch aboard the Casco Bay Ferry Aucocisco III as it traveled to Long, Great and Little Diamond Islands. After our cruise, we showed Ellen more of Maine’s lovely southern coastline before dropping her off at a friends. Dan and I then enjoyed a delicious dinner at a brewpub in an old mill before heading home to Henbogle. It was a lovely day.
Scenes from our celebrations and cruise on the Aucocisco are below.
Miraculously, the sun came out for a brief time over lunch. Whoo hoo! We could eat on the deck!
Remember that big pile of spinach? Well, it became a delicious spinach and goat cheese quiche. Accompanying the quiche was a lovely salad made with some of the lettuce, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, and a Rhubarb Custard Pie that I cannot praise highly enough. (Seriously, you MUST try this pie.)
We had a lovely time, enjoying the sunshine, the birds, the gardens, the sunshine, the food and most importantly, the company.
Ellen’s family gifted us with some gorgeous Meyer lemons from the tree in their yard, which I intend to turn into Meyer lemon marmalade this weekend. Ellen has returned to California for what I hope is a brief visit with her family, as she is hoping for a job in Maine. Send some positive vibes to her!
Today was Maine Maple Sunday, a day to celebrate all the sweet nectar our lovely maple trees give us every spring. Dan and I usually attend a pancake breakfast at a nearby farm, but this year they did not hold a breakfast. Not a problem, I can make breakfast.
Henbogle eggs and Maine apples became a beautiful Dutch apple pancake, leftover local corned beef and Maine potatoes became hash, a fruit salad featured strawberries we picked at a local farm and blueberries from our bushes, and sweet, delicious Maple syrup was the crowning touch on the pancake. Yum
Mom and our friend Karen joined us for the feast, which I’m thinking should become a tradition.
After all that hard work in the garden yesterday, Ellen and I decided we needed some pie. We stopped by my local orchard, Pleasant Pond Orchard, where Mary, one of the owners, gave me another idea — a pie tasting party, featuring many single-variety pies. As it was too complicated a plan for that night, Ellen and I and picked up a variety of apples so that as we made the pie, we could taste many different apples.
The range of flavors was amazing. I have to say, I still likes me a good old-fashioned Northern Spy or Cox’s Orange Pippin, but the results of the mixed-variety pie was delicious. We used the aforementioned Spy and Pippin, and Pumpkin Sweet, Spencer, Golden Spy, Winesap, and Connell Red.
I put Ellen to work cranking the apple peeler, and because she was so helpful, gave her a few of my top secret pie-making tips. She repaid me by rolling out the crust and decorating the pie with cookie-cutter stars. We all enjoyed the pie for dinner, and I sent Ellen home with half of the remaining pie and some garden vegetables.
Darn Mary for mentioning that pie-tasting party, because I think it sounds like a LOT of fun, so beware, friends and neighbors, I may be calling on you for help.
One of the **ahem** items in her BOC was a numeric keypad. (I was tempted to say turds but thought it might be crass. What do you think?)
Anyway, I suggested that I’d pay postage for the keypad because one of Dan’s least favorite parts of his job is entering the 9 million student ID numbers into the various databases they use for the school’s technology program. I thought a numeric keypad would make the data entry easier for him, so I offered to purchase it from Granny.
She very kindly sent to me via the US Postal Service, and didn’t even want me to pay for it! What a Granny!
So Dan and I picked up a little treat for Granny which I will put in the mail tomorrow. A taste of Maine, as t’were.
Dan used the keypad last week and reported things went much faster with the keypad. Yay!
Thanks, Granny! Yet another reason that I love blogging!
Last weekend Dan and I had the pleasure of meeting Kate, who blogs at Living the Frugal Life. Kate was visiting Maine with her father and used the opportunity for a visit to Henbogle. Dan and I really enjoyed meeting her and showing her Henbogle, and I really enjoyed talking with her about sustainability and her reasons for her quest for frugality, I got some food for thought (and a good reason to bake some scones).
I’ve got some ideas for a few posts kicking around in my head and about my gardening efforts and what I’ve learned over the summer, and it was great to talk with Kate as I am thinking about this topic. Now I just hope I get a chance to actually write these posts.
Thanks for visiting, Kate!