The Witches Ball

Witches Ball at Ramada Inn

Vendors presented their wares and handcrafts in an impressive display at the Ramada Inn during the Witches Ball. While parents shopped, children in their costumes enjoyed getting treats from all the vendors. It was a great opportunity to shop for unique Christmas gifts. Many handcrafted items were available as well as children’s books, jewelry, candles, and more. Bridgton, Maine artist, writer, and illustrator Cheryl Johnson was present with her newest book, Mish and Friends’ Maine Adventure and its companion coloring book. Cheryl was wearing her Mish the Mushroom Man costume and provided coloring sheets for all the children.

There were plenty of jewelry tables offering a wide variety of styles. It was a great opportunity for picking up gifts and stocking stuffers.

Handcrafted items were plentiful including wood crafts and pottery.

I did a little shopping after taking a lot of photos. I got some Boo Boo Bags… lavender scented, some candles, and a couple of Christmas gift items I won’t mention in case their recipients are reading this. The Witches Ball is an annual event. If you missed out on this year’s festive event, be sure to attend next year, and bring your children so they can “trick or treat” at all the vendor’s tables.

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Maine Apple Cider Muffin Recipe

Maine has so much to offer in the fall, and the visitors come by the literal busloads. The foliage, the farm markets, the roadside stands, the pumpkins, the apples, and cider are just a few of the wonderful elements of a Maine autumn. Today we are going to focus on apple cider and muffins in particular.

Apple Cider Muffins
What tastes amazing with a hot cup of coffee or tea? Apple cider muffins!! Serve warm with a little butter or cream cheese.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 eggs beaten
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 12 count muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
In a mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix until combined.
Add in your eggs, oil, apple cider and milk and stir until just moistened.
Fill your tins about 3/4 full with batter and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool for a few minutes.
Melt butter in a small bowl, in another bowl whisk together the sugars and cinnamon.
Dip the tops of the muffins in butter then in your cinnamon sugar mixture.

Enjoy these muffins any time of year for a great breakfast or snack treat!!

Maine Apples

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Native Style Squash Soup for Cold Fall and Winter Days

This recipe is one both my grandmother and great grandmother made, and it is delicious. It can be served with cornbread, biscuits, or crackers. Drink it by the cup or fill up a big bowl with hot, comforting soup.

Native Style Butternut Squash Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large carrot – chopped
1 onion – chopped
4 cups cubed butternut squash, fresh is best
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add carrot and onion. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Add in butternut squash, vegetable broth, maple syrup, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender (30-40 minutes). After cooling, blend in small batches till soup is all pureed or use an immersion blender in hot soup. Spoon into bowls and enjoy!

Optional: Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds, parsley, and drizzled melted butter and maple syrup.

Buy your squash, other fruits and veggies, honey, and fresh dairy products from local Maine farmstands and at local farmer’s markets. Buying fresh means better quality produce, and it supports hard-working Maine farm families.


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Autumn In Maine – A Fall Foliage Tour

Maine Fall Foliage

On The Little Androscoggin River

Lake Reflections


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Bailey Island, Maine

The Abenaki Indians named this island Newaggin. European settlers arrived in the 1600s, but the first settler of the island was William Black. He was the son of Black Will, a freed slave that lived in Kittery, Maine. William sold the land his father left him in Kittery and moved to the current Baily Island. The island became known as Will’s Island during his lifetime. In 1742, there is a “first” story told that the Reverend Timothy Bailey bought the island from Will Black for a pound of tobacco. The “second” story is that Mrs. Bailey wanted the island and had her husband bribe local officials to find a “legal flaw” in Will’s land title so that the Baileys could take over the island. There is no certain answer, but when the Bailey’s moved to the island, Will Black, loving the ocean life, moved on to Orr’s Island.

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Today, Bailey Island is a popular tourist destination. Pretty coves, gorgeous scenery, delicious food, and island culture draw hundreds of thousands of people to the enjoy the island’s charm every year. Add Bailey Island to your list of Maine places to visit.

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