9.25-27: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

home | get Autumn from daycare | make cookies, mac & cheese | Autumn has a bath, goes to bed at 6.30 | Price gets home | lounge around | bed at 9.30

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up early | watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and playing around |  Target, Stop & Shop shopping with Autumn | Price washes the electric blanket | kitchen clean up | Taco Bell  for lunch | go to work to work on fashion show stuff, budget re-do, time sheet, blogging | Market Basket for forgotten stuff | Autumn goes to bed | make dinner- pork tenderloin, rice-a-roni, brussel sprouts go to bed  bed early | Price goes to bed at 11

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up early | make pumpkin waffles | shopping at Michael’s, Old Navy, Target | Price mows lawn, gets clothes bins from storage | Autumn had Pizza Hut for lunch | nap time 12.45- 2.30 | make pumpkin banana bread | go to the beach with Autumn and Kemper | Price plants flowers, does dishes, showers | Autumn goes to bed- doesn’t sleep well for a few hours | dinner- waffle fries quick nachos | watch football, NASCAR race | shower | blog posts | make cookies | go to bed late at 12.45 – loved checking out the moon!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread- SRC

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Ugh, I’m so wiped out from the weekend, and I feel like I didn’t even do much. I just am so wiped out!! I felt asleep so early every night. It was so nice though.

Maybe it’s the change in season. Maybe it’s the crazy super moon! Maybe it’s just because I normally don’t properly sleep. hmm…

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Anyway, it’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day. It’s insane that it’s already the 4th Monday of the month. I can’t handle it!!! October

Anyway (again), I received Susan’s blog called Food.Baby.Life!!!

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I think that Susan and I would be great friends! We both have kids (well, I have 1, so far, but you get the point). We both have revamped the way that we eat as I’ve completed 2 Whole30‘s this year and she cut the crap out of her diet well. While we do eat more refine food we do like our occasional sweets too. And, best of all, we LOVE Banana Bread!!!

There is just so perfect about a nice thick slice of warm banana bread. So when I saw several recipes on there blog I got really excited. And then I came across a Pumpkin Banana Bread that made me super excited. It’s perfect for the season!!

I adapted Susan’s recipe has she used rice malt syrup and I couldn’t easily find it, so a bit of Googling revealed that I could sub honey for it. Awesome.

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Plus, I added a bit of ginger to the spices in her recipe as I love it in pumpkin pie.

The end result was a bread that was packed with so much flavor from both the bananas and the pumpkin. The texture as light, but dense at the same time. The little chunks of banana gave it textural interest, as well as little pops of banana flavor. In particular, I loved that it was not too sweet, which was the result of just using honey. It gave it a nice subtle sweetness to it, plus gave great flavor.

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Autumn inhaled a thick slice for dinner when I made it. I true stamp of approval right there! Plus, I loved it too!

I hope you’ll make this Pumpkin Banana Bread the next time you have some extra ripe bananas. Yum!!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Makes 1 5 x 10″ Loaf


  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil or light tasting olive oil
  • 1 1/3 Cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • 2 1/2 Cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, pumpkin puree, and honey.
  3. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and then stir these into the banana mixture until just combined (don’t over-mix).
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top springs back when touched and a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm or cold. Suitable to freeze.

Adapted from Food.Baby.Life


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Crab Eggs Benedict: Millbrook Company- Sedgwick, ME

Eggs Benedict is my favorite brunch dish. I love to try it everywhere we go from greasy spoons to top rated restaurants. I love the classic version, but I also love trying other fun variations. I share my experiences and personal ratings in my Eggs Benedict Reviews in my Dining Out Section. Check them all out!

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While we were visiting Price’s mom, Elaine, in Maine earlier this summer, we were on a mission to get a new grill for her house there. Since her house is on a itty bitty island it’s a decent drive into the closest town containing big box stores, like 45 minutes.

So we needed some strength to make such a journey (ha!), so we stopped for breakfast on the way at Millbrook Company in Segwick, Maine.

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Of course, as soon as I saw an Eggs Benedict on the Specials Board, I was immediately interested. Not just you’re typical Eggs Benedict, but a Crab Benedict, and for just $12.95. It sounded like a delicious deal!

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In the unassuming building on the side of Rt 15, sits Millbook Company. A breakfast and lunch place opened Wednesday- Sunday from 7.30am to 2.00pm. They have the basics, and they serve them well. When you serve a limited menu, you better do it right, and it seems like they really do with the nice crowds in there and the food we all enjoyed, from the standard breakfast favorites to the delicious specials.

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Millbrook Company has a great bakery that creates fantastic breads, cookies, bars, sticky buns, and much, much more. They serve there delicious baked goods at the restaurant, as well as sell them at area farmer’s markets.

While I didn’t get a breakfast that had a side of toast I did get a bite from Elaine just so I could try their house made jam. I love that they pay so close attention to their products that they make their own breads and jams.

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We ordered the Blueberry Buckle for Autumn, figuring it is similar to a muffin, which she enjoys. She did thoroughly enjoyed it, as did we, when we snagged bites ourselves. It was moist, rich, and packed with blueberries. I loved the crumb on top too.

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I’ve had plenty of Crab Cake Eggs Benedicts before, which are always enjoyable, but I enjoyed the similar approach with just serving crab on the English muffin. It didn’t muddle things, it kept it all perfectly simple, allowing the crab to shine through.

I would have loved some bigger lumps of crab, but the crab itself was delicious and overall I appreciated that it was affordable.

The eggs were poached perfectly. I just love watching when velvety soft warm yolks start to trickle down when the eggs when cut. It blends really well with rich Hollandaise sauce.

The side of potatoes was a little bland, but I I didn’t mind that much as I do appreciate getting to season the potatoes myself as I often find they are under-salted or over-salted. The crust on the potatoes certainly made up for any deficiencies in the amount of salt used when preparing the potatoes. I love the good crust on homefries.

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If you are in the area I suggest stopping by this charming small breakfast and lunch spot. The simple home-cooked meals for affordable prices make for a great place to visit. Be sure to check out the beautiful views from the pavilion too!


English Muffin– 17/20 pts

Crab– 16/20 pts

Poached Egg– 23/25 pts

Hollandaise- 23/25 pts

Homefries– 8/10 pts

Total: 87/100 pts


Millbrook Company

160 Snows Cove Road

Sedgwick, Maine 04676



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Dear Autumn @ 22 Months

Dear Autumn @ 22 Months

September, 2015

Dear Autumn,

You are such a smarty pants know it all. But all toddlers are!

You are so opinionated and I loved it so much. I love how you are finding your voice to indicate what you want. It can be something simple from which shoes you want to wear to something more frantic, like your immediately need to go outside with shouts of “SIDE!!!!” while dragging me to the door by a finger.

The amount of talking you do is incredible. I love that you parrot us all the time. I know once day that will back fire when you say something when we slip up, but right now it’s so precious how you mimic us. The thing that just makes us melt is when you say ‘tank you mommy’ and ‘tank you daddy’. It’s so sweet.

I swear you never stop moving. You are always buzzing with activity around the house or outside. I’m afraid that you are going to be so sad trapped inside the house this winter since you can’t get enough of being outside. You had a blast when we went apple picking arleady. I’m sure you won’t mind going again this season since mom can’t get enough of apples this year. Gotta live it up before we move to Florida!

When we were on The Cape for vacation you had so much attention for your cousins that you loved. You slept so, so horribly some times, but it was still a wonderful vacation as we were together as a big family and you got to play with everyone in the pool and at the beach. So much fun!

One morning we put Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on while we were on The Cape and since then you have been HOOKED. You asked for Mickey even before we get home from daycare so always have to explain to you that Mickey and the TV are resting as we don’t watch TV at night before you go to bed. But you get an episode of Mickey every morning while you have you morning ‘leche’. My favorite part is that you reply to the characters when they ask questions. LOVE IT!!

The hardest part about the time passing is that time is passing. It’s hard that it is speeding by so quickly. I think back to what we were doing last year, or even 6 months ago, and it’s insane how much bigger you are, how much more curious you are, how much more independent you are. I love your independence, but it it hurts some days when you don’t need the help. But at the same time you’re becoming more affectionate, so that’s a win!

Now, please let us brush your hair without fighting us! It’s looking crazy some days!! ha!!

I Love you!



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Our Wedding Pictures: Cocktail Hour, Introductions, & First Dance

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As we held our ceremony right outside the hall at our venue, our cocktail hour immediately followed our ceremony.

Everyone moved from outside to inside to enjoy some great food, drinks, and music while mingling to chat with old and new friends. We wanted this to be a nice relaxed time where we could enjoy getting to chat with our guests so we made it an extended cocktail ‘hour’ as it ran 1 hr and 45 minutes. It worked out perfectly.

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Autumn with her awesome daycare teacher and her daughter.

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Well, of course!

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With my ‘Aunt’ Monica. She is my mom’s best friend and I love her to bits. Of course, she has so many embarrasing stories about me when I was younger. And I love hearing them over and over again. ha!!

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I love how old friends got together again to catch up!

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It meant to much to us that friends traveled near and far to join us for this special occasion.

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Instead of a guest book, we set up a large frame on an easel that had a photo from our engagement session in it. People were able to write down messages to us. We are looking forward to swapping in a wedding photo in it and hanging it up in our bedroom.

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Before we knew it, it was time for introductions!!

We grabbed our wedding party so we could make our formal introduction from the main entrance. Price and I selected the song ‘Celebration‘ by Kool and the Gang for everyone to walk dance in to. So much fun!!!

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Bridesmaid Emily and Groomsman Chris!

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Matron of Honor Kristen and Best Man Chase!

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Oh man, I love this photo so much!!

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We moved right into the First Dance.

Price and I picked a little known song called “Anchor” by Mindy Gledhill. The song is lovely, but the reason that we picked it was for the lyrics. Love.

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“When all the world is spinning ‘round
Like a red balloon way up in the clouds
And my feet will not stay on the ground
You anchor me back down”

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We wanted a fun transition from our First Dance song to get everyone to dance with us so we quickly transitioned into “Shut and Dance” by Walk The Moon and rang to grab everyone to pull them onto the dance floor.

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It was so much fun to get the party started. I even ripped my dress from all the action! But nothing so bad that a stapler couldn’t fix!!

The dancing continued for a bit until it was time for dinner.

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We wanted the whole wedding to have a nice relaxed feel so we picked delicious, fun things for the dinner, including a mashed potato bar! We also served a variety of sliders, grilled chicken breast, and roasted vegetables. Having everyone make their own plates allowed for everyone from the kids to the adults to select exactly what they wanted to enjoy.

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There even was some dancing during dinner too. That’s what happens when “You & Me” from Dave Matthews Band comes on. Irresistible.

More photos to come!!


And be sure not to miss the other photos we previously shared!

Our Wedding Pictures: Portraits

Our Wedding Pictures: Ceremony

Our Wedding Pictures: Getting Ready

Our Wedding Pictures: First Look

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