Posts Tagged ‘Maine’


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

May 17, 2016

squirrel Today is National Walnut Day.  The best way that I know to celebrate this occasion is to go to Moody’s Diner on Route 1 in Waldoboro, Maine and have a slice of walnut cream pie.

Remember – Pie Fixes Everything


If you cannot make it to Maine, here’s the recipe:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups dark corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch piecrust
  •  Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Stir together sugar, flour and salt in medium-size bowl. Stir in milk until smooth. Add eggs, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until thoroughly blended.
    • Scatter nuts over bottom of piecrust. Pour in egg mixture.
    • Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour or until top is puffed and browned. Cool pie on wire rack to room temperature. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Top with whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.

And why not get a tattoo:

waalnut tattoo


What am I sappy lobster blogging?

September 25, 2015

005_smallGrab your lobester (intentional) and head to Bath

From the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME . . .

Friday, September 25, 2015, is National Lobster Day! To celebrate, the Maine Maritime Museum’s Lobstermobile will be going on a “Maine Adventure,” making stops at Renys stores in Portland, Topsham, and Bath, and concluding with a party at the museum!

Please join us at our National Lobster Day party from 3 to 5 pm on Friday, September 25! Have a piece of cake with the Lobstermobile and explore the state’s newest, and largest, exhibit on lobstering, Lobstering & the Maine Coast! Admission will be FREE after 3 pm.

Prior to the party, you can find the Lobstermobile at the following Renys locations:

Portland: 9-10:30 am

Topsham: 11-12:30 pm

Bath: 1-2:30 pm

Thank you, Cynthia!


What am I celebrating?

December 1, 2014

pie_fixes_orange_magnetDecember is National Pie Day and when I think of pie, I always think of Moody’s Dinner.

Michael Stern’s  review of Moody’s is from RoadFood (click here).

moodys walnutThis is the walnut pie (real whipped cream) and the rest of the dessert menu.



Who am I watching?

June 13, 2014


Take a look at the Puffin Cams on Seal Island, Maine.  This is a snapshot above, but the camera feeds are live.

Burrow Cam

Ledge Cam


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

February 25, 2014


February 24 was Winslow Homer’s 178th birthday.  Homer is probably best known for his seascapes, but he started his career as a print maker.  In 1861, he was sent to the front as an artist-correspondent recording the battles and conditions of the American Civil War.

He lived a good part of his life in New York City employed as a magazine illustrator, but his travels to the east coast of New England, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and eventually to Europe – Paris and the English seaside, influenced his work.  He has been described as foreshadowing the abstract movement, but I think his work is most characterized by his mastery of air, water and weather.

A longer biography can be found here.

Homer eventually settled in Prouts Neck, Maine.  Some of his most famous paintings come from his life and work in that area.  Interestingly, his studio still exists and it has recently been restored:

On September 25, 2012 the Portland Museum of Art opened the Winslow Homer Studio to the public for the first time. One of the most significant locations in the history of American art, the Studio, located at Prouts Neck, Maine, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death.

Ref. Pine State Services (of all things)

It is tattoo Tuesday, but I thought that finding a tattoo related to Winslow Homer was a long-shot, but I was wrong:






 by Winslow Homer



What am I celebrating?

January 27, 2014

This weekend, Pies on Parade was the celebration in Rockland, Maine.  The event centers around National Pie Day (January 23), was sponsored by several local inns in Rockland, and benefits the local food kitchen.

Puffin Center Rockland Maine

Pie has a broad interpretation in Rockland, including the cute little puffin cream puff pictured above.

“Pie” as a term of art here in Rockland, is broadly interpreted and includes not only the fruit pies that we all love but savory pies and pizza pies as well. You’ll find all of the old favorites, apple, blueberry (of course, this is Maine which is famed for its wild blueberries), cherry, pumpkin and even lemon meringue. Maine is also notable for the Whoopee Pie and these are also very much on the menu, including delicious examples made from the exotic oils and vinegars at Fiore on Main Street. But you will also find heartier fare such as real mincemeat pie, quiches of several varieties, the Franco-Canadian special holiday meat pie – tourtiere, and several varieties of pizza, among other choices. Perhaps the most entrancing offering are the tiny puffin “Cream Puffins” at the Maine Audubon Puffin Project.

Quote is from the

I did not see any coconut cream pie.

Lilly's Cafe Rockland Maine

Caramel Apple Tart

pie 3

A variety of fruit pies.

Granite In Rockland Maine

Lobester Quiche


What am I sappy cat blogging?

October 25, 2013

There is a plethora of cats on Sappy Cat Blogging this Friday . . .

kittery cat

Found in Down East magazine, this tabby named Slim commutes from Badger’s Island, Maine to Portsmouth, NH over the Memorial Bridge.  Click here for his story.

race cats

Thanks to my friend, Cindy for these racing cats.


And to HMS Defiant for this little cat clip from Moonrise Kingdom.  Click on the image for the video.  If you have not seen the film, look it up on Netflix.


What am I celebrating today?

August 7, 2013


August 7, 2013 has been designated by the US Senate as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day.  Your can read the proclamation here.

From the American Lighthouse Council:

The past and future of lighthouses will be celebrated on August 7, 2013, now federally designated as National Lighthouse and Lighthouse Preservation Day.

The designation came with the unanimous passage of a Senate resolution marking the date as the 224th anniversary of the federal government’s first public works act, the establishment of the Lighthouse Service as President George Washington signed the ninth act passed by the First Congress of the United States.

The resolution was submitted by Sens. Angus S. King Jr. and Susan Collins of Maine, using wording proposed by the American Lighthouse Council. In the House, Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo, NY, read the text into the Congressional Record.

I recommend for your lighthouse reading, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife, by Connie Small.  I mentioned in a earlier post that I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Small a number of years ago, when she was on a book tour and was participating on a panel on successful aging (!) given for medical students. I found her to be charming. Mrs. Small passed away in 2005 at the successful age of 103.

She and her husband, Keeper Elson Small, lived at several offshore lighthouses in Maine between 1920 and 1946, including Lubec Channel Light (1920-1922), Avery Rock Light (1922-1926), Sequin Island Light (1926-1930), and St. Croix River Light (1930-1946).  During this time the lighthouse keepers were all men, but their wives were very much partners in the enterprise.


The lighthouse pictured at the top of the post is Pemaquid Point. It is my favorite, but don’t go there.  It’s mine.


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

June 18, 2013

maine tattoo

We are getting ready for vacation and will be bound for the east coast in a few days.  In that vein, today’s tattoo offering is the Maine state crest with a couple of retro cuties as supporters.  Dirigo!