A Celebration of Maine


I usually make some sort of celebration meal when I finish a blanket. To celebrate finishing the Iron Giant blanket I made Maine themed foods. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine. The Iron Giant blanket is for my 20 year old son. He requested that I make lobster rolls. 

We dined on my version of lobster rolls and had homemade blueberry buckle for dessert. 

The recipe for lobster rolls is available here. These lobster rolls are NOT recommended if you’re on a diet.  They sure did taste good though! You can make them healthier by removing the butter and halving the amount of mayonnaise. If you have lobster tastes but a hamburger budget, substitute cooked shrimp. It will still be plenty tasty. (In fact that’s what I’m going to do next time I make them.) I’m not usually a fan of iceberg lettuce but it adds a nice cool crispness to these sandwiches. 

I used the Taste of Home recipe for classic blueberry buckle. You can find that recipe here

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Happy St Patrick’s Day



I baked Irish soda bread for the first time. Hopefully it came out. If not, there will be plenty of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Then there’s desert! A mint ice cream pie with fudge, whipped topping and Andes mints in a chocolate cookie crumb crust.


Or there’s always candy.

If you want something different for St Patrick’s Day you can always try my shepherd’s pie with Guinness.

Happy Pi Day

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Happy Pi Day!

We celebrated Pi Day in style. We used our special Pi pie plates.

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Instructions to make pi pie plates can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Glass-Pi-Pie-Plates/

Our pi pie plates sat on our handmade pi tablecloth.

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Instructions to make a pi tablecloth can be found at http://www.instructables.com/id/Pi-Cotton-Tablecloth/

Now let’s talk about the best part of Pi Day; the pie. I made all sorts of miniature pies. Miniature pies are so much more fun to eat than slices of pie. Miniature pies also made it easier to try all the different types of pies. Can you imagine trying to eat half a dozen slices of pie?

We had miniature blueberry, cherry and lemon meringue pies for our fruit pies.

There were Reese’s Peanut Butter cup pies topped with miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.

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For savory pies we had chicken pot pie and shepherd’s pie.

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And of course pizza pie. There was pepperoni pizza and tomato basil pizza.

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I saved the best for last. Everybody’s favorite pie was the Cafe au lait pie.

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The recipe can be found here.  I created this pie especially for my 13 year old. The one type of pie he asked for was a coffee pie. You have to try this pie. It is so good it will make your eyes roll back in your head and you’ll forget about everything but coffee pie.