I just got back from an incredibly relaxing weekend away. My parents in law have a log cabin in Friendship, Maine – a small town with a population of around 1,000. Adam and I visited them there about a year and a half ago. Although we had a blast the first time around, somehow it took that long to go back. We won’t let it happen again!
Friendship is about 3.5 hours away from Boston. Adam and I took half-days on Friday with a plan to stop mid-way for lunch and get to the house early-ish. Unfortunately, a car exploded (or something like that) in the middle of the highway so we were stuck in the worst traffic jam of my life. After about 40 minutes of not moving at all, people decided to enjoy the sunshine outside their cars. Yup, these pics are in the middle of a major highway.
We were kind of pushing it with a late lunch as is, but with a 2 hour delay, I was starting to get very cranky. KIND bar to the rescue! This baby filled me up but it was crazy sweet. I wouldn’t buy it again. It was like a candy bar on steroids.
Yeah, 10 miles took 2 hours. The scene of the crime (I hope everyone was ok! I couldn’t find anything in the news about it)
We were planning on stopping in Portland, ME but lunch turned into dinner – at the famous Red’s Eats lobster shack in Wiscasset, ME.
Lots of fried stuff… and Maine’s #1 lobster roll. My PILs have been telling us about this place for years!
The owner said we were a good looking couple and a few locals offered to take a picture of us. 😎
There is more than a whole lobster in every roll. They don’t add anything to it – you can add your own mayo or melted butter. I brushed it slightly with butter but it really didn’t need anything, just some pure lobster goodness.
That’s a good face!
Some homemade ice cream for dessert: 1/2 cookie dough, 1/2 coffee (I asked for maple pecan but got coffee. I’ll let it slide because it was still good)
We arrived at our final destination at nearly 9pm on Friday. We had a few more snacks and some beer (I had maybe 1/2 of one – if that) and went to bed. I haven’t slept this well in ages. It was glorious.
My father in law made this sign in workshop class when he was 12 years old. How cool is that?
The weather was gorgeous. We spent a lot of time doing exactly this:
Strawberries to come!
Bleeding hearts flowers. I want to plant these in our yard!
And then there was breakfast. My parents in law seriously went out of the way getting stuff they thought I’d like. They bought A LOT of fresh produce, humanely raised meat, oikos yogurt for me, dried cherries and apricots and even Barney Butter!! We sure ate well this weekend.
I had one…
+ oikos with 1/2 mango, Kashi golean crunch cereal, dried cherries and chopped hazelnuts. This was amazing. I need to recreate this bowl at home. Mmm….
This breakfast even fueled me for a little run. Adam and I did 3 miles around the ‘hood. It was the hilliest run I’ve ever done and it was tough. I tried not to let it show too much though because I needed to encourage Adam to keep going. He was swearing at me during it but was super happy at the end. I knew he would be. 😉 I am SO doing it again next time we come, and I’m adding at least another hill to it!
Lunch: turkey, ham, cuc and toms sandwich + mixed greens and grapes
Finally we got dressed and did a few productive things. First stop: Moose Crossing garden center – a GIANT nursery.
I went a little crazy taking a million pictures but the flowers were just too beautiful, I couldn’t help it. Plus I am still learning how to use my camera so really this was necessary.
So so beautiful. We picked a few flowers to plant in our yard. Very cool!
Next stop: Beth’s farm market
Beth’s had some flowers but mostly herbs
… produce. Not a lot of things are in season right now (everything they sell is grown at the farm) but these guys caught my eye. That’s fiddleheads for those of you who’ve never seen them. I bought some to make for dinner some night this week.
The loot (+ fiddleheads) – strawberry rhubarb jam, peanut butter whoopie pie, chocolate cookies with white choc chips. I always buy baked goods at farm stands. It’s as close as it gets to homemade without actually being homemade.
The pb whoopie pie was a treat we enjoyed on Sunday – a bit before lunch, the rest in the car on the way home. Yum!
I’ve gotten a bit of track (sweets do that to me) – our next stop was Rockland, ME. We had dinner reservations later in the night and wanted to check out the cute boutiques in the area.
We ended up buying some framed photos to put in our office. They were gorgeous. I hope to be able to take gorgeous pictures I can put on our walls some day. Until then, I’ll buy the ones that speak to me. 😉
Dinner was incredible. The best dinner I’ve had out in a long time. In fact I can’t remember a meal this flawless in years. Every single thing we ordered was great, the atmosphere was enjoyable, the service was top-notch. Really, really perfect. I’m going to have to do a separate post on it because I don’t want it to get lost in this monster post.
Breakfast: blueberry and hazelnut baked french toast
I told you we ate well this weekend! Actually all the recipes were healthy so I felt good about eating. I even helped make this dish.
Sunshine makes it hard to take photos but I’m not complaining. 😆
Lunch: steak tips and chicken (marinaded in a ginger lime marinade overnight), grilled peppers, endive and yellow beans – all straight from the grill. Heaven!
It was so hard to leave! There is something about a weekend away from phones and internet (we didn’t even have cell reception – go ATT! 😕 ) that is just so necessary sometimes. I was able to sleep for 8 hours each night as my mind was finally able to stop going at 100 miles an hour. It was pure relaxation… and really great food. What else can you ask for? I know this kind of lifestyle is not for us all the time, but I will say that I want to make a getaway like that a more frequent occurrence. Do you have a second home? When was the last time you were able to just un-plug from our fast paced world? I highly recommend it!!
Thank you again, Jim and Jane, for hosting us this weekend. Adam and I truly enjoyed every minute this weekend.