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Month: July 2017

Acadian Adventures

My sister has a milestone birthday this summer. To celebrate, we decided to take a road trip to Acadia National Park and on up to Prince Edward Island. As the spring progressed, we booked our Airbnb stays…we built our itinerary…and before we knew it, Rebecca arrived to Pennsylvania on a Friday evening in late June for our adventures to begin.

On Saturday morning, we loaded up my car (aka Annie), picked up large iced coffees and were ready to hit the road. The trip odometer was set to 0, a new notebook was at the ready to capture the license plate game. A quick selfie was snapped. And we were off! As we hit the road, we came up with a few meal rules for the trip: No US chain restaurants – although Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee is a given; focus on local establishments; In Canada, enjoy uniquely Canadian eats.

Ready to hit the road!

The first day was a long haul drive to reach Acadia National Park. Traffic sailed through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In Connecticut, it became heavy and that continued pretty much through Massachusetts and New Hampshire until we reached the Maine state line.

On the road!

What is a road trip without homemade treats? Rebecca brought a bag of Mom’s classic road trip cookie – Colonial Rocks – with her & they were enjoyed throughout the trip.

Mom’s cookies for a road trip!

It was early evening on Saturday when we arrived to our motel, The Twilite Inn, a classic roadside motor inn that we found via Airbnb. As we checked in, we discovered our innkeeper was a Packers fan…Supper was seafood from a roadside lobster pound – a lobster roll and fish sandwich definitely said we had arrived to Maine.

Our classic Americana accommodations

On our way back to the motel, we decided to stop at a local dairy bar for ice cream. The “small” Wild Maine Blueberry ice cream cones were delicious – even more so after waiting 25 minutes from order to cone in hand (the teen boys behind the counter were struggling mightily with a large group of customers).

Glad we only ordered small cones!

On Sunday we headed into Acadia National Park. Our first stop was the visitors center – in addition to a few souvenirs, we also picked up the Audio Tour CD and used that as the basis for our wandering through the park. Once we pressed play on the audio tour, we were off and proceeded to spend most of the day looping around the park. Words can’t adequately describe the views that we enjoyed – I’ll let a few picture highlights do the talking. The color of the water is a gorgeous navy-teal.

It was mid-afternoon by the time we reached Cadillac Mountain. The views from up top were pretty spectacular – but we both agreed that being right along the coastline was what we enjoyed more.

As the audio tour ended we made our way to Northwest Harbor and then over towards Southwest Harbor and the lighthouse there before just driving around the island.

For dinner, it was another roadside seafood shack – this time, fried clams and fried shrimp. After a bit more driving around we tracked down the last piece of blueberry pie at a local restaurant to end the day.

Sunday eats

Next up…meandering through Maine and New Brunswick, Canada towards Prince Edward Island…


Beat the Heat

An appropriate prompt for this “excessive heat warning” Thursday in the midst of our fifth heat wave of the summer…”tell us what you do to beat the heat!” Most of the tips that I shared last summer are still in rotation around here. This summer, a new addition to the cooling collective has been collagen slushies.

As the summer was starting, I saw a simple recipe for a Grapefruit Slushie that sparked my interest. That weekend, I picked up a grapefruit and made a slushie. And I was hooked. I started trying all sorts of liquid/flavor combos and have even cut out any sweetener in them – which is great as I’m in the midst of a Whole30 reset this month.

The “recipe” framework is simple: a cup of ice, a scoop of collagen & then fruit/liquid/flavorings to fill my smoothie cup. A few seconds whirl on the Ninja & viola, ready to sip. Now that this is a go-to cooler, these are some of my favorite flavor combinations:

  • Mint iced tea + blueberries + cantaloupe
  • Almond/coconut milk + vanilla splash + lemon juice (or NY Style Lemonade) – this reminds me of a Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade
  • Cold brew + vanilla splash + cinnamon – this fills my Tervis every morning as I head to work
  • Mint iced tea + watermelon + lemon juice (or NY Style Lemonade) – a nod to the limited time Minted Watermelon Lemonade at Chick-fil-A
  • Mint iced tea + peaches

What are you doing to beat the heat?

Linking up with Carole and Kat for Think, Write, Thursday.

Hello, July

As we move into the second half of 2017, it’s time to say Hello, July

Hello to a Whole 30 to reset my eating after so much time on the road this year…

Hello to farm stand visits…on Saturdays for sure – but also on random weekdays

Hello to meal planning and food prep and enjoying time back in the kitchen…

Hello to getting serious with some of the goals I’ve set for the remainder of the year

Hello to taking the time to blog about the amazing vacation to Acadia and Prince Edward Island…

Hello to enjoying the lack of business travel and just being at home…

Hello to more reading time and less screen time…I have lots of summer reads to get through

What are you saying “hello” to as July rolls along?

Linking up with Carole & Kat for Think, Write Thursday.

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