New Looks, New Locks and Nu? Lox?

So, the blog looks different no? Do you like it? I upgraded as well, so I have an actual domain name now Ourmainecourse.com. Woohoo, I’m all legit and shit.

Also I upgraded my own look and got a haircut…I LOVE IT…and have a new Hairdresser Shauna Adams, at Starz on Maine Street in Brunswick. She is amazing, undid years of shitty haircuts in just a few minutes. Also she totally understood what I meant when I said… So what I’m looking for is sort of a Shag/Modern Rachel, with layers that hit my cheekbones and jaw and make me look 10 pounds thinner. She nailed it!

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Just took this , no make up no nothin’

So this week has been exhausting, I’m still recovering from have 4 under 4 in the house, lots of crying, lots of naked little butts, running in and out and in and out of the house, plus fat hank escaping the yard, and having to run around shaking cat treats to get him back.

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This is a 20 pound cat.

All this after working 2 doubles, cleaning house and cooking a huge dinner for 8. I will say though that it was way helpful to have all those hands at the farm share upick- they picked 3 lbs each of peas & beans in the time it took me to pick a few flowers and say hello to the new pigs. (I LOOOOOOVE the new pigs, they like to be scratched behind the ear, and maybe I have some pig whispering abilities)

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It was great to see everyone, and I had some nice moments with my nephews, but my goodness it takes a lot out of you.

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Wanted to take more pictures, but the kids were swimming and naked most of the time, they are at that age, and well, not pictures for a blog that’s for sure.

I went to work after they left, and when I got home I was so tired…. ready to spend my first night alone, in the house.

I should have been able to kick back and revel in all that privacy  but honestly I was terrified. I convinced myself that someone was going to knock on the door in the middle of the night, which lead to a million terrifying scenarios in my head from murderers to supernatural soul stealers. See those triangle windows in the door? Now imagine a face looking at you from one of them…F’ING SCARY Amiright?

This specific fear never bothered me when I lived in apartments because well, if I didn’t open the door they couldn’t get in… but in this house they could climb in a window, or be hiding in the basement or the closet or behind the shower curtain. I must have checked behind the shower curtain 4 or 5 times. I even considered peeing outside so I didn’t have to go upstairs, but I was scared to go out in the yard lest some murderer be hiding in the bushes, or god forbid creep into the house while I was outside. I’ve read too many scary stories, especially of the Are You in the House Alone variety.

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Scary Dude who could have been in my closet.

Also we sort of have some ghosties in the house, not ones you can see, and they don’t throw stuff around but you can hear them walking around upstairs from time to time. And its not that I’m scared of them, I just don’t want an encounter and sometimes my imagination kind of sees a rather skeletal face in the window or a mirror just from the corner of my eye, at night, when my husband is sleeping and I am not. But its not like Amityville Horror or anything.

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I’ve always felt safer in cities because I’ve felt there’s safety in numbers, crowded busy streets feel safe, quiet isolated houses not so much.This was some really intense fear, the reflection on the TV in the window, the cats walking upstairs, every noise and creak had me on high alert, phone clutched in hand, heart racing..

After a welcome 2 hour phone call to one of my Besties, I tried to calm myself down further by watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days…figured the stupidity of the plot device plus shear inanity of Matthew Mcconaughey coming from Staten Island coupled with Kate Hudson’s awesome portrayal of a well dressed pouty faced block of wood would lull me into a coma.

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It kind of worked and I finally fell asleep at 3 only to wake up at 8 and start to restore some order to the house. It wasn’t that bad, I had time for a half a cup of coffee, and a breeze through the paper before heading to Bailey Island to spend the day.

This is the view from the House on Bailey Island…its fantastic
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Kids require a lot of stuff

Times like this make me wonder if I could handle having kids, I like quiet and I can’t stand brightly colored plastic things especially the ones that make noise…can you have kids without all that stuff??? I don’t know anymore.

And I am craving NYC Bagels…and Lox, I’m going to pick up some smoked salmon & cream cheese for Sunday..and have a quiet morning with NYTimes and my Husband, and then hopefully go swimming somewhere. Or just relax in my new/old lawn chair in my own backyard.

Anyway… So life being at 6’s and 7’s plus Husband with a toothache, our menu is out of whack. Last night I just sauteed some scallions, zucchini, tomatoes and fennel with garlic in olive oil, added a chicken breast and we had it with boxed Almond Pilaf it was pretty good though the rice mix was away too salty. Tonight I am going to grill some steaks and make a big salad with radicchio and blue cheese and hopefully we can nice dinner, but who knows whats in store for us. (PS– we went to the Mexican Place across the highway- it sucked and cost $50 for 2 Margaritas with negligible amounts of tequila, a Burrito, Cheese Enchiladas and tiny dish of Guac- Not worth it)

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Our Tomato Patch…I think we’re a few days away from total cherry tomato domination and a few weeks from Cherokees
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Crazy productive Borage…
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One of my 3 Nasturtiums…we are awash in edible flowers!
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Our first cucumbers, found the big’un hiding behind some weeds…
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The remains of my Chocolate Cream Pie with Speculoos & Grapenuts crust
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Last week’s Buffalo Chicken Salad

This week’s Farm Share:

  • Raddichio
  • Lacinato Kale
  • Carrots
  • Snap Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Head of Iceberg lettuce (WEDGE SALAD, WEDGE SALAD!!!)
  • Zucchini

Lots of Salads, and I think I’ll pack up some Carrots & Snap Peas to snack on during my breaks for the next 2 days, when I work doubles.

RECIPE!

I made a really terrific cake for my Husband to bring to a work BBQ yesterday. I made it as a sheet cake, but it could easily become 2 -8″ rounds, maybe even a bundt. The cake was so soft and buttery and delicate, it’s going to become my go to for Birthday Cakes. I am really getting in to baking lately, loving it it! I just don’t know what to do with everything I want to bake, certainly don’t need to eat it.

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Butter Cake with Smoked Salt Brown Sugar Butter Cream

Cake

  • 1 stick Salted Butter, Softened
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 2 cups Raw Sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups Cake Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract or 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Brandy (optional)
  • 1 Cup Milk

PREHEAT OVEN 350

  1. In Bowl of Stand Mixer : Cream Butters & Sugar together until light & fluffy about 4-5 minutes
  2. While butter & Sugar a creaming, sift together Flour,Salt & Baking Powder– its a good idea to sift this onto a parchment paper covered sheet pan, rather than a bowl. When it is time to add dry to wet, you can easily use the paper as a shuttle.
  3. Add the Eggs & Egg Whites to the Butter/Sugar ONE AT A TIME, allowing each to fully incorporate before adding the next, you can add the whites together
  4. Whisk the Vanilla & Brandy in to the Milk
  5. In 3 Increments add the Flour & the Milk, alternating like 1/3 flour, 1/3 milk mix on low medium speed
  6. Don’t mix too fast or you will get flour all over the place and don’t mix too much or it will get tough, you just want cohesion at this point.
  7. Pour into prepared cake pan (buttered & floured or buttered and sugared if you want a crunchy sugar bottom, and really who doesn’t?)
  8. Bake in Middle rack 30 -35 minutes, until toothpick or skewer comes clean from the middle
  9. Cool on Rack

Smoked Salt Brown Sugar Butter Cream

  • 1 stick Salted Butter, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract or  1/2 T Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream or Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Flaky Smoked Salt
  1. In Bowl of Stand Mixer with Whisk Attachment: Whip Butter & Brown Sugars on High for around 8 – 10 minutes
  2. Lower speed, add Powdered Sugar, Cream & Vanilla
  3. Bring Speed back up… beat until fluffy and most of the brown sugar is incorporated, it will still be a bit crunchy
  4. Lower Speed again and beat in Salt for 1 minute
  5. Keep Refrigerated until ready to use.

This makes enough to frost a sheet cake if you are making a layer cake or cupcakes you may want to double the amount. If you make layer cake, you could use the leftover 2 yolks to make a pastry cream to fill the layers, that would be delicious, a chocolate one or a brandy or cognac flavored one would stand up nicely to the smoky salty butter cream.

I decorated the cake with some things form my garden, a blueberry branch, candied borage flowers, pansies, lavender but crushed Speculoos Cookies would be another way to go or Shaved Dark Chocolate.

 Ok, this week I promise more pictures, more food stuff

xoxo

One thought on “New Looks, New Locks and Nu? Lox?

  1. Don’t forget that your phone call bestie could collect NYC treats and bring to Maine…although probably too late for this go around. Guess I’ll plan another trip! More food posting!! Love it…save some baked treats for me.

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