I’m a little chatty today. Bobby and I have been on vacation in the highlands of Maine the last two weeks. I’ve missed blogging! And I have really missed you! Are you hungry? I am! Let’s talk dinner and vacations this week…
Here are a couple highlights from our trip!
This is our campsite. We stayed at the base of Mt. Katahdin which is the end of the Appalachian Trail and the tallest mountain in Maine. We both love the woods. And there is nothing like the pine forests of Maine!
The highlands of Maine is exquisitely beautiful. We traveled hundreds of miles of logging trails and even walked a bit of the Appalachian Trail!
Seeing a real-life Moose is on my bucket list. So we specifically went to the highlands of Maine to see one in real life!
Here’s what we saw as we traveled about Maine. Lots of this…
and lots and lots of this…
And here’s the only moose we saw…
Bobby and I have concluded that there are no moose in Maine. They have probably migrated back to Canada. But to keep tourists coming the Maine bureau of tourism continues a moose fake news narrative! Just sayin’!
But here’s an animal on our bucket list we did see…
57 miles out in the Atlantic. We saw 2 mother whales (cows) and their babies (calves) as well as three other beluga whales, Basmati, Scream and Garden.
The seas were quite rough but we (when I say we I mean me) had such a blast holding on the railing while the sea spray flew over us and the whales gave us a show of a lifetime!
Sweet Bobby spent a good deal of time clutching the back of my windbreaker holding me back like one would a child. He was convinced I’d go overboard! The double hulled catamaran was a bit bouncy and I only have one good foot! But I was determined not to let that deter me from experiencing life and all Maine had to offer.
Thanks for hosting us, Maine! We had the most marvelous time!
Now here’s what’s on the menu…
Here’s an easy weeknight meal for clam lovers. If the idea of clams in the shells and linguini sounds delicious then you really need to make this recipe one for your culinary repertoire!
Linguini and clams in the shell look amazingly impressive and it’s just about as easy as boiling water!
One thing to keep in mind is to use fresh clams. Keep them in the frig in a colander inside of a bowl with a damp paper towel on top of them. Get them from a reputable grocer and ask how long they will stay fresh.
I usually make them the same day or the day after I bring them home. I like littleneck clams because they are sweet.
This is the best dish I have possibly ever made!
- LITTLENECK CLAMS AND LINGUINI
- TOSSED SALAD WITH LEMON VINAIGRETTE
- SLICED GARDEN TOMATOES
Every time I make this dinner it conjures up so many beautiful memories of my Nani! I have such early memories of my grandmother making this dish and how delicious the whole house smelled!
Now I make this recipe and my house smells delicious and I make this when my grandbabies come to StoneGable and on and on.
If you make one thing from the menu this week give Nani’s Sauteed Chicken a try!
When Bobby and I were dating we cooked dinner together at his apartment. His apartment was a mess. This should have been a huge clue about what to expect if we got married. Wow, I must have really loved the guy to say “yes” at the alter! But I digress, back to fish florentine.
Here’s how we made fish florentine…
A couple of whitefish fillets, a can of cream of mushroom soup and a block of frozen spinach. We microwaved the spinach and drained it. Mixed in the cream of mushroom soup, topped the fish and baked the heck out of it!
And we made it a lot! I never told Bobby how gross I thought it was! Love trumps bad cooking!
This fish florentine recipe looks beautiful with healthy fresh ingredients. Thank you Weightloss Academies for this 6-point main dish. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I can’t wait to surprise Bobby! Maybe we will eat sitting on the floor up with our plates on the coffee table like we did way back then!!! Because Bobby’s kitchen table was so full of Medical Journals I didn’t even KNOW IT WAS A TABLE!
I can eat Halushki every week. Again, it is a dish from my childhood! I have a half head of cabbage in my frig and it is just begging to become halushki! I’ll be eating this as a main dish today. I’m making the kielbasa for Bobby.
I’ve never eaten halushki with pancetta but I’m giving it a try. And I will use less butter, sadly! 😢 And as my family does, I’ll put a dollop of cottage cheese on top of it! Leftovers equal lunch the next day!
- SMOKED KIELBASA
- SLICED GARDEN TOMATOES
Friday nights are for chillin’ here at StoneGable. We love to grill or have an easy to make dinner and sit in the family room and watch a great movie or series. Don’t tell my kids. Eating in front of the TV was a big no-no in our home when our kids were here.
Right now we are watching TURN on Netflix. A story of Washington’s spies during the Revolutionary War. It takes place on Long Island New York and other historic places with the plot revolving around a spy ring out of Setauket NY organized by Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge.
It is based on a true story. So if you love American History you will really enjoy this AMC series! Here’s a little look…
And yes, we might binge a little!
Now, back to the menu…
We still have tomatoes in our mostly-flower garden! So this recipe from Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb makes our tomatoes the perfect foil for the chicken!
When I have a Saturday at home during the fall it often becomes soup making day! Although, this soup is easy to make it does take time.
So while I’m doing a load of laundry or working on the blog or cutting flowers I’m also simmering soup.
I make a huge pot of this soup so I can eat it for lunches. Filling and works with WW!
- MINESTRONE SOUP
- CRUSTY BREAD AND CHEESE
I’ve always thought of Sunday after church as “football days” in the fall. When I was a young teacher Bobby and I would watch football and I’d have my lesson plans spread out all over the living room. I’d plan and watch football! And he would mostly yell at the tiny tv we had! Oh, how I loved our little Sunday afternoon ritual!
And chili was our and still is our favorite football meal. Keeping with tradition we still often have chili on football Sunday’s!
This gorgeous chili recipe is very close to my own and comes from April at Whisk It Real Gud!
- THE BEST CHILI
- SLICED GARDEN TOMATOES
TREAT OF THE WEEK
Tiffany from Creme De La Crumb has made the menu twice this week. I think that is a record! I took one look at her delicious apple recipe and knew I had to make it!
Have a scrumptious week, my friends!