August 21, 2017

A Skylands Party for Friends of Acadia

During the summer, I love entertaining at Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine.

Earlier this month, I hosted a wonderful cocktail reception and dinner for Friends of Acadia and some of the organization's biggest supporters. The mission of Friends of Acadia is to preserve and to protect Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. As many of you know, Acadia National Park is very important to me and to my family. Acadia is a beautiful 47-thousand acre Atlantic coast recreation area primarily on Mount Desert Island. It is filled with pristine woodlands, rocky beaches, clear ponds and so much more. I love hiking its many trails and always enjoy the stunning views and tranquility - especially now that my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, can join me. 

You may recall, last year was an incredibly important year for both Acadia National Park and Friends of Acadia - the park and the National Park Service celebrated their centennials. As part of the celebration, Friends of Acadia announced its most ambitious fundraising campaign, the Second Century Campaign, which raised more than 26-million dollars for several key priorities including youth engagement, visitor experience, and protecting Acadia’s fragile resources. Here's to another 100-years at Acadia - a truly magical place. Enjoy these photos from the party.

 

August 19, 2017

My Summer in Maine 2017, Part One

I love my summers in Maine.

Every year around this time, I try to spend a wonderful week, or two - give or take - at my beautiful refuge in Seal Harbor, Maine. This year, the weather has been fantastic, and it has been so much fun spending time with my daughter, Alexis, my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, and all my dear friends who visit.

This is the first of several blogs I will share featuring some of the highlights of my stay. My first week included a visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, a delicious lunch at the Islesford Dock Restaurant, hikes at Acadia National Park and spectacular views of Seal Harbor and the surrounding areas. Enjoy these photos.

August 18, 2017

Making Whole Tomato Sauce

This weekend, why not make some delicious homemade tomato sauce with tomatoes harvested from your own garden? It's so easy to do.

As you know from my last blog, I love making lots of tomato sauce. It's delicious, nutritious, and easy to add to your favorite pastas. Plus, if you have the freezer space, it can be stored in plastic containers for any time you need a tasty, quick meal. I also like to save it for entertaining - guests love this homemade sauce - and you will too.

Yesterday, before I left for another few days at Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine, I made several quarts of flavorful tomato sauce with the peeled and seeded tomatoes I prepared earlier in the week. Enjoy these photos.