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The Camden Windward House Bed and Breakfast is hosting its first Cookie Walk. I baked 84 cookies today and prepared cookies dough for another 100 to baked off tomorrow. Tomorrow is the kick off to the Christmas By the Sea Holiday in the Mid Coast of Maine. It is a wonderful time to visit the area. There will be a parade in the downtown and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Saturday, Camden Windward House is the sponsor of Santa coming to Camden Harbor by Lobster Boat @ 11:30am. Santa motors in and then walks up to the Camden Public Library (12:00pm) to read the Night Before Christmas to the children. at 1:00 The Camden Windward House will host the Cookie Walk. The cookie fundraiser benefits local school nurse Judy Clossey. Judy has been helping area children for over 35 years.

1st coookie for the WALK:

White Chocolate and Rasperry Cookies:
11 ounces white baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Salt
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup seedless jam
1/2 tsp shortening
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheet. Melt 4 ounces of white baking chocolate and let cool. Ta ke another 4 ounces of white chocolate and chop int small pieces.
2. Beat in  butter, sugar, baking soda and salt, beat until combined. Beat in eggs and melted white chocolate. Beat in flour, and then stir in extra 4 ounces of chopped white chocolat.
3. Drop by tsp onto cookie sheet. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Bake until brown around the  edges and bottom. Let stand for 1 minute on the sheet then cool on rack.
4. Before serving, melt jam over low hea. Spoon onto of cookie. Heat the remaing 3 ounces of white chocolate and the shortening. Dizzle over the cookies, refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm.
ENJOY!!!

Sign of the times, you can’t take your kids into a wine tasting room. Maine will pass a new law that children can not see you tasting wine. Although I somewhat agree with this law, I thought this article about the law was hysterical: http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/6729883.html , The last line, “We had a wine tasting this weekend and a couple with a baby stroller came in,” she said. “They would have had to leave the baby on the street or I guess the parents could take turns.” 

There are some wonderful wineries in the Mid coast of maine. The Cellardoor winery this year has decided to make their Wine stomping festival an adult only event, which makes sense, but boy was it fun to bring the kids the last 2 years. The winery had lots of things for the kids and it was fun for all. This year there will be a grand tent with orchestra music and dancing. Oct 2nd and 3rd, 2009.

Friday night, October 2, with a ticketed wine dinner-dance. Dinner will be served in the vineyard at Cellardoor Winery and each course will be paired with Cellardoor’s wines.  Dinner will be followed by desserts and dancing – dance music provided by Maine Pro Musica.
The Saturday, October 3 Vinfest lineup includes a stellar array of food, wine, music and activities for grown-ups. Cellardoor Winery will host grape stomping, a homemade wine competition, wine tastings, lunch prepared and served by Riverfront Barbeque & Grille of Augusta, wine cellar tours, live music all day, farm stands, hot air balloon rides and many other interesting activities.

Tickets for all Vinfest events will be on sale online. Tickets for the Friday night Vinfest dinner/dance are $100/person and will also gain you admission to the Saturday Vinfest activities. Saturday admission is $10/person.

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Camden Maine is alive with color and boats. Windward House survived another Winter. Jesse has been working non stop in the garden. The boats in the harbor are all unwrapped and starting to take passengers out on 2 hour tours. The Windjammer Cruises are hosting people over night and restaurants are all open. Soon the duck will have their babies and the lobster boats will be seen regularly.
The Lilacs just came out in the Windward Garden, the forsynthia was first but have changed to green now.
The picture here is of Summer leaves, my children named this tree. The tree is a plum tree, we only learned this last year when we discovered fruit on the tree. The tree has beautiful pink flowers in the spring. We are excited for another season of hosting guests.

Last week was fun with champagne and Irish Music, I was so moved by the Irish music that I became reminiscent of the past and have been practicing Irish dancing. I was a Staten Ireland Dancer in Staten Island New York for about 8 years. I signed up to teach an after school enrichment program here in Camden Maine about Irish step dancing to 2nd and 3rd graders. My daughter says no one is going to be interested. I told my daughter that I didn’t care because even if no one came, I would be dancing in the school cafeteria by myself and that would be fun.

The Irish Dancing is not the only thing I am excited about this week,  this week I became privy to the Camden Deli new menu ideas. The Camden Deli is my favorite lunch place. Tom and Angela (Owners) have a wonderful spot right over the waterfall and the best view in Camden. They use Boars Head products for their sandwiches and do a great job! I was excited to find out that the Camden Deli summer 2009 new menu will include sandwiches named after local boats. Angela was so excited about the Schooner Olad Sandwich. The Schooner Olad Sandwich will be: Sour Dough Bread, Mustard, and Cheddar cheese, grilled onions, roasted red peppers, sliced chicken breast all grilled together.  Sounds delicious. I wonder if Captain Aaron of the Olad knows about this dedication.  I am sure he will be thrilled. You can sit by the big picture window or deck and eat an Olad sandwich as you watch the Olad set sail on the Penobscot Bay.

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