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Ingredients
1 cup Kates homemade butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg (cage-free, organic)
1 cup real Maine maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (sweetgrass farm vanilla)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.
2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg, syrup and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir into mixture until well blended. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly.
3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool on wire rack.

Wanted to share with the Camden Windward House followers this new State of Maine concept to help tourists. http://memoir.mainetourism.com/ . If you have any fond memories of Camden, please share with the world.

Romantic Story

Feb 14, 2011

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Just read a romantic recollection of a couple that were together for 60 years. They met on a blind date and a year later he proposed. He brought her to the bottom of a ski trail, had skiers come down the hill with torches as he gave his love a box that had a circle of carnations with a ring in the middle. He read a poem to her that he wrote about the things they did together. She said yes and they have been together for the past 60 years!

This love story is so inspiring. http://knox.villagesoup.com/news/story/rockport-couple-reflects-on-60-years-of-marriage/379907 

Don’t forget you can celebrate Valentines Day, The day of Love any day. Our Bed and Breakfast is a great place to start your celebration of love.

Kristi & Jesse,
Greetings, I hope that all is well with the kids, construction and the business. I wanted to thank you for the lovely stay. Our room was splendid (Quarterdeck) and the view breathtaking. I do’t think we had a better breakfast on our trip either. We are both huge fans of the Eggs Benedict.

Thank you again for the great service and hospitality. Maybe we can do it again when it’s a spot warmer!
Best Regards,
CT.

Ingredients:Yield: 24 miniature cupcakes
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs

Directions:
Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 33 mins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Spray a miniature muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Fill each 3/4 full.
5. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 18 minutes.
ENJOY.
Recipe from food.com

Windward House’s Green Valentines.
February is a special, lovable month. Our romantic Bed and Breakfast getaway definitely sees an increase in traffic this month. It is so pleasing to see the happy faces at the breakfast tables, both young and mature love. We have been honored to hear love stories of both newly engaged partners to those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
One special room at the B&B, the Windrose Suite, has a love note box from the Love Project. A young and in-love couple came to the Inn two years ago and left a beautiful wooden box and a request that you write a love letter to someone special and place it in the locked box, and one day they will publish it in a book about love. Two years later, it’s full of notes locked inside. I can only imagine what sweet nothings are in this box (http://aloveproject.net/A_Love_Project.php ).
I love all things love and have constructed this top ten Windward House Maine Valentine’s Day gift ideas. Since we are a green B&B I decided to make this a green valentine list.
1. A special gift from the downtown of Camden Maine: Dolan Geiman (DG) MINIS and Lovebird collection. These handmade & eco-friendly artworks by mixed media artist Dolan Geiman including paintings, collages, and BOX PRINT® reproductions on wood are sold in Glendarragh Farm Lavender Store 22 Main Street Camden Maine. http://www.etsy.com/people/dolangeiman?ref=ls_profile

2. Chocolate: Coastline Confections chocolate bars are all natural. Coastline Confections has no additives, preservatives, glazes, or waxes. The only thing they add to the chocolate is the essential flavors and ingredients to achieve a delicate flavor profile. I prefer the Lobsterman bar, dark Chocolate. Bitter. Rich. Belgian. http://www.coastlineconfections.com/Coastline_Confections/Coastline_Confections.html

3. Danica Candles : Add a little romance to the bedroom or the dinner table with candles. All of the Danica candles are made in Maine. They never use animal byproducts or lead, they only use naturally made beeswax, . The best waxes and cotton wicks made in the U.S.A. http://www.danicacandles.com/home.html

4. Jewelry from Russell’s of Camden : My favorite little jewelry store in Camden Maine. Russell and Paulette craft wonderful pieces of jewelry, right here in Camden Maine. http://www.russellsofcamden.com/index.htm

5. Oyster River Winery : Complete a perfect dinner menu with a wonderful local Maine wine: The Villager from Oyster River Winery represents a house style — off-dry, crisp, and aromatic. This blend of Seyval Blanc and Cayuga are fermented for three months at low temperatures for good fruit retention, then is filtered and bottled soon after to capture freshness and retain a bit of CO2. The wine has “fatness” on the mid-palate and a “leesy” character from extended contact with the yeast. http://www.oysterriverwinegrowers.com/

6. Dolcelinos: I was so happy when I discovered these little treats in the local grocery store. A caterer started making these treats for parties and they were so successful, she started to sell them in stores. The Dolcelino is designed after the Woopie Pie, and the ice cream sandwich. There is a wonderful outside cookie filled with a delicious, mousse-like frozen cream. I found this simple and fun dessert you can serve your sweetie. THE CHOCOLATE TURTLE: A little hot fudge on the plate, place a “topless” chocolate Dolcelino on top of the hot fudge, sprinkle pecans on top and drizzle with caramel sauce. http://www.dolcelinos.com/

7. Atlantica Seafood Bistro: We at Windward highly recommend the only Maine Green Leader certified restaurant in downtown Camden Maine. Atlantica will be open the month of February. Located on the dock overlooking the harbor, it is a sure way to please your valentine. http://www.atlanticarestaurant.com/

8. Swan Island Blankets : Warm up your sweetheart with a blanket or a scarf. Swans Island is a company and a community centered in Maine and determined to create objects of beauty and utility in authentic and earth-friendly ways. Swans Island rare wool blankets are made from naturally occurring brown and black sheep. These sheep aren’t common, and after three or four years, their fleeces tend to go grey, so they are only able to weave a limited number of rare brown and black wool blankets each year.
http://www.swansislandblankets.com/ Swan Island Blankets has free shipping until Feb. 28th, so if even if you don’t live in Maine, you can get these beautiful items.

9. Floral Greeting cards by Ann McKendry: Merryspring Park in Camden Maine sells these special hand crafted cards. Remember, sometimes the best gifts are simple. http://www.merryspring.org/

10. Special getaway at a “green” Bed and Breakfast: If you can take your love away for a night, I highly recommend making it a green getaway. Your partner will love you for being good to both him/her and the earth. http://www.maine.gov/dep/innovation/greencert/lodg_participants.htm

Greek Pizza
Ingredients
Pizza
Baby spinach

Sauce
1 large can of Pastene kitchen ready ground peeled tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper
Basil
Parsley
Thyme
Fresh herbs or dried and McCormak’s Italian herbs grinder)
White wine
Baby spinach
Marinated artichoke hearts (goya or imported Italian in glass jars)

Pizza Sauce
Cover bottom of a small saucepan/pot with the olive oil
Put in some salt and pepper and the garlic, and turn on the flame
Once the garlic starts to sizzle put in some white wine
Let the wine reduce a short while, then pour in tomatoes
Stir it, then put in the other herbs. I like to use fresh herbs when I have them. If not, dried are okay, just don’t use too much.
Then use a hand blender to make sure all the herbs and the garlic are chopped up very small.
Then cook it about ten minutes longer on a simmer. (I don’t cook pizza sauce very long)
Taste it. If it needs it you can add a little brown sugar – although I rarely do that, but sometimes the tomatoes are not very sweet, and pizza sauce I think should be a little more sweet and seasoned. Don’t add more than a half teaspoon or so.
Don’t cook it with the lid on, as you want it to be a little bit thick.

The pizza
Kristi or my dad make dough, but I don’t, so I usually get the Portland Pie co. dough at Hannafords. I get white or beer, occasionally wheat.
Blanch the baby spinach in hot water
Roll the dough out very flat and thin.
Apply a little sheen of olive oil to the pan. That gives it a little brown crispness.
Bake @15 -20 minutes at 450degrees.

These cookies are easy and great!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/4 cup to roll the dough in before cooking
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, roll in sugar,  and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Calling all middle-schoolers who want to keep Camden the “jewel of Maine”, and make sure the kids and pets who live here stay healthy. A large map displayed in the window of the Camden town office shows properties in town painted green where homeowners have agreed not to use poisons on their lawn to get rid of dandelions and other “weeds”"Kids for a Greener Camden”  There is a group of middleschoolerswho want to turn the whole map — and town –green. First step: One student or a group of friends adopts a street. Next step: Receive a packet and with the help of this packet get every homeowner on that street to agree not to use harmful lawn chemicals. Once everyone on the street agrees, the street is painted green on the town map and is a street that is now healthy for kids and pets. Everyone who “greens” a street gets a “Kids for a Greener Camden” button, is invited to a party in April, plus is eligible for a Middle School community service Schooner Tag. To adopt a street, sign up on the Kids for a Greener Camden sheet in the office. For more information, check out the KIDS page on the  citizensforagreencamden.org sixth-graders Molly Mann, Liv Berez or Jade Hazzard or email website, talk with kidsforagreenercamden@gmail.com.

This Green Inn – loves this Green Idea.

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