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Last year about this time, I wrote about wanting to get out to Curtis Island. At the time of writing, I had been here for 5 years and had never been to the closest island to Camden. It looks so close, but I could not get to it. Well, if you remember the post, I finally tried to swim to Curtis Island, but did not make it. I had to get in the row boat that was following me. The row boat did finally take me to the island. I was so happy to finally get there. The same year, my husband bought me a kayak, I guess he was scared I would try to swim out to the island again.
I was fortunate this year to get to another cluster of islands off the coast of Maine. No I did not swim, I did not kayak, I sailed on a boat that you can rent for charters – Redwings. Redwings is a Peterson 46 center cockpit offshore cruiser for your rental pleasure. Aaron Henderson is the captain and a local Maine native. Aaron grew up here and is very familiar with the water and nearby islands. I laughed every-time he picked out an island and told me the name of it. To me the islands all looked the same. He said that most islands look like their names, Saddle Island – looks like a saddle. I wasn’t convinced that it looked like a saddle, but maybe if I had looked at it as many times as he has, it might start to resemble a saddle. Anyway, Aaron took me and my boys out to White Islands. White Islands are a group of Islands off the coast of mid coast Maine. Redwings is a beautiful sail boat that is very comfortable. My boys are taking sailing classes and Aaron was great to reinforce the things the boys had learned and helped them to understand the many details of sailing Redwings out in the ocean. The sail was both visually beautiful and intellectually stimulating. When we got to White Islands, I was a little concerned because it it was high tide and the only thing you could see were tops of rocks and I was not sure these rocks were islands. But then Aaron steered us into a narrow channel and we sailed into a beautiful beach. The boys got out and ran around looking for treasures, which they found, 7 lobster buoys that had drifted ashore. Each buoy a different color for the lobster-man that had put it out in this part of the ocean. I should mention that White Islands are near Vinalhaven. Vinalhaven is populated by many lobster-men. The waters near Vinalhaven are filled with lobster buoys. It’s really amazing to see how many buoys are near each other in the waters near Vinalhaven. While the boys were gathering their buoys, I walked around the island. I was surprised to see rugosa roses and small bushes growing in between the rocks. White rocks and pink roses. I told Aaron that I thought this must be what heaven looks like. The island was so beautiful. We stayed for about an hour, the tide was going out so we had to move the boat. I regrettably left this wonderful paradise in the ocean. I am so happy that I have it now in my memory and it is one of those happy places I can go to when I am cleaning rooms and ironing sheets. Aaron told me after that trip that he had never been to those islands before. He said there are so many islands, each one very unique. A friend of his told him about that island the day before and he decided to check it out. I think he was as pleasantly surprised as I was. I did however get a little disappointed, when I felt a little empowered by the sea, feeling knowledgeable from all of Aaron’s teachings, I offered up that I thought the islands were named White Islands because they were white in color. Aaron actually disagreed with me and said that it was probably because some sailor named White discovered them. Let me tell you if they can name an island saddle because it looks like a saddle, they can name these islands White, because they are white.
I am past my urge to swim to the nearby islands. I do have a kayak, but don’t think I could make it past Curtis Island. I am so pleased that I found Redwings and now have a wonderful new option to exploring Penobscot Bay. If you are staying in Camden Maine, I highly recommend contacting Aaron and arranging a trip on Redwings. You can spend the day exploring the islands off the coast of Maine. It truly is a wonderful and memorable experience that you can take back with you after your Maine vacation.
Check out our page for RedWings: http://www.windwardhouse.com/things-to-do-here-in-camden-maine/sailing-in-maine-kayaking-in-maine-biking-in-maine/sail-redwings/
The harbor in Camden Maine is coming alive, as is our quaint little seaside town. The boats are all open and starting to take salty dogs out to sea. The lobster men can be seen racing between traps in their boats. The lilacs are blooming at Camden Windward House and yesterday I noticed my favorite black eyed suzie’s are starting to come out of the ground. Jesse, has successfully made a wisteria flower on the front porch. Baby birds are nesting over the Chart Room back door and the humming birds have come back. Yesterday my children swam in Lake Megunticook for the first time this season. While we were at Barrett’s Cove, Megunticook Lake, we noticed a person rock climbing Mt. Battie. Yes, spring has finaly arrived in Camden Maine.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before eating.
A bit of advice, you may want to make a double batch of these since they seem to go rather quickly… My mother, sister and cousin were over when I made them and by the next morning, there were none left. Between those three, my husband, my daughter and myself all 18 muffins were gone! Poor Reid does not get to try any until his birthday, and even then it will be a special treat that he will not get again for awhile.
These muffins can also be made into a cake for a first birthday party or any celebration!Bon Appétit!
Chef MommaMaple Cream Cheese Frosting 3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato 1/3 cup cream cheese at room temperature or soft unripened goat cheese at room temperature 2 tablespoons of softened butter 4-5 tablespoons of maple syrup (add extra tablespoon for very sweet) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for dusting on the cake as garnish In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients (except for the dusting cinnamon). You can either hand whip it with a whisk or use a hand mixer or food processor. I used my hand with a whisk (it’s a great upper arm work out!), I find that hand whipping it adds an umph to the frosting, where as beating it makes it a bit airy, but it’s a personal choice. Whip, blend or process until the frosting becomes spreadable, then with a spatula, take a large glob and throw in on the top of the cake, spreading the frosting around carefully
Spring has sprung and my husband has put out the Maypole. We have a joke each year that he has the biggest Maypole on the street. This is true because we are the only ones on the block that have a pole out to welcome spring. You may ask why a couple from NY that is Irish, English, Polish and Italian in heritage would put out a maypole. If you look at Wikipedia, it seems like every culture has some form of this spring ritual, believe it or not. The Italians grease the pole and have contests to see who can get to the top and steal the crown. Not sure how to interpret this one.
We like the idea of welcoming spring after a hard winter. We celebrate the renewal of life and hope for a successful summer.
This years pole is our largest one. Jesse stood on the roof of the porch to put it together. I told him, he is not try to beat this record next year. He would have to stand on the roof of the house, and that could get ugly.
Please stop by to see the pole, we keep it up for almost the whole month of May.
One might think to drive 5 hours is a little extreme for a weekend getaway. I’m grateful for the beautiful website that led us to this quaint town and the photos of your B&B did nothing but confirm we had found our weekend destination. You walk in the door and the warmth we were met with, stayed with us the entire time. It was a pleasure to have been invited and welcomed into your house. Thank you so much for the stories and wonderful food . We wish you all the success. – Angela- MA.
A guest emailed me this recipe. She said one of the former Innkeepers gave it to her. It is nice to see the simplicity of this recipe. I thought I was the only Innkeeper that tried to make things delicious and easy. I guess it is the Windward Way.
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
Combine wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients (except nuts) and stir until just moistened. Add nuts. Put into greased muffin tins (2/3 full). Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes. Enjoy!
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup whole almonds
3/4 cup walnuts (Crush to desired texture)
3/4 Sunflower seeds
3/4 cup shredded sweet coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup (may need more depending on how it is coming together.)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a sheet pan. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl.
2 large eggs
½ cup whole milk
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup malted milk powder
Sift together dry ingredients
Add a pinch of baking powder to the top, and squeeze a few drops of fresh lemon juice on the powder
Add the eggs, milk, oil etc
Mix with a rubber spoon until smooth but a little lumpy
Add frozen blueberries, Maine blueberries are the best
I add a handful and a half – to taste
Cook on a griddle at 350 degrees, I use a quarter cup measure for each pancake, cook until golden on each side. Enjoy with real Maine Maple Syrup.
Adam’s Holidays Eggs – by Jesse & Kristi Bifulco Camden Windward House B&B
I made the mistake of making my 5 year old Eggs Benedict one morning. After that he would always ask for Holidays Eggs (mispronouncing Hollandaise), even when I had only 5 minutes left to leave to make it to Court on time, throwing an apron over my navy suit and silk tie:
Hollandaise: make it first whip four yolks until about 2-2 ½ times original volume. Keep warm, either in double boiler, or on a griddle about 175 degrees. Pour in slowly clarified or just melted butter about 1 cup give or take, a little at a time as you whisk. Finely chop a shallot put in a pan with cracked pepper corns white vinegar and reduce. I like to use apple cider, or wine, or champagne vinegar if I have it. After the yolks and butter begin to thicken, throw a little cold water on your reduced shallots, and pour that into the sauce with about 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice to taste. Now worry the judge is going to yell at you for being late to Court. Add sea salt to taste. Keep it at a warm temperature, or use it right away for safety sake. Now poach a couple of eggs. Depending on what we are making I may serve the eggs with sauce over it on top of a fried Canadian Bacon or maple smoked thick sliced bacon, and an English Muffin, or better yet, over a stack of silver dollar sized butter milk wild Maine blueberry pancakes. Worry once more about Court, quite, buy and bed and breakfast and move to Maine, … and voila! Enjoy your benedict, such as it is.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
This Green Inn – loves this Green Idea.
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