Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Ava had enough...

Ava was so tired after a few days of back to back meetings in Portland, she was just ready to go home... and a little petulant too.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Vessel sinks and flatware and barstools... oh my

Trying to stay in a very tight budget to do a significant renovation to Danforth is nearly impossible but just found some amazing bar stools - can't sleep looking for the perfect items.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Death of a Kitchen Diva

You need to RUN to get a copy of this book - just out. It is written by Holly and Rick Copp, two of my oldest friends and two of the funniest people on the planet. This is the first of a mystery series based in Bar Harbor - it is hilarious and fun and good twists trying to figure out who dun it. SO SO SO happy for them and when it becomes a tv series you can say you read the book when it first came out!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Need to Save These Little Guys

ARU has a rescue mission under way....this time.. it's baby goats. Sometimes in the Dairy industry ( cattle and goats) when a male baby is born it is killed immediately ether by slamming it into a wall or with a shovel. This time, ARU is here to help! We have struck a deal with a farmer in VT to give us the males born this dairy round (a dairy round is when babies are born twice a year). So Tuesday we are heading to VT to pick up 6 new born baby goats. We need to raise $300 for their bail ($60- ten a piece) , gas $100 ( 8 hour drive in an SUV), food ( $50 for supplement feed) and $90 for building material for their custom built stall with heat! Please consider donating to help save these little babies.. Our paypal address is animalrescueunit@yahoo.com. If you are in the North east and are interested in adopting one, please email me! :) Help us help them!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another beautiful February day....

Ava, laying in the sun, squinting as it is so bright and beautiful.

Friday, February 17, 2012

I love this.

From Breast Cancer to Hungry Pets...

(Photo from last year's drive)

February has truly been the month of love for us as we support some very worthy causes. We are now onto our Pet Food Drive for the MDI Pet Food Pantry. It so often seems so overwhelming to help fix problems and frankly, gets a little depressing. We love our pet food drive because this is a way to make sure that pets who are currently living in loving households can stay there. What a horror it would be to have to give up your baby because you can't afford to feed him or her. Yes, it takes some work but in the big scheme of things this is something we can do to help make sure that a beloved pet doesn't get to a shelter... this is easy - we'll help keep them home where they belong.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pink Tea - post concert

Chatting with Bettina Doulton owner of Cellardoor Winery and Singer/Songwriter Joan Kennedy who had just blown us away with a set of four songs. Powerful.

Ava, getting ready for Pink Tea

Friday, February 10, 2012

What an INCREDIBLE week!

You never know when you get a call from a magazine interested in writing an article about an inn, a real estate listing, you.......... you just never know how it will come out. We are THRILLED to see how this one came out. THANK YOU Portland Magazine. Our gorgeous listing in Bath, York Hall is on the new issue's cover!


This is the video from the concert at Danforth Inn yesterday for Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Joan Kennedy is ah mazing!



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

East Wind Inn

What a spot, what a spot. Enjoyed meeting with potential new innkeepers at East Wind Inn today and it was a perfect April day - (no that wasn't a mis type) It was gorgeous, we barely needed coats. Ava came along, she has a new love for coming along on rides and I love it. I can focus so much better on what I am doing if I know she is safe and sound and happy. This pic is just a quick iphone snap as we were getting ready to leave of Tenants Harbor. I love it there.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

Our fundraiser for the Pink Album benefitting the MBCC is this week. As usual I am pulling things together later than I should and just found this ribbon confetti online - hope I can find it somewhere in Portland.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Ava on the road to recovery....

Well Mom, I haven't eaten in 4 days, I have had so many needles sticking in me I can't count. I have been held down for xrays and ultrasounds in Bar Harbor and Portland, I have had times when I was too weak to pick up my head, my poor liver is damaged and you keep sneaking pills and liquids in droppers into my mouth that I hate. And I kinda think I caught you looking at me and thinking I wasn't going to get better a few times, (thanks for that by the way).

WHY do you THINK I am looking like at you like this???

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Maine Restaurant Week Event

First Round at The Danforth Inn
The Danforth Inn Portland, ME
Join the party, order a ticket for one night or come to all three!
The Swan Agency Sotheby International Realty presents First Round at The Danforth Inn.

Three nights of incredible tastings and pairings, led by Chef Lee Skawinski of Cinque Terre and Vignola. Start the night with a First Round, then venture to your favorite spot and celebrate Maine Restaurant Week.
Thursday, March 1
Vogue Italia
This tasting will blow your mind.
Cinque Terre's renownedhandmade pastas, paired brilliantly with Italian wines.-
Handmade gnocchi with four cheese fonduta, basil crumbs
Carnaroli risotto speck ham, lagrien cheese, oyster mushrooms-
Rigatoni with carbonara sauce and black truffle-
Grand view farm squash ravioli with duck ragu, reggiano cheese

Friday, March 2
Berkshire and Bourbon
This evening's theme speaks for itself.
A decadent menu of pork dishes, paired with some very special Bourbons. The delicious pairings will make your mouth water.-
Smoked pork rillettes, whipped lardo on brioche-
Bourbon glazed pork belly and kumquat jam-
Roasted bourbon marinated pork shoulder sliders-
Berkshire pork boudin arancini

Saturday, March 3
Cinque Di Mare
Five stunning and flavorful creations from the sea. These fresh, local seafood bites will be paired with some very special beverages. Absolutely brilliant!-
Crispy amine shrimp, endive and gribiche sauce-
Maine oysters, rhubarb and fennel mignonette-
Fried oysters with horseradish hollandaise-
Cod brandade with smoked scallops-
White anchovies, farm egg and herb butter