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Our Life in Maine: School’s Starting!

One year ago, the kids were in their first week of school and I was struggling to adjust to our hectic schedule. Back then, Will’s bus came at 7:30 a.m. and Paige’s came at 8:30 a.m. … and in the afternoon, there was another one-hour lag between when they arrived home. They were in two different schools, in two different towns, with two vastly different styles of learning.

Yes, it was stressful. But it was also the best thing for both of them, so we made it work.

Fast forward a year, and we’re getting ready for a new school year in a new town in a new state. The kids will still be in different schools, but this time the schedules line up perfectly, which is a huge relief. Overall, it’s so much less stressful — and I am sure they are in for a great year. All the same, we miss our friends and family in Connecticut.

Since moving to Maine two months ago, I have fallen in love with this place. The pace of life is so much more relaxed, and there’s so much to do that’s well-beyond the experiences we had in Connecticut. Things were just so different there. And here? It’s all about the outdoors lifestyle — something that I have really come to embrace. In the past month or so, we’ve taken long walks on trails, visited beautiful lakes for swimming and even went fishing in the ocean.

As for SCB? You probably noticed that I managed to get back (mostly) on a schedule here — which is awesome. July was pretty tough as I tried to navigate the challenging adjustment to working full time. But August has been all about finding my groove. September starts in a few days, and I am excited for all the delicious food I will be sharing in coming weeks.

In the meantime, here are a few things from me you can check out around the web …

Maine Course (Check it out!)

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Artwork by Eric Zelz/BDN

Also, when I got to my new job — I am senior editor, features, for a newspaper in Maine — I knew I wanted to not only write, but write often for the paper. At the same time, I was approached by one of the artists on staff about collaborating on a food column. With a little planning, the whole thing quickly took shape and now runs every Wednesday in our food section and on Tuesdays online.

Called Maine Course, a name my brother came up with on the fly one night, my food blog for the Bangor Daily News is where I share our weekly food and art feature, as well as additional recipes, food tidbits and more with a Maine angle. This month I’ve written about Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter, Tomato Brie Pasta, making the perfect milkshake and more.

New on Momtastic

Chopped Salad with Easy Vinaigrette

Hungry? I’ve also been creating delicious recipes for Momtastic this month. Check out my Crispy Baked Pork Chops, Farmers Market Chopped Salad and Grilled Steak with Garlic Butter.

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Saturday 30th of August 2014

So glad to hear things are falling into place.

Patti Villers

Friday 29th of August 2014

Best of luck in all of your many new endeavors, Sarah!