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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spooky World!

As October creeps upon us with a gust of wind 
and rustling leaves, too with it comes the things that 
go bump in the night and all their wicked mischief . . .

I hear that one of their favorite spots 
to commit these terrible deeds is
in Litchfield, NH

With over 100,000 Sq. feet of absolute horror, this 
 is the premiere Halloween destination in New England!

Offering SEVEN haunted attractions, dining,
go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages and more,
Spooky World is guaranteed to make your night memorable.

And that's not all!

It has recently been brought to my attention that the
New England-based, "deal-a-day" site,
is offering a discount on Spooky World's VIP pass, TOMORROW ONLY!

For only $25 (regular asking price, $59.99),
this VIP pass will give you unlimited admission to
all seven haunted attractions, access to warm your
shivering bones at the VIP only fire pit, and admittance
to the Park all day and night (including unlimited usage 
of go-kart rides, miniature golf, and batting cages) . . .

Is that a deal or what?!

To acquire this discount, just go on's
website tomorrow (and tomorrow only!)-- the
coupon will be right on the front page for you to snag!

Happy Haunting
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Spooky World is located between Nashua and 
Manchester, and is only 45 minutes away from Boston
Get full directions here

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meet the Locals!

Hello, everyone!

Now, I know it seems like I've been
neglecting this blog for awhile; I probably
sound like a broken record when I say that school 
has been extremely hectic for me this semester (but it's true!)

In any event, I haven't forgotten about I Heart New England,
and in a way of giving appreciation to all my followers,
I thought I'd put the spotlight on YOU for a change...
those who hail from New England, that is!

A sparkling new feature of this blog,  
Meet the Locals
will introduce you to fellow New England bloggers
from all over the region; you'll learn a bit of their history,
their fondest New England memories, local recommendations,
family recipes, and much, much more!

If you're interested in being interviewed 
and presented on this blog, please send
me an e-mail at
 From there, I will reply to you with a set
of questions, and all you'll need to do is
answer them for me... simple as that!

I hope to introduce our first local by the end
of this weekend, so please stay tuned!

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. . . Accepting applicants now . . .

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Autumn!

photo taken in sleepy hollow, ny

It is autumn... isn't it? 

I keep hearing all this contention over whether or 
not the autumnal equinox is today or tomorrow...
in any case, it surely feels like autumn to me, 
and that's really all that matters!

So, does anyone have any fall 
activities planned for this weekend?

If you're in the central Massachusetts area,
I recommend checking out the

This 14th annual event kicks off Friday evening
with a scarecrow contest and local jack o'lantern
display, and continues on throughout the weekend
with activities including a 5k road race, a craft fair and 
farmer's market, food samplings from local restaurants,
and much, much more.

The festival comes to a close on Sunday afternoon, 
proceeding a spirited parade around town.

... Sounds like fun to me!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Apple Recipes!

It's that time of year again....
Apple picking season!
In New England, and many other places,
this time of year in late September marks
the beginning of, not only autumn, but a second 
phase of renewal and a fresh breath of life...

Soon our hearths will exhale aromas of
cinnamon spice, sizzling pumpkins, and
let's not forget, the sweet scent of 
apples bubbling in a pie ♥

So to help give you a head start in the 
season, I've collected some apple recipes to 
share with all of you; perhaps one of them will 
be warming up your kitchen in a few days!

Apple Dutch Babies
(courtesy of the 1850 Brass Lantern Inn in Searsport, ME)

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups low fat (1%) milk
  • 5 Tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-2/3 cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons butter or margarine, divided
  • 2 pounds Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Remove top even rack. Position other rack in lower third of oven. Combine eggs, milk, 2 Tablespoons sugar, vanilla, salt and lemon peel in large mixer bowl. Add flour and beat one minute. Place 2 teaspoons butter in each of two 9-inch pie plates. Heat in oven 2 minutes until butter is melted. Divide batter between plates. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, until pancakes are puffed and golden brown.

Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 Tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add remaining 3 Tablespoons sugar and apples. Cook, stirring, until apples begin to brown, 12 to 18 minutes. Add maple syrup and boil 1 minute. Spoon apples into center of pancakes. Serve with additional maple syrup if desired.

You can half this recipe to serve two people. Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar before putting on the table. When fresh cranberries are in season, they can be added to the apples, which will make it really colorful.

Serves: 6

Maple Apple Crisp
(courtesy of New England Travel)

  • 4 large, peeled, thinly sliced McIntosh apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup real New England maple syrup
Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons real New England maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Mix sliced apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and syrup in a large mixing bowl. Mix topping ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish, and spread the apple mixture across the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until the apples are tender. Spread the topping evenly over the apples and return the pan to the oven. Bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees until topping is crisp.
Note: Top with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you'd like.

Serves: 6-8 people

Apple Bread
(courtesy of the Isaiah Hall B&B in Dennis, MA)

  • 1/2 cup of soft shortening
  • 2/3 cup packed  brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup thick applesauce
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Mix together shortening, sugar, eggs, and applesauce. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir dry mixture into wet mixture. Fold in nuts. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool ten minutes and remove from pan. Cool on rack.

Apple Fritters
(courtesy of the Post and Beam B&B in Sullivan, NH)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 medium cooking apples (cored, peeled, and sliced into 8 wedges)

In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Dip apples into the batter and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve with hot maple syrup or confectioners sugar.

Serves: 8 people

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Monday, September 13, 2010

L.L. Bean's Fall Line

Evening, everybody!

Man, have I been having a hectic
few weeks of school... I haven't even got 
the chance to sit and catch my breath till now!

Although I've been insanely busy, I've still tried to 
force myself to stop in my tracks every so often and 
admire the vague spatter of color appearing on the 
trees, and the breeze that seems to grow nippier
and nipper as each day shortens... and let's face it:
No amount of school work can compromise
the witnessing of such delicate beauty ♥

But turning to a more materialistic side of autumn's bounty....

I've recently been marveling at the sight of
L.L. Bean's Fall line!

We all know how much I love this company,
and their fall line is what I most look forward to...
it never disappoints!

Want to see some of my favorites?




(I have this!)

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Nice, huh?

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Historic New England

Good evening ♥

Tonight I wanted to share with you an
absolutely amazing organization that I 
just discovered yesterday while 
procrastinating at work (hehe):

Historic New England is a non-profit
organization whose mission is to collect
and preserve historic structures and artifacts
to help keep New England's history alive; it is
also the largest (and oldest) regional preservation
organization in the United States, currently 
owning 36 historic properties and more 
than 100,000 objects of historical importance.

Watson Farm (c.1796) in Jamestown, Rhode Island

What truly intrigued me about Historic New England
is their wonderful membership opportunities; standard memberships
are available in a few different categories but generally include:
  • free admission to all of their sites
  • discounts on select institutions and regional businesses (including B&B's!)
  • a subscription to Historic New England magazine
  • discounts on online gifts, publications, admissions to programs
  • access to exclusive members-only events
In addition to the standard memberships, they also offer
memberships with specific areas of interests; for example,
an Historic Homeowner membership provides you with
not only the general benefits, but also professional assistance 
in helping you authenticate and maintain your historic home.
Other available areas of interest include: Garden and Landscape,
Friends of the Library and Archives, Young Friends 
of Historical New England, and more.

Codman Estate (c.1740) in Lincoln, Massachusetts
I think this is such an incredible organization to become
a part of, particularly for New England residents (like
some of you!) who live in relative proximity to their
sites, and are close enough to attend some events!
Of course, that won't stop me from becoming a
member; I might just be crazy enough to drive
four and a half hours away to attend
one of their Christmas parties! :p

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For more information on
membership opportunities, click here 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Hey, guys! ♥

Sorry I've been MIA for the past few days;
school work has been on a continuous flow since
Fall semester began, and I am completely swamped!

As for tonight, I have fifty pages to read in my 
Cultural Anthropology text book, so I'm forced
to make this brief; tomorrow, I'll be making
a full post, but in the meantime, here is a
delicious recipe, perfect for a crisp
September morning...

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Talk to you tomorrow!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Erin's Halloween Calendar 2010

Good evening, everybody!

I know you're all probably expecting our weekly
B&B Friday, but I thought I'd shake it up a bit
and share with you something a little bit different.

I don't know if I've told you all before, but most
people tend to consider me... how shall I say it?...
a tad Halloween obsessed.

... and I can't really argue with that.

My house on Halloween . . .
 I love this holiday so much that I've even made it a 
tradition of composing a special Halloween calendar to
mark down all the activities I have in store for the month
(there's always so many things to do,
I kind of have no choice in the matter!)

And tonight, I just finished completing this year's calendar;
some events are not 100% written in stone, but 
I fully intend to attempt 'em all, regardless!

Want to see it?:

(click for better view)

... Yes, needless to say, I'm completely
excited for October to arrive  ♥

So...  do you guys have anything planned too?
If so, please share! I love hearing
about anything Halloween-related

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I know this topic wasn't "New Englandly" per se,
so to stay true to the blog, I've included an adorable 
Halloween illustration by my idol, and  
Martha's Vineyard resident,
Susan Branch


(click for better view)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dream Home for Sale (Woolwich, ME)!

Happy September, everyone!

How happy it makes me, knowing that 
Halloween is just around the corner now...
Before we know it, we'll all be cobwebbing our homes,
scooping out pumpkin guts, and appeasing little ghouls 
and goblins with grab-fulls of candy corn! ♥

So, notice something new around 
I Heart New England?

Well, for one-- I autumn-fied the layout, replacing
the old header with a Tasha Tudor illustration
from her beautiful book, Pumpkin Moonshine.

But that's not really what I wanted to point out...

What truly made me giddy with contentment
after its discovery this morning was that....

We reached 100 followers!

I can't believe how far this little blog of mine
has come since January-- and I just wanted
to thank you all again for your support
and kindness! I don't know what 
I'd do without you guys ♥

I now would like to
present to you the latest  
Dream Home for Sale!

Robert Reed House, c. 1765
(Woolwich, ME)

"Meticulously restored to its authentic character worthy of its original owner, Robert Reed c. 1765. This distinctive colonial offers over 2,800 square feet of living space including four bedrooms and two baths. A myriad of features includes seven fireplaces, beamed ceilings, gorgeous pine floors and paneling, a stone patio off the kitchen and a detached barn. 
In the 1930’s, Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin resided here while writing his book, Kennebec, Cradle of Americans. Coffin fondly wrote of the house, 'A fireplace in every room wide enough to take a family of twelve into its warm arms, bedrooms above also with fireplaces and paneled in pine cut on the farm, all golden brown and velvety from the sunshine and use of many years.'"
View from house

Living room
Dining room
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