If you would like to advertise on Delicious Musings please email me at this address: kitchens.sharon@gmail dot com.
Black Dinah Chocolates
Old handwriting fonts
Grant Harder Photography
Kate Nackel
Port Clyde Fresh Catch

Archive for June, 2010

Hello New York

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

In four days I am city bound.  Looking forward to dinner at Babbo and seeing the delightful Mr. Ong and his cookies, which I am absolutely smitten with.


Photo by Simply Photo.

Jessica Stammen at Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth, ME

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

If you are headed to Bar Harbor this weekend from Portland or the Midcoast please stop in the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth and see Jessica Stammen’s beautiful work in the group show “Painting Mount Desert Island.” Like Jessica, her work is bright and cheery.


The next time you visit Camden I highly recommend you stop in Jo Ellen Designs, the beautiful shop she runs with her (former children’s book illustrator) mother Jo Ellen.  Perfect for home decorating, gifts…
Jessica’s painting – From Outside, Looking In, Looking Over – 3 oil on panel  24×30
Photographs provided by Jo Ellen Designs.

The Equestrian Bag

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I love these bags. Can just picture grabbing one of these genius little repurposed industrial things from Oughton Limited’s Equestrian Luggage Line and going off on a journey. Okay or to work.

Barn Tote View 1

Barn Tote

Overnight I View 1

Overnight Bag

Rolling Duffle View 1

Rolling Duffle


Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

My kind of picnic from Wit and Design.

Just in time for summer, picnic fun from Design Sponge.

[image above, clockwise from top left: striped cushion $24, 4 person picnic basket $59, market baskets $40 each, carafe and tumblers $80, melamine plate $8.75, picnic cutlery $5, blue checked tablecloth $29.95, red checked oilcloth tablecloth $99, glass cups and carrier $24, melamine tumbler $8.75]

For the “most kick-ass” picnic guide ever check out Refinery 29.

From a Maine Dairy Farm

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010


First Day of Summer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Today is the first official day of summer. Yay!!!  Summers are short in Maine so I plan to make the most of every warm dry day. What fun things will you be doing this summer?

What I am most looking forward to doing this summer.

Evening walks and staring up at the stars (I love this year round).

Wearing bright summery dresses and my denim shorts.

Sipping margaritas and eating chips and salsa outside.

Reading in my backyard. At the top of my pile are Irene Nemirovsky’s Dimanche and Lost Trails, Lost Cities by Colonel P.H. Fawcett.

Standing up on a surfboard. (I will actually be content catching waves and not getting hit by the board again and again :) ).

A weekend on Isle au Haut with friends. This pretty much involves eating, hiking, eating, biking, eating, star gazing. I feel it is my obligation as a guest to eat as many shrimp puffs and chocolate truffles as humanly possible. Wouldn’t you!?


Making pesto with the basil from my garden (I throw in parsley and walnuts). With any luck I can throw some of my backyard tomatoes in with the (homemade) pasta later this summer.

Digging my toes into the dirt.

A week in Midcoast Maine swimming in the lake and attending faculty slideshows at the Maine Media Workshops.

An overnight trip aboard the Schooner J. & E. Riggin where I will be surrounded by four of the people I love most in this world – as much for their genuine compassion as their zest for life – Annie, Jon and their absolutely magical daughters Chloe and Ella whose curiosity thankfully knows no bounds .


Top photo The Year in Pictures. Bottom photo by Elizabeth Poisson.

Taking It All In

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The past few days have been pure bliss thanks to a great deal of sunshine. I kept thinking I really ought to update Delicious Musings with something fun, summery and Maine.

What I started down the path on…

A list of things people don’t tell you about when you move to Maine…
1. The groundhogs here do flick people off. Ask my friends Margaret and Karl.
2. Cold ones are meant for morning, afternoon, and evening consumption. No Jimmy Buffet necessary. Oh, and the official/unofficial beverage of choice if not beer is Allen’s Coffee Brandy. For the record I have never had the brandy, I have witnessed people purchase a bottle with a loaf of (no kidding) Wonder Bread and a bottle of milk. Really!?
3. A solid temperature for swimming in the ocean is 50 as long as the sun is out***please do not forget your wetsuit
4. 97 is an appropriate age to operate a moving vehicle (don’t get me wrong, I am all for independence but this is not always a good idea!)

and ultimately…Sharing a photo of my adorable dog taking a nap in the sun, I mean can you believe her…


Radio Silence

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I have been completely unmotivated to write, even to get excited about much of anything the past few days. If the weather forecast for the next few days did not include sunshine and temps at least edging into the 70s you would be hearing from me (or reading this) from a sunny cafe somewhere west of here.  I know it is not New England’s fault, but I am holding a serious grudge. A day or two of sunshine and a week of fog and rain. Seriously!?? How do people in Oregon and Seattle deal with this? Actually, I can answer that from my brief visits there, they go to one of the many cool hangouts and wait it out. They also drink some seriously good coffee. I upped my intake of chocolate yesterday and that left me feeling a bit ill so today I am trying coffee. Nothing is a substitute for sunshine. The natural elixir of the skin and soul.



stereotypical view

A few articles about Vitamin D Deficiency. Note:  Sunshine could help lower your risk of death!

The New York Times

The Huffington Post


USA Today

Top photo littlebrownpen. Middle photo abbytryagain. Bottom photo for me, for you.

New Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Love this poster MOGFA is using to promote the fair!


Open Air Studio

Monday, June 14th, 2010

A few rays of sunshine made their way down through the clouds this morning. When I used to live in Rockland, Maine  and was looking for a little sunshine on a cloudy day I would visit my friends at the Eric Hopkins Gallery. Conveniently situated around the corner from a terrific coffee shop and bakery, Eric’s space is large like his paintings. He would throw open the garage door, pull out the Adirondack chairs and get to work while we all maintained a conversation about cookies, climbing, and the day’s business.  I am wishing I lived a bit closer to that space today.