I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!! I might have a bite of Christmas pudding or some pavlova tonight, just for the heck of it!!
Can't publish with all of these photos so I've deleted some. Merry Christmas everyone!!!
|MiMiSpirit Jewelry at the Northern Lights Gallery in Belfast, ME|
|Making Chocolates YAY|
|Raw Chocolates too!!|
|Filing and Quickbooks and Quicken and Filing - what a DRAG!!|
|Voyaging on the Silver Discoverer!|
|Helping DW in Planning a Destination Workshop Photo Safari in South Africa!|
|Moon rise over Penobscot Bay on a recent evening shift at the Inn|
|Maple Tree in our yard!|
|High Tide Inn|
|Blessings from the Bean!|
|View of Penobscot Bay and Islands on a cloudy day with intermittent rain|
|Last year, we planted seed garlic for this year's harvest!|
|This is what we used but feel free to try other brands!|
|Black Trumpet Mushrooms|
|sign at the entrance to the Women's Health Building|
|The sign I see as I lug my many bags and boxes into the Center for class each week.|
|Thanks Mark Castonguay & Lori Hamilton!!|
|PCRM's Power Plate|
|Karen Q at the sink, cleaning up faster than a locomotive!|
|Thank You sign on the Pen Bay Campus|
|Katie in the Leafy Kitchen! We love our view of the pool don't we Katie!!|
|Katie loves to chat about food, tea, health, etc. And she is a great singer! She's a great addition to the Leafy Cafe team!|
When I started to think about how I could leave the Leafy Meal Service up and running while I was away, it seemed impossible. Luckily, another luncheon with a wise friend revealed a suggestion which made sense. What about an intern?? I inquired with my local chef friends and even with the head of our local college Culinary Program and the response was always the same.... "Our students want to learn how to cook MEAT! They don't want to be involved with any veggie thing!!" Well, I couldn't really believe this response, learning to cook healthy, plant-based meals, especially in today's culinary environment, would be a PLUS on anyone's resume, vegan or not! Its like broadening your repertoire by learning how to cook Italian or Asian!! So, I put my thinking cap back on and cast the net a little further. I started writing to every culinary institute, including raw foods and vegan/healthy establishments in search of the right person. I had not one single reply! I was offering beautiful accommodations, training, and a stipend... more than most internships! I think the going rate is YOU PAY THEM for the opportunity to learn! I was beginning to get discouraged and convincing myself of shutting down the service for the Summer while away. One day, while I was shopping for the meals, I ran into Katie. Pure serendipity once again!! I did not really know Katie but knew of her. I actually remember her as sweet a little girl hanging out with her mom. I had not seen her in years until Chef Charles brought her over to the house and raved about her walnut pesto!! That was about 2 years ago. Katie was working in a local restaurant (the same one where I was lunching with cool gal & artist) so we became a little more familiar with each other. I learned Katie was interested in cooking and studying nutrition, and already knew a lot!!! I wondered if Katie might be interested in the Meal Service but knew she had a job and a place to live. I sort of was thinking about an out of towner from Atlanta who wanted to live at the coast for the Summer.
When I ran into Katie in the Harris Teeter parking lot, I just blurted out how happy I was to see her and what I had in my head... Are you interested in being my intern/assistant/manager of the Leafy Cafe Meals to Go-Go????? SHE SAID YES!!!! The rest is history. Katie came on board just as Hannah was departing and has been wowing me and the clients with fabulous food. Those Lettuce Wraps, the Green Curry/Forbidden Rice, etc. all have come from Katie's magic hands. Next week, she takes over the entire service. I will be present to do some dishes and watch over her but otherwise, she is up and in charge! Katie might benefit from a dishwasher from time to time if there are any willing volunteers out there, let us know.
Katie brings herbs and food from her garden to the Leafy!! Artist Ed Hose came over the the Leafy Cafe one Sunday and drew the fabulous leafy gals on the newly painted cafe walls.
I have no worries leaving Katie at the helm of the Meals to Go-Go service. Katie will continue to have overage on some items from the meal service which are available on a first come/first serve basis for purchase if you forget to order or if you just want to sample an item or two. She will work in some healthy & delicious muffins and brownies for y'all to try too! I think she is talking about CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI muffins, Yumbo!!
Katie is very familiar with the Law of the Leafy:
While I am away physically, I will still be quite "hands on" with running the meal service. The other functions of the cafe such as catering, cooking classes, etc. will shut down until my return in late September. Nutritional Counseling will still be available via SKYPE or PHONE.
Can I hear a big Whoop Whoop for Katie??
Life is good here at the Leafy!!
|the newly-painted Leafy Cafe with Hannah helping with the decor!|
|One of the earlier drawings for the logo. I loved the veggie wheels but we had to push on. Most people thought this looked like a crab!! Sorry Ed!|
|This is more like it! Notice the carrot legs!|
|These are our new stickers!!|