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I love the looks of the above house.  It is typical New England with the wrap around porch and the wooden rocking chairs.  Plus the fireplace.  I love how they put pumpkins on the porch and the Fall wreath on the door.  So beautiful in the Fall.

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My cousin lives in Eden, Vermont and the above lake is near her house.  I love how the Fall colored leaves reflect in the water.

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This weekend is the last weekend that a local apple orchard has apple cider donuts that they make while you wait in line.  They are so fresh and so good that we always have to get some at least once in the Fall.  The above is baked apple cider donuts that you can make with a King Arthur Flour recipe that has a maple glaze.  Instead of frying the donuts like they do at the apple orchard, they use a special donut pan that you just bake the donuts.  I always wanted to try it.

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I got some apples at the local orchard a few weeks ago.   So very good.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I saw a really neat recipe for yeast rolls that was super easy.  The recipe just called for 1 package of yeast, 3/4 cup warm water, 2 1/2 cups of Bisquick, 1 TBsp sugar and 1/4 cup of melted butter.  They preheated the oven to 400 degrees.  Then just disolve yeast in water.  Put Bisquick,. sugar and yeast in a large bowl and mix well.  Then flour your work surface, turn dough out and knead for 12-15 minutes.  Shape into rolls and place in a greased pan.  Cover with a damp towel and let rise 1 hour.  Brush with melted butter and bake 12-15 minutes.   Add more melted butter.

Sounds good to me.

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I saw the above Marth Stewart idea on a Thanksgiving table setting.  The only thing I like is the orange napkins and the burlap placemats.

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I like the above idea for candles.  It’s simple and yet very Fall like.

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The above little crocheted turkeys are so cute for a coaster for the Thanksgiving table.  I have the directions in how they are made in my Thanksgiving ideas board on my Pinterest.

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Another idea that is very impressive and really easy to make is the above Pumpkin Trifle.   It has crunched gingersnap cookies for one of the layers.  I have the recipe in my Thanksgiving ideas board.  Where I used to work, they have a pot luck every year where everyone brings something in and the company provided the roast turkey.  One of my friends there brought in the above pumpkin trifle one year.  I love the trifle bowl.

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I saw the above table at a local furniture store and I just loved it.  It’s kind of farmhouse style and it had an antique finish on the wood.  I would have bought it in a New York second if I could have.  It would have been the ultimate to have for Thanksgiving.  I have a Nantucket style table but not enough chairs for the family.   That bench would have been so awesome for the little grandsons.  I would have gotten 6 chairs, 2 on each side and one on each end and then used the bench at the kids table for Thanksgiving and then had enough chairs for being able to invite the family for dinners year round.  That is dream stuff.

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We have a new Hobby Lobby near where I live and they have everything to make the above kid’s table.  I love the table runner and the orange and blue theme.  The sail boat is a little much.  I think one sail on the boat would do.  I love the turkey place card idea.  I like the white pumpkins but the candy on the dish is a little much.

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I like the “turkey toes” candy idea.

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I like the above cute container for crayons that the grandkids could have to color with and maybe they could color in the turkey on the label on the “turkey toes”.   A lot of cute ideas out there.

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Right now it’s football time.  My middle and older grandsons play football.  I have watched a few games and it’s amazing how they play as a team.  My daughter in law has a daycare in her home and a lot of my grandson’s team-mates were in her day care at one time.  They protect the quarterback and he gets to throw the ball and they have one guy that gets free and makes touchdowns.  They are now in the state finals as one of the best teams in the state.  So proud of them!  My middle grandson plays peewee football and he is the captain of his team and they won the championship.  The older grandson is also one of three captains of his team.

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I love to to the old Rt 5 to Windsor and across the beautiful Windsor/Cornish bridge that goes across the Connecticut river from Vermont to New Hampshire.  It’s beautiful in the Fall or any time of the year.  What is really fun for me anyways, is to go up the New Hampshire Route 12 to West Lebanon and go shopping.   They have all kinds of stores and restaurants.  I like the Koto Japanese Steak House where they have a Binto Box lunch that is just plain fun.  Then they have a new Home Goods store as well as Michaels Crafts, T J Max and Kohls.   Then there is the Powerhouse Mall where they have an L L Bean outlet.

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I like Anna Griffin products and she has a new desk calendar that comes with a journal and a planner.  It’s going to be featured on November 6th when she is on HSN, but it’s already on HSN.  It’s a must have for me.

I don’t have a lot of money and I really can’t do all that I would like to do.   But in spite of it, I enjoy little things in life every day.

 

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October Days

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I love going to the farmstands this time of year.  The above Hemingways is on my way to grocery shopping and I love to stop and browse the paths and green houses.  So colorful and full of Fall pumpkins and Mums.

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I wish that I lived closer to Norwich and could get a Pumpkin latte.  The ice latte or the regular latte sounds like so fun.

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I love the above style house with a porch that is typical New England style.  So beautiful any time of the year.

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Every time I go anywhere lately, I see a herd of  wild turkeys either in the field or crossing the road.    They always take their time and just casually trot along.

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Sur la Table has really awesome Fall cooking classes.  I do not live near any of their areas where they have their classes, but I love to find recipes from some of their ideas for cooking classes.  I found a recipe for Pumpkin Mousse and they had bourban whipped cream for a topping.  I found a recipe for bourban whipped cream as well as pumpkin mousse.   I pinned them in my Fall Recipes board on my Pinterest.  I love how they put the mousse in a wine goblet.

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They also had a class to make wild mushroom gravy and I found that recipe and put the recipe in my Fall recipe board on my Pinterest.

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Then they had fluffy buttermilk mashed potatoes for their Thanksgiving ideas cooking class.   I found a recipe for buttermilk mashed potatoes with chives that is similar and I put it in my Fall recipes board or my Thanksgiving board.  It’s fun to find recipes that are in Sur la Table cooking classes.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are always fun to make in the Fall.  I have several recipes for the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and found a new recipe from the Food Network that I put in my Fall recipes board on my Pinterest.

 

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I love Vermont farms in the Fall.  Especially when they have a pond and a dirt driveway.

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I like all the ideas people come up with to carve pumpkings.   They have all these neat knives that can make intricate designs in pumpkins.  The above sunflower design looks neat from being lit from inside the pumpkin with a candle.

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Just punching little holes to make letters is a cute idea.

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I love the ideas that people come up with to decorate with pumpkins.

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The Farmstands are loaded with all kinds of pumpkins to choose from this time of year.

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Ideas are only as creative as your imagination, and searching for ideas.

 

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I love Mac apples this time of year and got a bag of them recently at a local farmstand.  They are just so good fresh picked from the trees.

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I love the Mums and the colorful kale for Fall decorating this time of year.  The farmstands have all kinds of Mums and kale.

I think that October is one of my favorite times of the year in this part of the country.

September Days

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Decorative and colorful kale is so pretty in the Fall in urns or window boxes.

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There are all kinds of places to hike in the Fall around Vermont.  Discovery State Park in Marshfield, Vermont is really beautiful any time of the year.  They have camping and hiking trails.

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I like the Farmhouse look and the above design is just beautiful to me.  I love the chairs and the white cabinets in the kitchen,  Plus the bay window in the open concept dining area.

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Hobby Lobby opened a new store near where I go shopping.  The store is huge and I just shopped and shopped round and round and found the above coffee sign that had hooks on it so that I could display my favorite coffee mugs.  I just love it and it was on sale for their grand opening at 50% off.

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Then I like to make my own spice blends and was looking for little jars like the above inspiration.  I found the exact size jars and they were also 50% off.  I like to put chili blend, taco blend, Paula Deen’s house blend that she puts on everything, Italian blend etc.

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You can just chalkboard paint the lid.  So cute.

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Then an inspiration I have is the above colored bottles for the window and you can put cuttings from your plants to root when you put bottled water in them.  To buy them on line with the cuttings is over $60.00.  I love the look and would love them for a window.

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I found the above bottles at Hobby Lobby on sale at 50% off.  So cute and I am going to put plant cuttings in them from plants that I have like Ivy, Wandering Jew and baby spiders from my Spider plant.  It cost me less the $15.00 for 5 of them.  Love them.

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Kitchen aid has a limited edition 100th anniversary mixer.  Wow!!   So beautiful!!  I have a kitchen aid mixer but would love that one.

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I like the above organizer.  It was a must have and I own that one.  I found it on QVC and it is just awesome in my opinion.

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I came across a really neat idea for dessert.  Maple Creme Brule with seasonal fruit.  They have it at the Quechee Inn which is near Woodstock, VT.   I think if I searched the internet I could find a recipe for it.  Yum!

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I love just after the sun goes down and soft candlelight near water.  So serene and peaceful.

And that’s my thoughts for today.

 

 

 

 

September

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I love the Sunflowers that are in the farmstands now.  So sunshiney for the tablescape.  I think they look awesome in a blue mason jar.  A tip that I read one time is that if you cut the stem under running water a little that it makes them last longer.

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It’s fun to buy a new lipstick for the beginning of Fall.  Avon lipstick is always good and I think that I like the Heat Wave color, but everyone has different tastes.  Kind of a good deal right now for the Beyond Color lipstick marked down from $8.00 to $4.99.

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Good time to celebrate the beginning of Fall by riding the bike on the walking trail for a change.

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Maybe buy a new cardigan would be fun.  I like the above style.

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I like the above style jacket.  It’s light and just right for Fall.

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A lot of blogs have capsules where you can make a ton of outfits from a few separate items.  I like the above idea where items can be switched to make lots of different looks. The above was an idea for a Fall capsule.

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It’s a good time to switch around Fall clothes into the closet.  The above is my idea of an affordable dream walk in closet.  I have a walk in closet, but not all the built in shelves or the middle island.

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I would add the above hassock to the end of the island.  So elegant looking.

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Then a beautful crystal chandelier for a finishing touch.  Love it!  I always was a dreamer.

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A new bag for Fall is always a neat idea.  I love the above style, but I know there are lots of ideas.

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I love dinnerware and one of my favorites is the Pfalzgraff Pistoulet collection.  I own the above set that I bought one piece at a time.

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I love cauliflower rice and I like the idea of the above Mushroom Risotto for a healthy lunch.  It’s really easy if you buy that frozen cauliflower rice that has peas and carots in it.  You just stir in a little beef broth to the microwaved “rice” in a frypan and  add some sliced sauteed mushrooms with a little parmesan over the top.  I have the above recipe which is using cauliflower chopped in a food proceessor on my veggie pinterest board.

And that’s my thoughts for the beginning of September.

 

End of August

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Zinneas are so colorful and plentiful at the farmstands this time of year.  The mason jar as a vase is so country and just a nice touch.

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The Summer Squash and Zucchini are plentiful at the farmstands now, also.  A neat recipe that I saw one time that the Pioneer Woman picked up from staying at a fancy hotel in New York for a low carb breakfast was the above.  She had grilled tomatoes with hers.  But I just sauteed a red onion with summer squash and zuchinni and put two organinic, jumbo, poached farm fresh eggs on mine.  She had a couple of slices of Montery Jack cheese on the side.  But I put a couple of wedges of Cabot Cheddar on the side of mine.  I pinned the full recipe on my Pinterest breakfast board.

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Everyone has different tastes, but I like the above style.  It’s country and just comfortable looking.  I love the throw pillow with the old time pick up truck.  The round hassack is just so comfy looking.  The white fireplace and the round soft rug complete with a crystal chandelier.  Then the bay window with the beautiful stained glass and built in book case on the side.  I love the flower print pillow in the chair, also.

 

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One of my classmates from school that is one of my facebook friends, went to a really neat restaurant in Bar Harbor, Maine called the Route 66 restaurant.  I love everything about that place and it’s on my bucket list to visit.

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Their lobster rolls look good to me.

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They serve hot fudge sundaes in a little Corvette dish and that looks like fun.

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Another place that would be fun to visit is the Perennial Pleasures Nursery in Hardwick, VT.  They have afternoon tea in their gardens.

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Their specialty is English Cream Tea.

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They even have a gift shop.

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You can buy a hat to wear for tea in the garden.

 

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It looks like a lovely atmosphere.

 

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Another fun place to visit is Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow, VT.  So pretty and a neat swimming hole.

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I love a pantry for the kitchen and saw the above pantry door in one of Yankee Barn Home’s houses.  Love the idea.

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With all that is going on in the news and the stress all around us, I found the above idea to just have a mental cleanse challenge.  Sounds good to me.

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Essential Oils sound healthy to me.  I first became aware of them from a yoga blog that I saw one time.  Then I saw the above recipes on Pinterest.

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Then I read that Kelly Clarkson lost all her weight from reading “The Plant Paradox”.  I read all I could on it and found that it’s mainly avoiding Lectins.  Above is a very helpful chart on what Lectins are all about.

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They say that it is good to meditate and I don’t know the proper way they meditate.
But when I want to just think of fun times, I just close my eyes and think of how beautiful Nantucket Island is.

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I used to walk out to the Jetty Beach near Brandt Point every morning before work at one time.  Thinking of those times always is a nice little getaway from any stress.  I am sure everyone has special times in memory that are fun to meditate with.

And that is my thoughts on this end of August day in Vermont.

August

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Yoga is not easy for me.  Absolutely none of it.  I got the 21 day yoga retreat DVDs  and went as far as 3 days and just had enough of it.  I mean it’s brutal.  It’s supposed to be good for you but I do not like it.  I got the yoga blocks and the pillow and mat.  The blocks and pillow make it so that you can be a beginner at it.  Even so, it’s just not my cup of tea.  You have to hold those stupid poses and balance and core stuff until you want to just throw the DVD out the window.   The above is a view from the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe from one of their rental cottages.  That is a beautiful area.

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They have an Austrian kaufeehouse that used to be called a Tea house.  We had so much fun having tea out there on that deck one time with their scrumptious pastries.

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The Trapp family lodge has cross country skiing trails and they let you hike on the trails in the summer.  The above is little stone chapel in the woods on one of their trails.  It is so awesome and there is a box with slips of paper where you can make a wish and put it in the box.  My wish never came true.  Sigh.

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The rooms at the Trapp Family Lodge are just beautiful.  The white comforter impressed me as we got a tour of the rooms and I copied the idea for my bed at home.

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I would much rather ride a bike on the bike trail or go for a long walk and enjoy the scenery then to make a pretzel out of my body with yoga.  I don’t particularly like hiking on mountain trails either.  The only fun part of that is the views when you get to the top.  The above is Stowe and it is a 5 mile trail, mostly flat.  So you go up and back it’s 10 miles.  we’ve rode bikes on it, rollar bladed and walked it.  It’s mostly flat but a bunch of horrible bridges that are like an arch over the river.  Dislike the bridges.

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I got some radishes from the farmstand today and also some Alouette cheese spread that has garlic and herbs and it had chopped chives on top.  I also got some Artisan Sourdough wheat bread that I toasted and what flavor for an open face sandwich.  Love it.

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Around here, people like grinders.  One of the best is a grinder from Gil’s in Rutland.  They have a Hot Italian Grinder that has peppered ham, Capicola, salami, provolone cheese, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, pickles, onions hot peppers and seasoned oil on the inside of each side of the home made roll.  Yum!

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I love coffee and would love to have like a Barista coffee center.  I love the above ideas on what to use to decorate a coffee center.  That cabinet is from Target and costs less then a bakers rack.  I love the chalkboard and that is on Amazon.  I collect coffee mugs and that mug rack is kind of neat.

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The above is my inspiration for a coffee bar.

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I love a grill for outside and the above set up is just awesome.  What a neat idea!

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I love waterfalls and there are some neat ones in Vermont and also some nice swimming holes as they call them.

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A really nice place in Vermont is Manchester.  All kinds of little restaurants and awesome shopping areas.  They have a bakery called Mother Mericks and it has the best donuts ever.

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I would love a cup of tea with a slice of the above cake.  It looks like there is a garden view with fresh flowers on the table from that garden.  I think that photo is from an Austrian tea house in Johnson, Vermont.  I saw some flowers like that today outside a farm on a little table near the road that were for sale.  I almost bought them because I just love garden flowers and they just make a table look nice.  I have bought them there before and just loved them.  They lasted a long time.

 

Well, it’s late and I guess that I have to call it a day.  So over and out from Vermont.

 

Camping

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I think that it would be fun to just be carefree and travel around to the countryside and enjoy fun areas for a getaway once in awhile.

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I love the “Little Guy Max”.  It is so awesome.  It’s little and it’s light and would be easy to tow.

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It even has an optional bike rack.

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The little trailers have come back in style.  The group called “Sisters on the Fly” who started out being a fly fishing group from Texas who planned trips together, then became a huge group really started the trend on small retro trailers.

The motto of the group is “making girls out of women”, which means they don’t have to think of anyone else while on the trips and husbands are not allowed.

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They come up with some neat ideas for trailers.  The above old Volkswagon van is such a cute idea.

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The inside of the trailer is small but cute.

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Just the very basics.

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The “Little Guy Max” has a little more room and has all the amenities.  The table on one side can be made into a bed.

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It has a pop up TV by the table and solar panels on the roof to recharge the battery for electricity when not at a campground that you can hook up to electricity.

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Right by the door there is a DVD-CD player, blue tooth and 3 sets of speakers that can be in the front or back of trailer and also outside.  One of the TV’s  can be mounted outside also.  There is a systems monitor for heater vents or the air conditioner.  Also there is a dimmer for the lights.

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There is a neat refrigerator that has a freezer compartment.  A pantry, closet and solid maple cabinets.

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There are controls for the solar and air conditioner.

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There is a microwave and a two burner gas stove.  The sink has a removeable cutting board over it to make counter room when the sink is not in use.

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The faucet has a sprayer on it.  And there are water tanks that have hot water.

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The bathroom is tiny, but it has a shower in it.

 

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On the other side of the trailer, there is a queen size bed with storage under it.

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There is a TV and three huge windows in the bedroom.reading lights

There are reading lights that are LED lights that don’t heat up and you turn them on and off by just touching the bulbs.  There is a cell phone charger and all kinds of neat cubby holes for storage and sound bars.

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The outside of the Little Guy Max has lighted stairs and handle and an awning.  The other side has a light that lights up the whole back side.

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There is a screen that slides across.  The window on the door can be cranked out and there is a screen.

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The screen just pulls down.

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Also there is a privacy blind that can be pulled up.  All the windows do the same thing, so you can have a nice breeze going through.

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I think that it would be fun to take the Little Guy Max camping.  It’s light and even a regular SUV could haul it.

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The Sisters on the Fly have a cast-iron cookbook that looks interesting.  On the travel channel, they showed some of the recipes that they cooked using  cast iron over charcoal coals.

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One of the recipes was Merle Haggard’s Rainbow Stew.

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Another recipe that looked interesting was a Chicken green bean casserole with biscuits on top.

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They even made home made ice cream.

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When I was a kid, I went camping with one of my girlfriends and her family.  I will never forget it.  We went for a whole weekend on a lake.  We had a campfire at night and I remember fried egg sandwiches for breakfast that had bacon on them.  There was swimming and we met some guys that had a beautiful boat and we had fun with them cruising around the lake.  All kinds of food as her Mom was a really good cook and brought home made cookies and even pies.  I remember fried chicken also.  So fun.

There are all kinds of camp grounds on the lakes and also in Maine, right on the ocean.

The travel channel got me interested in camping and all the fun that is out there.