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Picnics, houses, and farms…oh my!

June 25, 2010

When we woke up Wednesday morning we were actually able to see our beautiful surroundings. This is my first time visiting Connecticut and I was loving all of the beautiful GREEN leaves and trees that I saw when I opened the front door.

Dana and A walking Dakota. Look at that front yard!


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Breakfast was amazing blueberry pancakes made by Dana and A

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Check out my plate πŸ™‚


Breakfast! Blueberry pancakes with a sausage link and buttah (x2)


After breakfast we played around a little bit and then got ready for the day – an adventure at the Mark Twain House.

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Before we went in to get tickets for the tour we had a picnic! It’s been ages since I had a true picnic outside on the grass. In true picnic fashion we had PB&J sandwiches along with bbq popchips and veggie chips. Lordy those pop chips are good and after many handfuls I had to make sure that the bag was removed from my portion of the blanket.


Our little group


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When we went inside there was this awesome lego man of Mark Twain…

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…and this lovely cut-out where you too can be Mark Twain!


Just in case you didn’t know, the tour of the house is a ‘guided tour’ and you aren’t allowed to touch anything (be sure to put on your looking eyes!) so it isn’t super kid friendly and I’m not really a big fan of guided tours. I’m more of an ‘explore and read signs’ person than a ‘listen and walk’ person but the house itself is quite beautiful. No pictures are allowed so I just have a few pictures of the outside of the building.

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I made it through the tour of the first floor before I had to go to the bathroom and decided to spend the rest of the time sitting with Lisa, Dana and the little ones (who really weren’t into the tour).

After Sara and Sharon finished the tour (it was about an hour) we headed downtown to do more kid friendly activities like the playground and carousel.

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After everyone went on the carousel Dana and I got some popsicles! Yum!


On our way home we stopped by Oxen Hill Farms, CSA  (more on this amazing place in another blog post, but if you live in North Central Connecticut/ Southern Massachusetts area you should totally look into it!) to pick some yellow squash and kale.

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Dinner was a salad


various chicken sausages (andouille, sundried tomato and apple)


and squash souflee (with the freshly picked squash from the farm!)


My plate (x2) of apple sausage, salad and squash casserole


We spent the evening doing one of my favorite things, talking around the dinner table. I think it was well after midnight when we went to sleep (and I know I was yawning and had my eyes closing for quite some time) but it was so worth it πŸ™‚

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