Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

After visiting Salem, Massachusetts, I have a new appreciation for the history of events.  Honestly, witches scare me, I believe in ghosts, and before going trick or treating, I suggest watching the movie "Hocus Pocus."  Below is a little snippet of the movie...I put a spell on you...

Another excellent movie to understand what happened in Salem is the movie, "The Crucible." 

What are your Halloween traditions?

Grateful for history keepers, hoping we do not repeat mistakes from the past.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Cascade Cadets Football

Cascade Cadets Homecoming game
As our Cascade Cadets football season sadly comes to closure, I wanted to mention, the Chippy's family owes a huge debt of gratitude to the football program, especially Coach Hagenow and Junior Varsity coaches for the daily energy they invest in the young men of the Cascade Cadets football players. 

Jacob Thayer, Cascade Cadets

Football has been crucial to the development of my farm boy.

Many thanks to the Cascade coaches, fellow football moms who are excellent cooks and time managers, and of course the players who are sweating it out like gladiators on the football field!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Traveling

Last year Chippy's Ice Cream Parlor was open during October.  This year, because of schools changing to a balanced calendar instead of the traditional calendar, Chippy's closed early.  Teddy and I have decided to take our fall break to explore places we've never been, starting with New England.

Ready Teddy?

First things first, we have our own Vietnam vet navigating for us.  Always best to consult subject matter experts.
Michael Shepard, Navigating in Boston

After a self guided tour of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Freedom Trail and several shops along the way, we tried our luck in Salem.

Sweet Witches in Salem

Perfect fall weather graced our travel all week.  We learned about the Salem witch trials in the Witch museum, took the trolley tour all over town, and ate at a local eatery on the main thoroughfare through town.  Salem was the highlight of the trip for me, as it was filled with history, and art.  I have a new appreciation for Wiccans, although I am not a member.  Who could disagree with their philosophy of whatever you do comes back to you three times, and appreciation of nature?

Precious gratefullness to my dad for his company and land navigational skills.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Campfire Grille in Bridgton, Maine

Christina Shepard and My Michelle, preppy pink and green business chics

Over a much needed fall break, my dad and I explored Salem, Boston and Maine.  While in Maine, I was able to meet Facebook Friend Michelle, owner of Campfire Grille.  I always love to promote a great business, especially when one of the team members is a fellow female entreprenuer.  Female entreprenuers often lack mentorship.  Chippy's has survived three seasons.  Campfire Grille will survive their first year this February.

Turkey sandwich and corn chowder

My dad ordered the Mooseburger, and raved about it for the duration of the road trip (giggles).  I ordered a soup and sandwich, allowing me to try more of a variety of the menu.  Sorry, I had to take a bite before this pic, and I ate the pickle.  Michelle is a true food artist and venue coordinator, adore her!

Thank you to Michelle and her hubby Joel for all their hard, underappreciated work!!!!  And for my super cute pink t-shirt.