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  • 3 Winter Recipes That will Warm You Up from the Inside Out

    Winter in New England is many things – most of them involving cold. But along with bitter winds and heaps of snow, winter also means cozy sweaters, warm fires and the perfect excuse to dig in to your favorite comfort foods – for warmth of course!

    Here are three of our favorite recipes for staying cozy all winter long:

    1. Smoky Mac and Cheese

    Smoky Mac and CheeseA delicious twist on traditional homemade macaroni, this spicy, smoky version includes smoked gouda cheese, your favorite hot sauce (we love siracha!) and seasoned bread crumbs. It’s comfort food at it’s finest!

    2. Mint Hot Chocolate

    Mint Hot ChocolateThere’s nothing like a steaming cup of rich hot chocolate after a marathon play session out in the snow. This recipe ads a mint twist for fun. Rim the glass with sugar crystals and top with marshmallows for a picture-perfect presentation.

    3. Creamy Spinach and Potato Breakfast Casserole

    Creamy Spinach and Potato Breakfast CasseroleThere’s nothing better than starting the day with a warm and hearty breakfast full of protein and calcium. This creamy breakfast casserole is easy to make, and includes everything you need for a wholesome, healthy breakfast – eggs, veggies, turkey, potatoes – all wrapped up in one delicious dish. Dig in and warm up. Don’t forget to pair it with a glass of Oakhurst milk!

  • 3 Simple and Beautiful Kids Crafts for Valentines Day

    Nothing says “Happy Valentines Day” like uncooked macaroni glued to a paper heart- parents, am I right?

    We kid, but there really is something so special about Valentine’s Day crafts, made with love by the little people that run us ragged day in and day out. There’s just something about those footprint hearts and misspelled cards that remind us why we cut PB&J sandwiches into triangles – no squares – no actually triangles – every single day without fail.

    So this year, if you’re looking for something refrigerator-worthy to work on with your kiddos, these three crafts are simple, beautiful and won’t result in glitter embedded in your carpet for years to come. Win, win, win!

    Milk Jug Stained “Glass” Hearts

    Milk Jug Stained GlassHearts

    How pretty are these “stained glass” hearts made from up-cycled milk jugs?  They look beautiful hung in a sunny window.  Get all the instructions to make them here!

    DIY Heart Crayons (

    Heart Crayons

    This craft is prefect for little ones who aren’t quite ready for scissors or the other more advanced crafting skills.  All they have to do is peel the paper off a bunch of crayons and break them into pieces.  Then place the broken crayons into silicone heart molds, bake them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, and after they cool, pop them out of the mold and place in plastic baggies to deliver to friends on Valentine’s Day!

    Valentines Day Milk Straws (

    Valentines Day Milk Straws

    Seriously how cute are these heart shaped paper straws?!  You can buy the actual straws online or at your local craft or party store, and then decorate with construction paper, ribbon, faux crystals and other goodies from the craft store.  When you’re finished, whip up this yummy cinnamon vanilla milk, and serve with your new LOVEly straws.  Bon appetite!

  • 3 Healthy Recipes to Keep your Resolutions on Track

    Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again. The time when 99% of us jump ship on our healthy-eating resolutions. To be fair, it’s really hard. Especially when you live in New England and the high temperature for the month is -1 and it’s just so much easier to make cookies than it is to make a salad.

    But don’t give up! We hear you, we’re with you – and we have three absolutely delicious recipes for you that will warm you up without claiming all your calories for the week. Dig in and then let us know your favorite healthy and hearty recipes for winter on Facebook.

    1. Curried Butternut Squash Soup (

    Thickened with black beans and milk (instead of cream) this healthier version of a hearty winter favorite will warm you up AND slim you down.CurriedButternutSquashSoup

    2. PB&J Power Muffins (

    An adorable twist on the traditional PB&J, these bite size muffins are the perfect serving size – just enough to fill you up without going overboard! The kiddos will love them, too!PB&JPowerMuffins

    3. Black Bean Breakfast Bowl (

    Full of protein and flavor, this black bean breakfast bowl has everything you need to stay powered up through lunchtime (without all the added sugar or traditional cereals or baked goods). The toasty black beans and crispy fried egg will warm you up nicely, too!BlackBeanBreakfastBowl

  • 3 Super Easy Overnight Oats Recipes

    In 2016 Overnight Oats recipes took over popular recipe sites like Pinterest, Yummly and epicurious – and for good reason! Overnight Oats are the trifecta for busy moms – easy to make, delicious to eat, and good for you (and the kiddos), too!

    To celebrate national oatmeal month we’re sharing three of our favorite Overnight Oats recipes. You can eat them straight out of the fridge, or heat them up for a little dose of warmth on these cold winter mornings. Which recipes are your favorites?

    Apple Walnut Overnight Oats ( classic combo, these apple cinnamon oats have the perfect amount of crunch thanks to some chopped walnuts. If your kids haven’t tried overnight oats before, this is the perfect transition from sugary instant oatmeal to protein-rich overnight oats.

    Whipped Raspberry Overnight Protein Oats ( texture’s an issue, these whipped overnight oats are perfect for you. They have the smooth creamy texture of traditional oatmeal, with the extra protein and flavor of overnight oats – plus the added benefit of being able to make them ahead of time. Yum!

    Cocoa Banana Overnight Oats ( all chocolate lovers! This Cocoa Banana flavor is like eating dessert for breakfast. Full of protein and slow-release carbs, this will keep you full until lunchtime (and beyond).

  • 4 Recipes You’ll Love Waking Up to on Christmas Morning

    There’s nothing sweeter than the sound of little feet pitter-pattering down the stairs full of excitement and wonder ready to check out what Santa left under the tree – unless it’s 4am, that is.

    We’ve all been there, and since there is approximately -100% chance of getting kids back to bed once they’re up on Christmas morning, the best way forward is a strong cup of coffee and something delicious to get you in the spirit. These four Christmas morning recipes are sure to do the trick!

    Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Mug Bake


    Mmmm – pumpkin spice and everything nice. This easy-to-make breakfast is perfect for parents with early risers. All you have to do is toss the ingredients in a mug and heat in the microwave. Drizzle with maple syrup and your own your way to Christmas morning magic.

    Snickerdoodle Donuts


    If milk and cookies and donuts were on your Christmas list – you can check them all off in one fell swoop with this deliciously indulgent breakfast. It’s everything you love about cookies, mixed with a donut, served with milk. As an added bonus, the kids are guaranteed to love it, too.

    Gingerbread Steamer


    This festive bevvy is fit for the whole family. It’s like a warm gingerbread cookie in cup – what could be a better way to start the holidays?!

    Cranberry Eggnog French Toast Bake


    Don’t ever let anybody tell you it’s too early for eggnog. This delicious french toast bake is made with Oakhurst eggnog and can be prepared the night before, so all you have to do it toss it in the oven Christmas morning and voila – breakfast is served!

    Do you have a Christmas morning breakfast tradition? What do eat and how early do you get up?

  • 9 Epic Holiday Photo Fails

    Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for milk and cookies and presents and snowmen and desperate parents bribing their children to please for once just sit still and smile for a holiday card photo.

    We all know the chances of that happening organically are pretty much zero. So instead we resort to tactics like placing bizarre looking stuffed animals on top of the camera, completely losing all self-dignity and dancing like a monkey behind the photographer, or even offering candy in exchange for eye contact.

    When all else fails, just Photoshop your kids’ faces onto a magazine family – we won’t tell!


    Or – you can skip the whole “200 photos to get one good one” rigmarole and just go with the goofy, crazy, perfectly imperfect family photo that actually represents real life. Some of you already went this route – and we’re loving it! Here are 9 of our favorite ways holiday photos go bad:


    1. When your toddler just isn’t interested in sitting on a stranger’s lap, dressed in a crazy suit, offering free candy. #maybetheyhaveapoint (Photo by Beth Larrabee)


    2. When you capture that one-in-a-million shot – just not the one you were hoping for. (Photo by Kimberly Nielsen)


    3. When your toddler is even more frustrated by the holiday photo shenanigans than you are. (Photo by Spi Be)


    4. When the kids have just completely given up. (Photo by Caroline Rodrick)


    5. When the kids are NOT impressed by the special effects. (Photo by Jessica Matthews Hall)


    6. When the photo-bombers win. (Photo by Amanda Kilfoil Krantz)


    7. When your kid is about to slug Santa. (Photo by Kaylee Ellis)


    8. When #momlife doesn’t slow down, even for a family photo. (Photo by Lea Jensen)


    9. When you have 4 kids under 5 and this is as good as it gets. (Photo by Becky O’Keefe)


  • 4 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Ahead

    Thanksgiving is all about family, football, food and relaxation – right? Not always when you’re the one hosting! All too often moms (and dads) find themselves missing out on the fun because they’re hustling in the kitchen, trying to feed an army of extended family.

    This year, spend more time with the ones you love and less time in front of the oven with these 4 delicious Thanksgiving recipes you can make ahead of time. Just heat and serve when everyone is ready to eat.



    Creamy Butternut Squash Bake (

    A little bit sweet, a little bit creamy – with just enough crunch. This Creamy Butternut Squash Bake is practically a dessert, but healthy enough to qualify as dinner. Yum!



    Spinach and Gruyere Gratin (

    The easy way to eat your vegetables – this Spinach and Gruyere Gratin is deliciously cheesy and can be eaten as is, or paired with a slice of warm bread. Make it, freeze it and heat it just before dinnertime.



    Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes (

    If you thought mashed potatoes couldn’t get any better, they just did. Add a little goat cheese, butter, Parmesan and a healthy dose of garlic. Then prep in advance and toss it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day…if you can wait that long to dig in!



    Gingersnap Pear Cheesecake (

    This is no ordinary cheesecake. A gingersnap crust and layer of fresh pears set it apart from the rest. A perfectly seasonal dessert that is equally as easy to make as it is to eat. Enjoy!

  • 13 Local Veterans to Be Thankful for Today and Everyday

    Earlier this month we launched our “Thank a Veteran” Giveaway and as per usual, you all blew us away with your thoughtful, emotional entries. We could only pick one winner, but we wanted to share our appreciation for the bravery and sacrifice of everyone who entered and also take this opportunity to express our gratitude to every veteran who has served this great country.

    Serving our country is a tough (arguably the toughest) job, and one of the most meaningful. We honor, we applaud you, and most importantly we thank you. We are the land of the free because of the brave, and we will never take that for granted.

    This Veterans Day, please keep these special service members in your thoughts, who were nominated by their friends and family. Their stories are truly inspirational.

    “I would like to recognize a Veteran who is just simply an amazing woman! She is a Veteran, a teacher and a super mom! Her husband currently serves and while he is away, she is a super mom! She was a pre-school teacher at my son’s school. She has had some major hardships this year and has always bounced back because she is such a strong and compassionate woman. She is such an inspiration to all women!!! I would like to thank her not only for her service to our country, but for being an amazing role model to all women.” –Sarah Adams Rulman.”


    “My husband, Jon, has been in the military for over 17 years. He’s been on four deployments and continues to proudly serve. He does a lot for our family and is always there for our kids and me, even if not always in the physical sense. We’ve had a crazy year: got married, had a baby, went through our then-10-week-old having surgery, and bought a house! Jon always finds a way to make sure we are all taken care of, no matter what.” – Jen Lapalme


    “My cousin Toby is a veteran. He joined the army at a very young age and even had to miss his son’s first steps. He is an incredible person.” – Amanda LeClair Goodrich

    “This is my fiancée Robert Thomas. I met him 16 years ago in Hawaii where he was based and we immediately became glued to other. Ever since he got out he always worked hard to provide for us, help our friends in need, always with out hesitation. We love this man with all our heart.” – Emily Andrews



    “I want to share a recognition of my husbands grandfather. He was truly an amazing man. He joined the Navy at 17 and served there for 4 years. He then joined the Air Force and served there for 20 years. He married the love of his life after he retired from the Navy and before he joined the Air Force (she didn’t want to marry a Navy guy because he could be deployed on a ship/submarine for months on end. In the Air Force he learned many languages. He spoke fluent Japanese and Russian. I think he might have spoken some Chinese too. Grampy was a kind and loving man. He went to school after he retired from the Military and got his Master’s in education. He became a teacher and ended up becoming a Principal. He inspired so many people to become the best that they can be. He passed last year and we love and miss him so much.” – Tosha Foster


    “I’d like you to meet PFC Blaine Adams. I don’t know if he qualifies for this contest since on November 29, 2008 he died in a training accident he was 19 yrs old. Blaine joined the US army when he was 17. He is my younger brother…He had a huge heart. My brother is my hero. His nephew Lucas only met him twice, he was a baby. My brother loved him so much. He bought Lucas a power wheels truck, 8 yrs later my son still has it…My brother was simply the best man I knew. He was loving, kind, supportive and smart. He sacrificed so much for his country. He had so much he planned to do… college, a family, seeing different parts of the world. We once asked why did you want to join the army, he replied I want to better myself and my life. That’s the young man I’m proud of and honored to be called his sister.” – Millissa Pierce



    “I would like to recognize my grandfather, Clarence Conway , who served during the Korean War. In the photo, he is on an Honor Flight Maine trip to see his memorial in Washington DC. He was one of the first to go on a Maine Honor Flight, and active in the early days of the organization. In addition to serving, he has also been a volunteer firefighter for over 60 years, and was Maine Firefighter of the Year in 2004.” – Alan Barker



    “This is my grandfather from WWII, where he met my grandmother before returning from France (small pictures on bottom is my grandmother). He received the highest level of honor during his service time. When he was stationed in France he met my grandmother. They fell in love during his time there. When he was ready to leave she said she was very sad, then he surprised her with a proposal. They returned to America together, married and that was the beginning of our wonderful family!” – April Rumery



    “My brother, SSgt Nathan Collin of the USAF, is my favorite vet. He’s in his 11th year of service and has been deployed to the Middle East for several tours. He’s working his way back to the US from one this week. He’s sacrificed so much of himself and his life to do what he does and somehow he keeps his sense of humor. My son absolutely adores him and even has a build-a-bear dressed in camo that he calls “Uncle Nate.” – Cheri Michaud



    “My story is about an amazing man named Angel. Lance Corporal Angel Rosa of South Portland, Maine to be exact. An incredible man, a Marine, a community activist, soccer star, brother, son, best friend, husband to a beautiful soul, and godfather to my daughter whom we named after his wife. His love for his family and community is matched only by his love for his country. In 2007, Angel gave his life for that country, that family, and that community. He was killed on a mission in Al Anbar, Iraq at 21 years young protecting his brothers in arms and his home so far away. My daughter teaches her class every year about her “unkie” and we keep his spirit alive every Veterans day with flags with his name on them.” – Jennifer Manzo


    “My fiancé Craig Oxley is in the military. He balances running a company, being a Sergeant and being a dad to 3 boys. He has had to miss out on important stuff for the kids, but he is our hero and we love him.” – Robin Hakins


    “We love our Airman!” – Samantha Miles-Freeman



    “This photo is from our favorite Veteran’s return home from his deployment this past August. He may travel the world as a pilot in the USAF but no matter where we live, we will always consider Maine to be our home.” – Jennifer Maurais Luce




  • Egg Nog is Back!

    It’s the happ-happiest season of all…

    You’ve been asking for it and now it’s back! Oakhurst Egg Nog will be hitting shelves the end of this month in traditional, Light and Buttered Rum flavors to enjoy this holiday season.

    Once again, we’ll be donating 5 cents from every ‘Nog purchase to the Salvation Army of Northern New England – meaning your favorite holiday indulgence is also a delicious way to give back. Since creating this annual giving program 16 years ago, we’ve given a whopping $280,000 to the Salvation Army to help families in need. Help us reach $300,000 this year!

    And we haven’t forgotten the kiddos! Even if they don’t drink Egg Nog straight out of the glass there are plenty of ways for the little ones to enjoy it, too. Like this Cranberry Egg Nog French Toast Bake that is perfect for Sunday brunch or even as a Thanksgiving dessert!



    • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Oakhurst Butter
    • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
    • 1 loaf Challa bread, cut into 1­inch cubes
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
    • 8 eggs
    • 2 cups Oakhurst Egg Nog
    • 1 cup fresh cranberries, divided
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Powdered sugar (optional)


    Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish with butter and set aside.

    In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour into prepared baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes over the brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle half of the fresh cranberries over the bread.

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in the Oakhurst Egg Nog, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Evenly pour the custard mixture over the bread cubes. Gently press down on the bread to make sure it’s all coated. Sprinkle the remaining cranberries over the top of the dish.

    Tightly cover baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight, at least 8 hours.

    Remove the baking dish from the refrigerator.

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees and remove foil.

    Bake uncovered until a knife inserted in the center of casserole is clean (and mostly dry) and top is puffy and golden brown. This will vary from 10-20 minutes depending on how hot your oven cooks.

    Dust on powdered sugar if desired and serve warm.

    Author: Ang Paris, Blogger, Juggling Act Mama

    Eat up, drink up, and enjoy the season! Happy Fall-idays!

  • 4 Fall Recipes to Keep You Warm All Season Long

    Sweater weather is finally here and besides cute little babies in warm, snuggly hats – the absolute best thing about Fall is the food. Apples, pumpkins, warm soups and sweet treats are all Fall staples, and we just can’t get enough.

    Here are four of our favorites:

    1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


    A Fall favorite, this Butternut Squash soup has a healthy and fiber-rich twist with the addition of pureed black beans. The warm, creamy texture and sweet satisfying flavor will satisfy even the pickiest eaters at your dinner table.

    2. Apple Walnut Overnight Oats 


    The perfect combination of tasty, healthy and EASY – this overnight oats recipe is the trifecta of Fall goodness. Use up your extra apples by making the mixture ahead of time and enjoy healthy breakfasts all week long.

    3. Smoky Mac and Cheese


    Photo credit: Peter Krumhart and Dean Tanner

    Fall is all about comfort foods, and macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. The smoky flavor of the Gouda cheese, combined with the zip of your favorite hot sauce makes for the perfect pasta to warm you up from the inside out.

    4. Apple Cinnamon Pancake Muffins


    Everything you love about pancakes but in muffin form for on-the-go eating. These muffins are warm, fluffy and made with whole-wheat flour and low-fat milk to keep you fueled up all morning long.