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We visited Seal Cove Farm yesterday (a goat farm in Lamoine, ME that produces goat cheese) and it was awesome!

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I’m not really sure where the month of February has gone but I do know it’s been an eventful one!  My BFF from back home came to visit a couple of weeks ago.  Lauren had never been to NYC before so we had a lot to do in a few days!  We ate a lot, walked a lot and laughed A LOT.  It was so good to spend time with one of my oldest and dearest friends!

walking over the brooklyn bridgeAfter visiting the WTC memorial, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge

photo-2The infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog in Coney Island

This past Sunday, I woke up to James asking me if I wanted to go skiing in New Hampshire.  I had the following two days off for President’s Day and there wasn’t really anything keeping us in town so… we packed up the car and the 3 of us were headed out on the road!  We were lucky enough to be staying with friends — one of who works at Crotched Mountain in Bennington.  It’s a great resort off the beaten path and we couldn’t have asked for better weather while we were there.  Monday was sunny and beautiful and Tuesday featured a snowstorm that filled the slopes with 5 inches of new snow (at least in the amount of time we were there!).  The storm wasn’t fun to drive through but it made for an amazing day on the mountain!

photo-3At the top of Crotched Mountain

photo-4Playing with Sofie in the snowstorm!

I know it’s a bit late but Happy New Year to everyone! We spent the Christmas holiday with James’ parents on Crooked Lake.  Sofie was extremely excited by all the snow but shocked to see that her treasured water had completely frozen over.  But that certainly didn’t stop her from walking out on the ice!

James & I rang in the New Year in Marquette, Michigan with our amazing and fun friends, Elly & Bill.  It was cold, cold, cold (if I remember correctly the windchill was -20) but that didn’t stop us from having a good time.  James inadvertently turned into the designated driver that night.  He watched the rest of us slowly consume too many drinks.  On New Year’s Day, James kept reminding us how wonderful he felt while the three of us nursed our hangovers.

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-1Sofie made some friends when we stopped at the Cabela’s in Dundee, MI

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-2sign at the Oden State Fish Hatchery where we walked with the dogs almost every day!

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-3Nellie really wanted to join in on our card game!

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-4Christmas Day on Crooked Lake

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-5Sofie showing off her snow beard

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-6fitting in a nap before we head back home to NYC

It’s always hard for James & I to get back into the groove of things after the holidays.  Our anniversary is in the middle of January which is followed closely by my birthday.  Our anniversary has passed (YAY! 6 years!) and now that I’m officially 29, I can (attempt to) get back into the swing of things.  I’m hoping to make this year the best and most productive one yet.  Here are a few things I’m hoping to accomplish this year:

  • WRITE more — keeping a journal is something I’ve done on and off since I was in 2nd grade.  Since moving to NYC, it’s been hard to find the free time to sit down and write.  At the suggestion of a good friend, I picked up a 5-year Q&A a day journal.  Each morning, I’ll flip to the day’s date, read the question and write down my answer before I go to bed.  It’s 5 minutes that I can easily commit to!
  • FINISH the Stitching the States project — or least give it a better attempt than last year.  I started the project a little over a year ago and in that time, I was only able to complete 9 states.  Only 41 more to go!
  • BEAT this damn candida infection — yup, it’s come back with a vengeance but I’m the only one to blame for it.  I succeeded in getting rid of the pesky thing about 2 years ago and felt absolutely amazing.  Once I felt better though, I went right back to eating the same things that got me into this predicament in the first place!  Lesson learned.

So… Yay for 29!  I’m excited to see what this year brings!

Also, if you happen to be near a newsstand or waiting in line at the grocery store, look for the February 2014 issue of Fitness Magazine and look for Sofie (and my backside! HA) on page 30.

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James & I made our yearly trip up to Maine this past October.  While there, we shot a photo story on the amazing Salt Water Farm in Lincolnville, Maine for CountryLiving.com.  We spent an entire day hanging out with the woman who started it all — Annemarie Ahearn.  We followed her around the farm and cafe and learned a lot about the area as well as the ins-and-outs of farming and owning/running a restaurant.  It was a pleasure to spend time with her and James & I will definitely be back to take a class the next time we visit Maine!  If you ever find yourself in Rockport, Salt Water Farm at Union Hall is a definite must.  Your taste buds will thank you!  Check out the full story here: Plan Your Next Getaway to this Farm-to-Table Cooking School in Maine

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Annemarie with her dogs, Moose & Moxie, at the Salt Water Farm cooking school

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The chickens at Salt Water Farm

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Stone hearth and pizza oven at the cooking school

04-salt-water-farm-restaurant-maine-mapLocal goods for sale at the restaurant in Rockport, ME

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Jonah crab claws — so delicious!

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Local goods sold in the restaurant in Rockport, ME