Have Pie, Will Travel

This afternoon, Rachel’s Table and I are on our way up [from Delaware and New Jersey, respectively] to…


To see this gal!


Darla, from ShesOneOfMyFavoritePeople.com, I mean, ShesAMaineiac.com.

The three of us had been daydreaming about a Maine get-together for ages. One December morning, I blurted, “Why wait? I’m not working [since my “separation” with Big Pharma], and Darla doesn’t have to go back to [Medical Assistant] school until late January! When will that ever happen again?”

Maine? In January? You’re probably thinking.

My mom's cousin's backyard right now. Little Deer Isle, Maine.

My cousin’s backyard right now. Little Deer Isle, Maine.

Sure, they’re having the harshest winter Darla’s ever seen, but I think I’ll be spending less time outdoors and more time doing this:

Maine-Trip-Jules- lobster

Besides, while most people fantasize about palm trees and white sand, I lust after evergreens, crisp air, mountains, and of course, an ocean view at every turn. I’ve been in love with Maine since my first visit [to Freeport, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park] 16 years ago. It calls to me. It’s like my Paris.

View from Darla's backyard.

Basically, I want to live in an LL Bean catalog. View from Darla’s backyard.

I also realized I had a golden opportunity to woo several people at once with my homemade Tollhouse pie.

Get ready, Maineiacs.

Get ready, Maineiacs.

Because that’s how I roll.

The Accidental Stepmom (a.k.a. JM Randolph), who I just had the pleasure of seeing again on Monday, approves.

I hope to return next week with some wacky and wonderful tales. In the meantime, stay warm – and don’t have too much fun without me!


I really should have gotten that hat.

Where’s your “Paris”? What part of the world calls to you?



128 responses to “Have Pie, Will Travel

  1. I gal after my own cold, dead heart… I also prefer the snow covered streets, sub-zero temperatures and excuse to wear a plethora of different hats and beanies. Which is why, also as a Jersey girl. I actually moved to my “Paris”, which is Stockholm, Sweden. Which is not anywhere near Paris, thankfully, because it’s just awful there. Have fun in Maine!

  2. Ah the call of the open road! I hope you are able to keep that pie intact for the entire trip – I’m guessing it will start calling your name once you’re north of Nyack.

  3. My Paris is either Stavanger in Norway or Berlin….I think Berlin is my favourite place in the world…..

    • Sold! I’m adding both to my ‘Europe Trip of a Lifetime’ that I plan to take ASAP. You know, as soon as I can find another job… 😉

      • I’ve been to Stavanger and Berlin at least a dozen times each. While Berlin can be super fun, I much prefer Stavanger, but that could be because I lived in Germany for 15 years and can no longer tolerate the language 😀

  4. My squee was too small! SQUEEEEEEEE!

    New England calls to me – any part – but mainly (tee hee) the South Shore of Massachusetts. I grew up there and it’s in my bones and my soul.

    See you SOON.

    • Your squee WAS too small. I was starting to get worried.

      I can’t picture you living anywhere else, long-term!

      Too bad somebody is LATE… 😉 The swingin’ cooler full of librations may not make it much longer…

  5. Fantastic! What a great get-together for you gals! I want to come too! As much as I love the sunshine, I also love love love snow, and we haven’t had any yet this year in my corner of England, so I want some! Also lobster, I want lobster. I’m not waiting for you to reply, I’m on my way…

  6. Actually, you read my mind! I *WAS* thinking Maine? In January? It’s like you opened the top of my head and peered inside. Blogger meet-ups are cool. Blogger meet-up with food + alcohol? Nothing better. I very much like the Jiffy-Pop/Pope hat. You SHOULD have bought it.

    When traveling, I am torn in many directions but it’s usually London or Las Vegas. Me no likee nature. Being forced to use dial-up is as “roughing it” as I like to get.

    Our Governor put his foot in it. Keep abreast of Trafficgate. SO funny. And I like how you can now stick “gate” at the end of any word to create a crisis. Thanks, Dick Nixon!

    • “Jiffy-Pop/Pope hat” – HA! I love that. It’s actually a Hershey’s kiss, but I like your vision much better.

      London or Las Vegas, wow. They seem so different, but I’ve not yet been to London (it’s at the tippy top of my list, though), so I guess I should reserve judgement!

  7. Y’know, I don’t often say this word but…..


  8. I would travel in sub zero temperatures for that pie. I might even go out in a zombie apocalypse, it seriously looks that good.

  9. Maine in the dead of winter… Death Valley on the hottest day of summer. But with friends it’s worth it….

  10. I’m in Augusta, Maine.

    But it sucks here in this town.

    Maine is great, though. Cold as hell, but a great place.

    Y’all have a hoot!

    • BTW thanks for the Twitter love! I wish I was better with the Tweets and Twits and the what-nots.

      You made me laugh out loud with, “But it sucks here in this town.” Darla says something similar about her town, but I think you’re both crazy.

  11. So cool that you guys found a time and place (however chilly) to get together!

  12. Well, I AM a little sad that I wasn’t invited on this trip, but that being said, I’m glad it’s THIS weekend and not NEXT. 😉

    Key West is my place…..warm, tropical, bizarre, eclectic and pie. What’s not to love?

  13. I love Maine, too, and I haven’t been there in ages. Although I think I like it better when it’s warmer. Have fun!

  14. My Paris – like you – is Maine. I always tell my wife that we may as well get a divorce at 65 because I’m going North and she’s heading South. I’ve been there 4 times now and it’s my absolute favorite place in the world.

  15. maine can’t possibly be much colder than the rest of the East coast has been this week, can it?

  16. Maine is only about a 9 hour drive from Nova Scotia, y’know. 🙂

  17. Have the best time ever, lady! You deserve it. And eat lobstah for me.

    As you well know, my Paris… is Paris.

  18. I expect to see pics of the three of you in Red LL Bean Union Suits!

  19. Jules, I love your sense adventure, but sadly, I do not share your love of the cold. (though I do love LLBean). My happy place would be sitting on a beach with the only thing cold nearby, a beer in my hand.

  20. Hahaha, this is going to be sweeeeeeet!!! The tollhouse pie makes a another appearance! That was one of my first Jules posts…something about that ridiculous pie creation. Have fun! My Paris is anywhere that has a sandy beach, ocean and a dearth of other people around. Oh, and unlimited Bud LIght Limes!

    • I think it was my bacon ‘Pi day pie’ creation for JM (Accidental Stepmom)! I outdid myself that day. You’d be proud, too, of the 1970s cooler full of booze I’m putting in Rachel’s backseat (alas, no room for Bud Light Lime)!

  21. Jules,

    My Paris is paris. I would like to go back.

    -Soul Walker

  22. I’m an island gal but even I would dive head first into the waters of Maine (closer to the origin of the global vortex) for some pie and a vacuumed house! Have a blast! 🙂

  23. Out of curiosity, what software do you use to put the speech bubbles in your images?

  24. Hooray for blogger get-togethers! I had my first real-life meet up over the holidays and it made me “squee,” too. Have fun, you wild and crazy gals!

  25. Enjoy your time up there! Thats an awesome crew…

    I’d have to say either Paris or St Barth’s is my Paris. Followed by Amsterdam and my bathroom.

  26. Waaaa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a—a-a–a-a-a-a-a–a-a-a-a-a–a!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (temper tantrum of jealousy because I am not on my way to Maine)

    • Peggles, wait until you hear about this trip. You’ll be glad you waited until this summer, when we’re all going to descend upon Darla together. Right? ….Right?

      • Darlypants indicated there may have been some slight delays with the trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it so we can plan better for next summer for sure.

  27. See here now young lady, we were promised – PROMISED – full butt/body photos from here on out. Frankly, I’m just not sure what to think. Maybe you use the travel time to think about a little thing called “Promises”?

  28. Ooooh – have fun ladies!! I expect blog posts about it from all three of you 🙂

  29. YAY! Blogger meetups are the greatest because sometimes it’s instant friendship. You get together, and all of a sudden want to get naked together and sing Lionel Richie songs to each other. Or is that just me and my friends?

  30. Have SO SO much fun this weekend! I demand drunken dance parties and hours of laughing until you cry. While the pictures of Darla’s backyard and Deer Isle are absolutely stunning, my special corners of the world are Glacier National Park (in the summer) and, although I hate being so cliched, Paris (in the autumn).

  31. Bon voyage! Would you wave me “hello” when you’re driving through Massachusetts? That is, unless you’ll already be holding the steering wheel in one hand, and the pie in the other.
    My “Paris” is pretty much any place where I haven’t been yet.

    • hahahaha Oh. You have no idea how funny your comment is, because we could have not only waved to you, but spent the night! I will share the wild and crazy details once I’ve come down from the shock.

      And I like your attitude. I’m the same way when it comes to traveling, because there’s so much I want to see – “Cross that off the list. NEXT!”

      • I presume it shouldn’t have been any problem whatsoever explaining to my wife that I urgently need to house two attractive female strangers in our apartment for a night 🙂 (But seriously, it would have been possible, so next time you can’t make it through Massachusetts, you can keep it in mind – we’re just north of Boston.)

  32. Lobster and pie is a total win – looking forward to the full-tale post! My favorite places are sandy and hot – beach of any sort makes me happiest. Please enjoy the freezing ass cold weather up there so I can live vicariously and never go : )

  33. I can’t wait to see photos! Have a wonderful time! I love blogger friend get togethers. And this group would be a riot! If you ever plan that midwest summit, I’m in! It’s gotten warm enough to snow here now! Eh? Eh? 😉

  34. View from Darla’s backyard is awesome!!!

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