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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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Doors Open Lowell

This weekend was Doors Open Lowell, a chance to tour historic properties throughout the city.  Gist and I had a great time visiting 14 of the 25 buildings.  Our only regret? That we weren’t able to visit more!

Day 134 - Saturday, May 15th 2010
This is Appleton Mills, which was built between 1902 and 1914. They Mills were among the last buildings built in the Appleton millyard and are currently in the midst of construction into artist live-work space.

Doors Open - Lowell
Pawtucket Gatehouse (1847) is the largest on the Lowell canal system and controlled the flow of water into the Northern Canal.  Still in use today, the gatehouse contains much of its original gate raising equipment. Continue reading

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Fennel Pizza with White Bean Purée

Fennel Pizza with White Bean Puree

Thanks so much for all of your nice comments about Sebb. He was a well-loved cat and he is missed. His feline diabetes, however, is not. To both cheer me up and acknowledge the fact that we no longer have to be at home at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm to administer insulin, Gist and I headed out to Western Mass. for the weekend where we enjoyed my favorite food:

Day 99 - Saturday, April 10th 2010 - Paradise City

Pizza, it’s what’s for dinner. Continue reading



It is absolutely no secret that I love snow!  So when I got a pair of snowshoes for my birthday, I was super-excited and desperate for a good snowfall so that I could bust them out.  Yesterday, after a lot of false promises (hello, snowpocalypse that never was) and watching places like Washington D.C. and South Carolina get slammed with record-breaking snow, New England finally got the snow we deserved and I was able to go snowshoeing this morning!  It is a happy day!

My snowshoes:
Day 47 - Wednesday, February 17th 2010

I got to see the sun rise over the Merrimack this morning:

My tracks:


I had a great time snowshoeing along the Merrimack River on the Vandenberg Esplanade this morning and, as someone who grew up in a very rural area, I was pretty excited to be snowshoeing in the fourth largest city in Massachusetts.  I’m looking forward to exploring all of the walking and biking trails in the city itself, along with visiting trails in more rural environments, including Great Brook Farm, one of my favorite places to walk in the summer!


Caramelized Balsamic Vinaigrette

Caramelized Balsamic Vinaigrette

There’s only one word for Brie (or any cheese) topped with this vinaigrette – YUMMMMMMMM!  In the recipe description in Vegetarian Planet, Didi Emmons mentions that its “flavor threw me straight into food heaven.”  I couldn’t have said it better myself! Continue reading