Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tale of the Traveling Tote - Vermont

Now that I have your attention, go make yourself a pretty little fruit cup today. If you wish, you can enter your name in a drawing to win this adorable MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check enamelware lidded container. Details are listed below!!!
Meet the "Tales of the Traveling Tote" bloggers!  If you are on Instagram, this is our hashtag.  #talesofthetravelingtote  Their blogs are listed at the end of this post.
Family portrait. The "girls" do get around. New York City, Rhinebeck, Tybee Island,

Here I am envisioning what I would carry in my tote to the Girlfriends Luxury Getaway at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester, VT. Joe and I enjoyed shopping at the designer outlets on his Spring Break in April. 

Cayuga Lake Wine and Herb Festival - Drink. Eat. Garden. Repeat

Sharing some herb trivia... did you know that Basil is sometimes called "Kiss-Me-Nicholas" in various parts of the Italy where it is considered a token of love. A girl wearing a sprig of basil suggests her beau need not keep his distance.

I love Parsley Spread - 1 bunch of parsley (chop it fine and dry well - use leaves only)
Mayo - sufficient quantity to make it spreadable
Salt and Pepper
Grated onion - very little (about 1 tsp)
Use with crackers or on a chicken sandwich
Each winery we visited gave us an herb or vegetable plant. They have all been planted and I hope to share my bounty this summer. 
I would be remiss if I didn't show you this picture of my sister Diane. This was not planned but thanks to Mr. Mountain Breaths keen eye he made the black and white connection while we were standing in the parking lot chatting. 
Miss Aurora loved toting goodies for our little Easter bunny. Xavier turned one in March.

Thank you for traveling along! Now for the giveaway!! Leave a comment on Panoply's blog for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on June 10th. 

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply is hosting a MacKenzie-Childs giveaway. Details on the blog.
To see what Miss Aurora's tote sistas have been up to, click on the participating blogs below. 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda with  Miss Lola @ Life and LindaLife and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ "Pandora's Box"
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

My friend Tami and Miss MC la Mer are enjoying Cape May. Miss Aurora and I would love to join them!
Thanks for stopping by to visit the crazy tote ladies! xxoo Deb

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, you and the "girls" do get around! I certainly envy your excursions. Every place looks like a beautiful and charming destination. So enjoyed your photos and great mosaics. Happy Summer Travels!

  2. Ohmygosh, Debbie, I love this! Your 'family portrait' is the best, and Joe is so clever! Now I'm not sure which of you is the creative genius behind so many of these wonderful photo opportunities, but each one is stellar, not to mention the experience behind each one! And what I wouldn't do to be part of that girlfriends luxury getaway you participated in. The Sugar Shack.....{smile}...that was one of my sisters and her husband's song from back in the '60s. Great adventures, Miss Aurora and Miss MC la Mer! XO

  3. Great post, Debbie. My Sis stayed at the Equinox last year and just loved it. I'm dying to spend some time in Vermont. Now that I read your post, I'm even more excited about it. As you said, your girls really get around. Cute pic of you and your Sis.
    Kudos to your hubby for picking up the black and white theme. Also, so jealous that you have the MC pedestal table!'s Thanks for taking me along on your adventures!

  4. Debbie, Your "family portrait" is wonderful! Such a beautiful family too! :) I would love a girlfriend weekend at the Equinox, along with a bit of shopping. It sounds like Joe is a good helper on your tote outings, just like my hubby who is always asking if Miss Rosie needs a day out. I wish I could pluck a piece of fruit right through the screen and have it with a slice of one of your rhubarb breads. I can't believe Xavier is already a year old! It must be a delight to have him nearby. Linda

  5. What fun you, Joe and "the girls" have, Debbie! I'm wishing I could tag along and enjoy all those spots that you visited. What a cute photo of you and your sister that Joe took. I'll bet you and the girls will next be having some summer fun. xo

  6. YOu had me at Family Portrait:)What fun..

    as you have said..this is so I say..this is so you:)
    Great gene pool at your home:)

    Love the BOOTS:) Did you get some?

  7. Kiss me Nicholas!How fun, I've never heard that before! Your parsley spread sounds good too~ visiting wineries is one of my favorite things...hmmm, notice how I immediately zoned in on the food and wine! That is hilarious about the black and white jeeps, and you have quite a large tote family!! On to more summer adventures!

  8. Debbie, I love your family of girls...A large family for sure. The pedestal table is so fun! loving your travel photos. The food and wine is right down our alley. Your sister Diane is lovely. So much fun and adventure. Thank you again for including me.

  9. Oh Deb, do I ever want to travel around with you! So many places since we last posted our travels. Great pics of your destinations. I loved your "family portrait" soooo adorable. I have to mention Joe is sure a quick thinker, to see you and your sister with the black and white, love that photo! Enjoy your summer, I'm sure it will be filled with lots of travel...........

  10. You have been one busy traveler! Love the "fam"...and they look ready to take off again!! Love Tami's pic, too. We need to get all the "girls" together for a huge photo op! Happy Tales!

  11. Thanks for letting us travel along with you. Love all the pictures... and thank you for including my picture... you would love Cape May!

  12. What fun pictures, Debbie! Love how your 'family' gets around ;)


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