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After scrambling around all week, I stole away for a quick paddle out to Goat Island for a bit of solitude… works every time!

“Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining. They just shine.” ~Anonymous


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There is something about fresh eggplant that is so appealing to me. I’m not sure if it’s all the colorful varieties and various shapes that draws me … but the deep shiny plum hooks me every time! It’s just a gorgeous vegetable.  

The family arrives tonight for vacation. I cannot wait! 🙂 Plenty of laughter, plenty of catching up.. and plenty of big appetites. So last night, as expected, my phone rings…

“Hey Ma, can you make a tray of eggplant parm for dinner tomorrow night”? Ayup, I knew they’d all be tired and hungry after the long trip north. Kids! ❤

So early this morn I headed to the farm for some fresh eggplant, zucchini, herbs and of course.. tomatoes to prepare the eggplant parm for them. But at the last minute once I got back to my kitchen decided instead on making a tray of ratatouille manicotti with meatballs and sausage instead. An easy dish to prepare, fewer carbs and just plain delicious! Two trays are now made.. one traditional manicotti filled with ricotta and spinach.. the second, filled with only eggplant ratatouille. And for my fussy eater.. one small eggplant parm casserole.. or I’ll never hear the end of it! LOL
There’s no question in my mind, they’ll polish off every last bit of dinner, so it’ll be an easy clean up. Best of all for me though, will be looking right into their eyes and to see their smiling faces again while knowing I grew everything that will be bringing those smiles to their faces. 🙂 The dessert will be a surprise!

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Counting down the days til my little beach bums arrive! ❤

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Niko’s waiting patiently for his ‘cookie’ treat.

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Just a quick escape this year for my annual Monhegan retreat with some friends. Hopefully I can get back up there in mid September.

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…. in a jar 🙂






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