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Vikingsholm and Emerald Bay

breakfast - travel

I giddy’d up this morning with granola + Maranatha Almond Butter on a toasted English Muffin…

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…off to Emerald Bay State Park for an early morning hike!

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I try to walk daily, but rarely work up a sweat. FYI – this trail is wide, and not outrageously steep.

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(That’s not our family being all adventurous.)

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We’re more “stand and stare” people.

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Also checked out Vikingsholm

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…but only from the outside…

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…apparently the folks who built this mansion also put a tea house on the island.

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(No plans on going out there, either.)

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We did stop by the gift shop, where a chipmunk named “Cashew” got busy with some pistachios behind the desk.

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The parking lot is small so if you go early, you won’t have a problem. (And bring cash – it’s $10 on the honor system.)

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Back at our own Vikingsholm for some food and rest!

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Monday Review

fashion - fruit

Oh, hello Manic Monday. I’ve been running errands all morning + playing with Amy + Vivi, fueled by an apple and Jem’s Super Berry Almond Butter

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…strangely pretty – like my nails. My gel manicure has grown out; I’ve given them a second life by applying a sparkly polish for a reverse french manicure look, til i’m ready to go get them removed. Still debating whether I’ll just get another one, but I’ve been thrilled with my first experience.

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Thought I’d share some other positive reviews – have been REALLY happy with Shopbop’s return policy – they let me exchange a shirt a few months later that developed 2 holes…

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…also pleased with the folks at Nordstrom, who offered to pay for Abe’s tailoring after the Father’s Day Sale Fail.

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Product review! Fancy schmancy seasoning makes a HUGE difference in cooking, so when Gustus Vitae offered to send me some, I got excited…

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…especially since they’re local, and started by a fellow actor (you Gleeks may know Vanessa as Sugar Motta).

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3 samples – Taste of Cajun, Green Tea Sea Salt, and Natural Smoked Salt

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…which added wonderful flavor to my Maple Dijon Dressing for brunch at Michelle’s a little while back.

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My favorite part is the tins stick to the fridge – so I don’t forget to use them…

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…you can order their products online, or pick them up at the Farmer’s Market – follow their blog for more info and recipes!

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You’ll hear another food review from my mother-in-law Wendy in the next podcast episode, which I’m about to record the intro/outro for now and upload. Would love to hear from any fellow pet owners/vet folks about pet insurance plans? Am thinking about putting Julius on one now that he’s getting older.

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Roll With It

snacks - TV shows

If Julius looks confused, it’s because for the first time (in about a million) Abe “fixed” me my melon.

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I “cooked” too – had some Overnight Oats in a Jar that weren’t getting eaten, so I rolled them into balls and froze them.

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Different combo from last time

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Jem Nut Butter, Wheat Germ, Rolled Oats, Grandma Hoerner’s Reduced Sugar Preserves, and Greek Yogurt (<—speaking of which, the Oikos Giveaway ends soon!)

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Turned out pretty good – I wish I remember the measurements! Devoured one while we watched The Sopranos

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…followed by grapes + Mad Men.

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Both were good episodes! I’m sad the weekend is over, but happy to report I’m finally beginning to feel better.