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A few weeks ago, our cousins came for a 24-hour visit and we packed in the activity. We began the time with some splashes in the pool and some old-fashioned playtime. The next morning we headed for Mystic, Connecticut.

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Lucky for us, the Mystic Seaport was holding some Civil War encampments which offered some additional learning opportunities. Naturally, I still found a way to embarrass myself, even at an 18th century Village: I asked the general store shopkeeper what the most expensive item is in the store. He replied ‘hearing aid’ while pointing to his ear. So, I stepped forward and repeated the question with him repeating the answer. Therefore, I stepped very close and repeated the question loudly to which he stared at me and said ‘I told you. The hearing aid.’ Everyone had a good laugh.

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Afterwards, like any good tourist and hostess, we dined at Mystic Pizza. But we did not just have pizza, we ordered salad and fried pickles – yes, fried pickles and guess what? I am going to try to recreate them but in baked form – stay tuned!

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We then headed to Bank Street Books, and headed home full of full bellies, and headed back into the pool and kicked back.

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Summer Reading: Summer Secrets by Jane Green

by Jennifer on July 31, 2015

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Last week, I shared that I has read ‘Cake Therapist’ but what I didn’t tell you is that the second I finished that book, I started on the newest novel by Jane Green.

I have been a Jane Green fan since I read ‘Mr. Maybe’ back around 2000, so I was excited for ‘Summer Secrets’ to be released. This novel centers around Cat, a lovely British lass, who drinks way too much and soon (but not soon enough) realizes that she really as a drinking problem.

I found myself getting all stirred up when she was finally connecting with the family she always wanted to and blew it big time. It was emotional for me because, well, let’s say I have been personally touched by alcoholism. Luckily, she gets the helps she needs, but not before her marriage is ruined (or is it?!!) and faces the challenges of raising her tween daughter.

I do not want to give too much away but I adore that Cat spends time in Nantucket, which is not to far from RI, and had to make amends – don’t we all!

What I enjoyed most is that the book surprised/shocked me twice, and I can usually figure out what is going to happen in a book, so I love when the author throws me for a loop.

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Garlic & Red Pepper Marinated Olive Recipe from The Family Calendar Cookbook

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Once you have a family, you honestly do live by the calendar (Gymnastic and swim meets, school functions, bake sales) so I thought it was absolutely brilliant when my pal, Kelsey, The Naptime Chef, wrote her second cookbook based on the calendar. Her book ‘The Family Calendar Cookbook: From Birthdays to Bake Sales, Good Food to […]

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Canning Season: Heritage Ball Jars & Can-It-Forward Day {Giveaway}

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Hooray for summer, and gardens, and canning the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor!. So far, this season, we are preparing to preserve beans, sugar snap peas, and onions. We also plan on making pickles, which we do each year, and will even try pickling some zucchini this year. All of the items with be coming straight from our garden. This […]

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Summer reading: Devouring ‘The Cake Therapist’

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Like millions of others, I love to have a few books to indulge in during the lazy days of Summer. The first one that I devoured in a matter of days, is the delicious treat titled ‘The Cake Therapist’. What draws me to decide if I want to continue reading a book, is if it grabs me in the […]

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Traveling around Rhode Island & Dining at Red 36 in Mystic, CT

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For five days, my Aunt was visiting. Luckily, I had July 3rd off so we had a few full days to spend together. On Friday, we drove around Mystic, CT, visited the Denison Peqoutsepos Nature Center and had lunch at Red 36. Besides the spectacular outside seating and view, the restaurant was gorgeous, the food was […]

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