Bay Head 2014

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As we near the end of our stay in Bay Head, I wanted to share some of the high­lights of our month in this cozy beach town. The girls spent a big part of each day at the beach with their gang of eight friends. They built entire sand ‘vil­lages’ and set up a ‘store’ on the beach sell­ing shells dec­o­rated using col­ored sharpies. The prof­its will be divided equally on Labor Day!

Our younger daugh­ter cel­e­brated her birth­day in August and we had a lit­tle party that included her sum­mer friends. They still love the old-​fashioned English party games, which include the egg and spoon race and pass the par­cel. Traditionally, we make an ice cream cake together — sim­ple and deli­cious. Here is the link to the tacky video with instruc­tions that she loves to watch.

Mac’s brother, a tal­ented artist, pays a visit each year and brings his paints and can­vas with him. It is so cool to see him set up his easel and get to work in the front yard.

Having enjoyed the tra­di­tional French dish of mus­sels and fries in France ear­lier this year, Mac and I felt the need to host a ‘mus­sels and fries’ party last week­end. We served pineap­ple arugula moji­tos, which were very refresh­ing and well-​received by all. Our close friend, Chef Anthony Pino, offered to cook the mus­sels, so we all gath­ered in the kitchen to watch him at work. Oh my, they were good! Using Pernod and cream made them heav­enly– we could not get enough. He served this dish on a Tuesday night at Bin 14 in Hoboken. It is all you can eat and well worth the trip.

Sadly, it is time to pack up and come back to real­ity and a busy September sched­ule, but we will always have the mem­o­ries of pre­cious time with fam­ily and friends.

Back to School Supplies

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Time for back to school sup­plies. My girl­friend is a nutri­tion­ist and loves PlanetBox for school lunches. They have seg­mented con­tain­ers that allow you to pack deli­cious and healthy snacks. Lunchskins offers reusable sand­wich bags — I feel guilty every time I pack a sand­wich in a ziplock! Lastly, I just dis­cov­ered Herschel Supply back­packs, which are also avail­able from J Crew. They look pretty solid and the color options are sim­ple, yet stylish.