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3.31.2016

:: A little of this, and a self portrait too ::



I know it's just Thursday, but, what can I say? Relax, it's water with lime people.

Can't wait to see National Parks Adventure at our local IMAX soon! Looks great! 
Wishing we had a Bicycle Super Highway like this one being made in Germany! 
So far, this book is really good! Read The girl on the train today!
Do you miss Starbucks toasted Graham latte as much as I do? Try this recipe!

Between the sand and the sea is where I'll be. I'm a lounge lover
So says Essie! here are their new Spring colors!



Wanting to make this recipe for Eggplant Parmesan. It looks a little time consuming, but lets just face it, 
those are the recipes we tend to love the most right!? If you try this,  let me know what you think!



:: E G G P L A N T   P A R M E S A N ::

Ingredients 
- 1 large eggplant
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- 2 cups Italian Panko Breadcrumbs
- 3 eggs 
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 tablespoons peanut oil for frying
- 1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- fresh basil

Slice eggplant and place in colander and sprinkle with salt.  This will help all the extra water come out of the eggplant before you cook it.  I placed my colander in a bowl in the sink and let the eggplant sit for an hour to drain off water.  Afterwards pat dry and brush off extra salt.

In a shallow bowl mix the milk and eggs.  In another shallow bowl add the panko breadcrumbs.  You can use regular breadcrumbs but I prefer the panko because they are lighter.

Dip the sliced eggplant into the milk/egg mixture first, then the breadcrumbs.  Lay all out on baking sheet or parchment paper. 

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet.  I cooked about 3 eggplant slices at a time.  Cook until they start to slightly brown, just a few minutes on each side.  Place on paper towels to drain afterwards.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a baking dish cover the bottom with about 1/4 cup marinara sauce.  Layer on eggplant, shredded mozzarella and Parmesan and then marinara..  Saving enough cheese and marinara for 2 more layers.

On the last layer end with eggplant and the sliced fresh mozzarella.  Top with fresh basil.

Bake about 30-35 minutes. 



Favorite Podcasts currently;

The lively show hosted by Jess Lively. The focus here is on living your values and being more intentional on how you approach everything in your life. New episodes post weekly. Love it!

The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar is here, and speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed {the author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things} and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. New episodes are released weekly.

"Invisibilia" is Latin for "the invisible things." The show is co-hosted by a trio of NPR's award-winning journalists — Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin. In Invisibilia's first season, which premiered in January 2015, Lulu and Alix dug deep into our innermost minds. They examined our dark, disturbing thoughts and whether those thoughts are related to our inner wishes, our fears and how they shape our actions, and our need for belonging and how it shapes our identity and fuels our emotions over a lifetime.

In the second season — slated for June 2016 — Alix, Hanna and Lulu will delve into the ways everyday objects can shape our worldviews, the effects we have on each other's well-being, and the various lenses we don.
Invisibilia is a glimpse into a world you can't see. Listen. Feel different.
This American Life   Let’s face it: Whether you still listen or not, This American Life is kind of the OG of podcasts. Every episode (about a million people download each one!) features a theme and a few stories, most of them true, that center around it. Some are funny, some are happy, some have made me cry in the middle of work. If you’ve never heard of TAL and have no idea where to begin, start on the favorites page and then just let yourself get lost.

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