what not to do at starbucks + lemon poppy seed cornmeal muffins

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I am a fool.

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness and didn’t pay it forward?

Over the weekend, I treated myself to the drive-thru Starbucks. Love the drive-thru. The line of cars was a mile long and I willfully waited because I craved a good cup of coffee. However, I couldn’t help but notice the woman in front of me. She was staring me down in her rear view mirror. Like, really staring me down. No, I didn’t shower. And yes, my hair always looks this way. What’s the problem lady?

I had no clue what was about to happen next…… 

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juicy tomato + hummus tartines

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I think in a former life I was a chickpea.

I really do. That little bean makes its way into so many dishes of mine, we’re like besties.

Last Saturday, I met up with my other bestie for a mother-daughter Target date. Upon her arrival, she caught me stuffing my face with this open faced sandwich. “I just have to eat something before we go…” I mumbled. I was tired. I had low blood sugar. Slightly hung-over. There was no way I was doing a power-shop at Target on an empty stomach. I would’ve come back with all kinds of junk that I normally don’t eat (and possibly a scarf).

I think she needed some fuel too…. 

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winding down.

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Sometimes I forget that I live on an island.

I forget because it’s not your typical island, one that’s studded with palm trees and picture perfect weather. My island is Long Island, which is part of New York state. Both beautiful and unique, it has a completely different vibe. We have several beaches across the 118 mile stretch; some rocky and some smooth… some with billowing bluffs. You’ll find shrubby pines amongst the sea grass, and if you look close enough you might spot a deer. It may not be tropical, but it sure is wonderful.

In true local fashion, I didn’t go to the beach once this summer. We spent most of our days swimming in the pool and hanging out in the backyard. The month of September is a completely different story. This is my most favorite time of the year. The weather is warm and sunny, and the crowds have completely disappeared.

Just how I like it…. 

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