Motivational Monday … Life

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” … Marcus Aurelius

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Wandering Wednesday … Sconset

Welcome back to Nantucket! Honestly, all you need to know about Sconset is that you’ll be walking through the backyards of amazingly gorgeous homes and gardens on the popular bluff walk, with Sankaty Head lighthouse waiting for you at the end. You’ll then enjoy the walk back to town through charming neighborhoods and the restaurant Chanticleer as your reward! Enjoy these pics …

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mansions on one side, the beach on the other
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Sankaty Head Lighthouse
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These next pics are from The Chanticleer restaurant
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I had the daily special appetizer of ceviche with avocado mash … so good!
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This Maine Lobster Toast BLT with home made potato chips was to die for … I ate one before taking this pic!!

I hopped back on The Wave to pick up my luggage before heading to the airport for what I thought would be an 8pm flight to JFK. The grey lady had other plans! After the flight got canceled, due to weather, around 6:30pm, a few of the other passengers and I concocted an alternative way to get back to the mainland. We all booked the last ferry to Hyannisport at 9:30. I got a 1- 1/2 hour Uber ride over to Providence, RI, slept in a very nice hotel for 5 hours and then took the 6:40 train from Providence to NY Penn Station. What a worldwind that was …. with these fun girls waiting for me at the other end ….

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Foodie Friday … Mayo on protein??

A friend of mine gave me a recipe for mayonnaise marinated salmon, then I saw this recipe on the NY Times cooking website (sorry, you need a subscription) and then I saw a recipe for mayo marinated steak. The universe was trying to tell me something!!

Last week I wanted an Asian style chicken breast and decided to try the mayo idea. It was amazing and so juicy! I think the mayo seals the meat, almost like sear roasting? Basically you can make any marinade you’re used to using, add mayo and coat your protein with it. I just kind of winged it with the measuring. Here’s what I did …

Asian mayo marinated chicken (party of one!)

1 chicken breast
salt & pepper (I use white pepper cause it’s finer and has a little less “bite”)

Marinade
about 1/3 cup mayo
about 1 TBS soy sauce
2 cubes of garlic (from TJ’s)
1 cube of ginger (TJ’s)
a little squeeze of fresh lime
a splash of sriracha

prepare your grill so it’s about 350-400 degrees. I have one side kind of hot and one low.

  • mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  • pat the chicken dry and generously season with salt and pepper.
  • add chicken to the bowl and swish it around so the chicken is coated. (I only let it marinate for about an hour, but you can leave in the fridge up to 8 hrs)
  • throw it on the grill and leave it for about two minutes or so, flip it and do the same on the other side. I just kept moving it from the hot side to sear it and then to the low side to keep it cooking. All in all it was about 15 minutes to perfection! I grill enough to know how it’s supposed to feel, but you can use a meat thermometer just to be sure.

That’s it! I made some brown rice with a bit of cilantro and pine nuts on top. Deeeelish!!
(ps…I did it with my Sunday steak and my normal marinade and it was also amazing!)

Bon Appetit!!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Wandering Wednesday … Nantucket Part II

I was up early on day two of my Nantucket adventure to beat the heat and the crowds out at Brant Point Lighthouse. This was my “in town” and sailing adventure day and I walked for miles! I’m proud to say that I logged over 15,000 steps every day I was on the island. Makes it easier to eat all the amazing food!

The walk along Hulbert Ave. from the lighthouse to Steps beach is one gorgeous, large, home-on-the-water after another. So many homes on Nantucket have, what are called, widow’s walks (that railed balcony atop this home), where wives would look out to sea, waiting for the return of their mariner husbands, who often times never returned.

I spent some time strolling the cobblestoned streets of Nantucket town; did some shopping; had a delicious crab cake sandwich at Slip 14; met up with someone who I had met on a plane 7 years ago (whose maiden name happened to be Raab … what are the chances?); stumbled upon a book signing with Elin Hilderbrand (love her), a prolific author of some of the best beach reads that primarily take place on Nantucket and/or Martha’s Vineyard; and then headed over to Straight Wharf for an afternoon sail with Captain Jim of Endeavor Sailing.

with her dad … met Venessa on a plane over 7 years ago
Fun public art downtown

There were so many great highlights of this trip, but the sailing adventure was amazing!

I’d highly recommend getting out on the water in some way. I love the different perspective you get when you’re out on the water … and sailing is one of my favorite!

I hadn’t explored all of downtown, so I walked into town for a bit more shopping & strolling and then had a light dinner at or, The Whale, an homage to Melville’s book, Moby-Dick. It’s a charming little place where I could chat with people at the bar and enjoy some Wimbledon action on the TV.

charming cobblestone streets under a canopy of trees
Via Mare restaurant … this place reminded me of my sister, Mariellen, (who many call Mare),
but it wasn’t open when I strolled by earlier in the day

I got back to my place around 8 and slept pretty soundly after walking all day. My only regret is not making it to the Murray’s Toggery outlet (only open Friday & Saturday). The original Murray’s Toggery on Main St. is known for the iconic Nantucket Reds and has been around since the early 1900’s. The outlet is located at 7 New Street just outside of downtown.

Murray’s Toggery outlet … tucked away on a residential street outside of town

Another tip for anyone visiting Nantucket: DO NOT BRING HEELS! I saw many a tourist take off their heels in order to walk on the cobblestoned streets and uneven sidewalks. Save your ankles and leave those shoes at home!

Come back next Wandering Wednesday for a visit to Sconset (officially Siasconset, but everyone calls it Sconset). You won’t want to miss the beautiful homes and hydrangea!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday … Love, Grace & Gratitude

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” … Denis Waitley

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Wandering Wednesday … Nantucket

Nantucket is known as the grey lady, due to the fog that often blows in, as well as the grey- shingled homes that encompass this quaint island. I’ve had Nantucket on my bucket list for awhile now and I finally made it there a few weeks ago for three jam-packed days. My ultimate destination was babysitting in Brooklyn and thought it would be a good idea to get ahead of the jet-lag by spending on a few days here beforehand. It was a great idea!

Everyone has seen the pictures of the beautifully weathered grey shingled cottages, so I kind of had an idea of what the island would look like, but it surpassed my expectations and imagination! The building codes on the island are strict, which is why it retains it’s historical charm. In addition to the lovely homes, there are cobblestoned streets and more climbing rose vines & colorful hydrangea than you can even imagine. There is such pride of home ownership and a plethora of gardeners buzzing around the island.

After an overnight red-eye to Boston, I transferred to a Cape Air flight, which ended up being a private plane (I was the only one on an 8 seater Cessna) and then hopped on The Wave, their very efficient transit system, into town.

Before I send you on your way with an explosion of pictures, there are a few things you need to know. Due to Covid almost every tourist destination is experiencing increased crowds and, according to many locals that I spoke to, the island is even more crowded this summer than it was pre-pandemic. Apparently these people did not do their research! DO NOT bring a car! (I got this message loud & clear while doing my research.) You can bike just about everywhere, but it’s even easier to hop on their great, air-conditioned transit system. The only tricky learning curve for me was that the “stops” are only marked with two strips of blue tape around the stop signs. No ugly bus signs for Nantucket! Thank God for google and the very helpful bus drivers who schooled me on getting around (apparently I didn’t do the “blue tape” research). You should also download their Transloc app, which came in very handy. I bought a three-day pass for $18.00 and it was well worth it!

I walked to my very comfortable AirBnB accomodation … accessed through a cute greenhouse … dropped off my bags, and I was on my way to Cisco Brewers for lunch. It was almost a mile walk from the Wave drop off spot to the Brewery and I was a bit tired from the red-eye, so I was ready for my lobster roll and glass of vino (day-drinkingis a sign that I’m on vacation!) Oh, there’s also a designated shuttle from town to the Brewery, but I wanted to experience their public transit system.

The atmosphere is really fun, with, the obvious, Cisco Brewers, but also multiple food and drink vendors, all enjoyed al fresco by couples and families alike. I didn’t hang around for late afternoon, when the music starts, but I’m sure it’s a very fun vibe! I hopped back on the Wave and headed back to my, nicely air-conditioned, place for a quick 45 minute nap, before a quiet stroll around the neighborhood and my planned sojourn out to Madaket beach and dinner at Millie’s.

right on the street where I was staying … a good omen!
this guy was flying over the water!!
oh…and there are cute dogs everywhere.
dinner with a view …
I got the 40th Pole quesadilla and it was fabulous! Brought the leftovers home for breakfast the next morning.

See you next Wandering Wednesday for Nantucket, Part II … another lighthouse and a sailing adventure!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

Motivational Monday … strongest steel

“The strongest steel is forged by the fires of hell. It is pounded and struck repeatedly before it’s plunged back into the molten fire. The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it STRENGTH. Those two thing make the metal pliable and able to withstand every battle it’s called upon to fight.”Sherrilyn Kenyon

There is strength through adversity … keep going!

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!