Hello! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Looks like my parents had a good time in Port Austin!
Since we never really have explained and you just see postings from Port Austin and Harbor Springs randomly…my parents have a cottage in Port Austin and a place in Harbor Springs. My grandpa actually built
our their cottage in Port Austin when he was 18 or 19 and it has been in the family ever since. Time to bust out the mitten for a little geographical action:
Really high quality and accurate stuff going on right here. Need to hire someone for some graphic design? Email me!
My parents live right outside of Detroit, with their cottage in Port Austin being at the very tip of the thumb. Their house in Harbor Springs is in northern Michigan. As you can see from my high tech map, it is actually just as easy for me to get to Harbor Springs as it is for me to get to Grosse Pointe. GP is about a 5 hour drive from Chicago, and Harbor Springs a 6 hour drive. I love that it is close enough that I have been able to go up a few times already and will probably continue to do so throughout the fall/winter.
Port Austin is a different story. It is 2.5 hours from my parents’ house which would mean a 7.5 hour drive if I wanted to go. When I go back to GP, I generally go for only a few days which means I don’t have enough time to make it up to Port Austin. I did take a full week of last summer and was able to go up for a few days which was great! I have been going to Port Austin since I was a baby and spent every summer weekend there from the age 3-4 until I was in high school (when I complained and didn’t want to go every weekend anymore). While I love Harbor Springs, I do really miss going to Port Austin. Since summer is quickly winding down (nooooo!), I guess I will have to plan on making it up there next year and making it an every other year thing which is no big deal.
I did spend the end of the weekend feeling sorry for myself for other reasons. Friday night I went out and someone at the bar stepped on my foot and cracked the nail half way through on my big toe. I don’t know what I do at bars to get stepped on but I have had a lot of issues getting my feet bruised and battered in bars (right, Natalie? ). It bled, A LOT and for a long time! I thought my new Jack Rogers were going to be wrecked! But I got the blood out, thank god. I know you were worried. So, Saturday I just wore flip flops and went to a BBQ and didn’t really think too much of my injury. THEN when I got home on Sat night I stepped on a piece of glass (in my apartment) in my other foot.
I couldn’t get the glass out and by Sunday I was a total gimp. I bought some gauze and stuff from CVS as well as this toe covering thing that I’m hoping I can wear so that I am still able to work out while this nail heals itself. Its official name is a toe condom. Don’t believe me? Go to CVS and see for yourself!
My toenails actually used to crack down the center a lot due to medication side effects (I feel like I say that a lot?), so I used to have to wear these so I could still get a workout in. I will be nice and not show you a pic. Not sure if running will be in the cards AGAIN. This is obviously why I spent most of yesterday feeling bad for myself. I also don’t know how yoga is going to work because I don’t think I should be putting pressure on the top of my foot.
Anyways, I didn’t have a chance to feel too bad because as luck would have it, I already had a podiatrist appointment scheduled for today! A follow up appointment for my hip. She said she doesn’t think my toenail will fall off–thank god. She also get the glass out of my other foot relatively easily.
She gave me the go ahead to do any cardio other than running for a few weeks and said yoga should be okay with a few modifications. And with my toe condom, obviously. I already did weights today, so I know those are fine.
I started thinking about it…and I have really had an abnormal amount of foot/toe injuries over the years. I guess I must be a total klutz? Probably the best one was when I jumped a fence my sophomore year of high school running from the cops at a party. The side of my foot went into the top of the wire point on the fence and I had to get stitches. Then my mom proceeded to make me walk home from school with stitches in my foot (I had crutches so this seems unusually cruel). I didn’t really use the crutches and mostly just walked on it, so I still have a pretty big scar. I have also kicked my foot through a window, stubbed the entire top of my toe off, among other things.
Moving on to a new recipe. I had an eggplant in the fridge that needed using and so I made an eggplant parmesan of sorts. I loveeee eggplant parm but don’t like how much olive oil I see being used when I make it. So I decided to bake most and fry just a little bit of it.
Easy Eggplant Parm
1 large eggplant, skin removed
Salt—to dry out eggplant+ 1 t additional
2 slices of bread
½ cup flour
First, I cut all the skin off—I don’t digest eggplant skin very well. You can leave the skin on if you like it, but I think it usually turns out better without it. Then, I cut into smallish pieces–about a 1/2 inch thick and salted (not sure why I did this instead of just cutting into normal rounds). I let this sit for a few hours.
In the meantime, I made breadcrumbs by just pulsing a few slices of bread in the fp and combined this with flour (any flour should work) and salt. After the eggplant was ready, I dipped in milk (I was out of eggs and didn’t feel like gimping to the store), and dipped into breadcrumb mixture.
While dipping, I laid out a baking sheet with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I also heated a pan to medium with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Most went onto the baking sheet and some went into the pain. The milk didn’t hold the crumbs that well, so I ended up dumping a lot more over the top of the pan.
For the frying version: Cook each side for a minute or two or until eggplant starts to brown. The eggplant will soak up the oil really quickly, so you will probably have to add more. I didn’t get very good pictures of this time because I ate it as soon as I took it out of the pan.
For baking version: I baked this pan full for about 30 minutes. I thought about flipping them halfway through but didn’t end up and they were fine! Still delicious. Though not quite as crispy and delicious as the fried version.
I listed eggs in the recipe, not milk because eggs will help the breadcrumbs stick much better.
Question of the day: Have you guys ever had any toe or nail injuries? I’m not very squeamish but nail injuries make me want to pass out. Any recurring injuries? Are you as klutzy as me?
Have a great night!