I’ve haven’t blogged in a while because I spent most of June at my folks place in New Jersey helping them purge their belongings in preparation for a move to a more manageable dwelling. (It’s amazing what you can sell on Ebay!) Jen’s been holding the homestead steady, taking care of the animals, filling orders and sheet mulching new garden beds which will be ready for planting next spring.
I have a huge family on my mother’s side and I saw quite a few of my aunts, uncles and cousins during my visit. My cousin Elizabeth runs the Honey Suckle Cafe, a seasonal breakfast and lunch stand that is located right on the boardwalk on the northern end of Bradley Beach with a beautiful view of the ocean. I had a wonderful breakfast there one morning which made me miss the Italian bakeries of the East Coast. Elizabeth, whose cafe is known for that extra special touch, stops at Del Ponte’s Bakery every morning and picks up freshly baked hard rolls and pastries that are incredibly delicious. In fact, on my way back to my parents’ place, I stopped there myself and loaded up on a bunch including my favorite Sfogliatelle. -Tree