Welcome to the world of the Manic Housewife. What exactly is a manic housewife you ask? A manic housewife is just that….manic. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (and I’m in my 40’s!) and flit from one new idea to the other. I’ve suffered with depression and anxiety for most of my life and go through bad highs and lows. If everything is neat an organized and goes according to plan I am fine. However, if even one simple item goes wrong or doesn’t happen the way I planned, I could quickly have a meltdown. On the other hand, I am also a “go with the flow” type of person who likes to take off on random adventures. I know, i’m a contradiction. And it drives me crazy!

I have an amazing husband who let me leave my job so I could pursue happiness. It’s not that I am unhappy. In fact, I have a pretty amazing life. I just feel like I am meant for something else. I just haven’t figured out what that is yet. I’ve been at this for 10 months now and have not finished anything I started! Here’s the rundown of things I have tried:

  • Cake decorator (I’m actually really good at this but discovered in New Jersey you can’t sell baked goods from your home)
  • T-shirt designer (I used my Silhouette Cameo to design shirts. I actually sold a few of these on Etsy but kind of lost interest)
  • Bath products (I made bath bombs, bath salts, sugar scrubs, lotion bars, etc. to sell at craft fairs but am too scared to sign up for one)
  • Sign making party (Kind of like a Tastefully Simple or Paint & Sip but you make your own signs. I have all the tools and supplies ready but just can’t seem to put myself out there to advertise for a party host)
  • Wreath making (You know all those beautiful burlap wreaths you see all over Pinterest? I made tons of them! I love making them, but again craft fairs.
  • Meal prep/delivery service (I came up with a menu, tested recipes, and formed a price list but didn’t know what to do after that. So I just dropped it.)
  • About 50 other things that I didn’t spend enough time on to even mention.

So, the common theme here is my fear of putting myself out there. I get terrified when it’s time to do something with items I have made with my own two hands. I can incite a panic attack just with the thought of having to call someone I know to ask to host a party. A fear of rejection that I just can’t get over.

So, my friends, get ready to see what I’ve been doing the past 10 months. I’ll feature tutorials on all my DIY projects. Maybe one of you can do something with them.

Thanks for listening!

Manic Housewife

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Baby Eggplant Recipe


I am so lucky to live in an area that has an abundance of farmer’s markets this time of year. I usually hit one up every other day and pick up fresh fruits and veggies for the next few days. This past weekend I picked up 2 baskets of the most perfect, beautiful baby eggplant. And they were only $1.00 per basket! I forgot to take a pic but they look just like the one’s above. I hadn’t thought about what I was going to do with them until I got home. I looked at these beautiful little eggplant and knew they deserved some special attention so I went to work.

I decided to stuff these 9 purple beauties. So I washed them, trimmed off the ends, sliced them in half horizontally, scooped out the insides, and placed them in a baking dish. This was the most time consuming part. Once this was done, the rest of the dish was easy. img_3629.jpg

This is my favorite dish for all types of cooking and baking. Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. And they come with lids so clean up and reheats are super easy. Just pop the lid on and put in the fridge. And they are super affordable. Here is a link to the set I have.

After you have scooped out all of the eggplant, dice the innards into small pieces and salute in a little oil with about half an onion until everything softens up and becomes one. I use coconut oil but you can use whatever you have on hand. BTW-these non stick Rachel Ray pots are amazing! NOTHING, and I mean nothing sticks to them. And clean up is a breeze! I have had this blue set for several years and they are still perfect! No chips, dents, or spots that stick. And I use them heavily.IMG_3631

While the eggplant and onions are cooking, dice up 3 or 4 ripe tomatoes. Give them a little squeeze to get rid of some of the juice and seeds. I used these luscious Jersey tomatoes from the same farmer’s market.IMG_3632

Once the eggplants and onion are cooked down, add the tomatoes, 2 minced cloves of garlic, about 3 leaves of fresh basil (or dried), salt, and pepper. Cook this for about 3 minutes to marry the flavors.IMG_3633

Take the pot off the heat and add about a cup of cheese. You could use parmesan, mozzarella, or any cheese you have on hand. I used mozzarella. At this point you also want to add 2 eggs, lightly scrambled. Fill the eggplants with your mix and top with more cheese if you want. I did half and half. IMG_3634

Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until eggplant skins are soft and the insides are bubbly. These were delicious! Reminiscent of eggplant parmesan. I served this with a simple tomato and cucumber salad and some garlic bread.