Month of Gratitude: days two and three

Coffee and Bagels

Coffee: Basically I don’t know how people who don’t drink it do it. I love it. I have loved the smell long before I loved the taste. The smell of brewing coffee always reminded me of my Grandma and Papa and Aunt Gretchen as there was ALWAYS a pot on at their house. When I first moved out on my own, I didn’t really drink coffee, but would often brew it to smell it and feel the comfort. I go to bed thinking about my morning coffee. Drug you say? Fine by me. 😉

Bagels: I don’t eat them that often, but this is the season of delicious flavors. Pumpkin at Einsteins. (I also really love the Pumpkin Cream Cheese from Trader Joes.) I actually brought Panera bagels on the plane home with me last night since there is no Panera in AZ. They didn’t have their Gingerbread ones yet (November 15th, fyi) so I got Cherry Vanilla and Cinnamon Crunch. Delicious!


Month of Gratitude – day one

My job.

I am currently in Dallas working. Finding the resilience to be able to work full-time, including travel while also having a family is not easy. But I have a great job that I have been at for almost 10 years that I am very grateful for.

7 days of fall baking: day four

Tonight, Halloween Eve, we are carving our pumpkin, roasting pumpkin seeds and I made:
Pumpkin Bread.

This recipe had great reviews. I didn’t make any major additions for this first time around. I upped the spices a bit, and added in a smidge of allspice as well. For the oil, I didn’t have vegetable oil (soybean) so I did grapeseed and coconut.

It would be good with walnuts on top for sure.

It’s pretty easy to make. My pans were a bit smaller than the 7×3 it called for, and it made 5 small loaves. I’ll make bigger ones next time….less pans to clean.

I had to get a can opener out the of the camping supplies in the garage to get my pumpkin open since my can opener stopped working. That was the biggest pain….other than that, easy, delicious pumpkin bread!


Mirror by julesdu
Mirror, a photo by julesdu on Flickr.

Getting ready for bed most nights can be a battle. Max is cursed with the night owl gene Chris and I have. 😉

Max once told me he would “prefer to stay up all night and then sleep all day”. Poor thing. He’ll need to grow up and be a work from home entrepreneur, make your own schedule, non-conformist kind of dude (so he can do that, otherwise he’ll suffer with dragging his tired butt out of bed every day like us).

I am trying harder to not rush him all the time. Giving more time for everything so we can just “do” and “be” instead of “hurry up!” It’s not easy, but I am constantly reminded of how quickly his childhood and life in general fly on by, and I want to appreciate each moment I have, helping him brush his teeth. I know soon enough, he won’t need my help.

Night Night! (I’ll promise to watch only one episode of Mad Men on Netflix tonight, and get to bed by 11:30!)

1st day of 1st grade

1st day of 1st grade by julesdu
1st day of 1st grade, a photo by julesdu on Flickr.

I was looking at Max’s legs tonight as we sat on the couch talking. As usual, they looked like they had grown a mile. It reminded me of this picture from the first day of school. He looks so old to me here. I try to remember how soon it will be that I will look back at this picture and think he looks so little. Max is smart, witty, stubborn, compassionate,, talkative (too talkative at school) and he wears me out! He is, an all around wonderful kid. Tomorrow marks the completion of his second week of first grade. I hope he doesn’t grow too much tonight.


Max lost another tooth tonight. That’s four total. He says it’s both weird and exciting. He kept looking at his mouth in the mirror, laughing, saying, “I look RIDICULOUS!!”. He said with a giggle as I was putting him to bed “Wouldn’t it be weird if the Tooth Fairy brought me a gift card? Like a Target gift card….like 20 bucks?!??!”

He also told me I’m the most “phenomenal” mom because I am a good cook and I put love in the food. He said, “like when you cut a tomato, you put LOVE in it before you give it to me and it makes it taste even better”.

Oh Max, you are too much!