On Friday July 1st, Food Jules will have lots and lots of yummy food including our Organic Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce, Granola and Baked Goodies. I made a double batch of Hot Fudge since it all sold out so quickly last week. Come early if you want to ensure you’ll get some!
Tomorrow’s muffins are Blueberry Lemon, Morning Glory and Apple Pie. We will also have Banana Bread and Zucchini Bread. All our baked goods are made from organic, all-natural whole grain ingredients.
PLUS A SURPRISE…..
We will also have Organic Chicken Empanadas, Organic Corn Empanadas and Organic Brie and Jam in Phyllo. I know, I was a very busy girl today. I am SUPER TIRED from all the cooking and baking plus I’ve been getting to bed extremely late and can’t seem to sleep anymore.
Hope to see you all tomorrow at the Monroe Farmers Market from 3-6pm on the town green, in front of the EWML library.
LOVE TEAM FOOD JULES!
My daughter was so sad this morning, crying because she missed Julian and felt surrounded by all of his memories. I felt so helpless. All I could do was to hug and kiss her. I didn’t know what else to do and I didn’t know what to say, as I feel the exact same way all the time! There isn’t anything that I could do to help her, to make her pain go away and as a mother the one thing that I want to do for my daughter (and for my son) is to take away all of their pain.
The last couple of days have been busy with Food Jules and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback on the business and the blog but unfortunately, the sadness remains. The longing for our baby Julian will continue. The wanting of our little baby to be back home with us will never end. Food Jules is great and we are so happy to be doing this, to be inspiring others, to be helping others with their pain…. I just wish we could take away everyone’s pain, take away our pain, bring back all of our loved ones. We miss them dearly. We think about them frequently. We wish we could turn back the clocks and see them again. We can’t understand why this has happened. We find it difficult to move forward each day. So, let’s take a moment, a quiet moment, to remember all of the loved ones that we’ve lost in our life, to remember our love for them, to remember their faces, their hearts, their love for us.
Tomorrow, we will move forward and continue to show each other love and compassion, to help others and smile again… but tonight, tonight I’m going to cry. I’m going to think about the last moment that I held him in my arms. As I drove past the funeral home tonight, I remembered that awful night when he was there. That was the day I handed him off to a complete stranger. That way the day I handed my motionless, quiet, little newborn baby whose heart was no longer beating, over to someone that I did not know, to someone that was planning the arrangements for his burial. That was the worst day of my entire life and I hope no one EVER has to do what I did. Tonight, I will remember you Julian, I will think about your beautiful, sweet little baby face, your soft skin, your beautiful, big eyes… just like Lilliana said this morning, “Julian had the biggest, most beautiful eyes”. She loves you soooo much. We all love you.
Food Jules was highlighted in the Monroe Patch today in the “Eating Healthy at the Monroe Farmers Market” article.
Food Jules was a success today at the Monroe Farmers Market. I can’t believe I did it. I actually did it. I created Food Jules and I brought him to life again. I was able to share him with others today. It was so nice to talk about him.
Although I was extremely nervous this morning, everything seemed to flow nicely once the market opened and people started coming by the table. I was so thrilled to see so many familiar faces…. THANK YOU to all of our friends, families, neighbors that stopped over today. Your support meant so much to me and I couldn’t do all of this without your love.
Even with a busy afternoon, I couldn’t stop thinking about Julian. As I walked past one of his photos tonight, one of his many ultrasound photos, I cried and told him that I would much rather have him here with me. Food Jules makes me feel a little closer to him. For whatever reason, it does. I hope that I can make him proud of all of our efforts. To share our story with others. To inspire others to love and to be thankful for all of their blessings. Mommy is trying her best Julian.
Oh, how I love looking at these photos… I remember holding him and having him close to my chest. I loved it. When Julian was born, he was in the NICU and I was downstairs on the maternity floor. Even at 2am, 5am, anytime, I couldn’t wait to go back to the NICU to feed him and hold him again. I LOVED IT. It was the most special memory of him. He looks so sweet and cozy laying against my chest. I wish I could understand why this has all happened. I don’t know if I’ll ever really know why he couldn’t stay with us. I wish so much that I could hold him again. No one knows how much this hurts and how painful it is to think about him and know that he’s not really ever going to come back.
Well, today is the day… hopefully, the sun will come out. I am so tired of all this rain!
Stop by the Monroe Farmer’s Market from 3-6pm on the town green, off Route 111. We will have Organic Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce, Strawberry Sauce, Granola, Banana Bread and an an assortment of Muffins…..
Today’s muffins are chocolate chip, corn, morning glory and apple pie!
Hope to see you there.
This year’s summer reading theme at our town library is “One World, Many Stories”.
As part of the kids summer program, Food Jules will be teaching a kids weekly cooking class at the Monroe Town Library. “Cooking Around the World” will feature a dish from a different country each week, from Italy and Portugal to Spain, India and Britain. This class is open for registration for kids in Grades 1-4. Participants will work in teams to create global dishes, learn about nutrition and foster a love of wholesome food and cooking. This is very exciting as I LOVE to cook and LOVE to teach children. I am really looking forward to these classes. Cooking classes start on July 11th.
The library’s International Kick-off Festival, to launch this summer’s reading program, will be on Saturday 6/25 from 10am-4pm. The day is filled with activities for the kids as well as entertainment. Food Jules will make an appearance from 2-4pm with food activities as well as free fruit smoothies and muffins. Town residents, stop over on Friday to visit us and sign up for your kids summer reading.
It’s going to be a VERY BUSY weekend!
Food Jules has been featured in this week’s newsletter of the Monroe Farmers Market. The market opens on Friday, 6/24 from 3-6pm.
The kids are very excited about it and so am I, as well as being extremely nervous! It’s a big day for us… our first public appearance…. as Team Food Jules! We’ve got Homemade Organic Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce, Granola, Banana Bread and an assortment of freshly baked muffins.
Gift baskets are also available upon request. A gift basket filled with these yummy goodies is a great gift for friends, family, teachers, colleagues etc and a good way to get a taste of everything! As a matter of fact, we gave our first gift basket to Lilliana’s bus driver this morning from all of the kids at our bus stop. Hope to see you all there.
Team Food Jules (in memory of our beloved Julian)
Well, today is Father’s Day. We had a lovely morning with homemade Croissant French Toast, Fresh Strawberries with Homemade Whipped and drizzled with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce. It was all very delicious and the kids were very helpful getting it all ready for their father. Lilliana is now an expert at making whipped cream and she did a beautiful job plating the food.
Unfortunately, it’s also the five month anniversary of Julian’s passing and I can’t help but have sadness inside of me, wishing he was here with us. He was such a beautiful, sweet little baby and every time I pass by his photos, I crave him. I just want to touch his soft hands and hold him in my arms. We are all thinking about him a lot and miss him dearly.
in my arms.. the last day I was able to look into his sweet eyes...
Food Jules will be open for business one week from today, Friday 6/24 at the Monroe Farmers Market, specializing in Homemade Organic Jams, Hot Fudge Sauce, Granola and Baked Goodies.
Ahhh, I can’t believe it. The day is almost here and I am a nervous wreck. I am excited about this opportunity and looking forward to the summer, however, I have to admit, that if given the chance, I would much rather be home taking care of my Julian. In a heartbeat! I hope that the business and blog keeps his spirit alive and helps others who are going through a difficult time. I hope it inspires people to move forward, live life and love.
For months, I have been thinking about our neighbors. They are two elderly people, so sweet and kind and have been living here for many, many years. With our chaotic life, as most of us have, it is easy to “want to say hello” but to “never have time to actually do it”. Well, on many occasions, we have seen ambulances at their home. I have always wondered if they were doing ok – especially the woman, as she was having some health issues. So many times I wanted to go over there to check on them but with my own issues last year, never got around to doing it.
The other day, my neighbor ran our doorbell. It was very random and I was so happy to see him. To my horror, he told me that his wife had passed away several months ago, back in August. It made me so very sad and yet so very angry. I feel so much regret that I didn’t put myself aside and go over there, even just for a few minutes. She was so sweet. It saddened me so much to hear of his loss, to feel his pain that he lost his wife of 65 years, to feel his loneliness. I felt so close to him at that very moment.
I remember the last time that I saw her, that I spoke with her. It was last January in the local Quest lab. We were both waiting for our turn to draw blood. I was going through a difficult time then, it was during my miscarriage, before our pregnancy with Julian. Even though it was a difficult time, it was so nice to talk to her. She was so kind and always brought a smile to my face. Now, I feel so sad to think that she has been gone for so many months and I had no idea.
So, don’t be afraid. Don’t hesitate. Push the excuses and busy life aside and make time for your neighbors, for your friends, for your loved ones. We all need each others kindness and support. We all want to feel loved and appreciated. Don’t let time escape you. That one little act of kindness may make a big difference in someone’s life. It may make someone smile. It may give someone hope. It may save someone’s life. I don’t mean to sound so dramatic, but it’s true. Each of us can truly make an impact on someone’s else’s life. After all, it’s the small things that really do matter.