What’s that yummy smell?

Walking through the front door this afternoon, Lilliana asked “What’s that yummy smell” and this is what she found!

Blueberry Crumb Muffins

I’m testing muffin recipes….

Banana Nut Crumb Muffins

and I made these the other day…

Shortbread Cookies with Nutella

 

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It’s official!

Food Jules LLC is officially a business. So, let’s get started!

I will be baking some items for the Monroe Farmers Market during this summer. If you are interested in checking out my goodies, you can visit the Market on Fridays from 3-6pm, opening on June 24th. I may also be selling some items with a friend at the Brickwalk’s Farmer’s Market in downtown Fairfield.

More information to come as we get closer to the summer time. Let’s get cooking!

How does he decide?

I remember those days at the hospital when I laid by Julian’s side, stroking his beautiful, soft head and holding his little hand, trying to comfort him and show him my love and dedication. I laid there by his bedside to soak up as much as I could of my little baby. That’s all that I could for him. As he lay there looking at me, all I wanted to do was to pick him up and hold him close to my chest but I couldn’t. To hold him wasn’t easy as he had so many wires and respiratory tubing. Nurses had to pick him up and put him in my arms and when they did, I held him for hours at a time, as much as they would let me. Sometimes when tears ran down his face, I would feel so sad that I couldn’t just grab him and make him all better. For that is a mother’s job and I wanted to do that for him, I wanted to do that for him so badly. So, I laid next to him in the hospital bed, I had my little pillow next to him, and I laid there talking to him, reading to him, singing to him, holding his sweet little hand and rubbing his soft head. I did it every day for three weeks, for it was all that I could for him, but at least it was more then what I have now, because now all I have is an empty hole in my heart.

From all the needle poking to cardiac arrest, he suffered so much and all I could do was stand by his side and hold his hand and tell him that I loved him. It was all out of my control and it still is. After all those days watching him endure so much pain, now I am left alone, without him, enduring my own pain. He is gone now and I find it so unfair that God allows so much pain and suffering to such a sweet and innocent little baby.

It doesn’t make any sense to me how God, the almightly powerful one, could allow such illness and death to happen. We wanted him so very much, he was part of our family. We always wanted him and now he is gone. How does he decide who can have one or two or more or none? Some are so very lucky to have as many healthy kids as they want and others are not. Having a large family was always a dream of ours and now that is gone and I just can’t understand how does he decide?

Julian reading his favorite B/W book

I love you Julian and I think about you every single minute of every single day! I wish that I was still there with you, holding your little soft hand and looking into your beautiful, sweet eyes. You are my baby and forever will be. You are a part of me forever and ever. I miss you my little handsome man!

What’s your favorite?

Food is so much fun, isn’t it? It’s pretty to look at, it’s fun to cook, and it’s delicious to EAT! We are so lucky to have so much variety of food in this country. Why would anyone want to eat fast food when there is so much more to explore?

Thai is one of my favorites and last night we had it for dinner. YUM! My dish of choice is the shrimp and chicken drunken noodle! It’s spicy, it’s got great flavor and it’s a noodle dish. The fresh basil really makes the dish. Since I love drunken noodle so much, I’ve tried my hand at making it at home with good results. Of course, it’s not exactly the same as the dish you find at Thai restaurants but when you’re craving it, it’s pretty easy to pull together. So, why is it called Drunken Noodle? Some believe drunken noodles are an excellent hangover cure but no one really knows for sure.

What’s your favorite dish?

 

Drunken Noodles

Is it that complicated?

Cooking vegetarian meals may seem boring and complicated, but it’s easy!

What I found useful when cooking vegetarian meals, is that you don’t need to make a “vegetarian” recipe. You can change many of your favorite, meat or fish meals into vegetarian dishes. For example, when I make tacos, I have two saute pans on the stove, one with ground turkey and the other with ground tofu. If I make chicken parmigiana, I use the same ingredients to make tofu parmigiana. (Actually, one of my cousins preferred the tofu parmigiana to the chicken.) Even with lasagna…. I’ve never made a meat based lasagna and always found that a spinach and cheese lasagna is much tastier, it’s healthier and it’s vegetarian!

Try one of these all time classic meals and turn them vegetarian one night. You will be presently surprised at how tasty it is and how to get your vegetables!

I need him back again.

Borrowed Angels by Kristin Chenoweth

They shine a little brighter, they feel a little more
They touch your life in ways no one has ever done before
They love a little stronger, they live to give their best
They make our lives so blessed, so why do they go so soon?
The ones with souls so beautiful
I heard someone say–

There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life
They come along, into this world, and make this world bright
But they can’t stay forever
Cause they’re heaven sent
And sometimes, heaven needs them back again

They reach a little deeper, they see what’s in your soul
And even when they leave you know, you’ll never let them go
The world’s a little richer, just cause they came along
Their love goes on and on, so why do they go so soon?
The ones with souls so beautiful. I heard someone say–

There must be Borrowed Angels, here in this life
They come along, into this world, and make this world bright
They can’t stay forever, cause they’re heaven sent
And sometimes, heaven needs them back again

How else can you explain why they’re here and not here to stay?
I believe there must be, must be

Borrowed Angels, here in this life
They come along, into this world, and make this world bright
But they can’t stay forever, cause there heaven sent
And sometimes heaven needs them back again.
And sometimes heaven needs them back again.

Which one would you pick?

The most moist, delicious, healthy, banana nut muffins have just come out of the oven. These are spectacular and made with all natural/whole-grain ingredients. I made half of the muffins plain and the other half with a crumb topping. Which one would you pick?

Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins with Crumb Topping

Banana Nut Muffin Medley