Our Memory

Ah, the sweet smell of Tide and Julian…

The other day, I bought the original powder laundry detergent by Tide. While I was at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital with Julian, the nurses gave me this soap to do laundry. The smell of it brings me back to those last days of being with him and I want so much to be with him, especially right now. He was here with us at this time last year. He was here in this house and I was holding him, the kids were holding him… we were enjoying him being with us and not knowing that he would be leaving us in such a short time.

I think back to opening gifts on Christmas morning with all my three children. In our pajamas, while I held Julian in my arms, Lilliana and Lucas opened their gifts. It was such a special moment and is such a beautiful memory. It makes me so very sad to think that he isn’t here with us this year, that I can’t hold him on Christmas morning, that we’ll be less one. I am trying to make sure he is involved in Christmas this year… buying angel ornaments for all the cousins, getting special mugs with his photo for the grandparents, getting gifts for him from Santa and from us. I know that many of you would like to see some snow on Christmas but I would rather have his place without snow, so we could bring him his gifts.

My handsome little man

I don’t know if these little things will help me feel closer to him at this time, but I am trying, I am trying so hard! But you know, this is not easy. It is so difficult watching people smiling during this time, listening to holiday music on the radio, watching all the kids full of excitement. I know, I should feel happy that everyone is happy, it’s good to be happy, you should be happy… but on some days, it is really sad to see people so damn happy and unfortunately, that is just the plain truth.

Christmas is still a few days away, but I am already looking forward until this is all over… I want to bring in 2012 and hope that it brings better days.

I apologize for being such a Grinch. What I want all of you to learn from this is that we need to appreciate all that we have. We were lucky to have Julian, he taught us so much but most of all, he taught us to really be appreciative of each other. Yes, there will be many times of sadness and tears, but there are also days when I give extra hugs and kisses to my kids and appreciate that they are here with us, there are days when instead of continuing a disagreement with loved ones, I just hug them instead, because it’s really not worth it. We are more important then anything else. So what Julian and I want you to do this holiday season, is to show everyone you love just how much you love them… with kind words and small gestures. There are no need for expensive gifts, haven’t you ever heard of “it’s the little things that matter the most” and just a hug and kiss (or a “thinking of you” text as we are in the new age) is what really does matter the most!

Sending you all a virtual HUG and KISS from Julian, Lucas, Lilliana, Michael and me!

This Week’s Specials

Today, at Food Works in Monroe you’ll find lots of freshly baked, delicious Food Jules goodies.

We have Banana Blueberry Bread, Cranberry Orange Scones, Morning Glory Muffins and Pumpkin Muffins… as well as some Chocolate Rugelach and Holiday Biscotti, dipped in Food Jules Hot Fudge Sauce… all organic and made with natural, whole grain ingredients!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Go there to pick up your yummy sweet treats!

Chocolate Rugelach

Busy Bee

Oh yes, I know and I apologize… it’s been pretty quiet here on the blog but I’ve been a very, very busy bee and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, as I am trying to avoid thinking too much about it!

Instead, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking and baking! This past weekend’s classes were great, the kids on Saturday at Minds in Motion were wonderful and it was another successful class. On Sunday, I taught my first adult class and the ladies were amazing and so much fun! We made a lot of yummy food and some Apple Cider Sangria (without the wine, unfortunately). In any case, you should know that Food Jules was in the news again…. there is a short clip on the Monroe Patch about the Minds in Motion workshops where you’ll see me working with the kids in the cooking workshop and you’ll see Lilliana enjoying her Wild Weather workshop. We were also featured in today’s Monroe Courier, you’ll find a large unpleasant photo of me on page 8 and you’ll see Lilliana digging for archeological artifacts on the front page! The only one that wasn’t in the news was Lucas 😦 but maybe next time.

Well, I should tell you that there will be some delicious treats at Food Works tomorrow (Fri, Dec 9th), starting with these melt in your mouth, Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie Crumb Muffins, Pumpkin Pie Muffins and Cranberry Orange Scones, all organic and made with whole grain ingredients! So, stop in tomorrow to pick up all your yummy goodies for the weekend.

Yummy Goodness!

For those of you who are new to Food Jules, every Friday, we deliver freshly baked goodies to our local Food Works in Monroe. This week’s specials are…. CRANBERRY NUT MUFFINS and APPLE PIE CRUMB MUFFINS as well as some SNOWBALL COOKIES! Stop over at FoodWorks on Friday, 12/2 for your yummy treats but hurry, these baked goodies go very quickly!

Also, some reminders for this weekend…. Food Jules will be teaching a Kids Cooking Workshop on Saturday at Masuk High School as part of the Minds in Motion program. The students will be cooking some Nutritious and Delicious Snacks!

On Sunday, I’ll be at the EWML teaching my first adult cooking class, where we’ll be making some Favorite Holiday Hors d’oeuvres and sipping some Mocktails.

Empanadas

arancini di riso

Spinach and Cheese Bites

I know, doesn’t it all look so very yummy? Plus, we’ll be making Shrimp Cakes, one of my new recipes as well as Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. DELISH!