To live in uncertainty

I am sure most of us would love to know what our future holds and if we are doing a good job living our life here on earth. What we fail to realize is that no matter what we are doing, we are all just doing the best that we can at that moment.

The important part is to enjoy each moment we are here on earth with our loved ones. Yes, we all have bad days, days when everything seems to be going wrong in our eyes or when it looks like we have been beaten so much that we just want to throw in the towel. There are days when we are just cranky, sad or irritated at everyone and everything. We ALL have those days, even my children have those days and they are so young. It is a human feeling and we are allowed to feel it. As a matter of fact, like I told my daughter this morning, we MUST express that feeling, get it out there and then just try to move forward, take a few deep breaths and think, “Why are we wasting our time with all this worrying or anxiety or anger?” I’m sure it isn’t worth it, so get it out there and move on.

I read a post yesterday that really touched me, ” In all of life’s unknowns, God never gets it wrong. We can have peace and joy in living in the not-knowing, while we wait to see what He has in store for us.” It brings up the obvious question that is on everyone’s minds at one point or another, is this all part of the master plan? Is there a master plan? Are the choices we make each day part of our path in this world?

Right now, I don’t think any of us really know for sure, but whether it is part of the plan or not, it is what it is, it’s OUR life here on earth. Let’s just do our best to be happy, truly happy and fulfilled with what we have here, by our loved ones, our close friends and family, the sun, the wind, the trees, the grass even the snow (yikes, let’s not think about snow yet). It is all beautiful and we are blessed to be able to wake up each day with a new beginning. Each day is a new day to step out of our crankiness and moodiness and give someone a hug or go for a jog and enjoy the fall foliage or just sit on the sofa and drink that warm cup of coffee!

Let’s not think about what tomorrow brings but enjoy what we have here with us today. Live in the present and try your very best each and every day to just be happy with what you have right at this very moment. Tomorrow is just another new day. I say, bring it on!

To my baby Julian, who’s second birthday is soon approaching, I live each day thinking about you, connecting with you in hopes that one day we will see each other again.

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Pumpkin Pie Crumb Pancakes

I love making breakfast, especially on our days off from school, on the weekends and on holidays. We all gather in the kitchen, still in our pajamas, start brewing the coffee and preparing a delicious meal! We all love pancakes so we make ever kind of pancake imaginable.

Well last week, we decided to try out a new recipe. Oh my, these Pumpkin Pie Crumb Pancakes are delicious and perfect for a Fall morning treat! Yes, they are a little on the sweeter side since each pancake is covered with the streusel crumb topping but hey, you don’t need any syrup for these pancakes. They are perfect just the way they are.

 

These pancakes received rave reviews, a perfect score so we will definitely be including them in our cooking classes. Enjoy!

“Just be there”

I came across this poem the other day and identified completely with it so I thought I’d share it with you all. To those that have shared a tremendous loss.

Just Be There

Don’t tell me that you understand. Don’t tell me that you know. Don’t tell me that I will survive, how I will surely grow.

Don’t come at me with answers that can only come from me. Don’t tell me how my grief will pass, that I will soon be free.

Accept me in my ups and downs. I need someone to share. Just hold my hand and let me cry and say, “My friend I care”.

Time to get cooking.

Well, it’s that time of the year again, Back to School!

Starting this week, after school enrichment classes are underway and Food Jules is pleased to announce we will be teaching at schools in the Trumbull, Monroe and Shelton districts. This semester, the students in Trumbull and Shelton will be learning about the five food groups (www.choosemyplate.org) and creating their own “plate” filled with vegetables, fruits, protein, grains and dairy! In Monroe, we will be Celebrating the Harvest by creating meals using this Fall’s harvest produce such as pumpkins, apples, squash and more!

Each week will be full of new recipes, nutrition facts and lots of fun in the kitchen. Eating their five food groups will help kids do their best in school, have more energy and grow up healthier and strong. Plus, we’ll teach kids how to make it all taste absolutely delicious and have a blast doing it!

Our full schedule of classes has been updated for the Fall season. Looking forward to seeing all of my students again and meeting new ones!