Today, November 8th, 2016 marks Julian’s sixth birthday – the day this beautiful, sweet soul came into our lives.
It was a cold, snowy fall day. As a matter of fact, his entire life here on earth with us was filled with lots and lots of snow. It snowed on Christmas while he was home with us. I remember watching the snow fall almost every day while we were at Yale for those three weeks in January 2011. There were such high snow piles in our yard on the evening that I came home on January 19th, the day that Julian died.
So, as you can imagine every time it snows, we think of him and it makes us smile to think about his soft face and his gorgeous big eyes looking back at us.
Meet our son, Julian.
Even though Julian isn’t physically with us, I know for a fact that he is with us. I am always pleasantly surprised by all the signs that are around. They remind me that he is here, loving us, guiding us and as I write this, I smile thinking about it and about him being present with us on such a deep, emotional and spiritual level. I believe and it makes me happy. I could tell you countless stories of these signs and some would amaze and surprise you. Some may seem “coincidental” if you believe in coincidence, as I used to. Now, I believe everything is around us and guiding us in our path. To me, there isn’t coincidence. It’s much deeper then that. People come into our lives at certain times for reasons beyond what we know. It’s all part of our journey in life here on earth.
Do you think there is more to life then what we can see? That there is “something else” at work here? That our souls continue on? Do you have faith in something extraordinary?
If you acknowledge it and are open to it, it is amazing. We love you Julian and we feel your eternal presence, love and guidance. Thank you for teaching us about what is truly important in life.
Julian reading his favorite B/W book
The five of us…. our first family photo!
My three beautiful children, as they should be, “in love with each other”
Happy Birthday to our sweet, handsome little man.
This is the time of year when you see hundreds of pumpkin recipes! Well, this one is definitely one of my favorites, the Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffin.
Mostly, it tastes like a morning glory muffin, filled with all the goodness of carrots and apples, coconut, raisins and walnuts, sweetened with maple syrup and now flavored with a hint of pumpkin. Plus, it’s healthy and gluten free – made with a combination of oat and almond flour. A perfect muffin filled with all the fall flavors. Taste it for yourself, warm right out of the oven on a cold fall day.
Colorful. Beautiful. Sweet and just Perfect.
Well, I hate to admit it but it is officially Fall and it is so very COLD outside. I am starting to hibernate and want to cook warm meals and bake cookies and muffins. Oh wait a minute, I never stopped baking cookies and muffins, but I do miss my tomato and cucumber salads. Oh summer, how I miss you so much!
Ok, back to reality. Fall is very pretty with all the leaves changing colors but only when it’s at least 65 outside 🙂
Last night, I made one of our favorites, Vegetable Bolognese. We haven’t made this dish in quite some time. There are so many great recipes that sometimes you forget about the old ones. I made it with the kids in my summer cooking camp and they all LOVED it. This is a wholesome, hearty meal and you will want to make it over and over during this cold weather.
Serve it with a good bottle of Pinot Noir and it is a fab combination!
Tonight, we made one of our family favorite recipes, Tortellini with Creamy Spinach. This is super creamy and oh so delicious, plus it’s packed with tons of nutrients! Typically, we use frozen chopped organic spinach in this recipe, but since we used fresh ingredients from our garden, we threw in some fresh kale too.
Our garden is growing so well that we were able to use fresh spinach, kale and basil straight from our own backyard. What a great feeling and such a great lesson for the kids, as they helped me pick the fresh vegetables. We’ve been eating tons of lettuce from our garden too, it is delightful. The other day we made this simple salad with romaine and arugula from our garden with a simple dressing – fresh lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt. I sauteed thinly sliced pork chops and it was a complete meal. This is one of the beauties of the summer season, fresh produce right in your own backyard and local farmers market.
Oh yeah, tomorrow is our first day of our farmers market here in town. We can’t wait to see what they have available for us this season. The kids and I truly enjoy exploring the market every single week, we even venture over to neighboring towns to experience their farmers market. It’s such a blessing to be able to eat all of this local, organic food.
Ok back to the recipe…. you should definitely make this dish. It is so easy and such a kid pleaser. If you prefer to use plain pasta, you can do that for sure. We’ve always used tortellini because we just love more cheese in our dish 🙂
Enjoy and Happy Summer!
Food Jules will be offering our FIRST Food Jules Summer Cooking Camp!
Come celebrate the beauty of the Summer Season with Food Jules. We’ll explore all that summer has to offer with many sweet and delicious fruits and vegetables. We’ll cook breakfast foods, main dishes, snack items and desserts; we’ll even bake fresh bread!
Join Miss Liz as she teaches you how to prepare a variety of farm to table dishes using this summers’ harvest. Each week, this hands-on class will teach you basic cooking skills, the beauty of team work, how to use your math facts and the real joy behind cooking and eating with fresh ingredients. You’ll learn the importance of including all of the five food groups each day for a healthy body and mind! In one week, we’ll cook over 15 recipes!
At the end of the one week session, all students will receive a recipe booklet so they can enjoy cooking and baking all of our delicious recipes at home. Reserve your spot now as classes fill up very quickly. Our maximum for each session will be 15 students, ages 7+.
Dates/Time: there will be two sessions: August 8-12 and August 22-26, 9:00-12:00
Cost: $275 per child (sibling discount, $275 for first child, $250 for additional children)
Location: United Methodist Church, 515 Cutlers Farm Rd, Monroe CT 06468
*We will be offering a Class Field Trip on Friday, August 19th to the Monroe Farmers Market. They will learn all about the market, talk to the farmers and beekepper, learn how maple syrup is made and get a tasty frozen treat from a local form. If you are interested in attending this field trip, please mark it on your form. Details to follow.*
If you want to join in the cooking fun this summer, please email me at email@example.com and I will send you the registration forms. If you have any questions, feel free to call me (203)414-6346.
We’re looking forward to a great summer camp with all of our little chefs!
There has been a tremendous amount of interest over the past couple of years in a Food Jules Summer Cooking Camp. Well, I have some good news… I am thinking about hosting our very FIRST Food Jules cooking camp this summer. I am leaning towards hosting it during the early part of August.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more… I will post more information in another week once I finalize dates/location.
Thanks for all of your support!
Right before the holidays, we had the pleasure of hosting a Food Jules Cooking Party at my daughter’s youth group. It was so much fun! The girls really enjoyed baking some yummy sweet treats for those in need.
The girls baked Cranberry Orange Muffins with an Orange Glaze, Pumpkin Muffins with a Maple Glaze, Oreo Truffles and Holiday Funfetti Cookies. The girls were so happy to be baking for the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. We hope they enjoyed their goodies, the girls (and boy) really put their love into them.
To celebrate at the end of the party, the girls got to enjoy some of the cookies along with some Hot Cocoa.
Our Food Jules parties are a lot of fun and a great learning experience for kids. If you are interested in hosting a party, please email us at email@example.com or call us (203) 414-6346 and we’ll give you all the details. You can also find more information here on our website.