trick or treat trail mix

As I kissed the Mr. goodbye in the wee hours of the morning, he said it felt like I just came home a minute ago. I can't help but feel a pull towards home too.

Kim recently said I talked her off the ledge. Really, we're both just holding hands, our friendship growing stronger each day as we carve our professional path in a world where motherhood really is the job we value most. Our lives are not perfect, but we are fortunate.

The compromises we make seem big in our worlds, yet they pale in comparison to, say, my mother's. She woke up at 6:00am every morning while I was in high school to work as a supermarket cashier. She's endured so much for the sake of her children. Her sacrifices were real ones. I keep that perspective every day.

So, while I pound away here at the Jet Blue terminal waiting to board a plane to San Francisco to speak at BlogHer Food, I want to say thank you to the woman who has made these opportunities possible.

Thank you mom.

Thank you for always believing in me. 

Trick or Treat Trail Mix

This is one of those easier compromises in life. A little naughty, and a lot of nice. Be sure to cool the oat-nut mixture completely before adding the chocolate chunks so they don’t melt. For a healthy start, omit the chocolate chips, and this makes for a tasty breakfast too.

3 cups (11.65 ounces) old fashioned oats
1 cup (5.3 ounces) almonds, chopped
1 cup (4.8 ounces) pumpkin seeds
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups (9.3 ounces) dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups (2.5 ounces) shredded sweetened coconut
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

Get the rest of the my recipe for trick or treat trail mix at my monthly Relish column, Jennie's Family Table.


  • mommy

    Seeing what you have achieved in your life over the years makes me beam with pride. Doesn’t matter how big a challenge or risk you face you tackle it head on. Thats what has made you who you are! lov u

  • Carolyn

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I didn’t realize the sacrifices my Mom made until I became a mother, even though I have it so much easier than she did. Her (and Dad’s too)love and support have been the key to where I am today.

  • marianne

    have to say your post brought tears to my eyes. Miss my mom more w/each passing day. She used to say, “You’ll miss me when I’m gone.” & she was right. Treasure your moms while they are still w/you. They are only on loan from the heavens.