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.