|Blueberry Nut Bread|
No, I'm feeling a bit blue because this was posted on my son's Facebook page today. "Officially moving to Sonoma on Monday." We knew it was coming and we are happy for him. But life is a series of hellos and good byes and this is just one more, in many that are still yet to come. He would tell me I'm being a bit dramatic, which I probably am, but I liked knowing he was living in the same state as me. I liked the rush of when he would come home and we could sit and talk around the dinner table with music playing in the background, and the sound of the washing machine signalling the presence of his dirty clothes.
Music seems to follow my son where ever he goes. And isn't it funny that his guitar teacher who he took lessons from -from the age of 7 until 15- immediately messaged him back and said he lives not far from there. That his guitar teacher still follows him is soothing to me, and I know they will get together. Well, they better.
Alex will be working here. It looks like a pretty awesome place. They aren't paying him enough but I bet all mothers say that. I hope they treat him better than the last place that didn't deserve him. I bet all mothers say that, too. But he learned a lot. Not just about working, but about himself. He learned that he doesn't need to know a soul to explore the world. And his soul isn't afraid to explore. This is just a stop on the road back to China. I can feel it in my soul.
|Jeez, I'm even wearing blue!|
When my kids went off to college I wondered if one would be on the East coast, and one on the West. It didn't happen then; but now that will be the case. My husband better make a lot of money fast because I don't intend to stay put in the middle. I'm ready to explore life, just like my son, and I am tired of waiting. (No pressure, dear.) And so it is, that I ask of all of you-do you know anyone in Sonoma? A mother always feels better when someone can check up on their offspring. And after all, he is just living temporarily with a stranger in Santa Rosa in a room in their town home. I hope he is a good stranger.
So, I guess he will soon be on his way. He is getting tires for the car and loading it up. After of course we attend a big wedding in the mountains with lots of friends. Everyone will say hello and how are you doing; it's been too long, look how your son has grown, and then it will be time for goodbyes-again. Life-full of good byes. But better yet-full of hellos and see you soons. I promise.
Blueberry Nut Bread
Time To Make: About 20 Minutes Active and 80 minutes not
2 c flour
1/4 t salt
3 t baking powder
1/2 c maple syrup or (use 1 c sugar total since you really can't taste the maple in this and increase the milk to one cup)
1/4 c sugar
1 c fresh blueberries
1/2 c toasted walnuts or pecans
2 eggs beaten
3/4 c milk
3 T oil
1 t vanilla or maple extract
Directions: Stir together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add the berries and nuts and toss.
Combine eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and stir into berry mixture. Pour into parchment lined 9 x 5 loaf pan. Let stand 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Bake loaf one hour or until toothpick comes out with just a few tiny crumbs sticking to it.
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World Peace Cookies
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