Today I am.

Today I am awakened far too early by a baby’s cry

Today I am listening to the album, Cold Fact, by Rodriguez

Today I am enjoying the BEST black bean burgers and a homemade Spicy Applesauce Cake (recipe is at  the end of this post)

Today I am grateful for friends who are more like family

Today I am laughing at the funny voices my three year old makes and the new sounds my seven month  old is exploring

Today I am excited for what is next

Today I am reading Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, by Sebastian Faulks

Today I am planning summer trips, next week’s meals, and a picture collage for our living room

Today I am hoping for a summer full of fun, laughter and relaxation

Today I am working on a new writing project

Today I am ready for a break

Today I am wondering how they make cheese-filled tator tots, and if I can make them myself

Today I am on my fourth fifth cup of coffee

Today I am enjoying the sound of rain

Today I am sending my oldest son off to spend the day with his daddy at Outdoor Ed, and proud of them both

Today I am noticing that worrying makes my day harder

Today I am feeling like I could have accomplished more

Today I am annoyed with Oprah. Like really Oprah? Chia tea? At Starbucks? Pa-lease

Today  I am noticing results from a new workout

Today I am happy and in love

Today I am cleaning a very messy house

Today I am missing friends who are far away

Today I am proud of my homemade soap

Today, I am all these things.

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Spicy Applesauce Cake from Taste of Home
recipe by Marian Platt

2 C all-purpose flour  (I use 1 C white, 1 C whole wheat)
1-1/2 C sugar (I use 3/4 C)
1 TB baking cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp each ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves (I just use cinnamon and nutmeg)
1 tsp salt
1/2 C shortening (I use canola oil)
2 C applesauce (I’ve also used 1 C applesauce and 1 C mashed bananas)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate)
1/2 C chopped walnuts (pecans are good as well)
1 C raisins (I don’t use)

In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add shortening, applesauce and eggs; beat until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts and raisins. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes.


I posted mid-week again this week. Miss it? Check it out here.



2 thoughts on “Today

  1. Your post is a good reminder for me to stop & notice details of my life & my surroundings. I used to be very diligent about taking time to appreciate things but have been guilty lately of jumping through hoops & juggling too much “stuff”. Some of your comments reminded me take the time to notice my thoughts, actions & surroundings more often.

    1. Diane, I totally relate to getting so caught up in all the things we have to juggle that we stop noticing our surroundings. I actually enjoyed writing this post more than usual because it caused me to slow down, listen, and really notice the little things that make up my day. It is funny because it is so hard to slow down once you have kids, yet it is this time in my life (while the kids are young) that I really want to remember all the little details!

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