There you are – beautiful. Your guiding hands on his. He is your puppet. You are there, teaching him about music and rhythm and love. Drums. These were the backbone of our band together and the reason why I met you. I am so thankful for the day I found your notice on the music store bulletin board, “16 year old female drummer looking for band”. It was fate, really. I was thrilled to have you as a drummer and even more thrilled to have you as a friend.
Then there is my boy – your godson. That smile on his face is pure happiness and excitement. It brings tears to my eyes. You stand over him eager to teach. You lend him cymbals for his first kit. Such a simple gesture yet but profound in our story – in his story.
I am grateful for you. I am grateful for music. I am grateful for how you love my children. I am grateful to love yours.
Looking through my recent photos there is an abundance of yellows, oranges, and reds. I’m not sure if it is because these were all shot in summer but these warm hues make me feel happy and lighthearted. I will miss that warm summery glow as autumn takes over and makes way for winter.
Thanks to Besotted Blog for this weeks creative prompt, “color”.
There are times when I find happiness and peace in dirty dishes. After all of the hours I spend in my kitchen cooking and baking, just knowing that a good meal was eaten and stories were told is pure joy to me. Sunday was one of those days. The kids were occupied and the house was (mostly) quiet. I was alone with my thoughts and the rainy day seemed to warrant a coffee cake. So uninterrupted, I was able to bake, clear my head, smile, and clean up before the scent of cinnamon and vanilla brought Zane in wondering what was for breakfast. It was a good start to the day.
Cinnamon swirl coffee cake
(adapted from Bon Appétit: Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook)
3/4 cup + 3 Tb sugar, divided
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp espresso powder (optional)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
6 Tb unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Generously butter a 9 inch round cake pan. Dust the sides with flour. Mix ¼ cup sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, espresso powder and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat butter in an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually, beat in the remaining ½ + 3 Tb cup sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients in two additions alternating with two additions of the milk. Spoon 1/2 of the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Next, sprinkle the cinnamon mixture. Spoon in the remainder of the batter. Using a spatula, gently even out batter. Gently swirl a knife through the batter and cinnamon mixture.
Bake the cake about 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a rack.
This weeks inspirational prompt from Besotted blog is “tranquility”. It’s interesting to me how my source of tranquility has shifted through the years. I used to find it most often while I was singing and playing my guitar, weaving on my loom or embroidering. These days, with kids, I don’t find as much time to do those things. Instead, I find serenity and tranquility on a cool Friday night, with a pot of soup for supper, and knowing that I have my husband and kids with me for the weekend. Tonight, before our nightly reading ritual, I draped blankets over my canopy bed. We read together in our “tent” and the tranquility of knowing that we are together, warm, and well fed left me feeling very blessed and very peaceful.