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I keep thinking fall started months ago.  I blame the mornings for being gray since August because one month of gray skies has me thinking about stews and cider and cinnamon.  Actually, I have been thinking about cinnamon a lot lately, but it felt unfair to think about cinnamon when I had five-pound zucchinis and heirloom tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter.

Okay, I still have one last five-pound zucchini on the counter, but it just feels like fall.  Maybe it’s the fact that I just read a book that gushed about things like apple cider.  Maybe it’s the fact that I have started work and the emphasis is on a “fall start date.”  I don’t know.  I guess the slight newness of routine finally nudged me towards believing the seasons have changed ;)

In the name of trying things new, I decided a cinnamon fig walnut bread would be in the works.  A toast studded with figs and walnuts and swirled with cinnamon sugar sounded like a good breakfast on-the-go.  Probably even better with cinnamon honey butter.  Mmm…

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Having a doctor as a roommate is like having a second mom watching whatever you eat.  No soda, no chips, no junk food.  Some days, I think it’s fine because it’s healthier that way; other days, I think “Darn, I just want a bag of potato chips, but she is going to give me a speech!”

That was slightly problematic because I had to keep the junk food cravings on the down low.  Like blockaded by stacks and stacks of textbooks or practicing it-shall-not-be-named kind of thing.  Doing this for months and months at a time does not do a body good.  In fact, it’s like a dream deferred–festering like a sore and explodes.

That’s a very bad visual of a pizza craving.  This Big Sur Bakery recipe, however, is a very wonderful visual of what an awesome pizza could be…

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I know I work too hard when I receive metaphors about life while cooking.  It’s funny to me since while some people hate cooking, I gravitate toward it when I need that meditative quiet to refocus.  To me, there’s a pleasant something in the quiet scrapes of potatoes against the grates and the sizzle of hot oil.  At least, it sounds better than hearing the noise in my head about how I could have done this or that.

Somehow, between that dancing shimmer of oil and that lackadaisical flip of the pancake, I realized how much I have been holding myself back.

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Oatmeal Pancakes

To be honest, I was not looking for a Mother’s Day brunch to dazzle.  Well, that was the cake’s role.  I was hoping to find something earthy and filling and delicious–something that will be worthwhile to the whole family after all, it’s been a while since my family sat around together at the dinner table.  Ever since my brother and I left for college, the need to wait for everyone to sit ’round the table has left, leaving us to eat whenever we want.

Although I am used to it now in college, it makes me miss the days when my family sat around the table, especially since my parents and brother have very colorful personalities.  Often times, I am literally rolling off the chair laughing because maybe my brother is mocking my dad’s facial expressions and gestures on the side or my mom sasses back at some other comment someone else said on the table.  Yes, I am “the boring one” in the family, but I think someone in the family needs to play the role of audience!

Anyway, when I saw this recipe, I thought this would be a hearty and unique complement to the almond cake.  Time to give this recipe a whirl!

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