This past week it was the tenth anniversary of my Granny’s death. I can’t believe it’s ten years. I think back to that time when she was sick and dying and I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t go visit her and it was a mess and bad and I not only think of Granny and miss her every day, but I feel rotten every single day for my behavior then even though some of it was out of my control.
It’s devastating to think of how fast this time has gone and all the things we could have done together. How much I could have learned from her. The things we could have cooked and baked. The walks we could have taken. The fun we could have had.
I can’t believe it was ten years ago today my beloved Granny died. I miss her and think of her literally every single day. I’m not a religious person, but I often talk to her about all the things I wish we could do, and I often ask for guidance. Today when I stumbled across this Legally Blonde ticket stub, I knew she was looking down on me and telling me everything would be okay. She, Mom, and I had so much fun that day at the theater and Legally Blonde still brings a smile to my face because it reminds me of that great time and so many others I had with Granny. Granny, I miss you. I love you. I will never ever forget you. Xoxo #family #memories #familytime #love #granny #grandmother #rip #missingyou #missyou #loveyou #sign #hope #inspired #dreambig #workhard #goals #letsdothis #legallyblonde #movies #photograph #ticket #ticketstub #memento #takemeback #remember #remembering #brokenheart #sad
We were at a party recently and the first thing I thought was how Granny would have loved to take a spot on a bench and do some old fashioned people watching. There were so many fascinating people there that even I enjoyed watching them. She would have been content for hours on the warm night.
Some of these feelings are because I’ve been down lately, but I need to focus on positivity and trust that Granny is watching out for me and good things are to come, so Mom told me to share a story about Granny.
Granny loved loved loved spending time outside. She could sit out there all day and read a book (I wish she could have read one of mine). And Granny always seemed younger than her age. She was a Rockstar and up for just about any challenge.
When she saw me jumping rope one day, she wanted to try it. So I gave her the rope and with my parents and I looking on, she began jumping faster and faster and faster until it was too fast. she lost her balance and tumbled over.
But she was fine. There were a couple other times she fell when visiting us too, but they were always things we all laughed about later because she was such a tough lady that she was always just fine. I think I could use some of that literal and figurative thick skin.
I would love to share a pumpkin blondie with her too. These are the ultimate in easy to make fall desserts. I decreased the spice a bit to let the flavor of the pumpkin shine through, and oh does it. The hint of sweetness from the white chocolate and the crunch of the hazelnuts make these a winning dish.
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 15 ounces pure pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups toasted hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together melted butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. Stir in the white chocolate chips and hazelnuts.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs and the center is almost completely set. Serve warm or cool completely in the pan. Blondies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen, individually wrapped in parchment and foil and place in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.
Recipe adapted from Table for Two
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