Saturday Morning Reflections
I’m always in search of gluten-free bread products. I don’t use gf bread as a major component of my regular diet, partially because it’s a hastle and because I just don’t find it to be that good. As you know though, I’m always looking for good bread/bagel products for the occasional cream cheese and jam breakfast. A few weeks ago, I purchased Whole Foods’ Cinnamon Raisin bread and I’m pretty pleased with the recipe they’ve created. I would say it’s up there with a Sally’s cinnamon raisin English muffin or an Udi’s bagel.
On a recent Saturday morning, when my resident pancake maker (David) was out golfing, I had a rare morning to myself (with no commitments). In the absence of my weekend chef, I was looking for a “more fun than cereal” weekend breakfast so I decided to break out the cinnamon raisin bread and indulge in a little cream cheese/cinnamon raisin toast. The Whole Foods Bakehouse bread is perfectly delicious toasted. It’s got more flavor than plain bread and makes you feel like you’re enjoying a bagel. There aren’t specific toasting instructions on the packaging but I heated it at 350 for about 5 minutes on each side. (We don’t have a toaster in our house so we’re limited in our toasting options.)
I devoured both pieces of toast and of course enjoyed my breakfast accompanied with a cup (or two) of coffee. Why do cinnamon, cream cheese and coffee go so perfectly together? Not sure, but it’s awesome.
I couldn’t help but think about my brother, Rob, as I ate my breakfast and drank my coffee from my Yokohama Starbucks mug. I received a postcard in the mail the day before from Rob sent via Okinawa, where his ship was in port at the time he sent it. I can’t read a word of Rob’s handwriting so it can be a bit of a project to decipher his thoughtful cards (hence I was finally reading it a day later). I haven’t seen Rob since March 12th, when his ship was sent out to do tsunami relief. I miss him a lot. I savor the occasional phone call from him from across the world and I only wish they could be more frequent. You would think at this point I’d be used to my big brother being a world traveler (he’s lived in Japan, China,Turkey, and Bahrain), but I’m not.
It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago I wrote this post (“Blueberry Muffins and Childhood Memories”), which is one of my favorites. A lot changes in a year. Since then, Rob and Alden have had a baby, I’ve been to Japan (twice), we’ve both survived an earthquake, and Rob continues to serve our country, alongside many others whose families bear a large burden for their spouses’ hard work and service. The families truly serve us too.
Rob’s going to be back in the States (hopefully) as of August. I can’t wait to see him and have him back in the same time zone. I know he’s eager to be home too. You’re greatly missed, Rob. Hurry home!