“C’mon, buddy. Open the door. It’s okay.”
“No one’s going to yell at you. For, you know, locking yourself in the bathroom. With my purse. And my car keys. And my phone.”
“NO. I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO.”
“That’s very sweet, Ty, but I have to go home, okay buddy? Mom’s home now. And I really, really need to get home.”
“NO. I AM GOING TO LIVE IN HERE. WITH YOUR THINGS. AND YOU CANNOT GO. NO. I REFUSE NO.”
“TYLER. I will give you a cookie.”
“Five cookies, Ty. You can have five whole cookies.”
“It’s practically dinner time, Tyler! I think your mom is making broccoli! TAKE THE DEAL.”
“Make it ten.”
It’s been that kind of week, am I right, world? Right now I am facing a To-Do list that’s threatening to come down on me like an avalanche. I am wearing new jeans and they are too tight. Like, not this tight, but jussssst tight enough so that I feel a little bit like I’m dying all day and also can tight pants give you a headache? (and also, what was I thinking? Send the pants back! SEND BACK ALL THE PANTS). It’s been raining in fits and spurts for what feels like weeks. Plus, I keep waking up and thinking it’s Friday which is the worst on every day that it is not remotely true, not even close, sorry. And I know I’m not alone because Nicole sent me these pictures with a similarly hysterical “There’s too much to do, ahhhh!” undertone.
And you know what, I’m not going to apologize for complaining. No. I’m not going to make that prerequisite “I know, I know, there are real problems going on in the world and here’s where I’ll list them and pull myself out of my whining with a few sentences oh look, it worked.” Nope. Sometimes weeks are hard. Sometimes it’s colder than you thought it would be and you are tired. Sometimes you need ten cookies to be lured out of your room. Sometimes you need breakfast for dinner.
Sometimes you need pumpkin pie french toast for dinner. These are those times, my friends. Enjoy.
Pumpkin Pie French Toast
1/4 Cup of milk
1/4 Cup of pumpkin puree
1/4 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon ginger
1/8 Teaspoon cloves
1/8 Teaspoon nutmeg
2 TBsp of brown sugar
8 Slices of bread
1. In a low, flat bowl, mix the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and brown sugar. (I like a casserole dish, personally. – JC)
2. Heat your preferred French Toast frying pan over medium heat. (Tip: Drizzle a little bit of egg mixture on the skillet. If it sizzles a bit, it’s ready. If it burns, the pan is too hot.)
3. Dip the bread into the egg mixture on both sides and grill in a pan until lightly golden brown, about 2-3 minute per side.