You might be wondering why things have been a bit silent over here since Valentine’s Day. I went a bit radio silent as my world was, what felt like, completely tossed upside down when I received the phone call that my mom suffered a severe brain aneurysm. I have been by her side for almost the past 2 weeks in the ICU in Indiana talking to her, holding her hand, playing her favorite music, singing to her, praying she wakes up from this nightmare and picks up her life as she lived it before February 14th. For those of you who have been around here long enough, you’ll better know my mom as “Your Biggest Fan” in the comments section and that really could not be any closer to the truth. I could not have asked for a more loving, supportive, encouraging, and proud-of-her-kids mom even if I tried.
So I was lying in bed in my hotel room the other day and I heard her voice in my head that I needed to keep working; to keep creating recipes. Prior to the aneurysm, she LOVED coming over here every day to see what I was up to. She would call me with the biggest sense of pride and joy in her voice, in fact, at dinner the other night, her friend showed me the last text she sent to her. It was bragging about how I just recently contributed a recipe to Martha Stewart’s site. Ha. Her friends and coworkers always got an earful (whether they liked it or not) about what her kids were up to. And I just know that if she was able to talk to me at this moment, she would tell me to get in my kitchen. So I listened.
I have an entire month’s worth of recipes stocked up that I worked hard on as I came home for 3 days, only to head back on a plane out to Indiana again. I wanted to share these Rainbow Fruit Salad Bagels first because it holds two meanings in my heart:
1). They give the same feeling you get when you are around my mom: magic, love and rainbows.
2). The represent hope.
- Toast your bagel (I used Schar's gluten and egg free bagels from the store).
- Spread the nondairy cream cheese over the bagel.
- Assemble the fruit in the fashion of a rainbow.
- Drizzle with honey or honey substitute (optional).
You might be needing a little bit of hope, yourself, today, so have a Rainbow Fruit Salad Bagel to remind yourself that there is always something beautiful that arises out of the ashes.
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