I gave my ‘notice’ at work last Friday.
Yep, I am going to do the SAHM thing starting in the new year.
I’m giving up my hopes and dreams for a real career just to change diapers and color. HA! Let’s be real here, that’s not the case. But I’ve heard people (errr… men) make those remarks when women decide to stay home with their kids. As well, I’ve heard that it’s lucky that husbands are understanding since staying home is easy and women just screw around home baking and doing crafts with kids. And kids aren’t hard, they just need to watch tv and movies to pass the time. Sure, sure guys.
Just like when a male friend asked how my “baby vacation” was when I went back to work after I had Autumn. Umm, kay…
In reality, I know that there are hard things about working when you have kids and there are hard things about staying home with kids. There always is a sacrifice, but in the end, I felt like I was sacrificing my sanity in running around trying to work, conquer a never ending to do list, and not really getting to see my kids. Plus, let’s not get into all the pumping and driving I was doing to be able to keep my supply up and attempt to get to work or at home on time. Multitasking 24/7!
There will be a lot of things that I will miss about going to work, but I decided that none of it was worth it when it came to being with my kids. Even when I get joy of temper tantrums about where I hung up decorative pink globe lights, like this past weekend.
I’ve been reminding myself that kids are kids and they throw fits, and while they make me say “Oh my God!! Enough!” they are over fairly quickly and we can move on to the next thing, like activities that don’t involve throwing dolls at me in the fit of rage. Ugh Kids are the worst. ha!
So yeah, that’s what going on.
That and making this Apple Pecan Honey Baked Brie and trying to resist shoveling it whole in my mouth. Thankfully, I shared with my neighbor so I didn’t eat the whole damn thing.
This is the perfect appetizer to make for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
The salty brie and the sweet topping is a winning combination of flavors. The honey highlights the apples and the brie. I swear bite after bite will have you more in love than the last. It’s just so awesomely delicious, but what makes it even better is it’s simplicity and it’s wow presentation factor. I mean, come on, nothing it more cheese lover enticing than melty cheese, and the toppings on is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Apple Pecan Honey Baked Brie
Makes 8 servings
- 1 Cup diced apple (I used Gala)
- 1/2 Cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 Cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8 ounce wheel of Brie
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or use a shallow oven safe serving dish.
- Place brie on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the brie is warmed through and starts to ooze out a bit.
- Top with the warm apple and pecan topping.
- Serve with crackers, apples, and bread.