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When Life Gives you …Pecans

I spent the first part of my day with some Korean entrepreneurs, conversing with them about the local Korean community, particularly in the realms of food and culture and had a lovely lunch with an old family friend who’s health is ailing.  This week has already been a flurry of activity and due to my staunch type a personality, I’m almost always on the go which aids in being industrious but does nothing for my sanity, lol—it’s almost a chore for me to stop and soak everything in (like my bread pudding).  I [literally] have to remind myself to breathe.  I took the moment today to “stop and smell the roses,” if you will and realized that I am so abundantly blessed and was so humbled by this realization that though I carry with me always, isn’t allowed to marinate quite long enough due to the frenzy that can be life.  I feel so incredibly blessed everyday to be able to share my love and passion with as many people who will listen.  I am grateful for my family, my health–to have a roof over my head and a soft and warm bed to sleep in…there’s just so much to be thankful for.  Our friend is going into surgery soon, and we don’t see her nearly enough.  I can’t imagine dealing with intense physical pain each and every day of my life like that.  Despite this, she goes through life with such an admirable level of faith, resilience, and joy.  She is such an inspiration.  She’ll be traveling to spend time with her family this Thanksgiving but we’re all spending Christmas together and I’m really looking forward to it.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

I’m also looking forward to my Aunties dinner tonight.  Tonight will be the first time I’m actually sitting down to a meal that wasn’t completely put together by yours truly and it’s Korean food so I’m excited!  That, and the entire family is going out to celebrate (will share with y’all the occasion soon) for ice cream afterwards (or fro-yo, depending on who has peppermint…I’ve been craving it something fierce).  Speaking of ice cream, I’ve swapped the original desserts for Pecan Pie and Butter Pecan Ice Cream.  Last week, I went to the dentist and found out I’ll be getting my wisdom tooth extracted.  Right before I woke up, I had a dream about a pecan tree and chalked it up to randomness but when I arrived for my appointment, I noticed pecans littering the floor everywhere.  Coincidence?  I risked looking like a crazy person and gathered as many nuts as I could after my appointment so for me, the new expression is “when life gives you pecans, make pie and ice cream!”  I don’t know what it all means but I’m grateful that though I had to shell about a pound of nuts, I was finally able to see a dentist after 15 years and I was able to divert the savings of not having to buy a pound of nuts into buying extra bits for Thanksgiving dinner.

Gratitude and Pecan Pie,


Your Squishy Monster ^.~


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42 thoughts on “When Life Gives you …Pecans

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says:


  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    Sounds like you have lots of familial events planned and ready my friend I hope you enjoy them all

  • pain management says:

    wisdom teeth?!? eeek!
    I had the worst dentist ever!

    Holidays are crazy!
    I can’t wait to eat and pass out from
    too much turkey n stuffs

    I’m all for pain management,
    time heals some wounds …I certainly hope
    the best for any one with chronic pain.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Ah, you’re psyching me out, lol. This will be the 4th tooth I’ve had extracted and I hope the last :/

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much, Uru! I’ll tell her she has a team rooting for her =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:


  • Tandy says:

    thank you for sharing your blessings and enjoy your dinner! Good luck with having your wisdom teeth out

  • Veronica says:

    Wonderful post, Angie! It’s true, the frenzy of life keeps that realization of how blessed we are from marinating (love how you put that) and it is so good to put some focus on it from time to time. Prayers for your friend, and for you! I’ve had my wisdom teeth extracted, plus four other permanent teeth b/c my mouth just didn’t have room for all my teeth. The wisdom teeth were harder to recover from since they hadn’t grown in and had to be surgically removed–I hope yours has grown in b/c I think that’s a little easier to recover from but still not fun. OK and please clear this up…you found pecans on the floor of your dentist’s office? What in the world? That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard-so random! I’d say if people thought you were crazy for picking them up, they need to think about the crazy factor of them being there in the first place. LOL! I looove pecan pie so I totally approve your change of desserts.

  • Inger Wilkerson says:

    Good luck with your wisdom tooth and to your friend for her surgery. But life giving you pecans is indeed special… Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Asmita says:

    Your friend is our thoughts and hope she recovers soon.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • yummychunklet says:

    Positive thoughts to your friend!

  • EverydayMaven says:

    Pecan Pie is one of my favorite Pies – right up there with Banana Cream Pie. I hope your holidays are great and you enjoy your family!

  • hui says:

    time spent with family is always best ^^ coupled with homecooked korean meal.. mmm, that’s the sweetest deal ^^ i really hope your friend gets better soonest!

  • Cucina49 says:

    What a lovely post–best wishes for your friend that she comes through surgery well!

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) says:

    Oh man, dental work is the worst, but I love your outlook- As long as you can eat dessert, everything will be alright. Very creative work around to get those seasonal pecan treats in, and better yet that the pecans were “rescued” for free.

  • Cass @foodmyfriend says:

    Haha! I’m sorry about your wisdom tooth but the pecan thing, that’s just crazy. I have only had a few of those moments but they never freak me out any less! Enjoy your dinner, I wish I could come!

  • thehautecookie says:

    oh no good luck on your wisdom tooth aigh! keep us updaed. happy thanksgiving love! href=””>

  • Suzie says:

    Angie, I hope your friend is on the healing road. I will pray for her and bless you for being such a great friend! She is lucky, as I am for being a friend to someone as kind as you! Enjoy your Korean food, I wish I was there with you…xoxo Happy Thanksgiving

  • Liz says:

    Yes, we have so many blessings…and it’s a wonderful day to reflect on that. Hope your friend does well with surgery and you with your wisdom teeth extraction. I’d love a slice of your pecan pie

  • Joanne says:

    I hope you had fun at your dinner last night! <3<3<3

    I still have my wisdom teeth and I'm planning on keeping them…but I hope your extraction isn't so bad! I suppose it's an excuse to eat lots of ice cream?

  • cheapethniceatz says:

    I hope you had a fabulous time with the family. Oh pecan anything rules. I think we have trouble stopping and appreciating what we have.

  • hotlyspiced says:

    I wish your friend a speedy recovery. I do hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Korean food. How wonderful to have all those pecans xx

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Korean food for Thanksgiving is just perfect! I hope you took photos!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I had two Thanksgiving dinners of sorts and took pics of both =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    we just gathered more and now, I’m rich with pecans

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It was such a lovely and delicious time, lol.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I like your way of thinking, Jo!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I think we still have half a slice left =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    There’s a lot of blessings to go around. I’m grateful for that, too. I hope that your Thanksgiving was great, Suzie!! I wish you were here with me =) Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m getting one pulled which makes me wonder if I’ll have to return another time for the other one….aaargh!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I’m glad you were able to experience Thanksgiving this year!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    We went picking again! I think it’s a bit mad, at this point lol

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you so much!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I bet one of your brownies would help =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you–I hope you did too, Asmita!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I can’t help but think it’s special…Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    lol—I realize that how I put it was very confusing. They were on the ground outside of the offices, LOL!! From what they told me, my back right one is partly covered by tissue but not fully “grown” yet. I don’t know what it all means, but it sounds like it’s gonna hurt! :/ I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Veronica…can’t wait to see what all you whipped up!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Thank you-Thank you, Tandy! It’s been a very long time since I’ve had any teeth taken out so eeek!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I wish more weekends were like Thanksgiving =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I approve of and devour both! YUM!!

  • Veronica says:

    Oh we didn’t really do thanksgiving b/c what I was whippig up was a wedding cake! Needless to say I didn’t realy have time for a proper thanksgiving but thanks to my sister’s bf I did get a real Turkey day meal–Dennis went over to their place and brought back food for me. It was so good, and i got my favorite-pecan pie!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    d’oh! Of course, I forgot…I hope to see the cake pics then…I bet it was fabulous! and yay for pecans..ftw! =)

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