New York Bagels

There was a time
Somewhere between the two o’clock and two-thirty a.m. feedings
When I would lie awake with the twins nestled in my arms teetering atop my bosom.
Round baby bottoms curled in child’s pose, warm milk breath moving in and out of cupid lips.

Those nights were gloriously long.
But glorious.
And somewhere between waking and attempting sleep, I would find myself dreaming myself into another life.
What if I’d never birthed these pinked babes? Wherever else could I have been at this moment?
Likely induced by a month of wearing nursing bra’s and pajama pants, I pondered my life as a saavy New York business woman.

Couldn’t I just see it? Feel it?

Me, walking down the street, fiercely dressed in basic black, hair coiffed tightly.

Mornings would start early, of course. I’d grab a steamer and a bagel, eating them roadside as I flag down a taxi, my sky-high stiletto’s capturing the attention of streetcars and passerby’s alike.

Off to an appointment, I check my watch and call a dozen clients from the back of the cab. I’ll be running late when we pull in front of the skyrise, so I’ll have to run into the office—a maneuver I pull off with such sexy flair that Nora Ephron is inspired to novelize my accomplishments.

Snippets now of my day, a pink line of blush extends down my long cheekbone as I command lesser employees to do this task, run that errand, buy that stock. You know, all the things business gals say on a typical day.

Lunch is delivered by a guy on a bike. I’m too busy to eat it, but gosh it looks divine. A quick consult with my partner. A handshake from our newest account. I gather my briefcase and throw my jacket confidently over my shoulder as I nod a goodbye to the receptionist and head out to a glimmering dinner on the town.

Then. As the sun sets and evening calls, I remember. I don’t have to go home to a tiny apartment filled with sleek white furniture and a shiny laminate floor.

Instead, a warm kitchen with paint-spotted sinks and filthy fingers await my gentle washing. I don’t have time to daydream. Two teensy bundles are squirming under my exhausted arms, tiny birds chirping for their midnight meal.

It’s time to return to my real job. My day job. My night job, too.

In fact, it’s the kind of job that isn’t clocked. Doesn’t stop. Couldn’t possibly match the benefits other jobs offer.
Who needs a Christmas bonus anyway, when you get this kind of payback everyday?

Homemade in A Jiffy New York Bagels

My kids are all about bagels these days. It’s what they want for breakfast, packed in lunches, and afterschool snacks, and midnight snacks, and every other snack they seek to persuade out of me and the pantry. Inspired by their recent passion for the doughy meal, I wondered if it would be possible to use frozen bread dough to create homemade bagels. Sure enough, it worked! No kneading, measuring, or waiting required. Once the roll dough in unfrozen, you’ll have a batch of bagels coming out of the oven faster than you can say Brooklyn. Enjoy!

1 bag Rhodes frozen rolls

Thaw rolls according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Once risen, gently press thumb in center of each ball of dough to create a hole. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Gently drop bagels in water. Boil for 1 minute on each side. Remove and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. If you desire to top bagels with a topping (cinnamon/sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc.) do so now while the bagels are moist and sticky from the water bath. Place bagels into preheated oven and bake 7-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook on the other side for an additional 6-8 minutes, or until nicely browned on top. Remove from oven, slather with cream cheese and lox (or what’ere you please) and eat ya heart out!

To see outtakes of our New York photoshoot,
do visit the wondrously wondrous Becki Madsen Photography website by clicking HERE.
She’s even hosting a PHENOMENAL giveaway this week
You’ll wanna get there in a New York Minute. I promise.

19 Responses to “New York Bagels”

  1. Dee says:

    I think all of us have been there at 2am…wondering how we got here – but not wanting to change a thing.
    Loving the new format! Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Becki Madsen says:

    Brooke,you creative,amazing woman! Your post looks fantastic, thank you for the chance to capture your New York moment! You are the best, love ya dear friend!

  3. Julie says:

    Great post! Thanks for those warm, sweet, baby memories–my youngest baby is 13 now…where does it all go????? Thanks for the bagel idea–my girls will love that!

  4. Cherry Blossoms says:

    Your post made me cry! Being a mom is SO wonderful but yes, daydreaming is too! I love the last "construction" picture of you on Becki Madsens site. Totally New York. New York. Love it!

  5. Visible Voice says:

    That was fun! Too cute! And the beagles look yummy!

  6. Emily Hill says:

    Love the post! It's a great reminder that staying home can be just as glamorous even when you're in pj's covered in peanut butter & jelly sandwich fixings! Can't wait to try the recipe!

  7. Camille says:

    I love your creativity and stories told through imagination and pictures! What mom out there hasn't reminisced about their "single" days and the glamorous lifestyles pre-baby? But we always realize the beauty of our lifestyles today in raising our little ones and enjoying our time spent with them!

    By the way, your teeth look beautiful! Being a mom with braces, I'm self-conscious about the hardware on my crooked smile, but it's always worth it in the end, right? :)

  8. Eliana says:

    Awesome post – love the pics and the bagels.

  9. Nathan and Bethany says:

    As Jo says in Little Women (The movie version with Christian Bale and Winona Rider and the string of spit that snaps between them when they kiss) "I should have been a great many things, Mr. Mayer". Love you!

  10. Scarehaircare says:

    Oh, you darling thing. My kids love bagels and you made them so easy for me to fit with my school schedule. Lucky for me my classes are while my kids are in school. We do homework together. The Love Magnet will be THRILLED to do this recipe with me. Much love backatcha! I will no longer lurk as you must be a kindred spirit.

  11. Jamica says:

    You could so easily pass as a 'true' business women… you look SO classy! I can't wait to try those bagels! Easy enough for even ME!

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea!! Can't wait to try it.

  13. Julie says:

    Could we have been separated at birth?

  14. Mandy says:

    Yummy! I just found your blog through Lori's tweet about Trick-or-Eat, I love it! I have no idea why I haven't found you before, but I'm glad I did, I'll be back often!
    Happy cooking!

  15. John McLay says:

    Great post, sweetheart! I love you for many reasons, not the least of which is your tender, unselfish heart. (Of course, the way you wear those black pants is right up there, too.)

    BTW, who took the two pictures at the end (of you and the twins)? I think we may have a VERY promising photographer in the making! :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    I cannot even believe you jumped in those shoes. Ouch!

  17. Jenny says:

    This is hysterical! Love this post, I think all of us mom's have had those daydreams, but isn't it the truth that there's no better job than being a mom. Love you in those pictures!

  18. theballardgirlsandboy says:

    Brooke! Just love all of those beautiful, amazingly beautiful pictures of you. Reminds me of when we did a photo shoot at your house with all your sisters, a long time ago. I just can't go over how sexy you are! And love the bagel recipe, can't wait to try it!

  19. prashant says:

    Your post made me cry! Being a mom is SO wonderful but yes, daydreaming is too! I love the last "construction" picture of you on Becki Madsens site. Totally New York. New York. Love it! Work From Home

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