A Moment Under The Stars

I pulled into the driveway under a twilight sky, and instead of going inside I turned off the engine and walked down the sloping hill behind the house. The kid’s play set was clearly visible in the moonlight next to the garden. I sat on a swing and wondered at what point this summer my littlest one would learn to pump those chubby legs. I had mixed feelings about it, wanting him to both need a push and swing on his own.

Swinging myself, through air scented by the hyacinth bushes that grow wild in the trees beyond the play set, I leaned back and felt my stomach flip-flop, just like when I was a kid.

Slowing down, I looked up at my house looming at the top of the hill, in shadow except for the glow from the family room windows. I smiled thinking about the noisy activity my husband was likely attempting to manage inside, the bustle of a busy family. My family.

A moment completely alone is a precious thing for a mother, even if she spends it looking in through the window, whispering thankfulness for all that she’s blessed with.

This Milano Moment brought to you no thanks to my rabbit-decimated strawberry plants – good thing Pepperidge Farm isn't counting on my harvest for any cookie making this summer! And they'll need bushels of strawberries because one of my all-time favorite combinations - strawberries and chocolate - is now in Famous Cookie Format as Strawberry Milanos!


I'm excited to be a Milano Maven, a group of amazing bloggers who are helping Pepperidge Farm launch this delicious new Milano cookie. And they want to hear about your Milano Moments!

For me, a Milano Moment is a point in time to stop and appreciate something that brings you joy. You can share a summertime Milano Moment on the Facebook page and enter to win a bushel of cookies y'all. I also have a coupon here for the new Strawberry Milanos, which melt in your mouth. Light and sweet and very pretty too!


So tell me, do you hide the Milanos? (I do.)

This is a sponsored post for the Strawberry Milano campaign on behalf of Pepperidge Farm. All words and opinions are my very own.


mudmama said...

YUMMY! If I had 'em (which I probably will after reading this post) I would hid3e 'em!

Amy said...

Mudmama- They are SO good. How could they not be?

Busy Mom said...

Holy Moly.

I will hide them in my stomach.

Amy said...

Busy Mom - HA! Good plan.

Anonymous said...

Your quiet moment alone would have been so much better if you had run in the house first for your strawberry milanos!! Imagine the swing set, the stars, and a whole bag of cookies to munch on as you counted your blessings. I have not tried the strawberry milanos yet, but they are on my grocery list. They look delicious.

Rima said...

I could totally picture that, and smell the hyacinths, too. Loved it!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful moment. Mine is more for the everyday of taking a step back and making that "me" time happen.

I love my bushel of Milanos! It was like Christmas when they arrived at the door. I can't wait for someone else to have that experience.

Red Shoes said...

Hmmm... suddenly I have an urge for those and a nice Riesling... :oD

I bet that would be great!


Michelle Smiles said...

Can't imagine strawberry ones.

I hide them on the baking shelf of the pantry because no one else needs flour or corn starch. Don't tell my hubby.

Amy said...

red shoes - Reisling is perfect! That is a great idea.

Michelle - Good hiding place - with the cornstarch. Foolproof.

jenny from mommin' it up said...

such a pretty post! loved every word.

Meadowlark said...

I'm forced to boycott this post because I can no longer find the amaretto milanos. They were my lifesavers. I'd hide them in the freezer and dunk them in coffee to make it through some mornings. So until I see them at the store again, I cannot eat a milano.

OK, I "might" try a strawberry one, but it would be under duress. Just sayin'

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Oh my! I love Milanos. I have to hide all the good eats from my girls. Of course sometimes I need to hide the sweets from MYSELF.

p.s. I love your moment alone...very touching.

Mary said...

Wonderful post! I felt like I was there with you.
Who wouldn't hide Milanos? The strawberry sounds delicious!

Amy said...

Thanks Jenny!

Meadowlark - the freezer - coffee dunk thing is simply brilliant and I will try it asap! (Amaretto does sound like it should be revived.)

Liz Mays said...

I tried those for the first time a few months ago and they're scrumptious!

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...

OMG...Strawberry Milanos?!? That sounds amazing...possibly evil.

Printing a coupon NOW. Considering smashing up a bunch and mixing into french vanilla ice cream. Hmmm...

Thanks for sharing :)

The Urban Cowboy said...

I love Pepperidge Farm cookies! Haven't eaten them in ages though.

Tomi C said...

Love your Milano Moment.
Check out mine

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