A year of breakfasts

April 9, 2018 |  Category:   cooking life

I love breakfast, what about you? I mean, normally, I have yogurt with some berries and/or granola during the weekdays with my coffee every morning, but weekends…those are the mornings when breakfasts tend to be more elaborate spreads and savored leisurely over a big cup of coffee. I started posting weekend breakfasts on Instagram about a year or two ago and thought it would be fun to see some of them together on a post here (I see that hash browns from Trader Joe’s is featured more than once, ha). As much as I love a good brunch, we rarely go out for it. I think the last time we went out for brunch a while ago and paid a bill of over $80 for our family of four, we decided that we didn’t need to do that again except for special occasions.

Eating out is still an occasional treat for us, and eggs, pancakes, waffles, quiches and anything else we might be craving is easily cooked at home, so we’d rather spend our money in other ways. I’ve been thinking a lot about our financial future lately – a future that doesn’t seem so far away anymore (college tuition in 4 years!). Empty nesters…pre-retirement…the golden years (what age is that anyway?). If I’ve learned anything in recent years, it’s that you can’t predict anything in life, but still, I have this intense need to lay some groundwork for our next phase in life. Or at least have some idea of what we’d like to do and where we’d like to do it. Maybe it’s a way to hold on to whatever illusion of control we may still have in this crazy, crazy world we live in right now. Our kids have it tough, I think, growing up in this political climate with all the challenges of navigating social media and peer influences that we didn’t have growing up. I can’t even imagine. But on the flip side of that, we’re the ones raising teens in this environment as well so we’re facing these new challenges too. Oh, the joy. As I pull back from social media and our kids immerse themselves in, there’s a delicate balance between how much to allow and the guidance we can give from the perspective we have gained as more experienced users. I’m encouraged by the activism in today’s kids though. I mean it’s sad that they’re pushed to this point, but it’s encouraging to see how fired up they are over the issues that affect them. This is how change begins.

As the seasons slowly (and I do mean sloooooowly) transition from Winter to Spring, I’m reminded of how little time is left before the kids are out of school. And then…summer. In the meantime, I’ll be over here contemplating how to organize my time during my slower freelance season while keeping busy so my overactive mind doesn’t wander too much. I think walks to look at flowering trees in the neighborhood will be a perfect distraction, and maybe some of these big leisurely breakfasts for one, during the week.

P.S. I want to give you a huge THANK YOU to all those who left comments on the last post. It certainly warmed my heart and made me realize how connected I am to so many of you. I have a bit more motivation to continue writing here. I will admit that it’s been a remarkable documentation of where we’ve come in the last 10 years.

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  • Jen April 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Aspirational bagels (words I never thought I would utter, but they’re true!)

    • Jenna April 10, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Ha! We actually don’t eat bagels with lox too often, so they are looking mighty good right now to me too.

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag April 10, 2018 at 2:07 am

    look at ALL THIS YUMMY BREAKFAST! we adore b-fast in our house as well. for New years, we had lox and bagels, and oh my word, I could have eaten my weight in lox. I never had lox until about 5 years ago, can you believe it? Trader Joe’s hash browns – so great.

    • Jenna April 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

      lox snd bagels is the best and I love it for new years day brunch!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag April 10, 2018 at 2:08 am

    also your breakfasts look a lot nicer than anything in a restaurant 🙂

  • Sarah April 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Ah man… Those TJs hash browns are my secret weapon for brunch at home! So delish. Also a great thing to pack for camping breakfasts… They defrost in the cooler a bit but still fry up crispy!

    • Jenna April 10, 2018 at 9:57 am

      They really are the best. If we had a bigger freezer, we’d buy many multiple packs.

  • Lulu April 10, 2018 at 9:39 am

    This reminds me of one of my favorite old blogs-Simply Breakfast! Love the idea of quiche for breakfast.

    • Jenna April 10, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Oh yes, I remember that blog!

  • CHAI LING April 16, 2018 at 3:35 am

    reading this at three o’ clock in the afternoon, it makes me yearn for tomorrow morning. lovely sunny-side up eggs + pretty pancakes!

    • Jenna April 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      We just had breakfast for dinner last night. Love a good breakfast!