Sunday breakfasts

March 9, 2015 |  Category:   cooking life


With the weather being so cold during February, we’ve been mostly hibernating inside on Sundays instead of venturing out on weekend outings. This means Sundays have often been filled with cooking projects which often start at our neighborhood farmer’s market in the morning and end with the girls helping out in the kitchen. You may have seen the photos of some of these Sunday cooking projects on Instagram. The kids really enjoy cooking with Mark and have become pretty good prep cooks now that they’re old enough to handle knives and other tools. They even made pancakes one Sunday entirely on their own after Mark pulled out the ingredients for them on the kitchen counter. Since they’ve always been early risers, most mornings I’ll find that they’ve already eaten breakfast by the time I get up. The joys of having older kids.


This Sunday we’re letting out a sigh of relief. The sun was out and the forecast calls for temps in the upper 40s and even in the 50s for as far as we could see on the calendar. We might have finally turned a corner and it may be premature to call it, but I think we can finally put the worst of winter behind us. After the last storm on Thursday that blindsided us with more snow than we expected, we’re cheering this warmer weather on. After you’ve endured record low temps in the 20s for weeks on end, 45 degrees feels like Spring. It was a relief to see the sun work its magic on the curbside snow piles. Good bye, Winter!

I’ve been thinking a lot about travel again. It’s gotten a little trickier now that I have a job I commute to 3 days a week, but day dreaming about places we want to go and working out the details of our trips this year got us through the worst bouts of cabin fever. We can hardly wait to go on adventures this year and the girls have been waiting patiently in particular for an upcoming summer trip that’s been in the works for nearly 2 years.  Having things to look forward to – that’s what we try to focus on. Sometimes it felt like it was the only thing I had to get through some dark and confusing times this winter. Watching the snow melt from rooftops and into puddles of dripping water remind us that seasons do turn over eventually. Those glimmers of change propel us forward.




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  • Dee March 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Aside from the eggs, (cause I’m vegan) all I can say is yum, yum, and yum! Although the egg dish does look pretty yummy too.

    Have a great day Jenna!

  • Sharon March 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Drooling over these photos! Please post a recipe for the baked egg dish. Looks delish!

  • tracy March 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    ohmygoodness those images.i already follow you on instagram so i’ve seen the food pics, but they’re making me hungry all over again. especially the cinnamon rolls, pancakes and baked eggs. i want it allll. i hope for your sake that winter is over too!

  • Nancy March 9, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Those eggs look like shashuka. Is it? Regardless, here’s another request for the recipe. 🙂
    I’m finally getting to the stage where I can tell the kids to get yogurt out of the fridge or make their own toast. Not quite ready to trust them to pour their own milk…

  • Lulu March 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Oh the joy of being married to a chef. One who actually wakes up early to make breakfast!
    Last year, after several members of my family was diagnosed with cancer, I made a conscious effort to fight off any darkness that I know would come. I started seeing a hypnotist. I am an occasional commenter here so maybe I mentioned it before. But it helped me a lot. I went for 10 sessions and it helped me refocus and relax to take on the challenges that was ahead of me. It is cheaper than going to a therapist at $100 a session.

    • Jenna March 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm

      I do remember your hypnosis comments, Lulu. Thanks for the suggestion – I really appreciate it.

    • Brenda March 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      My father has been fighting heart disease and cancer this year, and the cancer is back. It’s hard and scary and sad and all of that. Do you mind sharing how the hypnosis worked ? and how it helped you ?

      p.s. hi Jenna…you are making me hungry with this beautiful and delicious post ! I can’t wait to hear about this trip you’ve been planning for 2 years.

  • Sora March 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Your photos have such a great cinematic quality to them, Jenna. Happy to hear you guys have big plans for the summer. Very exciting!

  • Justine March 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Were these all taken at your apt? Have you started a collection of antique dishes? Love.

  • Victoria Gallese April 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Oh, that looks amazing!! I feel like could taste it the second i saw that picture.
    Fantastic, Jenna and Mark
    Hows Seattle going? I heard you were there.