Slow Saturday Breakfast: Easy Cheesy Shortcut(s) Breakfast Casserole

Merry Christmas week! Is that a thing? Like a birthday week? If it isn’t then it should be because Christmas is a lot more fun than your birthday.

Christmas tree
Our tiny Christmas tree, space was tight this year!


I am officially on  Christmas break and let me tell you it is just as glorious at 27 as it was at 17, or 7 for that matter. I think I still believed in Santa at 7 so maybe that was slightly more fun. I KNOW I didn’t appreciate the power of sleeping in and naps at 7 though so on second thought, it’s just as good now.

Now that Christmas break has  begun, I’m finally getting into the Christmas spirit. It’s been a little tough this year for several reasons. For one thing, I’ve been sick and it’s been unseasonably warm and rainy…not ideal Christmas wellness or weather. For another (and this is probably the main reason) this is the first Christmas ever that I won’t have spent with my family. My mom tearfully reminded me of this on the phone a few days ago, that she won’t have either of her girls for Christmas this year Sad smile FYI moms, reminders of this sort are not terribly helpful in cheering your children who are far away for the holidays. Since our families do not live in the same place, Robert and I navigated new married people territory this year and had to choose holidays. My family got Thanksgiving, his family gets Christmas and next year we swap. For those who haven’t crossed that bridge yet, as easy as you think it will be, even if you’re a holiday grinch, it isn’t. Every family has their own unique traditions and holiday quirks and no matter how wonderful the traditions you step into (or start anew) are, they still aren’t yours. I adore my in-laws, and I’m really excited to experience their Christmas (especially because my niece and nephew still believe in Santa!) but I know part of me will still be nostalgic for the holidays of my past. I KNOW this is part of life and growing up yada yada, but if your WHOLE family lives in the same place, count yourself lucky! I will get to see my parents on Tuesday as they plan to stop through Hilton Head on their way to see my sweet grandparents, so that is a definite plus!

Cheese not pictured because…early


Looking forward to all the festivities of this coming week, and enjoying all the fun we had this weekend has finally put me in the spirit! Not only was Friday my last day of work for two weeks, but my grandparents surprised Robert and I with an overnight visit on Friday evening! They drove over ten hours round trip to literally just have dinner and spend the night with us, did I mention they are the best? We took them to dinner, drove around to see Christmas lights and then came home to give them their Christmas gift and enjoy a piece of my favorite cake that my sweet nana made.  An entire cake is pretty much the last thing I need right now with all the other holiday goodies I’ve been consuming but the fact she that she baked it and brought it just for me pretty much melts my heart.

My grandparent’s left around noon on Saturday and Robert and I quickly tidied the house and ran errands before his family holiday party. His mother’s side of the family gets together each year on the weekend before Christmas to enjoy dinner and a White Elephant gift exchange. It’s always a great time and this year was no exception! Robert’s cousin and her husband spent the night with us and Sunday morning we all reconvened once again for breakfast to see everyone off. I was tasked with providing the breakfast casserole, an oldie but always a goodie.

eggs Egg Pour

Continue reading

Slow Saturday Breakfast: Eggs in Purgatory

Happy Monday! It’s nice to be back after a week long hiatus. Work is always especially busy for me the week before a holiday. On top of that we had plans almost every night this past week. A night with the girls, dinner with friends, putt putt for my nephew’s 8th birthday… slow down life! Luckily I get the luxury of the whole week off starting today! Renly and I are hopping in the car and heading to Tennessee in a few hours to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Robert has to work until Wednesday so he’ll be flying down then. I haven’t been home since my sister’s graduation in May so we are long overdue for a visit. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about…sleeping in all week, seeing my friends and family, or eating all my favorite foods I can only get at home (confession: probably the latter).

 Tomato Sauce and Spinach

So after a busy week and a chilly evening spent putt putting on Friday per my sweet nephew’s request, Saturday called for a hot breakfast. I also needed to have all of the ingredients on hand since I needed to clean out the fridge before we left town. Eggs in purgatory fit the bill, so much so that I cut my Saturday morning workout short so I could hurry home and scarf them down. I don’t usually go to the gym during the weekend so I only felt marginally guilty leaving. Although for the sake of complete disclosure I have been known to leave the gym early on a week day when hungry also. Who can work out on an empty stomach? Really. But back to the eggs…

 Eggs Poached

Eggs in purgatory is simple to make, slightly spicy and packed with veggies. Eggs are poached in a quick tomato sauce which transforms into the perfect “dip” for crusty bread. Mmm. It fits the bill for breakfast (hello, eggs) but can easily be made for lunch or dinner. Robert doesn’t love tomatoes so I usually reserve this recipe for times he isn’t home. He ran errands Saturday morning while I enjoyed this dish. And by enjoyed I mean I ate the entire thing….all of it….by myself. I did take a picture which I showed him when he returned and unfortunately for him he told me he thought it looked pretty good and that he’d like to try it. Sorry sweetie, next time.

Eggs Cheese Poaching Eggs and Toast

Continue reading