Caprese Frittata and Friendship

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe it’s December…and that I only have a 10 month old for one more week. That means I will have an 11 month old for only one month and then boom…my baby is a year old and not such a baby any longer. Insert all the crying emojis.

Amelia Christmas

10 months has been the most fun yet. Considering it has coincided with the winter holiday season it has also been the busiest yet. Amelia is now crawling and starting to pull up and clapping and pointing and doing some baby signs and eating EVERYTHING…all in the last month. I am equal parts proud of all the new developments, excited for the things to come and nostalgic for the days that we first brought her home from the hospital and I didn’t quite know what to do with her. Those days sure don’t seem like almost 11 months ago. And back then I couldn’t imagine being where I am now. Time is funny like that.

A few weeks ago Amelia and I had a visit from my two best friends from college, Anna and Michelle. They are also some of my favorite traveling companions as you’ll remember from Maine, Canada and even as far back as China!

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The three of us lived together our last two years of college and they are some of my very favorite people who hold some of my very favorite memories. Lots has changed since those days, but when we are all together its just the same as it always was. This visit was extra special because not only was it the first time the three of us have all been together again since we went to Maine, but they also got to meet and spend more time with Amelia! Seeing your best friends loving your children is pretty incredible.

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Our visit was low key and just right. We went to dinner, lounged around the house, took Amelia shopping, ate chili and watched football and did lots of watching the baby in anticipation of her starting to crawl. Despite Anna and Michelle’s best efforts to teach her she still waited another week or two to start. A for effort guys!

I ended that weekend with a profound sense of appreciation for old friendships. I am always thankful for the wonderful people I get to call friends, but lately I have been overcome with the knowledge of just how precious my female friendships are. I exchanged Christmas presents last night with my two best friends here, Justice and Lindsay. I ended the evening with a profound sense of appreciation for new friendships too. Justice and Lindsay made Hilton Head finally feel like “home” and I cherish the time we spend together. Reuniting with Anna and Michelle also feels like coming home. I always say I would rather be with Robert than anyone else in the world, and I would, but the older I get, especially in this season of new motherhood, the more I realize that time with these girls is also necessary to my health and happiness. How lucky I am to have all four of them and a few other wonderful women who also fall into this category ❤

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Clean out the Fridge Frittata

Breakfast foods for breakfast, breakfast foods for lunch, breakfast foods for dinner. These are a few of my favorite things.

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I have long waxed poetic on this blog about my love of all things breakfast. I could eat breakfast foods all day long, and some days I actually do. Like today. I had a spinach smoothie for breakfast (spinach means its basically a salad so this could technically be lunch..right?), oatmeal for lunch (Which exploded in the work microwave..bummer), and last but not least I’ll be dining on the rest of this delicious frittata for dinner tonight.

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Oatmeal for lunch typically means I’m completely out of groceries and need to make a trip to the store. While I am currently out of groceries, I will not be making a trip to the store any time soon since we leave for Bermuda on Wednesday! I talked about this trip on the blog many posts ago when it was first planned and seemed forever away… well, it’s finally here! Between treadmill falls (which is almost totally healed, hooray!) and a few tough weeks at work, I am more than ready for a few days away with Robert (and the rest of my family too of course :). My aunt and sister-in-law chose the location and accommodations and have done the majority of the planning thus far. They are both fun and have great taste so instead of going into my typical “plan everything to the minute” vacation mode, I’m looking forward to just going along for the ride and seeing what they have up their sleeves! If they need any suggestions once we get there I did happen to find this fun helmet diving activity on TripAdvisor…

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I’m not sure if her face is screaming “This is TERRIBLE!” or “This is AWESOME!” but either way, I’m in.

Ok, so back to the frittata. Wasting food is a personal pet peeve so when we are headed out of town I try to use up everything perishable in the fridge before we go. What better to do with random ingredients than make a frittata? I mean EVERYTHING goes with eggs, am I right or am I right?

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Slow Saturday Breakfast: Broccoli, Ham and Cheddar Frittata

 

Ahh the weekend. Is there anything better? Sleeping in, spending time with friends and family and my personal favorite … not wearing pants. Kidding about that last one, although I do think it’s liberating to wear your PJ’s (or lack there of) for as long as you can on Saturday. My real favorite thing about the weekends is breakfast. I love all things breakfast through and through but weekend breakfasts are special. When you aren’t rushing out the door to the gym or work your breakfast options multiply exponentially. Robert and I are both typically out the door by 6:00 a.m. so quick and easy is the name of the game Monday-Friday. During the weekend I like to take full advantage and make a bigger, slower breakfast that we can actually sit down and eat together while talking over a cup of coffee, heaven. Pancakes of all varieties reigned supreme all summer but lately I have been really into frittatas.

 

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Frittatas are really nothing more than an egg casserole but they look and feel so much fancier. Almost every time I make one Robert says “Wow, you could make this for guests!”. So friends, if you would like to come over for breakfast, my husband has declared my frittatas company-worthy! So come on over, pants optional Smile

 

Frittatas are easier than omelets and are also endlessly customizable. I’ve found that the ones I make by using up whatever ingredients I have on hand always taste equally as good as the ones I plan with specific tastes in mind. This weekend’s frittata was of the “clean out the fridge” variety. I had ham, green onions, broccoli and a partial block of cheddar all left over from the weeks various meals. The most labor intensive part of the entire process was shredding the cheese which is exactly the difficulty level I like in a recipe…little to none.

 

Broccoli and Ham          Cheddar          Frittata

 

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